Basketball is considered as one of the best sport in the world, which is mainly because a lot of countries practice basketball. One of the many countries that practice basketball is Albania.
And because of the love of Albanians for basketball, the Albania Men’s National Basketball Team and Albania Women’s National Basketball Team were formed. If you’re interested to know the achievements of the Albania National Basketball team, then you’re on the right page.
The Men’s Team in the 1947 Eurobasket
The Albania Men’s National Basketball Team became a member of the FIBA by the year 1947, and by that same year, the fresh Albania Men’s National Basketball team played their very first game In the Eurobasket.
the preliminary round, their first opponent was the National Basketball team of Italy, where they lost by nine points, 51-60.
Their second game in the Preliminary round was against the National Basketball team of Belgium, and again, they were defeated by only three points by the said team, with a final score of 111-114. On their last game in the preliminary round, the Albania Men’s National Basketball team was again defeated, but this time it was against the Egypt National Basketball team.
Although the team was defeated thrice, they were still able to proceed to the semi-final round. Their first game in the semi-final round was against the National Basketball Team of Romania.
The National Basketball team of Romania won by a landslide, with a final score of 15-73. The second semi-final game was against the Austria National Basketball Team, and again they were defeated.
The team played in the Final round, this time against the National Basketball Team of Yugoslavia. And, unfortunately they were defeated by the said team with a final score of 13-90. At the end of the tournament, the Albania National Basketball team ranked last, 14th out of all the 14 countries that participated in the said league.
The Men’s Team in the 1957 Eurobasket
After the 1947 Eurobasket, the men’s team did not join any tournament until after 10 years. By the year 1957, the men’s team participated again in the Eurobasket.
The team won seven times out of the ten games that they played in the preliminary round, which is obviously better than their performance in the 1947 Eurobasket. However in the classification round, the Albania Men’s National Basketball team were defeated by the other teams, such as Finland, Italy, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, and Germany.
Although the team did not win the championships, their final ranking in the 1957 Eurobasket was already an achievement for the team and for their country. They ranked 7th out of all the 16 teams that participated in the 1957 Eurobasket. The team participated again in the 2005 Eurobasket, and again, failed to win the championships.
The Albania National Basketball Team participated in the European Promotion Cup. They placed 6th in 2002, 5th in 2004, and 2nd place in 2006. They also participated in the European Championship.