Mahram Tehran BC
Mahram Tehran Basketball Club is an Iranian professional basketball club based in Tehran, Iran. They compete in the Iranian Basketball Super League. Mahram is considered as one of the giants of Iranian Basketball and were Champions of Asia in 2009 and 2010. Mahram has won the Iranian Basketball Super League championship a total of five times, they are sponsored by Mahram Food Company. Mahram is owned by the Mahram Food Company. Mahram won its first Iranian Basketball Super League championship in 2008 and won the next four editions as well, Mahram won its first Asian Champions Cup in 2009 and repeated the feat in 2010. Mahram's streak was broken in 2012 when they finished in second place in the Super League, Mahram won the Iranian Super League for the sixth time in 2015 after a two year absence. Notable national team players such as Hamed Haddadi and Mehdi Kamrani have played for Mahram over the years. 2004–05: 13th place 2005–06: 11th place 2006–07: 3rd place 2007–08: Champions 2008–09: Champions 2009–10: Champions 2010–11: Champions 2011–12: Champions 2012–13: 2nd place 2013–14: 2nd place 2014–15: Champions 2009: Champions 2010: Champions 2011: 3rd place 2012: Champions 2014: Champions 2009: Champions 2010: Champions 2011: 2nd place 2012: Champions 2009: Champions 2007: Champions 2008: 5th place 2009: 6th place 2010: Champions Hassan Negahdari Mohammad Mehdi Izadpanah Radenko Orlović Mostafa Hashemi Mehran Shahintab Mostafa Hashemi Memi Bečirovič Mostafa Hashemi 2009 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Mehrad Atashi, Saman Veisi, Kaveh Nourafza, Mehdi Kamrani, Kaveh Gharieh, Aidin Kabir, Hamed Afagh, Hamed Sohrabnejad, Jackson Vroman, Houman Rezaei, Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Priest Lauderdale.
Coach: Mostafa Hashemi 2010 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Mehrad Atashi, Jackson Vroman, Kaveh Nourafza, Mehdi Kamrani, Loren Woods, Aidin Kabir, Hamed Afagh, Hamed Sohrabnejad, Mehdi Esmaeili, Mohammad Reza Dargi, Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Saman Veisi. Coach: Mostafa Hashemi page on Asia-Basket Official website
2006 FIBA World Championship
The 2006 FIBA World Championship was the 15th FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. The tournament was hosted by Japan and held from August 19 to September 3, 2006, it was co-organised by the International Basketball Federation, Japan Basketball Association and the 2006 Organizing Committee. For the first time since 1986, the World Championship was contested by 24 nations, eight more than in 2002; as a result, group rounds were conducted in four cities, with the knockout rounds being hosted by Saitama City. The tournament was won by Spain, who, in the championship final, beat Greece, 70–47, to finish the tournament having won all nine games played. For Spain, it was a record breaking performance at the FIBA World Championship and something the country had never seen before, it was the first time Spain had won Gold in the FIBA World Championship along with it being the first time Spain had won a medal at the FIBA world championship. Pau Gasol became the first Spaniard to win the MVP award.
It was the first time a country has won all nine of its games since 1994 when the United States won all nine games and took the gold medal home. The bronze medal was won by the United States, who defeated Argentina, 96–81, in the third place game, after a crushing loss by Greece. Up to 2014, including the 2014 tournament, it has been the only tournament where neither Yugoslavia or the USA have reached the final. At the start of tournament, all 24 participating countries had 12 players on their roster; the following national teams competed: Japan qualified as the host country, Italy, Puerto Rico and Montenegro, Turkey gained FIBA wild-card invitations. Argentina qualified as the champion of the 2004 Olympics; the remaining 18 countries qualified through their continents' qualifying tournaments. The draw for 2006 World Championship was held in Tokyo on 15 January 2006. In the preliminary rounds, Group A played at Sendai, Group B at Hiroshima, Group C at Hamamatsu and Group D at Sapporo; the Medal Rounds were played at Saitama.
August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 21, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 21, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 22, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 22, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 All times are local. Venue: Saitama Super Arena Since the inaugural competition one of the two teams competing for the title had been either the USA or Yugoslavia. After the latter's breakup, a Former Yugoslav Republic, has taken its place in the final; the 2006 final was the first. The final was an unexpectedly one-sided affair, with Spain dominating from the beginning and limiting Greece to just 47 points, fewer than the Greeks had scored in any single game in the tournament, less than half what Greece had scored against the USA in the semifinals. Spain won despite having lost power forward Pau Gasol, named the tournament's most valuable player, to injury in a semifinal match against Argentina.
