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FIBA EuroBasket 2015
39th FIBA European Basketball Championship
EuroBasket 2015 logo.png
Tournament details
Host nations  Croatia
 France
 Germany
 Latvia
Dates 5–20 September
Teams 24 (from 37 federations)
Venues 5 (in 5 host cities)
Champions  Spain (3rd title)
MVP Spain Pau Gasol[1]
Tournament leaders
Players Teams
Points Spain Gasol (25.6)  Italy (85.8)
Rebounds Russia Vorontsevich (9.2)  France (41.6)
Assists Lithuania Kalnietis (7.8)  Serbia (23.0)
Official website
Website
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Qualified teams for the EuroBasket 2015
Former EuroBasket 2015 logo

FIBA EuroBasket 2015 was the 39th annual edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organised by FIBA Europe. It took place in four different countries (Croatia, France, Germany, and Latvia), making it the first EuroBasket held in more than one country. It started on 5 September and ended on 20 September.

The top two teams (Spain and Lithuania) qualified to the 2016 Summer Olympics. The next five teams (France, Serbia, Greece, Italy and the Czech Republic) advanced to the World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. Latvia and Croatia later qualified due to Serbia and Italy hosting two of the Olympic qualifying tournaments while Turkey also qualified as an invitee.

Spain won their third title by defeating Lithuania 80–63 in the final.[1] France won bronze on home soil defeating Serbia (81–68).[2]

Host selection[edit]

On 18 December 2011, FIBA Europe decided to let Ukraine host EuroBasket 2015, after France, Croatia, Germany and Italy withdrew their joint bid.[3] On 19 March 2014, tournament director Markiyan Lubkivsky announced that EuroBasket 2015 would not take place in Ukraine because of the political and financial crisis and the championship would be relocated.[4][5] But later, FIBA Europe was forced to deny reports that Ukraine had given up the hosting rights for EuroBasket 2015 due to the continuous political situation and security issues in Ukraine.[6] On 13 June 2014, FIBA Europe officially announced that Ukraine would not be hosting the championships.[7]

Sixteen countries expressed an initial interest to bid for the relocated event. National Federations were called by FIBA Europe to officially bid for hosting the tournament or parts of the tournament until 31 July 2014. The next day FIBA Europe announced eight official bids from potential organizers:[8]

All interested federations were provided the option to bid to stage either one of the four groups in the Group Phase of the tournament, one of the groups and the Final Phase, only the finals, or the entire tournament. FIBA Europe was scheduled to officially announce the details of the bids after 27 August 2014.[8]

Croatia, France, Poland and Turkey bid to host one of the four groups in the Group Phase and the Final Phase in the knock-out round. Additionally, Turkey also bid to host the Final Phase only.

All other countries bid to host only one of the four groups in the Group Phase. Prior to the Board Meeting, Turkey withdrew their candidature from hosting any part of the tournament while Poland and Croatia withdrew their candidature to host the Final Phase of the tournament, leaving France as the only candidate to host the Final Phase.[9]

On 8 September 2014, it was announced that the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 tournament would be hosted in Germany (Berlin), Croatia (Zagreb), Latvia (Riga) and France (Montpellier), with each of the countries hosting one respective group during the group stage of the tournament. France would be the hosts of the finals in the knock-out phase in the city of Lille at the multi-functional Stade Pierre-Mauroy, which has a 27,000 capacity for basketball. [9]

Venues[edit]

Lille
EuroBasket 2015 is located in Europe
Berlin
Berlin
Zagreb
Zagreb
Riga
Riga
Montpellier
Montpellier
Lille
Lille
EuroBasket 2015 (Europe)
Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Capacity: 27,500 (indoor configuration)
Mauroy Stadium Eurobasket 2015.JPG
Montpellier
Park&Suites Arena
Capacity: 10,700
Arena montpellier.jpg
Zagreb Berlin Riga
Arena Zagreb Mercedes-Benz Arena Arena Riga
Capacity: 16,500 Capacity: 14,500 Capacity: 11,200
Arena Zagreb - panoramio.jpg
Berlin-O2-night2.jpg
Arena Riga - panoramio.jpg

Qualification[edit]

Qualification for the tournament took place in two phases; the first featured 13 teams who failed to qualify for FIBA EuroBasket 2013, the winner of which qualifying directly for the finals. The remaining teams then went into qualification with the remaining FIBA Europe sides.

