Liga Națională (men's basketball)

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Liga Națională
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 Divizia A
Romanian Basketball Federation logo.jpg
Official Liga Națională logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 1950
Commissioner Carmen Tocală
No. of teams 16
Country  Romania
Continent European Union
FIBA Europe
Most recent champion(s) Asesoft Ploieşti
Most titles Dinamo Bucureşti
(22 titles)
TV partner(s) Digi Sport
TVR
Official website frbaschet.ro (Romanian)

The Liga Națională is the top-tier professional basketball league of Romania. There are 16 teams in men's Liga Națională.

The regular season begins in October and is played over a normal round-robin home-and-away basis. The first eight clubs qualify for the play-offs. The play-offs are played using the knock-out format. The quarter-finals and semifinals use "best of five" series, while the final is played using a "best of seven" series. The last two teams following the regular season are automatically relegated to the Division B.

History[edit]

The championship was founded in 1950. The most successful club is Dinamo Bucureşti with 22 titles, followed closely by Steaua Bucureşti with 21. But in recent years Asesoft Ploieşti is the best team in the country, winning the championship seven times in a row from 2004–10 and again in 2012–2014. Asesoft is the only Romanian team who won a European competition, namely the FIBA EuroCup Challenge, in 2005.

Notable Liga Națională players[edit]

Romanian basketball had a bright past with three of its former players being inducted in the European Basketball Hall of Fame, as a recognition for their careers. They are:

  • Antonio Alexe – Played all his career in the Romanian and Hungarian basketball leagues. Became Romanian champion three times, twice with CSU Asesoft and once with West Petrom Arad, before dying in a tragic car accident, in 2005.

2012–13 play-offs[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, the first eight teams qualify for the play-off and the last eight teams qualify for the play-out. In the play-offs, the teams play by the "best of five" system in the first two rounds, and by the "best of seven" in the finals. For the third place, CSM Oradea won 2–1 against Gaz Metan Mediaş in the "best of three" system.

2012–13 play-off tree[edit]

  Quarter finals (best of 5) Semi finals (best of 5) Finals (best of 7)
                           
  1  BC Mures 3  
8  CSM Bucuresti 1  
  1  BC Mures 3  
    5  Gaz Metan Mediaş 0  
4  SCM U Craiova 0
  5  Gaz Metan Mediaş 3  
    1  BC Mures 2
  3  Asesoft Ploieşti 4
  3  Asesoft Ploieşti 3  
6  BC Timişoara 0  
2  CSM Oradea 1
    3  Asesoft Ploieşti 3  
2  CSM Oradea 3
  7  U Cluj 0  

Teams for 2012–13 season[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
BC Mures Târgu Mureş Sala Sporturilor Târgu Mureş 2000
CS Dinamo București Bucureşti Arena de Baschet 300
Asesoft Ploieşti Ploieşti Olimpia Sports Hall 3500
Gaz Metan Mediaş Mediaş Sala Sporturilor Mediaş 461
U Cluj Cluj Napoca Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian 2525
Farul Constanţa Constanţa Sala Sporturilor Constanţa 1500
BC Argeş Piteşti Piteşti Sala Sporturilor Trivale 2000
BC Timişoara Timişoara Constantin Jude Hall 2200
SCM Universitatea Craiova Craiova Sala Sporturilor Craiova 4215
CSM Oradea Oradea Arena Antonio Alexe 2000
CSU Atlassib Sibiu Sibiu Sala Transilvania 3000
BC Miercurea Ciuc Miercurea Ciuc Sala Sporturilor Miercurea Ciuc 600
CSS Giurgiu Giurgiu Sala Sporturilor Giugiu 300
Timba Timişoara Timişoara Constantin Jude Hall 2200
Energia Rovinari Târgu Jiu Sala Sporturilor Târgu Jiu 1500

2013–14 season preview[edit]

The 2013–14 season has only 14 teams after CSS Giurgiu give up his place and CSM Bucuresti merge with new promoted team Steaua Bucharest resulting Steaua CSM Exim Bank Bucharest. Because of this situation no team will be relegated at the end of the season. Regarding the international competition CS Gaz Metan Medias, BC Mures and CSM Oradea will play in EuroChallenge Cup, and CSU Ploiesti will play in EuroCup.

2013–14 play-off tree[edit]

  Quarter finals (best of 5) Semi finals (best of 5) Finals (best of 5)
                           
  1  CSU Asesoft Ploiești 3  
8  CS Energia Rovinari 0  
  1  CSU Asesoft Ploiești 3  
    5  U Mobitelco Cluj 2  
4  CSU Sibiu 2
  5  U Mobitelco Cluj 3  
    1  CSU Asesoft Ploiești 3
  3  CSM Oradea 2
  3  BC Mureș 3  
6  CSU Pitești 1  
2  CSM Oradea 3
    3  BC Mureș 0  
2  CSM Oradea 3
  7  SCM U Craiova 0  


Teams for 2013–14 season[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
BC Mures Târgu Mureş Sala Sporturilor Târgu Mureş 2000
CSA Steaua București Bucureşti Sala Mihai Viteazu 300
Asesoft Ploieşti Ploieşti Olimpia Sports Hall 3500
Gaz Metan Mediaş Mediaş Sala Sporturilor Mediaş 461
U Cluj Cluj Napoca Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian 2525
Farul Constanţa Constanţa Sala Sporturilor Constanţa 1500
BC Argeş Piteşti Piteşti Sala Sporturilor Trivale 2000
BC Timişoara Timişoara Constantin Jude Hall 2200
SCM Universitatea Craiova Craiova Sala Sporturilor Craiova 4215
CSM Oradea Oradea Arena Antonio Alexe 2000
CSU Atlassib Sibiu Sibiu Sala Transilvania 3000
CS Concordia Chiajna Chiajna Sala Sporturilor Chiajna 600
Timba Timişoara Timişoara Constantin Jude Hall 2200
Energia Rovinari Târgu Jiu Sala Sporturilor Târgu Jiu 1500

Titles[edit]

Club Titles
Dinamo Bucureşti 22
Steaua Bucureşti 21
Asesoft Ploieşti 10
Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 4
Metalul București 2
Petrom Arad 2
CSU Sibiu 2
CSU Piteşti 1

See also[edit]

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