Press Releases

FIBA Europe Introduces 2006 Player Of The Year Nominees

For the second consecutive year, FIBA Europe will be honouring the best performers on the continent for Men, Young Men, Women and Young Women.

The nominees for each of the categories have been introduced.

EuroCup All Star Game Returns To Cyprus

For the third straight year, the best EuroCup players will be heading to Cyprus for the EuroCup All Star Game.

EKA AEL Lemesos will once again be organising the event in conjunction with FIBA Europe.

FIBA Europe And Lithuania United For EuroBasket 2011

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Sports Director Kosta Iliev met today with Lithuanian Basketball Federation officials at FIBA Europe’s offices in Munich, Germany to primarily discuss organisational aspects of EuroBasket 2011.

The Lithuanian Basketball Federation was represented by President Vladas Garastas, Vice President Ramunas Saluga and Steering Committee Member Mindaugas Spokas.

EuroLeague Women All-Star Game To Be Staged In Spain

Top players in the EuroLeague Women will be heading to Valencia, Spain for the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game on March 8, 2007.

It will mark the second EuroLeague Women All-Star Game and will feature the best players from Europe taking on the Rest of the World Team.

FIBA Europe Endorses Third Annual Special Olympics European Basketball Week

FIBA Europe will endorse Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) for the third consecutive year during the Special Olympics European Basketball Week to be held 25 November-3 December, 2006 across the region.

Special Olympics will organize activities during the week that will involve 12,000 children and adults and male and female players with intellectual disabilities in 30 countries.

FIBA Europe Board Approves 2007 Youth Calendar

The Board of FIBA Europe met in Gibraltar at the weekend for the second meeting in the 2006-2010 term of office.

The Board discussed the 2007 national team and youth competition calendar and approved the following:

FIBA Europe And FIBA Stress Vital Importance Of Sport Autonomy
FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos met in Athens on 30th October 2006 to discuss the recent developments in basketball and the renewed efforts to improve the legal framework on sports within the European Union.
EuroBasket Draw Set For Thursday

The EuroBasket 2007 Draw will take place on Thursday, October 19th, at 12:30 local time in Madrid, Spain at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid.

The Draw will be broadcast live nationally on La Sexta and can also be followed in real-time on

FIBA Europe Launches Coaching Web Site

The FIBA Europe coaching web site was officially launched today at

The site is specifically designed for coaches and offers an array of tools and services, including coaching news, a universal drills section, playbooks and a practice section, among other resources.

Top Coaches Exchange Ideas At Meeting

Top coaches from across Europe met in Munich, Germany for the first-ever FIBA Europe Elite Coaches Meeting on Monday.

Pepu Hernandez, who coached Spain to the FIBA World Championship title last month, was among the notable names in attendance.

FIBA Europe Statistics Seminar Held In Munich

FIBA Europe held its annual statistics workshop this weekend in Munich, Germany.

The workshop, which took place over two days, was attended by over 60 clubs who are participating in FIBA Europe competitions this season.

Top Coaches To Meet In Munich

Spanish national team Head Coach Pepu Hernandez will be just one of several of the game's top names to attend the first FIBA Europe Coaching meeting on Monday in Munich, Germany.

Hernandez will be joined by an impressive line-up of basketball's premier playcallers, including Dirk Bauermann, David Blatt, Svetislav Pesic, Carlo Recalcati and Bogdan Tanjevic.

Special Olympics European Youth Games Concludes In Rome

The Special Olympics European Youth Games in Rome, Italy drew to a close on Thursday after six days of competition.

Basketball was one of seven different sports at the Games which saw 1400 athletes competing from 55 countries from Europe and Asia.

Zanolin Concludes Meetings With Sport Leaders In Belarus

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin completed a two-day visit in Belarus, where he met with Alexander Grigorov, Minister of Sport and Tourism, George Katulin, Secretary General of the Belarus Olympic Committee, and Lev Pimenov, President of the Belarus Basketball Federation, among other leaders.

Belarus has taken dramatic strides in basketball this year, particularly on the women’s side, and the sport was given even a greater boost after an agreement made between FIBA Europe, the Ministry of Sport and the Belarus Basketball Federation.

Vassilakopoulos Addresses EU

During Wednesday's meeting in Brussels between the European Union and Europe's team sports' federations, FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos took the opportunity to address the delegates on sport's role in society.

Enclosed is the full text of Mr. Vassilakopoulos's speech.

FIBA Europe Meets With EU

FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos and Secretary General Mr. Nar Zanolin were in Brussels on Wednesday for a meeting with the European Union to discuss important matters related to the future of European sport.

