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FIBA EuroChallenge (called the FIBA Europe League in 2003–05, and FIBA EuroCup in 2005–08)[2] was the 3rd tier level transnational men's professional club basketball competition in Europe, from 2003 to 2015. It was organized and run by FIBA Europe. It is not to be confused with the FIBA EuroCup Challenge – the now defunct 4th tier level transnational men's professional club basketball competition in Europe, which was also organized and run by FIBA Europe, and played during the 2002–03 to 2006–07 seasons. In 2015, FIBA dissolved the EuroChallenge, in order to start the Basketball Champions League (BCL) and FIBA Europe Cup, to compete with the EuroLeague and EuroCup.[3]

EuroChallenge
FIBA EuroChallenge logo.png
Primary logo (2013–2015)[1]
FormerlyFIBA Europe League
(2003–2005)
FIBA EuroCup
(2005–2008)
SportBasketball
Founded2003
Ceased2015
Replaced byFIBA Europe Cup
MottoWe Are Basketball
No. of teams32
CountryFIBA Europe member associations
ContinentEurope FIBA Europe (Europe)
Last
champion(s)
France Nanterre
(1st title)
Most titles12 teams from 8 countries
(1 title each)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toEuroCup2nd tier (Finalists)
Official websiteEuroChallenge

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EuroCup promotionEdit

Each season's two EuroChallenge finalists were promoted to the next season's 2nd tier level, the EuroCup competition.

HistoryEdit

The competition was created in 2003, following the defections of most of the top European basketball teams from the former FIBA SuproLeague, which heralded the formation of the new version of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, under the umbrella of Euroleague Basketball. From the 2004–05 season, EuroChallenge was considered to be the 3rd strongest international professional basketball competition for men's clubs in Europe, after both the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the EuroCup (both of which fall under the supervision of Euroleague Basketball). Though, during the first two seasons of the competition's coexistence with the EuroCup, the EuroChallenge (under the name FIBA Europe League) was favored by Italian, Russian and Greek teams, making both competitions quite comparable in strength.

In 2015, FIBA Europe dissolved the EuroChallenge, to start a new self-anointed second-tier competition, called the Basketball Champions League (BCL), in an attempt to compete with the EuroCup.[4]

Final FoursEdit

All-time EuroChallenge Finals/Final Four MVP award winners (2004–2015)Edit

Records and statisticsEdit

Performances by clubEdit

 
The 2013 EuroChallenge trophy, which was won by Krasnye Krylya.
Performance in the FIBA EuroChallenge by club
Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
  Krasnye Krylia Samara 1 1 2013 2010
  Nanterre 1 0 2015
  Pallacanestro Reggiana 1 0 2014
  Beşiktaş 1 0 2012
  Krka Novo mesto 1 0 2011
  BG Göttingen 1 0 2010
  Virtus Bologna 1 0 2009
  Barons LMT 1 0 2008
  Girona 1 0 2007
  Joventut Badalona 1 0 2006
  Dyanmo Saint Petersburg 1 0 2005
  UNICS Kazan 1 0 2004
  Maroussi 0 1 2004
  Kyiv 0 1 2005
  Khimki 0 1 2006
  Azovmash 0 1 2007
  Dexia Mons-Hainaut 0 1 2008
  Cholet 0 1 2009
  Lokomotiv Kuban 0 1 2011
  Élan Chalon 0 1 2012
  Pınar Karşıyaka 0 1 2013
  Triumph Lyubertsy 0 1 2014
  Trabzonspor 0 1 2015
Total 12 12

Performances by countryEdit

Performance in the FIBA EuroChallenge by country
Country Won Runner-up Winning clubs Runners-up
  Russia 3 4 Krasnye Krylia Samara (1), BC Dynamo Saint Petersburg (1), UNICS Kazan (1) Krasnye Krylia Samara (1), Lokomotiv Kuban (1), BC Khimki (1), Triumph Lyubertsy (1)
  Italy 2 0 Virtus Bologna (1), Pallacanestro Reggiana (1)
  Spain 2 0 CB Girona (1), Joventut Badalona (1)
  France 1 2 JSF Nanterre (1) Élan Chalon (1), Cholet Basket (1)
  Turkey 1 2 Beşiktaş (1) Pınar Karşıyaka (1), Trabzonspor (1)
  Germany 1 0 BG Göttingen (1)
  Latvia 1 0 Barons LMT (1)
  Slovenia 1 0 KK Krka (1)
  Ukraine 0 2 BC Kyiv (1), BC Azovmash (1)
  Greece 0 1 Maroussi B.C. (1)
  Belgium 0 1 Dexia Mons-Hainaut (1)
Total 12 12

Individual records and statistical leadersEdit

All-Star GameEdit

Winning rostersEdit

FIBA Europe LeagueEdit

FIBA EuroCupEdit

FIBA EuroChallengeEdit

References and notesEdit

External linksEdit