Teams that were eliminated at the round of 16 are tied for 9th. Teams that were 5th at their preliminary rounds are tied for 17th. Teams that were 6th at their preliminary rounds are tied for 21st. Pau Gasol Jorge Garbajosa Carmelo Anthony Manu Ginóbili Theodoros Papaloukas For the World Championship, FIBA selected 40 professional referees. • McDonald's FIBA World Championship 2006 official website FIBA official website EuroBasket.com FIBA Basketball World Cup Page
The 2003 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 2003, was the 33rd FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship held by FIBA Europe, which served as Europe qualifier for the 2004 Summer Olympics, giving a berth to the top three teams in the final standings. It was held in Sweden between September 5 and September 14 2003. Sixteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body; the cities of Borås, Luleå, Norrköping, Södertälje and Stockholm hosted the tournament. Lithuania won its third FIBA European title by defeating Spain with a 93–84 score in the final. Lithuania's Šarūnas Jasikevičius was voted the tournament's MVP. Of the sixteen teams that participated in EuroBasket 2003, hosts Sweden and World Champions Serbia and Montenegro qualified directly; the other fourteen teams earned their berths via a qualifying tournament. The teams were split in four groups of four teams each; the first team from each group qualified directly to the knockout stage.
To define the other four teams that advanced to the knockout stage and third-placed teams from each group where cross-paired and the winner from each match advanced to the knockout stage. In the knockout quarterfinals, the winners advanced to the semifinals; the winners from the semifinals competed for the championship in the final, while the losing teams play a consolation game for the third place. The losing teams from the quarterfinals play in a separate bracket to define 5th through 8th place in the final standings. At the start of tournament, all 16 participating countries had 12 players on their roster. Times given below are in Central European Summer Time. 2003 European Championship for Men, FIBA.com
Fenerbahçe Basketball known as Fenerbahçe also known as Fenerbahçe Beko for sponsorship reasons, are a professional basketball team and the men's basketball department of Fenerbahçe SK, a major Turkish multi-sport club based in Istanbul, Turkey. They are one of the most successful clubs in Turkish basketball history, the only Turkish team to have won the EuroLeague, as well as 12 Turkish championships, 6 Turkish Cups, 7 Turkish Super Cups, among others, they play. Besides the European championship title in 2017, secured by a convincing 80–64 win against Greek powerhouse Olympiacos in the final, Fenerbahçe have been EuroLeague runners-up in 2016 and 2018. Fener have played in four consecutive EuroLeague Final Fours to date, a record in Turkish basketball. Fenerbahçe are dominating the Turkish Super League, considered to be one of the best European national domestic basketball leagues; the club swept through the Turkish League playoffs in the 2017–18 season with only one defeat, defeating Tofaş in the finals, with a 4–1 series sweep.
The team lost only four Turkish League matches in the whole season. Many memorable players in European basketball have played for Fenerbahçe over the years, some of which have included: İbrahim Kutluay, Mirsad Türkcan, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Žan Tabak, Conrad McRae, Nemanja Bjelica, Ömer Aşık, Thabo Sefolosha, Linas Kleiza, Ömer Onan, David Andersen, Harun Erdenay, Damir Mršić, Bojan Bogdanović, Semih Erden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Tanoka Beard, Nikos Zisis, James Gist, Gordan Giriček, Mike Batiste, Marko Milič, Will Solomon, Bo McCalebb, Ekpe Udoh, Pero Antić, Luigi Datome, Nikola Kalinić, Kostas Sloukas, Jan Veselý, Ali Muhammed, Bogdan Bogdanović. Since 2013 the coach of the team is Željko Obradović, considered to be the greatest European coach in basketball history; the men's basketball department of Fenerbahçe was founded in 1913, but could not persist due to the Balkan Wars and World War I. Under the initiative of Muhtar Sencer and Cem Atabeyoğlu, it was founded in its current permanent form in 1944 and achieved considerable success when the sport established itself in Turkey.
Fenerbahçe won Turkish Basketball Championship titles in 1957, 1959, 1965, just before the current professional Turkish Super League was founded in 1966, made it to the European Champions Cup in 1960 and 1966. Under the leadership of memorable coach Samim Göreç, the team won several titles in the Istanbul Basketball League, the strongest regional league in Turkey, they remained a solid team in the rest of the 1960s, but had mixed success in the following decades the 70s and 80s. Those decades were dominated by the likes of Efes Pilsen and Eczacıbaşı, also Ülkerspor, who won most of the titles; as these teams belonged to notable corporations with a solid financial background and support, traditional sports clubs such as Fenerbahçe had difficulties keeping up with them. The fans of Fener had to wait until 1991 for another title, when Levent Topsakal, Larry Richard, head coach Çetin Yılmaz led Fenerbahçe to the Turkish League title over Tofaş. Fenerbahçe lost in the preliminary round; the club were back in the Turkish League finals in 1992, 1993, 1995, but could not find a way to win the championship for some time.
