Liga Uruguaya de Básquetbol

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The Liga Uruguaya de Básquetbol[1][2] (abbreviated as LUB; English: Uruguayan Basketball League) is the most important professional club basketball league in Uruguay. It is organized by the Uruguayan Basketball Federation (FUBB). The Uruguayan Basketball League competition began in 2003. Before that time, the Uruguayan basketball championships were only local metropolitan, and no competitions brought together all the clubs in the country. Until the Liga Uruguaya de Básquetbol was created, the capital clubs participated in the Campeonato Uruguayo Federal de Básquetbol (Uruguayan Federal Basketball Championship), while the clubs of the rest of the country competed in regional tournaments. The Uruguayan Federal Basketball Championship was founded in 1915, making it among the oldest on the continent.

Liga Uruguaya de Básquetbol
Liga Uruguaya de Básquetbol logo.png
Founded2003; 19 years ago (2003)
First season2003
Country Uruguay
ConfederationFIBA Americas
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toLiga Uruguaya de Ascenso
International cup(s)BCL Americas
Current championsBiguá (4th title)
Most championshipsMalvín
(5 titles)
TV partnersTenfield
2021–22 LUB season

The first LUB competition had a dramatic end, with a win in the last second, that brought the Uruguayan League title to Defensor Sporting, whom also repeated in the 2009–10 season. Some of the other League champions were: Salto Uruguay in 2004, Trouville in 2005–06, Malvín in 2006–07 and 2010–11, Biguá in 2007–08 and 2008–09, Hebraica Macabi in 2011–12, and Aguada in 2012–13. So far, there are only two teams that have appeared in all of the league's seasons; they are: Defensor Sporting and Trouville.


Trophies of the Uruguayan Basketball League.

The LUB was previously played in three stages: Torneo Clasificatorio (Qualifying Tournament), Súper Liga (Super League) and play-off.

  • In the Qualifying Tournament, teams played in three separate leagues (Capital, Coast and South) according to their origin. In the Capital League the clubs played each other twice, home and away, and the first eight of the table played in the Super League, while the last three were relegated to the Second Division, to participate in the Torneo Metropolitano. Elsewhere, both the Coastal League and South Central League played their separate tournaments, where the first two qualified for the Super League.
  • The Super League was contested by eight teams from the Capital League, two from the South League, and two from the Coast League. They were divided into two groups of six teams in each group, and played each other in two legs, home and away. Group A comprised the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th of the Capital League, the 1st of the South League and 2nd of the Coast League. While Group B consisted of the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th of the Capital League, the 2nd of the South League and 1st of Coast League. The four best placed teams from each group qualified for the playoffs, using a system of a double table. The first table considered only the points earned in the second phase of the Super League, and the top four advanced to the playoffs. The remaining positions were filled by clubs in Montevideo, with the best record, after adding half of the total in the Qualifying Tournament, and the total obtained in the Super League. This system was established because teams outside the capital only had to play a maximum of ten games to reach the Super League, while those in Montevideo had to play about thirty games.
  • Finally, teams competed in the playoffs, with series being best of five. The first stage was the quarterfinals. The qualifiers were played as: A) 1st A vs. 4th B, B) 2nd A vs. 3rd B, C) 1st B vs. 4th A and D) 2nd B vs. 3rd A. The semifinal pairings were: A) Winner vs. D) Winner and B) Winner vs. C) Winner. The winners of these matches played in the finals, with the winner being crowned as the league champions of the LUB.
  • The worst teams of the league are demoted to the Second Division Torneo Metropolitano.

Participating teamsEdit

Defensor Sporting and Trouville are the teams with the most league appearances, having so far competed in every season of the LUB.

2019–20 season teamsEdit

Notes: All statistics are only for the Uruguayan Basketball League (Liga Uruguaya de Básquetbol), which is organized by the Uruguayan Basketball Federation (Federación Uruguaya de Basketball). Uruguayan Federal tournaments are not included. The "arena" column reflects the arena where the team plays most of its home games, but does not indicate that the team in question is the owner.

