|Founded||7 July 2002|
|Number of teams||20 (regular season)|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Current champions|| Galatasaray Odeabank
|Most championships|| Valencia Basket
|TV partners||Eurosport 2 (Europe)
(2 matches per round)
(all matches of all rounds)
Šport TV (Slovenia)
(2 matches per round)
(all matches of all rounds)
|2016–17 EuroCup Basketball|
The EuroCup Basketball competition, previously called the ULEB Cup, and currently called the 7DAYS EuroCup for name sponsorship reasons, is an annual European-wide 2nd-tier level professional basketball club competition that is organized by Euroleague Basketball, since 2002, for eligible European basketball clubs. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their domestic leagues competitions. For this purpose, the clubs from countries participating in the ABA League qualify for the competition based on their performance in the ABA League.
Previously called the ULEB Cup, the competition has been known as EuroCup Basketball since the 2008–09 season, following a change in format. For Euroleague Basketball records purposes, the ULEB Cup and EuroCup Basketball are considered the same competition, with the change of name being simply a re-branding.
The winner of EuroCup Basketball qualifies for the next edition of the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague. The winner enters the regular season (assuming they do not already qualify through domestic performance), if the berth reserved for the EuroLeague title holders is not used.
The title has been won by 10 different clubs, 3 of which have won the title more than once. The most successful club in the competition are Valencia Basket, with three titles, and the current champions are Galatasaray Odeabank, after they defeated Strasbourg in the 2016 finals, to win the 2015–16 Eurocup Basketball season, and take their first title in a European-wide competition.
- 1 EuroLeague promotion and EuroCup qualifying
- 2 Arena standards
- 3 Competition structure
- 4 Historic formats
- 5 Competition identity
- 6 Finals
- 7 All-time EuroCup Finals/Final Four MVP award winners (2003 to present)
- 8 Performance by club
- 9 Titles by nation
- 10 EuroCup awards
- 11 Statistical leaders and individual high performances
- 12 Winning rosters
- 13 References and notes
- 14 External links
EuroLeague promotion and EuroCup qualifying
The winners of the competition are invited to participate in the next season's Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, the highest tier of European club basketball. When the competition had qualifying rounds, they were run and controlled by FIBA Europe. Each season's EuroCup qualifying round games were a part of the third tier EuroChallenge competition, and were counted as official games played in that competition.
Effective as of the 2012–13 season, all EuroCup clubs must host their home matches in arenas that have a seating capacity of at least 3,000 people. By comparison, EuroLeague contract teams must host their home games in arenas that seat at least 10,000 people, while non-contract EuroLeague clubs must have arenas that seat 5,000.
- Regular Season Group Stage
4 groups, each containing 5 teams, for a total of 20 teams. The top four teams from each of the Regular Season groups qualify to join the Top 16 stage.
- Top 16 Stage
4 groups, each containing 4 teams, for a total of 16 teams. The top two teams from each of the Top 16 groups qualify to join the Playoffs stage.
The 8 winners from the Top 16 advance to the Quarterfinals playoffs stage, which is set in a 3 game series format.
The 4 winners from the Playoffs Quarterfinals advance to the Semifinals playoffs stage, which is set in a 3 game series format.
The 2 winners from the Semifinals Playoffs stage advance to the Finals playoffs stage, which is set in a 3 game series format.
Historically, the competition began with a group phase in which the starting field was reduced to 16 teams. The survivors then advanced to a knockout phase. In the inaugural 2002–03 season, the knockout phase consisted entirely of two-legged ties. In the following 2003–04 season, the final became a one-off game, but all other knockout ties remained two-legged.
In the 2007–08 season, the initial phase, now called the Regular Season, was only used to reduce the field to 32 teams. The survivors were paired into two-legged knockout ties, with the winners advancing to another set of two-legged ties. The survivors then entered the first-ever Final 8 phase in the competition's history, consisting of one-off knockout games.
The following 2008–09 season, was the first in which preliminary rounds were conducted. That year saw two preliminary rounds held, the first involving 16 teams, and the second involving the eight winners, plus eight teams that had received byes into that round. The survivors of the second preliminary round joined 24 direct qualifiers in the Regular Season. This season also saw the introduction of the Last 16 group phase, and proved to be the last for the Final 8.
The last stage of the EuroCup, the EuroCup Finals, was reduced from eight teams to four, starting with the 2009–10 season. This stage was directly analogous to the Euroleague Final Four, and like that stage of the EuroLeague, consisted of one-off knockout semifinals, followed by a single-game final. Unlike the Euroleague Final Four, in which the third-place game and final are held two days after the semifinals, the corresponding games of the EuroCup were held the day after the semifinals.
