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EuroBasket
Current season or competition:
EuroBasket 2009
FIBA logo complet.jpg
The logo of FIBA Europe
Sport Basketball
Founded 1935
No. of teams 16
Continent Europe (FIBA Europe)
Most recent champion(s)  Spain (1st title)
Most championships  Soviet Union (14 titles)
Official website www.fibaeurope.com

The EuroBasket, also referred to as the FIBA 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 awarded every two years since 1947. It also alternates between serving as a qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games and the FIBA World Championship. The most successful nation is the now defunct Soviet Union with fourteen titles, while Spain are the current champions.

Contents

Qualification

The current qualification format permits 16 teams to compete. Eight spots are determined by the host nation and the top seven finishers at the previous EuroBasket. The remaining Division A teams compete in the qualification tournament. There, they are divided into four groups. Each group plays a double round-robin. The top team in each group qualifies for EuroBasket. The best three of the four runners-up also qualify.

Of the ten teams that did not qualify in the qualification tournament, the six best get another chance in the additional qualifying round. The remaining four compete 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 is determined by the additional qualifying round. The six teams are divided into two groups of three, with each group playing a double round-robin. The top team in each group plays in the final against the other group's top team; the winner of that game receives the final EuroBasket qualification spot.

Competition format

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 sixteen qualified teams are placed into four groups of four, 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

Summaries

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

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

France
27–24
Poland
1939
Details
 Lithuania (Kaunas)
Lithuania
[1]
Latvia

Poland
[1]
France
1946
Details
 Switzerland (Geneva)
Czechoslovakia
34–32
Italy

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

Egypt
50–48
Belgium
1949
Details
 Egypt (Cairo)
Egypt
[1]
France

Greece
[1]
Turkey
1951
Details
 France (Paris)
Soviet Union
45–44
Czechoslovakia

France
55–52
Bulgaria
1953
Details
 USSR (Moscow)
Soviet Union
[1]
Hungary

France
[1]
Czechoslovakia
1955
Details
 Hungary (Budapest)
Hungary
[1]
Czechoslovakia

Soviet Union
[1]
Bulgaria
1957
Details
 Bulgaria (Sofia)
Soviet Union
[1]
Bulgaria

Czechoslovakia
[1]
Hungary
1959
Details
 Turkey (Istanbul)
Soviet Union
83–72
Czechoslovakia

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

Bulgaria
55–46
France
1963
Details
 Poland (Wrocław)
Soviet Union
60–53
Poland

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

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

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

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

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

Soviet Union
90–58
Czechoslovakia
1975
Details
 Yugoslavia (Belgrade)
Yugoslavia
[1]
Soviet Union

Italy
[1]
Spain
1977
Details
 Belgium (Liège)
Yugoslavia
74–61
Soviet Union

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

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

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

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

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

Soviet Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greece
57–56
Slovenia
2011
Details
 Lithuania

Performance by nation

The medal table below lists the national teams according to the respective table of the FIBA World Championship published by FIBA.[2]

Map of the countries' best finishes.
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 14 3 4 21
2  Yugoslavia 5 5 3 13
3  Lithuania 3 1 1 5
 Serbia/ Serbia and Montenegro/ Yugoslavia 3 1 1 5
5  Italy 2 4 4 10
6  Greece 2 1 2 5
7  Czechoslovakia 1 6 5 12
8  Spain 1 6 2 9
9  Hungary 1 1 1 3
 Russia 1 1 1 3
11  Latvia 1 1 0 2
 Germany 1 1 0 2
13  Egypt 1 0 1 2
14  France 0 1 5 6
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