Fenerbahçe continued to have success in the late 90s. A third-place finish in the 1997–98 season allowed the club to return to the EuroLeague, with players like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Marko Milič, Žan Tabak, İbrahim Kutluay, the late Conrad McRae, Fenerbahçe advanced to the eighth-final playoffs, losing there to Real Madrid; the club made it to the Saporta Cup quarter-finals in 1994–95. The following season Fenerbahçe reached the quarter-finals of the Korać Cup in 1995–96 and repeated this achievement in 2000–01; the early 2000s, were with limited success. In 2005, Fenerbahçe returned to the Turkish League semifinals and had a great return to European competitions, finishing in fourth place in the 2004–05 FIBA Europe League. In the summer of 2006, the basketball club acquired a main sponsorship deal with Ülker, to form Fenerbahçe Ülker. After the sponsorship agreement, Fenerbahçe dominated the Turkish League and became the league champions two times in a row and the team returned to the EuroLeague.
After losing the Turkish League championship to Efes Pilsen in the 2008–09 season, in a contested playoff finals, Fenerbahçe became Turkish League champions again in the 2009–10 season, this time by defeating Efes Pilsen in the finals 4–2. Fenerbahçe Ülker headed into the 2010–11 season with five new transfers: Engin Atsür, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Marko Tomas, Kaya Peker, Darjuš Lavrinovič. With new head coach Neven Spahija, Fenerbahçe Ülker continued their domination in the Turkish League, winning both the Turkish Cup and the Turkish League, over long time rivals Beşiktaş and Galatasaray, respectively. After two disappointing seasons, in 2011–12 and 2012–13 where Fenerbahçe Ülker finished in fifth place in the Turkish league, legendary coach Željko Obradović was signed as the team's head coach, the roster was strengthened with the likes of former Toronto Raptor Linas Kleiza, promising power forward Nemanja Bjelica, consistent center Luka Žorić, hot Turkish prospects Kenan Sipahi and Melih Mahmutoğlu.
Fenerbahçe became the Turkish League champions once again, after beating eternal rivals Galatasaray in the playoff's finals of the 2013–14 season. Success in the EuroLeague, continued to elude the team
The Liga ACB, known as Liga Endesa for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional basketball division of the Spanish basketball league system. Administrated by the Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto, Liga ACB is contested by 18 teams, with the two lowest-placed teams relegated to the LEB Oro and replaced by the top team in that division plus the winner of the playoffs. A total of 49 teams have competed in Liga ACB since its inception. Seven teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 34 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. From the 1980s onwards when the ACB took control over the league, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid both dominated, though Liga ACB saw other champions, including Baskonia, Joventut Badalona, Baloncesto Málaga, Bàsquet Manresa, Valencia Basket. 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 indoor sports leagues in the world, with an average attendance of 6,427 for league matches in the 2017–18 season. This is the ninth-highest of any domestic professional indoor sports league in the world and the fourth-highest of any professional basketball league in the world, behind the National Basketball Association, the EuroLeague, the Women's National Basketball Association; 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 34 games. Teams receive one point for a win, 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 LEB Oro; the two lowest placed teams in Liga ACB are relegated to the LEB Oro, the top team from the LEB Oro promoted to Liga ACB, with an additional club promoted after a series of playoffs involving the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth placed clubs.
Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each season throughout the league's history: Until 2012, in the 29 editions played of the Liga ACB, only three teams declined promotion, due to acting as reserve teams or for lack of funds: CB Guadalajara and CB Cornellà in 1993 and CB Cajabilbao in 1994. Since 2012, due to the financial crisis that started in 2008, only two teams of a possible 10 could promote to Liga ACB; this started a discussion about the promotion requirements of the ACB, considered by the LEB Oro clubs as "disproportionate". For clubs that promote and would make their debut in the ACB demands: An arena with a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats. An inbound of €3m. For clubs that return to the league after a promotion, an update of the inbound is demanded. 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. 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 promotion to ACB, but neither could fulfill the requirements in order to promote. However, Canarias played in ACB after buying the berth in the league of Lucentum Alicante sold to the association. In 2013, neither CB Atapuerca, Ford Burgos by sponsorship reasons, nor Lucentum Alicante could promote; 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, did not promote despite achieving the place two years in a row. After its second failed promotion, the third in the city of Burgos, the club sued the Association any accused them of "distorting the reality". In 2015, despite having played in the league during the 1980s and 1990s, Club Ourense Baloncesto was not admitted in the league despite fulfilling all the requirements, after not passing an accounts audit. However, ACB would admit Ourense for the 2016–17 season if it fulfilled the requirements regardless of their position in the 2015–16 LEB Oro season.
