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2008–09 FIBA EuroChallenge


Dec 15, 2021

The 2008–09 FIBA EuroChallenge was the sixth edition of Europe’s third-tier level transnational men’s professional club basketballFIBA EuroChallenge Tournament, and the first under the FIBA EuroChallenge name, organized by FIBA Europe. A total number of 32 teams participated in the regular season and a total of 40 teams competed including the qualifying rounds. Virtus Bologna won its first EuroChallenge title after defeating Cholet in the Final of the Final Four, which was hosted in Bologna.

FIBA EuroChallenge
Season 2008–09
Teams 32
Dates 25 November 2008 – 26 April 2009
Final positions
Champions Virtus Bologna (1st title)
Runners-up Cholet
Third place Triumph Lyubertsy
Fourth place Proteas EKA AEL
Final Four MVP Keith Langford
Statistical leaders
Points Austin Nichols 19.6
Rebounds Abdullahi Kuso 8.8
Assists Dontaye Draper 6.2

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In all there are 40 teams from 21 countries, plus sixteen teams from the 2008–09 Eurocup Basketball first preliminary round and second preliminary round. The competition is jointly run by FIBA Europe.

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round (TH: title holders;):

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.: League position after eventual Playoffs
  • EC: Transferred from Eurocup

QR: Losers from qualifying rounds

  • WC: Wild card
Regular season
Ural Great (EC QR2) Base Oostende (EC QR2) Cajasol (EC QR2) Hapoel Migdal Jerusalim (EC QR2)
Triumph Lyubertsy (EC QR1) Dexia Mons-Hainaut (4th) Cholet (EC QR1) Galatasaray (EC QR2)
Lokomotiv Rostov (7th) Tartu Rock (EC QR1) Benetton Olympic Fribourg (EC QR2) Olympia Larissa (8th)
Kyiv (EC QR2) Kalev (2nd) Allianz Swans Gmunden (EC QR2) Keravnos (1st)
Khimik (3rd) Šiauliai (EC QR1) Telekom Bonn (EC QR1) Virtus Bologna (15th)
Energa Czarni Slupsk (EC QR1) Ventspils (3rd) EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam (EC QR1)
Qualifying rounds
CSK VVS-Samara (9th) Hyeres-Toulon (6th) Antalya BB (6th) Široki (3rd)
Spartak Saint Petersburg (11th) JA Vichy (7th) Banvit (8th) Borac Nektar (5th)
Sumykhimprom (5th) EWE Baskets Oldenburg (5th) APOEL (2nd) Zagreb (4th)
MBC Mykolaiv (6th) Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6th) Proteas EKA AEL (3rd) Cedevita (5th)
Donetsk (WC) Bakken Bears (1st) Asesoft (1st) Zlatorog Laško (4th)
Prostejov (3rd) Svendborg Rabbits (2nd) U Mobilteco Cluj (2nd) AMAK SP (5th)
Spartak Pleven (4th) Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (2nd) CSU Sibiu (3rd)
Energy Invest Rustavi (1st) Belgacom Liege (5th) Körmend (2nd)

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