Three Greek teams to compete in next year’s BCL regular season
Greece will be represented by three teams in next year’s Basketball Champions League, including AEK, Peristeri, and PAOK.
On Thursday, the Basketball Champions League announced the teams that will partake in next year’s edition of the competition, which will include three Greek representatives. Peristeri, AEK, and PAOK were all granted an automatic place in the Champions League regular season and will avoid the qualifying rounds all together.
Originally, Greece were given four representatives in the competition, two in the regular season and two in the qualifying rounds. Both Promitheas (second place) and AEK (third place) would have earned a place in the regular season while Peristeri (fourth place) and PAOK (fifth place) would compete in the qualifying rounds.
With Promitheas withdrawing their place in the Champions League to compete in the EuroCup, their position was taken by the next best ranked team from last year’s Basket League. Sixth placed Olympiacos compete in the EuroLeague while both the seventh and eighth placed teams, Ifaistos Limnou and Holargos, decided not to compete in European competitions next season.
With the following developments, Greece decided not to send a fourth representative to the 2019/20 Champions League, and as a result, all three Greeks teams will automatically compete in the regular season. This benefits both PAOK and Peristeri as the two clubs will now avoid the qualifying process all together and be assured spots in the regular season.
Thirty-two teams will partake in the Champions League regular season. Twenty-four clubs automatically qualified for the main event while eight teams will qualify for the regular season via the two qualifying rounds.
The regular season draw will take place on July 4th.
Below are the 24 teams in next year’s BCL regular season
Below are the 16 teams that will partake in the BCL’s qualifying rounds