On 24 April 2016, the National Commission of the Markets and the Competence argued that the inbound impedes, in an "unjustified and discriminatory" way, access of new clubs to Liga ACB. On June 2016, the two promoted teams from LEB Oro resigned promotion to the 2016–17 ACB season and requested to the ACB their sign-in before the 2017–18 season. However, as Gipuzkoa Basket, who finished in relegation positions in three of the last four seasons, resigned from ACB, the Association offered again its place to Palencia and Melilla under these conditions: An arena with a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats. An inbound of €2m; the second million delayed on the dates agreed between the club and ACB. A deposit of € 1,6 m. In case of a new promotion, this deposit is required to be restored. Conversion into a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva before the start of their second season in Liga ACB. Palencia and Mellila refused the invitation, to reinforce their position against the inbound to play in the league. In April 2017, the National Commission for Markets and Competition declared the entering inbound and the deposit for the regulation of promotions and relegations as illegal, as they consider it "unjustified and excessive" and imposed a fine of €400,000 to the ACB.
Subsequently, the ACB replied that it would appeal the decision of the CNMC, contending that it infringed on the self-or
The 1999 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 1999, was the 31st FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship held by FIBA Europe, which served as Europe qualifier for the 2000 Olympic Tournament, giving a berth to the top five teams in the final standings. It was held in France between 21 June and 3 July 1999. Sixteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body; the cities of Antibes, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Le Mans, Paris and Toulouse hosted the tournament. Italy won its second FIBA European title by defeating Spain with a 64–56 score in the final. Italy's Gregor Fučka was voted the tournament's MVP. Of the sixteen teams that participated in EuroBasket 1999 only two earned direct berths: France as hosts and the champions from EuroBasket 1997, Yugoslavia; the other fourteen teams earned their berths via a qualifying tournament. The teams were split in four groups of four teams each; the top three teams from each group advance to the second stage.
In the second stage, two groups of six teams were played a round robin. The results between teams that faced during the preliminary round are carried over; the top four teams from each group in the second stage advance to the knockout quarterfinals to compete for the Championship. The winners in the semifinals compete for the European Championship, while the losers from the semifinals play a consolation game for the third place; the losers in the quarterfinals compete in a separate bracket to define 5th through 8th place in the final standings. Ties were broken via the following the criteria, with the first option used first, all the way down to the last option: Head to head results Basket difference between the tied teams Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group At the start of tournament, all 16 participating countries had 12 players on their roster. Times given below are in Central European Summer Time. 1999 European Championship for Men, FIBA.com
The 2005 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 2005, was the 34th FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship held by FIBA Europe, which served as Europe qualifier for the 2006 FIBA World Championship, giving a berth to the top six teams in the final standings. It was held in Serbia and Montenegro between 16 September and 25 September 2005. Sixteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body; the cities of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Podgorica and Vršac hosted the tournament. It was the third time. Greece won its second FIBA European title by defeating Germany with a 78–62 score in the final. Germany's Dirk Nowitzki was voted the tournament's MVP. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and Montenegro, was the main stage of the EuroBasket 2005 action; the Pionir Hall hosted Group C's six preliminary round games, while the Belgrade Arena hosted the competition following the preliminary round. This was the third time. Belgrade hosted the European basketball championships in 1961 and 1975.
Podgorica's Morača Sports Center hosted Group B. Being in Montenegro, it is the farthest locale from the central venue. Novi Sad, nicknamed "The City of Sports", is the capital of province of Vojvodina and home to the Spens Sports Center; the six Group D games were played there. Vršac was home to Group A during the tournament, had a total of six games played in the 5,000-person capacity Millennium Center. Of the sixteen teams that participated in EuroBasket 2005, hosts Serbia and Montenegro the top four teams from EuroBasket 2003, Spain and Greece qualified directly. Greece took the place of the French team, the fourth-placed team in EuroBasket 2003; the other eleven teams earned their berths via a qualifying tournament. The teams were split in four groups of four teams each; the first team from each group qualified directly to the knockout stage. To define the other four teams that advanced to the knockout stage and third-placed teams from each group where cross-paired and the winner from each match advanced to the quarterfinals.
In the knockout quarterfinals, the winners advanced to the semifinals. The winners from the semifinals competed for the championship in the final, while the losing teams play a consolation game for the third place; the losing teams from the quarterfinals play in a separate bracket to define 5th through 8th place in the final standings. At the start of tournament, all 16 participating countries had 12 players on their roster. Times given below are in Central European Summer Time. 2005 EuroBasket, FIBA.com