Federation Focus: Denmark

05 March 2013

The history of basketball in Denmark dates back to 1946, when the sport was first introduced by American soldiers. The Danish Basketball Association (Danmarks Basketball Forbund/DBBF) was founded in the same year, finally affiliating with FIBA in 1951.

Today the DBBF headquarters are located in Brondby, with the association taking care of the development and organisation of basketball in the country, including national teams, the professional basketball leagues as well as youth and 3on3 basketball.

DBBF organises youth tournaments on a regular basis, providing an understanding for the game of basketball while promoting social skills. The tournament formats and rules are customised for the different age groups (U8, U10, U12, U14), focussing on basic skills, fun and fair play.

The association is looking to promote basketball on all levels, investing amongst others in the development of women's basketball. The Birgitte Melbye fund, named after and installed by the former Secretary General, provides financial support for female players, coaches, referees and women's clubs. The prize money is awarded on a yearly basis.

Gold Medalist - Denmark
Denmark clinched the title at the European Championship for Small Countries in 2010, winning all five of their games

Danish basketball recorded remarkable results in recent years, with both the U16 and U18 men's national team clinching promotion, competing in their first ever Division A tournament in 2010 and 2012, respectively. The men's senior national team will return to the big stage in 2013 and take part in the first Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2015. It will be the first appearance in an official competition since winning the European Championship for Small Countries in 2010.

Denmark's men first debuted in international competition at the European Championship in 1951. The Scandinavian country was known as a handball nation back in the day and was still finding its feet as a basketball nation. Estonian coach Peepu and his players were facing basketball giants like the Soviet Union for the first time and left France as the 14th ranked team out of 18 participating teams and a lot of experience.



Year of foundation: 1946
President: Michael Honore Bloch
Secretary General: Rasmus Winkel

Registered players:
- U18 Men: 8.232
- U18 Women: 2.133
- Senior Men: 3.355
- Senior Women: 1.205
Registered clubs: 120



2009 U16 European Championship Men Division B in Portugal: 2nd place
2010 European Championship Men Division C in Malta: 1st place
2011 U18 European Championship Men Division B in Bulgaria: 2nd place



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