The 2019-20 7DAYS EuroCup season is officially underway! The 24 teams who will fight to become the last one standing at the podium, lifting the EuroCup trophy, are at the starting line of the new season, which promises to be more exciting than ever. Following the completion of the EuroCup Draw on Friday in Barcelona, Spain, all of them know who their first opponents will be. And they know that at the end of the season, for the first time ever, both the champion and runner-up in the EuroCup will qualify to play in the 2020-21 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague!
The teams have been divided into four groups of six teams, which will see them play 10 regular season games -- five at home and five on the road -- from October 2 to December 18. The top four teams from each regular season group will advance to the Top 16, four new groups of six games each beginning January 8, 2020 and finishing on March 4. Three best-of-three game playoffs phases follow: quarterfinals from March 17 to 25; semifinals from March 31 to April 8; and the finals from April 21 to April 27. The end dates of each series assume that third games will be necessary.
The 2019-20 7DAYS EuroCup may be the strongest in competition history. The competition features seven former champions (Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul, Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Unicaja Malaga, UNICS Kazan, Rytas Vilnius and Joventut Badalona), as well as four Turkish Airlines EuroLeague winners (Joventut, Limoges CSP, Partizan NIS Belgrade and Segafredo Virtus Bologna). There are two national champions (Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, Montenegro and Umana Reyer Venice, Italy) and four national runner-ups (Promitheas Patras, Greece; Maccabi Rishon Lezion, Israel; Rytas Vilnius, Lithuania; AS Monaco, France), as well as Cedevita, which was the Croatian League finalist before it merged with Union Olimpija.