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FIBA EuroBasket

FIBA We Are Basketball LogoThe main basketball competition for national sides in Europe is the FIBA EuroBasket tournament and the 2017 edition is a very special tournament. This event sees the format of the tournament, changing from a two-year cycle to a four-year cycle. This means the winners of this years’ event will hold the title until 2021, at least. The 2017 FIBA EuroBasket tournament is also set to be a special occasion because it will be the 40th edition of the tournament.

The 2017 EuroBasket tournament starts on 31st of August and the final game will be played on the 17th of September.

Like the 2015 tournament, the 2017 EuroBasket event will take place in four countries. The host nations for the 2017 tournament are Turkey, Israel, Finland, and Romania. The tournament sees four group stages, with six teams taking part in a group, and then a knock-out stage. The knockout stage of the tournament will be held in Istanbul, in Turkey. The Sinan Erdem Dome will play host to the knockout stage and given this venue was the host of the 2017 EuroBasket Final Four back in May, it has been an illustrious year for this popular Turkish venue.

Best Teams in EuroBasket History

Sovjet Union Basketball TeamThe history of the tournament sees the top two spots held by nations who no longer exist. With 14 Gold medals, 3 Silver medals and 4 bronze medals, the Soviet Union is the most successful participant of the EuroBasket tournament. In second place is Yugoslavia, with a total of 8 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals and 4 bronze medals.

In third place are the reigning champions, Spain, and they have a total of 3 Gold Medals, 6 Silver medals, and 3 Bronze medals. Lithuania have also won the tournament three times but they can only call on 3 Silver medals and 1 bronze medal.

While this year starts a new cycle for the EuroBasket event, there have been a number of changes to the EuroBasket tournament over the years. While the current format sees 24 teams taking place, the event used to feature 16 teams, with the change taking place in 2011. You can read more about this at the end of this page.

FIBA EuroBasket Trophy

The format of the tournament is a simple one, with the 24 teams being split into four different groups. The 2017 EuroBasket tournament will see the top 4 teams from each group progressing to the knockout stage, which means the bottom two teams of each group will be eliminated.

Round of 16

The pairings for the Round of 16 have already been determined, with the fixtures set to run as follows:

  • Game 1) Runner up in Group B v Third place in Group A
  • Game 2) Winner of Group C v Fourth place in Group D
  • Game 3) Winner of Group A v Fourth place in Group B
  • Game 4) Runner up in Group D v Third place in Group C
  • Game 5) Winner of Group B v Fourth place in Group A
  • Game 6) Runner up in Group C v Third place in Group D
  • Game 7) Runner up in Group A v Third place in Group B
  • Game 8) Winner of Group D v Fourth place in Group C

Round of 8

The tournament is scheduled so teams can work out their path to their final if they are so confident of progressing. The Round of 8 takes place on the 12th and 13th of September and will feature:

  • Game A) Winner of Game 1 v Winner of Game 2
  • Game B) Winner of Game 3 v Winner of Game 4
  • Game C) Winner of Game 5 v Winner of Game 6
  • Game D) Winner of Game 7 v Winner of Game 8

The Semi-Finals and EuroBasket 2017 Final

The semi-final matches will take place on the 14th and 15th of September with the games being as follows:

  • Winner of Game A v Winner of Game B
  • Winner of Game C v Winner of Game D

On the 17th of September, the two teams who won their semifinal will compete in the Championship game while the two losing semi-finalists will participate in the Bronze medal match.

The 2017 EuroBasket

The teams involved with the 2017 EuroBasket are:

FIBA EuroBasket 2017
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Poland Ukraine Croatia Great Britain
Greece Israel Czech Republic Russia
France Lithuania Spain Serbia
Finland Georgia Montenegro Latvia
Iceland Italy Romania Turkey
Slovenia Germany Hungary Belgium
  • Group A which will be played in Finland
  • Group B which will be played in Israel
  • Group C which will be played in Romania
  • Group D which will be played in Turkey

FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Logo

With the next FIBA EuroBasket tournament not taking place until 2021, there will be an added incentive for players taking part in this event. Knowing that you will automatically hold the title for 4 years is something that every player is looking for. It is not as though any team or player should need an added incentive going into a tournament like the FIBA EuroBasket event but knowing your reign will be a longer one is always going to give players something else to play for.

