PRESS RELEASES 2007
A record 223 teams from 50 national federations have entered the FIBA Europe Youth competitions for 2008.
The dates of the FIBA Europe Youth Championships for the coming year were decided during the Central Board meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, November 10-11.
The leading European team sports today welcomed a new initiative by the European Affairs Ministers of the Netherlands and France which aims to provide greater legal security for sport in Europe.
Mr Frans Timmermans and Monsieur Jean-Pierre Jouyet, respectively the Dutch and French Ministers responsible for EU matters, have authored a Memorandum in which they outline their concerns regarding the lack of legal clarity in relation to key issues concerning sport, in particular, team sport in Europe.
The standard of referees' officiating in this year's EuroBasket 2007 and EuroBasket Women 2007 was one of the highest so far in a major tournament, according to FIBA's Technical Director Lubomir Kotleba who believes that European basketball referees are becoming professional in their attitude.
The feedback from the EuroBasket referees who were asked to evaluate the technology and the level of competition suggests likewise.
There are few areas of the world of sports where high technology has not found a home in the last decade.
At EuroBasket 2007 fans have enjoyed live scoring, streaming video and other features that make watching games more and more of an interactive experience.
As the qualifying round of EuroBasket wraps up in Madrid this might be a good time to remind people exactly what is on the line these next three days.
Eight teams will continue on to the Quarterfinals, which begin in Thursday, and no doubt all of them dream of a spot on the podium Sunday night but they also understand that there is more on the line then just that, like a ticket to Beijing and the 2008 Olympics.
For the first time FIBA Europe has incorporated a tournament clinic for referees nominated to EuroBasket.
The first phase of the clinic started in Menorca during the three days of the Additional Qualifying Tournament, and continued in each of the cities for the preliminary round, under the guidance of four instructors at each venue.
FIBA Europe is pleased to announce that EuroBasket 2007 can be followed wherever and whenever you want via your mobile telephone.
The mobile feature, which is being provided in cooperation with FIBA and Nokia, will allow users to access the latest scores, stories, interviews, features and statistics of the tournament.
FIBA Europe and MediaZone, a leading global online broadcaster of licensed video and audio content, today announced their strategic partnership to offer LIVE online coverage of all EuroBasket 2007 and EuroBasket Women's games over the internet.
With a European Championship and Olympic qualification on the line, these hard-fought, passionate basketball tournaments will feature some of the world's best players including NBA stars Tony Parker, Mehmet Okur, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Andrei Kirilenko as well as European league stars such as Marco Belinelli and Rudy Fernandez.
The draw to decide the order of games in the Additional Qualifying Tournament (AQT) for EuroBasket 2007 and the Relegation Tournament took place in the headquarters of FIBA Europe in Munich, Germany on Monday.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia and Israel have qualified for the AQT in Menorca, Spain, August 29-31. Denmark, Hungary and Sweden are all involved in the Relegation Tournament which also tips off August 29 in the same place.
The draws for FIBA Europe's 2007/2008 club competition season were conducted this morning at the Kempinski Hotel in Munich, Germany.
A total of 115 clubs will be participating in the EuroCup, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women.