Press Releases

Player Of The Year Voting Commences
The race is on for the most prestigious individual honour in European basketball, as FIBA Europe has announced the nominees for its annual Player of the Year awards for 2010.
Draw Taking Place In Lodz
The European women's basketball world is gathered in Lodz, Poland this weekend for the EuroBasket Women 2011 draw which takes place on Saturday, December 11th.
FIBA Europe Introduces Final Eight
In its continuing effort to support and develop the women's game FIBA Europe has approved the introduction of a EuroLeague Women Final Eight
Slovenia Awarded EuroBasket 2013

The Board of FIBA Europe has awarded EuroBasket 2013 to Slovenia. The unanimous decision was taken at the Board's meeting in Munich, Germany, on Sunday.

2011 Venues Confirmed

FIBA Europe has announced the official venues for the 2011 Youth European Championships, during the meeting of its Board in Munich, Germany, on Sunday.

AQT To Be Held In Hungary, Italy
Hungary and Italy will organise the two Additional Qualifying Tournaments of EuroBasket Women 2011 after a decision by the Board of FIBA Europe in Munich, Germany.
France To Host EuroBasket Women 2013
France were given the nod to organise EuroBasket Women 2013, after a unanimous decision to support the country's candidature was taken by the Board of FIBA Europe during its meeting in Munich, Sunday.
New FIBA Europe Website An Instant Favourite

The home of European basketball now looks better than ever!

The official website of FIBA Europe,, has undergone a major design overhaul and was re-launched on Tuesday featuring an aesthetically improved layout and more multimedia content.

Sixteenth-Finals Pairings Set

The EuroCup Women Preliminary Round wrapped up on Thursday, with Chevakata advancing to the Sixteenth-Finals as the top seed on a perfect 4-0 record.

The Russian side will now meet Lupa Promotion Zagreb from Croatia, the final team to slip into the last 32 of the competition without winning a game. 

Basketball For Everyone
The seventh consecutive Special Olympics European Basketball Week is well underway across the continent and early signs indicate it will be the most successful edition to date.
IWBF Europe Executive Council Autumn Meeting
IWBF Europe is widely considered one of the most proactive among the continental zones that make up the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, but last weekend was extremely hectic even by the standards of its busy Council Members.
FIBA Europe Finance Commission Meeting
The development and promotion of the sport of basketball throughout Europe are at the core of the FIBA Europe mission statement, but of course fulfilling these objectives would be impossible without effective financial administration.
FIBA Europe Inspect EuroBasket 2011 Progress

"If anyone needed further proof that EuroBasket 2011 will be an outstanding event, here he is" commented a delighted Nar Zanolin after his visit to Kaunas Arena on October 22nd.

The FIBA Europe Secretary General went on a site visit to inspect the progress of the preparations to EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania next September.

FIBA Europe Secretary General On Working Visit In Minsk

Last week FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin visited the Belorussian Basketball Federation in Minsk.

"I had the great opportunity to promote our wonderful sport among some of the most influential people in Belarus." He commented

Italy Withdraws From Bidding For EuroBasket 2013
The Basketball Federation of Italy, FIP, have officially informed FIBA Europe about the withdrawal of their bid for EuroBasket 2013.
Gasol Receives Player Of The Year Trophy

The spanish city of Barcelona was the venue of a high-profile pre-season exhibition game, Thursday, between FC Barcelona and the Los Angeles Lakers.

But those who came to watch the game witnessed another special moment as FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson honoured one of the best players in the World and 2010 FIBA Europe Player of the Year winner, Pau Gasol.

EuroBasket 2011 Additional Qualifying Draw Complete

Friday was a busy day at the FIBA Europe headquarters in Munich where the draws for the Additional Qualifying Tournament for both EuroBasket and EuroBasket Women 2011 took place.

Finland, Hungary and Portugal, who participate in the Men's tournament, were drawn in one group where they will play each other in home and away games, August 9-24, 2011.

FIBA Europe Present In ETS Brussels Meeting
The members of the Association of European Team Sports (ETS) had a full agenda when they met for one of their regular sessions in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday 5th October.

