Federation Focus: France

18 December 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The French Basketball Federation (Fédération Française de Basketball/FFBB) looks back at a great year 2012, as it not only celebrated four medals by the national teams, but also its 80th anniversary.

 Located in capital Paris, FFBB takes care of the organisation and development of basketball in the country, from MiniBasket to the national teams.Launched in 1950, MiniBasket is directed at children aged from six to 12 years, teaching team spirit and friendship through basketball, while increasing the popularity of the sport amongst the youngest. Nowadays, there are 136,000 registered MiniBasket players, accounting for approximately 30 percent of all licensed players in France.

Projects like MiniBasket lay the fundamentals for French basketball, with the youth also playing a major part in the national competitions. Championship are played in the age categories U15, U17 and U18, while the U20 teams of the top clubs stage their own championship (Championnat espoirs), ideally making the transition to the first teams.

The national basketball league is split into two divisions, with 16 teams competing in the top tier Pro A and 18 in the second division Pro B. Both leagues are organised by the LNB (Ligue Nationale de Basket), which was installed in 1987, and is delegated by FFBB. Besides the top-flights, the federation manages 24 regional leagues as well as eight leagues in the overseas territories.

Tony Parker (France)
Tony Parker led France to the silver medal at EuroBasket 2011, averaging a tournament-best 22.1 points, as well 3.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game

The efforts by the federation and the results of the national teams have further enhanced the positive image of basketball in France. In recent years, both the men's and the women's national team have proven to be among the best in Europe.

The men made their international debut at the first ever European Championship in 1935 and won five medals at the European Championship between 1937 and 1959. After a long drought, the French returned to the podium in 2000, clinching silver in the Sydney Olympics. The team followed the success up with a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2005 and silver at EuroBasket 2011. In recent years the team was led by superstar Tony Parker, a three times NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs and the first European to be named Finals MVP in the NBA.

While the men's senior team are still waiting for the first gold medal, the women already completed this achievement twice. Inspired by their home crowd, Les Bleues remained unbeaten at the European Championship for Women in 2001, defeating Russia in the final to conquer the title. There was a sense of déjà-vu at EuroBasket Women 2009, as the team clinched another gold medal in undefeated fashion. France crowned their recent success at last summer's London Games, reaching their first ever Olympic Final, taking home a silver medal.

At club level, Limoges were the first French team to win a European competition. Crowned Korac Cup champions in 1982 and 1983, the team went on to win the Euroleague title in 1993. Bourges Basket are the most successful French women's club on the international scene, having won the Ronchetti Cup in 1995 as well as three EuroLeague Women titles in 1997, 1998 and 2001.

France celebrate silver at the womens basketball tournament - London 2012 Olympic Games
France celebrate silver at the Olympic women's basketball tournament 2012

 

STATS & FACTS

Year of foundation: 1932
President: Jean-Pierre Siutat
Secretary General: Marie-Noëlle Servage
Homepage: www.ffbb.com

Registered players:
- Men: 291,803
- Women: 174,818
Registered clubs: 4,456
Registered coaches: 8,006

 

NATIONAL TEAM MEDALS & TITLES

1937 European Championship for Men in Riga (Latvia): Bronze
1953 World Championship for Women in Santiago de Chile (Chile): Bronze
1948 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men in London (England): Silver
1949 European Championship for Men in Cairo (Egypt): Silver
1951 European Championship for Men in Paris (France): Bronze
1953 European Championship for Men in Moscow (Russia): Bronze
1959 European Championship for Men in Istanbul (Turkey): Bronze
1970 European Championship for Women in Rotterdam, Leeuwarden (Netherlands): Silver
1993 European Championship for Women in Perugia (Italy): Silver
1999 European Championship for Women in Poznan, Pruszkow, Katowice (Poland): Silver
2000 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men in Sydney (Australia): Silver
2001 European Championship for Women in Orleans, Gravelines, Le Mans (France): Gold
2005 EuroBasket in Vrsac, Novi Sad, Podgorica, Belgrade (Serbia): Bronze
2009 EuroBasket Women in Riga (Latvia): Gold
2011 EuroBasket Women in Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lódz (Poland): Bronze
2011 EuroBasket in Alytus, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Panevezys, Siauliai, Vilnius (Lithuania): Silver
2012 Olympic Women in London (England): Silver

