Federation Focus: Italy

13 August 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Italian Basketball Federation (Federazione Italiana di Pallacanestro/FIP) was founded on 21 December 1929, starting with ten people and Arrigo Muggiani being elected first President of the Federation.

Previously, Italy's National Gymnastics Federation was in charge of all team sports, including basketball.

A first basketball championship in Italy was held from 26-30 May 1920, with Constanza Milano winning the title. Since no basketball competition was organised the following year, the desire and need for an independent basketball association grew and FIP was born. The first championship organised by FIP took place in autumn 1922.

Today, a total of 80 people work for the Federation. The headquarters are located in Rome, in Via Vitorchiano 113. Since 7 February 2009, Dino Meneghin holds the office of President. He is the 18th President in the 91-year history of FIP. The former player participated in 14 international competitions from 1969 to 1984, evolving into a European basketball legend.

The first Italian national team was formed in 1926, being coached by Marco Muggiani. Italy finished seventh at their international debut at the first ever European Championship for Men in 1935. Two years later the team grabbed the silver medal.

It was the women's national team, though, to win the first gold medal for Italy. Playing in Rome, hosts Italy claimed first place over Lithuania and Poland to be crowned champions at the first European Championship for Women in 1938. It is their only title on senior level up to date.

Italian men's basketball saw its greatest moments at the Olympics and European Championships. Having finished fourth in 1960 and 1970, just missing out on the podium, the first Olympic medal came in 1980. Italy beat Spain in the Semi-Final to reach their first Olympic Final in history. The Italians fell to Yugoslavia and clinched silver in the end.

Italy win Gold at the 1999 European Championship for Men
Italy have reached six EuroBasket Finals to date, clinching their second and latest title in 1999

The same generation took the gold medal at the 1983 European Championship for Men. Led by Renato Villalta's 20 points, Italy downed Spain in the Final, 105-96 to cap an unbeaten run with the title. It was history repeating, when Italy faced the Spanish again in the title game of the 1999 European Championship for Men. Carlton Myers topped all scorers with 18 points and Gregor Fucka had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 64-56 victory that secured the second European title for Italy.

The last medal won by the senior national team was Silver at the 2004 Olympic basketball tournament. Having defeated Lithuania in an All European Semi-Final, the Italians faced Argentina in the gold medal game, losing 69-84. In recent years, the junior national teams have continued to collect medals in European competition, and the Federation is doing the best to bring basketball to children and to make sure the future of basketball looks bright.

Learn, play and grow! That is the motto of Minibasketball, a project dedicated to children aged from 5 to 11. The Federation not only promotes the sport of basketball among the youngest, but also stresses the educational approach. The community has grown immensely up to date, counting almost 150,000 players (118,407 boys and 31,210 girls) that are being taught by over 7,000 instructors in 2,662 Minibasketball centres.

 

STATS & FACTS

Date of foundation: 21 December 1921
President: Dino Meneghin
Secretary General: Maurizio Bertea
Homepage: www.fip.it

Registered players:
- U19 Men: 93,180
- U19 Women: 16,586
- Senior Men: 52,761
- Senior Women: 6,746
Registered clubs:
- Men: 2,905
- Women: 306
Registered coaches: 14,014

 

NATIONAL TEAM MEDALS & TITLES

1937 European Championship for Men in Riga (Latvia): Silver
1938 European Championship for Women in Rome (Italy): Gold
1946 European Championship for Men in Geneva (Switzerland): Silver
1971 European Championship for Men in Essen, Böblingen (Germany): Bronze
1974 European Championship for Women in Sassari, Nuoro, Cagliari (Italy): Bronze
1975 European Championship for Men in Belgade, Split, Karlovac, Rijeka (Yugoslavia): Bronze
1980 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men in Moscow (Soviet Union): Silver
1983 European Championship for Men in Limoges, Caen, Nantes (France): Gold
1985 European Championship for Men in Karlsruhe, Leverkusen, Stuttgart (Germany): Bronze
1991 European Championship for Men in Rome (Italy): Silver
1995 European Championship for Women in Brno (Czech Republic): Silver
1997 European Championship for Men in Gerona, Badalona, Barcelona (Spain): Silver
1999 European Championship for Men in Antibes, Clermond-Ferrand, Dijon, Toulouse, Le Mans, Pau, Paris (France): Gold
2003 European Championship for Men in Boras, Lulea, Norrköpping, Södertelje, Stockholm (Sweden): Bronze
2004 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men in Athens (Greece): Silver

