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WABA League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 WABA League
Sport Basketball
Founded 2001
Inaugural season 2001–02
No. of teams 12
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Bulgaria
 Croatia
 Montenegro
 Serbia
 Slovenia
 Turkey
Continent FIBA Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
Montenegro Budućnost Bemax
(2nd title)
Most titles Croatia Šibenik
(5 titles)
Official website waba-league.com

WABA League, commonly known as the Adriatic League also known as the BTravel WABA League for name sponsorship reasons, is a top-level regional basketball league, featuring female teams from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey. Clubs from Austria, Hungary, Italy and Macedonia had their representatives in WABA League in past seasons. Since 2012 a Cadet WABA League and since 2014 Pionir WABA League is also played.

History[edit]

Formation and early years[edit]

WABA League was established in 2001 as EWWL League. In its first season it included six teams from four countries (Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). After the regular season, it held a tournament in which the three best teams played, which was won by Athlete Celje. Next season the league expanded from six to eight teams, and the final tournament was altered so that the placement included the four top teams. At the final tournament the winner was Željezničar Sarajevo.

Official trophy of WABA League (March 2016)

In 2003 the league changed its name to EWWL Trocal League, which lasted until 2006, and during these seasons the number of teams who played in the league varied from nine to twelve. In the period from 2004 to 2006 it had a representative from Macedonia and then one from Bulgaria in the 2006–07 season. Austrian clubs left the competition in 2004. Since 2003, the competing teams have been from Serbia and Montenegro. In 2006 the league changed its name to WABA NBL which it used till 2008. In 2006 the WABA Cup launched, which existed until 2010, which was attended by participants in the league. The WABA Cup in the year 2007 bore the name Vojko Herskel. In the 2008–09 season the league was named after WABA Multipover; in 2009–10 season, IWBL.

2010's years[edit]

In 2010 the league changed to the present name, MŽRKL. The Vojko Herksel Cup was last played. In the 2012–13 season the league included the Hungarian PEAC-Pécs; and the Belgrade Partizan achieved a record in its history, playing 32 matches in the national competitions (regional league, championship and cup) all season without suffering a defeat. In the season of 2013–14 the format of the competition changed. Twelve teams which participated in the league were divided into two groups of six teams. Four first placed teams were placed in the quarterfinals, with the winners to the Final Four.

In season 2015-16 is introduced instead of quarterfinals League 6 in which the first phase in which the two groups are placed by 3 teams. The League 6 transmitted the results achieved against teams from the same group in the first phase they finished the League 6. League 6 plays dual circuit system (one game at home and one away) against teams that have qualified from the opposite group previous stage of the competition. At the Final Four will finish in four best teams in the League 6.

In September 2016, the league officially changed his name to WABA League.[1] In June 2017, the league sign sponsorship contract with tourist agency BTravel and officially changed his name to BTravel WABA League from the sponsorship reasons.[2]

Names in history[edit]

  • EWWL League (2001–2003)
  • EWWL Trocal League (2003–2006)
  • WABA NBL (2006–2008)
  • WABA Multipower (2008–2009)
  • IWBL (2009–2010)
  • MŽRKL (2010–2016)
  • WABA League (2016–present)

Logos[edit]

Evolution of the Adriatic League logo
2010–2016 2016–present
MŽRKL.jpg

Youth competition[edit]

Cadet WABA League[edit]

In the season 2012-13, the Cadet League was launched, and since it has shown a lot of success in that period, it has continued to be held.[3] The winner of the first two seasons of cadet WABA League is the team Trešnjevka 2009 from Croatia, when he beat the team of Novi Zagreb[4] and Crvena zvezda.[5] In the third seasonis the champion was the team of Triglav Kranj, Slovenia, which is defeated in the final match of Maribor.[6]

Pionir WABA League[edit]

Following the success of cadet league, a decision was made to launch the pioneering leagues.[7] In the first season, the winner of the pioneering league is team Croatia 2006 from Zagreb, Croatia, that won at the team of Jedinstvo Tuzla from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[8]

Finals[edit]

