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  About Euroleague

The Euroleague (EL) is the highest level and most important professional basketball competition in Europe, with teams from twelve different European countries. The competition is operated by ULEB, a Europe-wide consortium of leading professional basketball leagues. Asian clubs from Israel and Turkey are also part of the system.

The league usually, but not always, includes domestic champions from the leading countries. Depending on the country, places in the Euroleague may be awarded on the basis of:

Performance in the previous season's domestic league.
Performance over the previous two or three domestic seasons.
Contracts with ULEB.
In addition, the winner of the previous season's Eurocup receives a place.

For example, two 2007-08 domestic champions from ULEB member countries did not compete in the 2008-09 Euroleague—Zadar (Croatia) and Hapoel Holon (Israel). Zadar played in the second-level Eurocup in 2008-09. Hapoel Holon, however, did not compete in any of the three European continental club competitions—not even the third-tier EuroChallenge (which is run by FIBA Europe instead of ULEB).


The Euroleague (or historically called, the European Champions' Cup) was originally established by FIBA and it operated under its umbrella from 1958 until the summer of 2000, including the 1999/2000 season. That was when ULEB, short for the Union of European Leagues of Basketball, was created by the 24 richest club teams, most of them from Spain, Italy and Greece.

Amazingly, FIBA had never trademarked the Euroleague name and ULEB simply used it without any legal ramifications because FIBA had no legal recourse to do anything about it, so they had to find a new name for their league. Thus, the following 2000/2001 season started with 2 separate top European basketball competitions: the FIBA Suproleague (known as the FIBA Euroleague up to that point) and the brand new ULEB Euroleague.


The rift in European club basketball initially showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were also split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos Piraeus, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Baskonia and Benetton Treviso joined ULEB.

In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi of the FIBA Suproleague and Kinder Bologna of the ULEB Euroleague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a new single competition. Negotiating from the position of strength, ULEB dictated proceedings and FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to their terms. As a result, the Euroleague was fully integrated under ULEB's umbrella and teams that competed in the FIBA Suproleague during the 2000/2001 season joined it as well.


In essence, the authority in European basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions (like the European Championships, World Championships, and the Olympics) while ULEB took over the professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA's Korac Cup and Saporta Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when ULEB launched the ULEB Cup, now known as the Eurocup.

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