Over 40 different sport federations were represented.

Zanolin Encouraged After Visit To Moldova

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin concluded a three-day visit in Moldova, where he met with a number of government leaders and sport officials to speak about the country’s development in sport, particularly basketball.

While Moldova is developing economically, Zanolin is encouraged by the eastern European country’s prospects for improvement in all areas, including basketball.

FIBA Europe Moves Games From Israel To Bulgaria

FIBA Europe decided over the weekend to move Israel’s home EuroBasket Men and Women qualifying games out of the country as a result of the conflict in and around Israel.

FIBA Europe worked together with the Israeli Basketball Federation on the choice of an alternative venue outside of the country.

FIBA Europe 2006/2007 Draw Complete

The draws for FIBA Europe's 2006/2007 club competition season were conducted on Sunday at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in Munich, Germany.

115 clubs will play with FIBA Europe in the EuroCup, EuroCup Challenge, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women.

Draw Set For Sunday

The draw for FIBA Europe's 2006/2007 club competitions will take place at 10:00 on Sunday 6th August at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in Munich, Germany.

115 clubs are registered for the EuroCup, EuroCup Challenge, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women.

FIBA Europe Announces 2006/2007 Club Competition Line-Up

The 2006/2007 EuroCup, EuroCup Challenge, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women teams were announced following a meeting of the FIBA Europe Competitions Commission, Turkey earlier today.

A total of 115 clubs have registered for all competitions.

Competitions Commission Discusses Club Competition Future

The FIBA Europe Competitions Commission met on Saturday in Izmir, Turkey on the occasion of the Ostchem U20 European Championship Men.

The club competition line-up for the 2006/2007 season was approved.

FIBA Europe Secretary General Visits Albania

Albania may not be known as a basketball stronghold, but despite being one of FIBA Europe's smallest members, the Albanian federation is working hard to boost basketball's popularity.

This week has seen Albania host its first ever FIBA Europe event, the Promotion Cup, and Secretary General Nar Zanolin took the opportunity to meet with Albanian Minister of Sport Bujar Lskaj, the head of the National Olympic Committee Hysen Domi and officials from the national basketball federation.

FIBA Europe Attends Presentation Of Independent Sports Review In Switzerland

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos and Secretary General Nar Zanolin attended the Team Sports Associations meeting hosted by UEFA at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the conclusions and recommendations of the Independent European Sports Review, conducted by José Luis Arnaut. The review was launched in February by Mr. Arnault, United Kingdom Sports Minister Richard Caborn and UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson.

FIBA Europe Board Decides To Expand EuroBasket Schedule

The FIBA Europe Board approved a new competition schedule for EuroBasket 2007 that will feature three extra game days.

In the new system, 16 teams will play a round robin format with the top 12 advancing to the quarterfinal round, which will consist of two groups of six.

Board Elects Vice Presidents, Commission Members

The newly formed FIBA Europe Board for the 2006-2010 mandate met for the first time this past Monday in Munich and elected Mr. Sergey Chernov (RUS), Mr. Turgay Demirel (TUR) and Mr. Fausto Maifredi (ITA) as Vice Presidents.

Mr. George Vassilakopoulos, who was re-elected FIBA Europe President, is one the four FIBA Europe representatives on the FIBA Central Board along with Mrs. Marion Grethen (LUX), Mr. Yvan Mainini (FRA) and Mr. Jose Luis Saez (ESP).

Segura De Luna And Boshkov Honoured

The 2006 FIBA Europe General Assembly closed on Sunday in Munich, Germany with a special tribute to two of European basketball's elderly statesmen.

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos presented Ernesto Segura de Luna (ESP) and Alexander Boshkov (BUL) with FIBA Europe honorary member status and an plaque to recognise their efforts.

Vassilakopouolos Re-Elected FIBA Europe President

George Vassilakopoulos earned a second mandate as FIBA Europe President on Saturday in Munich, Germany at the 2006 General Assembly.

Vassilakopoulos was the only candidate after Sarunas Marciulionis announced his withdrawal just before the election.

European Championship C Introduced

Casual fans may not consider countries such as Andorra, Malta and Luxembourg as basketball powerhouses.

But such countries have been able to participate in international European competitions since 1988 thanks to the implementation of the Promotion Cup.

Board Approves EuroBasket Dates

The Board of FIBA Europe ratified the dates for EuroBasket 2007 Men and Women at its pre-General Assembly meeting on Friday in Munich, Germany.

