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Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2015–16 Euroleague
150px
Official logo of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Sport Basketball
Founded 1958
CEO Jordi Bertomeu
President Jordi Bertomeu
Motto I Feel Devotion
No. of teams 31 (preliminary stage)
24 (group stage)
Countries FIBA Europe member associations
Continent Europe
Most recent champion(s) Real Madrid
(9th title)
Most titles Real Madrid
(9 titles)
TV partner(s) Euroleague TV
List of broadcasters
Level on pyramid 1st tier
Official website Euroleague.net

The Turkish Airlines Euroleague, commonly known as the Euroleague, is the highest level tier and most important professional club basketball competition in Europe, with teams from up to 18 different countries, members of FIBA Europe. For sponsorship reasons, for five seasons starting with 2010–11, it is named the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.[1] The competition is controlled by the privately held Euroleague Basketball Company, and features clubs that come from a Europe-wide consortium of leading professional basketball leagues, called ULEB. During the season, the Euroleague is broadcast on television in 199 countries and territories.[2] It can be seen by up to 245 million (800 million via satellite) households weekly in China.[3] It is also televised in the United States and Canada on NBA TV and available online through ESPN3. The Euroleague Final Four is broadcast on television in 201 countries.[4]

History

The Euroleague (or historically called, the European Champions' Cup) was originally established by FIBA and it operated under its umbrella from 1958 until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–00 season. That was when Euroleague Basketball Company was created.

FIBA had never trademarked the "Euroleague" name, even though it had used that name for the competition since 1996. Euroleague Basketball simply appropriated the name, and since FIBA had no legal recourse to do anything about it, it was forced to find a new name for its championship series. Thus, the following 2000–2001 season started with 2 separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as the FIBA Euroleague) and the brand new Euroleague 2000–01 season.

The rift in European professional club basketball initially showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were also split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Baskonia and Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball.

In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a unified competition. Although only a year old, Euroleague Basketball negotiated from a position of strength and dictated proceedings. FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to Euroleague Basketball's terms. As a result, European club competition was fully integrated under Euroleague Basketball's umbrella and teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000–01 season joined it as well.

In essence, the authority in European professional basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions (like the FIBA EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympics), while Euroleague Basketball took over the European professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA's Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when Euroleague Basketball launched the ULEB Cup, now known as the Eurocup.

Names of the competition

  • FIBA era: (1958–2001)
    • FIBA European Champions Cup: (1958–1991)
    • FIBA European League ("FIBA Euro League"): (1991–1996)
    • FIBA Euroleague: (1996–2000)
    • FIBA SuproLeague: (2000–2001)
  • Euroleague Basketball era: (2000–present)
    • Euroleague: (2000 – present)

*There were two separate competitions during the 2000–01 season. The SuproLeague, which was organized by FIBA, and the Euroleague, which was organized by Euroleague Basketball Company.

Turkish Airlines name sponsorship

On 26 July 2010, Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball announced a €15 million strategic agreement to sponsor the top European basketball competition across the globe. According to the agreement, starting with the 2010–11 season, the top European competition will be named Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball. Similarly, the Euroleague Final Four will be named the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, whereby the new league title will appear in all media accordingly. This title partnership will run for five seasons, with the option of extending it to an additional five.[5][6] On 23 October 2013, Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball have agreed to extend their partnership up until 2020.[7]

Format

Since the 2009–10 season, the Euroleague's first phase has been the Qualifying Rounds, which involve eight clubs bracketed into a knockout tournament consisting of two-legged matches. The four survivors of the First Qualifying Round are paired against one another for the Second Qualifying Round, with the two winners playing for the last spot in the Euroleague Regular Season. All losing clubs in the Qualifying Rounds parachute into ULEB's second-tier Eurocup.

The next phase is the Regular Season, in which 24 teams participate; from 2009–10, the participants will include 23 clubs automatically entered into the Regular Season plus the Qualifying Round winner. 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. Before 2008–09, the teams were divided into three groups of eight teams each, with the top five teams in each group plus the top sixth-place finisher advancing. Now, the Regular Season involves four groups with six teams each, with the first four teams in each group advancing. Since the 2013–14 season, the eight eliminated teams in this stage are dropped to the Eurocup.

