FIBA EuroCup Challenge

Following the creation of modern ULEB competitions (Euroleague in 2000 and ULEB Cup in 2002) and the disappearance of the old FIBA club tournaments (SuproLeague, Saporta Cup, and Korańá Cup), the European Basketball Association decided to create brand-new competitions in behalf of a group of European clubs not powerful enough to be admitted by ULEB, but nevertheless with the sport and economic potential to be willing to compete at an international level. One of these competitions is the so-called FIBA EuroCup Challenge (FEC), which becomes a kind of correlate to ULEB Cup.

Unlike the old FIBA competitions, in which participation depended only on sport criteria (ranking of clubs in domestic tournaments), the participants in modern EuroCup Challenge are selected by FIBA Europe also according to logistic and economic criteria. On the other hand, this competition becomes the Second Division of FIBA tournaments, after it's decided that the finalists receive an invitation to participate in next season's FIBA EuroCup (the main clubs competition organized by FIBA Europe).

During the first season of FEC (2002-03), the competition is played under a conference system and is called FIBA Champions Cup (the name of the former European top competition). In addition, there was a parallel competition called FIBA Europe Regional Challenge Cup, with two different winners for Conference North (Azovmash) and Conference South (AEL). In the following two editions (2003-04 and 2004-05) the tournament is renamed FIBA Europe Cup, but it keeps the same conference system as before. From season 2005-06 on, the regional divisions disappear and the competition adopts its final name: FIBA EuroCup Challenge.

NOTE

• Official FIBA Europe scores and statistics, corrected, extended, and standardized according to my own database. See the official FIBA Europe site for a more detailed information on this tournament.

Special acknowledgement to Lefteris (lemi@mycosmos.gr) for his contribution to this site.


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