Due to its serious financial problems, Pau-Lacq-Orthez will be replaced by Strasbourg in the regular season of the Champions League basketball.
On June 23, the Pau-Lacq-Orthez club learned that it was not authorized to play in Betclic Elite next season due to its serious financial problems. While waiting for the various appeals, the Elan learned another bad news on Tuesday, which stems from the first: it is also not authorized to play in the Champions League next season. The organizers of the third European Cup in the continental hierarchy have announced that Pau has been replaced by Strasbourg, which initially had to go through a qualifying round, for the regular season. While Elan finished 6th in the regular season and reached the semi-finals of the play-offs, before being eliminated by Monaco, Strasbourg had finished 7th, before being eliminated in the quarter-finals by this same Roca Team.
The draw for the group stage will take place this Thursday with, like last season, 32 teams divided into eight groups of four, and the group winners will advance directly to the second round (Round of 16), while the teams classified second and third will face each other in the play-in series in January 2023. In 2022, it is the Spaniards of Tenerife who have won this Champions League, to the detriment of their compatriots from Manresa. The SIG had been eliminated in the quarter-finals by Hapoel Holon.
The teams qualified for the Champions League: AEK (GRE), Bahcesehir College (TUR), BAXI Manresa (ESP), Bnei Herzliya (ISR), Darussafaka (TUR), Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari (ITA), ERA Nymburk (RTC), Filou Oostende (BEL), Galatasaray Nef (TUR), Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (ISR), Hapoel Holon (ISR), Hungarian champion (Egis Kormend or Falco Szombathely), Igokea m: tel (BIH), JDA Burgundy (FRA)Legia Warszawa (POL), Lenovo Tenerife (ESP), Limoges CSP (FRA)MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (GER), PAOK mateco (GRE), GIS Strasbourg (FRA)Peristeri (GRE), Pinar Karsiyaka (TUR), Rytas Vilnius (LIT), Surne Bilbao (ESP), Telekom Baskets Bonn (GER), UCAM Murcia (ESP), Unahotels Reggio Emilia (ITA), VEF Riga (LET).