|06 November 2012|
10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE
With an area of 2 km² the Principality of Monaco is one of the smallest states in Europe, and the home of the Fédération Monégasque de Basketball, the governing body of basketball in the city state. Being founded in 1987, the Federation is one of the youngest among the 51 FIBA Europe member federations.
Located in Stade Louis II, the Federation is responsible for the development and promotion of basketball in Monaco. Apart from FIBA Europe, the Federation is affiliated with FIBA and the Monaco Olympic Committee. Up to date, Monaco's national teams have participated in 16 FIBA Europe competitions, debuting at the U18 European Promotion Cup Men and Women in 2005. They also took part in two Games of the Small States of Europe, hosting the event in 2007.
Being represented by their U16 and U18 teams in Division C, Monaco reached the title game three times. In 2009, the Monegasques clinched the second place at the U18 European Championship Women Division C, a success that was repeated one year later at the U16 European Championship Women Division C.
|The Principality of Monaco took the trophy at the 2012 U16 European Championship Men Division C|
The biggest success however came this summer, as the U16 men's team were crowned champions at the European Championship Division C. It was the first gold medal for Monaco on international stage. Led by their top scorer Alessandro Generale and the all-round play of Daniel Pieper, the Monegasques cruised to the Final in undefeated fashion.
Facing Scotland in the gold medal game, Monaco broke the game open in the second quarter to secure a 61-53 victory, with Pieper also claiming individual honours, as he was named MVP of the tournament. The celebrations didn't stop there; in September the players and coaches were received by the mayor of Monaco, Georges Marsan and the President of the Federation, Roland Biancheri.
On club level, AS Monaco is the pride of the city state. Established in 1924, the club currently includes 350 players in 22 teams. They are divided in seven age categories, from Mini Poussins (age 6 - 9) to Seniors. The senior men compete in the French third tier NM1. In the past, they were a regular guest in France's top flight, playing on elite level from 1973 to 1975 and from 1976 to 1991.
STATS & FACTS
Year of foundation: 1987
President: Roland Biancheri
Secretary General: Pierre Bessone
NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
2006 U16 European Promotion Cup Women: 3rd place
2007 U18 European Championship Women Division C: 3rd place
2009 U18 European Championship Women Division C: 2nd place
2010 U16 European Championship Women Division C: 2nd place
2011 U16 European Championship Women Division C: 4th place
2012 U16 European Championship Men Division C: 1st place