Federation Focus: Turkey

08 October 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Turkish Basketball Federation (Türkiye Basketbol Federasyonu/TBF) was founded in 1959. Beforehand basketball in Turkey was governed by the Hand Sports Federation, having been incorporated in 1936.

Within the past 20 years, Turkish basketball has witnessed a major boost and immense improvement both on and off the court - in terms of sporting success and organisational growth. The development helped increase the awareness of leading companies for basketball's national and international market strength and encouraged them to invest in basketball. BEKO, Garanti Bank, Turkish Airlines, Turkcell and adidas are among the great examples.

The engagement of the Federation does not stop here, as TBF announced its new corporate identity and strategic plan "Project Powerhouse: 2012-2016" earlier this year, wishing to turn Turkey into a powerhouse of basketball.

Members of the TBF Board, September 2012
The members of the TBF Board gather after the elections in September 2012

Several projects have been launched to increase the popularity of basketball in the country. In 2010, one boy and one girl aged 13, together with their coaches, from all FIBA member countries were invited to join the social responsibility project "Children of the World", with 330 participants from 110 countries being united through the sport. The camp was held in conjunction with the World Championship, where Turkey used their home court advantage to the fullest, reaching the Final and clinching the silver medal in the end.

Besides the World Championship, Turkey hosted four FIBA Europe events in the past decade, including EuroBasket 2001 and EuroBasket Women 2005. The TBF has been awarded the right to host the World Championship for Women in 2014, making Turkey the first country to stage both the continental and world championship for both senior men and women within a period of 13 years.

Women's basketball in general has made a huge step in the past years. The senior women's national team captured their first medal at EuroBasket Women 2011, losing in the title game to Russia. Having won all three games at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women in Ankara this summer, the team qualified for the Olympic basketball tournament for the first time in history, finishing fifth at the London Games.

Turkeys senior womens national team, 2012
Turkey's senior women's national team participated at their first Olympics this summer

The first medal for a women's youth national team came at this year's U20 European Championship Women, as Turkey edged the Netherlands in the bronze medal game. The U16 men shined even brighter this summer, as they put no foot wrong in the Dadu U16 European Championship to win the gold medal, their third after 1977 and 2005.

On club level, there are three men's and two women's leagues on elite level in Turkey, apart from the regional and local leagues. The fast development of basketball and the growing interest in the sport are reflected by the top-flights, as they attracted some of the world's best players in recent years, amongst others Bo McCalebb, Deron Williams, Sasha Vujacic, Carlos Arroyo, Allen Iverson, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Penny Taylor and Tina Charles.

On the other hand, Turkish talents are gaining valuable experience on national level, before joining top European clubs or opting for the NBA. Turkey is among the top nations to export basketball talent to the NBA.

Up to date, two Turkish clubs have won international titles. In 1996, Efes Pilsen downed Italian side Stefanel Milan 146-145 on aggregate to clinch the Korac Cup. This year, Besiktas Milangaz were crowned EuroChallenge champions, capping their fabulous season also winning the Turkish League and the Turkish Cup.

 

The staff of the Turkish Basketball Federation in front of the TBF headquarters
The staff of the Turkish Basketball Federation in front of the TBF headquarters

STATS & FACTS

Year of foundation: 1959
President: Turgay Demirel
Secretary General: Ali Ozsoy
Homepage: www.tbf.org.tr

Registered players:
- Men: 170,051
- Women: 44,651
Active players:
- Men: 44,651
- Women: 7,031
Registered clubs: 1,368
Registered coaches: 1,415

 

NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

1949 European Championship for Men in Cairo (Egypt): 4th place
1968 European Championship for Junior Men in Vigo (Spain): 4th place
1977 European Championship for Cadets in Touquet de Berck (France): 1st place
1989 European Championship for Cadets in Guadalajara, Tarancon, Cuenca (Spain): 4th place
1991 European Championship for Cadets in Kastoria, Kamotini, Thessaloniki (Greece): 4th place
1991 European Promotion Cup for Women in Gibraltar (Gibraltar): 1st place
1993 European Championship for Cadets in Trabzon, Giresun, Samsun (Turkey): 4th place
1996 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Bursa, Istanbul (Turkey): 4th place
1996 European Championship for Junior Men in Auch, Lourdes, Tarbes (France): 5th place
1998 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Trapani (Italy): 3rd place
1999 European Championship for Cadets in Polzela, Celje, Lasko (Slovenia): 3rd place
2000 European Championship for Young Women in Bardejov, Lucenec, Ruzomberok (Slovak Republic): 4th place
2001 European Championship for Men in Ankara, Antalya, Istanbul (Turkey): 2nd place
2002 European Championship for Junior Men in Ludwigsburg, Esslingen, Böblingen (Germany): 5th place
2003 European Championship for Cadets in Madrid (Spain): 2nd place
2004 European Championship for Men U16 in Amaliada, Pyrgos (Greece): 3rd place
2004 European Championship for Men U18 in Zaragoza (Spain): 2nd place
2005 U16 European Championship Women in Poznan (Poland): 4th place
2005 U18 European Championship Men in Belgrade (Serbia): 2nd place
2005 U16 European Championship Men in Léon (Spain): 1st place
2006 U18 European Championship Men in Amaliada, Olympia, Argostoli (Greece): 4th place
2006 U20 European Championship Men in Izmir (Turkey): 2nd place
2007 U16 European Championship Men in Rethimnon, Crete (Greece): 4th place
2007 U20 European Championship Women in Sofia (Bulgaria): 4th place
2008 U20 European Championship Men in Riga (Latvia): 4th place
2008 U16 European Championship Men in Chieti (Italy): 3rd place
2009 U18 European Championship Men in Metz (France): 3rd place
2009 U16 European Championship Women in Naples (Italy): 5th place
2010 World Championship in Ankara, Izmir, Kayseri, Istanbul (Turkey): 2nd place
2010 U16 European Championship Men in Bar (Montenegro): 3rd place
2011 EuroBasket Women in Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lódz (Poland): 2nd place
2011 U16 European Championship Women in Cagliari (Italy): 4th place
2011 U18 European Championship Men in Wroclaw (Poland): 3rd place
2012 Olympic Women in London (England): 5th place
2012 U16 European Championship Men in Ventspils (Latvia), Vilnius, Panevezys (Lithuania): 1st place
2012 U20 European Championship Women in Debrecen (Hungary): 3rd place

Hosts Turkey clinch the silver medal at the 2010 World Championship
Hosts Turkey clinch the silver medal at the 2010 World Championship

 


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