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Liga ACB
Sport Basketball
Founded 1956 (as Liga Nacional)
Inaugural season [[1983–84]]
Number of teams 18
Country Spain
Current champions FC Barcelona (16th title)
Official website www.ACB.com

The Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB) (Template:Lang-en), commonly known as the Liga ACB, is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in Spain. It was founded in 1956 with the name of Liga Nacional. The league changed its name to the current one in 1983. The league is rated as one of the three "A" level European national domestic leagues in the ULEB League Rankings system. The ACB League is considered by many to be one of the best and most elite basketball leagues in Europe and even in the whole world.

The ACB league, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 18 teams, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona Regal, Cajasol Banca Cívica, Asefa Estudiantes, Gran Canaria 2014, Caja Laboral Baskonia, Valencia BC and Unicaja Málaga.

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 sports; it is also used by La Liga in association 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 the NBA playoffs, but shorter.

Arena standards

Currently, ACB clubs must have home arenas that seat at least 5,000 people.

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 CB Joventut
1965 Real Madrid 1979 Real Madrid
1966 Real Madrid 1980 Real Madrid
1967 CB Joventut 1981 FC Barcelona
1968 Real Madrid 1982 Real Madrid
1969 Real Madrid 1983 FC Barcelona
1970 Real Madrid 1984  ::Liga ACB::

Titles

Team Championships
Real Madrid 22
FC Barcelona 3
Joventut Badalona 2

ACB Finals (1983–Present)

Season Champion Runner-up Result Finals MVP Champion's Coach
1983–84 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
2 – 1
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1984–85 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona <center>2 – 1 <center>N/A Template:Country Flag ESP Lolo Sainz
1985–86 Real Madrid FC Barcelona <center>2 – 0 <center>N/A Template:Country Flag ESP Lolo Sainz
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1989–90 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona <center>3 – 0 <center>N/A Template:Country Flag ESP Aíto García Reneses
1990–91 Joventut Badalona FC Barcelona <center>3 – 1 Template:Country Flag USA Corny Thompson Template:Country Flag ESP Lolo Sainz
1991–92 Joventut Badalona Real Madrid <center>3 – 2 Template:Country Flag USA Mike Smith Template:Country Flag ESP Lolo Sainz
1992–93 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona <center>3 – 2 Template:Country Flag LTU Arvydas Sabonis Template:Country Flag USA Clifford Luyk
1993–94 Real Madrid FC Barcelona <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag LTU Arvydas Sabonis Template:Country Flag USA Clifford Luyk
1994–95 FC Barcelona CB Málaga <center>3 – 2 Template:Country Flag USA Michael Ansley Template:Country Flag ESP Aíto García Reneses
1995–96 FC Barcelona CB Sevilla <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag ESP Xavi Fernández Template:Country Flag ESP Aíto García Reneses
1996–97 FC Barcelona Real Madrid <center>3 – 2 Template:Country Flag ESP Roberto Dueñas Template:Country Flag ESP Aíto García Reneses
1997–98 Manresa Baskonia <center>3 – 1 Template:Country Flag ESP Joan Creus Template:Country Flag ESP Luis Casimiro
1998–99 FC Barcelona CB Sevilla <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag USA Derrick Alston Template:Country Flag ESP Aíto García Reneses
1999–00 Real Madrid FC Barcelona <center>3 – 2 Template:Country Flag ESP Alberto Angulo Template:Country Flag ITA Sergio Scariolo
2000–01 FC Barcelona Real Madrid <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag ESP Pau Gasol Template:Country Flag ESP Aíto García Reneses
2001–02 Baskonia CB Málaga <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag USA Elmer Bennett Template:Country Flag FR Yugoslavia Duško Ivanović
2002–03 FC Barcelona Valencia BC <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag LTU Šarūnas Jasikevičius Template:Country Flag FR Yugoslavia Svetislav Pešić
2003–04 FC Barcelona Estudiantes <center>3 – 2 Template:Country Flag SCG Dejan Bodiroga Template:Country Flag SCG Svetislav Pešić
2004–05 Real Madrid Baskonia <center>3 – 2 Template:Country Flag USA Louis Bullock Template:Country Flag SCG Božidar Maljković
2005–06 CB Málaga Baskonia <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag ESP Jorge Garbajosa Template:Country Flag ITA Sergio Scariolo
2006–07 Real Madrid FC Barcelona <center>3 – 1 Template:Country Flag Spain Felipe Reyes Template:Country Flag Spain Joan Plaza
2007–08 Baskonia FC Barcelona <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag USA Pete Mickeal Template:Country Flag Croatia Neven Spahija
2008–09 FC Barcelona Baskonia <center>3 – 1 Template:Country Flag ESP Juan Carlos Navarro Template:Country Flag Spain Xavier Pascual
2009–10 Baskonia FC Barcelona <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag Brazil Tiago Splitter Template:Country Flag Montenegro Duško Ivanović
2010–11 FC Barcelona Bilbao Basket <center>3 – 0 Template:Country Flag ESP Juan Carlos Navarro Template:Country Flag Spain Xavier Pascual

Finals appearances

NumTeamWL
21FC Barcelona138
13Real Madrid85
7Baskonia34
5Joventut Badalona23
3CB Málaga12
2CB Sevilla02
1Manresa10
1Valencia BC01
1Estudiantes01
1Bilbao Basket01

Total league championships (Liga Nacional + ACB)

Team Championships
Real Madrid 30
FC Barcelona 16
Joventut Badalona 4
Baskonia 3
Manresa 1
CB Málaga 1

Current clubs

Relegated to League LEB

Awards

ACB records

  • Most Points in a Game
  • Most Field Goals Made in a Game
  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game
  • Most Free Throws Made in a Game
  • Most Rebounds in a Game
  • Most Assists in a Game
  • Most Steals in a Game
  • 13 by Lance Berwald, BBV Villalba at Caja Guipúzcoa on March 11, 1989
  • Most Blocks in a Game
  • Most Points in a Game
  • 147 – FC Barcelona defeated Cajabilbao 147-106 on January 31, 1987
  • Fewest Points in a Game
  • Largest Margin of Victory in a Game
  • Victory with fewest points

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