Korać Cup

Korać Cup (KC or, more generally, C3) is a European competition for men's clubs organized by FIBA on behalf of the Standing Conference of National Basketball Federations of Europe. KC is open to those clubs that didn't qualify for SuproLeague (C1) or Saporta Cup (C2) in their domestic tournaments. Korać Cup—thus named in honor of Radivoj Korać, the best Yugoslavian basketball player of his time, who died in a car accident in 1969—is the most recent European competition (it was created in 1972) and also the one that gathers most teams. In 2002, after the creation of ULEB competitions and the re-shaping of European tournaments, Korać Cup disappeared.

The Permanent Conference for Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, held in Rovaniemi (Finland) in june 1971, agreed on the creation, in order to commemorate the XL anniversary of FIBA, of an experimental European competition named Radivoj Korać Cup (although during its first year it was also called "European Cup Paul Geist"). This tournament would be offered by OKK Belgrade, club where Korać played, and all its revenues would be sent to the Yugoslavian Basketball Federation so that they could create a Foundation bearing the name of this brilliant player. The first teams invited to participate in this brand new competition were from Spain (2), France (2), Yugoslavia (2), and Belgium (2), although later on one of the Belgians declined this invitation and was substituted by a German club. The first matches in the history of Korać Cup took place in February 4, 1972.

As well as the other two European Cups organized by FIBA, the competition system of Korać Cup has undergone several changes through the years. During its last editions, a variable number of clubs play one or two elimination rounds so that only 32 enter a qualification round, where they are distributed in 8 groups of 4 teams each. Winners and runners-up enter an 1/8 Final round; the survivors progressively advance to 1/4 Finals, 1/2 Finals, and Final. Ever from its inception in 1972, the final is played as a double game: home and away (years 1977-1985 excepted).


• Official FIBA scores and statistics, corrected and extended. Additional information sources: basketball magazine "Gigantes" (1985-), basketball magazine "Rebote" (1960-), newspaper "Marca" (1942-), newspaper "As" (1967-), newspaper "El Mundo Deportivo" (1941-). From 1985 on, when I started to collect my first statistics on paper, the information is also based on my own experiences and memories as a basketball fan.

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

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