2009 PRESS RELEASES

18.12.2009
EuroLeague Women All-Star Game Voting Opens

FIBA Europe announces the opening of the public voting for the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game 2010, to take place on 9th March in Gdynia, Poland.

Taking place on the day after International Women's Day, the All-Star Game 2010 will feature a match-up between Europe and The Rest of the World with fans selecting the starting five for each team.

17.12.2009
EuroCup Women Sixteenth-Final Pairings Set

The EuroCup Women Preliminary Round wrapped up on Thursday, with Lattes Montpellier advancing to the Sixteenth Finals as the top seed on a perfect 6-0 record.

The French side will now face Russian club Spartak Noginsk, the final team to slip into the last 32 of the competition without winning a game.
08.12.2009
European Team Sports Association (ETS) Is Born

The major European team sports today formed their own team - by creating an association to promote, develop and represent the interests of European team sport.  The association will also further increase the information exchange that has taken place informally over recent years.

Furthermore, the European Team Sports of basketball (FIBA Europe), handball (EHF), football (UEFA), ice hockey (IIHF), rugby (FIRA-AER) and volleyball (CEV) have issued the following joint statement today with respect to the EU Lisbon Treaty which recently came into force and, in particular, Article 165 that recognises, inter alia, the "specific nature of sport".

01.12.2009
FIBA Europe Player Of The Year Award Nominees Announced

FIBA Europe has announced the nominees for its annual Player of the Year awards for 2009.

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

19.11.2009
Important Information On FIBA Europe Move

FIBA Europe would like to inform all interested parties that beginning Friday 27th November 2009 we will start to move to our new offices.

For this reason please be kindly informed that the offices of FIBA Europe will be closed from Friday 27th November at noon, re-opening Tuesday 1st December at the usual time.

18.11.2009
Munich Mayor Christian Ude Helps FIBA Europe Open New Home

On 14 November 2009 FIBA Europe officially opened their new headquarters in Munich, Germany.

Among the dignitaries on hand for the event was Munich mayor Christian Ude who addressed those in attendance.

14.11.2009
FIBA Europe Opens New Home

14 November 2009 will go down as a banner day in the history of FIBA Europe, as the governing body for basketball in Europe officially opened their new headquarters in Munich, Germany.

Munich Mayor Christian Ude and FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos  were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Ismaningerstrasse 21 in Munich's exclusive Bogenhausen district.

09.11.2009
Special Olympics European Basketball Week 2009 to Encourage Unity

For the sixth consecutive year FIBA Europe has endorsed Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia's sixth annual Special Olympics European Basketball Week to be held 28 November- 6 December 2009 across the region. 

Basketball Week is expected to involve 15,000 basketball players with intellectual disabilities from 30 countries in a wide range of activities.

28.10.2009
FIBA Europe And Eurosport 2 Announce Continuing Cooperation

For the second straight season fans of women's basketball across Europe and the globe will have the chance to see the world's best teams and players in the comfort of their own living rooms.

FIBA Europe announced on Tuesday that sports cable giant Eurosport 2 will broadcast live or on delay one EuroLeague Women game per week this season, including the Play-Offs and the Final Four which will take place 9th to 11th April, 2010.

20.10.2009
Energa Torun To Fill Vacant EuroCup Women Spot
FIBA Europe has announced that the Polish club Energa Torun will take the place vacated by Wisła Can-Pack in the EuroCup Women 2009-2010 season.

Wisła Can-Pack have previously accepted an invitation to replace CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague Women.

19.10.2009
Wisla Can-Pack To Replace CSKA Moscow In EuroLeague Women

FIBA Europe has announced that the Polish club Wisła Can-Pack will replace CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague Women 2009-2010 season.

The Russian club CSKA Moscow have declined their participation in Europe's top basketball competition for women's clubs basketball due to financial problems.

17.09.2009
FIBA Europe, FIBA Join With UN In Declaration For Road Safety
In a Declaration for Road Safety signed today during the EuroBasket 2009, FIBA Europe and FIBA joined the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure, the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in a plea to respect road traffic rules.
29.08.2009
EuroBasket Division B Promotion Round Match-Ups Set

Four teams remain in the hunt for a ticket to the men's EuroBasket 2011 Division A, after the conclusion of the EuroBasket 2009 Division B Qualifying Round, Saturday.

