League History

League History

6. September 2012, 09:38

 

2001/02

12 teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro participated in Goodyear League in its first season: Union Olimpija, Krka, Pivovarna Laško, Geoplin Slovan, Cibona VIP, Zadar, Triglav Osiguranje, Split Croatia Osiguranje, FEAL Široki, Bosna ASA, Sloboda Dita, Budućnost.

In February 2002 ABA was admitted as an equal member of the ULEB association.

There were 22 rounds played in the regular part of the season, best four teams qualified for the Final Four Tournament which was played in Ljubljana on March 23rd and 24th 2002.

The first trophy in Goodyear League was won by Union Olimpija.

 

2002/03

12 teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Israel participated in Goodyear League in its second season: Union Olimpija, Krka, Pivovarna Laško, Cibona VIP, Zadar, Zagreb, Split Croatia Osiguranje, FEAL Široki, Bosna ASA, Borac Nektar, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Crvena zvezda.

There were 22 rounds played in the regular part of the season, best four teams qualified for the Final Four Tournament which was played in Ljubljana since April 3rd until April 5th 2003. According to the original plan the Final Tournament should be played in Tel Aviv but since the situation was pretty insecure there at that time the tournament was moved to Ljubljana.

Zadar became the 2003 Goodyear League champion.

 

2003/04

The league expanded before the 2003/04 season. 14 teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro participated in Goodyear League in its third season: Union Olimpija, Krka, Pivovarna Laško, Geoplin Slovan, Cibona VIP, Zadar, Zagreb, Split Croatia Osiguranje, Široki Hercegtisak, Banjalučka pivara, Crvena zvezda, Reflex, Budućnost, Lovćen CG komercijalna banka.

There were 26 rounds played in the regular part of the season, best four teams qualified for the Final Four Tournament which was played in Zagreb since April 16th until April 18th 2004.

Reflex became the 2004 Goodyear League Champion.

 

2004/05

The league expanded for the second time since the inaugural season before the 2003/04 season.

16 teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro participated in Goodyear League in its fourth season: Union Olimpija, Helios, Pivovarna Laško, Geoplin Slovan, Cibona VIP, Zadar, Zagreb, Split Croatia Osiguranje, Šibenka Dalmare, Široki Hercegtisak, Bosna ASA BH TELECOM, Crvena zvezda, Partizan Pivara MB, Hemofarm, Reflex, Budućnost.

In this season the league also decided to change the play-off system. The Final Tournament was expanded and renamed into the Final Eight Tournament. There were 30 rounds played in the regular part of the season, best eight teams qualified for the Final Eight Tournament which was played in Belgrade since April 28th until May 1st 2005.

Hemofarm became the 2005 Goodyear League Champion.

 

2005/06

The fifth season brought another change in the competition structure. Following the idea to make the league as strong as possible the management of the Goodyear league decided to reduce the number of clubs from 16 to 14 again.

14 teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro participated in Goodyear League in its fifth season: Union Olimpija, Helios, Pivovarna Laško, Geoplin Slovan, Cibona, Zadar, Zagreb, Široki ERONET, Bosna ASA BH TELECOM, Crvena zvezda, Partizan, Hemofarm, FMP, Vojvodina Srbijagas.

There were 26 rounds played in the regular part of the season, best eight teams qualified for the Final Eight Tournament which was played in Sarajevo since April 20th until April 23rd 2006.

FMP became the Goodyear League Champion.

 

2006/07

The sixth season of the regional league brought a change in the name of the general sponsor. The company Goodyear ceded the place to the NLB group on a mutual agreement. Another change was followed on a national level. After Montenegro declared the independency in 2006 Budućnost returned to the regional league with a wild-card given by the NLB League board. The Final Four tournament was replaced with the Play-off.

14 teams from Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia participated in the NLB League in its sixth season: Union Olimpija, Helios, Geoplin Slovan, Cibona, Zadar, Zagreb, Split, Široki ERONET, Bosna ASA BH TELECOM, Crvena zvezda, Partizan, Hemofarm, FMP, Budućnost.

There were 26 rounds played in the regular part of the season. The best four teams qualified for the play-off (best-of-three series).

Partizan became the 2007 NLB League Champion.

 

2007/08

The seventh season of the regional league brought a change in the competition structure. After only one year the play-off was canceled and replaced with a combination of the eliminating system and the Final Four tournament.

