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FIBA Europe Review 2005

2005 has been an intensely busy period for FIBA Europe:

• 198 National Youth teams
• 39 National Men teams
• 33 National Women teams
• Total of 270 National teams from
• 48 countries which participated in
• 16 European Championships and played
• 934 official FIBA Europe games between July and September
• as well as:

FIBA Europe Meets with the European Union Commissioner

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos (left in picture) and Secretary General Nar Zanolin (right in picture) met for the second time with the European Union’s Commissioner for Sport and Education, Mr. Jan Figel on Monday in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The focus of the talks was for the European Union to recognise that sport is a “social expression” with a specific role in society.

FIBA Europe 2006 National Team Competition Calendar Set

FIBA Europe will run 22 national team competitions in 2006, ranging from U16 to senior team qualifiers for EuroBasket 2007 Men and Women.

Following the distribution of the four World Championship wildcards by FIBA at the Central Board meeting on 28th November, FIBA Europe has now finalised the 2006 national team calendar.

EuroLeague Women All Star Day 2006 Set For March

FIBA Europe officially announced today the EuroLeague Women All Star Game 2006, a new date in the European basketball calendar.

The All Star Game will take place on 8th March, 2006 and will be hosted by Hungarian EuroLeague Women club MiZo Pécs.

FIBA Europe continues to support Special Olympics European Basketball Week

FIBA Europe will support Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) for the second consecutive year during the Special Olympics European Basketball Week to be held 26 November- 4 December, 2005 across the region. 

Special Olympics will be organizing basketball activities during the week throughout the region – tournaments, clinics, exhibition matches – and involve 10,000 children and adults and male and female players with intellectual disabilities in 30 countries.

FIBA Europe Secretary General Opens Lemesos Arena

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin was in Cyprus on Wednesday where he officially opened EuroCup side EKA AEL Lemesos' brand new arena.

Lemesos opened their tenure at the 2,500 capacity Nikos Solomonides Arena (named after a former president of the club) in style, beating Estonian side BC Kalev 67-49 in the EuroCup.

FIBA Europe Conducts Youth Basketball Conference

FIBA Europe conducted a conference at the weekend in Vierumaki, Finland to discuss the future of youth basketball and specifically the U14 age category.

The conference was attended by Secretary General Nar Zanolin, Sports Director Kosta Iliev, Youth Commission President Asterios Zois and held in co-ordination with the FIBA Europe Youth Commission.

FIBA Europe Mourns Loss

FIBA Europe would like to offer its deepest condolences to FIBA Secretary General Emeritus Mr. Borislav Stankovic whose wife, Mimica, passed away after a long illness on Monday in Belgrade.

Mr. Stankovic has devoted his life to FIBA and the support of his family has been a pillar in many of his extraordinary achievements in basketball.

Foundation Launches Fifth Biennial Basketball In The Arts Contest

The Pedro Ferrandiz Foundation has announced the dates for the fifth biennial basketball in the fine arts competition.

The competition is judged in two categories, sculpture and painting. The winning entries will be displayed at the foundation, in Alcobendas, Spain, from April to June 2006.

FIBA Europe 2005/2006 Club Competitions Line-Up

The line-up for the 2005/2006 FIBA Europe club competition season is now complete.

The draw for the EuroCup, EuroCup Challenge, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women will take place on Sunday, 3rd July 2005 in Munich, Germany. The results of the draw will be broadcast live online starting at 10:00 on Sunday.

Souvré Receives French Honour

FIBA Europe Properties Managing Director Yannick Souvré has been awarded the prestigious Légion D'Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac.

The ceremony took place at the Elysee Palace on Monday 27th June 2005 where a total of 12 people received the award.

2005/2006 EuroLeague Women Line-Up Complete

The 2005/2006 EuroLeague Women is set, following a meeting of the FIBA Europe Competitions Commission and Executive Committe in Munich on 27th June.

Due to the strong request for wildcards, it was decided to increase the number of competitors from 16 to 18 clubs.