Club City Arena Capacity Foundation Seasons Championships
Aguada   Montevideo Estadio Aguada[3] 3,738 1922 16 2
Biguá Estadio Biguá de Villa Biarritz[3] 1,200 1931 15 2
Bohemios Estadio Alberto Casal 925 1932 12 0
Capitol Estadio Carlos Garbuyo 480 1934 0 0
Defensor Sporting Estadio Óscar Magurno[4] 800 1910 16 2
Goes Estadio Plaza de las Misiones 1,800 1934 8 0
Hebraica Macabi Estadio Tabaré[3][5] 1,100 1939 12 3
Malvín Gimnasio Juan Fransisco Canil 900 1938 15 5
Nacional Estadio Unión Atletica[3] 750 1899 4 0
Olimpia Estadio Albérico J. Passadore 500 1918 15 0
Trouville Estadio Club Trouville[3] 780 1922 16 1
Urunday Universitario Estadio Urunday Universitario[3] 700 1931 4 0

Former teamsEdit

Club City Arena Capacity Foundation Seasons Championships
Bohemios Montevideo Estadio Alberto Casal 925 1932 10 0
Larre Borges Montevideo Estadio Romeo Schinca 900 1927 6 0

Champions by seasonEdit

The Uruguayan Basketball League competition began in 2003. Before that time, the Uruguayan Federal Championships were only local, and no competition brought together all the clubs in the country.

Season Champion Result Runner-up Champion Coach
2003 Defensor Sporting 3–2 Paysandú   Gerardo Jauri
2004–05 Salto Uruguay 3–1 Paysandú   Javier Espíndola
2005–06 Trouville 3–0 Aguada   Alejandro González
2006–07 Malvín 3–1 Biguá   Pablo López
2007–08 Biguá 3–0 Hebraica Macabi   Marcelo Signorelli
2008–09 Biguá 3–0 Defensor Sporting   Che García
2009–10 Defensor Sporting 3–0 Malvín   Gerardo Jauri
2010–11 Malvín 3–1 Biguá   Pablo López
2011–12 Hebraica Macabi 3–2 Malvín   Marcelo Signorelli
2012–13 Aguada 4–3 Defensor Sporting   Javier Espíndola
2013–14 Malvín 4–1 Defensor Sporting   Pablo López
2014–15 Malvín 4–1 Trouville   Pablo López
2015–16 Hebraica Macabi 4–2 Defensor Sporting   Leonardo Zylbersztein
2016–17 Hebraica Macabi 4–3 Aguada   Leonardo Zylbersztein
2017–18 Malvín 4–3 Aguada   Pablo López
2018–19 Aguada 4–3 Malvín   Miguel Volcan
2019–20 Aguada 3–1 Trouville   Adrián Capelli
2021 Biguá 3–2 Nacional   Hernán Laginestra
Peñarol   Hernán Laginestra

Total LUB titles by clubEdit

Club Championships Runners-up Year(s) won
Malvín 5 3 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018
Biguá 4 2 2008, 2009, 2021, 2022
Hebraica Macabi 3 1 2012, 2016, 2017
Defensor Sporting 2 4 2003, 2010
Aguada 3 3 2013, 2019, 2020
Trouville 1 1 2006
Salto Uruguay 1 0 2005
Paysandú 0 2
Peñarol 0 1


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Competitions". (in Spanish). Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Uruguay tiene todo listo para atravesar la etapa más importante de la Liga Uruguaya de Basquetbol". FIBA. March 26, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Since these venues do not have an official name, they are mentioned as Estadio (Stadium) "club name".
  4. ^ Defensor's venue was not authorized to host home games, so they played in the same court as Welcome.
  5. ^ Hebraica's venue was not authorized to host home games, so they played in the same court as Tabaré.

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