Liga Națională (men's basketball)

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Liga Națională
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 Liga Națională (men's basketball)
Sport Basketball
Founded 1932
CEO Horia Păun
No. of teams 13
Country  Romania
Continent European Union FIBA Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
U-Banca Transilvania
(5th title)
Most titles Dinamo Bucureşti
(22 titles)
TV partner(s) Digi Sport
TVR
Related
competitions
Romanian Basketball Cup
Official website www.frbaschet.ro (in 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:

Titles[edit]

Club Titles Years winners
Dinamo București 22 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1988, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2003
Steaua București 21 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
CSU Ploiești 11 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
U-BT Cluj 5 1992, 1993, 1996, 2011, 2017
Metalul București 2 1951, 1952
West Petrom Arad 2 2001, 2002
CSU Sibiu 2 1995, 1999
BCM U Pitești 1 2000
CSM Oradea 1 2016

Latest finals[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Score
2000–01 West Petrom Arad Asesoft Ploiești 3–0
2001–02 West Petrom Arad Dinamo București 3–2
2002–03 Dinamo București West Petrom Arad 3–2
2003–04 Asesoft Ploiești Dinamo București 3–1
2004–05 Asesoft Ploiești Dinamo București 3–1
2005–06 Asesoft Ploiești Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 4–1
2006–07 Asesoft Ploiești Piteşti 4–1
2007–08 Asesoft Ploiești Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 4–3
2008–09 Asesoft Ploiești Timișoara 4-0
2009–10 Asesoft Ploiești Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 4–0
2010–11 Universitatea Cluj-Napoca Asesoft Ploiești 4–2
2011–12 Asesoft Ploiești Timișoara 4–0
2012–13 Asesoft Ploiești Mureș 4–2
2013–14 Asesoft Ploiești Oradea 3–2
2014–15 Asesoft Ploiești Mureș 3–0
2015–16 CSM Oradea Mureș 3–2
2016–17 U-Banca Transilvania Steaua CSM Eximbank 3–0

See also[edit]

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