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EuroBasket
Current season, competition or edition:
FIBA EuroBasket 2015
FIBA Europe.svg
Logo FIBA Europe
Sport Basketball
Founded 1935
Inaugural season 1935
No. of teams 24
Countries European Union FIBA Europe member associations
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s)  France (1st title)
Most titles  Soviet Union (14 titles)
Related competitions FIBA European Championship for Small Countries
Official website www.FIBAEurope.com
www.EuroBasket2013.org

EuroBasket, previously referred to as the European Basketball Championship, is the main basketball competition contested biennially by the men's national teams governed by FIBA Europe, the European zone within the International Basketball Federation. The championship was first held in 1935 and has been regularly contested every two years since 1947; starting in 2017, it will change to a four-year cycle.[1] Through 2017, it also alternates between serving as a qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympic Games and the FIBA Basketball World Cup. The most successful nation is the now defunct Soviet Union with fourteen titles, while Spain were the 2009 and 2011 champions. France are the reigning champions, having won FIBA EuroBasket 2013.

Qualification[edit]

24 European teams take part in the final competition. The qualification format that existed until FIBA EuroBasket 2011 permitted 16 teams to compete. Eight spots were determined by the host nation and the top seven finishers of the previous EuroBasket. The remaining Division A teams compete in a qualification tournament. There, they were divided into four groups. Each group played a double round-robin. The top team in each group qualified for EuroBasket. The best three of the four runners-up also qualified.

Of the ten teams that did not qualify in the qualification tournament, the six best got another chance in the additional qualification round. The remaining four competed in a relegation round, with two being sent to Division B for the next qualification cycle (and replaced by the two best teams from Division B).

The final spot was determined by the additional qualifying round. The six teams were divided into two groups of three, with each group playing a double round-robin. The top team in each group played in the final against the other group's top team; the winner of that game received the final EuroBasket qualification spot.

Competition format[edit]

EuroBasket has used a number of different formats, ranging from the simple round-robin used in 1939 to the three-stage tournament currently in use.

The current format begins with a preliminary round. The twenty-four qualified teams are placed into four groups of six, and each group plays a round-robin tournament. The top three teams in each group (12 overall) advance to the qualifying round. The two groups of six in the qualifying round are each a combination of two preliminary round groups: Preliminary Groups A and B form Qualifying Group E, while Preliminary Groups C and D form Qualifying Group F. Results from the preliminary round carryover, and each team plays once against teams from the other Preliminary Group in its Qualifying Group.

The top four teams in each Qualifying Group advance to the knockout stage. The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament, with a bronze medal game for semifinal losers and classification games for the quarterfinal losers to determine fifth to eighth places.

Results[edit]

Summaries
Year Host (Final phase/game) Gold medal game Bronze medal game Number of teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1935   Switzerland (Geneva)
Latvia
24–18
Spain

Czechoslovakia
25–23
Switzerland
10
1937  Latvia (Riga)
Lithuania
24–23
Italy

France
27–24
Poland
8
1939  Lithuania (Kaunas)
Lithuania
[2]
Latvia

Poland
[2]
France
8
1946   Switzerland (Geneva)
Czechoslovakia
34–32
Italy

Hungary
38–32
France
10
1947  Czechoslovakia (Prague)
Soviet Union
56–37
Czechoslovakia

Egypt
50–48
Belgium
14
1949  Egypt (Cairo)
Egypt
57–36
France

Greece
[2]
Turkey
7
1951  France (Paris)
Soviet Union
45–44
Czechoslovakia

France
55–52
Bulgaria
18
1953  USSR (Moscow)
Soviet Union
[2]
Hungary

France
[2]
Czechoslovakia
17
1955  Hungary (Budapest)
Hungary
[2]
Czechoslovakia

Soviet Union
[2]
Bulgaria
18
1957  Bulgaria (Sofia)
Soviet Union
[2]
Bulgaria

Czechoslovakia
[2]
Hungary
16
1959  Turkey (Istanbul)
Soviet Union
83–72
Czechoslovakia

