Federation Focus: Spain

04 September 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Spanish Basketball Federation (Federación Española de Baloncesto/FEB) looks back at almost 90 years of history. Being founded in 1923, the Federation was affiliated to FIBA in 1934, with the European Championship for Men in 1935 being the first international event Spain competed in.

Having clinched a silver medal at their debut, Spain had to wait another 38 years for the next medal. Meanwhile, Spanish basketball created buzz in European club competition. Led by legendary coach Pedro Ferrandiz, Real Madrid were the team to beat in the 1960's. The club won the EuroLeague in 1964, 1965, 1967 and 1968, and added three more crowns in 1974, 1978 and 1980, as well as 1995. FC Regal Barcelona were the last team from Spain to win the European top competition, in 2010.

Having produced remarkable results in the past decades, both in club and national team competition, Spanish basketball has exploded in the last 14 years. Having won the first gold medal ever for any Spanish men's national team at the European Championship for Junior Men in 1998, also claiming the title one year later at the World Championship for Junior Men, Spain's golden generation went on to dominate on senior level.

The likes of Juan Carlos Navarro, Pau Gasol and Jose Calderon took centre stage at the World Championship in 2006. Spain completed an unbeaten run with a convincing 70-47 victory over Greece in the title game. Two Olympic silver medals in 2008 and 2012 as well as two EuroBasket gold medals in 2009 and 2011 were added to the trophy case.

The development on the court is backed up by the work done within the Federation. New departments have been created, expanding the human resources from 25 employees in 1998 to almost 100 today. The structures have been renewed in order to meet the requirements of a modern business management, to create a corporate image and to guarantee a sporting and economic growth. The next major project on the agenda is the 2014 World Cup, which will be staged in the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Granada.

Spain win the silver medal at the London Olympics
For the second time in a row, Spain met Team USA in the Final of the Olympic basketball tournament, losing 107-100 in a gripping game. It was the third Olympic silver medal for the Spanish, who had already finished second in 1984 and 2008.

 

STATS & FACTS

Year of foundation: 1923
President: José Luis Saez Regalado
Secretary General: Luis Gimenez Martinez
Homepage: www.feb.es

Registered players:
- Men (including juniors): 267,313
- Women (including juniors): 136,248
Registered clubs: 4,288

 

NATIONAL TEAMS MEDALS & TITLES

MEN
1935 European Championship for Men in Geneva (Switzerland): Silver
1973 European Championship for Men in Badalona, Barcelona (Spain): Silver
1983 European Championship for Men in Limoges, Caen, Nantes (France): Silver
1984 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men in Los Angeles (USA): Silver
1991 European Championship for Men in Rome (Italy): Bronze
1995 European Wheelchair Championship for Men in Paris (France): Silver
1999 European Championship for Men in Antibes, Clermond-Ferrand, Dijon, Toulouse, Le Mans, Pau, Paris (France): Silver
2001 European Championship for Men Final Round in Ankara, Antalya, Istanbul (Turkey): Bronze
2003 European Championship for Men Final Round in Boras, Lulea, Norrköpping, Södertelje, Stockholm (Sweden): Silver
2006 World Championship in Hamamatsu, Hiroshima, Sapporo, Sendai and Saitama (Japan): Gold
2007 EuroBasket in Alicante, Granada, Sevilla, Palma de Mallorca, Madrid (Spain): Silver
2008 Olympic Games: Tournament Men in Beijing (China): Silver
2009 EuroBasket in Bydgoszcz, Lodz, Wroclaw, Katowice, Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw (Poland): Gold
2011 EuroBasket in Alytus, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Panevezys, Siauliai and Vilnius (Lithuania): Gold
2012 Olympic Men in London (Great Britain): Silver

WOMEN
1993 European Championship for Women in Perugia (Italy): Gold
2001 European Championship for Women in Orleans, Gravelines, Le Mans (France): Bronze
2003 European Championship for Women in Pyrgos, Amaliada, Patras (Greece): Bronze
2005 EuroBasket Women in Ankara, Bursa, Izmir (Turkey): Bronze
2007 EuroBasket Women in Chieti (Italy): Silver
2009 EuroBasket Women in Riga (Latvia): Bronze
2010 World Championship for Women in Ostrava and Brno (Czech Republic): Bronze

 

Spain are crowned champions at the U16 European Championship in 2006
Spain pleased their home crowd at the U16 European Championship in 2006, winning the first ever gold medal in this age category. Ricky Rubio (middle) had a performance of the ages to lead his side to a 110-106 double overtime victory over Russia in the Final, finishing the game with 51 points, 24 rebounds, 12 assists and seven steals.