The second phase, known as the Top 16, then begins, featuring the 16 survivors of the Regular Season, drawn into eight-team groups. As in the Regular Season, each Top 16 group is contested in a double round-robin format.

The third phase, the Quarterfinal round, has been played since the 2004–05 season. Before, only the group winners advanced to the Euroleague Final Four (see below). Now, the first- and second-place teams from each group advance. In the quarterfinal round, the first-place team from each group is matched against a second-place team from another group in a playoff series. Through the 2007–08 season, the series was best-of-three, and expanded to best-of-five for 2008–09. Home advantage in the series goes to the first-place team.

The Final Four, held at a predetermined site, features the winners of the four quarterfinal series in one-off knockout matches. The semifinal losers play for third place; the winners play for the championship.

The 2010 Final Four was held on 7 and 9 May at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris. The 2011 Final Four was held at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

For the 2012–13 Euroleague season the Top 16 was changed from four groups of four teams to two groups of eight teams. The four best teams in each group will go on the quarterfinals.

Qualifications

The league usually, but not always, includes domestic champions from the leading countries. Depending on the country, places in the Euroleague may be awarded on the basis of:

  • Performance in the previous season's domestic league.
  • Performance over the previous two or three domestic seasons.
  • Contracts with Euroleague Basketball Company.
  • In addition, the winner of the previous season's Eurocup receives a place.

For example, two 2007–08 domestic champions from ULEB member countries did not compete in the 2008–09 EuroleagueZadar (Croatia) and Hapoel Holon (Israel). Zadar played in the second-level Eurocup in 2008–09. Hapoel Holon, however, did not compete in any of the three European continental club competitions—not even the third-tier EuroChallenge (which is run by FIBA Europe instead of Euroleague Basketball Company)—because of financial difficulties.

Starting with the 2009–10 season, the entrance criteria changed:

  • A number of clubs chosen via a formula based on competitive performance, television revenues, and home attendance, receive "A Licenses", giving them automatic entry into the Euroleague regular season phase. Originally, 13 clubs received A Licenses, with Asseco Prokom Gdynia of Poland becoming the 14th before the 2011–12 season.[8] A Licenses are awarded for three years, meaning that the next adjustment of A Licenses will not take place until 2012–13. However, Euroleague Basketball Company suspended the A License of Virtus Roma after the club finished in the bottom half of its domestic league in 2010–11.[9]
  • Eight clubs receive one-year "B Licenses" into the Euroleague regular season. Seven of them are directly based on the ranking of the domestic league in which the club competes. The eighth is a three-year "wild card" license based on similar factors to the A Licenses; the first such license was awarded to ASVEL Basket of France.
  • The winner of the previous year's Eurocup receives a one-year "C License" into the Euroleague regular season. If the club qualifies for a direct B License into the regular season via its domestic league, the C License will be awarded to the club not already qualified for the regular season that is highest on the Euroleague entry list.
  • Eight other clubs receive one-year "B Licenses" into the Euroleague qualifying rounds, with two advancing into the regular season.

Teams with A license

           

Teams that lost the A license

Arena standards

Effective as of the 2012–13 season, Euroleague clubs with an "A License" must host their home matches in arenas that have a seating capacity of at least 10,000 people. In 2008, Euroleague Basketball Company decided to increase the arena seating requirement to 10,000 within four years time in order to force clubs to move into and/or build bigger arenas. This was done in hopes of increasing revenues through more ticket sales. Non "A License" Euroleague clubs must play in arenas that seat at least 5,000 people.

