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YUBA League
YUBA logo.jpg
Founded 1992
First season 1992–93
Folded 2006
Country Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FR Yugoslavia
(1991–2002)
 Serbia and Montenegro
(2002–2006)
Confederation FIBA Europe
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to YUBA B League
Domestic cup(s) Yugoslav Cup
Radivoj Korać Cup
Most championships Partizan (8 titles)

The YUBA League was the highest tier level men's professional club basketball competition in FR Yugoslavia, later Serbia and Montenegro. Founded in 1992 and folded in 2006, it was run by the Basketball Federation of Serbia and Montenegro.

The name YUBA League (Yugoslav Basketball Association League) was used in Serbia and Montenegro until 2005. It consisted of the first-stage "First League", and the second-stage "Super League", with each having their own men's and women's divisions. The league was also named YUBA League: Sportstar YUBA League, Winston YUBA League, Frikom YUBA League, Efes Pils YUBA League, Atlas Pils YUBA League, and Sinalco First League, for sponsorship reasons. For past league sponsorship names, see the list below.

When Serbia and Montenegro peacefully separated in 2006, the YUBA League ceased to exist and was re-branded as the Basketball League of Serbia a Serbia-only organization, with Montenegro forming its own federation.

Competition format 2003–2006

Both the Super League and First League used a double round-robin style qualification round, where each team played every other team both at home and away. Even the quarters, semis, and finals were played at home and away, including a tie-breaker if necessary with the home advantage awarded to the better qualifying team.

The Super League men's contained eight clubs, while women's contained six. Immediately after the qualification round were the semi finals, in which the top four qualifying teams competed in. While the two leagues worked exactly the same, the First League however, contained almost twice as many clubs as the Super League, fourteen and twelve for men's and women's respectively and therefore included quarter finals.

Championship history 1992–2006

Name of country First season Last season Seasons
FR Yugoslavia 1992–93 2001–02 10
Serbia and Montenegro 2002–03 2005–06 4

Title holders

Performance by club

Titles Club Years
8 Partizan 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
3 Crvena zvezda 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98
3 Budućnost 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01

Play-off Finals

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage 1st of Regular Season Record
1992–93
Crvena zvezda
3–2
Partizan Crvena zvezda
28–6
1993–94
Partizan
1–3
Crvena zvezda Partizan
27–5
1994–95
Partizan
3–2
TG Borovica Ruma Partizan
24–4
1995–96
Partizan
3–2
BFC Beočin Partizan
27–9
1996–97
Partizan
3–1
FMP Partizan
20–6
1997–98
Crvena zvezda
3–1
FMP Partizan
24–2
1998–99
Not played Budućnost
20–2
1999–00
Budućnost
3–0
Partizan Budućnost
22–0
2000–01
Budućnost
3–2
Partizan Budućnost
21–1
2001–02
Budućnost
2–3
Partizan ICN Budućnost
18–4
2002–03
Partizan Mobtel
3–0
FMP Partizan Mobtel
20–2
2003–04
Partizan Mobtel
3–1
Hemofarm Partizan Mobtel
20–2/12-2
2004–05
Partizan Pivara MB
3–1
Hemofarm Partizan Pivara MB
11–3
2005–06
Partizan Pivara MB
3–0
Crvena zvezda Partizan Pivara MB
9–1

Source: History of YUBA League

Sponsorship names

Through the years, sometimes due to sponsorship deals, the league was variously known as:

See also

References

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