In pure competition terms, it has been an unprecedented year for European basketball. We have seen the completion of 4 club competitions in April and May this year, 10 European youth championships in the summer and qualification games for the 2005 European Championships for Men and Women in September.
The FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos has commended the harmony in European basketball following the meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe in Tallinn, Estonia this weekend.
The Board of FIBA Europe has awarded Eurobasket 2007 to the national basketball federation of Spain. The 2007 European Championship for Women has been assigned to Italy.
In addition, the 2009 European Championship for Men will be hosted by the national basketball federation of Poland and the 2011 Championship by the national basketball federation of Lithuania.
The Board of FIBA Europe met today in Tallinn, Estonia for its 8th meeting in the 2002-2006 term of office.
2005 Youth Calendar
The Board approved the venues and dates for the 12 European Youth Championships which will be held in 2005.
FIBA Europe has launched the first ever officially approved basketball statistics software, SmartStats For Basketball.
The software was developed for FIBA Europe by Lithuanian company Media Benz Communications and is available for use by all national federations and clubs participating in FIBA Europe Competitions free of charge.
FIBA Europe will support Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) during the first Special Olympics European Basketball Week to be held November 24-December 4, 2004 across the region.
SOEE will organize basketball activities during the week throughout the region – from tournaments to clinics to exhibition matches – and involve thousands of children and adults and male and female players with mental handicaps.
FIBA is pleased to announce that at the meeting held today in Geneva at FIBA’s headquarters, FIBA Europe and the Union of European Basketball Leagues (ULEB) have effectively ended a 4-year dispute over European Club Competitions, that started in 2000.
FIBA Europe’s Bid Evaluation Commission has completed its visits of the 3 countries bidding to host the 2007 European Championship for Men.
The 3 candidates are Lithuania, Poland and Spain.
In line with the new competition system for youth categories (as decided by the Board of FIBA Europe in 2003) the rankings for the U18 and U20 men's and women's teams are now complete.
Rankings are based on performance in all official FIBA Europe competition in the last 10 years, including the 2004 European Championships.
European basketball is enjoying a prominent position in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Saulius Stombergas (Lithuania) and Dejan Bodiroga (Serbia & Montenegro) were both honoured with the responsibility of carrying their team flags at the opening ceremony.
In addition, Greek legend Nikos Galis was one of the 6 athletes to carry the flame in the Olympic stadium.
Israel returned home from the Eural Trans Gas European Championship for U20 Men this week to a hero’s welcome. 250,000 fans in Israel had tuned in to watch their country’s remarkable run to the Final live on Israel’s Sports Channel. The Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final were broadcast live, and the final gained a 8.3% audience share.
The European Championship for U18 Men is well underway in Zaragoza, Spain. Among the 12 participating teams there is a glut of talent on display and fibaeurope.com is offering a unique opportunity to see the game’s future stars first hand. Beginning with the quarter-finals on Friday 16th July, video broadcasts of the games can be viewed on fibaeurope.com.
FIBA Europe’s four club competitions will tip-off in October 2004 with a total of 130 clubs from 32 countries.
The draw for each of the competitions will be held on 3rd July 2004 in Munich, Germany. In addition, representatives from the FIBA Europe League and EuroLeague Women clubs will meet for General Assemblies in order to discuss all organisational, financial and promotional details for the upcoming season.
FIBA Europe and ULEB representatives met today at the headquarters in Geneva. The meeting was hosted by FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and Secretary General Emeritus Borislav Stankovic. FIBA Europe was represented by President George Vassilakopoulos and Executive Director Nar Zanolin. ULEB was represented by President Eduardo Portela and Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu.
After several years of joint efforts deployed by the European institutions and the sports movement to have sport included in the European Constitution, this weekend in Brussels the European Union adopted Article III-182 on Sport as part of its new Constitution.
The FIBA Europe Executive Committee and Competitions Commission met in Munich on Friday 27th May, to discuss several issues concerning the EuroLeague Women and also the dates of the European Championships for Men and Women 2005.