In the Eurocup 2012–13 season, the final was decided by a single game format, after double-legged semifinals and quarterfinals.
For the 2013–14 season, the competition increased from 32 to 48 teams in the Regular Season phase. Another innovation that started in the 2013–14 season, was that the clubs were divided into two regional conferences, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, for the Regular Season phase. The size of the groups grew to six teams, where the first three qualified teams joined the Last 32 stage.
For the 2014–15 season, the competition contained 36 teams at the group stage. There were 6 groups, each containing 6 teams. The 36 teams consisted of the 7 teams that were eliminated in the 2014–15 Euroleague season qualification rounds, and 29 teams that qualified directly to the 2014–15 EuroCup, either through 2013–14 season results, or through wild cards.
- Last 32
The top three teams from each of the Regular Season groups qualified to join the Last 32 stage. In addition, at the start of the 2013–14 season, the 8 EuroLeague clubs that did not qualify for the EuroLeague Top 16 phase, joined the remaining 24 EuroCup teams for the Last 32 phase.
The top two teams from each group of the Last 32 advanced to the Eighth-finals stage. This stage was played in a home-and-away format, determined by aggregate score. The higher placed team in the Last 16 standings played the second game of the series at home.
The 8 winners from the Eighth-finals advanced to the Quarterfinals stage. This stage was played in a home-and-away format, determined by aggregate score. The higher placed team in the Last 16 standings played the second game of the series at home.
The 4 winners from the Quarterfinals advanced to the Semifinals stage. This stage was played in a home-and-away format, determined by aggregate score. The higher placed team in the Last 16 standings played the second game of the series at home.
The last two remaining teams advanced to the Finals stage. This stage was played in a home-and-away format, determined by aggregate score. The higher placed team in the Last 16 standings played the second game of the series at home. The Final was played at a predetermined site.
Starting with the 2016–17 season, the EuroCup got its first name sponsor. The competition's sponsorship name would be 7DAYS EuroCup for the next three seasons. The competition's name was also re-stylized from Eurocup to EuroCup.
- ^a Third place games were only played in seasons 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2011–12. In the rest of the seasons, the third placed team refers to the one who lost in semifinals to the champion.
All-time EuroCup Finals/Final Four MVP award winners (2003 to present)
Performance by club
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Years won||Years runner-up|
|Valencia Basket||3||1||2002–03, 2009–10, 2013–14||2011–12|
|Lietuvos rytas||2||1||2004–05, 2008–09||2006–07|
Titles by nation
Valencia Basket (3), Real Madrid (1), Joventut Badalona (1)
Real Madrid (1), Girona (1), Sevilla (1), Valencia (1), Bilbao (1), Gran Canaria (1)
Khimki (2), Dynamo Moscow (1), UNICS (1), Lokomotiv Kuban (1)
Khimki (1), UNICS (1)
Lietuvos rytas (2)
Lietuvos rytas (1)
Hapoel Jerusalem (1)
Makedonikos (1), Aris (1)
Alba Berlin (1)
Statistical leaders and individual high performances
|Points||Igor Rakočević||19.05||Marko Popović ||1,188|
|Rebounds||Vladimir Golubović||8.39||Vladimir Veremeenko||609|
|Assists||Omar Cook||6.44||Stefan Marković||491|
|Steals||Jerry McCullough||2.82||Mire Chatman||167|
|Blocks||Andre Riddick||1.77||Andre Riddick||147|
|Index Ratings||Michael Wright||22.14||Mire Chatman||1,472|
Highest attendance records
- 24,232 attendance for Red Star Belgrade, 79-70, Budivelnyk Kiev, at Kombank Arena, Belgrade, on March 26, 2014.
- 22,736 attendance for Red Star Belgrade, 63-52, UNICS Kazan, at Kombank Arena, Belgrade, on April 2, 2014.
References and notes
- "ULEB assembly approves 32-team ULEB Cup". Euroleague. 8 July 2002. Archived from the original on 2 August 2002. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
- "ULEB, FIBA Europe announce new competitions names, formats". EuroCup Basketball. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Eurocup changes format, expands to 48 teams for 2013-14 season; Eurocupbasketball.com, 14 June 2013
- "7DAYS become the naming partner of the EuroCup for the next three years". Sportando. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Marko Popovic becomes EuroCup scoring king". EurocupBasketball.com. 8 February 2017.
- "Veremeenko becomes new Eurocup rebounding king!". EurocupBasketball.com. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "Crvena Zvezda sets crowd record at Belgrade Arena!". eurocupbasketball.com. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.