Who left and who’s in the Eurocup
Since last EuroCup season, there are several teams that left the competition and some of them return to this competition. Like last season, the 2019-2020 campaign will be a very tough one with some new good teams. Let`s see who left and who are the new teams:
Who left and where: Crvena Zvezda – Last year they reach the top-16, but they finished in 3rd position in a group with Valencia, Unicaja and Limoges. They are playing in Euroleague this year.
Valencia – They were the EuroCup 2018-2019 Champions and will play in Euroleague.
Asvel Lyon – Last year they reached the EuroCup quarterfinals but were eliminated by MoraBanc Andorra by 2-1. They received a wild card from Euroleague for the next two seasons.
Zenit St. Petersburg – They stopped in Top 16 after finishing in 3rd position behind UNICS and Andorra, with Cedevita being in the 4th place. They are playing in Euroleague for this season, the first time ever in their history.
ALBA Berlin – They were the last year finalist, being beaten by Valencia with 2-1 in the Finals. They are also playing in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season.
Fiat Torino – They were eliminated in the regular season. They relegated from in the second Italian league and on 28 June 2019 the club was declared bankrupt.
Mornar Bar – They were also eliminated in the regular season. They left this competition to play Basketball Champions League qualifiers.
Turk Telekom – They stopped in the group stage last season. This year the club will play in Basketball Champions League.
Frankfurt – They reached the Top-16 phase, but they were eliminated after losing all 6 games. This year they won`t participate in any European Competition.
Who`s in: Buducnost Voli –After a one year break, when they played in Euroleague, they are back in EuroCup. Their best performance in EuroCup in the Semifinals.
Darussafaka – They also came back in EuroCup after a one year break, with last season played in Euroleague. In the 2017-2018 season, they were EuroCup champions.
EWE Oldenburg – Last year they didn`t participate in any European competitions, but they`re back in EuroCup after a 4-years break. The Quarterfinals from 2015-2016 season are their best performance in the competition.
Joventut Badalona – They are back in the EuroCup after a 10-years break. They won the competition in 2007-2008.
Maccabi Rishon – They are the newcomers of EuroCup for this season. They never played in this competition. They finished in the 2nd place in Israel League regular season last year.
Nanterre – After being eliminated in Basketball Champions League quarterfinals by Virtus Bologna, Nanterre came back in EuroCup after a 4-years break.
Promitheas – They are the second newcomers from this EuroCup season. They are coming also from Basketball Champions League.
Virtus Bologna – The main favourite to win the EuroCup, is Virtus. They won last year Champions League and now it seems they will play in Euroleague in the 2020-2021 season.
Umana Venezia – Last year they were eliminated by Nizhny Novgorod in the first play-offs round of Basketball Champions League. They are back in EuroCup after a 4-years break.
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Bogdan Vasile Tirc