Federation Focus: Bosnia & Herzegovina

07 January 2013

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Kosarkaski Savez Bosne i Herzegovine/KS BiH) was founded in 1950 and was a part of the Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia up until the country's independency in 1992, being affiliated with FIBA one year later. Based in the capital city Sarajevo, the Federation is responsible for the organisation, development and promotion of basketball in Bosnia and Herzegovina, organising amongst other the men's and women's league as well as the men's and women's national cup.

Last summer Bosnia and Herzegovina won Qualification Round Group D to book their spot at EuroBasket 2013

The senior national teams of Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated their debuts on international stage in 1993, with the women's team clinching the title at the Mediterranean Games in France and the men finishing eighth at the European Championship in Germany. Up to date the women have participated in two EuroBasket Women Final Rounds, in 1997 and 1999, while the men took part in seven EuroBasket Final Rounds. Led by their star player Mirza Teletovic, the team secured six wins in eight games in the Qualification Round last summer to make sure Bosnia and Herzegovina will as well be represented at EuroBasket 2013.

2012 also brought a gold medal at youth level, as hosts Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched first place at the U18 European Championship Men Division B. There was joy in Sarajevo, as the home team downed the Czech Republic in the Final to earn promotion to Division A in style. Jusuf Nurkic, who averaged a double-double of 19.4 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, was named MVP of the tournament, with team-mate Adin Vrabac joining him on the All Tournament Team.

The recent success stands in the rich tradition of basketball in the Balkan country. In the past Bosnia and Herzegovina has produced great basketball players like Mirza Delibasic and Zarko Varajic who played important roles on the Yugoslav national team. In fact, KK Bosna Sarajevo was the first club from Yugoslavia to lift the Euroleague trophy. Facing favourites Varese in the 1979 final, Bosna could rely on their sharpshooters, as Varajic and Delibasic combined for 75 points to lead their side to a 96-93 victory and the club's only international title. Ten years later, Jedinstvo-Aida Tuzla followed their example, as they won the EuroLeague Women title, being the first and only team from Bosnia and Herzegovina to accomplish this feat.

 

STATS & FACTS

Date of foundation: 03 April 1950
President: Miro Gugic
Secretary General: Harun Mahmutovic
Homepage: www.basket.ba

Registered players:
- U18 Men: 1,309
- U18 Women: 348
- Senior Men: 2,725
- Senior Women: 446
Registered clubs: 229
Registered coaches: 345

 

NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

2011 U16 European Championship Men Division B: 3rd place
2012 U18 European Championship Men Division B: 1st place

Bosnia and Herzegovina players celebrating
Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate after winning the title at last year's U18 European Championship Division B


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