YOUTH MEN
1973 European Championship for Cadets in Summonte, Angri (Italy): Silver
1974 European Championship for Junior Men in Oeléans de Gyen (France): Silver
1976 European Championship for Junior Men in Santiago de Compostela (Spain): Bronze
1978 European Championship for Junior Men in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Teramo (Italy): Silver
1979 European Championship for Cadets in Damas (Syria): Bronze
1983 European Championship for Cadets in Tübingen, Ludwigsburg (Germany): Silver
1985 European Championship for Cadets in Roussé (Bulgaria): Silver
1990 European Championship for Junior Men in Groningen, Emmen (Netherlands) : Bronze
1991 European Championship for Cadets in Kastoria, Kamotini, Thessaloniki (Greece): Bronze
1993 European Championship for Cadets in Trabzon, Giresun, Samsun (Turkey): Silver
1994 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Maribor, Postojna, Ljubljana (Slovenia): Bronze
1994 European Championship for Junior Men in Tel Aviv (Israel): Bronze
1995 European Championship for Cadets in Setubal, Siexal, Almada (Portugal): Silver
1995 World Championship for Junior Men in Thessaloniki, Larissa, Patra, Lamia, Athens (Greece): Bronze
1996 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Bursa, Istanbul (Turkey): Silver
1998 European Championship for Junior Men in Varna (Bulgaria): Gold
1999 World Championship for Junior Men in Porto, Aveiro, Almada, Faro, Lisbon (Portugal): Gold
2000 European Championship for Young Men in Ohrid (F.Y.R. of Macedonia): Bronze
2001 European Championship for Cadets in Riga (Latvia): Bronze
2002 European Championship for Young Men in Kaunas, Alytus, Vilnius (Lithuania): Silver
2004 European Championship for Men U18 in Zaragoza (Spain): Gold
2005 U16 European Championship Men in Léon (Spain): Bronze
2006 U18 European Championship Men in Amaliada, Olympia and Argostoli (Greece): Bronze
2006 U16 European Championship Men in Linares, Andujar and Martos (Spain): Gold
2007 U20 European Championship Men in Nova Gorica (Slovenia): Silver
2007 U16 European Championship Men in Rethimnon, Crete (Greece): Silver
2008 U20 European Championship Men in Riga (Latvia): Bronze
2009 U20 European Championship Men in Rhodes (Greece): Bronze
2009 U16 European Championship Men in Kaunas (Lithuania): Gold
2010 U20 European Championship Men in Crikvenica, Makarska, Zadar (Croatia): Bronze
2011 U18 European Championship Men in Wroclaw (Poland): Gold
2011 U20 European Championship Men in Bilbao (Spain): Gold
2011 U16 European Championship Men in Hradec Králové, Pardubice (Czech Republic): Bronze
2012 U20 European Championship Men in Ljubljana, Domzale, Kranjska Gora (Slovenia): Bronze

 

Spain defend their title at the U20 European Championship Women
Spain defended their title at this year's U20 European Championship Women. The team have been a regular guest on the podium, winning three gold medals and two silver medals in the last six editions.

YOUTH WOMEN
1990 European Championship for Junior Women in Alcala de Henares (Spain): Silver
1993 European Championship for Cadettes in Poprad (Slovak Republic): Silver
1994 European Championship for Junior Women in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria): Silver
1998 European Championship for Junior Women in Eskisehir, Kutahya, Bursa (Turkey): Gold
1999 European Championship for Cadettes in Tulcea (Romania): Gold
2004 European Championship for Women U18 in Bratislava (Slovak Republic): Silver
2004 European Championship for Women U16 in Torino, Asti, Biella, Novara, Cuneo (Italy): Gold
2005 U18 European Championship Women in Budapest (Hungary): Silver
2005 U16 European Championship Women in Poznan (Poland): Gold
2006 U18 European Championship Women in Tenerife (Spain): Gold
2006 U16 European Championship Women in Kosice (Slovak Republic): Gold
2007 U16 European Championship Women in Valmiera (Latvia): Silver
2007 U20 European Championship Women in Sofia (Bulgaria): Gold
2007 U18 European Championship Women in Novi Sad (Serbia): Silver
2008 U16 European Championship Women in Katowice (Poland): Gold
2009 U19 World Championship for Women in Bangkok (Thailand): Silver
2009 U18 European Championship Women in Södertälje (Sweden): Gold
2009 U16 European Championship Women in Naples (Italy): Gold
2009 U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia (Poland): Silver
2010 U20 European Championship Women in Liepaja (Latvia): Silver
2010 U18 European Championship Women in Poprad, Spisska Nova Ves (Slovak Republic): Silver
2011 U18 European Championship Women in Oradea (Romania): Bronze
2011 U16 European Championship Women in Cagliari (Italy): Gold
2011 U20 European Championship Women in Novi Sad (Serbia): Gold
2011 U19 World Championship for Women in Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt (Chile): Silver
2012 U17 World Championship Women in Amsterdam (Netherlands): Silver
2012 U16 European Championship Women in Miskolc (Hungary): Gold
2012 U20 European Championship Women in Debrecen (Hungary): Gold


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