Euroleague Basketball

The Euro League Basketball is a full registered under the umbrella of the ULEB competition for European club basketball teams of men. It forms part of the discharged annually Basketball ULEB Eurocup European Cup before, and the competition of FIBA ​​Europe, the Euro Challenge, the most important of all competitions. The Euro League is, from the 2010/11 season for five more seasons officially Turkish Airlines Euro League. On 23 October 2013, the contract was extended until 2020.


The Euro League was first played in the 2000/ 01 season. 24 teams returned this summer FIBA his back and started in the newly formed league. This has inevitably meant that the hitherto discharged competitive European Cup champions lost in importance under the auspices of FIBA and finally after this season - has been completely set - in which it was carried out under the new name Suproleague. As the winner of the first ULEB Euro League, the Italian team Bologna Children emerged which suggested from Spain in the final TAU Ceramica.

In the 2001 / 02 season, the league was expanded to 32 teams. Winners Panathinaikos Athens was the beat last year's winner of Bologna in the final. Since within the league a big performance gap was to complain, the management decided to reduce the number of teams again the following season. Were launched in the summer of 2002, only 24 teams in the new season, which were divided into three groups of eight. The winning team came into this season from Barcelona. In the two years 2004 and 2005, Maccabi Tel Aviv was able to secure the coveted European Basketball award. In the years 2006 and 2007, CSKA Moscow and Panathinaikos won the Euro League.


In the ULEB Euro League is a so-called "closed" league. Although the participants from year to year can change, but that is statically assigned starting positions at organizations or even individual teams prevent a large fluctuation. 2013/14 are the 24 starting positions assigned as follows:

  • Spain: 4
  • Turkey: 3
  • Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Serbia and Russia: 2 each
  • Israel, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine: 1 each
  • The winner qualifying for the Euro League.

When assigning the starting places the Euro League operates with A, B and C licenses, as well as with wildcards. The criteria for a license are sporting success both nationally and internationally, the size of the available sports hall, as well as the media presence of the club.

With FC Barcelona, ​​Caja Laboral, Zalgiris Kaunas and Olympiakos Piraeus there are four teams that are represented every year since 2000 in the Euro League and have not missed a season.

Game Mode

The current game mode sees the competition divided into four phases.

  • Group stage - Regular Season: In this first phase, the 24 teams will divided into four groups (A to D), each with six teams in home and away matches against each other. For the next round, the four best qualify from each group. The last two of each group may continue playing in the ULEB Eurocup.
  • Group stage - Top 16: In the second phase of the Euro League, the remaining 16 teams in two groups (E and F ) shall be divided eight teams. Also in this phase come the teams of each group, in home and away matches against each other. The top four teams in each group qualify it for the next round.
  • Playoffs: In one mode, " Best of Five", the remaining eight teams will compete in four team matches against each other. The group winners from the second phase of enjoying at a possibly needed fifth playoff home advantage. The four teams that can decide this for duels to qualify for the final tournament.
  • Final Four Tournament: In a tournament that takes place over one weekend, enter two teams in the semi-finals and play against each other in a single playoff game the winner. These winners will qualify for the finals which shows the winner of the ULEB Euro League.

All finals

* 2001 still took no Final Four tournament. The decision was made in a " best of five " series.

Statistics and awards

→ More accurate and more data to the ULEB Euro League can be found on ULEB Euro League / names and numbers.