The Albanian Basketball Federation (Federata Shqiptare e Basketbollit / FSHB) was founded in 1946 and became a FIBA member in 1947. It organises, manages and develops activities in the sport of basketball at the national level and represents the country in international events. The headquarters of the Federation are located in Albania's capital Tirana.
The men's national team first took part in international competition in 1947, finishing 16th at the European Championship for Men. Ten years later, Albania participated a second time at the European Championship for Men, clinching 14th spot. These are the only two participations at a Final Round up to date.
Albania's women's national team made their first appearance on the European stage in 1996, competing in the European Championship Women Division C and finishing runners-up to Iceland. In 2002, they took revenge, clinching the title over Iceland to claim the first gold medal ever for Albania in international basketball competition.
|In 2011, Albania's women's national team played at the EuroBasket Women Division B. It was their fifth overall participation in a FIBA Europe competition.|
Another title followed in 2003, when Albania took first place in the European Promotion Cup for Junior Men, winning the championship with a perfect 4-0 record.
Besides the national teams, FSHB is responsible for the domestic club competition, the national cup, the Supercup and the national youth championships. The Albanian men's basketball league was established in 1946, with 17 Nentori winning the championship. The club also won the first edition of the women's championship in 1947.
As for the youth, FSHB conducts activities in five age categories: U9 (mikrobasket), U11 (minibasket), U14 (bam-passarella), U16 and U18. In recent years, further projects like ‘Basketball in School' were installed to educate the youngest through basketball and attract them to the sport.
STATS & FACTS
Year of foundation: 1946
President: Avni Ponari
Secretary General: Korab Llazani
- U18 Men: 238
- U18 Women: 129
- Senior Men: 138
- Senior Women: 84
- Juniors: approximately 500-600
Registered clubs: 24
Registered coaches: 81
NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
1996 European Promotion Cup for Women in La Valetta (Malta): 2nd place
2001 European Promotion Cup for Junior Men in Malta: 4th place
2002 European Promotion Cup for Women in Andorra la Vella (Andorra): 1st place
2003 European Promotion Cup for Junior Men in Malta: 1st place
2005 U18 European Promotion Cup Women in Scotland: 3rd place
2006 European Promotion Cup for Men in Durrsi (Albania): 2nd place
2008 European Championship Women Division C in Luxembourg (Luxembourg): 2nd place
2008 U16 European Championship Women Division C in Monaco (Principality of Monaco): 2nd place