1971–72 FIBA European Champions Cup

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1971–72 FIBA European Champions Cup
LeagueFIBA European Champions Cup
ChampionsItaly Ignis Varese
  Runners-upSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika
FIBA European Champions Cup seasons

The 1971–72 FIBA European Champions Cup was the 15th installment of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). The Final was held at the Yad Eliyahu Arena, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 23, 1972. It was won by Ignis Varese, who defeated Jugoplastika, by a result of 70–69.

Competition system[edit]

  • 23 teams (European national domestic league champions, plus the then current title holders), playing in a tournament system, played knock-out rounds on a home and away basis. The aggregate score of both games decided the winner.
  • The 8 teams qualified for the Quarterfinals were divided into two groups of four. Every team played against the other three in its group in consecutive home-and-away matches, so that every two of these games counted as a single win or defeat (point difference being a decisive factor there). In case of a tie between two or more teams after this group stage, the following criteria was used: 1) one-to-one games between the teams; 2) basket average; 3) individual wins and defeats.
  • The group winners and the runners-up of the Quarterfinal Group Stage qualified for the Semifinals. The final was played at a predetermined venue.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Amicale Steinsel Luxembourg 130–192 Greece Panathinaikos 63–98 67–94
Tapion Honka Finland 164–138 Sweden Alvik 73–60 91–78
Jeunesse Sportivo Alep Syria 0–4* Albania 17 Nëntori 0–2 0–2
Al-Gezira United Arab Republic 141–196 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika 66–84 75–112
İTÜ Turkey 176–179 Austria Radio Koch Wien 91–84 85–95
Lourenço Marques Portugal 147–172 France ASVEL 72–77 75–95
Virum Denmark 90–234 Spain Real Madrid 43–120 47–114
FUS Morocco 124–179 Belgium Bus Fruit Lier 64–82 63–123

*Jeunesse Sportivo Alep withdrew before the first leg and 17 Nëntori received a forfeit (2–0) in both games.

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Panathinaikos Greece 161–154 Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 81–73 80–81
Tapion Honka Finland 153–188 Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 80–87 73–101
17 Nëntori Albania 135–175 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika 77–90 58–85
Radio Koch Wien Austria 173–172 France ASVEL 101–85 72–87
TuS 04 Leverkusen West Germany 140–197 Spain Real Madrid 77–84 63–113
Fribourg Olympic Switzerland 127–209 Belgium Bus Fruit Lier 73–99 54–110
Levi's Flamingo's Netherlands –* Bulgaria Academic 92–94 92–105

*Academic qualified for the next stage of the competition as the winner of this match-up, but the Bulgarian club later withdrew alleging that most of their international players has been summoned to play a series of Communist Block tournaments (the real reason was to prepare the Pre-Olympic Tournament though). Later, FIBA fined Akademik for this intentional withdrawal and invited Levi's Flamingo's to take their place in the Quarter finals group stage.

Automatically qualified to the group stage

Quarterfinals group stage[edit]

The quarterfinals were played with a round-robin system, in which every Two Game series (TGS) constituted as one game for the record.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to Semifinals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Italy Ignis Varese 3 6 3 0 553 488 +65
2. Spain Real Madrid 3 5 2 1 516 500 +16
3. Austria Radio Koch Wien 3 4 1 2 499 559 -60
4. Netherlands Levi's Flamingo's 3 3 0 3 541 562 -21

Group B[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika 3 6 3 0 510 474 +36
2. Greece Panathinaikos 3 4 1 2 484 489 -5
3. Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 3 4 1 2 484 506 -22
4. Belgium Bus Fruit Lier 3 4 1 2 494 503 -9


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ignis Varese Italy 139–133 Greece Panathinaikos 69–55 70–78
Real Madrid Spain 158–161 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika 89–81 69–80


March 23, Sports Palace at Yad Eliyahu, Tel Aviv

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ignis Varese Italy 70–69 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika

1971–72 FIBA European Champions Cup
Ignis Varese
2nd Title


FIBA European Champions Cup Finals Top Scorer[edit]


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