FIBA Americas League

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FIBA Americas League
FIBA Americas League logo.png
Founded2007; 12 years ago (2007)
First season2007–08
Folded2019; 0 years ago (2019)
Replaced byBasketball Champions League Americas
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Most championshipsVenezuela Guaros de Lara
Argentina Peñarol
Argentina San Lorenzo (2 titles)
CEOUsie Richards
TV partnersDirecTV
Websitewww.fiba.basketball/ligamericas/2018
2019 FIBA Americas League

The FIBA Americas League (Portuguese: FIBA Liga das Américas, Spanish: FIBA Liga de las Américas), officially abbreviated as the LDA, was the premier intercontinental basketball club competition played annually by clubs of the entire Americas. Organized by FIBA Americas, the competition was replaced by the Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA) in September 2019;[1] the inaugural season started on 4 December 2007.[2] The FIBA Americas League was a recreation of the now defunct Pan American Club Championship, that existed from 1993 to 2000.[3]

The winner of the Final Four, the culminating tournament of each season's FIBA Americas League, is crowned as the champion of all of the FIBA Americas zone region; the tournament's final is called the Grand Final. It is the first-tier and most important professional international club basketball competition in the regions of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

From 2013 to 2015, the winner of each season's FIBA Americas tournament, played against the winner of each season's European top-tier level EuroLeague competition, at the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, in order to determine an official club world cup champion. Since 2016, the champions of the FIBA Americas League contest the FIBA Intercontinental Cup against the champions of one of the two European second-tier level competitions, the FIBA Champions League.

History[edit]

In 1993, the Campeonato Panamericano de Clubes de Básquetbol (Pan American Basketball Club Championship) was created as the top tier Pan American tournament, running from 1993 until 2000. In December 2007, the FIBA Americas League was introduced to occupy this level of competition.

The FIBA Americas League was formed in 2007, as a professional intercontinental men's basketball club competition, under the organization of FIBA Americas, with the goal of creating a world-class top level multinational basketball league in the Americas region; the league was modeled after the EuroLeague, Europe's top-tier level multinational club basketball league. The main reason for creating the league was the promotion and growth of the sport, and the increased level of competition that would come from the creation of a multinational super league in the FIBA Americas region.

Another one of the main goals in the creation of the league was to eventually revive the dormant FIBA Intercontinental Cup, so that clubs from the FIBA Americas region could once again directly compete against top EuroLeague teams in official games, and so that an official world cup championship could once again be contested. FIBA World decided to revive the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 2013, deciding that the champions of the FIBA Americas League would play against the champions of the EuroLeague, to decide on the world club champion, it was then decided by FIBA World that the tournament would be played every year from then on for the foreseeable future. Since 2016, the FIBA Americas League champions play against the champions of one of the two European second-tier level competitions, the FIBA Champions League.

Another goal in creating the league was to form a league system of teams that could form a partnership with the EuroLeague and NBA on playing friendly games during the preseason, in the same way that the EuroLeague and NBA teams were already playing against each other during the preseason; this was finally realized in the 2014–15 preseason, when teams from the FIBA Americas League played against teams from both the EuroLeague and the NBA.

Names of the top-tier level Pan American competition[edit]

Format[edit]

Under the original format, 16 participating clubs were divided in four groups, of four teams each; the top two clubs of each group qualified for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals winners then played a four-team group stage, in a yet to be determined host city.[4]

Under the current format, the 16 participating clubs are divided in four groups, of four teams each; the top two clubs of each group qualify for the semifinals. The semifinals winners qualify to play at the FIBA Americas League Final 4, in a yet to be determined host city; the final four format was held for the first time in 2014. The last game of the tournament is called the Grand Final.

