Federation Focus: Germany

11 June 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

Ingo Weiss, President of the German Basketball Federation
Ingo Weiss is the sixth President in the history of the German Basketball Federation. He was named President in 2006.

Founded in 1949, the German Basketball Federation is the governing body of 16 regional associations, taking care of various issues of amateur and professional basketball in Germany. Special interest lies in bringing the sport to the youngest, running different projects like the 'DBB Minifestival' for children aged 12 and younger.

The Federation plays host to the traditional Albert Schweitzer Tournament. First established in 1958, the international tournament has developed into one of the most prestigious U18 events, showcasing great talent. Legends like Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Arvydas Sabonis, Drazen Petrovic and Dirk Nowitzki stepped on the scene at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament.

While Nowitzki has become a reference player for Germany in recent years, it was another generation that laid the foundations for German basketball.

Winning Gold at the European Championship in 1993 proved to be a major boost. Unexpected by most experts and against all odds, hosts Germany went all the way, facing Russia in the final played in Munich. The nerve-racking game was decided in the final seconds. Russia led 70-68 with 15 seconds left on the clock. Germany coach Svetislav Pesic called a time-out. In the next possession, point guard Kai Nürnberger dished the ball to Chris Welp, who finished the play with a dunk, while being fouled. With 3.9 seconds to play, the center stepped at the free-throw line. Welp had only made one of his five free throw attempts up to this point, but kept his cool to make it 71-70 and help Germany clinch its first European title.

The next medal for the men's senior national team came in 2002, as the generation of Dirk Nowitzki captured Bronze at the World Championship in Indianapolis. At EuroBasket 2005, Nowitzki and his team-mates added a silver medal to their collection. The Germans reached the final against Greece, defeating Slovenia and Spain in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively. The Greek team won 78-62 though to take their first EuroBasket trophy since 1987. Nowitzki was voted MVP of the tournament, averaging an incredible double-double of 26.1 points and 10.6 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks star has competed for the national team since the European Championship for Junior Men in 1996. He fulfilled his dream of playing at an Olympics in 2008, also being the first basketball player to carry the German flag at the opening ceremony.

Dirk Nowitzki in the EuroBasket 2005 final
It was an emotional moment when MVP Dirk Nowitzki stepped off the court in the final of EuroBasket 2005, earning himself a standing ovation from the crowd at Belgrade Arena.

In European club competitions, four German teams have earned titles. In 1995, ALBA Berlin took the Korac Cup, defeating Adecco Milan 172-166 on aggregate. Mitteldeutscher BC won the EuroCup Challenge in 2004 (84-68 vs. SAOS JDA Dijon) and BG Göttingen captured the EuroChallenge trophy in 2010 (83-75 vs. Krasnye Krylia). GoldZack Wuppertal crowned their dominance on national level by claiming the European Cup for Women's Champion Clubs in 1996 over Societa Ginnastica. They reached the EuroLeague Women Final Four in 1997, but lost to CJM Bourges Basket in the final. 

 

Hans-Joachim-Höfig-Haus in Hagen, headquarters of the German Basketball Federation.
The offices of the German Basketball Federation are located in Schwanenstraße 6-10, 58089 Hagen. In 2007, the headquarters were named Hans-Joachim-Höfig-Haus, honouring late president (1964-1973) and honorary president (1986-2006) Hans-Joachim Höfig.



STATS & FACTS

Date of foundation: 01 October 1949
President: Ingo Weiss
Secretary General: Wolfgang Brenscheidt
Homepage: www.basketball-bund.de

Registered players:
- U18 Men: 64,901
- U18 Women: 27,368
- Senior Men: 138,538
- Senior Women: 52,618
Non-registered players:
- Juniors: approximately 450,000
- Seniors: approximately 50,000
Registered clubs: approximately 2,100
Registered coaches: 4,679

 

Germany win Gold at the European Championship in 1993.
The European Championship 1993 will always be remembered as one of the greatest in German basketball history. Hosts Germany defeated Russia in a thrilling final to clinch their first ever gold medal.

 

NATIONAL TEAM MEDALS & TITLES

1981 European Championship for Cadets in Thessaloniki, Katerini (GRE): Bronze
1983 European Championship for Cadets in Tübingen, Ludwigsburg (GER): Bronze
1993 European Championship for Men in Berlin, Karlsruhe, Munich (GER): Gold
1997 European Championship for Women in Pécs, Zalaegerszeg, Budapest (HUN): Bronze
1999 European Wheelchair Championship for Men in Roermond (NED): Silver
1999 European Wheelchair Championship for Women in Roermond (NED): Gold
2002 World Championship for Men in Indianapolis (USA): Bronze
2005 EuroBasket in Vrsac, Podgorica, Novi Sad, Belgrade (SRB): Silver


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