The Liga ACB, known as Liga Endesa for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional basketball division of the Spanish basketball league system. A total of 48 teams have competed in Liga ACB since its inception, six teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 33 times and FC Barcelona 18 times. Real Madrid dominated the championship from the 1950s through the 1970s when was organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation, in more recent years, Baskonia has joined a coalition of now three teams dominating Liga ACB alongside Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Liga ACB is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world. The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format, during the course of a season, which lasts from October to May, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 32 games. Teams receive one point for a win, and no points for a loss, teams are ranked by total points, with the eight highest-ranked clubs at the end of the season plays the playoffs and the winner of the playoffs is crowned champion.
A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Liga ACB and the LEB Oro and these three teams were CB Guadalajara and CB Cornellà in 1993 and CB Cajabilbao in 1994. Since 2012, due to the crisis that started in 2008. This fact started a discussion about the requirements of the ACB in order to promote, for clubs that promote and would make their debut in the ACB demands, An arena with a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats. For clubs that come back to the league after a promotion, a deposit of €1, 7m that would be returned in case of relegation to LEB Oro. In case of a new promotion, this deposit is required to be restored, the conversion into a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva if the club remains in Liga ACB after its first season. In 2012, Iberostar Canarias and Menorca Bàsquet achieved the promotion to ACB, Canarias finally played in ACB after buying the berth in the league of Lucentum Alicante, previously sold to the association. In 2013, neither CB Atapuerca, Ford Burgos by sponsorship reasons, the seconds resigned to play in the second league and joined the fifth division.
In 2014 and 2015, CB Tizona, Ford Burgos by sponsorship reasons, after its second failed promotion, the third in the city of Burgos, the club sued the Association and this one accused them of distorting the reality. However, ACB would admit Ourense for the 2016–17 season if it fulfill the requirements regardless of their position in the 2015–16 LEB Oro season. On June 2016, the two promoted teams from LEB Oro resigned to promote to the 2016–17 ACB season and requested to the ACB their sign in before the 2017–18 season, the second million delayed on the dates agreed between the club and ACB. A deposit of €1, 6m that would be returned in case of relegation to LEB Oro, in case of a new promotion, this deposit is required to be restored. The conversion into a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva before the start of their season in Liga ACB
The FIBA EuroBasket 2009 was the 36th FIBA EuroBasket, the biennial regional basketball championship contested by European nations and held by FIBA Europe. The tournament, which was hosted by Poland, began on 7 September 2009, the competition served as a qualification tournament for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Spain claimed their first EuroBasket title by routing Serbia 85–63 in the final, Greece captured the bronze medal with a 57–56 victory over Slovenia. The four semifinalists plus France and Croatia claimed the six European qualifying spots for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, spains Pau Gasol was named the tournaments most valuable player. The tournament was played at seven venues in seven cities throughout Poland, Each one of the total six groups in the preliminary and the qualifying round was hosted by a single arena, while the entire knockout stage was played at Spodek Arena, Katowice. The draw for the round took place on 16 February 2008 in Venice. Poland, as host nation, and the seven top-placed nations in EuroBasket 2007 automatically qualified for the tournament finals, from the qualifying round, the winners of the four groups and the three best second-place teams advanced to the final round of the event.
The first six teams took part in a qualifying round, held from 5 to 30 August 2009. The draw for the groups of the tournament took place on 8 November 2008 in Warsaw. The finalists were divided into four seeding pots, based on the results of the teams in the most recent FIBA Europe official competitions, teams from the same group of seeds cannot be drawn against each other. H Host r Record, win–loss a Goal average coefficient, points for/points against Each nation fielded a roster of players for the tournament. FIBA rules allow one naturalized player per team, nineteen players currently on NBA rosters participated in the tournament. France led the way with five NBA players participating on the team, the European bison is the largest wild animal to be found in Polands forests. It is estimated that almost one fifth of the population of bisons is actually living in Poland. The animal is known for its attitude, while its posture and horns are associated with strength. The name chosen for the official mascot is Mieszko.
The name has significance as it is the name of the first documented Polish ruler who united Poland in the 10th century. Mieszko is wearing a jersey that shows the logo of the tournament
Real Madrid Baloncesto
Real Madrid Baloncesto is a Spanish professional basketball team that was founded in 1931, as a division of the Real Madrid C. F. multi sports club. They play domestically in the Liga ACB, and internationally in the EuroLeague, as successful as the Real Madrid athletic associations football club, the basketball team has been the most successful of its peers in both Spain and Europe. The Real Madrid squads have won a record 33 Spanish League championships and they have won a record 27 Spanish Cup titles, a record 9 EuroLeague Championships, and a record 4 Saporta Cups. Madrid has won a record 5 Intercontinental Cups, and they have won 3 Triple Crowns. Some of the star players over the years have included, Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Fernando Martín. Real Madrid has a basketball team that plays in the amateur level Spanish 4th-tier Liga EBA. Its early dominance in Spain has resulted in another cache of 33 domestic league and 27 cup trophies.
