Basketball Champions League

Short History

     The Basketball Champions League (BCL) is an annual basketball competition for European clubs that is governed by FIBA Europe. In October 2015, FIBA attempted to take back control of Europe's top-tier club competition, by proposing a new competition. When the top European clubs decided to maintain the same competition format, keeping the organization within Euroleague Basketball, FIBA announced the launch of a new European basketball club competition, with qualification based on sporting merit. However, some teams can be wildcarded. First edition was held in the 2016/17 season. The tournament proper begins with a regular season of 32 teams, and the winner is decided in the Final Four tournament. The 2019/20 season has undergone certain changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tournaments

Editions

Edition Year Host Date Teams Matches
1. 2016/17 San Cristóbal de La Laguna
(Spain)
20 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017 40 teams 324 matches
2. 2017/18 Athens
(Greece)
10 Oct 2017 - 6 May 2018 32 teams 140 matches
3. 2018/19 Antwerp
(Belgium)
20 Sep 2018 - 5 May 2019 32 teams 140 matches
4. 2019/20 Athens
(Greece)
17 Sep 2019 - 4 Oct 2020 32 teams 136 matches

Final positions

Edition Year Host Champions Runners-up Third place
1. 2016/17 San Cristóbal de La Laguna
(Spain)
IBEROSTAR TENERIFE
(Spain)
Banvit
(Turkey)
Monaco
(France)
2. 2017/18 Athens
(Greece)
AEK
(Greece)
Monaco
(France)
UCAM Murcia
(Spain)
3. 2018/19 Antwerp
(Belgium)
SEGAFREDO VIRTUS BOLOGNA
(Italy)
Iberostar Tenerife
(Spain)
Antwerp Giants
(Belgium)
4. 2019/20 Athens
(Greece)
SAN PABLO BURGOS
(Spain)
AEK
(Greece)
JDA Dijon
(France)

Results

Edition Year Host Final 3. place play-off Semi-finals
1. 2016/17 San Cristóbal de La Laguna
(Spain)
Iberostar Tenerife - Banvit 63-59 Monaco - Reyer Venezia 91-77 Iberostar Tenerife - Reyer Venezia 67-58
Banvit - Monaco 83-74
2. 2017/18 Athens
(Greece)
AEK - Monaco 100-94 UCAM Murcia - Riesen Ludwigsburg 85-74 AEK - UCAM Murcia 77-75
Monaco - Riesen Ludwigsburg 87-65
3. 2018/19 Antwerp
(Belgium)
Virtus Bologna - Iberostar Tenerife 73-61 Antwerp Giants - Brose Bamberg 72-58 Virtus Bologna - Brose Bamberg 67-50
Iberostar Tenerife - Antwerp Giants 70-54
4. 2019/20 Athens
(Greece)
San Pablo Burgos - AEK 85-74 JDA Dijon - Zaragoza 70-65 San Pablo Burgos - JDA Dijon 81-69
AEK - Zaragoza 99-75

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