Current teams

These are the teams that participate in the 2014–15 season: Template:Euroleague teams

Finals

Main article: Euroleague Finals
Year Final Third and fourth place
Champion Score Second place
1958
Details
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ASK Riga
170–152
(86–81 / 71–84)
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Akademik
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Honvéd
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Real Madrid
1958–59
Details
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ASK Riga
148–125
(79–58 / 67–69)
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Akademik
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OKK Belgrade
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Lech Poznań
1959–60
Details
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ASK Riga
130–113
(51–61 / 69–62)
30px
Dinamo Tbilisi
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Polonia Warsaw
30px
Slovan Orbis Prague
1960–61
Details
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CSKA Moscow
148–128
(87–62 / 66–61)
30px
ASK Riga
30px
Real Madrid
30px
Steaua București
1961–62
Details
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Dinamo Tbilisi
90–83 30px
Real Madrid
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AŠK Olimpija
30px
CSKA Moscow
1962–63
Details
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CSKA Moscow
259–240
(86–69 / 91–74 / 99–80)
30px
Real Madrid
30px
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
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Dinamo Tbilisi
1963–64
Details
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Real Madrid
183–174
(110–99 / 84–64)
30px
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
30px
OKK Belgrade
30px
Olimpia Milano (Simmenthal)
1964–65
Details
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Real Madrid
157–150
(88–81 / 76–62)
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Varèse (Ignis)
30px
OKK Belgrade
1965–66
Details
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Olimpia Milano (Simmenthal)
77–72 30px
Slavia Prague
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
AEK
1966–67
Details
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Real Madrid
91–83 30px
Olimpia Milano (Simmenthal)
30px
AŠK Olimpija
30px
Slavia Prague
1967–68
Details
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Real Madrid
98–95 30px
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
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Olimpia Milano (Simmenthal)
30px
Zadar
1968–69
Details
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CSKA Moscow
103–99 (2 OT's) 30px
Real Madrid
30px
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
30px
Standard Liège
1969–70
Details
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Varèse (Ignis)
79–74 30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Real Madrid
30px
Slavia Prague
1970–71
Details
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CSKA Moscow
67–53 30px
Varèse (Ignis)
30px
Real Madrid
30px
Slavia Prague
1971–72
Details
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Varèse (Ignis)
70–69 30px
Split (Jugoplastika)
30px
Real Madrid
30px
Panathinaikos
1972–73
Details
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Varèse (Ignis)
71–66 30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Crvena Zvezda
30px
Olimpia Milano (Simmenthal)
1973–74
Details
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Real Madrid
84–82 30px
Varèse (Ignis)
30px
Radnički Belgrade
30px
Berck
1974–75
Details
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Varèse (Ignis)
79–66 30px
Real Madrid
30px
Berck
30px
Zadar
1975–76
Details
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Varèse (Mobilgirgi)
81–74 30px
Real Madrid
30px
Cantù (Forst)
30px
ASVEL
1976–77
Details
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Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
78–77 30px
Varèse (Mobilgirgi)
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Real Madrid
1977–78
Details
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Real Madrid
75–67 30px
Varèse (Mobilgirgi)
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
ASVEL
1978–79
Details
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Bosna
75–67 30px
Varèse (Emerson)
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Real Madrid
1979–80
Details
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Real Madrid
89–85 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Bosna
30px
Virtus Bologna (Sinudyne)
1980–81
Details
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Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
80–79 30px
Virtus Bologna (Sinudyne)
30px
Den Bosch (Nashua)
30px
Bosna
1981–82
Details
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Cantù (Squibb)
86–80 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Partizan
30px
FC Barcelona
1982–83
Details
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Cantù (Ford)
69–68 30px
Olimpia Milano (Billy)
30px
Real Madrid
30px
CSKA Moscow
1983–84
Details
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Virtus Roma (Banco di Roma)
79–73 30px
FC Barcelona
30px
Cantù (Jollycolombani)