 

7. Olivia Epoupa (France), 15. Awa Sissoko (France)
In 2012, Awa Sissoko (left) and MVP Olivia Epoupa helped France win a first U18 European Championship Women gold medal

YOUTH

1964 European Championship for Junior Men in Naples (Italy): Silver
1981 European Championship for Junior Women in Eger, Kecskemét (Hungary): Silver
1992 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Athens (Greece): Bronze
1992 European Championship for Junior Men in Budapest, Zalaegerszeg, Szolnok (Hungary): Gold
1993 World Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Burgos, Palencia and, Valladolid (Spain): Silver
1996 European Championship for Junior Men in Auch, Lourdes, Tarbes (France): Silver
1997 European Championship for Cadettes in Sopron (Hungary): Bronze
1999 European Championship for Cadettes in Tulcea (Romania): Bronze
2000 European Championship for Junior Men in Zadar (Croatia): Gold
2001 European Championship for Cadettes in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria): Gold
2002 European Championship for Young Women in Zagreb (Croatia): Bronze
2002 European Championship for Junior Women in Skofja Loka (Slovenia): Silver
2002 European Championship for Young Men in Kaunas, Alytus, Vilnius (Lithuania): Bronze
2003 World Championship for Young Women in Sibenik (Croatia): Bronze
2004 European Championship for Men U18 in Zaragoza (Spain): Bronze
2004 European Championship for Women U20 in St. Brieuc, Vannes, Quimper (France): Silver
2004 European Championship for Men U16 in Amaliada, Pyrgos (Greece): Gold
2005 U16 European Championship Men in Léon (Spain): Silver
2005 U16 European Championship Women in Poznan (Poland): Silver
2005 U18 European Championship Women in Budapest (Hungary): Bronze
2005 U20 European Championship Women in Brno (Czech Republic): Gold
2006 U20 European Championship Women in Sopron (Hungary): Bronze
2006 U18 European Championship Men in Amaliada, Olympia and Argostoli (Greece): Gold
2007 U19 World Championship for Men in Novi Sad (Serbia): Bronze
2007 U16 European Championship Women in Valmiera (Latvia): Gold
2007 U20 European Championship Women in Sofia (Bulgaria): Bronze
2007 U21 World Championship for Women in Moscow Region (Russia): Bronze
2008 U16 European Championship Women in Katowice (Poland): Bronze
2008 U20 European Championship Women in Chieti, Sulmona, Pescara (Italy): Silver
2009 U20 European Championship Men in Rhodes (Greece): Silver
2009 U18 European Championship Men in Metz (France): Silver
2009 U18 European Championship Women in Södertälje (Sweden): Silver
2009 U16 European Championship Women in Naples (Italy): Bronze
2009 U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia (Poland): Gold
2010 U16 European Championship Women in Kozani, Ptolemaida (Greece): Bronze
2010 U17 World Championship for Women in Rodez and Toulouse (France): Silver
2010 U18 European Championship Women in Poprad, Spisska Nova Ves (Slovak Republic): Bronze
2010 U20 European Championship Men in Crikvenica, Makarska, Zadar (Croatia): Gold
2011 U20 European Championship Men in Bilbao (Spain): Bronze
2011 U18 European Championship Women in Oradea (Romania): Silver
2012 U16 European Championship Men in Vilnius, Ventspils, Panevezys (Lithuania): Silver
2012 U20 European Championship Men in Kranjska Gora, Domzale, Ljubljana (Slovenia): Silver
2012 U18 European Championship Women in Bucharest (Romania): Gold


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