Federation Focus: Czech Republic

16 October 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Czech Basketball Federation (Ceská basketbalová federace/CBF) is the governing body of basketball in the Czech Republic. Besides managing the national teams the Federation is responsible for both senior cup competitions, men and women, and the national basketball leagues, from U14 to first division. The men's top-flight Mattoni NBL features 13 teams, while 12 clubs compete in the women's top league.

Up to date, BK Imos Brno are the only Czech club to have won an international competition. Brno have reached the EuroLeague Women Final Four seven times, being crowned champions in 2006. Hosting the Final Four, the team took full advantage of their home crowd to beat Valenciennes in the Semi-Finals and to take down Russian side Samara in the Final.

Winner of the EuroLeague Women 2006: Gambrinus Sika Brno
Gambrinus Sika Brno capture the EuroLeague Women trophy in 2006, their first international title

CBF runs various projects on regional and national level to promote and develop basketball in the country. The responsibilities are spread among specialised departments. Taking care of the youngest is the Czech Association for Minibasketball (CAMB). Minibasketball is designed for children in the age categories U13, U12 and U11, with competitions being organised in ten regions and a national final taking place in spring. The Czech Association of Basketball Referees (CABR) and the Association of Basketball Coaches (SBT) are two more institutions supervised by the Federation.

Historically, CBF succeeded the Basketball Federation of Czechoslovakia. On 18 June 1932, Czechoslovakia was one of eight countries to sign the founding act of FIBA. Having made their international debut at the first European Championship for Men in 1935, Czechoslovakia's men's national team went on to win 12 medals in international competitions, including the gold medal at the European Championship for Men in 1946. The women's senior team clinched a medal in each tournament they participated in from 1950 to 1967. In total, Czechoslovakia's women made it to the podium 21 times, but never reached the top of it. They youth teams amassed 12 medals in European Championships.

Since the splitting of Czechoslovakia, it were the women's teams who brought success to Czech basketball. In 2005, the Czech women clinched their first ever gold medal at a EuroBasket Women. Having lost to Russia in the title game two years before, the Czech team took revenge this time around. Undefeated throughout the tournament, they turned the game around in the second half to down the Russians 72-70. Another stellar performance followed in 2010, as the Czech Republic played host to the World Championship for Women. The team fell to the USA in the Final, but didn't leave the home crowd disappointed, winning the silver medal. The Czechs crowned their success this summer, as they qualified for the Olympic basketball tournament.

The Czech Republic win the silver medal at the 2010 World Championship for Women
The Czech Republic win the silver medal at the 2010 World Championship for Women

 

STATS & FACTS

Year of foundation: 1932
President: Miroslav Jansta
Secretary General: Milos Prazak
Homepage: www.cbf.cz

Registered players:
- U18 Men: 20,836
- U18 Women: 10,762
- Senior Men: 7,171
- Senior Women: 6,694
Non-registered players:
- Juniors: approximately 7,000
- Seniors: approximately 3,000
Registered clubs: 455
Registered coaches: 3,542

 

NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS*

1996 European Championship for Junior Women in Zilina (Slovak Republic): 3rd place
1997 European Championship for Cadettes in Sopron (Hungary): 2nd place
1998 European Championship for Junior Women in Eskisehir, Kutahya & Bursa (Turkey): 4th place
1999 European Championship for Women in Poznan, Pruszkow & Katowice (Poland): 5th place
2000 European Championship for Junior Women in Cetniewo (Poland): 2nd place
2000 European Championship for Young Women in Bardejov, Lucenec & Ruzomberok (Slovak Republic): 2nd place
2001 European Championship for Cadettes in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria): 4th place
2001 World Championship for Junior Women in Brno (Czech Republic): 1st place
2002 European Championship for Young Women in Zagreb (Croatia): 1st place
2002 European Championship for Junior Women in Skofja Loka (Slovenia): 3rd place
2003 European Championship for Women in Pyrgos, Amaliada & Patras (Greece): 2nd place
2004 Olympic Games: Tournament for Women in Athens (Greece): 5th place
2004 European Championship for Women U20 in St. Brieuc, Vannes & Quimper (France): 3rd place
2005 EuroBasket Women in Ankara, Bursa & Izmir (Turkey): 1st place
2005 U18 European Championship Women in Budapest (Hungary): 4th place
2006 U18 European Championship Women in Tenerife (Spain): 4th place
2006 U16 European Championship Women in Kosice (Slovak Republic): 2nd place
2007 EuroBasket Women in Chieti (Italy): 5th place
2007 U16 European Championship Women in Valmiera (Latvia): 3rd place
2008 U16 European Championship Men in Chieti (Italy): 2nd place
2008 U18 European Championship Women in Nitra (Slovak Republic): 3rd place
2009 U18 European Championship Women in Södertälje (Sweden): 4th place
2010 World Championship for Women in Ostrava, Brno (Czech Republic): 2nd place
2011 EuroBasket Women in Bydgoszcz, Katowice & Lódz (Poland): 4th place
2011 U16 European Championship Men in Hradec Králové, Pardubice (Czech Republic): 2nd place

*achievements by Czechoslovakia are not included

 

The Czech Pepublic clinch Silver in front of their home crowd at the U16 European Championship 2011
Hosts Czech Pepublic clinch Silver at the U16 European Championship 2011

 


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