The discussion focused on papers related to the article 165 of the Lisbon Treaty, which stresses the significance of sport in Europe, recognises its specific nature and defines the promotion of sport as a European Community objective.
Eurobasket Women 2011 Draw on 11 December

FIBA Europe announced on Thursday that the draw for the Eurobasket Women 2011 will take place on Saturday 11 December 2010 in the Polish city of Lodz.

The President of the Polish Basketball Federation Roman Ludwiczuk invited delegations from the national federations whose teams have qualified for the Eurobasket Women 2011 to the draw proceedings at the city's Andels Hotel.

Italy, Slovenia Bid To Host EuroBasket 2013

With EuroBasket 2011 approaching fast, the decision of who gets to host the 2013 edition of Europe's most important Basketball event is also coming closer.

After the window for applications as a host country closed, FIBA Europe now announces the two candidates that filed their letters of interest.

System Of Competition Changed For Eurobasket Women 2013

FIBA Europe announced on Monday that, at a meeting in Istanbul the FIBA Europe Executive Committee, together with a majority of the FIBA Europe board members, decided to amend the system of competition for EuroBasket Women.

The EuroBasket Women Final Round will still be played with 16 teams in the future but the system of Qualification with Division A and B has been abolished.

Seven More Teams Get Direct EuroBasket Berth

Following the announcement that the EuroBasket 2011 will be played with 24 teams, FIBA Europe has determined the directly qualified teams as well as the system of additional qualification for next year's tournament.

In addition to the five teams that had already qualified to a 16-team EuroBasket, seven more teams already assured their ticket for Lithuania.

EuroBasket 2011 To Be Played With 24 Teams

FIBA Europe announces that the FIBA Europe Executive Committee approved the proposal made by the Lithuanian Basketball Federation to play the EuroBasket 2011 Final Round with 24, instead of 16 teams.

The Executive Committee was backed in its decision by a majority of the FIBA Europe Board Members, who were also present at the meeting in Istanbul.

Five Teams Book Ticket To EuroBasket 2011

With the Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2011 complete, Montenegro, Great Britain and Belgium have secured spots in the Final Round in Lithuania as the winners of their groups.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia and Israel also advanced to the Final Round of the event as the two best second place teams. The three teams placed second in their groups were ranked according to win/loss percentage and goal coefficient with the top two advancing to the final round of EuroBasket 2011.

Eight Teams Qualify For EuroBasket Women 2011

Croatia, Israel, Latvia and the Slovak Republic added their names on Saturday to the list of eight teams that will be making the trip to the EuroBasket Women 2011 Final Round in Poland.

Great Britain, Lithuania, Montenegro and Turkey had already secured qualification before the last group games of the Qualifying Round were played August 29.

FIBA Europe And ULEB Delegation Meet In Munich
FIBA Europe President Mr. Olafur Rafnsson and FIBA Europe Secretary General Mr. Nar Zanolin met Tuesday a delegation from ULEB (Union of European Leagues of Basketball), headed by President Eduardo Portela, at the FIBA Europe headquarters in Munich, Germany.

This meeting comes after Mr. Rafnsson´s election last June and the will on both sides to work jointly. The Leagues have expressed their points of view on the current situation of European basketball and have offered ideas to keep developing it.

EuroBasket 2011 Finals To Be Held In Kaunas

At a press conference held prior to the Bronze Medal Game of the OMNITEL U18 European Championship in Vilnius, Lithuania, representatives of FIBA Europe, the Lithuanian Government and the Lithuanian Basketball Federation invited media representatives to get an update on the preparations of EuroBasket 2011 in the six hosting cities.

For FIBA Europe, President Olafur Rafnsson and Secretary General Nar Zanolin were present to comment about the most recent visits to the different cities.

Lithuania Craze Sets New Attendance Record

August 1st 2010 will go down as a memorable day for European Basketball.

The Final of the OMNITEL U18 European Championship officially set a new attendance record for Youth Basketball games in Europe.

