Press Releases

Youth Competitions 2009 Calendar Confirmed

FIBA Europe has announced the official venues and dates for the Youth European Championships 2009.

A total of 215 teams have entered the 14 men and women's tournaments in three age groups - Under 20, 18 and 16.

FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award Nominees Announced

FIBA Europe has announced the nominees for its annual Player of the Year awards for 2008.

Awards will be given in four different categories, Men, Young Men, Women and Young Women.

EU Ministers Confirm Support For Sports Movement

The European Union Sports Ministers have again confirmed their shared positions with the European and international Olympics and sports movement on the specificity and autonomy of sport, during their meeting in Biarritz, France, November 27-28.

Their declaration followed discussions in the first European sport forum, which preceded the ministers' meeting in the French city.

CSKA Reinstated In EuroLeague Women

The Executive Committee of the Board of FIBA Europe has unanimously decided to reinstate the women's club CSKA Moscow in the current EuroLeague Women season 2008-09.

The decision was taken after the Russian Federation confirmed they have secured a sponsor for the club.

EuroChallenge Regular Season Groups Set

Representatives of the teams who have earned qualification to the EuroChallenge Regular Season gathered in Munich, Germany on Saturday to find out in which groups they will compete for the chance to advance to the Top 16.

The 32 remaining teams were drawn into eight groups of four with FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin presiding over the draw.

FIBA Europe Endorses Special Olympics Basketball Week

FIBA Europe will endorse Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) for the fifth consecutive year during the Special Olympics European Basketball Week to be held 29 November-7 December 2008 across the region. 

Basketball Week is expected to involve 15,000 basketball players with intellectual disabilities from 35 countries in a wide range of activities.

Lucky Losers KK Zagreb Into EuroChallenge Regular Season

FIBA Europe has announced Wednesday that KK Zagreb, the best-ranked club over the last three seasons from the teams that did not progress from Qualifying Round II, will advance to the EuroChallenge Regular Season as a lucky loser.

The decision was taken by the FIBA Europe Competitions Commission in order to complete a roster of 32 clubs for the EuroChallenge Regular Season.

EuroBasket 2009 Draw Complete

The eyes of European basketball were on Poland Saturday and the EuroBasket 2009 Draw held at the Capitol Theatre in Warsaw.

Dignitaries such as Serbian great Vlade Divac were on hand as the Preliminary Round groups were decided.

EuroBasket 2009 Draw Countdown In Warsaw

The elite of Europe's basketball world are gathered in Warsaw, Poland this weekend for the EuroBasket 2009 draw, to take place on Saturday, November 8.

Fifteen teams have already qualified for Europe's top basketball tournament while a sixteenth participating nation will be decided through the Additional Qualifying Round (AQR), next summer.

FIBA Europe, NBA Meet In Berlin

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos and Secretary General Nar Zanolin met with NBA Commissioner David Stern last Tuesday, 14th October in Berlin, Germany to discuss issues involving to the relationship between FIBA Europe and the NBA.

The meeting touched on topics ranging from the availability of European players playing in the NBA who wish to compete for their national teams, matters related to insurance for those players, agents and scouts and other general issues.

Riga Hosts EuroBasket Women 2009 Draw

This coming year Latvia will host EuroBasket Women 2009 from 7-20 June in the cities of Riga, Liepaja and Valmiera.  

The formal kick-off came on Wednesday afternoon in Riga when the 16 teams who will compete to be the best in Europe were drawn into the four groups of four in which they will compete in the preliminary round.

Clubs Replaced In European Competitions

FIBA Europe has confirmed that Benetton Basket, as the next possible Italian club, will replace Capo D' Orlando in the group of teams already qualified for the EuroCup Regular Season.

The games Benetton Fribourg Olympic vs. Benetton Basket home and away games in Qualifying Round I of the EuroCup are now cancelled.
FIBA Europe Announces Seedings for EuroBasket Draws

FIBA Europe has announced the seedings for the upcoming draws of the EuroBasket 2009 and EuroBasket Women 2009 Final Rounds.

The EuroBasket Women 2009 draw will take place on Wednesday, October 15 in Riga, Latvia. The EuroBasket 2009 draw is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, in Warsaw, Poland.
IOC, Sports Federations Discuss Sport in EU

The International Olympic Committee and other key members of the international sports movement met earlier this month in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the definition of the specificity and the autonomy of sport within the European Union.

