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FIBA Americas League

FIBA Americas League
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2015 FIBA Americas League
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Sport Basketball
Founded 2007
CEO 23x15px Usie Richards
No. of teams 16
Country FIBA Americas members
Continent Americas
Most recent champion(s) 23x15px Bauru
(1st title)
Most titles 23x15px Peñarol
(2 titles)
TV partner(s) DirecTV
SporTV (Brazil)
Level on pyramid 1st-tier
South America
Central America
Caribbean
Mexico
Official website FIBA Americas.com

The FIBA Americas League (Portuguese: FIBA Liga das Américas, Spanish: FIBA Liga de las Américas) is an international men's professional basketball club competition played annually by clubs of the Americas. It is organized by FIBA Americas. The first edition started on December 4, 2007.[1]

The winner of the competition is crowned as the champion of all of the FIBA Americas zone region. It is the first-tier and most important professional international club basketball competition in the regions of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The league culminates each year in a final four showdown, called the FIBA Americas League Final Four. Currently, the winner of each season's FIBA Americas tournament, plays against the winner of each season's Euroleague competition at the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, in order to determine an official club world cup champion.

History

The FIBA Americas League was formed in 2007, as a professional men's basketball club competition, under the organization of FIBA Americas, with the goal of creating a world-class top level multinational basketball league in the Americas region. The league was modeled after the Euroleague, Europe's top-tier multinational club basketball league. The main reason for creating the league was the promotion and growth of the sport, and the increased level of competition that would come from the creation of a multinational super league in the FIBA Americas region.

Another one of the main goals in the creation of the league was to eventually revive the dormant FIBA Intercontinental Cup, so that clubs from the FIBA Americas region could once again directly compete against top Euroleague teams in official games, and so that an official world cup championship could once again be contested. FIBA World decided to revive the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 2013, deciding that the champions of the FIBA Americas League would play against the champions of the Euroleague, to decide on the world club champion. It was then decided by FIBA World that the tournament would be played every year from then on for the foreseeable future.

Another goal in creating the league was to form a league system of teams that could form a partnership with the Euroleague and NBA on playing friendly games during the preseason, in the same way that the Euroleague and NBA teams were already playing against each other during the preseason. This was finally realized in the 2014–15 preseason, when teams from the FIBA Americas League played against teams from both the Euroleague and the NBA.

Format

Under the original format, 16 participating clubs were divided in four groups, of four teams each. The top two clubs of each group qualified for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals winners then played a four-team group stage, in a yet to be determined host city.[2]

Under the current format, the 16 participating clubs are divided in four groups, of four teams each. The top two clubs of each group qualify for the semifinals. The semifinals winners qualify to play at the FIBA Americas League Final Four, in a yet to be determined host city. The final four format was held for the first time in 2014.

Results

List of champions

Year Host (Final four) Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Number of teams
2007–08
Details
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Mexicali
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Peñarol de Mar del Plata
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Soles de Mexicali
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Miami Tropics
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Minas
16
2008–09
Details
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Xalapa
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Brasília
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Halcones UV Xalapa
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Biguá
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Minas
16
2009–10
Details
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Mar del Plata
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Peñarol de Mar del Plata
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Espartanos de Margarita
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Halcones UV Xalapa
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Quimsa
16
2010–11
Details
23x15px
Xalapa
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Regatas Corrientes
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Capitanes de Arecibo
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Halcones UV Xalapa
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Halcones Rojos
16
2012
Details
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Formosa
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Pioneros de Quintana Roo
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La Unión de Formosa
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Obras Sanitarias
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Brasília
16
2013
Details
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Arecibo
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Pinheiros
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Lanús
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Capitanes de Arecibo
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Brasília
12
2014
Details
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Rio de Janeiro
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Flamengo
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Pinheiros
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Aguada
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Halcones UV Xalapa
16
2015
Details
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Rio de Janeiro
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Bauru
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Pioneros de Quintana Roo
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Flamengo
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Peñarol de Mar del Plata
16

Performances

By club

Team Winners Runners-Up Third Place Fourth Place
23x15px Peñarol de Mar del Plata 2 (2007–08, 2009–10) 0 0 1 (2015)
23x15px Pinheiros 1 (2013) 1 (2014) 0 0
23x15px Pioneros de Quintana Roo 1 (2012) 1 (2015) 0 0
23x15px Flamengo 1 (2014) 0 1 (2015) 0
23x15px Brasília 1 (2008–09) 0 0 2 (2012, 2013)
23x15px Regatas Corrientes 1 (2010–11) 0 0 0
23x15px Bauru 1 (2015) 0 0 0
23x15px Halcones UV Xalapa 0 1 (2008–09) 2 (2009–10, 2010–11) 1 (2014)
23x15px Capitanes de Arecibo 0 1 (2010–11) 1 (2013) 0
23x15px Soles de Mexicali 0 1 (2007–08) 0 0
23x15px Espartanos de Margarita 0 1 (2009–10) 0 0
23x15px La Unión de Formosa 0 1 (2012) 0 0
23x15px Lanús 0 1 (2013) 0 0
23x15px Miami Tropics 0 0 1 (2007–08) 0
23x15px Biguá 0 0 1 (2008–09) 0
23x15px Obras Sanitarias 0 0 1 (2012) 0
23x15px Aguada 0 0 1 (2014) 0
23x15px Minas 0 0 0 2 (2007–08, 2008–09)
23x15px Quimsa 0 0 0 1 (2009–10)
23x15px Halcones Rojos 0 0 0 1 (2010–11)

By country

Nation Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
23x15px Brazil 4 1 1 4
23x15px Argentina 3 2 1 2
23x15px Mexico 1 3 2 2
23x15px Puerto Rico 0 1 1 0
23x15px Venezuela 0 1 0 0
23x15px Uruguay 0 0 2 0
23x15px United States 0 0 1 0

FIBA Americas League awards

MVP Award

Season MVP Team
2007–08 23x15px
Quincy Wadley
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Peñarol de Mar del Plata
2008–09 23x15px
Alex Garcia
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Brasília
2009–10 23x15px
Kyle LaMonte
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Peñarol de Mar del Plata
2010–11 23x15px
Federico Kammerichs
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Regatas Corrientes
2012 23x15px23x15px
Chris Hernández
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Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2013 23x15px
Shamell Stallworth
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Pinheiros
2014 23x15px
Marcelinho Machado
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Flamengo
2015 23x15px
Alex Garcia
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Bauru

Top Scorer

Season Top Scorer Team Points Per Game
2007–08 23x15px
Quincy Wadley
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Peñarol de Mar del Plata
23.1
2008–09 23x15px
Leandro García Morales
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Biguá
24.3
2009–10 23x15px
Leandro García Morales
&
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Héctor Romero
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Halcones UV Xalapa
&
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Espartanos de Margarita
20.5
2010–11 23x15px
Jaime Lloreda
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Halcones Rojos
19.8
2012 23x15px
Tony Washam
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Obras Sanitarias
19.6
2013 23x15px
Shamell Stallworth
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Pinheiros
20.2
2014 23x15px
Leandro García Morales
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Aguada
28.3
2015 23x15px
Justin Keenan
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Pioneros de Quintana Roo
19.3

See also

References

  1. ^ "FIBA Americas League - Clubs gear up for tip off". FIBA. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Três clubes brasucas na Liga das Américas" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

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