Albanian Basketball League

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Albanian Basketball League (ABL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2014–15 Albanian Basketball League season
Federata Shqiptare e Basketbollit (logo).png
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
BC Vllaznia (9th title)
Most titles BC Partizani Tirana
(33 titles)
TV partner(s) TVSH and Supersport (highlights)
Level on pyramid 1st and 2nd
Albanian Cup
Albanian Supercup
Official website

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]


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.


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
          Astrit Greva
PBC Flamurtari Vlorë Vlorë Sports Palace
          Viron Toska
BC Kamza Basket Kamëz Bathorë Sports Hall
          Adem Muhametaj
BC Partizani Tirana Tiranë Asllan Rusi Sports Palace
          Arben Fagu
PBC Tirana Tiranë Asllan Rusi Sports Palace
          Bujar Shehu
BC Vllaznia Shkodër Qazim Dërvishi Sports Palace
          Bledar Gjeçaj


The team wins it 10th title
The team wins it 20th title
The team wins it 30th title
Season Champion Runner-up Finals Score
2003 BC Valbona PBC Tirana 3–0
2004 BC Valbona
2005 BC Valbona
2006 BC Valbona BC Vllaznia 3–0
2007 BC Valbona PBC Tirana 3–2
2008 PBC Tirana
2009 PBC Tirana
2010 PBC Tirana Studenti 3–2
2011 PBC Tirana U.A.T. 3–0
2012 PBC Tirana BC Kamza Basket 3–0
2013 BC Kamza Basket BC Vllaznia 3–0
2014 BC Vllaznia PBC Tirana 3–0
2015 BC Vllaznia PBC Tirana 3–0
2016 BC Vllaznia BC Teuta Durrës 3-1

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 9 1967, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2014, 2015, 2016
BC Kamza Basket* 6 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
BC Teuta Durrës 2 1947, 1955
BC Adelin Pogradec 1 1994
BC Dinamo Tirana 1 1995
  • BC Kamza Basket won the title 5 times between 2003-2007 as BC Valbona.


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