14 teams from Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia participated in the NLB League in its seventh season: Union Olimpija, Helios, Geoplin Slovan, Cibona, Zadar, Zagreb, Split, Široki ERONET, Crvena zvezda, Partizan, Hemofarm, FMP, Vojvodina and Budućnost.

There were 26 rounds played in the regular part of the season. Eight best teams from the regular season qualified for the best-of-three quarter-final series. The Final Four Tournament was later held in Ljubljana.

Partizan became the 2008 NLB League Champion.

 

2008/09

The eight season of the NLB League was a turn to the competition system that was in use already in 2003/04 when the Final Four Tournament was played at the end of the regular part of the season.

14 teams from Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia participated in the NLB League this season: Union Olimpija, Helios, Krka, Cibona, Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Bosna, Crvena zvezda, Partizan, FMP, Hemofarm, Vojvodina, Budućnost.

There were 26 round played in the regular part of the season. The best four teams later qualified for the Final Four Tournament, which was played in Belgrade between April 16th and April 18th (Partizan, Cibona, Hemofarm, Crvena zvezda).

Partizan became the 2009 NLB League Champion.

 

2009/10

In the ninth season of the NLB League 14 teams from Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia participated in the NLB League: Union Olimpija, Helios, Cibona, Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Bosna, Široki Eronet, Crvena zvezda, Partizan, FMP, Hemofarm, Radnički, Budućnost.

There were 26 round played in the regular part of the season. The best four teams later qualified for the Final Four Tournament, which was played in Zagreb between April 23th and April 25st (Partizan, Hemofarm, Cibona, Union Olimpija).

Partizan became the 2010 NLB League Champion.

 

2010/11

In the 10th season of the NLB League 14 teams from Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic and Serbia participated in the NLB League: Union Olimpija, Krka, Cibona, Cedevita, Zadar, Zagreb, Crvena zvezda, Hemofarm, Partizan, Radnički, Igokea, Široki and Nymburk.

There were 26 round played in the regular part of the season. The best four teams later qualified for the Final Four Tournament, which was played in Ljubljana between April 19th and April 21st (Partizan, Union Olimpija, Krka, Budućnost).

Partizan became the 2011 NLB League Champion.

 

2011/12

In the 11th season of the ABA League 14 teams from Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Israel and Serbia participated in the NLB League: Union Olimpija, Krka, Helios, Zlatorog, Cibona, Cedevita, Zagreb, Crvena zvezda, Hemofarm, Partizan, Radnički, Široki, Budućnost and Nymburk.

There were 26 round played in the regular part of the season. The best four teams later qualified for the Final Four Tournament, which was played in Tel Aviv between April 19th and April 21st (Cedevita, Partizan, Maccabi, Budućnost).

Maccabi became the 2012 ABA League Champion.

 

2012/13

In the 12th season of the ABA League, the first one with a participant from Hungary and Macedonia, 14 teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia participated in the competition: Budućnost VOLI, Cedevita, Cibona, Crvena zvezda Telekom, Igokea, Krka, MZT Skopje Aerodrom, Partizan mt:s, Radnički, Split, Szolnoki Olaj, Široki Wwin, Union Olimpija and Zadar.

There were 26 rounds played in the regular part of the season. The best four teams (Crvena zvezda Telekom, Igokea, Partizan mt:s and Radnički) later qualified for the Final Four Tournament, which took place in Laktaši between April 25th and April 27th.

Partizan mt:s became the 2013 ABA League champion.

 

KEY DATES IN HISTORY OF THE REGIONAL LEAGUE
Date Event
03.07.2001 The regional league was established at the founding assembley in Ljubljana
14.09.2001 The Sidro company which takes care of commercial and marketing activities of the regional league was established
28.09.2001 The Goodyear company becames the general sponsor of the league
24.02.2002 ABA was officially admitted as an equal member of the ULEB association
19.05.2002 Maccabi Tel Aviv confirms the participation in the regional league as the only team outside the boundaries of ex-Yugoslavia.
01.09.2006 NLB company becames the general sponsor of the league
27.12.2006 First All Stars game of the regional league was held in Ljubljana
9.10.2009 First round of the 2008/09 NLB League
24.12.2009 The beginning of the transfer period between the NLB League clubs
2.1.2010 The end of the transfer period between the NLB League clubs
2.3.2010 The last day clubs may sign new players for the NLB League
20.3.2010 The last round of the regular season
22.4.2010 The beginning of the Final Four Tournament
24.4.2010 The end of the Final Four Tournament