France
62–60
Hungary
17
1961  Yugoslavia (Belgrade)
Soviet Union
60–53
Yugoslavia

Bulgaria
55–46
France
19
1963  Poland (Wrocław)
Soviet Union
61–45
Poland

Yugoslavia
89–61
Hungary
16
1965  Soviet Union (Moscow)
Soviet Union
58–49
Yugoslavia

Poland
86–70
Italy
16
1967  Finland (Helsinki)
Soviet Union
89–77
Czechoslovakia

Poland
80–76
Bulgaria
16
1969  Italy (Naples)
Soviet Union
81–72
Yugoslavia

Czechoslovakia
77–75
Poland
12
1971  West Germany (Essen)
Soviet Union
69–64
Yugoslavia

Italy
85–67
Poland
12
1973  Spain (Barcelona)
Yugoslavia
78–67
Spain

Soviet Union
90–58
Czechoslovakia
12
1975  Yugoslavia (Belgrade)
Yugoslavia
[2]
Soviet Union

Italy
[2]
Spain
12
1977  Belgium (Liège)
Yugoslavia
74–61
Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia
91–81
Italy
12
1979  Italy (Turin)
Soviet Union
98–76
Israel

Yugoslavia
99–92
Czechoslovakia
12
1981  Czechoslovakia (Prague)
Soviet Union
84–76
Yugoslavia

Czechoslovakia
101–90
Spain
12
1983  France (Nantes)
Italy
105–96
Spain

Soviet Union
105–70
Netherlands
12
1985  West Germany (Stuttgart)
Soviet Union
120–89
Czechoslovakia

Italy
102–90
Spain
12
1987  Greece (Athens)
Greece
103–101
overtime

Soviet Union

Yugoslavia
98–87
Spain
12
1989  Yugoslavia (Zagreb)
Yugoslavia
98–77
Greece

Soviet Union
104–76
Italy
8
1991  Italy (Rome)
Yugoslavia
88–73
Italy

Spain
101–83
France
8
1993  Germany (Munich)
Germany
71–70
Russia

Croatia
99–59
Greece
16
1995  Greece (Athens)
Yugoslavia
96–90
Lithuania

Croatia
73–68
Greece
14
1997  Spain (Barcelona)
Yugoslavia
61–49
Italy

Russia
97–77
Greece
16
1999  France (Paris)
Italy
64–56
Spain

Yugoslavia
74–62
France
16
2001  Turkey (Istanbul)
Yugoslavia
78–69
Turkey

Spain
99–90
Germany
16
2003  Sweden (Stockholm)
Lithuania
93–84
Spain

Italy
69–67
France
16
2005  Serbia and Montenegro (Belgrade)
Greece
78–62
Germany

France
98–68
Spain
16
2007  Spain (Madrid)
Russia
60–59
Spain

Lithuania
78–69
Greece
16
2009  Poland (Katowice)
Spain
85–63
Serbia

Greece
57–56
Slovenia
16
2011  Lithuania (Kaunas)
Spain
98–85
France

Russia
72–68
Macedonia
24
2013  Slovenia (Ljubljana)
France
80–66
Lithuania

Spain
92–66
Croatia
24
2015 24

Medal table[edit]

Map of best finishes per country.

The medal table below lists the national teams according to the respective table of the FIBA Basketball World Cup published by FIBA.[3][not in citation given]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 14 3 4 21
2  Yugoslavia 5 5 3 13
3  Lithuania 3 2 1 6
4  Serbia 3 1 1 5
5  Spain 2 6 3 11
6  Italy 2 4 4 10
7  Greece 2 1 2 5
8  Czechoslovakia 1 6 5 12
9  France 1 2 5 8
10  Russia 1 1 2 4
11  Hungary 1 1 1 3
12  Latvia 1 1 0 2
 Germany 1 1 0 2
14  Egypt 1 0 1 2
15  Poland 0 1 3 4
16  Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
17  Israel 0 1 0 1
 Turkey 0 1 0 1
19  Croatia 0 0 2 2
Total 38 38 38 114
  • Soviet Union and SFR Yugoslavia are defunct as of 1992. No team carried over the records of the Soviet Union and SFR Yugoslavia.