Rubio Receives Young Men's Player of the Year Trophy

On Wednesday Spain introduced to the public their national team who will compete in the FIBA World Championship in Turkey later this year and began by honoring one of Europe's brightest stars.

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin was on hand to present Ricky Rubio with the 2009 FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award.

FIBA Europe Launches New Look Omnitel U18 European Championship Website

FIBA Europe has launched the official website of the Omnitel U18 European Championship 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania in a new layout.

The website comes in a completely new design and is the first in a series of associated websites to be launched with the new look.
FIBA Europe and the sportsman sign TV rights deal for Youth Championships

FIBA Europe have reached an agreement with the sportsman media group for the distribution of TV rights for the 2010 U20 and U18 European Championships for Men, organised in Croatia and Lithuania respectively.

The Munich-based media rights agency have a wealth of experience in handling rights of major sports events, including the German football Bundesliga and the Volleyball and Handball Champions League.

Eurocup and EuroChallenge Qualifying Round and Regular Season Drawn

At the joint draw for FIBA Europe and Euroleague Basketball, held in Barcelona, the match-ups for Eurocup and EuroChallenge Qualifying Rounds, plus the Regular Season of EuroChallenge were determined.

The 16 teams playing for the last eight spots in the next edition of Eurocup went first. The eight teams falling short in the home and away games will go on to play in the EuroChallenge Regular Season.

FIBA Europe Announces EuroChallenge Participants

FIBA Europe has announced the list of participating teams for the Qualifying Round and Regular Season of the EuroChallenge 2010/2011 season.

Croatian side KK Zadar and Germany's Telekom Baskets Bonn are among 10 teams that will be drawn directly into the EuroChallenge's 32-team Regular Season.

FIBA Europe Introduces EuroLeague Women Logo

This year's EuroLeague Women Draw and General Assembly taking place in Munich, Germany at the weekend will mark a new era for a competition that has consistently proven to be the best of its kind in the world.

As the 2010-2011 season gets ready to kick off in October FIBA Europe have unveiled a new EuroLeague Women logo that's unique visuals combine both the competitions ultimate prize and the natural feminine qualities of its participants.

EuroLeague Women And EuroCup Women Draw Results

The 2010-11 women's club competition season officially opened on Saturday, July 03, with the draws for EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women being held in Munich, Germany.

Representatives of the clubs were on hand to witness the proceedings following the clubs' General Assembly during which the new EuroLeague Women logo was unveiled.

EuroCup Women Participants Announced

FIBA Europe announced today the participating teams for the upcoming EuroCup Women 2010-11 season.

Thirty eight European clubs have entered the competition which is scheduled to tip off on 28th October.

Teams For Eurocup And EuroChallenge Qualification Announced

On Thursday FIBA Europe and Euroleague Basketball announced the teams participating in the Qualifying Round for the 2011 Eurocup and EuroChallenge.

16 teams from 13 countries will play for the last eight positions in the 2011 Eurocup.

European Cup Season Kicks Off With Barcelona Draw

The first event of next year's European Cup season for men, the draws of the 2010-11 Euroleague, Eurocup and EuroChallenge, will be held in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday, July 8th.

The draws, which will be held at the Mediapro Auditorium, Imagina (Avenida Diagonal 177) may be followed live on and

EuroLeague Women 2011 Participants Announced

FIBA Europe has announced the list of participating teams for the EuroLeague Women season 2010/11.

According to the regulations, defending champions Spartak Moscow Region Vidnoje receive an automatic entry while 21 places and two wild cards are allocated on the basis of the ranking of the federations and of the clubs in the last three (3) seasons of European Cup Competitions.

Wisla, Mondeville Given EuroLeague Women Wild Card Entry

FIBA Europe announced today that the clubs of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland) and USO Mondeville (France) have been allocated the two Wild Cards available for the 2010/2011 EuroLeague Women season.

The decision was taken on the basis of the ranking of the clubs from the previous three (3) seasons.

EuroBasket Women 2011 Host Cities Announced

The organizers of EuroBasket Women 2011 in Poland have made official the three cities that will host the event, scheduled to run from 18 June to 3 July 2011.

