Press Releases

Record Number Of Teams Enter 2008 Youth Competitions

A record 223 teams from 50 national federations have entered the FIBA Europe Youth competitions for 2008.

The dates of the FIBA Europe Youth Championships for the coming year were decided during the Central Board meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, November 10-11.

European Team Sports Back Dutch-French Memorandum On Specificity Of Sport
The leading European team sports today welcomed a new initiative by the European Affairs Ministers of the Netherlands and France which aims to provide greater legal security for sport in Europe. 

Mr Frans Timmermans and Monsieur Jean-Pierre Jouyet, respectively the Dutch and French Ministers responsible for EU matters, have authored a Memorandum in which they outline their concerns regarding the lack of legal clarity in relation to key issues concerning sport, in particular, team sport in Europe.

EuroBasket Refs Professional In Attitude
The standard of referees' officiating in this year's EuroBasket 2007 and EuroBasket Women 2007 was one of the highest so far in a major tournament, according to FIBA's Technical Director Lubomir Kotleba who believes that European basketball referees are becoming professional in their attitude.

The feedback from the EuroBasket referees who were asked to evaluate the technology and the level of competition suggests likewise.

Technology Meets Basketball

There are few areas of the world of sports where high technology has not found a home in the last decade.

At EuroBasket 2007 fans have enjoyed live scoring, streaming video and other features that make watching games more and more of an interactive experience.

Olympic Dreams On The Line

As the qualifying round of EuroBasket wraps up in Madrid this might be a good time to remind people exactly what is on the line these next three days.

Eight teams will continue on to the Quarterfinals, which begin in Thursday, and no doubt all of them dream of a spot on the podium Sunday night but they also understand that there is more on the line then just that, like a ticket to Beijing and the 2008 Olympics.

Referees EuroBasket's 17th Team

For the first time FIBA Europe has incorporated a tournament clinic for referees nominated to EuroBasket.

The first phase of the clinic started in Menorca during the three days of the Additional Qualifying Tournament, and continued in each of the cities for the preliminary round, under the guidance of four instructors at each venue.

EuroBasket Goes Mobile

FIBA Europe is pleased to announce that EuroBasket 2007 can be followed wherever and whenever you want via your mobile telephone.

The mobile feature, which is being provided in cooperation with FIBA and Nokia, will allow users to access the latest scores, stories, interviews, features and statistics of the tournament.

Watch EuroBasket Live Online
FIBA Europe and MediaZone, a leading global online broadcaster of licensed video and audio content, today announced their strategic partnership to offer LIVE online coverage of all EuroBasket 2007 and EuroBasket Women's games over the internet.

With a European Championship and Olympic qualification on the line, these hard-fought, passionate basketball tournaments will feature some of the world's best players including NBA stars Tony Parker, Mehmet Okur, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Andrei Kirilenko as well as European league stars such as Marco Belinelli and Rudy Fernandez.
AQT, Relegation Tournament Fixtures Drawn
The draw to decide the order of games in the Additional Qualifying Tournament (AQT) for EuroBasket 2007 and the Relegation Tournament took place in the headquarters of FIBA Europe in Munich, Germany on Monday.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia and Israel have qualified for the AQT in Menorca, Spain, August 29-31. Denmark, Hungary and Sweden are all involved in the Relegation Tournament which also tips off August 29 in the same place.

FIBA Europe 2007/2008 Draw Complete

The draws for FIBA Europe's 2007/2008 club competition season were conducted this morning at the Kempinski Hotel in Munich, Germany.

A total of 115 clubs will be participating in the EuroCup, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women.

Participants And Instructors Praise FECC

Words of praise from across the continent followed the conclusion of FIBA Europe’s first ever Coaching Certification Programme (FECC) which was recently held in Rethymnon, Greece.

More than 60 coaches from all over Europe attended the clinic under the guidance of Svetislav Pesic, one of Europe’s most successful and well-known coaches.

EuroCup Competition Format Approved, Cyprus To Host All Star Game

The EuroCup competition format was approved during the General Assembly of Clubs today in Munich, Germany.

Further to the FIBA Europe Competition Commission proposal yesterday, the EuroCup General Assembly approved the format for the 2007-2008 season which includes 38 clubs.

EuroLeague Women All Star Game To Spartak Moscow

The General Assembly of the EuroLeague Women decided that it would stage an All Star Game for the third consecutive season.

Spartak Moscow, the reigning EuroLeague Women champions, will host the All Star Game on 13 March 2008.

Club Draw And General Assembly Set For The Weekend

A total of 116 clubs from the EuroCup, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women will be drawn this Sunday during FIBA Europe’s club competition draw.

The EuroCup and EuroLeague Women general assemblies will take place tomorrow.

FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate Unites Coaches In Crete

More then 60 coaches from all over Europe are currently in Rethymnon, Greece attending the first ever International coaching education programme.

The FECC is a three year programme aimed at youth coaches which focuses on the development of young talent across Europe.

