When it comes to the basketball battle of the sexes, it is the women who reign supreme over the men in Romania. Encouragingly for fans of the female game, it isn't just at senior level, with the Federation also encouraged and excited by last years results at youth level.
While the senior team will once again have the opportunity of staking their claim for a place at Eurobasket Women in the summer, the U20 Women also now find themselves in Division A having gained promotion last year thanks mainly to the exciting trio of Claudia Pop, Ramona Tarta and Elisabeth Pavel.
When Sonia Ursu steps out for co-hosts Romania at EuroBasket Women 2015, she will draw great strength from her past experiences and her decision to put family first.
Henk Norel last played for Netherlands in the summer of 2012, during the qualification campaign for EuroBasket in Slovenia, a few months before suffering the second serious knee injury in his career.
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For the second time in two years, talented Latvian Davis Bertans has torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee and is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six months.
On paper, it is not prudent for a fan to get excited over the prospect of uniting a frontcourt duo which has previously played together only on one occasion.
Fresh from delivering the German Cup for TSV 1880 Wasserburg, Bastian Wernthaler has been installed for a second stint at the helm of the German senior women's team.
Maximilian Kleber has taken another giant step towards joining the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Dennis Schröder or Tibor Pleiss as a bright ambassador of German basketball abroad.
Sport Lisboa Benfica defended their Portuguese Cup (Taça de Portugal) title in memorable fashion on Sunday night, as they won the big final of the competition after double overtime.
Player of the year
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.
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.