The Romanian Basketball Federation (Federatia Romana de Baschet/FRB) was established in November 1931. Romania was one of the eight countries to have founded the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur, FIBA. On 18 June 1932, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Switzerland, and Argentina signed the founding act, wishing to unify the rules and to meet the fast development of the sport of basketball.
FRB is the governing body of basketball in Romania, managing the development and promotion of basketball through all age and competition levels. National championships are organised in the following age categories: babybasketball, minibasketball, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18, U23 and senior. The numbers of registered clubs and players have steadily increased, making basketball the most popular sport in the country behind football.
|On 10 July 2011, the new FRB headquarters in Basarabia Street in Bucharest were inaugurated|
In recent years, FRB has taken several steps in order to further boost the popularity of basketball in Romania. On 17 December 2009, the Basketball Arena in Bucharest was inaugurated. Located within the largest national sports complex Lia Manoliu, the modern arena is the first in Romania to be exclusively dedicated to basketball. Furthermore, national projects like "Basketball in kindergartens", "Education through basketball" and "Performbasket" were implemented to attract children to the sport of basketball and pave the way for a successful future.
Looking back at the 80-year history of FRB, the senior national teams had their biggest success in the 1960's. Having made their debut in international competition at the first European Championship for Men in 1935, the men's national team claimed their best result at the European Championship for Men in 1957, finishing in fifth place, repeating the success in 1967. The Romanian women's national team reached the Semi-Finals of the European Championship for Women in 1962, 1964 and 1966, but missed out on a medal, as they finished fourth in all three championships.
The first medal came in 1981, as the women's national university team clinched bronze in front of their home crowd at the World University Games in Bucharest. Two years later, at the World University Games in Edmonton, Canada, the team even contested the final, winning silver in the end. Three more medals were added to the collection: silver at the 1989 European Championship for Cadettes, as well as two bronze medals at the 1990 European Championship for Junior Women and the 2000 European Championship for Young Women, respectively.
On club level, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is the only Romanian team to have won a European competition, going all the way in the 2005 FIBA Europe Cup Men. With the Final Four being held in Ploesti, the team used their home court advantage to the fullest, downing Lokomotiv Rostov in the title game, 75-74, in front of 3,000 jubilant fans.
|CSU Ploesti win the FIBA Europe Cup in 2005, being the first and only Romanian team to be crowned champions in a European club competition|
STATS & FACTS
Year of foundation: 1931
President: Carmen Tocala
Secretary General: Dan Berceanu
- U13 Boys: 2,958
- U13 Girls: 2,142
- U18 Men: 5,215
- U18 Women: 3,426
- Senior Men: 1,226
- Senior Women: 634
Non-registered players: approximately 33,400
Registered clubs: 237
Registered coaches: 1,560
NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
1957 European Championship for Men in Sofia (Bulgaria): 5th place
1962 European Championship for Women in Mulhouse (France): 4th place
1964 European Championship for Women in Budapest (Hungary): 4th place
1966 European Championship for Women in Sibiu, Cluj (Romania): 4th place
1967 European Championship for Men in Helsinki, Tampere (Finland): 5th place
1972 European Championship for Women in Varna, Bourgas (Bulgaria): 5th place
1978 European Championship for Cadettes in Cuenca (Spain): 4th place
1980 European Championship for Cadettes in Zalaegerszeg, Pécs (Hungary): 4th place
1985 European Championship for Cadettes in Tuzla (Yugoslavia): 5th place
1986 European Championship for Junior Women in Perugia, Gualdo Tadino (Italy): 5th place
1987 European Championship for Cadettes in Gorzow Wielkopolski (Poland): 5th place
1989 European Championship for Cadettes in Timisoara (Romania): 2nd place
1990 European Championship for Junior Women in Alcala de Henares (Spain): 3rd place
1990 European Championship for Junior Men in Groningen, Emmen (Netherlands): 4th place
1991 World Championship for Junior Men in Edmonton (Canada): 5th place
2000 European Championship for Young Women in Bardejov, Lucenec, Ruzomberok (Slovak Republic): 3rd place
|Romania's national team at the first European Championship for Men in 1935|