Statistics

Participation details

Team Switzerland
1935
Latvia
1937
Lithuania
1939
Switzerland
1946
Czechoslovakia
1947
Egypt
1949
France
1951
Soviet Union
1953
Hungary
1955
Bulgaria
1957
Turkey
1959
Yugoslavia
1961
Poland
1963
Soviet Union
1965
Finland
1967
Italy
1969
West Germany
1971
Spain
1973
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 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Bulgaria 8th - - - 8th - 4th 9th 4th 2nd 5th 3rd 5th 5th 4th 7th 6th 6th 5th 6th
 Croatia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Czech Republic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 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 - - - - - - - - - - 14th 12th 6th 10th 14th - - - - -
 Egypt - 8th - - 3rd 1st - 8th - - - - - - - - - - - -
 England - - - 10th - - - - 12th - - 19th - - - - - - - -
 Estonia - 5th 5th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Macedonia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 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
 Germany - - - - - - 12th 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 - - - - - - - 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 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Lebanon - - - - - 7th - 15th - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Lithuania - 1st 1st - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Luxembourg - - - 8th - - 17th - 15th - - - - - - - - - - -
 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 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Scotland - - - - - - 16th - - 15th - - - - - - - - - -
 Serbia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Serbia and Montenegro - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Slovenia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 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 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Yugoslavia - - - - 13th - - 6th 8th 6th 9th 2nd 3rd 2nd 9th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Team Italy
1979
Czechoslovakia
1981
France
1983
West Germany
1985
Greece
1987
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
Total
 Albania - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Austria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6
 Belgium 12th - - - - - - 12th - - - - - - - - - 13
 Bosnia and Herzegovina - - - - - - - 8th - 15th 15th 13th 15th 13th - - - 6
 Bulgaria 11th - - 8th - 7th 8th 14th - - - - - 13th - 13th - 23
 Croatia - - - - - - - 3rd 3rd 11th 11th 7th 11th 7th 6th 6th - 9
 Czech Republic - - - - - - - - - - 12th - - - 13th - - 2
 Czechoslovakia 4th 3rd 10th 2nd 8th - 6th - - - - - - - - - - 24
 Denmark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
 East Germany - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5
 Egypt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
 England - 12th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
 Estonia - - - - - - - 6th - - - 14th - - - - - 4
 Macedonia - - - - - - - - - - 13th - - - - 9th - 2
 Finland - - - - - - - - 14th - - - - - - - - 12
 France 8th 8th 5th 6th 9th 6th 4th 7th 8th 10th 4th 6th 4th 3rd 8th 5th Q 34
 Germany - 10th 8th 5th 6th - - 1st 10th 12th 7th 4th 9th 2nd 5th 10th - 21
 Great Britain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13th - 1
 Greece 9th 9th 11th - 1st 2nd 5th 4th 4th 4th 16th 9th 5th 1st 4th 3rd Q 23
 Hungary - - - - - - - - - - 14th - - - - - - 14
 Iran - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Israel 2nd 6th 6th 9th 11th - - 15th 9th 9th 9th 10th 7th 9th 11th 14th - 25
 Italy 5th 5th 1st 3rd 5th 4th 2nd 9th 5th 2nd 1st 11th 3rd 9th 9th - - 33
 Latvia - - - - - - - 10th - 16th - 8th 13th 13th 13th 13th - 10
 Lebanon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Lithuania - - - - - - - - 2nd 6th 5th 12th 1st 5th 3rd 11th Q 11(12)
 Luxembourg - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
 Netherlands 10th - 4th 12th 10th 8th - - - - - - - - - - - 14
 Poland 7th 7th 9th 11th 7th - 7th - - 7th - - - - 13th 9th - 24
 Portugal - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9th - - 2
 Romania - - - 10th 12th - - - - - - - - - - - - 17
 Russia - - - - - - - 2nd 7th 3rd 6th 5th 8th 8th 1st 7th - 9
 Scotland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Serbia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13th 2nd Q 2
 Serbia and Montenegro - - - - - - - - 1st 1st 3rd 1st 6th 9th - - - 6
 Slovenia - - - - - - - 16th 12th 14th 10th 15th 10th 6th 7th 4th Q 9
 Soviet Union 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd - - - - - - - - - - - 21
 Spain 6th 4th 2nd 4th 4th 5th 3rd 5th 6th 5th 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 1st Q 27
 Sweden - - 12th - - - - 13th 11th - - - 16th - - - - 9
 Switzerland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5
 Syria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Turkey - 11th - - - - - 11th 13th 8th 8th 2nd 12th 9th 11th 8th - 20
 Ukraine - - - - - - - - - 13th - 16th 14th 13th - - - 4
 Yugoslavia 3rd 2nd 7th 7th 3rd 1st 1st - - - - - - - - - - 21

