Liga ACB

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Liga Endesa
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 ACB season
Liga Endesa.jpg
Logo ACB
Formerly Liga Nacional
(1957–1983)
ACB Primera División
(1983–1988)
Sport Basketball
Founded 1957
(as Liga Nacional)
Inaugural season 1983–84
CEO Francisco Roca Pérez
No. of teams 18
Country  Spain (17 teams)
 Andorra (1 team)
Continent Europe FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
Real Madrid (33rd title)
Most titles Real Madrid (33 titles)
TV partner(s) Teledeporte (TVE) (best match per week, free)
Canal+ Deportes (Movistar+) (Rest of the matches live)
Level on pyramid 1st Tier on Spanish Pyramid
Relegation to LEB Oro – 2nd Tier (Last 2)
Domestic cup(s) Spanish King's Cup
Spanish Supercup
Official website ACB.com (Spanish)

The Liga ACB[N 1] (English: ACB League), known as the Liga Endesa[N 2] (English: Endesa League) for sponsorship reasons, is the first tier level professional men's basketball league in Spain. It began in 1957, with the name of Liga Nacional, and was originally organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation. The league changed to its current form, beginning with the 1983–84 season, after the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB) took control over the league. The league is rated as one of the top three European national domestic/regional leagues in the European national basketball league rankings system.

The ACB League, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 18 teams, of which the most successful have been Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal.

Competition format[edit]

Real Madrid playing against Fuenlabrada

Each team has to play all the other teams in its division twice, once at home and once away. This means that in Liga ACB the league's regular season ends after all teams play 34 matches.

At the end of the league, the eight best teams in the standings start a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the 8th place team in the standings, and so on. There are three playoff rounds, each consisting of five game series, and the winner of the finals round becomes the champion of the Liga ACB. This is similar to the NBA playoffs system, but shorter.

Each season, the two last qualified teams of the regular season are relegated to LEB Oro and replaced by the two first qualified teams of this league.

Controversies about promotion to Liga ACB[edit]

Until 2012, in the 29 editions played of the Liga ACB only three teams resigned to promote due to acting as reserve teams or lack of funds. These three teams were CB Guadalajara and CB Cornellà in 1993 and CB Cajabilbao in 1994.

Since 2012, due to the financial crisis that started in 2008, only two teams (Canarias and Andorra) of the possible eight could promote to Liga ACB. This fact started a discussion about the requirements of the ACB in order to promote, considered by the LEB Oro clubs as "disproportionate".[1]

For clubs that promote and would make their debut in the ACB demands:[2]

  • An arena with a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats.
  • An inbound of €3m. For clubs that come back to the league after a promotion, an update of the inbound is demanded.
  • A deposit of €1,7m that would be returned in case of relegation to LEB Oro. In case of a new promotion, this deposit is required to be restored.
  • The conversion into a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva if the club remains in Liga ACB after its first season.

In 2012, Iberostar Canarias and Menorca Bàsquet achieved the promotion to ACB, but neither could fulfill the requirements in order to promote.[3] However, Canarias finally played in ACB after buying the berth in the league of Lucentum Alicante, previously sold to the association.[4]

In 2013, neither CB Atapuerca, Ford Burgos by sponsorship reasons, nor Lucentum Alicante could promote. The seconds resigned also to play in the second league and joined the fifth division.

In 2014 and 2015, CB Tizona, also Ford Burgos by sponsorship reasons, did not promote despite achieving the place two years in a row. After its second failed promotion, the third in the city of Burgos, the club sued the Association[1] and this one accused them of "distorting the reality".[5] Also in 2015, despite having played in the league during the 1980s and 1990s, Club Ourense Baloncesto was not admitted in the league despite fulfilling all the requirements after not passing an accounts audit.[6] However, ACB would admit Ourense for the 2016–17 season if it fulfill the requirements regardless of their position in the 2015–16 LEB Oro season.[7]

On 24 April 2016, the National Commission of the Markets and the Competence argued that the inboud impedes in an "unjustified, disproportionate and discriminatory" way the access of new clubs to Liga ACB.[8]

On June 2016, the two promoted teams from LEB Oro (Palencia and Melilla) resigned to promote to the 2016–17 ACB season and requested to the ACB their sign in before the 2017–18 season. However, as Gipuzkoa Basket, who finished in relegation positions in three of the last four seasons, resigned to play in ACB,[9] the Association offered again its place to Palencia and Melilla.[10] Palencia refused the invitation to reinforce their position against the inbound to play in the league.[11]