Club Competition Calendar Set For 2005/2006

The calendar and system of competition for the 2005/2006 European club competition is complete.

Registration for all competitions will take place via the National Federations in June and the draw will be held on 3rd July 2005 in Munich.

General Assembly Meets In Slovenia

The General Assembly of FIBA Europe 2005 met in Portorose, Slovenia on 20th – 22nd May.

A total of 123 delegates attended the General Assembly, representing 47 of FIBA Europe’s 50 National Federations.

FIBA Europe Meets European Union

FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos and Executive Director Mr. Nar Zanolin met yesterday in Bratislava, Slovak Republic with the European Union’s Commissioner for Sport and Education, Mr. Jan Figel.

The main topic on the agenda was the proposed European constitution and its legislation over sport.

FIBA Europe Cup Women Final Four Pope Tribute

The 4 teams at the FIBA Europe Cup Women Final Four in Naples, Italy paid homage to Pope John Paul II in a ceremony at today’s final.

All 48 players took to the court for a common prayer in memory of the Pope who passed away on Saturday.

FIBA Europe Final Fours Determined
FIBA Europe announced today the venues for the upcoming Final Fours for the FIBA Europe League and EuroLeague Women. The events have been awarded to Kiev (Ukraine) and Samara (Russia) respectively.
FIBA Europe Board Meets in Budapest, Hungary

The FIBA Europe Board met in Budapest, Hungary this weekend for its 9th meeting of the 2002 – 2006 term of office.

As well as the 25 Board members, the meeting was attended by FIBA Secretary General Mr. Patrick Baumann and FIBA Secretary General Emeritus Mr. Borislav Stankovic.

FIBA Europe 2005 Youth Events Finalised
Following the draw for all of FIBA Europe’s 2005 youth championships in Prague, Czech Republic, the schedule for each competition is now available.
FIBA Europe Youth Draws Set For Weekend

FIBA Europe will conduct the draws for all 2005 youth competitions on Saturday 12th February in Prague, Czech Republic.

Over 200 teams have registered for the 14 official competitions which will take place in 13 different countries.

FIBA Europe Executive Committee & Competitions Commission Meets

The FIBA Europe Club Competitions Commission and Executive Committee met on Monday in Munich, Germany.

Among the topics on the agenda were a proposed date change to Eurobasket 2005 and FIBA Europe’s 2005/2006 club competitions.

Eurobasket Women 2005 Draw Set For Friday

The Eurobasket Women 2005 draw will take place this Friday at the Polat Renaissance Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.

The draw can be followed live on and starts at 11:30 (local time).

Vassilakopoulos Speaks Out On ULEB and NBA Agreements

FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos and Executive Director Mr. Nar Zanolin met the media in Spain last week as guests of the Pedro Ferrandiz Foundation in Madrid.

Mr. Vassilakopoulos touched on several subjects in his address, including relations with ULEB and the NBA.

Lithuania Confirmed As Eurobasket 2011 Hosts

After 72 years, the European Championship is returning to Lithuania. Lithuania won the right to host the 2011 European Championship for Men at the meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe in November.

On Friday in Vilnius FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos and President of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LBF) Mr. Vladas Garastas signed the agreement, which granted the rights to host Eurobasket 2011 to the Lithuanian federation.

Eurobasket 2005 Draw Set For Weekend

The Eurobasket 2005 draw will take place at 13:00 on Saturday 15th January, 2005 at the SAVA Center in Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro.

The 15 teams that have so far qualified for Eurobasket are seeded as follows:

Wheelchair Basketball: Logo Goldcup Revealed - Official Website Online
The Netherlands Basketball Federation (NBB) today revealed the official logo of the World Championships Wheelchair Basketball, the Goldcup 2006. This major event will be held from July 3rd -16th, 2006 in Amsterdam will be organized by the NBB. The logo was designed by Mr. Roy van Balen, member of the Netherlands wheelchair basketball team and possible participant in the Goldcup 2006.