Year Host Final Third and fourth place
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Fourth place
2001–02
Details
 Croatia (Šibenik) Slovenia
Merkur Celje
2:1 Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Željezničar Sarajevo
N / A
2002–03
Details
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo) Bosnia and Herzegovina
Željezničar Sarajevo
84:78 Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
Slovenia
Merkur Celje
Croatia
Gospić Industrogradnja
2003–04
Details
 Croatia (Gospić) Croatia
Gospić Industrogradnja
59:58 Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
Croatia
Croatia 2006
Serbia and Montenegro
Univerziteti Priština
2004–05
Details
 Croatia (Šibenik) Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
82:66 Croatia
Gospić Industrogradnja
Serbia and Montenegro
Vojvodina NIS
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Željezničar Sarajevo
2005–06
Details
 Serbia and Montenegro (Novi Sad) Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
68:55 Serbia and Montenegro
Vojvodina NIS
Slovenia
Merkur Celje
Croatia
Gospić Croatia Osiguranje
2006–07
Details
 Bulgaria (Sofia) Bulgaria
CSKA Sofia
73:67 Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
Croatia
Gospić Croatia Osiguranje
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Željezničar Sarajevo
2007–08
Details
 Croatia (Gospić) Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
72:66 Croatia
Gospić Croatia Osiguranje
Croatia
Ragusa Dubrovnik
Montenegro
Budućnost Podgorica
2008–09
Details
 Montenegro (Bijelo Polje) Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
69:63 Montenegro
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje
Croatia
Gospić Croatia Osiguranje
Slovenia
Merkur Celje
2009–10
Details
 Croatia (Gospić) Croatia
Gospić
73:65 Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
Slovenia
Merkur Celje
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mladi Krajišnik
2010–11
Details
 Croatia (Šibenik) Croatia
Šibenik Jolly JBS
20:0 Croatia
Gospić
Slovenia
Merkur Celje
Serbia
Partizan
2011–12
Details
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Zenica) Serbia
Partizan Galenika
74:65 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Čelik Zenica
Serbia
Voždovac
Serbia
Hemofarm Štada
2012–13
Details
 Serbia (Novi Sad) Serbia
Partizan Galenika
70:45 Serbia
Radivoj Korać
Hungary
Peac-Pécs
Serbia
Vojvodina NIS
2013–14
Details
 Montenegro (Podgorica) Serbia
Radivoj Korać
87:83 Serbia
Crvena zvezda
Slovenia
Athlete Celje
Montenegro
Budućnost Volcano
2014–15
Details
 Slovenia (Celje) Italy
Umana Reyer Venezia
69:52 Serbia
Radivoj Korać
Montenegro
Budućnost Volcano
Slovenia
Athlete Celje
2015–16
Details
 Montenegro (Podgorica) Montenegro
Budućnost Bemax
74:58 Croatia
Medveščak
Serbia
Radivoj Korać
Croatia
Kvarner
2016–17
Details
 Montenegro (Podgorica) Slovenia
Athlete Celje
61:57 Bulgaria
Beroe
Montenegro
Budućnost Bemax
Bulgaria
Montana 2003
2017–18
Details
 Bulgaria (Montana) Montenegro
Budućnost Bemax
71:68 Slovenia
Cinkarna Celje
Bulgaria
Montana 2003
Serbia
Crvena zvezda

Champions[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Croatia Šibenik
5
5
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010
Croatia Gospić
2
3
2004, 2010 2005, 2008, 2011
Serbia Partizan
2
2012, 2013
Slovenia Athlete Celje
2
1
2002, 2017 2018
Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica
2
2016, 2018
Serbia Radivoj Korać
1
2
2014 2013, 2015
Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar Sarajevo
1
2003
Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1
2007
Italy Umana Reyer Venezia
1
2015
Serbia Vojvodina
1
2006
Montenegro Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje
1
2009
Bosnia and Herzegovina Čelik Zenica
1
2012
Serbia Crvena zvezda
1
2014
Croatia Medveščak
1
2016
Bulgaria Beroe
1
2017

Notable person's[edit]

Former players[edit]

 Belarus
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Croatia
 Czech Republic
 Macedonia
 
 Montenegro
 Serbia
 
 Slovenia
 United States
 

Former coaches[edit]

Awards[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

Title sponsor
  • BTravel (Croatian tourist agency) (June 2017 - currently)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]