Club Competitions Participants Announced

Big names of European club basketball are included in the line-up for the 2007-2008 EuroCup, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women season which were announced by FIBA Europe, Thursday.

Cholet Basket, PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens, Lokomotiv Rostov, Spartak St. Petersburg, Ural Great Perm, Banvit BC, Zlatorog Lasko and Khimik Yuzhny are among 39 clubs from 23 countries which will participate in the EuroCup Men, FIBA Europe’s flagship club competition.

EU White Paper On Sport: Much Work Remains To Be Done
The leading European team sports acknowledge the publication of the EU White Paper on Sport.  They note that, whilst the concept of a White Paper on Sport was to be welcomed, the content of the final version represents – unfortunately – a missed opportunity.  Much work remains to be done.
International Under-15 Camp Wraps Up

FIBA Europe’s commitment to growing the game of women’s basketball was on full display in Postojna, Slovenia at the 1st FIBA Europe International Basketball Camp for U15 Girls, 25 – 30 June 2007.

The camp, organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Basketball Federation and featuring two players and a coach from over 20 FIBA Europe member countries, was meant to prepare the girls for the pressures and demands of performance basketball.

Over 30 Teams Registered For EuroCup By National Federations

A new competition model aimed at creating the most attractive conditions possible for clubs participating in EuroCup has drawn interest from across Europe as over thirty clubs have already been registered by their national federations.

The new system, in which FIBA Europe helps defray travel and referee expenses from the round of 16 on, has drawn a diverse and high quality pool of teams.

FIBA Europe Camp For Under-15 Girls Underway

FIBA Europe’s continuing commitment to growing the game of women’s basketball will be on display this week in Slovenia at a camp for under-15 girls meant to prepare them for the rigors of tough international competition.

The camp, which will feature two players and a coach from nearly every FIBA Europe member country, will take place in Postojna, Slovenia where some of the best players in Europe have gone to learn and improve their game over the years.

FIBA Europe Introduces Attractive Club Competition Model

FIBA Europe introduced a new competition model that aims to create the most attractive conditions possible for clubs participating in the EuroCup (men).

FIBA Europe has implemented a system in which favourable conditions are in place for all clubs registering in the EuroCup. The number of participating clubs will be open.

Initial Reaction Of European Team Sports To The Draft EU White Paper On Sport

Following the initial draft of the EU White Paper on Sport, FIBA Europe has issued the following statement, which is supported by UEFA, the European Handball Federation, the European Volleyball Confederation and the International Ice Hockey Federation:

ULEB Violates Signed Agreement

FIBA Europe has become aware of ULEB’s proposal to expand the ULEB Cup.

As stated in Article 6 of the agreement signed by the two parties back in November 2004, ULEB is to have no more than 48 teams combined in their competitions.

Polish Government Behind EuroBasket 2009

The government is going to do everything to make EuroBasket 2009 in Poland an organisational success.

This was the message conveyed by FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Polish Basketball Federation President Roman Ludwiczuk at a press conference this afternoon in Warsaw.

Kajetan Hadzelek Named Honorary Board Member

Polish native Kajetan Hadzelek was named an Honorary FIBA Europe Board Member at the opening of the General Assembly held today in Warsaw, Poland.

Born in 1930, Hadzelek has dedicated his life to sport, particularly basketball, as well as education.

Latvia To Host EuroBasket Women 2009

Latvia was selected as the host city for EuroBasket Women 2009 today in Warsaw, Poland during the fourth meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe for the 2006 – 2010 Term of Office.

Latvia will host the event in the cities of Liepaya, Ventpils,Valmiera and Riga.

"Sport Should Not Be Ruled By Judges": European Basketball, Football, Handball And Volleyball Are United In Defending The European Sports Model

The European team sport federations of basketball (FIBA Europe), football (UEFA), handball (EHF) and volleyball (CEV) met today to discuss serious matters relating to the EU White Paper on sport currently under preparation.  The major European team sports federations issued the following statement:

FIBA Europe Board And General Assembly To Meet In Poland

The Board of FIBA Europe will meet on Friday, 11th May in Warsaw, Poland with the selection of a site for EuroBasket Women 2009 at the top of the agenda.

The two countries bidding for the event are the Czech Republic and Latvia. 

FIBA Europe Visit Lithuania

On the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Sports Director Kosta Iliev visited Lithuania.

During a ceremony as part of the anniversary, Vassilakopoulos was presented with a medal of honour in sports from Algirdas Raslanas, Director of Lithuanian Sports.

FIBA Europe Decides To Expand EuroLeague Women, Evaluates EuroCup Format

The FIBA Europe Competitions’ Commission met this past Saturday in Girona, Spain to discuss the 2006/2007 season and upcoming plans for European club competitions.

Top of the agenda was a proposal to expand the format of the EuroLeague Women from 18 to 24 teams, which the Commission approved.

IOC President Issues Joint Statement On White Paper

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge wrote a joint statement to Mr. Jan Figel, Member of the European Commission, on behalf of the IOC, FIBA, FIBA Europe, FIFA, UEFA, the Association of the European Olympic Committees, the International Automobile Federation, the Association of International Olympic Winter Sport Federations (AIOWF), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF).