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualification Date of qualification Tournament appearance Last appearance
 Spain Host nation of 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup & 3rd place of FIBA EuroBasket 2013 23 May 2009 30 2013
 Ukraine 6th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 18 December 2011 (as initial host) 7 2013
 Estonia Winners of 1st round of FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification 1 September 2013[10] 5 2001
 France Winners of FIBA EuroBasket 2013 18 September 2013 37 2013
 Slovenia 5th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 19 September 2013 12 2013
 Croatia 4th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 19 September 2013 12 2013
 Lithuania Runner-up at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 19 September 2013 13 2013
 Serbia 7th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 21 September 2013 5 2013
 Finland Wild card at 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup 1 February 2014 13 2013
 Greece Wild card at 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup 1 February 2014 25 2013
 Turkey Wild card at 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup 1 February 2014 22 2013
 Latvia 1st in Second Round Group F 24 August 2014 13 2013
 Israel 1st in Second Round Group B 24 August 2014 28 2013
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1st in Second Round Group A 24 August 2014 9 2013
 Belgium 1st in Second Round Group D 24 August 2014 16 2013
 Georgia 1st in Second Round Group E 27 August 2014 3 2013
 Czech Republic 2nd in Second Round Group E 27 August 2014 4 2013
 Germany 2nd in Second Round Group C 27 August 2014 23 2013
 Netherlands 2nd in Second Round Group B 27 August 2014 15 1989
 Poland 1st in Second Round Group C 27 August 2014 27 2013
 Macedonia 2nd in Second Round Group D 27 August 2014 5 2013
 Italy 1st in Second Round Group G 27 August 2014 36 2013
 Russia 2nd in Second Round Group G 27 August 2014 12 2013
 Iceland 2nd in Second Round Group A 27 August 2014 1

Draw[edit]

Seedings[edit]

FIBA Europe released the seedings for the EuroBasket 2015 draw on 27 November 2014.[11] According to the FIBA Europe regulations the participating nations, the 10 participants of the 2014 World Cup would be seeded first, based on their respective records in FIBA EuroBasket 2013, with the remaining teams seeded based on their qualification records.[11]

Final draw[edit]

Publicity onto the North Regional Council in Lille.

The draw took place on 8 December 2014 at 16:00 at Disneyland in Paris, France.[12][13] Criteria for the draw was as follows:

  • The four hosts were drawn together, but as Latvia were amongst the third seeded teams and Germany the fifth, only three teams would be in fourth and sixth pot containing the remaining seeds and these teams could not be drawn into groups with Latvia and Germany respectively.
  • France and Croatia, as hosts, were drawn first and the two remaining first seeds, Spain and Lithuania, were drawn separately into the remaining two groups not already with a top-seeded team.
  • In addition to this, following on from the exceptional circumstances leading to the relocation of EuroBasket 2015, each of the four hosts was granted the right to select a partner federation for commercial and marketing criteria. These teams would automatically be placed into the same group as their chosen partner country. The selections were;
    • France and Finland
    • Germany and Turkey
    • Croatia and Slovenia
    • Latvia and Estonia [14] [15]
Pot 1
(Hosts)
Pot 2
(Remaining First Seeds)
Pot 3
(Second Seeds)
Pot 4
(Remaining Third Seeds)
Pot 5
(Fourth Seeds)
Pot 6
(Remaining Fifth Seeds)
Pot 7
(Sixth Seeds)

 Croatia
 France
 Germany
 Latvia

 Lithuania
 Spain

 Slovenia c
 Ukraine
 Serbia
 Finland a

 Greece
 Turkey b
 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Poland
 Belgium
 Macedonia
 Italy

 Israel
 Czech Republic
 Georgia

 Netherlands
 Russia
 Iceland
 Estonia d

^a Assigned to Group A, for its partnership with France.
^b Assigned to Group B, for its partnership with Germany.
^c Assigned to Group C, for its partnership with Croatia.
^d Assigned to Group D, for its partnership with Latvia.