Individuals

These are the lists of all players voted as the Most Valuable Player (MVP). [3][4] and the top scorers of each EuroBasket edition. Krešimir Ćosić was the player that won the trophy 2 times. Nikos Galis and Dirk Nowitzki won the top scorer award 4 times.

MVP Awards

Year MVP
1935 Spain Rafael Martín
1937 Lithuania Pranas Lubinas
1939 Lithuania Mykolas Ruzgys
1946 Hungary Ferenc Nemeth
1947 Soviet Union Joann Lõssov
1949 Turkey Hüseyin Öztürk
1951 Czechoslovakia Ivan Mrázek
1953 Soviet Union Anatoly Konev
1955 Hungary János Greminger
1957 Czechoslovakia Jiří Baumruk
1959 Soviet Union Viktor Zubkov
1961 Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać
1963 Spain Emiliano Rodríguez
1965 Soviet Union Modestas Paulauskas
1967 Czechoslovakia Jiří Zedníček
1969 Soviet Union Sergei Belov
1971 Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić
1973 Spain Wayne Brabender
1975 Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić
1977 Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić
1979 Israel Mickey Berkowitz
1981 Soviet Union Valdis Valters[5]
1983 Spain Juan Antonio Corbalán
1985 Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis
1987 Greece Nikos Galis
1989 Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović
1991 Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč
1993 Germany Christian Welp
1995 Lithuania Šarūnas Marčiulionis
1997 Yugoslavia Aleksandar Đorđević
1999 Italy Gregor Fučka
2001 Yugoslavia Predrag Stojaković
2003 Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius
2005 Germany Dirk Nowitzki
2007 Russia Andrei Kirilenko
2009 Spain Pau Gasol

Top scorers (points per game)

Year Top Scorer PPG
1935 Italy Livio Franceschini 16
1937 Lithuania Pranas Lubinas 13.8
1939 Estonia Heino Veskila 16.5
1946 Poland Pawel Stok 12.6
1947 Soviet Union Otar Korkia 14.7
1949 Turkey Hüseyin Öztürk 19.3
1951 Czechoslovakia Ivan Mrázek 17.1
1953 Lebanon Ahmed Idlibi 15.8
1955 Czechoslovakia Miroslav Skerik 19.1
1957 Belgium Eddy Terrace 22
1959 Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać 27.5
1961 Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać 24.3
1963 Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać 26.5
1965 Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać 21.6
1967 Greece Georgios Kolokithas 26.2
1969 Greece Georgios Kolokithas 22.6
1971 Poland Edward Jurkiewicz 22.5
1973 Bulgaria Atanas Golomeev 21.7
1975 Bulgaria Atanas Golomeev 23.1
1977 Netherlands Kees Akerboom, sr. 26.4
1979 Poland Mieczyslaw Mlynarski 26.4
1981 Poland Mieczyslaw Mlynarski 23.1
1983 Greece Nikos Galis 33
1985 Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović 25.2
1987 Greece Nikos Galis 37
1989 Greece Nikos Galis 35.6
1991 Greece Nikos Galis 32.4
1993 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sabahudin "Dino" Bilalović 25
1995 Lithuania Šarūnas Marčiulionis 22.5
1997 Israel Oded Katash 22
1999 Spain Alberto Herreros 19.2
2001 Germany Dirk Nowitzki 28.7
2003 Spain Pau Gasol 25.8
2005 Germany Dirk Nowitzki 26.1
2007 Germany Dirk Nowitzki 24
2009 Spain Pau Gasol 18.8

See also

References

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