Federation Focus: Russia

25 June 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

Headquarters of the Russian Basketball Federation
The headquarters of the Russian Basketball Federation are located in Moscow

The Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) is a nonprofit organization established for the purpose of developing and promoting basketball throughout Russia. The Federation unites more than 70 regional sports federations, coordinating professional and amateur basketball in the country, from the youngest age categories to seniors. The RFB oversees and organizes basketball championships, cup competitions as well as international basketball tournaments played in Russia, and is fully responsible for all Russian national teams.

Established on 27 October 1991, the Federation was recognized by FIBA in March 1992, succeeding the Basketball Federation of the USSR. The former Soviet Union had a rich basketball history, with the first national championship played back in 1934. The teams of the Soviet Union had been dominant in international competition, being a steady guest on the podium.

Olympic gold medalists in 1972 and 1988 and World Champions in 1967, 1974 and 1982, the men's senior national team participated in 21 European Championships from 1947 to 1989. The team won 14 gold medals, including eight consecutive titles from 1957 to 1971, three silver medals and four bronze medals.

The women's senior national team was no less impressive. The team took part in all 22 European Championships played from 1950 and 1991, winning Gold in each of the competitions, except for the 1958 edition, when they finished second behind Bulgaria. On top, the Soviet Union were crowned World Champions six times (1959, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1983) and clinched Olympic Gold in 1976 and 1980. In 1992, the Commonwealth of Independent States added another Olympic title, defeating China in the final, 76-66.

RFB President Alexander Krasnenkov awards Sergei Belov, 1972 Olympic champion
RFB President Aleksander Krasnenkov honours Sergei Belov, 1972 Olympic champion. Belov also led the Soviet Union to four European and two World Championships and was the first non-American player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in 1992.

In modern Russian history, the Federation celebrated its greatest success in 2007. At EuroBasket 2007, Russia sprung a surprise, as they beat reigning world champions and hosts Spain on a last-second basket, 60-59, to take the gold medal and qualify for the Beijing Olympics. The women's team also clinched the continental title in 2007, downing Spain in the EuroBasket Women final. 

The last time a country achieved this was in 1985, when the team of the former Soviet Union won both the European Championship for Men and for Women. On 10 February 2008, the tremendous year was rewarded with the Oscar of Basketball. The Russian Basketball Federation was one of the winners of the Pietro Reverberi Award, receiving it in the category ‘Most Successful National Federation in 2007'.

The prestigious award, created in honour of former referee and Hall of Famer Pietro Reverberi, is given every year to basketball personalities for outstanding achievements in international basketball. It is awarded by FIBA in cooperation with the community of Quatro Castella in Italy and the Italian Basketball Federation.

 

STATS & FACTS

Date of foundation: 27 October 1991
President: Aleksander Krasnenkov
Secretary General: Natalia Galkina
Homepage: www.basket.ru
Registered players:
- U18 Men: 1,653
- U18 Women: 735
- Senior Men: 5,802
- Senior Women: 3,250
Non-registered players: approximately 260,000
Registered clubs: 101
Registered coaches: 1,864

 

Russia win Gold at EuroBasket 2007
In 2007, J.R. Holden made a jumper with 2.1 seconds left to secure Russia their first EuroBasket title, defeating hosts Spain 60-59 in a thrilling final.

 

NATIONAL TEAM MEDALS & TITLES*

MEN
1993 European Championship for Men in Berlin, Karlsruhe, Munich (Germany): Silver
1994 World Championship for Men in Hamilton, Toronto (Canada): Silver
1997 European Championship for Men in Girona, Badalona, Barcelona (Spain): Bronze
1998 World Championship for Men in Athens (Greece): Silver
2007 EuroBasket in Alicante, Granada, Sevilla, Palma de Mallorca, Madrid (Spain): Gold
2011 EuroBasket in Alytus, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Panevezys, Siauliai and Vilnius (Lithuania): Bronze

