Acropolis International Basketball Tournament

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The Acropolis International Basketball Tournament (also known as the Acropolis of Athens Basketball Tournament and the Acropolis Basketball Cup) (Greek: Τουρνουά Ακρόπολις) is an international basketball competition that is played between national teams, which has been held almost every year since 1986, and takes place in Athens, Greece, during the summer. It takes place before the big official FIBA[1] tournaments like the EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympic Games. The tournament is named after the world-famous Acropolis of Athens. The competition is played under FIBA rules.

Acropolis International Basketball Tournament
SportBasketball
Founded1986; 34 years ago (1986)
Inaugural season1986
CEOAndreas Miaoulis
No. of teams4 or 5
CountriesFIBA members
Most recent
champion(s)
Serbia Serbia (2019)
Most titlesGreece Greece (17 titles)
TV partner(s)ERT World
Official websiteBasket.gr

The tournament is organized by the Hellenic Basketball Federation, and it is sponsored by Eurobank. It is one of the best-known non-FIBA organized international friendly basketball competitions that is competed between national teams.

VenuesEdit

Time Period Arena
1986–1989
Peace and Friendship Stadium SEF
1990 Glyfada Makis Liougas Sportshall
1991 (Jubilee), 1992–1994 Peace and Friendship Stadium SEF
1995–1996 Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall
1997 Peace and Friendship Stadium SEF
1998 Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall
1999 Peace and Friendship Stadium SEF
2000–2002 Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall
2003–2004 Glyfada Makis Liougas Sportshall
2005–2011, 2013, 2015–present Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall

HistoryEdit

The tournament's host team, the senior men's Greek National Basketball Team, has won the tournament 17 times so far, last one 2015. In 1991, the Hellenic Basketball Federation and FIBA Europe, joined together to hold the special edition 1991 FIBA Centennial Jubilee Tournament, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sport of basketball. The Centennial Jubilee Tournament is not counted with the other Acropolis Tournaments, because it was not solely organized by the Hellenic Basketball Federation.

To date, there have been 29 official Acropolis Tournaments that have been organized by the Hellenic Basketball Federation, plus the unofficial special edition 1991 FIBA Centennial Jubilee Tournament. The Greek national team did not host the 2012 Acropolis Tournament, because it participated in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and failed to qualify for the Olympics that year. There was also no Acropolis Tournament in the years 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Acropolis Tournament standingsEdit

Year Arena Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal 4th Place 5th Place
1986
(Details)
SEF  
Yugoslavia
 
Italy
 
Greece
 
Netherlands
None
1987
(Details)
SEF  
Yugoslavia
 
Greece
 
Czechoslovakia
 
Canada
None
1988
(Details)
SEF  
Yugoslavia
 
Greece
 
Italy
 
Duke Blue Devils
None
1989
(Details)
SEF  
Greece
 
Italy
 
ACC All Stars
 
Netherlands
None
1990
(Details)
Glyfada  
Argentina
 
Greece
 
Czechoslovakia
 
China
None
1992
(Details)
SEF  
Greece
 
Lithuania
 
Italy
 
France
None
1993
(Details)
SEF  
Greece
 
Bulgaria
 
Russia
 
College NCAA DI All Stars
None
1994
(Details)
SEF  
FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)
 
Russia
 
Greece
 
Italy
 
Argentina
1995
(Details)
OAKA  
FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)
 
Greece
 
College NCAA DI All Stars
 
Slovenia
None
1996
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
NIT All Stars
 
Italy
 
Germany
None
1997
(Details)
SEF  
Italy
 
Greece
 
France
 
Germany
None
1998
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
College NCAA DI All Stars
 
Poland
 
Japan
None
1999
(Details)
SEF  
Greece
 
Italy
 
Australia
 
Russia
None
2000
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Russia
 
Brazil
 
Hungary
None
2001
(Details)
OAKA  
Italy
 
Greece
 
FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)
 
Lithuania
None
2002
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Lithuania
 
Italy
 
Croatia
None
2003
(Details)
Glyfada  
Greece
 
Slovenia
 
Poland
 
Israel
None
2004
(Details)
Glyfada  
Lithuania
 
Greece
 
Italy
 
Brazil
None
2005
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Serbia and Montenegro
 
