Federation Focus: Sweden

17 September 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Swedish Basketball Federation (Svenska Basketbollförbundet / SBBF) started in 1948 as a section of the Swedish Handball Federation and became an independent Federation in 1952, with Lars-Åke Nilsson being their first President. Since 2009 Hans von Uthmann holds the office, being the 14th President in the history of the Federation.

SBBF is responsible for the development and promotion of basketball in Sweden, ranging from youth basketball to the senior national teams. It organises the top-flights for men and for women as well as the wheelchair league and national youth championships. Divided in 12 regional districts that oversee and administrate the local competitions and training activities, the Federation does its best to guarantee a solid basis for basketball in the country.

Idrottens Hus (Sports House): headquarters of the Swedish Basketball Federation
The headquarters of the Swedish Basketball Federation are located in Stockholm in the Idrottens Hus (Sports House)

The efforts have paid off as basketball is becoming more and more popular in Sweden and is expected to get a further boost with the national teams having qualified this summer for EuroBasket 2013 and EuroBasket Women 2013, respectively. The men last participated at a EuroBasket Final Round in 2003, hosting the event for the first time in the Federation's history, while the women last played in a Final Round in 1987. The last summer both teams featured in the top competition was 1983.

The senior men's national team made their international debut at the European Championship in 1953. The greatest success came in 1980, as Sweden participated for the first and only time at the Olympics, finishing in 10th place. The first medal in the history of SBBF was won by the men's wheelchair national team, who grabbed the bronze medal at the European Championship in 2005. Two gold medals and one silver medal were added in wheelchair basketball, with the men's team and the men's U22 team being crowned European Champions in 2007 and 2010, respectively.

In recent years, the women's youth national teams have brought joy to Swedish basketball. In 2006, Sweden claimed bronze at the U18 European Championship Women and qualified to the U19 World Championship in 2007, where the team reached the Final. The Swedish lost in the gold medal game to the USA, but clinched their first ever silver medal. In 2009, the U18 European Championship Women was staged in Södertälje, with hosts Sweden beating the Czech Republic to take bronze and Cleopatra Forsman-Goga being named MVP of the tournament.

In club competitions, Arvika Basket is the only Swedish team to have reached an international Final. In 1991, Arvika faced Italian side Conad-Unicar Cesena in the title game of the European Cup For Women's Champions Clubs, losing 66-84.

 

The staff of the Swedish Basketball Federation
The staff of the Swedish Basketball Federation

 

STATS & FACTS

Date of foundation: 11 November 1952
President: Hans von Uthmann
Secretary General: Lena Wallin-Kantzy
Homepage: www.basket.se

Registered players:
- U12 Boys: 4,200
- U12 Girls: 4,500
- U18 Men: 4,200
- U18 Women: 4,400
- Senior Men: 3,300
- Senior Women: 1,600

Non-registered players:
- Juniors: approximately 2,000
- Seniors: approximately 1,500

Registered clubs: 350
Registered coaches: 750

 

NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

1974 European Championship for Junior Men in Oeléans de Gyen (France): 4th place
1990 European Championship for Junior Women in Alcala de Henares (Spain): 5th place
1995 European Wheelchair Championship for Men in Paris (France): 5th place
1999 European Wheelchair Championship for Men in Roermond (Netherlands): 5th place
2005 European Wheelchair Championship for Men in Paris (France): 3rd place
2006 U18 European Championship Women in Tenerife (Spain): 3rd place
2007 European Wheelchair Championship for Men in Wetzlar (Germany): 1st place
2007 U16 European Championship Women in Valmiera (Latvia): 5th place
2007 U19 World Championship for Women in Bratislava (Slovak Republic): 2nd place
2008 European Wheelchair Championship for Men in Adana (Turkey): 2nd place
2008 U16 European Championship Women in Katowice (Poland): 4th place
2009 U18 European Championship Women in Södertälje (Sweden): 3rd place
2010 European Wheelchair Championship for Men U22 in Seveso (Italy): 1st place
2011 U18 European Championship Women in Oradea (Romania): 4th place


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