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The EuroLeague Women (officially FIBA EuroLeague Women) is the highest professional basketball league in Europe for women's clubs.

EuroLeague Women
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 EuroLeague Women
EuroLeague Women logo.jpg
Official logo of the EuroLeague Women
Sport Basketball
Founded 1958
No. of teams 16 (Group stages)
Country FIBA Europe member associations
Continent Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
Russia Dynamo Kursk (1st title)
Most titles Latvia Daugava Riga (18 titles)
Official website EuroLeague Women

Unlike the EuroLeague for men, the competition is entirely organized by FIBA Europe.

Contents

HistoryEdit

EuroLeague Women is the main women's club basketball competition in Europe.

First established by FIBA in September 1958, the inaugural European women's club competition consisted of 10 teams and came about following the success of an equivalent tournament for men's clubs earlier in the same year. The men's tournament consisted of 46 games, with over 100,000 spectators turning out to watch.

At the initial tournament Slavia Sofia of Bulgaria were crowned champions, beating Soviet Dynamo Moscow 64-40 at home and then 44-34 on the Muscovites court. The two-game home-and-away format for the final remained until 1976, before changing to a single-game format the following year.

During its formative years, the tournament was dominated by Daugava Riga from Latvia (then Soviet Union) who appeared in 16 finals between 1960 and 1977, winning all 16 of them. The Latvian club maintains two records that are difficult to see being bettered, with 18 overall titles, as well as the record for winning 12 consecutive championships.

In the nineties, the competition underwent two key changes. The first was the introduction of the Final Four in 1992; and the second was the rebranding of the competition in 1996, when it went from being known as European Cup for Women's Champion Clubs to what it is known as today: EuroLeague Women.

The Final Four format was given its farewell in Ekaterinburg in 2011, when Halcón Avenida defeated Spartak Moscow Region 68-59; before the 2011/2012 season heralded in a new direction for EuroLeague Women with the Final Four replaced by a Final Eight tournament.

Istanbul were granted the honour of hosting the first Final Eight tournament where Spanish club Ros Casares Valencia prevailed victorious, defeating Rivas Ecópolis 65-52 in the final. In its second year, the EuroLeague Women Final Eight moved to Ekaterinburg, where tournament hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg prevailed 82-56 over Fenerbahçe in the final.

In 2014, Ekaterinburg was once again the host of what would ultimately be the final edition of the Final Eight, with the tournament destined to return to a Final Four format for this season. After shocking the home-town favourites UMMC Ekaterinburg in the semi-finals, Galatasaray then went on to become the first Turkish club to lift the title, defeating cross-city rival Fenerbahçe 69-58 in the gold medal game.

Names of the competitionEdit

  • FIBA Women's European Champions Cup: (1958–1996)
  • EuroLeague Women: (1996–present)

System of competitionEdit

Between 2004–2011Edit

24 clubs took part in the most important European competition. They were divided into four groups of six teams each with home and away games.

The four best-placed clubs in each group qualified for the eighth-final play-offs.

The Eighth-finals were established according to the standings (games won, games lost, goal-average) of each team in the preliminary round. This round was played in a home and away game.

The winners of the eighth-final round qualified for the quarter-final round.

The winners of the quarter-final round qualified for the Final Four, organized by one of the qualified clubs. The semi-finals were played on a Friday and the finals on a Sunday.

EuroLeague winnersEdit

Year Final Third and fourth place
Champion Score Runners-up
1958–59
Details
 
Slavia Sofia
97–84
63–40 / 34–44
 
Dynamo Moscow
 
Spartak Sokolovo
 
Crvena zvezda
1959–60
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
111–71
62–28 / 49–43
 
Slavia Sofia
 
Slovan Orbis Prague
 
Crvena zvezda
1960–61
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
148–114
76–77 / 72–37
 
Slovan Orbis Prague
 
USK Tartu
 
Academic
1961–62
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
103–82
55–38 / 48–44
 
Spartak Leningrad
 
Slovan Orbis Prague
 
Radnički Belgrade
1962–63
Details
 
Slavia Sofia
112–106
52–57 / 60–49
 
Slovan Orbis Prague
 
Daugava Rīga
 
MTK
1963–64
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
103–101
63–58 / 40–43
 
Spartak Sokolovo
 
Slavia Sofia
 
Crvena zvezda
1964–65
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
101–93
49–31 / 52–62
 
Slavia Sofia
 
Wisła Kraków
 
Slovan Orbis Prague
1965–66
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
135–95
62–39 / 73–56
 
Slovan Orbis Prague
 
Wisła Kraków
 
Slavia Sofia
1966–67
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
111–93
56–41 / 55–52
 
Sparta Prague
 
Academic
 
Wisła Kraków
1967–68
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
134–92
76–45 / 58–47
 
Sparta Prague
 
Łódź
 
Recoaro Vicenza
1968–69
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
144–105
62–48 / 82–57
 
Chemie Halle
 
Politehnica București
 
Academic
1969–70
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
120–87
61–45 / 59–42
 
Wisła Kraków
 
Academic
 
Sparta Prague
1970–71
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
134–115
72–59 / 62–56
 
