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The EuroLeague Final Four is the final four format championship of the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague professional club basketball competition. The Euroleague Basketball Company used the final four format for the first time in 2002, following the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague Final Four, which was the last final four held by FIBA Europe. In the original FIBA Europe competition, as seen below, the final four was used for the first time at the 1966 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four. The final four format was used again the next year, with the 1967 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, but was then abandoned.

The final four finally returned as the format of choice, for the first time during its modern era, with the 1988 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four. It is known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four for name sponsorship reasons. Panathinaikos has been the most successful team at the EuroLeague Final Four, since the modern final four era began in the 1987–88 season, winning the title 6 times (1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011).

The EuroLeague Final Four is broadcast on TV in up to 213 countries and territories.[1]

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HistoryEdit

Names of the Final FourEdit

  • FIBA era (1958–2001):
    • FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four (1966–1967, 1988–1991)
    • FIBA European League Final Four ("FIBA EuroLeague Final Four") (1992–1996)
    • FIBA EuroLeague Final Four (1997–2000)[2]
    • FIBA SuproLeague Final Four (2001)
  • Euroleague Basketball era (since 2000):
    • Euroleague Final Four (2002–2016)
    • EuroLeague Final Four (since 2017)

Historical changesEdit

The first time the EuroLeague used a Final Four format to decide its league champion, was at the conclusion of the 1965–66 and 1966–67 seasons, when it held the 1966 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, and the 1967 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four. Those first two final fours were won by Simmenthal Milano (1966) and Real Madrid (1967). FIBA Europe did not use the final four format again until the 1987–88 season, when it held the 1988 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, which was also won by Tracer Milano.

The EuroLeague Final Four has been held every year since, with FIBA Europe organizing it until 2001, and the Euroleague Basketball Company organizing it since 2002.

There were two separate competitions during the 2000–01 season. The SuproLeague, which was organized by FIBA, and the EuroLeague, which was organized by Euroleague Basketball Company. Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague competition, in its inaugural year, used a playoff format, with the two professional teams from Bologna (Virtus and Fortitudo), AEK, and TAU reaching the tournament's semifinals. Virtus was the winner of the 2001 Euroleague Finals.

EuroLeague Final Four by seasonEdit

Year Host city Champion Runner-up Third place Fourth place
FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four (early events)
1966 Bologna   Simmenthal Milano   Slavia VŠ Praha   CSKA Moscow   AEK
1967 Madrid   Real Madrid   Simmenthal Milano   AŠK Olimpija   Slavia VŠ Praha
FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four
1988 Ghent   Tracer Milano   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Partizan   Aris
1989 Munich   Jugoplastika   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Aris   FC Barcelona
1990 Zaragoza   Jugoplastika   FC Barcelona   Limoges CSP   Aris
1991 Paris   Pop 84   FC Barcelona   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Scavolini Pesaro
FIBA European League Final Four
1992 Istanbul   Partizan   Montigalà Joventut   Philips Milano   Estudiantes Caja Postal
1993 Piraeus   Limoges CSP   Benetton Treviso   PAOK   Real Madrid Teka
1994 Tel Aviv   7up Joventut   Olympiacos   Panathinaikos   Banca Catalana FC Barcelona
1995 Zaragoza   Real Madrid Teka   Olympiacos   Panathinaikos   Limoges CSP
1996 Paris   Panathinaikos   Banca Catalana FC Barcelona   CSKA Moscow   Real Madrid Teka
FIBA EuroLeague Final Four
1997 Rome   Olympiacos   Banca Catalana FC Barcelona   Smelt Olimpija   ASVEL
1998 Barcelona   Kinder Bologna   AEK   Benetton Treviso   Partizan
1999 Munich   Žalgiris   Kinder Bologna   Olympiacos   Teamsystem Bologna
2000 Thessaloniki   Panathinaikos   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Efes Pilsen   FC Barcelona
FIBA SuproLeague Final Four
2001 Paris   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Panathinaikos   Efes Pilsen   CSKA Moscow
Euroleague Final Four
2002 Bologna   Panathinaikos   Kinder Bologna   Benetton Treviso   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2003 Barcelona   FC Barcelona   Benetton Treviso   Montepaschi Siena   CSKA Moscow
2004 Tel Aviv   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Skipper Bologna   CSKA Moscow   Montepaschi Siena
2005 Moscow   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Tau Cerámica   Panathinaikos   CSKA Moscow
2006 Prague   CSKA Moscow   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Tau Cerámica   Winterthur FC Barcelona
2007 Athens   Panathinaikos   CSKA Moscow   Unicaja   Tau Cerámica
2008 Madrid   CSKA Moscow   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   Montepaschi Siena   Tau Cerámica
2009 Berlin   Panathinaikos   CSKA Moscow   Regal FC Barcelona   Olympiacos
2010 Paris   Regal FC Barcelona   Olympiacos   CSKA Moscow   Partizan
2011 Barcelona   Panathinaikos   Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv   Montepaschi Siena   Real Madrid
2012 Istanbul   Olympiacos   CSKA Moscow   FC Barcelona Regal   Panathinaikos
2013 London   Olympiacos   Real Madrid   CSKA Moscow   FC Barcelona Regal
2014 Milan   Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv   Real Madrid   FC Barcelona   CSKA Moscow
2015 Madrid   Real Madrid   Olympiacos   CSKA Moscow   Fenerbahçe Ülker
2016 Berlin   CSKA Moscow   Fenerbahçe   Lokomotiv Kuban   Laboral Kutxa
EuroLeague Final Four
2017 Istanbul   Fenerbahçe   Olympiacos   CSKA Moscow   Real Madrid
2018 Belgrade   Real Madrid   Fenerbahçe Doğuş   Žalgiris   CSKA Moscow
2019 Vitoria-Gasteiz   CSKA Moscow   Anadolu Efes   Real Madrid   Fenerbahçe Beko
2020

† The 2000–01 season was a transition year, with the best European teams split into two different major leagues, the SuproLeague 2000–01, held by FIBA, and the Euroleague 2000–01, held by Euroleague Basketball. That season's Euroleague Basketball tournament, the Euroleague 2000–01 season, did not end with a Final Four tournament. Instead, it ended with a 5-game playoff series.

StatisticsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

  • Including original FIBA Champions Cup and EuroLeague Final Four competitions.
Club 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
  Panathinaikos 6 1 3 1 11
  Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 6 1 1 12
  CSKA Moscow 4 3 7 5 19
  Real Madrid 4 2 1 4 11
  Olympiacos 3 5 1 1 10
  Split [a] 3 3
  FC Barcelona 2 4 3 5 14
  Olimpia Milano [b] 2 1 1 4
  Fenerbahçe 1 2 2 5
  Virtus Bologna [c] 1 2 3
  Joventut Badalona 1 1 2
  Partizan 1 1 2 4
  Limoges CSP 1 1 1 3
  Žalgiris 1 1 2
  Treviso [d] 2 2 4
  Baskonia [e] 1 1 3 5
  Slavia VŠ Praha 1 1 2
  AEK 1 1 2
  Fortitudo Bologna [f] 1 1 2
  Mens Sana 1871 [g] 3 1 4
  Efes Pilsen 1 2 3
  Olimpija 2 2
  Aris 1 2 3
  PAOK 1 1
  Málaga [h] 1 1
  Lokomotiv Kuban 1 1
  Victoria Libertas [i] 1 1
  Estudiantes 1 1
  ASVEL 1 1
Total 33 33 33 33 132

Performance by nationEdit

  • Including original FIBA Champions Cup and EuroLeague Final Four competitions.
Nation 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
  Greece 9 7 6 5 27
  Spain 7 8 6 13 34
  Israel 4 6 1 1 12
    Yugoslavia 4 2 1 7
  Russia 4 3 7 5 19
  Italy 3 6 6 3 18
  Turkey 1 3 2 2 8
  France 1 1 2 4
  Lithuania 1 1 2
  Czechoslovakia 1 1 2
  Soviet Union 1 1
  Slovenia 1 1
  Serbia 1 1
Total 33 33 33 33 132

Opening press conference venuesEdit

EuroLeague Final Four MVPsEdit

Season Final Four MVP Club Ref.
1987–88
  Bob McAdoo   Tracer Milano
1988–89
  Dino Rađa   Jugoplastika
1989–90
  Toni Kukoč   Jugoplastika
1990–91
  Toni Kukoč (2)   Pop 84
1991–92
  Sasha Danilović   Partizan
1992–93
  Toni Kukoč (3)   Benetton Treviso
1993–94
  Žarko Paspalj   Olympiacos
1994–95
  Arvydas Sabonis   Real Madrid Teka
1995–96
  Dominique Wilkins   Panathinaikos
1996–97
  David Rivers   Olympiacos
1997–98
  Zoran Savić   Kinder Bologna
1998–99
  Tyus Edney   Žalgiris
1999–00
  Željko Rebrača   Panathinaikos
2000–01
    Ariel McDonald   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2000–01
  Manu Ginóbili   Kinder Bologna
2001–02
  Dejan Bodiroga   Panathinaikos
2002–03
  Dejan Bodiroga (2)   FC Barcelona
2003–04
  Anthony Parker   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2004–05
  Šarūnas Jasikevičius   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2005–06
  Theo Papaloukas   CSKA Moscow
2006–07
  Dimitris Diamantidis   Panathinaikos
2007–08
  Trajan Langdon   CSKA Moscow
2008–09
  Vassilis Spanoulis   Panathinaikos
2009–10
  Juan Carlos Navarro   Regal FC Barcelona
2010–11
  Dimitris Diamantidis (2)   Panathinaikos
2011–12
  Vassilis Spanoulis (2)   Olympiacos
2012–13
  Vassilis Spanoulis (3)   Olympiacos
2013–14
    Tyrese Rice   Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
[3]
2014–15
  Andrés Nocioni   Real Madrid
[4]
2015–16
  Nando de Colo   CSKA Moscow
[5]
2016–17
  Ekpe Udoh   Fenerbahçe
[6]
2017–18
  Luka Doncic   Real Madrid
[7]

† The 2000–01 season was a transition year, with the best European teams splitting into two different major leagues: The SuproLeague, held by FIBA, and the EuroLeague, held by Euroleague Basketball. That season's EuroLeague Basketball tournament did not end with a Final Four tournament. Instead, it ended with a 5-game playoff series. So, Manu Ginóbili was named the EuroLeague Finals MVP that season.

EuroLeague All-Final Four TeamEdit

EuroLeague Final Four recordsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Playing under the name of "Jugoplastika" and "Pop 84" due to sponsorship reasons.
  2. ^ Playing under the name of "Tracer Milano" and "Philips Milano" due to sponsorship reasons.
  3. ^ Playing under the name of "Kinder Bologna" due to sponsorship reasons.
  4. ^ Playing under the name of "Benetton Treviso" due to sponsorship reasons.
  5. ^ Playing under the name of "Tau Cerámica" and "Laboral Kutxa" due to sponsorship reasons.
  6. ^ Playing under the name of "Teamsystem Bologna" and "Skipper Bologna" due to sponsorship reasons.
  7. ^ Playing under the name of "Montepaschi Siena" due to sponsorship reasons.
  8. ^ Playing under the name of "Unicaja" due to sponsorship reasons.
  9. ^ Playing under the name of "Scavolini Pesaro" due to sponsorship reasons.

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