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Union of European Leagues of Basketball
Basketball
(ULEB; French: Union des Ligues Européennes de Basket-Ball) is a sports organization within basketball created for growth of professional basketball in Europe.[1] Its members are the professional basketball leagues organisations of 11 countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Spain.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 Members

2.1 Current 2.2 Former

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The professional basketball Leagues of Italy, France
France
and Spain established the ULEB on June 25, 1991 in Rome, Italy. In November 1992, a joint All-Star weekend was held in Madrid, Spain, featuring the most outstanding players from the Spanish and Italian Leagues. The experience was repeated one year later in Rome
Rome
before a crowd of 10.500 fans. In 1994, the French League joined the event and the All Star weekend moved to Valencia, Spain, with Italian, Spanish and French stars competing and showing their skills.[3] The Greek League was the first to join the three founders in 1996. The ULEB has had three Presidents since its inception: Gianluigi Porelli (since September 1991 until March 1998), Eduardo Portela, (since March 18, 1998 until October 6, 2016) and Tomas Van Den Spiegel, elected October 6, 2016. In December 1999 the Union welcomed the British, Belgian and Swiss Leagues.[3] A key date in ULEB and European basketball history was Friday June 9, 2000. That day, the most important clubs in Europe and the ULEB Leagues, met in Sitges, and decided to create and manage a new competition, the EuroLeague. Until that moment, it had been FIBA
FIBA
to run the men's top basketball clubs competition in Europe. The first game of the new EuroLeague, Real Madrid
Madrid
v Olympiakos, was played October 16, 2000 in Madrid.[3] One year later, in October 2001, the ULEB was expanded with the Leagues of Germany, Netherlands
Netherlands
and Poland. In October 2002, the ULEB Cup, the second European club competition, was born. Its first game was played in Istanbul
Istanbul
on October 15, 2002, facing Darüşşafaka and Novo Mesto.[3] In June 2003 the League of Lithuania
Lithuania
joined and one year later, in July 2005 the Union was expanded with the League of Israel. The most recent addition to the ULEB family is the Russian VTB United League, which was granted admission on July 2014 replacing its predecessor, the PBL (which had been admitted on May 2011). So, the ULEB currently represents a total number of 12 professional Basketball
Basketball
Leagues from across Europe. Other Leagues such as Portugal, Adriatic, Austria, Switzerland
Switzerland
and the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
have been also members of the ULEB in the past, but all of them left the Union for different reasons (Portuguese and Swiss Leagues ceased operations, Adriatic lost recognition from FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
and Austrian, British and the Czech voluntarily renounced to membership).[3] ULEB is currently shareholder of Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA) through Euroleague Basketball
Basketball
SL, and also shareholder of Basketball Champions League SA. As written above, Belgian former player Tomas Van Den Spiegel is the current President of the ULEB and Greek League President Mihalis Melis is the current Vice President. The current Executive Committee of the Union is completed with the Leagues of Belgium, France, Germany
Germany
and Spain.[3] Members[edit] Members of ULEB in 2017:[2] Current[edit]

Country Organisation Affiliation Competitions

 Belgium Basketball
Basketball
League Belgium 1999 Division I

 France Ligue Nationale de Basket 1991 Pro A

 Germany Basketball
Basketball
Bundesliga GmbH 2001 BBL

 Greece Hellenic Basketball
Basketball
Clubs Association 1996 Basket League

 Israel Israeli Basketball
Basketball
Premier League Administration Ltd 2005 BPL

 Italy Lega Basket 1991 LBA

 Lithuania Lietuvos krepšinio asosiacija 2003 LKL

 Netherlands Federatie Eredivisie Basketball 2001 DBL

 Poland Polska Liga Koszykówki S.A. 2001 Basket Liga

 Russia Russian VTB United League 2014 VTB United League

 Spain Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto 1991 Liga ACB

Former[edit] Former ULEB members:[3]

Portugal
Portugal
(1996–2008, ceased operations) Russia
Russia
(2011–2013, replaced by VTB United League) Adriatic (2002–2015, lost recognition from FIBA
FIBA
Europe) Austria
Austria
(2002–2015, withdrew) Switzerland
Switzerland
(1999–2016, ceased operations) Czech Republic
Czech Republic
(2004–2016, withdrew) United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(1999–2017, withdrew)

See also[edit]

European professional club basketball system European national basketball league rankings Historical European national basketball league rankings European Professional Football Leagues

References[edit]

^ REPORT on the future of professional sport in Europe / Governance / 13. European Parliament ^ a b "Directory". ULEB. Retrieved 23 February 2017.  ^ a b c d e f g " ULEB History". ULEB. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