 

Italy take the silver medal at the 2012 U16 European Championship Women
Italy took the silver medal at the U16 European Championship Women this summer, with Cecilia Zandalasini being named MVP of the tournament

 

YOUTH

1964 European Championship for Junior Men in Naples (Italy): Bronze
1966 European Championship for Junior Men in Porto San Giorgio (Italy): Bronze
1968 European Championship for Junior Men in Vigo (Spain): Bronze
1970 European Championship for Junior Men in Athens (Greece): Bronze
1971 European Championship for Cadets in Gorizia (Italy): Silver
1972 European Championship for Junior Men in Zadar (Yugoslavia): Silver
1973 European Championship for Junior Women in San Remo, Loano (Italy): Bronze
1974 European Championship for Junior Men in Oeléans de Gyen (France): Bronze
1978 European Championship for Cadettes in Cuenca (Spain): Silver
1979 European Championship for Cadets in Damas (Syria): Silver
1980 European Championship for Cadettes in Zalaegerszeg, Pécs (Hungary): Silver
1981 European Championship for Cadets in Thessaloniki, Katerini (Greece): Silver
1982 European Championship for Cadettes in Forssa, Uusikaupunki (Finland): Bronze
1983 European Championship for Junior Women in Pescara, Vasto (Italy): Bronze
1984 European Championship for Junior Men in Huskvarna, Katrineholm (Sweden): Silver
1984 European Championship for Cadettes in Perugia, Marsciano (Italy): Bronze
1985 European Championship for Cadets in Roussé (Bulgaria): Bronze
1985 European Championship for Cadettes in Tuzla (Yugoslavia): Silver
1986 European Championship for Junior Men in Vöcklabruck, Gmunden (Austria): Bronze
1986 European Championship for Junior Women in Perugia, Gualdo Tadino (Italy): Bronze
1987 World Championship for Junior Men in Bormio (Italy): Bronze
1987 European Championship for Cadets in Székesfehérvár, Kaposvár (Hungary): Silver
1988 European Championship for Junior Men in Titov Vrbas, Srbobran (Yugoslavia): Silver
1989 European Championship for Cadets in Guadalajara, Tarancon, Cuenca (Spain): Bronze
1990 European Championship for Junior Men in Groningen, Emmen (Netherlands): Gold
1991 World Championship for Junior Men in Edmonton (Canada): Silver
1991 European Championship for Cadets in Kastoria, Kamotini, Thessaloniki (Greece): Gold
1991 European Championship for Cadettes in Estarreja, Travasso, Anadia (Portugal): Bronze
1992 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Athens (Greece): Gold
1992 European Championship for Junior Men in Budapest, Zalaegerszeg, Szolnok (Hungary): Silver
1993 European Championship for Cadettes in Poprad (Slovak Republic): Bronze
1994 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Maribor, Postojna, Ljubljana (Slovenia): Silver
1994 European Championship for Junior Women in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria): Gold
1995 European Championship for Cadettes in Cetniewo (Poland): Silver
2005 U18 European Championship Men in Belgrade (Serbia): Bronze
2007 U20 European Championship Men in Nova Gorica (Slovenia): Bronze
2008 U16 European Championship Women in Katowice (Poland): Silver
2010 U18 European Championship Women in Poprad, Spisska Nova Ves (Slovak Republic): Gold
2011 U20 European Championship Men in Bilbao (Spain): Silver
2011 U16 European Championship Women in Cagliari (Italy): Bronze
2012 U16 European Championship Women in Miskolc (Hungary): Silver


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