Bydgoszcz and Katowice will host Preliminary and Qualifying Round games while the Final Round will be contested in Łódz.

Dates Announced For EuroBasket 2011

EuroBasket 2011 is still more than a year away but for many in Lithuania and across Europe the official countdown can start now as the organizers of the event released the official dates of the competition on Monday.

The tournament will run from 3-18 September.

FIBA Europe Board Expands EuroBasket Field

Basketball in Europe continued its upward growth on Sunday as the Board of FIBA Europe decided to expand the number of participating teams for EuroBasket 2013 from 16 to 24.  The change means the elimination of the Division A and B concept.

EuroBasket Women will continue with a 16 team field.

FIBA Europe Board Names Vice Presidents

The newly-elected Board of FIBA Europe on Sunday chose their Vice Presidents, Representatives to the Central Board of FIBA and Executive Committee members.

Board members Ingo Weiss of Germany, Cyriel Coomans of Belgium and John Goncalves of Gibraltar were all named Vice-Presidents of FIBA Europe.

Ten Countries Express Interest In Hosting 2013 EuroBaskets
Following the decision of the Board of FIBA Europe to open the bidding process for EuroBasket and EuroBasket Women 2013, ten National Federations have expressed a written interest in staging the events.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Slovenia have brought forward a potential candidature for the EuroBasket.

FIBA Europe Mourns Passing Of Lejade

It is with great sadness that FIBA Europe and the basketball community have learned of the passing of FIBA Europe Honorary Member Bernard Lejade of France at the age of 85.

Lejade had a basketball career spanning decades, including roles in nearly every aspect of the game, from referee and coach to FIBA Commissioner.

Rafnsson Elected FIBA Europe President

Representatives of FIBA Europe's 51 member federations, attending the 2010 General Assembly in Munich on Saturday, elected Mr. Olafur Rafnsson of Iceland as their new President.

Rafnsson defeated Turgay Demirel of Turkey, the only other candidate, by garnering 32 of 51 votes.

FIBA Europe Nominate Mainini For FIBA Presidency

At the FIBA Europe General Assembly on Saturday in Munich, Germany representatives of the 51 member federations chose Yvan Mainini of France as their nominee to become the next President of FIBA.

According to the principle of rotation current FIBA President Bob Elphinston of Australia, whose term expires this year, must be replaced by a representative from Europe.

ETS Official Website Goes Live
The official website of the Association of European Team Sports (ETS), of which FIBA Europe is a founding member, has gone live at

The main objectives of ETS are to represent and promote the interests of European team sports and to discuss questions concerning team sport in Europe.

Molten Ball Winners Announced

The names of ten lucky basketball fans who won Molten basketballs, were announced by FIBA Europe.

The winners were picked among the 15,000 voters who cast their ballot online for the FIBA Europe Player of the Year awards 2009.

Göttingen To Host EuroChallenge Final Four31.03.2010
Ros Casares To Host EuroLeague Women Final Four08.03.2010
APOEL Nicosia Disciplined04.03.2010
European Team Sports Enhance Ties In Munich Meeting 23.02.2010
Stakeholders Meet on “Racism and Ethnic Discrimination in Sport”22.02.2010
Vassilakopoulos And Stern Meet In Dallas15.02.2010
Gasol Named FIBA Europe Player Of The Year15.02.2010
Gruda Named FIBA Europe Women's Player Of The Year12.02.2010
Third Time's A Charm For Rubio10.02.2010
Horakova To Replace Hammon In All Star Game10.02.2010
Torrens Named Young Women's Player Of The Year08.02.2010
EuroLeague Women All-Star Game Subs Announced03.02.2010
EuroLeague Women All-Star Game Starters Announced01.02.2010
Player Of The Year Announcements Begin Next Week01.02.2010
Lithuania On Schedule For EuroBasket 201125.01.2010
FIBA Europe President Addresses Draw16.01.2010
EuroBasket Men And Women 2011 Qualifying Round Draws Complete16.01.2010
2010 Youth Competitions Draw Complete16.01.2010