IOC President Jacques Rogge was joined by the President of FIBA Europe George Vassilakopoulos, FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann and representatives of other international federations such as FIFA, UEFA and the International Rugby Board.

Seven Teams Book Ticket To EuroBasket 2009
With the Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2009 complete Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, Turkey and Great Britain have secured spots in the final round in Poland as the winners of their groups.

Latvia, Israel and Bulgaria also advanced to the final round of the event as the three best second place teams. The four teams placed second in their groups were ranked according to win/loss percentage and goal coefficient with the top three advancing to the final round of EuroBasket 2009.
Nine Teams Qualify For EuroBasket Women 2009
Hungary, Israel, Lithuania and Serbia added their names on Saturday to the list of nine teams that will be making the trip to EuroBasket Women 2009 Final Round in Latvia.

Turkey, Poland, France, Slovakia and Greece had already secured qualification before the last group games of the Qualifying Round were played September 13.
FIBA Europe Approves EuroBasket 2009 Venues
FIBA Europe has approved the venues and the format for basketball's top national team competitions next year, EuroBasket Women 2009 in Latvia and EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.

The Competitions Commission of European basketball's governing body met in Munich, September 12, to endorse the details of next summer's major tournaments.
European Basketball Mourns Passing Of Ernesto Segura de Luna

FIBA Europe was sad to learn on Saturday of the passing of former Spanish Basketball Federation President Ernesto Segura de Luna at the age of 86.

Segura de Luna was the longest serving President in the history of the FEB, holding the post from 1972-1984 and then again from 1992-2004.

Georgia Games Rescheduled

Due to the ongoing political situation in Georgia FIBA Europe has made the decision to move two EuroBasket Division B Qualifying Round games originally scheduled to be played in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The decision means that the home and away games to be played between the teams involved have effectively been switched. 

Pyrgos Gym Named After FIBA Europe President

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos received a special honour on Saturday when it was announced that the Municipal Gym of Pyrgos was renamed after him.

The unveiling by the Mayor of Pyrgos, Makis Paraskevopoulos took place before Greece's semi-final game against Croatia, at the U18 European Championship, a tournament which eventually the Greek hosts went on to win.

Kirilenko Presented With Player Of The Year Award

Andrei Kirilenko received his 2007 FIBA Europe Player of the Year award before the tip-off of the game between European champions Russia and Latvia in Moscow on Friday.

The award was presented by FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, with the President of the Russian Basketball Federation and FIBA Europe Vice-President Sergey Chernov also on hand.

Young Talent Shines Again In Slovenia

Europe's most talented players participated in the 2nd International Camp for U15 Girls in Postojna at the beginning of July.

Over 30 countries sent their young prospects to the event. The players where supported by 56 coaches from all over Europe and had a tough but memorable few days.

Rubio Receives Young Player Of The Year Award

Ricky Rubio was presented with the award for the 2007 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Tuesday night before the tip-off of the friendly game in Madrid, between World champions Spain and the defending Olympic champions of Argentina.

Rubio is currently playing for the Spanish national team which is preparing for the Beijing Olympic Games.

EuroLeague Women Draw Complete

The draw for the premier women's basketball club competition in Europe was held on Thursday near Munich, Germany as the teams participating in the 2008-2009 season of EuroLeague Women gathered to find out who they will face in the Qualifying Round.

The 24 participating clubs were assigned seeds of 1-6 based on their performance in last year's competition and were then drawn into four groups of six teams each.

Women's Competitions Draw Kicks Off Season

The 2008-09 women's club competition season kicked off on Thursday with the draws for EuroCup Women and EuroLeague Women being held near Munich, Germany.

Representatives of all 24 clubs participating in EuroLeague Women as well as many EuroCup Women officials were on hand for the proceedings, as the draw was made for Europe's premier women's basketball competitions.

EuroCup Women Elimination And Preliminary Rounds Drawn

The draw for the 2008-2009 season of EuroCup Women was held in Munich, Germany on Thursday with the teams playing in the Qualifying Round being drawn and the groups for the Preliminary Round also decided.

The EuroCup Women Qualifying Round will begin on 2nd October. 20 teams will play home and away games to decide which will advance to the Preliminary Round with the second game taking place on 9th October.

FIBA Europe President: Historical Times For European Basketball

There were three draws in Berlin on Tuesday but the real historical significance of the event came in the fact that it was a common draw.  Both FIBA Europe and ULEB officials were on hand at the Postbahnhof and their presence signified a new era of cooperation between the two organizations.

