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The FIBA Europe Cup, officially abbreviated as FEC[1] is an annual professional club basketball competition organised by FIBA for eligible European basketball clubs. It is the European-wide second level. Clubs mainly qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions, although this is not the sole deciding factor, as sometimes clubs that did not win their league can still qualify.

FIBA Europe Cup
FIBA Europe Cup logo.svg
Founded30 June 2015; 4 years ago (2015-06-30)
First season2015–16
RegionEurope
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams32 (regular season)
48 (total)
Promotion toBasketball Champions League
Current championsItaly Dinamo Sassari (1st title)
Most championships4 teams (1 title)
Websitewww.fiba.com/europecup
2019–20 FIBA Europe Cup

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Scene of the first leg of the 2017 FIBA Europe Cup Final

On June 30, 2015, FIBA announced it would start a new league to compete with Euroleague Basketball's EuroCup.[2] The new competition, which replaced EuroChallenge, was supposed to be open for up to 100 teams to enter.[2]

The first FIBA Europe Cup game was played on October 21, 2015, when Donar Groningen beat Egis Körmend 78–71. In the 2016–17 season, FIBA started the Basketball Champions League and since then teams from the Champions League can be transferred to the Europe Cup through their position.

FormatEdit

TournamentEdit

The tournament proper begins with a regular season of 32 teams, divided into eight groups. Seeding is used whilst making the draw for this stage, whilst teams from the same country may not be drawn into groups together. Each team meets the others in its group in home and away games, in a round-robin format. The winning team and runner-up from each group then progress to the second round with 16 teams divided into four groups. Each team meets the others in its group in home and away games, in a round-robin format.[3]

For the play-offs, the winning team and runner-up from each group joins with the fifth-placed teams and sixth-placed teams dropped from the Basketball Champions League regular season and plays in a two-legged format. The regular season is played from October to December and the second round is played from December to January, whilst the play-offs start in February.[3]

FinalsEdit

The Finals were played in either a Final Four tournament format or with a two-legged series.

Year Final Third and fourth place
Champion Score Second place
2015–16
Details
 
Fraport Skyliners
66–62  
Openjobmetis Varese
 
Élan Chalon
 
Enisey
2016–17
Details
 
Nanterre 92
140–137
(58–58 / 82–79)
 
Élan Chalon
  Telekom Baskets Bonn and   Telenet Oostende
2017–18
Details
 
Umana Reyer Venezia
158–148
(69–77 / 81–79)
 
Sidigas Avellino
  Donar and   Bakken Bears
2018–19
Details
 
Dinamo Sassari
170–163
(89–84 / 79–81)
 
s.Oliver Würzburg
  Hapoel Holon and   Varese

Performance by clubEdit

 
Map of countries, teams from which have reached the regular season of the FIBA Europe Cup.
  FIBA member country that has been represented in the regular season
  FIBA member country that has been represented in the qualifying rounds
  FIBA member country that had a clu winning the competition
  Not represented

A total number of 83 clubs from 35 FIBA member countries have participated in the competition. The competition has been won by 2 clubs from 2 countries.

Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
  Dinamo Sassari 1 0 2019
  Reyer Venezia 1 0 2018
  Nanterre 92 1 0 2017
  Skyliners Frankfurt 1 0 2016
  Varese 0 1 2016
  Élan Chalon 0 1 2017
  Felice Scandone 0 1 2018
  Würzburg 0 1 2019

StatisticsEdit

All-time recordsEdit

Category
Efficiency   Chase Fieler 46
Points   John Roberson 39
  Spencer Butterfield
Rebounds   Maurice Sutton
  Ross Bekkering
  Krisztofer Durázi
19
Assists   Teemu Rannikko
18
Steals   Kim Adams 9
Blocks   Dejan Kravić 6
  Janar Talts
Three-pointers   Spencer Butterfield 11

Source: FIBA Europe Cup As of 2 May 2017.

AwardsEdit

After each round, the FIBA Europe Cup awards the "Top Performer" honour to the best player of the given round. In its inaugural season, the competition had a Final Four MVP award for the best player of a given Final Four. However, since 2015–16 the award has not been handed out.

Winning rostersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Competition Regulations Page 4 of 49.
  2. ^ a b "FIBA Europe Board pushes ahead with attractive club competitions model". FIBA Europe. June 30, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "2017–18 FIBA Europe Cup regulations" (PDF). FIBA.com. Retrieved 18 June 2017.

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