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The 1997–98 FIBA EuroLeague was the 41st installment of the European top-tier level professional club competition for basketball clubs (now called simply EuroLeague). It began on September 18, 1997, and ended on April 23, 1998. The competition's Final Four was held at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, with Kinder Bologna defeating AEK in the EuroLeague Final, in front of 11,900 spectators.[1]

1997–98 FIBA EuroLeague
Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona Catalonia.jpg
The Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona hosted the Final Four
Competition details
Season 1997–98
Teams 24
Dates September 18, 1997 – April 23, 1998
Final positions
Champions Italy Kinder Bologna (1st title)
Runners-up Greece AEK
Third place Italy Benetton Treviso
Fourth place Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
Awards
Final Four MVP Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Savić
Statistical leaders
Points Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Greece Peja Stojaković
20.9
Rebounds Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević
9.6
Assists United States Willie Anderson
4.4

Benetton Treviso finished in the third position, while Partizan finished fourth.

Contents

Competition systemEdit

  • 24 teams (the national domestic league champions from the best leagues, and a variable number of other clubs from the most important national domestic leagues). The competition culminated in a Final Four.

TeamsEdit

First roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Olympiacos 10 7 3 722 702 +20
2.   Efes Pilsen 10 6 4 718 674 +44
3.   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 10 5 5 747 739 +8
4.   CSKA Moscow 10 5 5 763 756 +7
5.   Real Madrid Teka 10 4 6 787 793 –6
6.   Limoges CSP 10 3 7 662 735 –73

Group BEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Benetton Treviso 10 9 1 782 664 +118
2.   Estudiantes 10 6 4 753 747 +6
3.   PAOK 10 6 4 729 672 +57
4.   Türk Telekom PTT 10 5 5 711 716 –5
5.   Split 10 4 6 747 768 –21
6.   FC Porto 10 0 10 688 843 -155

Group CEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Kinder Bologna 10 9 1 773 655 +118
2.   FC Barcelona 10 7 3 828 793 +35
3.   Pau-Orthez 10 5 5 739 750 –11
4.   Partizan 10 4 6 793 807 –14
5.   Ülker 10 3 7 734 769 –35
6.   Hapoel Jerusalem 10 2 8 680 773 –93

Group DEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   AEK 10 6 4 683 653 +30
2.   Teamsystem Bologna 10 6 4 753 788 -35
3.   Cibona 10 5 5 741 732 +8
4.   Alba Berlin 10 5 5 752 754 –2
5.   Union Olimpija 10 4 6 701 716 –15
6.   PSG Racing 10 4 6 668 655 +13

Second roundEdit

(The individual scores and standings of the First round are accumulated in the Second round)

If one or more clubs are level on won-lost record, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  3. Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs are not in the same group)
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match
Key to colors
     Top four places in each group advance to Playoff

Group EEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Olympiacos 16 12 4 1176 1098 78
2.   Efes Pilsen 16 12 4 1232 1106 126
3.   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 16 11 5 1236 1152 84
4.   Split 16 5 11 1185 1243 -58
5.   Türk Telekom PTT 16 5 11 1131 1185 -54
6.   FC Porto 16 0 16 1071 1356 -285

Group FEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Benetton Treviso 16 12 4 1213 1100 113
2.   CSKA Moscow 16 9 7 1217 1159 58
3.   PAOK 16 9 7 1119 1083 36
4.   Estudiantes 16 8 8 1171 1191 -20
5.   Real Madrid Teka 16 7 9 1187 1165 22
6.   Limoges CSP 16 6 10 1099 1199 -100

Group GEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Kinder Bologna 16 13 3 1196 1058 138
2.   Alba Berlin 16 9 7 1203 1208 -5
3.   FC Barcelona 16 9 7 1273 1255 18
4.   Union Olimpija 16 8 8 1144 1136 8
5.   PSG Racing 16 7 9 1062 1054 8
6.   Pau-Orthez 16 6 10 1144 1173 -29

Group HEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   AEK 16 11 5 1123 1055 68
2.   Teamsystem Bologna 16 10 6 1206 1232 -26
3.   Cibona 16 10 6 1245 1204 41
4.   Partizan 16 6 10 1234 1261 -27
5.   Ülker 16 5 11 1201 1242 -41
6.   Hapoel Jerusalem 16 2 14 1090 1243 -153

Top 16Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
CSKA Moscow   2–1   FC Barcelona 81–79 63–75 88–76
Olympiacos   0–2   Partizan 74–78 60–72
Teamsystem Bologna   2–1   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 96–93 72–88 68–65
Kinder Bologna   2–0   Estudiantes 86–62 67–62 {{{8}}}
Efes Pilsen   2–0   Cibona 75–59 102–98 {{{8}}}
Benetton Treviso   2–0   Union Olimpija 81–79 70–61 {{{8}}}
Alba Berlin   2–1   PAOK 77–75 60–81 104–71
AEK   2–0   Split 76–46 62–54 {{{8}}}

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Partizan   2–1   CSKA Moscow 87–72 52–77 89–77
Kinder Bologna   2–0   Teamsystem Bologna 64–52 58–56 {{{8}}}
Benetton Treviso   2–1   Efes Pilsen 67–57 58–59 76–68
AEK   2–0   Alba Berlin 88–68 82–58 {{{8}}}

Final fourEdit

SemifinalsEdit

April 21, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Partizan   61–83   Kinder Bologna
Benetton Treviso   66–69   AEK

3rd place gameEdit

April 23, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Partizan   89–96   Benetton Treviso

FinalEdit

April 23, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Kinder Bologna   58–44   AEK
1997–98 FIBA EuroLeague Champions
 
Kinder Bologna
1st Title

Final standingsEdit

Team
    Kinder Bologna
    AEK
    Benetton Treviso
  Partizan

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit