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 1932
Commissioner Horia Păun
No. of teams 13
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 13 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, semifinals and finals use "best of five" series since 2014. The last two teams following the regular season are automatically relegated to the Division B.

History[edit]

The championship was founded in 1932. 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 Asesoft Ploiești and once with West Petrom Arad, before dying in a tragic car accident, in 2005.

Curent season preview[edit]

The 2014–15 season has only 13 teams after Farul Constanţa, Știința București and CS Concordia Chiajna give up their place . Because of this situation one team will not play in every stage. Regarding the international competition Energia Rovinari, U BT Clujand CSM Oradea will play in EuroChallenge Cup, and Asesoft Ploieşti will play in EuroCup.

Curent season teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
BC Mures Târgu Mureș Sala Sporturilor Târgu Mureş 2000
CSA Steaua București București Sala Mihai Viteazu 300
Asesoft Ploiești Ploiești Olimpia Sports Hall 3500
Gaz Metan Mediaș Mediaș Sala Sporturilor Mediaș 461
U BT Cluj Cluj Napoca Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian 2525
BC Argeș Pitești Pitești Sala Sporturilor Trivale 2000
BC Timișoara Timișoara 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
Timba Timișoara Timișoara Constantin Jude Hall 2200
Energia Rovinari Târgu Jiu Sala Sporturilor Târgu Jiu 1500
Universitatea Cluj Cluj Napoca Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian 2525

Titles[edit]

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


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