Asociación_de_Clubs_de_Baloncesto

Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto

The ACB (Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto) is the premier professional basketball league in Spain. It was founded in 1956 with the name of Liga Nacional, changing its name to the current one in 1983.

The ACB league, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 18 teams, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Estudiantes, Joventut Badalona, Tau Baskonia, Pamesa Valencia and Unicaja Málaga.

Famous basketball players who have played in the league include: Juan Antonio Corbalan, Arvydas Sabonis, Pau Gasol, Raúl López, Ralph Sampson, Fernando Martín, Fernando Romay, Andrés Nocioni, Fran Vázquez, Jordi Villacampa, Andre Turner, Dražen Petrović, Juan Antonio San Epifanio (Epi), Alberto Herreros, Roberto Dueñas, Sasha Djordjevic, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Juan Carlos Navarro, Velimir Perasović, Rafa Jofresa, Dejan Bodiroga, Joan Creus, Walter Berry, Carlos Arroyo, Kenny Simpson, Joe Arlauckas, Walter Herrmann, Luis Scola, Rudy Fernandez, Marc Gasol, Jorge Garbajosa, Ricky Rubio and many others.

Other Competitions

Liga championship rules

Each team has to play all the other teams in its division twice, one at home and one away. This means that in Liga ACB the regular league ends after all teams play 34 matches.

Like many other leagues in continental Europe, the Liga ACB takes a winter break once each team has played half of its scheduled matches. One feature of the league that may be unusual to North American observers is that the two halves of the season are played in the same order—that is, the order of each team's first-half fixtures is repeated in the second half of the season. This is normal in Spanish sport; it is also used by La Liga in football.

At the end of the league, the eight best teams start a play-off, playing the regular season champion with the 8th and so on. There are three rounds with five matches on each, and the winner of the final round is the champion of the ACB. This is similar to NBA play-offs, but shorter.

Spanish championship (1957-1983)

Year Team Year Team
1957 Real Madrid 1971 Real Madrid
1958 Real Madrid 1972 Real Madrid
1959 FC Barcelona 1973 Real Madrid
1960 Real Madrid 1974 Real Madrid
1961 Real Madrid 1975 Real Madrid
1962 Real Madrid 1976 Real Madrid
1963 Real Madrid 1977 Real Madrid
1964 Real Madrid 1978 Joventut
1965 Real Madrid 1979 Real Madrid
1966 Real Madrid 1980 Real Madrid
1967 Joventut 1981 FC Barcelona
1968 Real Madrid 1982 Real Madrid
1969 Real Madrid 1983 FC Barcelona
1970 Real Madrid

Titles

Team Championships
Real Madrid 22
FC Barcelona 3
Joventut Badalona 2

ACB Finals (1983- )

Season Champion Runner-up Result Finals MVP Champion's Coach
1983-84 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 2-1 N/A Lolo Sainz
1984-85 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona 2-1 N/A Lolo Sainz
1985-86 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 2-0 N/A Lolo Sainz
1986-87 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona 3-1 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1987-88 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-2 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1988-89 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-2 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1989-90 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona 3-0 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1990-91 Joventut Badalona FC Barcelona 3-1 Corny Thompson Lolo Sainz
1991-92 Joventut Badalona Real Madrid 3-2 Mike Smith Lolo Sainz
1992-93 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona 3-2 Arvydas Sabonis Clifford Luyk
1993-94 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 3-0 Arvydas Sabonis Clifford Luyk
1994-95 FC Barcelona Unicaja Málaga 3-2 Michael Ansley Aíto García Reneses
1995-96 FC Barcelona Caja San Fernando 3-0 Xavi Fernández Aíto García Reneses
1996-97 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-2 Roberto Dueñas Aíto García Reneses
1997-98 TDK Manresa Tau Vitoria 3-1 Joan Creus Luis Casimiro
1998-99 FC Barcelona Caja San Fernando 3-0 Derrick Alston Aíto García Reneses
1999-00 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 3-2 Alberto Angulo Sergio Scariolo
2000-01 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-0 Pau Gasol Aíto García Reneses
2001-02 Tau Vitoria Unicaja Málaga 3-0 Elmer Bennett Duško Ivanović
2002-03 FC Barcelona Pamesa Valencia 3-0 Šarūnas Jasikevičius Svetislav Pešić
2003-04 FC Barcelona Adecco Estudiantes 3-2 Dejan Bodiroga Svetislav Pešić
2004-05 Real Madrid Tau Vitoria 3-2 Louis Bullock Božidar Maljković
2005-06 Unicaja Málaga Tau Vitoria 3-0 Jorge Garbajosa Sergio Scariolo
2006-07 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 3-1 Felipe Reyes Joan Plaza
2007-08 Tau Vitoria FC Barcelona 3-0 Pete Mickeal Neven Spahija