Statistics[edit]

Participation details[edit]

Team Switzerland
1935
Latvia
1937
Lithuania
1939
Switzerland
1946
Czechoslovakia
1947
Egypt
1949
France
1951
Soviet Union
1953
Hungary
1955
Bulgaria
1957
Turkey
1959
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1961
Poland
1963
Soviet Union
1965
Finland
1967
Italy
1969
West Germany
1971
Spain
1973
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1975
Belgium
1977
 Albania - - - - 14th - - - - 16th - - - - - - - - - -
 Austria - - - - 12th - 11th - 13th 14th 16th - - - - - - - - 12th
 Belgium 6th - - 7th 4th - 7th 10th - 12th 7th 8th 8th - 15th - - - - 8th
 Bosnia and Herzegovina X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Bulgaria 8th - - - 8th - 4th 9th 4th 2nd 5th 3rd 5th 5th 4th 7th 6th 6th 5th 6th
 Croatia X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Czech Republic X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Czechoslovakia 3rd 7th - 1st 2nd - 2nd 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th 10th 7th 2nd 3rd 5th 4th 6th 3rd
 Denmark - - - - - - 14th 16th 18th - - - - - - - - - - -
 East Germany X X X X X X - - - - 14th 12th 6th 10th 14th - - - - -
 Egypt - 8th - - 3rd 1st - 8th - - - - - - - - - - - -
 England - - - 10th - - - - 12th - - 19th - - - - - - - -
 Estonia - 5th 5th X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Macedonia[A 1] X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Finland - - 8th - - - 9th 12th 10th 11th 13th 14th 14th 12th 6th - - - - 10th
 France 5th 3rd 4th 4th 5th 2nd 3rd 3rd 9th 8th 3rd 4th 13th 9th 11th - 10th 10th - 11th
 Georgia X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Germany/
 West Germany
- - - - - - 12th 14th 17th 13th - 16th - 14th - - 9th - - -
 Great Britain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Greece - - - - - 3rd 8th - - - - 17th - 8th 12th 10th - 11th 12th -
 Hungary 9th - 7th 3rd 7th - - 2nd 1st 4th 4th 6th 4th 15th 13th 8th - - - -
 Iran - - - - - - - - - - 17th - - - - - - - - -
 Israel X X X X X - - 5th - - 11th 11th 9th 6th 8th 11th 11th 7th 7th 5th
 Italy 7th 2nd 6th 2nd 9th - 5th 7th 6th 10th 10th - 12th 4th 7th 6th 3rd 5th 3rd 4th
 Latvia 1st 6th 2nd X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Lebanon - - - - - 7th - 15th - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Lithuania - 1st 1st X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Luxembourg - - - 8th - - 17th - 15th - - - - - - - - - - -
 Montenegro X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Netherlands - - - 6th 11th 5th 10th - - - - 15th 16th - 16th - - - 10th 7th
 Poland - 4th 3rd 9th 6th - - - 5th 7th 6th 9th 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 12th 8th -
 Portugal - - - - - - 15th - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Romania 10th - - - 10th - 18th 13th 7th 5th 8th 7th 11th 13th 5th 9th 8th 9th 11th -
 Russia X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Scotland - - - - - - 16th - - 15th - - - - - - - - - -
 Slovenia X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Soviet Union - - - - 1st - 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd
 Spain 2nd - - - - - - - - - 15th 13th 7th 11th 10th 5th 7th 2nd 4th 9th
 Sweden - - - - - - - 17th 16th - - 18th - 16th - 12th - - - -
 Switzerland 4th - - 5th - - 13th 11th 14th - - - - - - - - - - -
 Syria - - - - - 6th - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Turkey - - - - - 4th 6th - 11th 9th 12th 10th 15th - - - 12th 8th 9th -
 Ukraine X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Yugoslavia - - - - 13th - - 6th 8th 6th 9th 2nd 3rd 2nd 9th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
 Yugoslavia/
 Serbia and Montenegro/
 Serbia
X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Team Italy
1979
Czechoslovakia
1981
France
1983
West Germany
1985
Greece
1987
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1989
Italy
1991
Germany
1993
Greece
1995
Spain
1997
France
1999
Turkey
2001
Sweden
2003
Serbia and Montenegro
2005
Spain
2007
Poland
2009
Lithuania
2011
Slovenia
2013

