1973–74 FIBA European Champions Cup

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  Runners-upItaly Ignis Varese
FIBA European Champions Cup seasons

The 1973–74 FIBA European Champions Cup was the 17th edition of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). The Final was held at the Palais des Sports de Beaulieu, in Nantes, France, on April 3, 1974. It was won by Real Madrid, who defeated Ignis Varese in the finals, by a result of 84–82. This was the 5th consecutive final for Varese, and the first of three consecutive finals played between these two teams.

Competition system

  • 26 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 the group stage, the following criteria were 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

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
USC Heidelberg West Germany 152-144 Portugal Lourenço Marques 85–65 67–79
Fribourg Olympic Switzerland 127-209 Spain Real Madrid 74–100 71–105
Csepel Hungary 129-135 Albania Partizani Tirana 58–57 71–78
Wienerberger Austria -* Egypt Al-Gezira
Levi's Flamingo's Netherlands 255-144 Scotland Boroughmir 129–74 126–70
Solna Sweden 176-133 England Epping Avenue 103–64 73–69
Radnički Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 89-49** Luxembourg Amicale 89–49
Academic Bulgaria 284-106 Morocco Renaissance Berkane 112–53 172–53
Turun NMKY Finland 152-155 Czechoslovakia Dukla Olomouc 71–61 81–94
İTÜ Turkey 137-160 Belgium Ford Antwerpen 64–71 73–89
Wybrzeże Gdańsk Poland 157-167 Greece Panathinaikos 87–70 70–97

*FIBA cancelled this match and declared Union Wienerberger winner.

**This match played as a single game in Belgrade.

Second round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
USC Heidelberg West Germany 103-214 Spain Real Madrid 54–94 48–120
Partizani Tirana Albania 140-149 Austria Wienerberger 72–71 68–78
Levi's Flamingo's Netherlands 156-174 Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 85–84 71–90
Solna Sweden 142-155 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radnički Belgrade 67–78 75–77
Academic Bulgaria 163-155 Czechoslovakia Dukla Olomouc 83–65 80–90
Ford Antwerpen Belgium 140-132 Romania Dinamo București 75–65 65–67
Panathinaikos Greece 156-182 France Berck 99–80 57–102
Automatically qualified to the group stage

Quarterfinals group stage

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

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Italy Ignis Varese 3 6 3 0 538 453 +85
2. France Berck 3 5 2 1 500 484 +16
3. Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 3 4 1 2 493 508 -15
4. Belgium Ford Antwerpen 3 3 0 3 448 534 -86

Group B

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Spain Real Madrid 3 6 3 0 591 484 +107
2. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radnički Belgrade 3 5 2 1 542 534 +8
3. Austria Wienerberger 3 4 1 2 487 517 -30
4. Bulgaria Academic 3 3 0 3 525 610 -85

Semifinals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ignis Varese Italy 175–161 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radnički Belgrade 105–78 70–83
Real Madrid Spain 194–148 France Berck 99–67 95–81

Final

April 3, Palais des Sports de Beaulieu, Nantes

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Real Madrid Spain 84–82 Italy Ignis Varese


1973–74 FIBA European Champions Cup
Champions
Spain
Real Madrid
5th Title

Awards

FIBA European Champions Cup Finals Top Scorer

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