Madrid downed Milano the 1984 Cup Winners Cup on free throws by Brian Jackson, Madrid added a 1988 Korać Cup title against Cibona, and a 1992 Saporta Cup trophy against PAOK on a buzzer-beating jumper by Rickey Brown. It was not until Sabonis arrived in Madrid when Real won its last Euroleague title in 1995, Madrid still won the 1997 Saporta Cup title against Verona, but no more European trophies came in the next decade. Madrid still found success at home, winning Spanish League titles in 2000 and 2005 and it all changed in 2007 when Joan Plaza was promoted to head coach. Moreover, Madrid won the Spanish regular season and stayed strong in Palacio Vistalegre to lift its 30th league trophy, in Pablo Lasos era Real Madrid Baloncesto still found the success. New Spanish top tier players like Sergio Rodríguez and Rudy Fernández were acquired, ACB Rising Star winner Nikola Mirotić mixed with Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes, to give Real Madrid a strong home grown core. The team gave Real Madrid Baloncesto 5 Copa del Reys,3 Spanish Super Cups,3 Liga ACBs,1 EuroLeague, on May 17,2015, after waiting 20 years to win another EuroLeague championship, Real Madrid won the 2015 Euroleague against Olympiacos.
Madrids Andrés Nocioni was named the Final Four MVP and this title was called La Novena. Following the EuroLeague title, the 2014–15 ACB season was won, because Real won the Cup and Supercup that season, it won its first Quadruble crown. On September 27,2015,34 years after their last FIBA Intercontinental Cup title, Real Madrid won their fifth FIBA Intercontinental Cup trophy, Sergio Llull was named MVP of this tournament. Fronton Fiesta Alegre, before the team played in not domed courts, colegio Maravillas, used for home games during the construction of the new pavilion. 3 Trofeo Teresa Herrera,1987,1989,1991,2 Trofeos Open de París, 1961/62, 1962/63
Bilbao Basket, known as RETAbet Bilbao Basket by sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Bilbao, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and their home arena is the Bilbao Arena. The club was founded in 2000 replacing the city clubs, Cajabilbao. After four seasons between LEB and LEB2, Bilbao promoted to Liga ACB in 2004 by winning by 3–1 to Baloncesto León in the LEB semifinals. Bilbao spent ten seasons in the top tier of the Spanish basketball becoming finalist of the league in the 2010–11 season, in 2012, Bilbao played the Euroleague and it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by CSKA Moscow, who won the series by 3–1. The best era of the finished in 2013, when it lost the 2013 Eurocup Final at Charleroi against Lokomotiv Kuban. Set a club record or won an award while at the club. Played at least one international match for their national team at any time. To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career, Bilbao Basket has a strong rivalry with Saski Baskonia.
Their games together are called the Basque basketball derby, official website Bilbao Basket at ACB. com
FIBA EuroChallenge was the 3rd tier level transnational mens professional club basketball competition in Europe. It was organized and run by FIBA Europe, in 2015, FIBA dissolved the EuroChallenge to start a new second-tier competition, the FIBA Europe Cup, to compete with the EuroCup. Each seasons two EuroChallenge finalists were promoted to the next seasons 2nd tier level, the EuroCup competition, in 2015, FIBA Europe dissolved the EuroChallenge, to start a new third-tier competition, in an attempt to compete with EuroCup Basketball
A total of 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or commissions, Americas, Asia and Oceania. The FIBA Basketball World Cup is a tournament for mens national teams held every four years. Teams compete for the Naismith Trophy, named in honor of basketballs Canadian creator James Naismith. A parallel event for teams, the FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup, is held quadrennially, from 1986 through 2014, it was held in the same year as the mens event. The womens tournament will continue to be held in the year as the FIFA World Cup. In 2009 FIBA announced three new tournaments, two 12-team U-17 World Championships to be played in July 2010, and an eight-team FIBA World Club Championship to be launched in October 2010, the FIBA World Club Championship did not materialize. In its place, FIBA instead relaunched its original world club championship for men, the newest worldwide FIBA tournaments for national teams are in the three-player half-court variation, 3x3.