Final Appearances

Num Team W L
18 FC Barcelona 11 7
13 Real Madrid 8 5
5 Joventut Badalona 2 3
5 Tau Vitoria 2 3
3 Unicaja Málaga 1 2
2 Caja San Fernando 0 2
1 TDK Manresa 1 0
1 Pamesa Valencia 0 1
1 Adecco Estudiantes 0 1

Total League Championships (Liga Nacional + ACB)

Team Championships
Real Madrid 30
FC Barcelona 14
Joventut Badalona 4
Tau Vitoria 2
TDK Manresa 1
Unicaja Málaga 1

2007/08 Final Standings

ACB
Teams Pld W L PF PA Diff
Real Madrid 34 29 5 2862 2572 +290
DKV Joventut 34 25 9 2980 2650 +330
AXA FC Barcelona 34 24 10 2617 2524 +93
TAU Cerámica 34 22 12 2867 2604 +263
Pamesa Valencia 34 22 12 2706 2520 +186
Iurbentia Bilbao 34 21 13 2597 2507 +90
Akasvayu Girona 34 21 13 2726 2685 +41
Unicaja Málaga 34 17 17 2721 2648 +73
Kalise Gran Canaria 34 16 18 2682 2689 -7
Cajasol Sevilla 34 14 20 2701 2764 -63
Ricoh Manresa 34 14 20 2715 2817 -102
Polaris World Murcia 34 13 21 2491 2634 -143
Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada 34 13 21 2542 2671 -129
MMT Estudiantes 34 12 22 2561 2694 -133
CB Granada 34 12 22 2629 2761 -132
ViveMenorca 34 12 22 2567 2755 -188
Grupo Capitol Valladolid 34 11 23 2685 2887 -202
Grupo Begar León 34 8 26 2571 2838 -267

Playoffs Direct relegation

Teams 2008/09 season

Promoted to League ACB

Relegated to League LEB

Awards

ACB records

  • Most Points in a Game

*54 by Juan Antonio San Epifanio, FC Barcelona vs. Joventut Massana on February 18, 1984

  • Most Field Goals Made in a Game

*25 by Essie Hollis, Arabatxo Baskonia at OAR Ferrol on February 5, 1984

  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game

*11 by Oscar Schmidt, Fórum Valladolid at CB Murcia on March 19, 1994

  • Most Free Throws Made in a Game

*29 by Jeff Lamp, Granada at Fórum Filatélico Valladolid on December 21, 1991

  • Most Rebounds in a Game

*29 by Clarence Kea, Juver Murcia vs. Dyc Breogán on December 21, 1991

  • Most Assists in a Game

*18 by Joaquim Costa, Valvi Girona vs. Puleva Baloncesto Granada on November 9, 1990

  • Most Steals in a Game

*13 by Lance Berwald, BBV Villalba at Caja Guipúzcoa on March 11, 1989

  • Most Blocks in a Game

*12 by Fran Vázquez, FC Barcelona at Grupo Capitol Valladolid on January 7, 2007

  • Most Points in a Game

*147 - FC Barcelona on January 31, 1987

  • Fewest Points in a Game

*40 - Fórum Valladolid on October 4, 2001

  • Largest Margin of Victory in a Game

*55 - FC Barcelona defeated Breogán Caixa Galicia 82-137 on April 12, 1986
*55 - Real Madrid defeated Clesa Ferrol 116-61 on October 5, 1985

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