Squads[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

The best four teams of each group advance to the knockout stage.[16]

     Team advances to the knockout stage
     Team is eliminated

Group A[edit]

Venue: Montpellier, France

Tram painted to promote the EuroBasket 2015 in Montpellier
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  France 5 5 0 407 335 +72 10 Advanced to Knockout stage
2  Israel 5 3 2 375 384 −9 8[a]
3  Poland 5 3 2 367 352 +15 8[a]
4  Finland 5 2 3 387 392 −5 7
5  Russia 5 1 4 379 374 +5 6[b]
6  Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 1 4 324 402 −78 6[b]
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Poland–Israel 73–75
  2. ^ a b Bosnia and Herzegovina–Russia 61–81
5 September 2015
Poland  68–64  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Israel  76–73  Russia
France  97–87 (OT)  Finland
6 September 2015
Russia  79–82  Poland
Finland  66–79  Israel
Bosnia and Herzegovina  54–81  France
7 September 2015
Finland  81–79  Russia
Israel  84–86 (OT)  Bosnia and Herzegovina
France  69–66  Poland
9 September 2015
Bosnia and Herzegovina  59–88  Finland
Poland  73–75  Israel
Russia  67–74  France
10 September 2015
Finland  65–78  Poland
Bosnia and Herzegovina  61–81  Russia
Israel  61–86  France

Group B[edit]

Venue: Berlin, Germany

Italy and Germany during the national anthems.
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Serbia 5 5 0 433 354 +79 10 Advanced to Knockout stage
2  Spain 5 3 2 448 411 +37 8[a]
3  Italy 5 3 2 434 434 0 8[a]
4  Turkey 5 3 2 429 459 −30 8[a]
5  Germany 5 1 4 370 379 −9 6
6  Iceland 5 0 5 368 445 −77 5
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Spain 1–1, +20; Italy 1–1, +5; Turkey 1–1 −25
5 September 2015
Germany  71–65  Iceland
Spain  70–80  Serbia
Italy  87–89  Turkey
6 September 2015
Serbia  68–66  Germany
Iceland  64–71  Italy
Turkey  77–104  Spain
8 September 2015
Serbia  93–64  Iceland
Germany  75–80  Turkey
Spain  98–105  Italy
9 September 2015
Turkey  72–91  Serbia
Italy  89–82 (OT)  Germany
Iceland  73–99  Spain
10 September 2015
Serbia  101–82  Italy
Germany  76–77  Spain
Turkey  111–102 (OT)  Iceland

Group C[edit]

Venue: Zagreb, Croatia

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Greece 5 5 0 387 340 +47 10 Advanced to Knockout stage
2  Croatia 5 3 2 359 343 +16 8[a]
3  Slovenia 5 3 2 367 356 +11 8[a]
4  Georgia 5 2 3 369 364 +5 7
5  Macedonia 5 1 4 324 381 −57 6[b]
6  Netherlands 5 1 4 355 377 −22 6[b]
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Croatia–Slovenia 80–73
  2. ^ a b Netherlands–Macedonia 71–78
5 September 2015
Georgia  72–73  Netherlands
Macedonia  65–85  Greece
Croatia  80–73  Slovenia
6 September 2015
Netherlands  71–78  Macedonia
Slovenia  79–68  Georgia
Greece  72–70  Croatia
8 September 2015
Slovenia  81–74  Netherlands
Georgia  68–79  Greece
Croatia  73–55  Macedonia
9 September 2015
Greece  83–72  Slovenia
Macedonia  75–90  Georgia
Netherlands  72–78  Croatia
10 September 2015
Slovenia  62–51  Macedonia
Georgia  71–58  Croatia
Greece  68–65  Netherlands

Group D[edit]

