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Triple Crown (basketball)

The Triple Crown is a term in European professional club basketball that refers to a club winning their country's top-tier level national domestic league, primary national domestic cup, and the top-tier level European-wide continental competition (EuroLeague) in the same season. It is the highest accomplishment that a European basketball club can achieve during a season. Only 12 European basketball clubs have achieved the Triple Crown, on 22 different occasions.

All the Triple Crowns achievedEdit

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1964–65   Real Madrid Primera División Generalísimo's Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1969–70   Ignis Varese Serie A Italian Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1972–73   Ignis Varese Serie A Italian Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1973–74   Real Madrid Primera División Generalísimo's Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1976–77   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1980–81   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1984–85   Cibona First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1986–87   Tracer Milano Serie A Italian Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1989–90   Jugoplastika First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1990–91   Pop 84 First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champions Cup
1991–92   Partizan YUBA League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European League
1996–97   Olympiacos GBL Greek Cup FIBA EuroLeague
2000–01   Kinder Bologna Serie A Italian Cup EuroLeague
2000–01   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA SuproLeague
2002–03   FC Barcelona Liga ACB King's Cup EuroLeague
2003–04   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup EuroLeague
2004–05   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup EuroLeague
2005–06   CSKA Moscow Superleague A Russian Cup EuroLeague
2006–07   Panathinaikos GBL Greek Cup EuroLeague
2008–09   Panathinaikos GBL Greek Cup EuroLeague
2013–14   Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup EuroLeague
2014–15   Real Madrid Liga ACB King's Cup EuroLeague

Achievements by clubEdit

Triple Crown Club Seasons
6   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1976–77, 1980–81, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2013–14
3   Real Madrid 1964–65, 1973–74, 2014–15
2   Varese 1969–70, 1972–73
  Split 1989–90, 1990–91
  Panathinaikos 2006–07, 2008–09
1   Cibona 1984–85
  Olimpia Milano 1986–87
  Partizan 1991–92
  Olympiacos 1996–97
  Virtus Bologna 2000–01
  FC Barcelona 2002–03
  CSKA Moscow 2005–06

Achievements by national leagueEdit

"Small Triple Crown"Edit

Second-tiersEdit

In addition, five European basketball clubs have won their top-tier level national domestic league, their top-tier level national domestic cup, and the 2nd-tier level European-wide competition (FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup / FIBA European Cup, or EuroCup) in the same season – the so-called, "Small Triple Crown".

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1971–72   Simmenthal Milano Serie A Italian Cup FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1981–82   Cibona First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1987–88   Limoges CSP LNB Pro A Tournoi des As FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1993–94   Smelt Olimpija Slovenian Premier A League Slovenian Cup FIBA European Cup
2008–09   Lietuvos rytas LKL LKF Cup EuroCup

Third and fourth-tiersEdit

Seven clubs, on eight different occasions, have won their top-tier level national domestic league, their top-tier level national domestic cup, and the 3rd-tier level European-wide competition (FIBA Korać Cup or FIBA EuroChallenge), or the 4th-tier level FIBA EuroCup Challenge / FIBA Europe Cup, in the same season.

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1976–77   Jugoplastika First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1978–79   Partizan First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1982–83   Limoges CSP Nationale 1 Federation Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1986–87   FC Barcelona Liga ACB King's Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1995–96   Efes Pilsen BSL Turkish Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1999–00   Limoges CSP LNB Pro A French Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
2004–05   Asesoft Ploiesti Divizia A Romanian Cup FIBA Europe Cup (4th tier)
2011–12   Beşiktaş Milangaz BSL Turkish Cup FIBA EuroChallenge (3rd tier)