EuroBasket will be held 7th – 16th September 2007 in Spain, while EuroBasket Women will take place 24th September to 7th October 2007 in Chieti, Italy.

Delegates Exchange Ideas At Secretary Generals Meeting

Delegates gathered in Munich for the Secretary Generals meeting to review activities, share challenges and offer solutions.

The meeting was established last year as a means for federations to meet in an informal setting to address specific technical aspects related to basketball organisation.

General Assembly To Meet In Munich

Over 150 delegates from Europe’s 50 National Basketball Federations are expected in Munich this weekend for the FIBA Europe General Assembly.

The conference will tip off on Friday 12th May with a meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe, its final gathering in the 2002-2006 term of office.

FIBA Europe Mourns Death of Vice-President

FIBA Europe was shaken by the news today that Vice-President Valery Kuzin has passed away at the age of 42.

Kuzin was elected Vice-President of FIBA Europe in 2002 and was due to stand for re-election at the upcoming General Assembly on 13th May in Munich, Germany.

FIBA Europe Elections Scheduled for May

The 50 national federations of FIBA Europe will meet on 13th and 14th May 2006 in Munich, Germany at the annual General Assembly with the task of electing the President, Treasurer and 23-person Board for the 2006-2010 term of office.

There are two candidates for the position of President, while there are 37 candidates for the 23 positions on the Board.

FIBA Europe Board Meets in Madrid

The Board of FIBA Europe met on 18th and 19th March in Madrid, Spain for the 12th meeting of the 2002-2006 term of office.

As well as hearing reports from the President of FIBA Europe George Vassilakopoulos, the Secretary General Nar Zanolin, the Sports Director Kosta Iliev and the Presidents of each Commission, the Board continued the discussion of the specificity of sport in Europe.

FIBA Europe President Leads Segura De Luna Tribute

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos was one of several European basketball leaders who paid tribute to honorary Spanish Basketball President Ernesto Segura de Luna on Friday night.

Segura de Luna was honoured at a dinner in Madrid, Spain on the occasion of the meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe.

FIBA Europe Announces Final Four Host Cities

FIBA Europe announced today that the EuroCup Final Four will take place in Kiev, Ukraine and that the EuroLeague Women Final Four will be held in Brno, Czech Republic.

The EuroCup Final Four will begin on April 7th with Dynamo St. Petersburg (RUS) taking on BC Khimki (RUS) and BC Kyiv (UKR) playing against DKV Joventut (ESP). The finals will be on April 9.

Youth Competition Draws Conclude In Poland

The draws for FIBA Europe youth competitions were completed today in Krakow, Poland.

There were 191 teams drawn for 12 of the 16  FIBA Europe youth competitions: Division A and B U16 Men and Women, Division A and B U18 Men and Women, and Division A and B U16 Men and Women.

FIBA Europe Youth Competition Draws Scheduled For This Saturday

FIBA Europe will conduct the draws for 2006 youth competitions on Saturday 25 February in Krakow, Poland.

191 teams have registered for the 12 official competitions that will be a part of the draw.

FIBA Europe Meets UEFA In Stockholm

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Board members Lena Wallin Kantzy and Asterios Zois were in Stockholm on Monday to meet with UEFA President Lennart Johansson and CEO Lars-Christer Olsson.

The meeting was part of continued talks by FIBA Europe to raise, among other problems, the issue of the specificity of sport in Europe.

FIBA Europe President Looks Forward To 2007

The EuroBasket 2007 qualifying round draw in Madrid on Saturday proved not only once again that European national team competition is at an all-time high, but that there will be no easy roads to the final round which will be held in September 2007 in Spain.

EuroBasket 2005 set the standard for a competition that produced top quality play on the court and an electric atmosphere in the heartland of European basketball, Serbia & Montenegro.

Zanolin Visits EuroBasket Women 2007 Facilities in Italy

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin concluded a three-day visit in Italy, host country of EuroBasket Women 2007.

During the visit, Zanolin met with Mario Di Marco, President of the EuroBasket Women 2007 Local Organising Committee, Maurizio Bertea, Secretary General of the Italian Basketball Federation, and other officials involved in the organisation of the event.

FIBA Europe Executive Committee Approve Seeding For 2007 EuroBasket Men & Women Qualifying Round Draw

The FIBA Europe Executive Committee, the European members of the FIBA Central Board and the Competitions Commission met on Friday in Munich, Germany.

One of the topics on the agenda was the upcoming draws for the qualifying round of EuroBasket Men and EuroBasket Women which will take place on 11th February in Madrid, Spain.