Albanian Basketball League

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Albanian Basketball League
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Country Albania Albania
Confederation FIBA
Founded 1946
Divisions A1 League and B2 League
Number of teams 12 ( six per division )
Levels on pyramid 1-2
Current champions BC Vllaznia
TV partners TVSH and Supersport (highlights)
Website http://www.fshb.al
Albanian Basketball League 2014-15

The Albanian Basketball League is a league competition featuring professional basketball clubs from Albania. It was founded in 1946 from the Albanian Basketball Association, several days after the latter was formed. It is the top level basketball league in Albanian from its foundation. The team with the most championships is B.C. Partizani Tirana with 33 championships.[1][2]

The Albanian Basketball League consists of 12 professional basketball clubs in Albania and it's one of the oldest basketball competition in the Balkans having started in 1946. The sport rapidly grew in Albania and by the 70s almost every city and town had its own basketball club and basketball field. After communism fell many of the basketball clubs folded as many players left the country to play for foreign teams. The basketball attendance decreased and the popularity of this sport fell down worryingly. However, after 1993 basketball rose up again with many cities re-establishing their teams. Now in Albania there are twelve professional teams while there are plenty of amateur teams ready to enter the league.

Competition[edit]

The members of the Albanian Basketball League are grouped in two divisions: A1 League and B2 League. Each division has six teams and they have to play four times against each other in two different phases during the regular season. In every phase a club plays each of the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents. This makes a total of 20 games played per season in the regular season.

After the regular season ends the top four clubs qualify for the play-offs, where the team placed first faces the one placed fourth while the second and the third placed teams play each other. From these encounters qualifies the team that gets first two victories while games are played once home, once away until the two victories are reached. The teams that win their encounters qualify for the finals which are played in the clubs respective grounds, the game will once be played home and once away, dependng on the draw. The team that gets first the three victories is crowned as champion.

Clubs that win get two points that the ones that lose get one point. At the end of the regular season the bottom two clubs miss the play-offs. The bottom club gets relegated while the fifth placed club will play the second placed of the B2 League. The team that wins the play-out has the right to play in A1 League.

Winners[edit]

Season Champion
1946 17 Nëntori
1947 Ylli Kuq Durrës
1948 17 Nëntori
1949 17 Nëntori
1950 17 Nëntori
1951 Partizani Tirana
1952 Partizani Tirana
1953 Partizani Tirana
1954 Partizani Tirana
1955 BC Durrës
1956 Partizani Tirana
1957 PBC Tirana
1958 Partizani Tirana
1959 Partizani Tirana
1960 Partizani Tirana
1961 17 Nëntori
1962 17 Nëntori
1963 17 Nëntori
1964 Partizani Tirana
1965 17 Nëntori
1967 BC Vllaznia
1968 Partizani Tirana(*)
1969 Partizani Tirana
1970 Partizani Tirana
1971 17 Nëntori(*)
1972 Partizani Tirana
1973 Partizani Tirana
1974 Partizani Tirana
1975 Partizani Tirana
1976 Partizani Tirana
1977 Partizani Tirana
1978 Partizani Tirana
1979 Partizani Tirana(**)
1980 Partizani Tirana
1981 Partizani Tirana
1982 Partizani Tirana
1983 Partizani Tirana
1984 Partizani Tirana
1985 Partizani Tirana
1986 Partizani Tirana
1987 Partizani Tirana
1988 Partizani Tirana
1989 Partizani Tirana(***)
1990 BC Vllaznia
1991 Partizani Tirana
1992 Partizani Tirana
1993 BC Vllaznia
1994 BC Adelin Pogradec
1995 BC Dinamo Tirana
1996 Partizani Tirana
1997 BC Vllaznia
1998 BC Vllaznia
1999 PBC Tirana
2000 BC Vllaznia
2001 PBC Tirana
2002 PBC Tirana
2003 BC Valbona
2004 BC Valbona
2005 BC Valbona
2006 BC Valbona
2007 BC Valbona
2008 PBC Tirana
2009 PBC Tirana
2010 PBC Tirana
2011 PBC Tirana
2012 PBC Tirana
2013 BC Kamza Basket
2014 BC Vllaznia

Ranking[edit]

Club Championships
B.C. Partizani Tirana 33
PBC Tirana 18
BC Vllaznia 7
BC Valbona 5
BC Durrës 2
BC Adelin Pogradec 1
BC Dinamo Tirana 1
BC Kamza Basket 1

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