History[edit]

  • 1957 to 1982–83  Liga Nacional
  • 1983–84 to 1987–88  ACB Primera División
  • 1988 to present  Liga ACB

Title holders[edit]

Total titles by Club (Liga Nacional & ACB)[edit]

Club W R Winning years
Real Madrid 33 11 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016
FC Barcelona 18 20 1959, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
Joventut Badalona 4 10 1967, 1978, 1991, 1992
Baskonia 3 4 2002, 2008, 2010
Málaga 1 2 2006
Manresa 1 0 1998
Picadero 0 4
Estudiantes 0 4
Sevilla 0 2
Orillo Verde 0 1
Valencia 0 1
Bilbao 0 1

ACB Finals[edit]

Finals appearances
Team Total W L
FC Barcelona 26 15 11
Real Madrid 18 11 7
Baskonia 7 3 4
Joventut Badalona 6 2 4
Málaga 3 1 2
Sevilla 2 0 2
Manresa 1 1 0
Valencia 1 0 1
Estudiantes 1 0 1
Bilbao 1 0 1
Season Champion Runner-up Series Finals MVP Champion's Coach
1983–84 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
2 – 1
N/A Spain Lolo Sainz
1984–85 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona
2 – 1
Spain Lolo Sainz
1985–86 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
2 – 0
Spain Lolo Sainz
1986–87 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona
3 – 1
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1987–88 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1988–89 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1989–90 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona
3 – 0
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1990–91 Joventut Badalona FC Barcelona
3 – 1
United States Corny Thompson Spain Lolo Sainz
1991–92 Joventut Badalona Real Madrid
3 – 2
United States Mike Smith Spain Lolo Sainz
1992–93 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona
3 – 2
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis United States Clifford Luyk
1993–94 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis United States Clifford Luyk
1994–95 FC Barcelona Baloncesto Málaga
3 – 2
United States Michael Ansley Spain Aíto García Reneses
1995–96 FC Barcelona CDB Sevilla
3 – 0
Spain Xavi Fernández Spain Aíto García Reneses
1996–97 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Spain Roberto Dueñas Spain Aíto García Reneses
1997–98 Bàsquet Manresa Saski Baskonia
3 – 1
Spain Joan Creus Spain Luis Casimiro
1998–99 FC Barcelona CDB Sevilla
3 – 0
United States Derrick Alston Spain Aíto García Reneses
1999–00 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 2
Spain Alberto Angulo Italy Sergio Scariolo
2000–01 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 0
Spain Pau Gasol Spain Aíto García Reneses
2001–02 Saski Baskonia Baloncesto Málaga
3 – 0
United States Elmer Bennett Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Duško Ivanović
2002–03 FC Barcelona Valencia BC
3 – 0
Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Serbia and Montenegro Svetislav Pešić
2003–04 FC Barcelona Club Estudiantes
3 – 2
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga Serbia and Montenegro Svetislav Pešić
2004–05 Real Madrid Saski Baskonia
3 – 2
United States Louis Bullock Serbia and Montenegro Božidar Maljković
2005–06 Baloncesto Málaga Saski Baskonia
3 – 0
Spain Jorge Garbajosa Italy Sergio Scariolo
2006–07 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 1
Spain Felipe Reyes Spain Joan Plaza
2007–08 Saski Baskonia FC Barcelona
3 – 0
United States Pete Mickeal Croatia Neven Spahija
2008–09 FC Barcelona Saski Baskonia
3 – 1
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2009–10 Saski Baskonia FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Brazil Tiago Splitter Montenegro Duško Ivanović
2010–11 FC Barcelona Bilbao Basket
3 – 0
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2011–12 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Slovenia Erazem Lorbek Spain Xavier Pascual
2012–13 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 2
Spain Felipe Reyes Spain Pablo Laso
2013–14 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 1
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2014–15 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Spain Sergio Llull Spain Pablo Laso
2015–16 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 1
Spain Sergio Llull Spain Pablo Laso

Current clubs[edit]