ULEB official website

v t e

Basketball
Basketball
in Europe

Organizations

FIBA
FIBA
Europe ULEB Euroleague Basketball

Tournaments for nations

Men

EuroBasket Small Countries Under-20

Division B

Under-18

Division B Division C

Under-16

Division B Division C

Women

EuroBasket
EuroBasket
Women Small Countries Under-20 Under-18 Under-16

Tournaments for clubs

Men

EuroLeague EuroCup Champions League FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
Cup Next Generation Tournament

Women

EuroLeague EuroCup FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
SuperCup

Defunct club competitions

EuroChallenge FIBA
FIBA
EuroCup Challenge FIBA
FIBA
Korać Cup Ronchetti Cup FIBA
FIBA
Saporta Cup European Basketball
Basketball
Club Super Cup FIBA
FIBA
SuproLeague FIBA
FIBA
International Christmas Tournament

Awards

FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
Men's Player of the Year Award FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
Young Men's Player of the Year Award FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
Women's Player of the Year Award FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
Young Women's Player of the Year Award

v t e

FIBA
FIBA
European Champions Cup and Euroleague Basketball

FIBA
FIBA
European Champions Cup era, 1958–2001

Seasons

1958 1958–59 1959–60 1960–61 1961–62 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67 1967–68 1968–69 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01

Finals

1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

Euroleague Basketball
Basketball
era, 2000–present

Seasons

2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19

Finals

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

General information

History

Euroleague Basketball Tournament history

Historical formats

EuroLeague
EuroLeague
American Tour EuroLeague
EuroLeague
TV NBA vs. EuroLeague Next Generation Tournament Youngest players Winning coaches

Awards

EuroLeague
EuroLeague
Basketball
Basketball
Awards FIBA SuproLeague
FIBA SuproLeague
Awards FIBA
FIBA
All-Star Games FIBA
FIBA
EuroStars All-Final Four Team Final Four MVP EuroLeague
EuroLeague
Legends 50 Greatest Contributors 2001–10 All-Decade Team

Statistics

Finals Final Four Arenas Team records and statistics EuroLeague
EuroLeague
records Final Four records Individual statistics Individual highs Performance Index Rating Career stats leaders Rosters of finalists EuroLeague
EuroLeague
clubs performance comparison European club pyramid National league rankings European club rankings

Book Category Multimedia

v t e

ULEB Cup and EuroCup

Seasons

2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

Finals

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Other

Awards Euroleague Basketball EuroLeague
EuroLeague
TV European club basketball pyramid European club rankings European national league rankings Individual statistics MVP of the Week Performance Index Rating FIBA
FIBA
Korać Cup FIBA
FIBA
Saporta Cup

Category Multimedia

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Men's professional basketball leagues

FIBA National Basketball
Basketball
Association NBA vs international teams FIBA
FIBA
Intercontinental Cup

Africa

Algeria Angola

2nd

Central African Republic Egypt Liberia Libya Morocco Mozambique Nigeria Rwanda Senegal South Africa Tunisia Uganda

Americas

Argentina

2nd

Bolivia Brazil

LDB

Canada Chile Colombia Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador Mexico

CIBACOPA

Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico United States

NBA G League

Uruguay Venezuela

Asia

Bahrain China

NBL

Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Iraq Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait Lebanon Malaysia Mongolia Oman Philippines

PBA D-League

Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Syria Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam

Europe

Albania

2nd

Austria Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina

2nd

Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France

2nd

Georgia Germany

2nd 3rd

Greece

2nd

Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel

2nd 3rd

Italy

2nd 3rd

Kosovo

2nd

Latvia Lithuania

2nd

Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Moldova Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland

2nd

Portugal

2nd

Romania Russia

2nd

Serbia

2nd 3rd

Slovakia Slovenia Spain

2nd 3rd

Sweden

2nd

Switzerland

2nd

Turkey

2nd 3rd

Ukraine United Kingdom

England Scotland

Oceania

Australia New Zealand

International tournaments

Africa

African Champions Cup

Americas

Americas League Liga Sudamericana Torneo InterLigas

Asia

Asian Champions Cup ABA Club Championship ASEAN League WABA Champions Cup

Europe

EuroLeague EuroCup Champions League FIBA Europe
FIBA Europe
Cup Adriatic League

2nd

Alpe Adria Cup Balkan League Baltic League

Defunct tournaments

Americas

Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes Argentina Brazil Chile United States

ABA (original) CBA IBL USBL WBA

Asia

Japan

bj league NBL NBDL JBL

Europe

SuproLeague Saporta Cup Korać Cup EuroCup Challenge EuroChallenge Central European League North European League Czechoslovakia England Russia Serbia and Montenegro Spain Soviet Union Turkey Yugoslavia

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