Triple Crown (basketball)

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The Triple Crown is a term in European professional club basketball that refers to a club winning their country's top-tier level national domestic league, primary national domestic cup, and the top-tier level European-wide continental competition (EuroLeague) in the same season. It is the highest accomplishment that a European basketball club can achieve during a season. Only 12 European basketball clubs have achieved the Triple Crown, on 22 different occasions.

All the Triple Crowns achieved[edit]

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1964–65 Spain Real Madrid Primera División Generalísimo's Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1969–70 Italy Ignis Varese LBA Italian Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1972–73 Italy Ignis Varese LBA Italian Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1973–74 Spain Real Madrid Primera División Generalísimo's Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1976–77 Israel Maccabi Elite Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1980–81 Israel Maccabi Elite Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1984–85 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1986–87 Italy Tracer Milano LBA Italian Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1989–90 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1990–91 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Pop 84 Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1991–92 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan YUBA League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European League
1996–97 Greece Olympiacos GBL Greek Cup FIBA EuroLeague
2000–01 Italy Kinder Bologna LBA Italian Cup EuroLeague
2000–01 Israel Maccabi Elite Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA SuproLeague
2002–03 Spain FC Barcelona Liga ACB King's Cup EuroLeague
2003–04 Israel Maccabi Elite Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup EuroLeague
2004–05 Israel Maccabi Elite Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup EuroLeague
2005–06 Russia CSKA Moscow Superleague A Russian Cup EuroLeague
2006–07 Greece Panathinaikos GBL Greek Cup EuroLeague
2008–09 Greece Panathinaikos GBL Greek Cup EuroLeague
2013–14 Israel Maccabi Electra Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup EuroLeague
2014–15 Spain Real Madrid Liga ACB King's Cup EuroLeague

Achievements by club[edit]

Triple Crown Club Seasons
6 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1976–77, 1980–81, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2013–14
3 Spain Real Madrid 1964–65, 1973–74, 2014–15
2 Italy Varese 1969–70, 1972–73
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split 1989–90, 1990–91
Greece Panathinaikos 2006–07, 2008–09
1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona 1984–85
Italy Olimpia Milano 1986–87
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 1991–92
Greece Olympiacos 1996–97
Italy Virtus Bologna 2000–01
Spain FC Barcelona 2002–03
Russia CSKA Moscow 2005–06

Achievements by national league[edit]

Triple Crown League
6 Israel Israeli BSL
4 Italy Italian LBA
Spain Spanish Primera División / ACB
3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav FFL
Greece Greek GBL
1 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia YUBA League
Russia Russian BSL

"Small Triple Crown"[edit]

Second-tiers[edit]

In addition, five European basketball clubs have won their top-tier level national domestic league, their top-tier level national domestic cup, and the 2nd-tier level European-wide competition (FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup / FIBA European Cup, or EuroCup) in the same season – the so-called, "Small Triple Crown".

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1971–72 Italy Simmenthal Milano LBA Italian Cup FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1981–82 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1987–88 France Limoges LNB Pro A Tournoi des As FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1993–94 Slovenia Smelt Olimpija Slovenian Premier A League Slovenian Cup FIBA European Cup
2008–09 Lithuania Lietuvos rytas LKL LKF Cup EuroCup

Third and fourth-tiers[edit]

Seven clubs, on eight different occasions, have won their top-tier level national domestic league, their top-tier level national domestic cup, and the 3rd-tier level European-wide competition (FIBA Korać Cup or FIBA EuroChallenge), or the 4th-tier level FIBA EuroCup Challenge / FIBA Europe Cup, in the same season.

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1976–77 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1978–79 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1982–83 France Limoges Nationale 1 Federation Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1986–87 Spain FC Barcelona Liga ACB King's Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1995–96 Turkey Efes Pilsen BSL Turkish Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1999–00 France Limoges LNB Pro A French Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
2004–05 Romania Asesoft Ploiesti Divizia A Romanian Cup FIBA Europe Cup (4th tier)
2011–12 Turkey Beşiktaş Milangaz BSL Turkish Cup FIBA EuroChallenge (3rd tier)