In the final stage of Division B play, the Promotion Round, Montenegro will meet Sweden while Georgia will play against Belarus.
21.08.2009
Youth Websites See Increased Traffic

With FIBA Europe's youth basketball season wrapping up last Sunday in Lithuania and Portugal the numbers have once again proved that fans across Europe are taking a greater interest in the continents developing talent.

FIBA Europe provided more content than ever through their home page and the official websites of the youth championships and fans responded.

17.08.2009
Lithuania Pass First Test With Flying Colors

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos was on hand in Kaunas Sunday for the finals of the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men, offering him an opportunity to see the progress being made ahead of EuroBasket 2011, which will take place in Lithuania.

"From the very beginning I would like to make it clear that I am very impressed with the level of organization and the level of the arena," said Vassilakopoulos.

30.07.2009
Gasol, Rubio Presented With Player Of The Year Awards

On Thursday Spain introduced the 2009 edition of their national team to the public, and began by honoring two of Europe's brightest stars.

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin was on hand to present Center Pau Gasol and guard Ricky Rubio with the 2008 FIBA Europe Player of the Year and Young Men's Player of the Year Awards respectively.

21.07.2009
EuroLeague And EuroCup Women Groups Drawn

The 2009-10 women's club competition season officially opened on Tuesday, July 21, with the draws for EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women being held in Freising, near Munich, Germany.

Representatives of the clubs were on hand to witness the proceedings.

17.07.2009
EuroCup Women Teams For 2009 - 10 Announced

FIBA Europe has announced the clubs to participate in its EuroCup Women competition, for the 2009-2010 season.

The EuroCup features 38 participants.

14.07.2009
EuroLeague Women Teams For 2009 - 10 Announced

FIBA Europe has announced the clubs to participate in its EuroLeague Women competition, for the 2009-2010 season.

The EuroLeague features 8 new teams among its 24 participants compared to last season.

22.06.2009
Women's European Club Competitions Draw Set For July 21
FIBA Europe announces that the draw for the FIBA Europe EuroLeague Women and the EuroCup Women 2009-10 season will take place in Munich/Freising, July 21.

The draw will begin at 13:30 CET at the Marriott Hotel, Freising. EuroCup Women will be drawn first, followed by EuroLeague Women.

22.06.2009
FIBA Europe Clarifies Euroleague 'Agreement' Statement
In order to avoid any misunderstandings, FIBA Europe publishes the seven "joint working principles" which were agreed upon at a meeting between FIBA Europe, FIBA and Euroleague Basketball in Geneva, on June 17, 2009.
08.06.2009
Draws For Men's European Club Competitions Set for July 8
The first events of the new basketball season, the 2009-10 Euroleague, Eurocup and EuroChallenge Draws, will be held on Wednesday, July 8 in Barcelona, Spain.

Following last season's collaboration on the same events, the 2009-10 draws of the FIBA Europe, Euroleague Basketball and ULEB competitions will be held and organized together.

07.06.2009
EuroBasket Women Video Available Online

Fans of basketball will have the opportunity to watch games and other video content from this year's EuroBasket Women 2009 in Latvia live or on demand online.

All action will be available on a special high quality video console, developed by British company Perform, the global digital sport specialist, for FIBA and its five continental zones, including FIBA Europe.

03.06.2009
FIBA Europe Song Ready For Release

Very often sport and song goes hand in hand.

In the heat of game action stadiums and arenas are alive with music as fans cheer on their favorite team, and few things are as inspiring as the playing of a countries national anthem before an international match.

15.05.2009
EuroBasket And EuroBasket Women 2009 Online Now

It's going to be an exciting summer for fans of basketball in Europe with EuroBasket 2009 kicking off this September in Poland and EuroBasket Women in Latvia now less than a month away.

As both tournaments draw closer, supporters can get their fix of news and information about Europe's premier basketball events at their official websites.

11.05.2009
Lejade Honoured At General Assembly
Last weekend's meeting of the FIBA Europe General Assembly in Cannes, France was an opportunity to honour one of European basketball's most dedicated officials as Bernard Lejade of France received the title of Honorary Member of FIBA Europe.

