FIBA EuroCup Challenge

The FIBA EuroCup Challenge was the 4th-tier level (it was the 3rd-tier level during the inaugural 2002–03 season), transnational professional continental club basketball competition in Europe. It was run and organized by FIBA Europe. The league was founded in 2002, and ceased in 2007. Each season's finalists were promoted to the next season's more prestigious 3rd-tier level competition, the FIBA EuroChallenge.

FIBA EuroCup Challenge
SportBasketball
Founded2002
Ceased2007
MottoWe Are Basketball
No. of teams16
Continent Europe
Last
champion(s)
Russia CSK VVS Samara
(1st title)
Most titlesGreece Aris
Germany Mitteldeutscher
Romania Asesoft Ploiești
Russia Ural Great Perm
Russia CSK VVS Samara
(1 title each)
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toFIBA EuroChallenge - (3rd tier)
Official websiteFIBA EuroCup EuroChallenge

HistoryEdit

The competition was played during the 2002–03 to 2006–07 seasons. It was variously known as the FIBA Europe Champions Cup (2002–03), the FIBA Europe Cup (2003–05), and the FIBA EuroCup Challenge (2005–07).

Names of the competitionEdit

  • FIBA Europe Champions Cup: (2002–2003)
  • FIBA Europe Cup: (2003–2005)
  • FIBA EuroCup Challenge: (2005–2007)

The finalsEdit

Year Final Third and fourth place
Champion Score Second place
2002–03
Details
 
Aris
84–83  
Prokom Trefl Sopot
 
Ventspils
 
Hemofarm
2003–04
Details
 
Mitteldeutscher
84–68  
SAOS Dijon
 
Tuborg Pilsener
 
Dynamo Moscow Region
2004–05
Details
 
Asesoft Ploiești
75–74  
Lokomotiv Rostov
 
Dynamo Moscow Region
 
Bandırma Banvit
2005–06
Details
 
Ural Great Perm
154–147
80–67 / 74–80
 
Khimik
 
Olympia Larissa
 
Lappeenrannan NMKY
2006–07
Details
 
CSK VVS Samara
184–166
83–85 / 101–81
 
Keravnos
 
Pizza Express Apollon
 
Dnipro

Finals MVPEdit

Season Player Pos. Club
2002–03
  Will Solomon
PG/SG
  Aris
2003–04
  Marijonas Petravičius
PF/C
  Mitteldeutscher
2004–05
  Vladimir Kuzmanović
SG
  Asesoft Ploieşti
2005–06
  Derrick Alston
PF/C
  Ural Great Perm
2006–07
  Nikita Shabalkin
SF / PF
  CSK VVS Samara

Titles by clubEdit

Rank Club Titles Runner-up Champion years
1   Aris 1 0 2002–03
  Mitteldeutscher 1 0 2003–04
  Asesoft Ploieşti 1 0 2004–05
  Ural Great Perm 1 0 2005–06
  CSK VVS Samara 1 0 2006–07
6   Prokom Trefl Sopot 0 1
  Dijon 0 1
  Lokomotiv Kuban 0 1
  Khimik 0 1
  Keravnos 0 1
Total 5 5

Winning rostersEdit

FIBA Europe Champions Cup:

Willie Solomon, Ryan Stack, Ivan Grgat, Fedor Likholitov, Prodromos Nikolaidis, Ioannis Lappas, Ioannis Gagaloudis, Dimitar Angelov, Miroslav Raičević, Dimitrios Charitopoulos, Nikos Orfanos, Kostas Kakaroudis, Dimitris Merachtsakis (Head Coach: Vangelis Alexandris)

FIBA Europe Cup:

Wendell Alexis, Manuchar Markoishvili, Paul Burke, Marijonas Petravičius, Misan Nikagbatse, Sebastian Machowski, Stephen Arigbabu, Jonas Elvikis, Per Ringstrom, Chauncey Leslie, Peter Fehse, Paul Bayer, Michael Krikemans (Head Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

Catalin Burlacu, Ivan Krasic, Nikola Bulatović, Vladimir Kuzmanović, Paul Helcioiu, Marko Rakočević, Rares Apostol, Antonio Alexe, Levente Szijarto, Predrag Materić, Nicolae Toader, Marko Peković, Adrian Blidaru, Saša Ocokoljić (Head Coach: Mladjen Jojic)

FIBA EuroCup Challenge:

Derrick Alston, Terrell Lyday, Vasili Karasev, Jurica Golemac, Jasmin Hukić, Andre Hutson, Andrei Trushkin, Egor Vyaltsev, Vadim Panin, Evgeni Kolesnikov, Aleksandr Dedushkin, Arseni Kuchinsky, Vyacheslav Shushakov, Artem Kuzyakin (Head Coach: Sharon Drucker)

Nikita Shabalkin, Omar Cook, Georgios Diamantopoulos, Kelvin Gibbs, Evgeni Voronov, Pavel Agapov, Gennadi Zelenskiy, Yaroslav Strelkin, Oleg Baranov, Pavel Ulyanko, Taras Osipov, Anton Glazunov, Alexei Kiryanov, Valeri Likhodey (Head Coach: Valeri Tikhonenko)

External linksEdit