While the vast majority of focus on basketball is with the NBA, it is not the only major basketball league taking place around the world. If you are looking for an alternative to the NBA that will satisfy your basketball demands, you should check out Euroleague Basketball.
The first proper European basketball tournament was set up by FIBA with the European Champions Cup being set up in 1958. This ran all the way through until the 1999/2000 season when the Euroleague Basketball Company was formed at set up the Euroleague. There was a tug of war at the start of the 2000/01 season with two top basketball competitions in Europe. The existing league was known as the FIBA SuproLeague and the all-new Euroleague. There was a split amongst the best teams in Europe, but thankfully this was resolved in time for the beginning of the 2001/02 season.
|Pos||Team||Won||Lost||PTS +||PTS -||+/-||Win Rate||Form|
|1||Fenerbahce Istanbul||Fenerbahce IstanbulFBU||25||5||0||0||0||3.000|
|2||CSKA Moscow||CSKA MoscowCSK||23||7||0||0||0||6.000|
|3||Real Madrid||Real MadridRMB||22||8||0||0||0||8.000|
|4||Anadolu Efes||Anadolu EfesEFS||20||10||0||0||0||10.000|
|5||FC Barcelona||FC BarcelonaFCB||17||13||0||0||0||12.000|
|6||Panathinaikos Athens||Panathinaikos AthensPAO||16||14||0||0||0||13.000|
|7||Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz||Baskonia Vitoria GasteizBKN||15||15||0||0||0||14.000|
|8||Zalgiris Kaunas||Zalgiris KaunasZAL||14||16||0||0||0||13.000|
|8||Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul||Darussafaka Dogus IstanbulDAR||15||15||0||0||0||14.000|
|9||Olympiacos Piraeus||Olympiacos PiraeusOLY||14||16||0||0||0||15.000|
|9||Crvena Zvezda||Crvena ZvezdaCZT||16||14||0||0||0||13.000|
|9||Unicaja Málaga||Unicaja MálagaUNI||11||19||0||0||0||16.000|
|10||Maccabi Tel Aviv||Maccabi Tel AvivMAC||14||16||0||0||0||16.000|
|11||Valencia Basket||Valencia BasketVBC||12||18||0||0||0||17.000|
|12||EA7 Emporio Armani Milan||EA7 Emporio Armani MilanEA7||13||17||0||0||0||16.000|
The 2018/19 Euroleague season sees some changes in rules
There will be no changes in possession after a technical foul is committed. The offending team remains with the ball after being awarded a free throw shot.
During the final two minutes of regular time and during over time, a player who steps out of bounds during an inbound attempt receives a technical foul.
Perhaps the weirdest of all new rules is that a player is allowed to pass the ball to himself via the backboard while making an inbound attempt. This could, in fact, mean that a player is able to give himself an assist when making an alley-oop score.
There are some more changes in rules, which are similar to the changes introduced by FIBA. With the Euroleague reinstating the jump-ball in 2013, that is the only rule that really differs from FIBA. When the ball gets stuck between the rim and the backboard after a free throw, while there isn’t a pre-determined possession of the ball, there will be a jump-ball situation alternating an inbound.
A new format at the beginning of the 2017/18 season
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The format continues during the 2018/19 Euroleague season
Each team plays a total of 30 games during the regular season, which started October 11, 2018, and lasts until April 5, 2019. This means that each of the 16 Euroleague team plays each other twice; one game at home and one on the road.
After the round-robin regular season, the top 8 teams will progress to the Playoffs, which will be played from April 11, 2019, until April 30, 2019. The Euroleague Playoffs are a best of five series with the following structure:
- A: Place 1 against place 8
- B: Place 4 against place 5
- C: Place 3 against place 6
- D: Place 2 against place 7
The winners of the Playoff match-ups will progress to the Final Four, which will be played on May 17, 2019, and May 19, 2019. The host city of the Final Four weekend is Victoria Gasteiz, Spain. This is the hometown of Euroleague contender Baskonia who plays in the Fernando Buesa Arena with a seating capacity for 15,504 fans.
The league is sponsored by Turkish Airlines
Thanks to a sponsorship agreement signed for the start of the 2010/11 campaign, which is scheduled to last for 5 seasons, the Euroleague is referred to as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. This deal was believed to have been sealed for €15 million and it contains a clause where it can be extended for a further 5 years.
The changes to the format of the Euroleague beginning with the 2016/17 season means that there is no qualifying round. We’ve looked at the teams who are taking part in the 2016/17 season and the criteria for this season is as follows:
- 11 teams who hold a Euroleague franchise
- 3 teams who have qualified through their domestic record
- The holder of the Eurocup
- One wild card entry
This criteria has formed the 16 teams who will take part in the 2016 Euroleague season. Once every team has played each other twice, the final rankings will decide who progresses to the Playoff Round. The top 8 teams in the table will progress.
|League||Future Bet||Team||Best Odds||Sportsbook|
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|Euroleague||To Win Outright||Fenerbahce Istanbul||Fenerbahce IstanbulFBU||2.15||Bet Now|
|Euroleague||To Win Outright||CSKA Moscow||CSKA MoscowCSK||2.40||Bet Now|
|Euroleague||To Win Outright||Real Madrid||Real MadridRMB||4.25||Bet Now|
|Euroleague||To Win Outright||Zalgiris Kaunas||Zalgiris KaunasZAL||9.00||Bet Now|
|Euroleague||To Win Outright||Olympiacos Piraeus||Olympiacos PiraeusOLY||21.00||Bet Now|
|Euroleague||To Win Outright||Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz||Baskonia Vitoria GasteizBKN||26.00||Bet Now|
|Euroleague||To Win Outright||Panathinaikos Athens||Panathinaikos AthensPAO||26.00||Bet Now|
|Euroleague||To Win Outright||Khimki Moscow Region||Khimki Moscow RegionKHI||101.00||Bet Now|
Teams are placed into groups by ranking
The 24 teams are split into 6 pots, which is based on their club ranking which is determined by a team’s record over the previous three seasons. Each group contains a team from each pot and a group cannot contain two clubs from the same country.
