EuroChallenge Participants Announced

03.07.2008

With the draw for the three main European basketball competitions scheduled for next week in Berlin the teams who will be participating have been named.

FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge (formerly EuroCup) will feature eight teams who will qualify directly to the first qualifying round.  That list includes 2008 EuroCup finalists Dexia Mons-Hainaut of Belgium and Italian side Virtus Bologna.

32 more teams will compete in two elimination rounds with eight eventually advancing to the first qualifying round.  2008 EuroCup Final Four hosts Proteas EKA AEL are among those teams as are Croatians KK Zagreb, Russians CSK-VVS Samara and Spartak St. Petersburg and a pair of French teams in Vichy and Toulon.

The remainder of the teams competing in EuroChallenge will be made up of the losing sides in the two elimination rounds of EuroCup (formerly ULEB Cup).

The draw, to be held at the Postbahnhof in Berlin, Germany, will begin at 12:00 CET with the Euroleague draw.  After a short break the proceedings will continue with the draw for the EuroCup elimination round, followed by the main draw for EuroCup.  The final competition to be drawn will be EuroChallenge, scheduled to begin at 16:30.

The winner and runner-up of EuroChallenge will earn the right to play in the EuroCup next season while the winner of that competition will gain a coveted spot in Euroleague.

EuroChallenge participating teams

Directly qualified to first qualifying round
Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
Keravnos (Cyprus)
Kalev (Estonia)
Larissa (Greece)
Virtus Bologna (Italy)
Ventspils (Latvia)
Lokomotiv Rostov (Russia)
Khimik (Ukraine)

Elimination round participants
Liege (Belgium)
BC Siroki (BIH)
BC Borac (BIH)
Spartak Pleven (Bulgaria)
KK Zagreb (Croatia)
Cedevita (Croatia)
Proteas EKA AEL (Cyprus)
Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus)
Prostejov (Czech Republic)
Bakken (Denmark)
Svendborg (Denmark)
Toulon (France)
Vichy (France)
BC Amak (FYROM)
Rustavi (Georgia)
Oldenburg (Germany)
Skyliners (Germany)
Kormend (Hungary)
Eiffel Towers (Netherlands)
Mobitelco (Romania)
Asesoft (Romania)
Sibiu (Romania)
Samara (Russia)
St. Petersburg (Russia)
Zlatorog Lasko (Slovenia)
Banvit (Turkey)
Antalya (Turkey)
Politheknika (Ukraine)
Sumykhimprom MBC (Ukraine)
Nykolaiv (Ukraine)
Cherkaski (Ukraine)
Donetsk (Ukraine)

   

EuroCup participating teams

Directly qualified regular season
Charlerois (Belgium)
Lukoil (Bulgaria)
Zadar (Croatia)
Nymburk (Czech Republic)
ASVEL Villeurbanne (France)
Roanne (France)
Artland Dragons (Germany)
Brose Basket (Germany)
Maroussi (Greece)
Aris (Greece)
Bnei Hasharon (Israel)
Capo D'Orlando (Italy)
UPIM Bologna (Italy)
Barons (Latvia)
Rytas (Lithuania)
Turow (Poland)
Khimki (Russia)
Dynamo (Russia)
Hemofarm (Serbia)
Pamesa (Spain)
Girona (Spain)
Besiktas (Turkey)
Turk Telekom (Turkey)
Azovmash (Ukraine)

Directly qualified for elimination round 2
Le Havre (France)
Jerusalem (Israel)
Buducnost (MNE)
Ural Great (Russia)
Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
Bilbao (Spain)
Gran Canaria (Spain)
Kiev (Ukraine)

Elimination round 1 participants
Allianz Swans (Austria)
Ostende (Belgium)
Tartu (Estonia)
Cholet (France)
Telekom Bonn (Germany)
Panellinios (Greece)
Benetton Teviso (Italy)
ASK Riga (Latvia)
Siauliai (Lithuania)
My Guide (Netherlands)
Czarni Slupski (Poland)
Triumph (Russia)
UNICS (Russia)
FMP Zeleznik (Serbia)
Benetton Fribourg (Switzerland)
Galatasaray (Turkey)

Euroleague participants
Cibona (Croatia)
Le Mans Sarthe (France)
Sluc Nancy (France)
Alba Berlin (Germany)
Panathinaikos (Greece)
Olympiacos (Greece)
Panionios (Greece)
Maccabi (Israel)
Siena (Italy)
Roma (Italy)
Milano (Italy)
Air Avellino (Italy)
Zalgiris (Lithuania)
Prokom (Poland)
CSKA (Russia)
Partizan (Serbia)
Olimpija (Slovenia)
Tau Ceramica (Spain)
Barcelona (Spain)
Real Madrid (Spain)
Joventut (Spain)
Unicaja (Spain)
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey)
Efes Pilsen (Turkey)


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