Federation Focus: Austria

12 November 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Austrian Basketball Federation (Österreichischer Basketball Verband / ÖBV) saw its foundation as an independent federation in 1948. However, the history of the federation dates back to 1934, when basketball was still administrated by the Austrian Handball Federation, and first official correspondance with FIBA was documented. An own department for netball within the Austrian Handball Federation was installed in 1935, with the first Austrian league games being played one year later. After World War II the domestic competition got re-established in 1946.

The Austrian men's national team made their first appearance at a European Championship in 1947, while the women made their international debut at the European Championship for Women in 1950. The senior men have participated in six Final Rounds, with the last one being in 1977. In the 1990's the Austrians took part twice in Division C, winning the title in both 1992 and 1996.

The women were no less successful in their campaigns, winning a medal in each European Championship for Small Countries they participated in. Last summer they only lost one game in the First Round to F.Y.R. of Macedonia, but took revenge in the gold medal game, downing the tournament hosts 68-63.

Austria win Gold at the 2010 U20 European Championship Division B
Austria pleased their fans with a gold medal at the 2010 U20 European Championship Division B, clinching promotion to Division A

However, the biggest success for Austria came in 2010. "Clinching the title at the U20 European Championship Men Division B at home in Oberwart and Güssing, and winning promotion to Division A with it, was the highlight in recent years, in both organising and sporting terms," said Robert Langer, Sports Director of the Austrian Basketball Federation.

Led by tournament MVP Rasid Mahalbasic, who topped his team's statistics in points in rebounds, the Austrians cruised to the title, defeating Bulgaria in the Semi-Final and Sweden in the Final, leaving the home crowd in Oberwart in awe. Five members of that team have meanwhile made the next step, having competed with the seniors in the Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2013.

The U20 European Championship Division B in 2010 was not the only tournament hosted by Austria. The Alpes nation had previously played host, amongst others, to the U18 European Championship Men in 1986, with the tournament being staged in Vöcklabruck and Gmunden. The first international basketball event to be held in Austria was the Final of the European Cup Winner's Cup in 1969. Slavia Prague and Dynamo Moscow clashed in Austria's capital Vienna, with the Czechs coming out 80-74 winners.

 

STATS & FACTS

Year of foundation: 1948
President: Karl Thaller
Sports Director: Robert Langer
Homepage: www.basketballaustria.at

Registered players:
- U18 Men: 2,020
- U18 Women: 820
- Senior Men: 11,900
- Senior Women: 2,480
Registered clubs: 160
Registered coaches: 360

The staff of the Austrian Basketball Federation (in the front: Andrea Pospischil, Robert Langer; in the back: Matthias Hager, Katalin Levai, Ronald Bachtrögler)
The staff of the Austrian Basketball Federation: (L to R) Matthias Hager, Andrea Pospischil, Katalin Levai, Robert Langer, Ronald Bachtrögler

 

NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

1989 European Promotion Cup for Women in Luxembourg (Luxembourg): 1st place
1991 European Promotion Cup for Women in Gibraltar (Gibraltar): 3rd place
1992 European Promotion Cup for Men in Nicosia (Cyprus): 1st place
1993 European Promotion Cup for Women in Nicosia (Cyprus): 1st place
1996 European Promotion Cup for Men in San Marino: 1st place
1998 European Promotion Cup for Women in Oberpullendorf (Austria): 1st place
2010 U20 European Championship Men Division B in Oberwart, Güssing (Austria): 1st place
2012 European Championship for Small Countries Women in Ohrid (F.Y.R. of Macedonia): 1st place


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