30px
Bosna
1984–85
Details
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Cibona
87–78 30px
Real Madrid
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
CSKA Moscow
1985–86
Details
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Cibona
94–82 30px
Žalgiris
30px
Olimpia Milano (Simac)
30px
Real Madrid
1986–87
Details
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Olimpia Milano (Tracer)
71–69 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Orthez
30px
Zadar
1987–88
Details
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Olimpia Milano (Tracer)
90–84 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Partizan
30px
Aris
1988–89
Details
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Split (Jugoplastika)
75–69 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Aris
30px
FC Barcelona
1989–90
Details
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Split (Jugoplastika)
72–67 30px
FC Barcelona
30px
Limoges
30px
Aris
1990–91
Details
30px
Split (Pop 84)
70–65 30px
FC Barcelona
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Scavolini)
1991–92
Details
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Partizan
71–70 30px
Joventut Badalona (Montigalà)
30px
Olimpia Milano (Philips)
30px
Estudiantes (Caja Postal)
1992–93
Details
30px
Limoges
59–55 30px
Treviso (Benetton)
30px
PAOK
30px
Real Madrid
1993–94
Details
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Joventut Badalona (7Up)
59–57 30px
Olympiacos
30px
Panathinaikos
30px
FC Barcelona
1994–95
Details
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Real Madrid
73–61 30px
Olympiacos
30px
Panathinaikos
30px
Limoges
1995–96
Details
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Panathinaikos
67–66 30px
FC Barcelona
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Real Madrid
1996–97
Details
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Olympiacos
73–58 30px
FC Barcelona
30px
Olimpija (Smelt)
30px
ASVEL
1997–98
Details
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Virtus Bologna (Kinder)
58–44 30px
AEK
30px
Treviso (Benetton)
30px
Partizan
1998–99
Details
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Žalgiris
82–74 30px
Virtus Bologna (Kinder)
30px
Olympiacos
30px
Fortitudo Bologna (Teamsystem)
1999–00
Details
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Panathinaikos
73–67 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Efes Pilsen
30px
FC Barcelona
2000–01
Details
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
81–67 30px
Panathinaikos
30px
Efes Pilsen
30px
CSKA Moscow
2000–01
Details
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Virtus Bologna (Kinder)
3–2
(65–78 / 94–73 / 60–80 / 96–79 / 82–74)
30px
Baskonia (Tau Cerámica)
30px
Fortitudo Bologna (Paf Wennington)
30px
AEK
2001–02
Details
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Panathinaikos
89–83 30px
Virtus Bologna (Kinder)
30px
Treviso (Benetton)
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
2002–03
Details
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FC Barcelona
76–65 30px
Treviso (Benetton)
30px
Siena (Montepaschi)
30px
CSKA Moscow
2003–04
Details
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
118–74 30px
Fortitudo Bologna (Skipper)
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Siena (Montepaschi)
2004–05
Details
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
90–78 30px
Baskonia (Tau Cerámica)
30px
Panathinaikos
30px
CSKA Moscow
2005–06
Details
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CSKA Moscow
73–69 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Baskonia (Tau Cerámica)
30px
FC Barcelona
2006–07
Details
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Panathinaikos
93–91 30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Málaga (Unicaja)
30px
Baskonia (Tau Cerámica)
2007–08
Details
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CSKA Moscow
91–77 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Elite)
30px
Siena (Montepaschi)
30px
Baskonia (Tau Cerámica)
2008–09
Details
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Panathinaikos
73–71 30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
FC Barcelona
30px
Olympiacos
2009–10
Details
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FC Barcelona
86–68 30px
Olympiacos
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Partizan
2010–11
Details
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Panathinaikos
78–70 Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Electra)
30px
Siena (Montepaschi)
30px
Real Madrid
2011–12
Details
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Olympiacos
62–61 30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
FC Barcelona
30px
Panathinaikos
2012–13
Details
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Olympiacos
100–88 30px
Real Madrid
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
FC Barcelona
2013–14
Details
Template:Country data ISR
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Electra)
98–86 (OT) 30px
Real Madrid
30px
FC Barcelona
30px
CSKA Moscow
2014–15
Details
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Real Madrid
78–59 30px
Olympiacos
30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
Fenerbahçe (Ülker)