For now, though, the focus is on the group games and making sure you rank as strongly as possible to get the best possible draw, and hopefully route to the final, in Istanbul.

The 2015 EuroBasket

The most successful team in the 2015 EuroBasket history was the then defunct Soviet Union, who held 14 titles. France were the reigning champions, winning the tournament in 2013.

Due to the upheaval in the Ukraine, plans for the 2015 event have been difficult and in June of 2014, the Ukraine lost the rights to host the 2015 edition. In September 2014, FIBA announced that the 2015 FIBA EuroBasket event would be spread out amongst Croatia, France, Germany, and Latvia with the draw for the 2015 event taking place in Disneyland on Monday the 8th of December, 2014. Each host nation was allocated to the Group being located in their country and the 24 teams were split into 6 seeded groups, with four teams in each pot.

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The groups consisted of a team from each pot and were defined as in the following table:

FIBA EuroBasket 2015
Group A Group B Group C Group D
France Spain Croatia Lithuania
Finland Serbia Slovenia Ukraine
Bosnia and Herzegovina Turkey Greece Latvia
Poland Italy F.Y.R. of Macedonia Belgium
Israel Germany Georgia Czech Republic
Russia Iceland Netherlands Estonia

The 2015 EuroBasket tournament was won by Spain, for their third Gold Medal at the EuroBasket and the final match saw them triumph by a score of 80-62 against Lithuania. The Bronze medal was claimed by France who defeated Serbia by a score of 81-68.

The tournament was also used for Olympic qualification so all of the losing quarter-finalists took part in a separate event to settle the placings between 5th and 8th in the overall tournament. The Czech Republic claimed the fifth spot in the tournament, defeating Latvia in the final game after these two teams had triumphed against Greece and Italy respectively.

The 2013 EuroBasket

FIBA EuroBasket 2013 Logo

The 2013 FIBA EuroBasket event was held in Slovenia and it was the first time that France had ever won the event. France defeated Lithuania by 80-66 on the 22nd of September in Ljubljana in front of a 10,000 crowd. At the 2013 event, three teams held an 8-3 record. Eventual winners France, Lithuania, and Croatia all held an 8-3 record; Spain and Slovenia held a 7-4 record.

Teams who qualified for the 2015 EuroBasket event thanks to their record at the 2013 EuroBasket event were:

  • Ukraine
  • France
  • Lithuania
  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Serbia
  • Italy

All of the above nations, with the exception of Italy, have qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, scheduled to be held in Spain, thanks to their ranking at the 2013 EuroBasket.

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24 Teams Format of the EuroBasket Event

FIBA EuroBasket Trophy

There have been a number of different formats and styles used in the tournament. The current number of teams taking part in the final tournament is 24, whereas up until the 2011 event, this number was set at 16. In the 24 team event, 8 places are automatically given out. The host nation qualifies automatically and the top 7 ranked teams from the previous EuroBasket event are placed directly into the event.

 

This leaves 16 spaces up for groups. The remaining teams (31) were placed into 6 groups. This was split into 5 groups of 5 and a group of 6. The top 2 sides from a group automatically gained entry to the EuroBasket event and the top 4 ranked third placed teams gained entry.

This creates the 24 teams that play off in a host nation. The nature of the tournament then sees four groups being created each with 4 teams in it. The three best teams in each group proceed to the second round.

Best 8 Teams of Second Round Progress to the Knock-out Round

The second round sees the 12 teams be placed into two groups of 6. The top four sides in each group progress to the knockout round.

Knock-out round pairings were pre-determined as:

  • E1 v F4
  • F3 v E2
  • F1 v E4
  • F2 v E3

Winners of the top two ties play each other in the semi-final while the winners of the bottom two ties play each other in the other semi-final. There is a 5th placed bracket event, which sees the four losing quarter finalists play against each other. The losers of this tie play in the 7th Placed match, while the winners play in the 5th Placed match. The losers of the semi-final play in the 3rd Placed match. This allows a ranking of 1st through to 8th to be created, which plays a part in the qualification process for the next FIBA EuroBasket event and the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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