Location of teams from the Canary Islands in 2016–17 ACB
Team Home city Arena Capacity
Baloncesto Sevilla Sevilla San Pablo 7,626[12]
CAI Zaragoza Zaragoza Pabellón Príncipe Felipe 10,744[13]
Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona Palau Municipal d'Esports 8,500[14]
Dominion Bilbao Basket Bilbao Bilbao Arena 10,014[15]
FC Barcelona Lassa Barcelona Palau Blaugrana 7,585[16]
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas Gran Canaria Arena 9,870[17]
Iberostar Tenerife San Cristóbal de La Laguna Santiago Martín 5,003[18]
ICL Manresa Manresa Nou Congost 5,000[19]
Laboral Kutxa Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz Fernando Buesa Arena 15,504[20]
Montakit Fuenlabrada Fuenlabrada Fernando Martín 5,100[21]
MoraBanc Andorra Andorra la Vella Poliesportiu d'Andorra 5,000[22]
Movistar Estudiantes Madrid Barclaycard Center 15,000[23]
Real Madrid Madrid Barclaycard Center 15,000[23]
Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro Santiago de Compostela Multiusos Fontes do Sar 5,060[24]
Universidad Católica de Murcia Murcia Palacio de Deportes 7,341[25]
Unicaja Málaga Martín Carpena 10,233[26]
Valencia Basket Valencia Fuente de San Luis 8,500[27]


All-time Liga ACB table[edit]

The All-time Liga ACB table is an overall record of all match results of every team that has played in Liga ACB since the 1983–84 season. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2015–16 season.

Pos Team Season Played Won Lost 1st 2nd 3rd 4th QF Debut Since/Last App Best
1 Barcelona 33 1406 1057 349 15 11 4 1 2 1983–84 1983–84 1
2 Real Madrid 33 1366 1004 362 11 7 6 2 6 1983–84 1983–84 1
3 Baskonia 33 1289 808 481 3 4 4 5 12 1983–84 1983–84 1
4 Joventut 33 1245 729 516 2 4 5 4 6 1983–84 1983–84 1
5 Estudiantes 33 1244 666 578 1 5 7 9 1983–84 1983–84 2
6 Málaga[N 3] 31 1189 673 516 1 2 4 5 9 1983–84 1987–88 1
7 Valencia 27 1024 581 443 1 2 2 12 1988–89 1996–97 2
8 Sevilla 27 978 457 521 2 6 1989–90 1989–90 2
9 Manresa 29 1038 440 598 1 2 2 1983–84 2007–08 1
10 Gran Canaria 25 917 433 484 1 12 1985–86 1995–96 4
11 Valladolid 30 1032 432 600 4 1983–84 2013–14 6
12 Girona 20 731 330 401 4 1988–89 2007–08 5
13 Zaragoza 13 473 270 203 2 3 6 1983–84 1995–96 3
14 Fuenlabrada 18 626 249 377 5 1996–97 2005–06 7
15 Breogán 16 604 242 362 2 1984–85 2005–06 6
16 Murcia 18 639 218 421 1 1990–91 2011–12 7
17 Bilbao 11 427 206 221 1 5 2004–05 2004–05 2
18 León 11 398 179 219 3 1990–91 2007–08 6
19 Peñas 12 441 173 268 1983–84 1995–96 10
20 Granollers 10 352 166 186 7 1983–84 1992–93 5
21 Cáceres 11 388 163 225 1 1992–93 2002–03 5
22 Canarias[N 4] 11 385 157 228 2 1983–84 2012–13 6
23 Ourense 12 383 143 240 2 1989–90 2000–01 8
24 OAR Ferrol 10 350 140 210 1 1983–84 1993–94 7
25 Granada 12 411 140 271 1996–97 2010–11 10
26 Lucentum 9 316 132 184 3 2000–01 2011–12 6
27 Zaragoza 2002 7 244 112 132 1 1 2008–09 2010–11 3
28 Gipuzkoa 9 307 105 202 1 2006–07 2008–09 5
29 Collado Villalba 5 226 93 133 1 1987–88 1991–92 8
30 Andorra 6 215 90 125 1 1992–93 2014–15 8
31 Oximesa 6 225 82 143 1986–87 1991–92 11
32 Obradoiro 6 206 77 130 1 2009–10 2011–12 8
33 Maristas Málaga 4 160 76 84 1988–89 1991–92 13
34 Cajabilbao 5 184 76 108 1986–87 1990–91 9
35 Espanyol 5 165 73 92 1 1984–85 1988–89 8
36 Lleida 4 140 57 83 1 2001–02 2004–05 8
37 Cantabria 5 170 53 117 1997–98 2001–02 14
38 Menorca 5 168 51 117 2005–06 2011–12 15
39 Círculo Católico 3 97 49 48 1 1 1983–84 1985–86 4
40 Cajamadrid 3 98 46 52 1 1983–84 1985–86 5
41 Gijón 4 144 37 107 1995–96 2001–02 15
42 Salamanca 2 76 36 40 1994–95 1995–96 9
43 Tenerife AB 2 89 28 61 1988–89 1989–90 22
44 Llíria 2 79 27 52 1991–92 1992–93 16
45 Tenerife 2 68 25 43 2003–04 2004–05 10
46 L'Hospitalet 1 31 11 20 1983–84 1983–84 15
47 Ciudad de Huelva 1 39 11 28 1997–98 1997–98 17
48 Askatuak 1 43 10 33 1988–89 1988–89 24