The FIBA 3x3 U-18 World Championships were inaugurated in 2011, all events include separate tournaments for mens and mixed teams. The U-18 championships, held annually, feature 32 teams in each individual tournament, the senior championships have 24 teams in each individual tournament, and are held in even-numbered years. The association was founded in Geneva in 1932, two years after the sport was recognized by the IOC. Its original name was Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur, eight nations were founding members, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. During the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, the Federation named James Naismith, FIBA has organized a World Championship, now known as World Cup, for men since 1950 and a Womens World Championship, now known as the Womens World Cup, since 1953. From 1986 through 2014, both events were held four years, alternating with the Olympics. As noted above, the mens World Cup will be moved to a new cycle, with tournaments in the year before the Summer Olympics.
The Federation headquarters moved to Munich in 1956, returned to Geneva in 2002, in 1991, it founded the FIBA Hall of Fame, the first induction ceremony was held on 12 September 2007, during EuroBasket 2007. During its 81st anniversary in 2013, FIBA moved into its new headquarters, The House of Basketball, patrick Baumann is the current Secretary General of FIBA. Up until that point, even players from some fully registered and licensed professional leagues could qualify to compete at the Olympics, after making this monumental rules change, the Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur became the Fédération internationale de basket-ball, but it retained FIBA as an abbreviation. The 1994 FIBA World Championship was the first time that the FIBA World Cup allowed current American NBA players that had played in an official NBA regular season game to play
Liga Española de Baloncesto Amateur is a Spanish basketball championship that is the fourth level in the Spanish basketball league system, behind Liga ACB, LEB Oro and LEB Plata. It was the second tier competition from 1994 to 1996, the third tier from 1996 to 2000, the Liga EBA is constituted by five inter-regional groups. After the regular season, sixteen teams will join the playoffs, the last qualified teams of each group, are relegated to Primera División. The best teams in the Final Eight were usually promoted to a higher division, due to economical problems, sometimes the winners couldnt promote to other divisions. The 16 qualified teams were divided in four groups of four teams, the winners of the regular season groups hosted each group. The four group winners were promoted to the disappeared LEB Bronce, after the play-offs, the FEB sets a table to determine the officious champion of the Liga EBA. In this table, the four winners were the four first qualified teams. The 32 teams qualified play a two-leg play-off where four teams promote to the higher division, since the 2010–11 season, only 16 teams are qualified to the May madness format.
Four teams are promoted each season to LEB Plata, for the 2012–13 season, FEB decided to come back to the Final Groups format After the play-offs, the FEB sets a table to determine the officious champion of the Liga EBA. As in 2008 and 2009, the round was played by 16 teams divided in four groups. The Copa EBA was a competition held from 1996 to 2000 season and this Cup was held after the end of the regular season and was played by the champions of the groups
EuroBasket 2011 was the 37th mens European Basketball Championship, held by FIBA Europe. The competition was hosted by Lithuania and this was the second time EuroBasket had been held in Lithuania, the country having hosted the 1939 championship. FIBA Europe asserted that Lithuania managed to organize the best European championship in its history, the top two teams are guaranteed spots at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The group matches were played in four arenas, namely Alytus Arena, Šiauliai Arena, Cido Arena in Panevėžys, the second stage matches were played at the Siemens Arena in the capital Vilnius and the playoffs at the new Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas. All tickets were sold for matches in which Lithuania played in a matter of hours after the start of sale. Other tickets were sold out in advance for all venues except for Alytus. This policy was altered in Panevėžys where there were separate tickets for the games Lithuania played,20000 foreign visitors went to Lithuania for the championship. 135000 local fans visited the arenas,120000 people watched EuroBasket 2011 matches in special fan zones that were constructed beside every arena with a large screen and outdoor seating available.
Among the foreign teams the Georgian, Slovenian and Latvian national teams had the most fans travelling from their home countries, Georgians had certain city squares decorated in their flags in both Klaipėda and Vilnius. Several famous people and heads of states went to championship and this included the president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and prince of Spain Felipe. All but one of the 15 countries that participated in the Qualifying Round qualified for the final tournament, each team consisted of 12 players. Only 1 among the 12 could be a foreign player. Some of the teams had players that traced their ancestry to the teams they represent and were allowed to play for team, such as Germany. Other teams naturalised players participating in their countrys system, among them Spain, Bulgaria, Belgium. Montenegro and Macedonia each naturalised US-born players who had never played in their league system, other naturalised players moved to their current countries in their youth, with a notable example being Great Britains Luol Deng, who fled the Sudanese Civil War with his family as a child.
