Draw results for FIBA Europe Cup Regular Season and Qualifying Tournaments revealed
MUNICH (Germany) - The groups for the FIBA Europe Cup Regular Season and Qualifying Tournaments have been announced following the draw that took place in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday afternoon.
The number of participating teams in the Regular Season has been extended to 40 for the ninth edition of the competition with the field split into 10 groups of four teams.
13 clubs were placed directly into the Regular Season, while there will be a minimum of seven teams advancing from the FIBA Europe Cup Qualifying Tournaments - of which 22 will compete - and a maximum of 20 clubs that have opted in from the Basketball Champions League Qualifiers.
The groups for the Regular Season are as follows:
Group A: Sporting CP, Balkan Botevgrad (BUL), Arconic-Alba Fehervar (HUN), Winner FEC QT F
Group B: Anwil Wloclawek, BC CSU Sibiu (ROU), Surne Bilbao Basket (ESP), Caledonia Gladiators (GBR)*
Group C: Karhu Basket Kauhajoki (FIN)*, BCL QR SF Loser Levice/Larnaca v Benfica/Tbilisi, BC Jonava CBet (LTU)*, Winner FEC QT E
Group D: Bahcesehir College (TUR), Mornar Barsko Zlato (MNE)*, ERA Nymburk (CZE), Winner FEC QT A
Group E: BCL QR - Loser Champions Path Final, BCL QR SF Loser Bakken/Peja v Kalev/Norrkopping; SIG Strasbourg (FRA)*, Winner FEC QT B
Group F: Ironi Hay Motors Ness Ziona (ISR)*, Happy Casa Brindisi (ITA)*, BCL QR QF Loser Kalev v Norrkopping, Winner FEC QT G
Group G: ZZ Leiden (NED), Hapoel Galil Elion (ISR), BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (FRA), Winner FEC QT C
Group H: Heroes Den Bosch (NED)*, NINERS Chemnitz (GER), PGE Spojnia Stargard (POL), BCL QR QF Loser Bakken v Peja
Group I: Cholet Basket (FRA)*, BG Gottingen (GER)*, Pallacanestro Varese (ITA)*, BCL QR QF Loser Benfica v Tbilisi
Group J: CSM CSU Oradea (ROU)*, Legia Warszawa (POL)*, BCL QR QF Loser Levice v Larnaca, Winner FEC QT D
The Qualifying Tournaments are as follows:
Qualifying Tournament A: Donar Groningen (NED), CS Rapid Bucuresti (ROU), Rabotnicki Skopje (MKD), Sabah BC (AZE)
Qualifying Tournament B: FC Porto (POR), Manisa BBSK (TUR), Nevezis-Optibet Kedainiai (LTU)
Qualifying Tournament C: Parnu Sadam (EST), Trepca (KOS), Tindastoll (ISL)
Qualifying Tournament D: Kataja Basket (FIN), Chernomorets Burgas (BUL), Boras Basket (SWE)
Qualifying Tournament E: Keravnos BC (CYP), Rostock Seawolves (GER), Feniks 2010 (MKD)
Qualifying Tournament F: Egis Kormend (HUN), Bnei Herzliya (ISR), Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP)
Qualifying Tournament G: Casademont Zaragoza (ESP), Jamtland Basket (SWE), BK KVIS Pardubice (CZE)
The winner of each tournament will qualify for the Regular Season, while additional spots may open up if clubs that have opted in from the Basketball Champions League Qualification Rounds advance to the BCL Regular Season.
Any extra spots would be filled with the best ranked second-placed clubs from the FIBA Europe Cup Qualifying Tournaments in accordance to Section D of the Official Basketball Rules.
The FIBA Europe Cup Qualifying Tournaments are scheduled to take place from October 2-5 - with the hosts confirmed on Monday - when the Regular Season field will be completed.
The draw was streamed live on the FIBA YouTube channel.