Albanian Basketball League

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Albanian Basketball League (ABL)
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 Albanian Basketball League season
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The FSHB logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 1946
CEO Avni Ponari
Divisions Superliga and First Division
No. of teams 12
Country  Albania
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) BC Vllaznia (7th title)
Most titles BC Partizani Tirana
(33 titles)
TV partner(s) TVSH and Supersport (highlights)
Related competitions Albanian Cup
Albanian Supercup
Level on pyramid 1st and 2nd
Official website www.FSHB.com

The Albanian Basketball League is the men's professional basketball league in Albania. It was founded in 1946 shortly after the formation of the Albanian Basketball Association and is now divided into two divisions, the Superliga and First Division, consisting of 12 teams each. The team with the most championships is BC Partizani Tirana who have won 33 championships in total, but none since 1996.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Albanian Basketball League is the one of the oldest continuing basketball competitions in the region of the Balkans, having started in 1946. The league was formed less than two years after the Communist Party of Albania gained control of the country, and the sport gradually grew in popularity over the years before experiencing a rapid rise in popularity in the 1970s, leading to most cities and towns in Albania forming their own basketball clubs and building basketball grounds. Following the fall of communism in 1991 many basketball clubs were forced to fold due to lack of any investment, which led to the decline in the popularity of the sport as a whole in the country. However, since 1993 there has been some re-establishment of the folded teams as private investment along with some state funded has allowed teams to continue functioning.

Competition[edit]

The Albanian Basketball League consists of 12 teams, grouped evenly into two divisions, the Superliga and First Division. As each group contains 6 teams, they play each other four times in two separate phases during the regular season, once at home and once away in each phase. This means each team plays 20 games each during the regular season. A win in the regular season is worth two points and a loss is worth one point. At the end of the regular season the bottom two sides miss out on the play-offs, while the bottom club gets relegated from the Superliga to the First Division, the fifth placed side has to compete for a place in the Superliga against the second ranked team in the First Division.

Following the end of the regular season, the top four teams qualify for he play-offs, where the team which finished first plays the team which finished fourth while the second and third ranked teams play against each other. A winner is decided in the play-offs once a team has reached two victories, and they take it in turns to play at home until the two victories are reached. The finals is played between the two winners of the Superliga play-offs, with each team taking it in turns to play at home until one side has reached three victories.

Current teams[edit]

Albanian Basketball League
Team City Arena Founded Colours Head coach
BC Apolonia Fier Fier Sports Palace
1925
          Astrit Greva
PBC Flamurtari Vlorë Vlorë Sports Palace
1924
          Viron Toska
BC Kamza Basket Kamëz Bathorë Sports Hall
1962
          Adem Muhametaj
BC Partizani Tirana Tiranë Asllan Rusi Sports Palace
1945
          Arben Fagu
PBC Tirana Tiranë Asllan Rusi Sports Palace
1982
          Bujar Shehu
BC Vllaznia Shkodër Qazim Dërvishi Sports Palace
1919
          Bledar Gjeçaj

Winners[edit]

Key
(*)
The team wins it 10th title
(**)
The team wins it 20th title
(***)
The team wins it 30th title

All–time champions[edit]

Team Titles Years Won
BC Partizani Tirana 33 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977,
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996
PBC Tirana 18 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
BC Vllaznia 7 1967, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2014
BC Kamza Basket 6 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
BC Durrës 1 1947, 1955
BC Adelin Pogradec 1 1994
BC Dinamo Tirana 1 1995

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