|Founded||7 July 2002|
|Number of teams||20 (regular season)|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Current champions|| Unicaja
|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 11 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 Unicaja, after they defeated Valencia Basket in the 2017 Finals, to win the 2016–17 EuroCup Basketball season, and take their first EuroCup title and their second title in a European-wide competition after won the Korać Cup 16 years ago.
- 1 History
- 2 Format
- 3 Finals
- 4 All-time EuroCup Finals/Final Four MVP award winners (2003 to present)
- 5 Performance by club
- 6 Titles by country
- 7 EuroCup awards
- 8 Statistical leaders and individual high performances
- 9 Winning rosters
- 10 Sponsors
- 11 References and notes
- 12 External links
The competition was created in 2002, as the ULEB Cup, but it had several denominations:
- 2002–03 to 2007–08 ULEB Cup
- 2008–09 to 2015–16 Eurocup Basketball
- 2016–17 to present EuroCup Basketball
On July 7, 2016, Chipita and Euroleague Basketball announced a strategic agreement to sponsor the 2nd-tier level European basketball competition across the globe. According to the agreement, starting with the 2016–17 season, the 2nd-tier level European competition would be named 7DAYS EuroCup. This title partnership was set to run for three seasons.
|Evolution of the EuroCup logo|
Starting with the 2016–17 season, the EuroCup's first phase is the Regular Season, in which 24 teams participate. The participants include 24 clubs automatically entered into the Regular Season. Each team plays two games (home-and-away) against every other team in its group. At the end of the Regular Season, the field is cut from 24 to 16. The next phase, known as the Top 16, then begins, featuring the 16 survivors of the Regular Season in four-team groups. As in the Regular Season, each Top 16 group is contest in a double round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the third phase, the Playoffs. Each playoff series is best-of-three, and the winners of each series advance to the next round persistently until the Finals. Home advantage in the series goes to the best placed team in the Top 16. The Finals features the two remaining series winners in a best-of-three series with home advantage in the series to the best placed team in the Top 16.
Previous EuroCup formats
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 Eight 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 Eight.
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 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. In addition, the eight EuroLeague clubs that did not qualify for the EuroLeague Top 16 phase, joined the remaining 24 EuroCup teams and the Finals were decided by a double-legged series.
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. The top four teams from each of the Regular Season groups with the eight EuroLeague clubs that did not qualify for the EuroLeague Top 16 phase qualified to join the Last 32 stage. For the 2015–16 season, the competition contained 36 clubs automatically entered into the Regular Season and the eight EuroLeague clubs that did not qualify for the EuroLeague Top 16 phase qualified to join the Last 32 stage.
European national domestic league and club rankings
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 2,500 people. By comparison, EuroLeague licensed clubs host their home games in arenas that seat at least 10,000 people, while EuroLeague associated clubs must have arenas that seat 5,000.
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||2||2002–03, 2009–10, 2013–14||2011–12, 2016–17|
|Lietuvos rytas||2||1||2004–05, 2008–09||2006–07|
Titles by country
Valencia (3), Real Madrid (1), Joventut Badalona (1), Málaga (1)
Valencia (2), Real Madrid (1), Girona (1), Sevilla (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||Bojan Dubljević||1,217|
|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.
- Title sponsor
- Premium partners
- Turkish Airlines
- Tempobet (only in Germany)
- Nesine (only in Turkey)
- betfair (only in Spain)
- sportingbet (only in Greece)
- Doğuş Group
- Global partners
- Premium destination
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.
- "Introducing the 7DAYS EuroCup!". EuroCup Basketball. 7 July 2016.
- Eurocup changes format, expands to 48 teams for 2013-14 season; Eurocupbasketball.com, 14 June 2013
- "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.
- "Marketing partners". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Marketing Partners, GERMANY". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Marketing Partners, RUSSIA". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Marketing Partners, Italy". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Marketing Partners, Turkey". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Marketing Partners, Spain". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Marketing Partners, Greece". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 13 May 2017.