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The European Cup, is an annual international baseball competition between the league champions of the European baseball leagues. The tournament was first held in 1963 and is overseen by the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB).
As with the European Championship, the competition has been dominated in recent times by Hoofdklasse in the Netherlands and Serie A1 in Italy, as the two nations have won all but five of the cups. Spain won four of the first six cups and San Marino (which plays in the Italian league placed second in 2001 and won the cup in 2006 and 2011.
Starting in 2008, there were two European Cups played each year, with runner-ups from some of the premier leagues also getting a shot. The format changed again in 2009, with those two events being qualifiers for a final four, which was then changed to a final two in 2013. In 2016, the format will change again, with one team from each of eight countries participating.