FIBA EuroCup Challenge

Short History

     The FIBA EuroCup Challenge was an annual basketball competition for European clubs that was governed by FIBA Europe. It was played during the 2002/03 to 2006/07 seasons. The competition was FIBA's attempt to revive the FIBA European Champions Cup and started as FIBA Europe Champions Cup. However, it was unable to make a good commercial impact, and was then dropped to being the fourth-tier level European-wide professional club basketball competition in the following 2003/04 season, as FIBA launched the FIBA Europe League to replace it. The same season it's renamed to the FIBA Europe Cup, and once again, for the 2005/06 season to the FIBA EuroCup Challenge. Each season's finalists were promoted to the next season's FIBA EuroChallenge.

Tournaments

Editions

Edition Year Host Date Teams Matches
FIBA Europe Champions Cup
1. 2002/03 Thessaloniki
(Greece)
1 Oct 2002 - 4 May 2003 64 teams 403 matches
FIBA Europe Cup
2. 2003/04 Izmir
(Turkey)
5 Nov 2003 - 28 Mar 2004 41 teams 153 matches
3. 2004/05 Ploiești
(Romania)
2 Nov 2004 - 11 Apr 2005 32 teams 132 matches
FIBA EuroCup Challenge
4. 2005/06 Home & Away basis 19 Nov 2005 - 23 Mar 2006 24 teams 78 matches
5. 2006/07 Home & Away basis 8 Nov 2006 - 29 Mar 2007 16 teams 62 matches

Final positions

Edition Year Host Champions Runners-up Third place
FIBA Europe Champions Cup
1. 2002/03 Thessaloniki
(Greece)
ARIS
(Greece)
Prokom Trefl Sopot
(Poland)
Ventspils
(Latvia)
FIBA Europe Cup
2. 2003/04 Izmir
(Turkey)
MITTELDEUTSCHER
(Germany)
SAOS Dijon
(France)
Tuborg Pilsener Izmir
(Turkey)
3. 2004/05 Ploiești
(Romania)
ASESOFT PLOIESTI
(Romania)
Lokomotiv Rostov
(Russia)
Dynamo Moscow Region
(Russia)
FIBA EuroCup Challenge
4. 2005/06 Home & Away basis URAL
(Russia)
Khimik
(Ukraine)
5. 2006/07 Home & Away basis CSK VVS SAMARA
(Russia)
Keravnos
(Cyprus)

Results

Edition Year Host Final 3. place play-off Semi-finals
FIBA Europe Champions Cup
1. 2002/03 Thessaloniki
(Greece)
Aris - Prokom Trefl Sopot 84-83 Ventspils - Hemofarm Vršac 91-90 Aris - Hemofarm Vršac 73-66
Prokom Trefl Sopot - Ventspils 79-57
FIBA Europe Cup
2. 2003/04 Izmir
(Turkey)
Mitteldeutscher - JDA Dijon 95-88 Tuborg Pilsener - Dynamo Moscow Region 94-53 Mitteldeutscher - Dynamo Moscow Region 95-88
JDA Dijon - Tuborg Pilsener Izmir 76-74
3. 2004/05 Ploiești
(Romania)
Asesoft Ploiești - Lokomotiv Rostov 75-74 Dynamo Moscow Region - Banvit Bandirma 79-45 Asesoft Ploiești - Banvit Bandirma 83-69
Lokomotiv Rostov - Dynamo Moscow Region 74-63
FIBA EuroCup Challenge
4. 2005/06 Home & Away basis Khimik - Ural 67-80
Ural - Khimik 74-80
No third place play-off matches Olympia Larissa - Ural 71-81, 65-84
Khimik - Lappeenrannan NMKY 88-61, 71-49
5. 2006/07 Home & Away basis Keravnos - CSK VVS Samara 85-83
CSK VVS Samara - Keravnos 101-81
Pizza Express Apollon - CSK VVS Samara 77-75, 50-76
Keravnos - Dnipro 72-67, 91-71

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