2015
Total
 Albania - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Austria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6
 Belgium 12th - - - - - - 12th - - - - - - - - 21st 9th Q 16
 Bosnia and Herzegovina X X X X X X X 8th - 15th 15th 13th 15th 13th - - 17th 13th Q 14
 Bulgaria 11th - - 8th - 7th 8th 14th - - - - - 13th - 13th 13th - - 24
 Croatia X X X X X X X 3rd 3rd 11th 11th 7th 11th 7th 6th 6th 13th 4th Q 12
 Czech Republic X X X X X X X - - - 12th - - - 13th - - 13th - 3
 Czechoslovakia 4th 3rd 10th 2nd 8th - 6th X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
 Denmark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
 East Germany - - - - - - X X X X X X X X X X X X - 5
 Egypt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
 England - 12th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
 Estonia X X X X X X X 6th - - - 14th - - - - - - Q 5
 Macedonia[A 1] X X X X X X X - - - 13th - - - - 9th 4th 21st - 4
 Finland - - - - - - - - 14th - - - - - - - 9th 9th Q 14
 France 8th 8th 5th 6th 9th 6th 4th 7th 8th 10th 4th 6th 4th 3rd 8th 5th 2nd 1st Q 38
 Georgia X X X X X X X - - - - - - - - - 11th 17th - 2
 Germany/
 West Germany
- 10th 8th 5th 6th - - 1st 10th 12th 7th 4th 9th 2nd 5th 11th 9th 17th - 22
 Great Britain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13th 13th 13th - 3
 Greece 9th 9th 11th - 1st 2nd 5th 4th 4th 4th 16th 9th 5th 1st 4th 3rd 6th 11th Q 26
 Hungary - - - - - - - - - - 14th - - - - - - - - 14
 Iran - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Israel 2nd 6th 6th 9th 11th - - 15th 9th 9th 9th 10th 7th 9th 11th 13th 13th 21st Q 28
 Italy 5th 5th 1st 3rd 5th 4th 2nd 9th 5th 2nd 1st 11th 3rd 9th 9th - 17th 8th - 35
 Latvia X X X X X X X 10th - 16th - 8th 13th 13th 13th 13th 21st 10th Q 13
 Lebanon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Lithuania X X X X X X X - 2nd 6th 5th 12th 1st 5th 3rd 11th 5th 2nd Q 13
 Luxembourg - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
 Montenegro X X X X X X X X X X X X X X - - 21st 17th - 2
 Netherlands 10th - 4th 12th 10th 8th - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14
 Poland 7th 7th 9th 11th 7th - 7th - - 7th - - - - 13th 9th 17th 21st - 26
 Portugal - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9th - 21st - - 3
 Romania - - - 10th 12th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 17
 Russia X X X X X X X 2nd 7th 3rd 6th 5th 8th 8th 1st 7th 3rd 21st - 11
 Scotland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Slovenia X X X X X X X 16th 12th 14th 10th 15th 10th 6th 7th 4th 7th 5th Q 12
 Soviet Union 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd X X X X X X X X X X X X X 21
 Spain 6th 4th 2nd 4th 4th 5th 3rd 5th 6th 5th 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd Q 30
 Sweden - - 12th - - - - 13th 11th - - - 16th - - - - 13th - 10
 Switzerland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5
 Syria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Turkey - 11th - - - - - 11th 13th 8th 8th 2nd 12th 9th 11th 8th 11th 17th Q 23
 Ukraine X X X X X X X - - 13th - 16th 14th 13th - - 17th 6th Q 7
 Yugoslavia 3rd 2nd 7th 7th 3rd 1st 1st X X X X X X X X X X X X 21
 Yugoslavia/
 Serbia and Montenegro/
 Serbia[A 2]
X X X X X X X X 1st 1st 3rd 1st 6th 9th 13th 2nd 8th 7th Q 2

