Balkan International Basketball League

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, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. The most recent league champion is Blokotehna of Gevgelija, North Macedonia.

Balkan International Basketball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019–20 BIBL
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BIBL
SportBasketball
Founded2008
No. of teamsvariable
Countries Albania
 Bulgaria
 Kosovo
 North Macedonia
 Montenegro
ContinentFIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
North Macedonia Blokotehna
TV partner(s)sportmedia.tv, YouTube
Official websitebalkanleague.net

PurposeEdit

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.

FormatEdit

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 of around 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]

ChampionshipEdit

Season Host Champion Result Runner-up Arena
2008–09   Samokov   Rilski Sportist 84–77   Feršped Rabotnički Arena Samokov
2009–10   Sofia   Levski Sofia 77–65   Lovćen Universiada Hall
2010–11   Kavadarci   Feni Industries 88–75   Rilski Sportist Jasmin Sports Hall
2011–12   Gan Ner   Hapoel Gilboa Galil 89–84   Levski Sofia Gan Ner Sports Hall
2012–13   Samokov   Hapoel Gilboa Galil 87–79   Levski Sofia Arena Samokov
2013–14   Pristina   Levski Sofia 75–69   Hapoel Gilboa Galil Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve
2014–15   Pristina
  Samokov
  Sigal Prishtina 74−72
80–71
  Rilski Sportist Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve
Arena Samokov
2015–16   Pristina
  Bar
  Sigal Prishtina 82−68
68−75
  Mornar Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve
Sportska dvorana Topolica
2016–17   Stara Zagora
  Kumanovo
  Beroe 84−55
77−73
  Kumanovo Obshtinska zala
Sports Hall Kumanovo
2017–18   Samokov   Levski Sofia 83−72   Bashkimi Arena Samokov
2018–19   Tirana   Blokotehna 82-68   Teuta Feti Borova Sport Hall
2019–20 - - - - -


Trophy rankingEdit

Club Winners Runners-up
  Levski Sofia
3
2
  Hapoel Gilboa Galil
2
1
  Sigal Prishtina
2
-
  Rilski Sportist
1
2
  Feni Industries
1
-
  Beroe
  Blokotehna
  Feršped Rabotnički
-
1
  Lovćen
  Mornar
  Kumanovo
  Bashkimi
  Teuta

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