WOMEN
1995 European Championship for Women in Brno (Czech Republic): Bronze
1998 World Championship for Women in Münster, Wuppertal, Rotenburg/Fulda, Karlsruhe, Dessau, Bremen, Berlin (Germany): Silver
1999 European Championship for Women in Poznan, Pruszkow, Katowice (Poland): Bronze
2001 European Championship for Women in Orleans, Gravelines, Le Mans (France): Silver
2002 World Championship for Women in Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Taicang, Wuzhong, Changzhou, Suzhou, Huaian, Zhenjiang, Nanjing (China): Silver
2003 European Championship for Women in Pyrgos, Amaliada, Patras (Greece): Gold
2004 Olympic Games: Tournament for Women in Athens (Greece): Bronze
2005 EuroBasket Women in Ankara, Bursa, Izmir (Turkey): Silver
2006 World Championship for Women in Sao Paolo (Brazil): Silver
2007 EuroBasket Women in Chieti (Italy): Gold
2008 Olympic Games: Tournament Women in Beijing (China): Bronze
2009 EuroBasket Women in Riga (Latvia): Silver
2011 EuroBasket Women in Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lódz (Poland): Gold

Russia win Gold at EuroBasket Women 2011
Russia have reached the final in the last six editions of the EuroBasket Women, winning the title in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

YOUTH MEN
1993 European Championship for Cadets in Trabzon, Giresun, Samsun (Turkey): Bronze
1997 European Championship for Cadets in Pepinster, Kortrijk, Quaregnon (Belgium): Silver
2001 European Championship for Cadets in Riga (Latvia): Silver
2003 European Championship for Cadets in Madrid (Spain): Bronze
2004 European Championship for Men U16 in Amaliada, Pyrgos (Greece): Silver
2005 U20 European Championship Men in Chekhov (Russia): Gold
2006 U16 European Championship Men in Linares, Andujar and Martos (Spain): Silver
2010 U18 European Championship Men in Vilnius (Lithuania): Silver
2011 U19 World Championship in Liepeda, Valmiera and Riga (Latvia): Bronze

YOUTH WOMEN
1993 European Championship for Cadettes in Poprad (Slovak Republic): Gold
1993 World Championship for Junior Women in Seoul (Korea): Silver
1995 European Championship for Cadettes in Cetniewo (Poland): Gold
1996 European Championship for Junior Women in Zilina (Slovak Republic): Gold
1997 European Championship for Cadettes in Sopron (Hungary): Gold
1998 European Championship for Junior Women in Eskisehir, Kutahya, Bursa (Turkey): Bronze
2000 European Championship for Junior Women in Cetniewo (Poland): Gold
2000 European Championship for Young Women in Bardejov, Lucenec, Ruzomberok (Slovak Republic): Gold
2001 World Championship for Junior Women in Brno (Czech Republic): Silver
2001 European Championship for Cadettes in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria): Silver
2002 European Championship for Young Women in Zagreb (Croatia): Silver
2002 European Championship for Junior Women in Skofja Loka (Slovenia): Gold
2004 European Championship for Women U20 in St. Brieuc, Vannes, Quimper (France): Gold
2004 European Championship for Women U18 in Bratislava (Slovak Republic): Gold
2004 European Championship for Women U16 in Torino, Asti, Biella, Novara, Cuneo (Italy): Bronze
2006 U20 European Championship Women in Sopron (Hungary): Gold
2007 U18 European Championship Women in Novi Sad (Serbia): Bronze
2008 U20 European Championship Women in Chieti, Sulmona, Pescara (Italy): Gold
2008 U18 European Championship Women in Nitra (Slovak Republic): Silver
2010 U20 European Championship Women in Liepaja (Latvia): Gold
2010 U16 European Championship Women in Kozani, Ptolemaida (Greece): Gold
2011 U20 European Championship Women in Novi Sad (Serbia): Silver

*medals and titles won by the Soviet Union are not included


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