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The 1958 FIBA European Champions Cup was the inaugural season of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). It was won by Rīgas ASK, after they won both EuroLeague Finals games against Academic. Previously, they had not played the semifinals, as Real Madrid was not allowed to travel to Soviet Riga by the Francoist authorities. The first game was held on February 22, 1958, in Brussels, Belgium, where Belgian League champion Royal IV, defeated the Luxembourger League champions, Etzella Ettelbruck, by a score of 82–43.[1] The most notable contributors to Riga's first title included center Jānis Krūmiņš and head coach Alexander Gomelsky.

1958 FIBA European Champions Cup
Competition details
Season 1958
Teams 23
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union Rīgas ASK (1st title)
Runners-up Bulgaria Academic

Contents

Competition systemEdit

23 teams. European national domestic league champions only, playing in a tournament system. The Finals were a two-game home and away aggregate.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group A (Northeast Europe)Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rīgas ASK   176–112   Wissenschaft Berlin 85–56 91–56
Pantterit   131–133   Legia Warsaw 64–62 67–71

Group B (Central Europe)Edit

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Jonction   54–84*   Slovan Orbis 54–84
Union Babenberg   98–191   Honvéd 55–83 43-108
Simmenthal Milano   205–89   The Wolves Amsterdam 115–47 90-42

*Series decided over one game played in Switzerland.

Second roundEdit

The winners of the three pairs in Group B played against each other, in a tournament held in Milan, in order to determine the two clubs that would progress to the Quarterfinals

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Simmenthal Milano   65 – 47   Slovan Orbis Praha
Slovan Orbis Praha   52–61   Honvéd
Simmenthal Milano   80–72   Honvéd
Key to colors
     Qualified to Quarter-finals
     Eliminated
Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Simmenthal Milano 2 2 0 145 119 +26 4
  Honvéd 2 1 1 133 132 +1 3
  Slovan Orbis Praha 2 0 2 99 126 −27 2

Group C (Southeast Europe)Edit

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Jeunesse Sportivo Alep   –*   Union Beirut

*Union Beirut withdrew

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Panellinios   132–138   CCA Bucureşti 60–63 72–75
Modaspor   112–160   AŠK Olimpija 67–74 45–86
Academic   157–101   Jeunesse Sportivo Alep 84–58 73–43

Third roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Academic   161–144   AŠK Olimpija 81–80 80–64
CCA Bucureşti   147–126   Maccabi Tel Aviv 84–65 63–61

Group D (Southwest Europe)Edit

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Royal IV   145–79   Etzella 82–43 63–36

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Royal IV   174–127   ASVEL 81–51 93–76
Barreirense   90–154   Real Madrid 51–68 40–86

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
CCA Bucureşti   142–150   Academic 64–73 78–77
Simmenthal Milano   165–167   Honvéd 80–72* 85–95
Real Madrid   121–116   Royal IV 78–59 43–57
Rīgas ASK   154–122   Legia Warsaw 93–59 61–63

*The result of the game between the two clubs in the tournament of the 1st Round's Group B was used as a result for the 1st leg.

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Honvéd   151–165   Academic 87–89 64–76
Rīgas ASK   -*   Real Madrid

*Real Madrid withdrew as they were not allowed to travel to the Soviet Union.[2]

FinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rīgas ASK   170–152   Academic 86–81 84–71
1958 FIBA European Champions Cup
Champions
 
Rīgas ASK
1st Title

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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