Final Fours and Grand Finals (2007–present)[edit]

Year Grand Final Final Four
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
2007–08
Details
Argentina
Peñarol
League stage Mexico
Soles de Mexicali
United States
Miami Tropics
Brazil
Minas
2008–09
Details
Brazil
Brasília
League stage Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Uruguay
Biguá
Brazil
Minas
2009–10
Details
Argentina
Peñarol
League stage Venezuela
Espartanos de Margarita
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Argentina
Quimsa
2010–11
Details
Argentina
Regatas Corrientes
League stage Puerto Rico
Capitanes de Arecibo
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Mexico
Halcones Rojos
2012
Details
Mexico
Pioneros de Quintana Roo
League stage Argentina
La Unión
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Brasília
2013
Details
Brazil
Pinheiros
League stage Argentina
Lanús
Puerto Rico
Capitanes de Arecibo
Brazil
Brasília
2014
Details
Brazil
Flamengo
85–78 Brazil
Pinheiros
Uruguay
Aguada
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
2015
Details
Brazil
Bauru
86–72 Mexico
Pioneros de Quintana Roo
Brazil
Flamengo
Argentina
Peñarol
2016
Details
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
84–79 Brazil
Bauru
Brazil
Mogi das Cruzes
Brazil
Flamengo
2017
Details
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
88–65 Argentina
Weber Bahía Blanca
Puerto Rico
Leones de Ponce
Mexico
Fuerza Regia
2018
Details
Argentina
San Lorenzo
79–71 Brazil
Mogi das Cruzes
Argentina
Regatas Corrientes
Argentina
Estudiantes Concordia
2019
Details
Argentina
San Lorenzo
64–61 Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
Brazil
Paulistano
Mexico
Capitanes de Ciudad de México

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

Team Winners Runners-Up Third Place Fourth Place
Venezuela Guaros de Lara 2 (2016, 2017) 1 (2019) 0 0
Argentina Peñarol 2 (2007–08, 2009–10) 0 0 1 (2015)
Argentina San Lorenzo de Almagro 2 (2018, 2019) 0 0 0
Brazil Bauru 1 (2015) 1 (2016) 0 0
Brazil Pinheiros 1 (2013) 1 (2014) 0 0
Mexico Pioneros de Quintana Roo 1 (2012) 1 (2015) 0 0
Brazil Flamengo 1 (2014) 0 1 (2015) 1 (2016)
Argentina Regatas Corrientes 1 (2010–11) 0 1 (2018) 0
Brazil Brasília 1 (2008–09) 0 0 2 (2012, 2013)
Mexico Halcones UV Xalapa 0 1 (2008–09) 2 (2009–10, 2010–11) 1 (2014)
Puerto Rico Capitanes de Arecibo 0 1 (2010–11) 1 (2013) 0
Brazil Mogi das Cruzes 0 1 (2018) 1 (2016) 0
Mexico Soles de Mexicali 0 1 (2007–08) 0 0
Venezuela Espartanos de Margarita 0 1 (2009–10) 0 0
Argentina La Unión de Formosa 0 1 (2012) 0 0
Argentina Lanús 0 1 (2013) 0 0
Argentina Weber Bahía Blanca 0 1 (2017) 0 0
United States Miami Tropics 0 0 1 (2007–08) 0
Uruguay Biguá 0 0 1 (2008–09) 0
Argentina Obras Sanitarias 0 0 1 (2012) 0
Uruguay Aguada 0 0 1 (2014) 0
Puerto Rico Leones de Ponce 0 0 1 (2017) 0
Brazil Paulistano 0 0 1 (2019) 0
Brazil Minas 0 0 0 2 (2007–08, 2008–09)
Argentina Quimsa 0 0 0 1 (2009–10)
Mexico Halcones Rojos 0 0 0 1 (2010–11)
Mexico Fuerza Regia 0 0 0 1 (2017)
Argentina Estudiantes Concordia 0 0 0 1 (2018)
Mexico Capitanes de Ciudad de México 0 0 0 1 (2019)

By country[edit]

Nation Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
Argentina Argentina 5 3 2 3
Brazil Brazil 4 3 3 5
Venezuela Venezuela 2 2 0 0
Mexico Mexico 1 3 2 4
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 0 1 2 0
Uruguay Uruguay 0 0 2 0
United States United States 0 0 1 0

FIBA Americas League awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basketball Champions League Americas is launched". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  2. ^ "FIBA Americas League - Clubs gear up for tip off". FIBA. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  3. ^ Equipo de baloncesto salvadoreño jugará Liga de las Américas (in Spanish).
  4. ^ "Três clubes brasucas na Liga das Américas" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 2007-12-05.

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