Once every team has played each other twice, the regular season is concluded and 8 teams drop out of the league, resulting in 16 teams being left. The regular season is played out with 4 four groups of 6 teams being set up and the top four teams of each group progress to the final 16.
Once the final rankings are the allocated, the top eight teams make their way into the Playoff Round.
Tiebreaker rules apply to split teams
- The head to head record
- The head to head point differential
- The point differential
- The points scored
- The sum of quotients of the points scored and lost
Once the final rankings are the allocated, the top eight teams make their way into the Playoff Round.
The Playoff Round will see teams playing in a Best of 5 game series. The schedule for the Playoff Round is as follows:
- 1st in Regular Season v 8th in Regular Season
- 4th in Regular Season v 5th in Regular Season
- 3rd in Regular Season v 6th in Regular Season
- 2nd in Regular Season v 7th in Regular Season
The higher ranked of the two teams will have home advantage in Game 1, Game 2 and if necessary Game 5. The lower ranked team will have home advantage in Game 3 and if necessary Game 4.
The Final Four
Once the final four teams have been decided, all focus falls on the Final Four. This sees the two semi-finals, the third and fourth match and the final all take place in one venue over a couple of days.
It has not yet been confirmed if there will be a pattern for determining who will play who in the Final Four, or if there will be a draw. In previous years, there has been a set pattern for determining these fixtures.
The teams who won the first and second quarterfinal play off against each other in the first semi-final and the teams who won the third and fourth quarter final play off against each other in the second semi-final.
The semi-finals are played out in a single match. The winning teams progress to the final whereas the two losing teams play in a third and fourth match.
To follow how the season pans out, please follow the example of the 2012/13 season.
The Euroleague 2012/13 season
The eight teams playing out in the qualifying round were:
- Unics Kazan from Russia
- Ratiopharm Ulm from Germany
- Le Mans Sarthe Basket from France
- BC Donetsk from Ukraine
- CEZ Basketball Nymburk from the Czech Republic
- Telenet BC Oostende from Belgium
- Mapooro Cantu from Italy
- PBC Lukoil Academic from Bulgaria
In the quarterfinal matches, Unics Kazan defeated Ratiopharm Ulm by 91-73. Le Mans Sarthe Basket defeated BC Donetsk 61-55. CEZ Basketball Nymbruk defeated Telenet BC Oostende by 83-65 and Mapooro Cantu defeated PBC Lukoil Academic by 87-79.
In the semi-finals, Le Mans Sarthe Basket defeated Unics Kazan by 86-78 and Mapooro Cantu defeated CEZ Basketball Nymbruk by 89-83. The third qualifying round was played out between Mapooro Cantu and Le Mans Sarthe Basket with Mapooro Cantu winning 80-66. This win granted Mapooro Cantu access to the Euroleague 2012/13 season.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Real Madrid||Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv||Zalgiris Kaunas||FC Barcelona Regal|
|BC Khimki||Unicaja Malaga||Olympiacos Piraeus||CSKA Moscow|
|Panathinaikos Athens||Montepaschi Siena||Anadolu Efes Istanbul||Besiktas JK Istanbul|
|Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul||ALBA Berlin||Caja Laboral||Brose Baskets Bamberg|
|Union Olimpija Ljubljana||Elan Chalon||Emporio Armani Milano||Lietuvos Rytas|
|Mapooro Cantu||Asseco Procom Gdynia||KK Cedevita||Partizan mt:s Belgrade|
The Top 16 for the 2012/13 season was set up as:
- CSKA Moscow
- Real Madrid
- Anadolu Efes Istanbul
- Panathinaikos Athens
- Unicaja Malaga
- Zalgiris Kaunas
- ALBA Berlin
- Brose Baskets Bamberg
- FC Barcelona Regal
- Olympiacos Piraeus
- Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
- Caja Laboral
- BC Khimki
- Montepaschi Siena
- Besiktas JK Istanbul
- Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
The top four from each group advanced to the quarter-finals which were played out in a best of five format. In the quarter-finals:
- CSKA Moscow defeated Caja Laboral by 3 games to 1.
- Olympiacos Piraeus defeated Anadolu Efes Istanbul by 3 games to 2.
- FC Barcelona Regal defeated Panathinaikos by 3 games to 2.
- Real Madrid defeated Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv by 3 games to 0.
The four winning teams made their way through to the Final Four. The Final Four for the 2012/13 season was held in London at the O2 Arena. The format saw teams play off against each in a single game format.
- Olympiacos defeated CSKA Moscow by 69 to 52.
- Real Madrid defeated FC Barcelona Regal by 74 to 67.
The two losing teams progressed to the Third and Fourth Playoff while the two winning teams headed to the final.
CSKA Moscow defeated FC Barcelona Regal by 74 to 73, to clinch third place.
In the final, Olympiacos defeated Real Madrid by 100 to 88. This saw Olympiacos retain their title.