Venue: Riga, Latvia

EuroBasket 2015 fanzone in Riga
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Lithuania 5 4 1 360 336 +24 9 Advanced to Knockout stage
2  Latvia 5 3 2 348 339 +9 8[a]
3  Czech Republic 5 3 2 370 342 +28 8[a]
4  Belgium 5 3 2 370 344 +26 8[a]
5  Estonia 5 1 4 316 374 −58 6[b]
6  Ukraine 5 1 4 349 378 −29 6[b]
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Latvia 2–0; Czech Republic 1–1; Belgium 0–2
  2. ^ a b Ukraine–Estonia 71–78
5 September 2015
Czech Republic  80–57  Estonia
Belgium  67–78  Latvia
Lithuania  69–68  Ukraine
6 September 2015
Estonia  55–84  Belgium
Latvia  49–68  Lithuania
Ukraine  64–78  Czech Republic
7 September 2015
Lithuania  74–76  Belgium
Czech Republic  65–72  Latvia
Ukraine  71–78  Estonia
9 September 2015
Belgium  64–66  Czech Republic
Latvia  74–75  Ukraine
Estonia  62–64  Lithuania
10 September 2015
Ukraine  71–79  Belgium
Latvia  75–64  Estonia
Czech Republic  81–85 (OT)  Lithuania

Knockout stage[edit]

Venue: Lille, France

 
Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Automatic qualifiers for the Olympics
 
                           
 
12 September
 
 
 France 76
 
15 September
 
 Turkey 53
 
 France 84
 
12 September
 
 Latvia 70
 
 Latvia 73
 
17 September
 
 Slovenia 66
 
 France 75
 
12 September
 
 Spain (OT) 80
 
 Spain 80
 
15 September
 
 Poland 66
 
 Spain 73
 
12 September
 
 Greece 71
 
 Greece 75
 
20 September
 
 Belgium 54
 
 Spain 80
 
13 September
 
 Lithuania 63
 
 Serbia 94
 
16 September
 
 Finland 81
 
 Serbia 89
 
13 September
 
 Czech Republic 75
 
 Croatia 59
 
18 September
 
 Czech Republic 80
 
 Serbia 64
 
13 September
 
 Lithuania 67 Third place
 
 Israel 52
 
16 September 20 September
 
 Italy 82
 
 Italy 85  France 81
 
13 September
 
 Lithuania (OT) 95  Serbia 68
 
 Lithuania 85
 
 
 Georgia 81
 
Olympic qualifying bracket

The winners of the 5–8th place semifinals advanced to the qualification tournament. The 5–8th place semifinals losers played in the seventh place game to determine the last participant.

 
5–8th place semifinals Seventh place game
 
           
 
17 September
 
 
 Greece 97
 
18 September
 
 Latvia 90
 
 Latvia 70
 
17 September
 
 Czech Republic 97
 
 Czech Republic 70
 
 
 Italy 85
 

Final[edit]

20 September 2015
19:00
Spain  80–63  Lithuania
Scoring by quarter: 19–8, 22–25, 19–10, 20–20
Pts: Gasol 25
Rebs: Gasol 12
Asts: Rodríguez 6
Pts: Kalnietis, Seibutis 13
Rebs: Valančiūnas 9
Asts: Kalnietis 5
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Attendance: 27,372
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Ilija Belošević (SRB), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR)


 EuroBasket 2015 Champions 

Spain
Third title

Final ranking[edit]

Official final ranking by FIBA Europe.[17]

Results
Qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Qualified to Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament as hosts[note 1]
Qualified to Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Turkey qualified as a replacement invitee)
Rank Team Record FIBA World Rankings
Before After Change
1st, gold medalist(s)  Spain 7–2 2 2 =0
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Lithuania 7–2 4 3 +1
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  France 8–1 5 5 =0
4  Serbia 7–2 7 6 +1
5  Greece 7–1 10 10 =0
6  Italy 5–3 36 T-35 +1
7  Czech Republic 5–4 T-49 42 +7
8  Latvia 4–5 T-38 T-35 +3
9  Croatia 3–3 12 12 =0
10  Israel 3–3 T-38 37 +1
11  Poland 3–3 42 T-38 +4
12  Slovenia 3–3 13 13 =0
13  Belgium 3–3 T-51 44 +7
14  Turkey 3–3 8 8 =0
15  Georgia 2–4 54 47 +7
16  Finland 2–4 35 32 +3
17  Russia 1–4 6 7 –1
18  Germany 1–4 18 20 –2
19  Macedonia 1–4 32 34 –2
20  Estonia 1–4 NR T-84 +4
21  Netherlands 1–4 NR T-84 +4
22  Ukraine 1–4 40 T-38 +2
23  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–4 T-58 T-53 +5
24  Iceland 0–5 NR T-84 +4

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

FIBA broadcasting rights[edit]