1965–66 FIBA European Champions Cup

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1965–66 FIBA European Champions Cup
League FIBA European Champions Cup
Sport Basketball
Final Four
Champions Italy Simmenthal Milano
  Runners-up Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha
FIBA European Champions Cup seasons

The 1965–66 FIBA European Champions Cup was the ninth season of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). It was won by Simmenthal Milano, for the first time in its history, the first of the club's three EuroLeague championships.

Simmenthal defeated Slavia VŠ Praha, by a score of 77–72, in the final of the first ever Champions Cup Final Four held in the EuroLeague competition, with two venues used: a venue in Milan, and the Palazzo dello sport arena in Bologna, Italy.[1] The Italian team, featuring future the Basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Bradley, defeated the favorites and former champs, CSKA Moscow, in the semifinal, by a score of 57–68.

Competition system[edit]

26 teams. European national domestic league champions, plus the then current FIBA European Champions Cup title holders only, playing in a tournament system. The competition culminated in a Final Four.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fenerbahçe Turkey 143–146 Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 85–71 58–75
Wiener Austria 139–161 East Germany Vorwärts Leipzig 75–82 64–79
Gladsaxe Efterslægten Denmark 96–171 Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 57–84 39–87
Gießen 46ers West Germany 150–191 Italy Simmenthal Milano 77–88 73–103
Etzella Luxembourg 98–162 Bulgaria CSKA Cherveno zname 51–72 47–90
Collegians Northern Ireland 84–152 France Denain-Voltaire 51–78 33–74
KR Iceland 109–149 Sweden Alvik 48–60 61–89
AEK Greece 153–150 Poland Wisła Kraków 72–71 81–79
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 130–130* Portugal Benfica 53–54 77–76
Aldershot Warriors England 144–213 Belgium Racing Mechelen 83–113 61–100

*After a 130 aggregate drew, a third decisive game was held in which Wydad won 63–61.

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Racing Mechelen Belgium 210–150 Finland Helsingin Kisa-Toverit 116–79 99–74
Honvéd Hungary 143–182 Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 62–100 81–82
Vorwärts Leipzig East Germany 123–175 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 66–87 57–88
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 172–238 Greece AEK 96–113 76–125
Alvik Sweden 149–201 Spain Real Madrid 88–113 61–91
Denain-Voltaire France 126–139 Bulgaria CSKA Cherveno zname 61–53 65–86
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 118–187 Italy Simmenthal Milano 65–80 53–87
Dinamo Bucureşti Romania 148–148* Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zadar 92–78 56–70

* After a 148 aggregate drew, a third decisive game was held in which Zadar won 65–59.

Quarterfinals group stage[edit]

For the first time in the competition history, the quarterfinals were played with a round-robin system, in which every Two Game series (TGS) constituted as one game for the record.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to Semifinals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 3 5 2 1 490 486 +4
2. Italy Simmenthal Milano 3 5 2 1 503 476 +27
3. Belgium Racing Mechelen 3 4 1 2 553 570 -17
4. Spain Real Madrid 3 4 1 2 494 508 -14

Group B[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 3 5 2 1 453 397 +56
2. Greece AEK 3 5 2 1 413 426 -13
3. Bulgaria CSKA Cherveno zname 3 5 2 1 418 421 -3
4. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zadar 3 3 0 3 410 450 -40

Final Four[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

March 29, Milan

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Slavia VŠ Praha Czechoslovakia 103–73 Greece AEK

March 29, Palazzo dello sport, Bologna

Team 1  Score  Team 2
CSKA Moscow Soviet Union 57–68 Italy Simmenthal Milano

3rd place game[edit]

April 1, Milan

Team 1  Score  Team 2
AEK Greece 62–85 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow

Final[edit]

April 1, Palazzo dello sport, Bologna

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Simmenthal Milano Italy 77–72 Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha


1965–66 FIBA European Champions Cup
Champions
Italy
Simmenthal Milano
1st Title

Final standings[edit]

Team
Coppa del Campionato di Pallacanestro.png Italy Simmenthal Milano
Silver medal europe.svg Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha
Bronze medal europe.svg Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
Greece AEK

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