Lejade (seen with the Radomir Shaper Award he won in 2004) can look back at an impressive career in which he has always kept a close connection to sport, and specifically to Basketball.
27.04.2009
Mieszko, The Bison, Chosen As Mascot Of EuroBasket 2009
The Polish Basketball Federation and the Local Organising Committee of EuroBasket 2009 announced at a press conference in Warsaw Monday, that they have chosen the European bison, as the official mascot of the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.

The European bison (Żubr in Polish) is the biggest wild animal to be found in Poland's forests.
17.04.2009
EuroBasket 2009 Tickets Go On Sale

With the first day of EuroBasket 2009 now less than five months away FIBA Europe and the Polish Basketball Federation have announced the beginning of ticket sales for Europe's premier basketball event.

Tickets can be purchased in person at any of 300 Eventim offices across Poland or by visiting their website at http://eurobasket.eventim.pl/, which can be accesed in both Polish and English.

08.04.2009
Tuta CEO Helps Market The Women's Game

About 15,000 fans of women's basketball filled the Multiusos Sanchez Paraiso in Salamanca, Spain last weekend.

It was a fitting end to a great EuroLeague Women season and an indication of how the sport has grown in both quality of play and fan interest in the last few years.

02.03.2009
Salamanca To Host EuroLeague Women Final Four

FIBA Europe announced on Monday that the 2009 EuroLeague Women Final Four will be held in Salamanca, Spain, home of Final Four participants Halcon Avenida.

The event will kick off on Friday, 3rd April with the Semi-Finals pitting the hosts against Hungarian side MKB Euroleasing and defending champions Spartak Moscow Region taking on Russian rivals UMMC Ekaterinburg.

27.02.2009
Second Seminar For National Federations A Success

Basketball executives from 33 European countries attended the Second Seminar for National Federations organised by FIBA Europe in Freising, Germany last weekend.

The seminar focused on a number of projects which aim to assist the national federations in reaching their full potential.
11.02.2009
Digital Scoresheet Approved For Use

Following the recent meeting of the FIBA Technical Commission, it has been decided that the FIBA Europe Digital Score Sheet may be used by organisers of competitions if they wish to do so in future.

FIBA Europe's Miguel Betancor who led the team that designed and developed the Digital Score Sheet commented, "This project was introduced to support all officials in their job; referees, commissioners and table officials."

06.02.2009
Seminar To Feature Presentation On Lithuanian Youth Success

FIBA Europe will hold its second seminar for national federations, in Freising, Germany, on Saturday, 21st February 2009.

The seminar, which is organized in conjunction with the meeting of the Secretary Generals, will be attended by most of FIBA Europe's member federations. The event will include presentations, workshops and open discussions on various subjects.

26.01.2009
EuroLeague Women On Eurosport 2

Fans of women's basketball across Europe and the globe will now have a chance to see the world's best teams and players in the comfort of their own living rooms. 

FIBA Europe announced on Monday that sports cable giant Eurosport 2 will broadcast live or on delay a EuroLeague Women game on each game day from the Eighth Finals onward, including the Final Four from 3rd to 5th April, 2009.

20.01.2009
FIBA Europe, FIBA and Euroleague Basketball Adopt Unified Statistics Manual

FIBA Europe, FIBA and Euroleague Basketball are proud to announce the completion of a unified statistical criteria for basketball competitions.

All three organisations have been working together from the beginning of 2008 to update the existing Statistics Manual to help improve the sport of basketball worldwide.

07.01.2009
Hapoel Awarded Game Against Olympia
The EuroChallenge game between Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and Olympia Athienitis was not played in Jerusalem tonight after the refusal of the visiting club to travel to Israel.

According to the FIBA Europe club competitions' regulations the game is awarded to Hapoel with a score of 20-0 and Olympia receives zero (0) points for this particular game in the group classification.

07.01.2009
FIBA Europe Mourns Passing Of Ieuan Jones
FIBA Europe was sad to learn of the passing of Ieuan Jones on 24 December, Chairman of Wales Basketball, Director with the British Basketball Federation, and past Vice Chairman and founder member of British Police Basketball.

Born in 1940, Ieuan's considerable knowledge of basketball at all levels, his experience of previous British programmes, and his strong support as a Director within the British Federation made him a significant contributor to the current successful British structure.