Individuals[edit]

Below are the lists of all players voted as the MVP[4][5] and the top scorers of each EuroBasket edition. Krešimir Ćosić is the only player to win the MVP award twice. Nikos Galis was the Top Scorer 4 times.[6]

Bronze Member of the FIBA Hall of Fame.
Silver Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Gold Member of both the FIBA Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player was selected the MVP or was the Top Scorer.
Tournament MVP Top Scorer PPG
1935 European Championship Spain Rafael Martín Italy Livio Franceschini 16.5
1937 European Championship Lithuania Pranas Talzūnas Latvia Rūdolfs Jurciņš 12.5
1939 European Championship Lithuania Pranas Lubinas Estonia Heino Veskila 16.6
1946 European Championship Hungary Ferenc Németh Poland Pawel Stok 12.6
1947 European Championship Soviet Union Joann Lõssov France Jacques Perrier 13.7
1949 European Championship Turkey Hüseyin Öztürk Turkey Hüseyin Öztürk 19.3
1951 European Championship Czechoslovakia Ivan Mrázek Czechoslovakia Ivan Mrázek 17.1
1953 European Championship Soviet Union Anatoly Konev Lebanon Ahmed Idlibi 15.9
1955 European Championship Hungary János Greminger Czechoslovakia Miroslav Skerik 19.1
1957 European Championship Czechoslovakia Jiří Baumruk Belgium Eddy Terrace 23.3
1959 European Championship Soviet Union Viktor Zubkov Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać 28.1
1961 European Championship Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać (2) 24.0
1963 European Championship Spain Emiliano Rodríguez Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać (3) 26.6
1965 European Championship Soviet Union Modestas Paulauskas Spain Emiliano Rodríguez 21.6
1967 European Championship Czechoslovakia Jiří Zedníček Greece Georgios Kolokithas 26.7
1969 European Championship Soviet Union Sergei Belov Greece Georgios Kolokithas (2) 23.5
1971 European Championship Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić Poland Edward Jurkiewicz 22.6
1973 European Championship Spain Wayne Brabender Bulgaria Atanas Golomeev 22.3
1975 European Championship Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić (2) Bulgaria Atanas Golomeev (2) 22.9
1977 European Championship Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić Netherlands Kees Akerboom 27.0
1979 European Championship Israel Miki Berkovich Poland Mieczyslaw Mlynarski 26.6
1981 European Championship Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Kićanović Poland Mieczyslaw Mlynarski (2) 23.1
1983 European Championship Spain Juan Antonio Corbalán Greece Nikos Galis 33.0
1985 European Championship Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis Israel Doron Jamchi 28.1
1987 European Championship Greece Nikos Galis Greece Nikos Galis (2) 37.0
1989 European Championship Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović Greece Nikos Galis (3) 35.6
1991 European Championship Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč Greece Nikos Galis (4) 32.4
1993 European Championship Germany Chris Welp Bosnia and Herzegovina Sabahudin "Dino" Bilalović 24.6
1995 European Championship Lithuania Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania Šarūnas Marčiulionis 22.5
1997 European Championship Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Saša Đorđević Israel Oded Katash 22.0
1999 European Championship Italy Gregor Fučka Spain Alberto Herreros 19.2
2001 European Championship Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Peja Stojaković Germany Dirk Nowitzki 28.7
2003 European Championship Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Spain Pau Gasol 25.8
FIBA EuroBasket 2005 Germany Dirk Nowitzki Germany Dirk Nowitzki (2) 26.1
FIBA EuroBasket 2007 Russia Andrei Kirilenko Germany Dirk Nowitzki (3) 24.0
FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Spain Pau Gasol Spain Pau Gasol (2) 18.7
FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Spain Juan Carlos Navarro France Tony Parker 22.1
FIBA EuroBasket 2013 France Tony Parker Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Teletović 21.0

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Officially the country is FIBA member under their official UN name the former Yugoslav republic (FYR) of Macedonia.
  2. ^ The Republic of Serbia is the legal successor of the FR Yugoslavia team.

References[edit]