The integration of the three competitions is the direct result of a renewed effort by FIBA Europe and ULEB to cooperate in growing the game of basketball across Europe.

EuroChallenge and EuroCup Qualifying Rounds Drawn

Berlin, Germany played host to the draw for the newly named EuroChallenge on Tuesday as the names of the teams participating in Qualifying Round 1 were drawn and the potential match-ups for Qualifying Round 2 were also set.

The teams will play home and away games to determine who will advance to Qualifying Round 2 with the team drawn first hosting the opening game. Eight teams will eventually advance out of the two qualifying rounds to take part in the EuroChallenge Regular Season.

EuroChallenge Draw Procedure Set

FIBA Europe has announced the procedure for the EuroChallenge draw, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday.

A total of 32 clubs will enter Qualifying Round I. Sixteen clubs are seeded, according to their results in previous FIBA Europe competitions, in their national championships and their country coefficient and they will not be drawn against each other.

Euroleague And EuroCup Women Teams Announced

FIBA Europe has announced the clubs to participate in the EuroLeague and EuroCup Women competitions for the 2008-09 season.

The EuroLeague features six new teams among its 24 participants and a record 58 clubs have registered for the EuroCup.

EuroChallenge Participants Announced

With the draw for the three main European basketball competitions scheduled for next week in Berlin the teams who will be participating have been named.

FIBA Europe's new competition EuroChallenge (formerly EuroCup) will feature eight teams who will qualify directly to the first qualifying round.  That list includes 2008 EuroCup finalists Dexia Mons-Hainaut of Belgium and Italian side Virtus Bologna.

Slovenia To Host Second Annual Girls Camp

Postojna is preparing to host the International Camp for U15 Girls for the second time.

Following the success of the camp in 2007, FIBA Europe's Development Department, in co-operation with the Slovenian Basketball Federation is organising a bigger and better event this summer.

FIBA Europe Announces EuroChallenge Format

FIBA Europe announced on Wednesday the premier of a new competition for men's clubs to replace the EuroCup, to go by the name EuroChallenge. 

The EuroChallenge is the direct result of a renewed effort by FIBA Europe and ULEB to cooperate in the growth of basketball across Europe.

FIBA Europe And ULEB Announce Names, Format Of Club Competitions

FIBA Europe and ULEB have announced the official names and formats of two of Europe´s most promising men´s clubs competitions: EuroCup and EuroChallenge. 

EuroCup (formerly known as ULEB Cup) will be contested by 32 clubs. 

FIBA Europe Mourns Passing Of Jacobsen

FIBA Europe was saddened to learn this week of the passing of the President of the Swedish Basketball Federation Jan Jacobsen at the age of 56.

Jacobsen was elected President of the federation in 2005 after being named to the board just a year earlier.  He also served as President of the Stockholm-based youth club Lidingö during his life-long affiliation with the sport.

European Team Sport Federations meet at EHF Headquarters
On 20th June 2008, FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Youth Commission President Asterios Zois were in Vienna, Austria for a meeting of the European Team Sport Federations at the Headquarters of the European Handball Federation (EHF).

The meeting was a discussion of common issues in the overall structure of team sports, legal principles in sport and further steps of cooperation between the team sport federations of Europe.  Representatives from the governing bodies of football (UEFA), handball (EHF), ice-hockey (IIHF), rugby (FIRA-AER) and volleyball (CEV) were also on hand.
Ireland, Finland First To Receive Development Grant

Ireland and Finland are the first national federations to receive cash from the new Development Fund programme set-up by FIBA Europe.

All European national federations are encouraged to apply for financial support from FIBA Europe with a focus on projects working towards the development of the game in their country.

FIBA Europe President Meets Patriarch Alexei

The president of FIBA Europe George Vassilakopoulos met with Patriarch Alexei II, the current Patriarch of Moscow and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, during his recent visit to the Russian capital.

During the hour-long meeting the two men discussed a variety of subjects, among others the role of sport in modern society.

EuroBasket 2009 Preparations On Track

The EuroBasket 2009 preparations in Poland are continuing according to plan, FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin corroborated Monday.

Mr. Zanolin led a FIBA Europe delegation who visited the venues of the tournament and discussed organizational matters with its organizing committee, headed by the Polish Basketball Federation president Roman Ludwiczuk.

Weiss Elected To The Board Of FIBA Europe

Ingo Weiss, the president of the German Basketball Federation, has been elected as a new member of the Board of FIBA Europe, by the delegates of the General Assembly in Malta, May 17.

