Balkan International Basketball League

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Balkan International Basketball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 BIBL
Balkan international basketball league.jpg
BIBL
Sport Basketball
Founded 2008
No. of teams variable
Countries Albania Albania
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
Montenegro Montenegro
Kosovo Kosovo
Continent FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
Bulgaria Levski Sofia
TV partner(s) Digitalb (SuperSport), BNT 1, BNT Sat, Channel 3
Official website balkanleague.net

The Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL), also known as the Balkan League, is a multinational professional basketball league that features pro clubs from the Balkans. The league includes teams from the countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. The most recent league champion is Levski of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Purpose

The purpose of the Balkan International Basketball League is to provide competitive international play for clubs in the Balkans that would otherwise be unable to participate in international basketball. The league achieves this by providing financial support to all participating clubs in order to ease the costs that make international play difficult[1]. Among other milestones, the league is also the first international league of its kind to include teams from Kosovo.

Format

As of the 2017-2018 season, the Balkan International Basketball League has introduced a new, simplified competition format. As per the new format, the competition will involve 8 teams playing each other in a double round robin (home and away) for a total 14 games. The changes to the league format include a new playoff format. The first and second place teams automatically qualify for playoffs, while teams placed 3rd to 6th will play each other home and away to make it to the final four (3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5). Winning teams will advance to the finals to play for the championship. [2]

Championship

Season Host Arena Champion Runner-up Result
2008–09 Bulgaria Samokov Arena Samokov Bulgaria Rilski Sportist Republic of Macedonia Feršped Rabotnički 84–77
2009–10 Bulgaria Sofia Universiada Hall Bulgaria Levski Sofia Montenegro Lovćen 77–65
2010–11 Republic of Macedonia Kavadarci Jasmin Sports Hall Republic of Macedonia Feni Industries Bulgaria Rilski Sportist 88–75
2011–12 Israel Gan Ner Gan Ner Sports Hall Israel Hapoel Gilboa Galil Bulgaria Levski Sofia 89–84
2012–13 Bulgaria Samokov Arena Samokov Israel Hapoel Gilboa Galil Bulgaria Levski Sofia 87–79
2013–14 Kosovo Pristina Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve Bulgaria Levski Sofia Israel Hapoel Gilboa Galil 75–69
2014–15 Kosovo Pristina
Bulgaria Samokov
Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve
Arena Samokov
Kosovo Sigal Prishtina Bulgaria Rilski Sportist 74−72
80–71
2015–16 Kosovo Pristina
Montenegro Bar
Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve
Sportska dvorana Topolica
Kosovo Sigal Prishtina Montenegro Mornar 82−68
68−75
2016–17 Bulgaria Stara Zagora
Republic of Macedonia Kumanovo
Obshtinska zala
Sports Hall Kumanovo
Bulgaria Beroe Republic of Macedonia Kumanovo 84−55
77−73
2017–18 Bulgaria Samokov Arena Samokov Bulgaria Levski Sofia Kosovo Bashkimi 83−72


Trophy ranking

Club Winners Runners-up
Bulgaria Levski Sofia
3
2
Israel Hapoel Gilboa Galil
2
1
Kosovo Sigal Prishtina
2
0
Bulgaria Rilski Sportist
1
2
Republic of Macedonia Feni Industries
1
0
Bulgaria Beroe
1
0
Republic of Macedonia Feršped Rabotnički
-
1
Montenegro Lovćen
-
1
Montenegro Mornar
-
1
Republic of Macedonia Kumanovo
-
1
Kosovo Bashkimi
-
1

References

  1. ^ http://www.balkanleague.net/en/news.php?id=19083
  2. ^ http://www.balkanleague.net/en/news.php?id=19089

External links

  • BIBL Official Website
  • Eurobasket.com League Page
  • BallinEurope.com Article
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