Lithuania, Serbia and Finland are notable exceptions, with all of their players having been born in Lithuania, Serbia, another exception was Latvia playing without foreign players. Some of the Eastern European national teams, such as Bosnia and this was primarily true for countries that have good basketball players but no powerful clubs or leagues to match that. On the other hand, for countries with strong leagues, such as Italy, the same was true for countries weak in basketball as their players are unable to get into strong foreign leagues
FIBA Basketball World Cup
It is considered to be the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation. The world championship is considered to be just as prestigious as the basketball gold medal. The championship has held every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1950. The tournament structure is similar, but not identical, to that of the FIFA World Cup, a parallel event for womens teams, now known as the FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup, is held quadrennially. From 1986 through 2014, the mens and womens championships were held in the same year, the current format of the tournament involves 24 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation. The winning team receives the Naismith Trophy, first awarded in 1967, the current champions are the United States, who defeated Serbia in the final of the 2014 tournament. Following the 2014 FIBA championships for men and women, the mens World Cup was scheduled on a new four-year cycle to avoid conflict with the FIFA World Cup, the next mens World Cup will be held in 2019, in the year following the FIFA World Cup.
All FIBA World Championship/World Cup tournaments from the 1994 edition onward, are considered as fully professional level tournaments. The FIBA Basketball World Cup was conceived at a meeting of the FIBA World Congress at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Long-time FIBA Secretary-General Renato William Jones urged FIBA to adopt a World Championship, similar to the FIFA World Cup, the FIBA Congress, seeing how successful the 23-team Olympic tournament was that year, agreed to the proposal, beginning with a tournament in 1950. Argentina was selected as host, largely because it was the country willing to take on the task. Argentina took advantage of the host selection, winning all their games en route to becoming the first FIBA World Champion, the first five tournaments were held in South America, and teams from the Americas dominated the tournament, winning eight of nine medals at the first three tournaments. By 1963, teams from Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe, between 1963 and 1990, the tournament was dominated by the United States, the Soviet Union and Brazil who together accounted for every medal at the tournament.
United States dominated that year and won gold, while former states of USSR and Yugoslavia - Russia and Croatia - won Silver, the 1998 FIBA World Championship, held in Greece, lost some of its luster when the 1998–99 NBA lockout prevented the American professional players from participating. New Yugoslavian team, now consisting of the former Yugoslav republics of Serbia and Montenegro, won the gold medal over Russia, while USA, playing with amateur players, in 2002 other nations eventually caught up to the four powerhouse countries and their successor states. Meanwhile, the United States team, made up entirely of NBA players and this new era of parity convinced FIBA to expand the tournament to 24 teams for 2006,2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament. In 2006, emerging powerhouse Spain beat Greece in the first appearance in the final for both teams, Spain became only the seventh team to capture a World Championship gold. The USA, who lost to Greece in a semifinal, beat Argentina in 3rd place match, in 2010 FIBA World Championship final the USA beat Turkey and won gold for first time in 16 years, while Lithuania beat Serbia and won bronze
The Olympic Games are considered the worlds foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years. Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure. The evolution of the Olympic Movement during the 20th and 21st centuries has resulted in changes to the Olympic Games. The IOC has had to adapt to a variety of economic, political, as a result, the Olympics has shifted away from pure amateurism, as envisioned by Coubertin, to allowing participation of professional athletes. The growing importance of mass media created the issue of corporate sponsorship, World wars led to the cancellation of the 1916,1940, and 1944 Games.
Large boycotts during the Cold War limited participation in the 1980 and 1984 Games, the Olympic Movement consists of international sports federations, National Olympic Committees, and organising committees for each specific Olympic Games. As the decision-making body, the IOC is responsible for choosing the host city for each Games, the IOC determines the Olympic programme, consisting of the sports to be contested at the Games. There are several Olympic rituals and symbols, such as the Olympic flag and torch, over 13,000 athletes compete at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in 33 different sports and nearly 400 events. The first and third-place finishers in each event receive Olympic medals, silver, the Games have grown so much that nearly every nation is now represented. This growth has created numerous challenges and controversies, including boycotts, bribery, every two years the Olympics and its media exposure provide unknown athletes with the chance to attain national and sometimes international fame.
The Games constitute an opportunity for the host city and country to themselves to the world. The Ancient Olympic Games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, competition was among representatives of several city-states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece. These Games featured mainly athletic but combat such as wrestling. It has been written that during the Games, all conflicts among the participating city-states were postponed until the Games were finished. This cessation of hostilities was known as the Olympic peace or truce and this idea is a modern myth because the Greeks never suspended their wars. The truce did allow those religious pilgrims who were travelling to Olympia to pass through warring territories unmolested because they were protected by Zeus