Titles by club

Rank Club Titles Runner-up Champion Years
1. 23x15px Real Madrid 9 8 1963-64, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1973-74, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1994-95, 2014-15
2. Template:Country data ISR Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 9 1976-77, 1980-81, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2013-14
3. 23x15px CSKA Moscow 6 6 1960-61, 1962-63, 1968-69, 1970-71, 2005-06, 2007-08
4. 23x15px Panathinaikos 6 1 1995-96, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11
5. 23x15px Varèse 5 5 1969-70, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1974-75, 1975-76
6. 23x15px Olympiacos 3 4 1996-97, 2011-12, 2012-13
7. 23x15px Olimpia Milano 3 2 1965-66, 1986-87, 1987-88
8. 23x15px ASK Riga 3 1 1958, 1958-59, 1959-60
9. 23x15px Split 3 1 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91
10. 23x15px FC Barcelona 2 5 2002-03, 2009-10
11. 23x15px Virtus Bologna 2 3 1997-98, 2000-01
12. 23x15px Cantù 2 1981-82, 1982-83
13. 23x15px Cibona 2 1984-85, 1985-86
14. 23x15px Dinamo Tbilisi 1 1 1961-62
15. 23x15px Joventut Badalona 1 1 1993-94
16. 23x15px Žalgiris 1 1 1998-99
17. 23x15px Bosna 1 1978-79
18. 23x15px Virtus Roma 1 1983-84
19. 23x15px Partizan 1 1991-92
20. 23x15px Limoges 1 1992-93
21. 23x15px Akademik 2
22. 23x15px Brno 2
23. 23x15px Treviso 2
24. 23x15px Baskonia 2
25. 23x15px Slavia Prague 1
26. 23x15px AEK 1
27. 23x15px Fortitudo Bologna 1

Titles by nation

Rank Country Titles Runners-up
1. 23x15px Italy 13 13
2. 23x15px Spain 12 16
3. 23x15px Greece 9 6
4. 23x15px Soviet Union 8 6
5. Template:Country data ISR Israel 6 9
6. 23x15px Yugoslavia 6 1
7. 23x15px Russia 2 3
8. 23x15px Yugoslavia 1
9. 23x15px France 1
10. 23x15px Lithuania 1
11. 23x15px Czechoslovakia 3
12. 23x15px Bulgaria 2

Euroleague awards

Main article: Euroleague Awards

Records

Euroleague versus NBA games

Statistical leaders

All-time leaders

Since the beginning of the 2000–01 season (Euroleague Basketball Company era):

Average Accumulated
Points 23x15px Alphonso Ford 22.22 23x15px Juan Carlos Navarro 3,496
Rebounds 23x15px Joseph Blair 10.05 23x15px Felipe Reyes 1,294
Assists 23x15px Omar Cook 5.18 23x15px Dimitris Diamantidis 1,009
Steals 23x15px Emanuel Ginóbili 2.73 23x15px Dimitris Diamantidis 389
Blocks 23x15px Shawn James 1.55 23x15px Fran Vázquez 223
Index Rating 23x15px Anthony Parker 21.41 23x15px Dimitris Diamantidis 3,482

Individual performances

Media coverage

Sponsors

See also

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References

  1. "– Euroleague, Turkish Airlines sign strategic partnership deal". Euroleague.net. 26 July 2010. 
  2. "Euroleague Basketball, Televisión Española (TVE) reach agreement in principle to broadcast Real Madrid's Turkish Airlines Euroleague games". Euroleague.net. 19 March 2013. 
  3. "– CSPN China to broadcast Turkish Airlines Euroleague". Euroleague.net. 16 December 2010. 
  4. "Television coverage set to break Final Four records". Euroleague.net. 14 May 2014. 
  5. "Turkish Airlines And Euroleague Basketball Sign Strategic Partnership Agreememt" (Press release). Euroleague Basketball. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  6. "An important strategic partnership agreement between Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball..." (Press release). Turkish Airlines. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  7. "Turkish Airlines, Euroleague Basketball Cement Partnership Through 2020". turkishairlines.com. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  8. "Euroleague assembly meets before 2011–12 draw" (Press release). Euroleague Basketball. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  9. "New teams proposed as 2011–12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague participants" (Press release). Euroleague Basketball. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  10. "Partizan sets crowd record at Belgrade Arena!". Euroleague.net. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  11. Euroleague.net Radivoj Korac's 99 points.

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