Clermont
 
Academic
 
Wisła Kraków
1971–72
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
166–118
80–59 / 86–59
 
Sparta Prague
 
Geas
 
Clermont
1972–73
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
147–104
64–44 / 83–60
 
Clermont
 
Sparta Prague
 
Geas
1973–74
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
164–120
96–67 / 69–53
 
Clermont
 
Łódź
 
Politehnica București
1974–75
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
159–115
87–59 / 72–56
 
Sparta Prague
 
Geas
 
Clermont
1975–76
Details
 
Sparta Prague
132–115
55–58 / 77–57
 
Clermont
 
Geas
 
Academic
1976–77
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
76–53  
Clermont
 
Geas
 
Sparta Prague
1977–78
Details
 
Sesto Geas
74–66  
Sparta Prague
 
Crvena zvezda
 
Minyor Pernik
1978–79
Details
 
Crvena zvezda
97–62  
BSE
 
Minyor Pernik
 
Sesto Geas
1979–80
Details
 
FIAT
75–66  
Minyor Pernik
 
BOB Oud-Beijerland
 
Crvena zvezda
1980–81
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
83–65  
Crvena zvezda
 
Levski-Spartak
 
Accorsi FIAT
1981–82
Details
 
Daugava Rīga
78–56  
Minyor Pernik
 
Pagnossin Treviso
 
BSE
1982–83
Details
 
Zolu Vicenza
76–67  
Agon 08 Düsseldorf
 
Monting
 
Daugava Rīga
1983–84
Details
 
Levski Sofia
82–77  
Zolu Vicenza
 
VŠ Praha
 
Tungsram
1984–85
Details
 
Fiorella Vicenza
63–55  
Daugava Rīga
 
Agon 08 Düsseldorf
 
Levski-Spartak
1985–86
Details
 
Primigi Vicenza
71–57  
Agon 08 Düsseldorf
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Levski-Spartak
1986–87
Details
 
Primigi Vicenza
86–73  
Dynamo Novosibirsk
 
Agon 08 Düsseldorf
 
Levski-Spartak
1987–88
Details
 
Primigi Vicenza
70–64  
Dynamo Novosibirsk
 
Jedinstvo Tuzla
 
Agon 08 Düsseldorf
1988–89
Details
 
Jedinstvo Tuzla
74–70  
Primigi Vicenza
 
Dynamo Novosibirsk
 
Astarac Mirande
1989–90
Details
 
Enimont Libertas Trogylos
86–71  
CSKA Moscow
 
Crvena zvezda
 
Astarac Mirande
1990–91
Details
 
Conad Cesena
84–66  
Arvika
 
Sporting
 
Elektrosila
1991–92
Details
 
Dorna Godella
66–56  
Dynamo Kiev
 
Pool Comense
 
Sporting
1992–93
Details
 
Dorna Godella
66–58  
Pool Comense
 
Challes-les-Eaux
 
Ružomberok
1993–94
Details
 
Pool Comense
79–68  
Dorna Godella
 
Olimpia Poznań
 
GoldZack Wuppertal
1994–95
Details
 
Pool Comense
64–57  
Dorna Godella
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Valenciennes Olympic
1995–96
Details
 
Wuppertal
76–62  
Pool Comense
 
Ružomberok
 
Bourges
1996–97
Details
 
Bourges
71–52  
Wuppertal
 
Ružomberok
 
Pool Comense
1997–98
Details
 
Bourges
76–64  
Pool Getafe
 
Pool Comense
 
Valenciennes Olympic
1998–99
Details
 
Ružomberok
63–48  
Pool Comense
 
Galatasaray
 
Wuppertal
1999–00
Details
 
Ružomberok
67–64  
Bourges
 
Gambrinus BVV Brno
 
Dynamo Moscow
2000–01
Details
 
Bourges
73–71  
Valenciennes Olympic
 
Pécsi
 
Gambrinus Brno
2001–02
Details
 
Valenciennes Olympic
78–72  
Lotos VBW Clima Gdynia
 
Lavezzini Parma
 
Ružomberok
2002–03
Details
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
82–80  
Valenciennes Olympic
 
Gambrinus Brno
 
Bourges
2003–04
Details
 
Valenciennes Olympic
93–69  
Lotos VBW Clima Gdynia
 
Pécsi
 
Gambrinus Brno
2004–05
Details
 
VBM-SGAU Samara
69–66  
Gambrinus Brno
 
VIČI-Aistės
 
Pécsi
2005–06
Details
 
Gambrinus Brno
68–54  
VBM-SGAU Samara
 
Valenciennes Olympic
 
Lietuvos Telekomas VIČI-Aistės
2006–07
Details
 
Spartak Moscow Region
76–62  
Ros Casares Valencia
 
Volgaburmash Samara
 
Bourges
2007–08
Details
 
Spartak Moscow Region
75–60  
Gambrinus Brno
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
Bourges
2008–09
Details
 
Spartak Moscow Region
85–70  
Avenida
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
Euroleasing Sopron
2009–10
Details
 
Spartak Moscow Region
87–80  
Ros Casares Valencia
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
Can Pack Wisła Kraków
2010–11
Details
 