The white paper is a document that is in the process of being produced by the European Union regarding sports in Europe.

FIBA Europe Announces International Camp For U15 Girls

FIBA Europe in cooperation with the Slovenian Basketball Federation will be holding the first International Camp for U15 girls.

Two players and one coach from each FIBA Europe member country will be invited to attend the camp, which will be held in Postojna, Slovenia from 25 – 30 June 2007.

Board Meets In Chieti

The third meeting of the FIBA Europe Board for the 2006-2010 term of office was held today in Chieti, Italy.

Two important deadlines were established for the choice of future EuroBasket Women host countries.

Girona To Host EuroCup Final Four

FIBA Europe announced today that Akasvayu Girona will be the host of the EuroCup Final Four to be staged from 13-15 April 2007.

The semi-finals will feature Club Estudiantes playing Akasvayu Girona and Virtus Bologna taking on Azovmash Mariupol.

FIBA Europe Team With MediaZone's Social TV Service To Provide Unprecedented Broadband Coverage

FIBA Europe announced today a partnership with MediaZone, a leading global online broadcaster, to provide live streaming and replay coverage of the EuroLeague Women and EuroCup All Star Games as well as the EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Final Fours through MediaZone’s new service, Social TV. 

Coverage of these highly anticipated games will be free of charge and will provide a new innovative interactive experience for users. The games will be available at and

EuroLeague Women Final Four To Moscow

FIBA Europe announced today that the EuroLeague Women Final Four will be held in Moscow.

The Final Four will begin on 30 March with Spartak Moscow Region taking on CSKA Volgaburmash and Bourges Basket playing Ros Casares.

EuroLeague Women All Star Game Available Free Online

FIBA Europe will be offering live streaming of the EuroLeague Women All Star Game free of charge on

The game will be played on 8 March in Valencia, Spain and will be broadcast in its entirety beginning at 18:15 local time.

FIBA Europe And The UBE Finalise Exhibition Game Preparations

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Sports Director Kosta Iliev met today with officials from the UBE (European Basketball Players Association) in Munich, Germany to finalise details about an exhibition game between the defending EuroBasket champions Greece and a European selection.

The game, which is being organised by FIBA Europe, the Hellenic Basketball Federation and the UBE, will take place in Athens on 30 June 2007.

European Champions To Host Exhibition Games

The FIBA Europe Executive Committee together with the European members of the FIBA Central Board, the Presidents of various FIBA Europe Commissions and the UBE (European Players Association) have approved an exhibition game that will feature the 2005 EuroBasket champion Greek team taking on a European selection of players.

The game will be held in Greece on either 30 June or 1 July 2007 and will be organised by the Hellenic Basketball Federation.

FIBA Europe Announces Coaching Certificate

FIBA Europe is pleased to announce its Coaching Certificate (FECC), which will officially be launched this summer.

The purpose of the programme is to focus on the development of coaches and improving the standard of young players coaching across Europe.

Youth Draw Set For This Weekend

The FIBA Europe Youth Draw will be taking place this upcoming weekend at the Venice Casino in Venice, Italy.

FIBA Europe will once again establish a record for participation as 215 teams will be taking part in this summer's youth competitions.

FIBA Europe Insures Players For 50 Million Euros

More than half of FIBA Europe’s national federations have signed up to participate in a group insurance scheme which covers senior men’s and women’s European based national team players during the summer period.

The insurance policy, of which the individual player’s clubs are the beneficiaries, covers more than 50 million euros worth of salaries.

FIBA Europe Discuss All Star Game Plans With Local Organisers

FIBA Europe met with local organisers of the 2007 EuroCup All Star Game to discuss preparations for the event scheduled for March 20, 2007 in Cyprus.

Along with the game itself, an array of events will be taking place, including a gala dinner, coaching clinic, referees clinic, European basketball conference and community relation activities.

Statement By FIBA Europe - Governing Body Of Basketball In Europe

The Executive Committee of FIBA Europe met on Monday 15 January 2007 in Munich. The purpose of the meeting was to examine the current situation in European basketball and more specifically issues related to the European Club Competitions and the state of the relations with Uleb, including the Uniform Player Contract proposed by Uleb.

During the meeting, the Executive Committee met with a delegation of the European Union of Players, composed by the President, the Secretary General and the Treasurer, in order to discuss mainly the above-mentioned issue of the Uniform Player Contract. Both sides agreed that this proposal is unacceptable and decided to co-operate in order to avoid its introduction.

FIBA Europe Meet With UBE

FIBA Europe, basketball’s highest decision-making body on the continent, met today with representatives of UBE, the European Basketball Players Association, in Munich, Germany to discuss ULEB’s plan to oblige all Euroleague and ULEB Cup players to sign a standard contract.

As stated in the contract between FIBA Europe and ULEB and according to FIBA and FIBA Europe regulations, ULEB does not have the authorisation to force clubs and players to sign such a contract.