League or status at 2015–16 season:

2015–16 ACB season
2015–16 LEB Oro season
2015–16 LEB Plata season
2015–16 Liga EBA season
Lower divisions
Clubs that no longer exist or does not compete in senior competitions

Awards[edit]

ACB records[edit]

Fran Vázquez holds the record for most blocks in an ACB game, 12
  • Most Points in a game
  • Most Field Goals Made in a game
  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a game
  • Most Free Throws Made in a game
  • Most Rebounds in a game
  • Most Assists in a game
  • Most Steals in a game
  • Most Blocks in a game
  • Most Points in a game
  • Fewest Points in a game
  • Largest Margin of Victory in a game
  • Victory with fewest points
  • Highest attendance in a game

Spanish clubs in European competitions[edit]

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Euroleague Eurocup Saporta Cup EuroChallenge Korać Cup
C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF
Real Madrid 9 9 10 1 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
FC Barcelona 2 5 9 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 2 1 3
Joventut Badalona 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 3
Baskonia 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Málaga 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Estudiantes 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1
Valencia 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bilbao 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gran Canaria 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Girona 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Sevilla 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zaragoza 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Picadero 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Círculo Católico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Valladolid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Cáceres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Other competitions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation: [ˈliɣa aθeˈβe].
  2. ^ Spanish pronunciation: [ˈliɣa eŋˈdesa].
  3. ^ Includes CB Caja de Ronda results
  4. ^ Includes old CB Canarias results

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "El CB Tizona denuncia las "desproporcionadas" condiciones exigidas por ACB en Madrid" (in Spanish). CB Tizona. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "El arduo camino que le queda a Burgos hacia la ACB: 4,7 millones, SAD y un nuevo pabellón" (in Spanish). Marca. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Menorca Bàsquet SAD no presenta la documentación para jugar la Liga Endesa ACB.com 28 June 2012
  4. ^ La ACB adquiere la plaza vacante del Lucentum y la asigna al CB Canarias ACB.com 20 July 2012
  5. ^ "Comunicado Oficial sobre la situación del Burgos" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Comunicado oficial de la asamblea de la ACB" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 3 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "La ACB alcanza un preacuerdo con el Ourense para su inscripción en la Liga Endesa 2016/17" (in Spanish). RTVE. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Competencia elimina el canon de ingreso en una ACB “fosilizada”" (in Spanish). El Español. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Gipuzkoa Basket se inscribe en LEB Oro". San Sebastián Gipuzkoa Basket Club. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Comunicado Oficial de la Asamblea ACB" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Palencia Baloncesto declina la oferta de la ACB" (in Spanish). Palencia Baloncesto. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Baloncesto Sevilla" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "CAI Zaragoza" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Divina Seguros Joventut" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Bilbao Arena" (in Spanish). Bilbao Basket. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "FC Barcelona Lassa" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Herbalife Gran Canaria" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Iberostar Tenerife" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "ICL Manresa" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Laboral Kutxa Baskonia" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Montakit Fuenlabrada" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  22. ^ "Morabanc Andorra" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "Barclaycard Center". Real Madrid. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  25. ^ "Universidad Católica de Murcia" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  26. ^ "Unicaja" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  27. ^ "Pabellón". Valencia BC. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  28. ^ Top minutes played at ACB.com
  29. ^ Top scorers at ACB.com

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