Weiss, 44, who takes the position vacated by the late Peter Klingbiel, has been involved with the German Federation since 1994, serving as its vice-president before becoming president in 2006.

FIBA Europe, European Federations And Leagues Meet

Some of the most important members of Europe's basketball community gathered at Euroleague Basketball headquarters on Wednesday to work together on several issues.

This meeting was attended by Mr. Vassilakopoulos, President of FIBA Europe, Mr. Iliev, Sports Director of FIBA Europe, Mr. Chernov, President of the Russian Basketball Federation, Mr. Lalic, President of the Croatian Basketball Federation, Mr. Maifredi, President of the Italian Basketball Federation, Mr. Mainini, President of the French Basketball Federation, and Mr. Volkov, President of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation. The FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin was not able to attend due to health reasons.

A Look Inside A Sponsors Mind

Have a look around the court of any national or club basketball side in Europe and you'll quickly come to understand what an important role sponsorship has come to play in the sport.

Companies are keen to associate their name with that of successful teams, be they EuroBasket Champions Russia or EuroLeague Women Final Four hosts Gambrinus Brno.  This is a fact that was not lost on the organizers of the first ever FIBA Europe Seminar for National Federations.

Stennett Brings Football Experience To Basketball World

Ceri Stennett doesn't know half as much about basketball as he does about football but for delegates on hand for the first ever FIBA Europe Seminar for National Federations he had plenty of insight to offer.

The Cardiff native was in Limassol to share what he has learned in over 20 years as Press Officer for the Football Association of Wales, a period in which he had gained valuable experience dealing with the media, fans and sponsors.

Spain, Sweden Pass Their Experience To Rest Of Europe

Thirty representatives of basketball federations across Europe heard from two of their own last weekend in the first ever FIBA Europe Seminar for National Federations. 

The day began with presentations from Lena Wallin Kantzy, Secretary General of the Swedish Basketball Federation who was followed by Jesus Bueno, Executive Director of the Basketball Federation of Spain.

Seminar For National Federations Offers Guidance

The conference room at the Grand Resort Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus was full of basketball executives from all over Europe on Saturday for the first ever FIBA Europe Seminar for National Federations.

Representatives from 30 different European nations were on hand to hear several guest speakers share their knowledge and experience on topics ranging from the value of sponsorships to dealing with the media to long-term strategic planning.

FIBA Europe To Hold Seminar For National Federations In Cyprus

FIBA Europe will hold it's first-ever seminar for national federations, in Limassol, Cyprus, on Saturday, 19th April 2008.

The seminar, which will take place as a sidebar to the EuroCup Final Four, will be attended by most of FIBA Europe's member federations.

Poland Awarded EuroBasket Women 2011

The Board of FIBA Europe has chosen Poland as the organisers of EuroBasket Women 2011. The decision was taken during the Board's recent assembly in Bucharest, Romania on 15th and 16th March. 

The event will take place in the cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia.

EuroCup and EuroLeague Women Events Available Online

FIBA Europe and Connexia have teamed up to offer a 10-game package of LIVE and On Demand basketball webcasts from upcoming EuroLeague Women and EuroCup events.

The webcasts will kick off March 13 with the EuroLeague Women All Star Game, from Vidnoje, the home of the organizers and defending EuroLeague champions Spartak Moscow Region.

FIBA Europe and ULEB Reach Agreement

After a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday FIBA Europe and ULEB have agreed to amend the existing agreement of 2004 in an effort to more closely integrate Europe's three men's basketball competitions.

The new system, agreed upon in principle at the Thursday meeting, will include elimination rounds leading to two 32 team competitions in addition to Euroleague.

The Little Prince Follows The Big Draw

In basketball terms there were a lot of important things going on in Venice on Saturday. 

The draw for the Qualifying Round of both EuroBasket and EuroBasket Women 2009 drew media and officials from all over Europe but when all the teams had been drawn there was something more important than basketball on the agenda.

National Team Competitions Draw Complete16.02.2008
Klingbiel's Passing A Loss For Basketball14.02.2008
FIBA Europe And ULEB Meet, 12 February 200812.02.2008
A New Home For FIBA Europe06.02.2008
EuroBasket And Youth Draw Open To Media21.01.2008
EuroBasket 2009 Logo Unveiled14.01.2008
End Of Year Of Women's Basketball A New Beginning15.11.2007