FIBA Europe and the Special Olympics have officially sealed their partnership agreement. In order to sign the agreement, FIBA Europe Executive Director Nar Zanolin visited the Special Olympics Festival, which took place on the Greek island of Rodos, 14th – 21st May 2004.
The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and provides training and competition for individuals with mental handicaps of all ability levels.
The Czech Basketball Federation hosted the annual meeting of the FIBA Europe General Assembly on 15th – 16th May 2004 in Prague.
Over 150 delegates from FIBA Europe’s 50 member national basketball federations were present at the Assembly, which was preceded by a meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe on 14th May.
The draw for the 2004 European Championships for U18 Men and Women were completed today in Zaragoza, Spain.
The Men's Championship will take place 9th-18th July 2004 in Zaragoza, Spain. Click here for the full schedule of the competition.
Summer 2004 will see the top 24 teams in Europe in the U18 age category for men and women play for a European Championship.
The draw for both competitions will take place at 12:00 on Saturday 8th May in Zaragoza, Spain at the Pabellon Principe Felipe, which will also serve as the venue for the European Championship for U18 Men.
The FIBA Europe League concluded 6 months of competition last week, culminating in the Final Four which was held in Kazan, Russia.
Hapoel Samsung Tel Aviv (ISR), Ural Great Perm (RUS), TIM Maroussi Athens (GRE) and Unics Kazan (RUS) were the 4 teams that qualified to the season finale and it was home team Kazan that emerged victorious, defeating Maroussi 87:63 to earn $150,000 for the season.
GENEVA/NEW YORK – MARCH 31 – Boston Celtics forward-guard Jiri Welsch (Czech Republic), Los Angeles Lakers forward Stanislav Medvedenko (Ukraine), Seattle SuperSonics forward-center Vitaly Potapenko (Ukraine) and Former NBA center Gheorghe Muresan (Romania) will serve as coaches for Basketball without Borders Europe, which will take place July 24-27, 2004 in Treviso, Italy, it was announced today by FIBA and the NBA.
The decision, in the first instance, made by the FIBA Europe Judge to disqualify UMMC Ekaterinburg from the EuroLeague Women for use of ineligible players has been upheld by the judge appointed by the Appeals Commission.
National Federations Responsible for Eligibility
FIBA Europe processes over 3,000 player licences in a 6-week period before the start of each season, and would like to emphasise that the eligibility of players is the responsibility of the respective national federation as stated in the European Club Competition Regulations.
FIBA Europe Judge Ruling
A preliminary enquiry into the case regarding the eligibility of certain UMMC Ekaterinburg players participating in the EuroLeague Women was conducted at the beginning of the season at the request of Bourges Basket on 4th November 2003. FIBA Europe sought legal advice on the issue and was informed that no violation of the eligibility rules had taken place.
In light of recent developments regarding the eligibility of 2 players participating in the EuroLeague Women and in accordance with Article 14.3 of the Regulations for European Club Competitions, FIBA Europe has decided to postpone the EuroLeague Women Quarter-Final games between clubs UMMC Ekaterinburg and Gambrinus JME Brno by one week.
Following the decision of the Board of FIBA Europe to open the bidding process for the 2007 European Championship for Men, the National Basketball Federations of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Spain have all informed FIBA Europe of their interest in hosting the event.
The draws for four of the upcoming 2004 European Youth Championships were held today at the offices of the French Basketball Federation in Paris.
Youth basketball will be the focus this summer as a total of 158 national teams, or 1896 players, will take part in official FIBA Europe youth competition in 2004.
FIBA Europe’s main youth categories are U16 boys and girls, U18 men and women and U20 men and women, all of which will participate in European Championships this year.
FIBA Europe announced today that the FIBA Europe League All Star Day will take place on 16th March 2004 in Kiev, Ukraine.
The format of the game will be Europe v. Rest of the World. Rosters will consist of 12 players per side and the game will be played to the usual FIBA Europe League rules.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter met today with FIBA Europe President Giorgos Vassilakopoulos and FIBA Europe Board member Asterios Zois in a consultative meeting to address the common challenges of the sporting landscape in Europe.