Halcón Avenida
68–59  
Spartak Moscow Region
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
Ros Casares Valencia
2011–12
Details
 
Ros Casares Valencia
65–52  
Rivas Ecópolis
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
Fenerbahçe
2012–13
Details
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
82–56  
Fenerbahçe
 
Bourges
 
Good Angels Košice
2013–14
Details
 
Galatasaray
69–58  
Fenerbahçe
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
Bourges
2014–15
Details
 
USK Praha
72–68  
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
Dynamo Kursk
 
Fenerbahçe
2015–16
Details
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
72–69  
Nadezhda Orenburg
 
Fenerbahçe
 
USK Praha
2016–17
Details
 
Dynamo Kursk
77–63  
Fenerbahçe
 
UMMC Ekaterinburg
 
USK Praha

StatisticsEdit

Titles by countryEdit

Rank Country Winners Runners-up
1   Soviet Union 18 6
2   Italy 11 5
3   Russia 9 4
4   France 5 8
5   Spain 4 7
6   Bulgaria 3 4
7   Czech Republic 2 2
8   Yugoslavia 2 1
9   Slovakia 2 0
10   Czechoslovakia 1 9
11   Germany 1 3
  Turkey 1 3

Titles by clubEdit

Rank Club Winners Runners-up
1   TTT Riga 18 1
2   Vicenza 5 2
3   Spartak Moscow Region 4 1
4   Ros Casares Valencia 3 4
5   CJM Bourges Basket 3 1
  UMMC Ekaterinburg 3 1
7   Pool Comense 1872 2 3
8   Valenciennes Olympic 2 2
  Slavia Sofia 2 2
10   Ružomberok 2 0
11   Sparta Prague 1 9
12   Brno 1 2
13   Volgaburmash Samara 1 1
  Wuppertal Wings 1 1
  Crvena zvezda 1 1
  Avenida 1 1
17   Levski Sofia 1 0
  FIAT 1 0
  Unicar Cesena 1 0
  GS Trogylos Basket Priolo 1 0
  Sesto San Giovanni 1 0
  Jedinstvo Tuzla 1 0
  Galatasaray 1 0
  USK Praha 1 0
  Dynamo Kursk 1 0

Stats leadersEdit

Season Top scorer PPG Top rebounder RPG Top assistant APG
1991–92   Razija Mujanović 27.3   Razija Mujanović 9.1   Corinne Benintendi 2.7
1992–93   Yelena Khudashova 24.8   Katrina Johnson 11.6   Corinne Benintendi 5.1
1993–94   Razija Mujanović 20.4   Katrina Johnson 12.7   Corinne Benintendi 5.2
1994–95   Clarissa Davis 30.5   Yelena Baranova 9.9   Teresa Weatherspoon 6.0
1995–96   Clarissa Davis 25.9   Venus Lacy 12.7   Svetlana Antipova 6.6
1996–97   Yolanda Griffith 24.7   Yolanda Griffith 17.1   Michele Timms 5.7
1997–98   Jennifer Gillom 21.8   Maria Stepanova 12.4   Lyudmila Konovalova 5.9
1998–99   Sandy Brondello 19.5   Marlies Askamp 12.3   Ana Belén Álvaro 4.8
1999–00   Mila Nikolić 19.1   Margo Dydek 10.6   Aluma Goren 4.4
2000–01   Ann Wauters 20.9   Margo Dydek 10.7   Iveta Bieliková 5.7
2001–02   Albena Branzova 20.8   Yolanda Griffith 11.5   Ticha Penicheiro 5.3
2002–03   Ana Joković 21.1   Margo Dydek 10.4   Audrey Sauret-Gillespie 4.8
2003–04   Gordana Grubin 20.5   Maria Stepanova 12.2   Kristi Willoughby 5.9
2004–05   Katie Douglas 20.4   Michelle Snow 13.6   Dalma Ivanyi 6.9
2005–06   Katie Douglas 20.8   Rebekkah Brunson 11.3   Caroline Aubert 6.1
2006–07   Tina Thompson 21.1   DeLisha Milton-Jones 10.9   Caroline Aubert 6.0
2007–08   Lauren Jackson 23.6   Nicole Ohlde 9.5   Dalma Ivanyi 5.7
2008–09   Diana Taurasi 20.5   Laura Harper 12.0   Dalma Ivanyi 7.5
2009–10   Diana Taurasi 24.9   Candice Dupree 11.0   Anđa Jelavić 6.7
2010–11   Penny Taylor 19.2   Cheryl Ford 14.2   Dalma Ivanyi 5.4
2011–12   Diana Taurasi 20.9   Cheryl Ford 11.9   Sharnee Zoll-Norman 6.6
2012–13   Tina Charles 24.0   Tina Charles 12.5   Laia Palau 6.4
2013–14   Jantel Lavender 20.3   Luca Ivanković 11.1   Laia Palau 6.8
2014–15   Nneka Ogwumike 19.5   Candace Parker 11.0   Laia Palau 7.1
2015–16   Diana Taurasi 20.9   Crystal Langhorne 10.8   Laia Palau 7.1

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