Italy
 
Germany
None
2006
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
France
 
Croatia
 
Italy
None
2007
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Lithuania
 
Slovenia
 
Italy
None
2008
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Brazil
 
Croatia
 
Australia
None
2009
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Serbia
 
Lithuania
 
Russia
None
2010
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Slovenia
 
Serbia
 
Canada
None
2011
(Details)
OAKA  
Italy
 
Greece
 
Bulgaria
 
BYU Cougars
None
2013
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Lithuania
 
Italy
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
None
2015
(Details)
OAKA  
Greece
 
Turkey
 
Lithuania
 
Netherlands
None
2017
(Details)
OAKA  
Georgia
 
Serbia
 
Greece
 
Italy
None
2019
(Details)
OAKA  
Serbia
 
Greece
 
Turkey
 
Italy
None

Medals SummaryEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Greece179329
2  Italy33713
3  Yugoslavia3003
4  Serbia and Montenegro2114
5  Lithuania1427
6  Serbia1214
7  Argentina1001
  Georgia1001
9  United States0224
10  Russia0213
  Slovenia0213
12  Brazil0112
  Bulgaria0112
  France0112
  Turkey0112
16  Croatia0022
  Czechoslovakia0022
  Poland0022
19  Australia0011
Totals (19 nations)29292987

Results by countryEdit

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze 4th 5th App.
1.   Greece 17 9 3 0 0 29
2.   Italy 3 3 7 5 0 18
3.   Yugoslavia 3 0 0 0 0 3
4.   Serbia and Montenegro 2 1 1 0 0 4
5.   Lithuania 1 4 2 1 0 8
6.   Serbia 1 2 1 0 0 4
7.   Argentina 1 0 0 0 1 2
8.   Georgia 1 0 0 0 0 1
9.   United States 0 2 2 3 0 7
10.   Russia 0 2 1 2 0 5
11.   Slovenia 0 2 1 1 0 4
12.   Brazil 0 1 1 1 0 3
13.   France 0 1 1 1 0 3
14.   Bulgaria 0 1 1 0 0 2
15.   Turkey 0 1 1 0 0 2
16.   Croatia 0 0 2 1 0 3
17.   Czechoslovakia 0 0 2 0 0 2
18.   Poland 0 0 2 0 0 2
19.   Australia 0 0 1 1 0 2
20.   Germany 0 0 0 3 0 3
21.   Netherlands 0 0 0 3 0 3
22.   Canada 0 0 0 2 0 2
23.   China 0 0 0 1 0 1
24.   Israel 0 0 0 1 0 1
25.   Japan 0 0 0 1 0 1
26.   Hungary 0 0 0 1 0 1
27.   Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 0 1 0 1

*after 2019 edition

MVP AwardsEdit

Year MVP Award Winner
19861998 Not awarded
1999   Georgios Sigalas
2000   Fragiskos Alvertis
2001   Gregor Fučka
2002   Antonis Fotsis
2003   Nikos Chatzivrettas
2004   Nikos Chatzivrettas (2×)
2005   Dimitris Diamantidis
2006   Dimitris Diamantidis (2×)
2007   Vassilis Spanoulis
2008   Antonis Fotsis (2×)
2009   Vassilis Spanoulis (2×)
2010   Sofoklis Schortsanitis
2011   Antonis Fotsis (3×)
2013   Nikos Zisis
20152019 Not awarded

Top scorer by countryEdit

Year Team TPS GP PPG TTP
1986   Yugoslavia 292 3 97.3 1064
19872005 Results not available
2006   Greece 219 3 73.0 804
2007   Italy 244 3 81.3 908
2008 Results not available
2009   Lithuania 221 3 73.7 829
2010   Greece 293 3 97.7 927
2011   Greece 265 3 88.3 778
2013   Greece 247 3 82.3 889
2015   Netherlands 246 3 82.0 900
2017   Greece 211 3 70.3 832
2019   Serbia 268 3 89.3 926

Key:

  • TPS - Total Points Scored
  • GP - Game played
  • PPG - Points per game
  • TTP - Tournament total points

FIBA Centennial Jubilee TournamentEdit

The 1991 FIBA Centennial Jubilee Tournament was the special edition tournament that was organized jointly by FIBA Europe and the Hellenic Basketball Federation to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sport of basketball. It is not counted officially with the other 27 Acropolis International Tournaments because it was not solely organized by the Hellenic Basketball Federation. It was contested by France, Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, Spain, and the Soviet Union.

SponsorsEdit

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