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FIBA EuroBasket 2015 was the 39th annual edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organised by FIBA Europe. It took place in four different countries (Croatia, France, Germany, and Latvia), making it the first EuroBasket held in more than one country. It started on 5 September and ended on 20 September.

FIBA EuroBasket 2015
39th FIBA European Basketball Championship
EuroBasket 2015 logo.png
Tournament details
Host nations  Croatia
 France
 Germany
 Latvia
Dates 5–20 September
Teams 24 (from 37 federations)
Venues 5 (in 5 host cities)
Champions  Spain (3rd title)
MVP Spain Pau Gasol[1]
Tournament leaders
Players Teams
Points Spain Gasol (25.6)  Italy (85.8)
Rebounds Russia Vorontsevich (9.2)  France (41.6)
Assists Lithuania Kalnietis (7.8)  Serbia (23.0)
Official website
FIBA EuroBasket 2015
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Qualified teams for the EuroBasket 2015
Former EuroBasket 2015 logo

The top two teams (Spain and Lithuania) qualified to the 2016 Summer Olympics. The next five teams (France, Serbia, Greece, Italy and the Czech Republic) advanced to the World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. Latvia and Croatia later qualified due to Serbia and Italy hosting two of the Olympic qualifying tournaments while Turkey also qualified as an invitee.

Spain won their third title by defeating Lithuania 80–63 in the final.[1] France won bronze on home soil defeating Serbia (81–68).[2] Pau Gasol was named the tournament's MVP.

Contents

Host selectionEdit

On 18 December 2011, FIBA Europe decided to let Ukraine host EuroBasket 2015, after France, Croatia, Germany and Italy withdrew their joint bid.[3] On 19 March 2014, tournament director Markiyan Lubkivsky announced that EuroBasket 2015 would not take place in Ukraine because of the political and financial crisis and the championship would be relocated.[4][5] But later, FIBA Europe was forced to deny reports that Ukraine had given up the hosting rights for EuroBasket 2015 due to the continuous political situation and security issues in Ukraine.[6] On 13 June 2014, FIBA Europe officially announced that Ukraine would not be hosting the championships.[7]

Sixteen countries expressed an initial interest to bid for the relocated event. National Federations were called by FIBA Europe to officially bid for hosting the tournament or parts of the tournament until 31 July 2014. The next day FIBA Europe announced eight official bids from potential organizers:[8]

All interested federations were provided the option to bid to stage either one of the four groups in the Group Phase of the tournament, one of the groups and the Final Phase, only the finals, or the entire tournament. FIBA Europe was scheduled to officially announce the details of the bids after 27 August 2014.[8]

Croatia, France, Poland and Turkey bid to host one of the four groups in the Group Phase and the Final Phase in the knock-out round. Additionally, Turkey also bid to host the Final Phase only.

All other countries bid to host only one of the four groups in the Group Phase. Prior to the Board Meeting, Turkey withdrew their candidature from hosting any part of the tournament while Poland and Croatia withdrew their candidature to host the Final Phase of the tournament, leaving France as the only candidate to host the Final Phase.[9]

On 8 September 2014, it was announced that the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 tournament would be hosted in Germany (Berlin), Croatia (Zagreb), Latvia (Riga) and France (Montpellier), with each of the countries hosting one respective group during the group stage of the tournament. France would be the hosts of the finals in the knock-out phase in the city of Lille at the multi-functional Stade Pierre-Mauroy, which has a 27,000 capacity for basketball. [9]

VenuesEdit

Lille
 
 
Berlin
 
Zagreb
 
Riga
 
Montpellier
 
Lille
EuroBasket 2015 (Europe)
Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Capacity: 27,500 (indoor configuration)
Montpellier
Park&Suites Arena
Capacity: 10,700
Zagreb Berlin Riga
Arena Zagreb Mercedes-Benz Arena Arena Riga
Capacity: 16,500 Capacity: 14,500 Capacity: 11,200

QualificationEdit

Qualification for the tournament took place in two phases; the first featured 13 teams who failed to qualify for FIBA EuroBasket 2013, the winner of which qualifying directly for the finals. The remaining teams then went into qualification with the remaining FIBA Europe sides.

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualification Date of qualification Tournament appearance Last appearance
  Spain Host nation of 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup & 3rd place of FIBA EuroBasket 2013 23 May 2009 30 2013
  Ukraine 6th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 18 December 2011 (as initial host) 7 2013
  Estonia Winners of 1st round of FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification 1 September 2013[10] 5 2001
  France Winners of FIBA EuroBasket 2013 18 September 2013 37 2013
  Slovenia 5th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 19 September 2013 12 2013
  Croatia 4th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 19 September 2013 12 2013
  Lithuania Runner-up at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 19 September 2013 13 2013
  Serbia 7th place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 21 September 2013 5 2013
  Finland Wild card at 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup 1 February 2014 13 2013
  Greece Wild card at 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup 1 February 2014 25 2013
  Turkey Wild card at 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup 1 February 2014 22 2013
  Latvia 1st in Second Round Group F 24 August 2014 13 2013
  Israel 1st in Second Round Group B 24 August 2014 28 2013
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1st in Second Round Group A 24 August 2014 9 2013
  Belgium 1st in Second Round Group D 24 August 2014 16 2013
  Georgia 1st in Second Round Group E 27 August 2014 3 2013
  Czech Republic 2nd in Second Round Group E 27 August 2014 4 2013
  Germany 2nd in Second Round Group C 27 August 2014 23 2013
  Netherlands 2nd in Second Round Group B 27 August 2014 15 1989
  Poland 1st in Second Round Group C 27 August 2014 27 2013
  Macedonia 2nd in Second Round Group D 27 August 2014 5 2013
  Italy 1st in Second Round Group G 27 August 2014 36 2013
  Russia 2nd in Second Round Group G 27 August 2014 12 2013
  Iceland 2nd in Second Round Group A 27 August 2014 1

DrawEdit

SeedingsEdit

FIBA Europe released the seedings for the EuroBasket 2015 draw on 27 November 2014.[11] According to the FIBA Europe regulations the participating nations, the 10 participants of the 2014 World Cup would be seeded first, based on their respective records in FIBA EuroBasket 2013, with the remaining teams seeded based on their qualification records.[11]

Final drawEdit

 
Publicity onto the North Regional Council in Lille.

The draw took place on 8 December 2014 at 16:00 at Disneyland in Paris, France.[12][13] Criteria for the draw was as follows:

  • The four hosts were drawn together, but as Latvia were amongst the third seeded teams and Germany the fifth, only three teams would be in fourth and sixth pot containing the remaining seeds and these teams could not be drawn into groups with Latvia and Germany respectively.
  • France and Croatia, as hosts, were drawn first and the two remaining first seeds, Spain and Lithuania, were drawn separately into the remaining two groups not already with a top-seeded team.
  • In addition to this, following on from the exceptional circumstances leading to the relocation of EuroBasket 2015, each of the four hosts was granted the right to select a partner federation for commercial and marketing criteria. These teams would automatically be placed into the same group as their chosen partner country. The selections were;
    • France and Finland
    • Germany and Turkey
    • Croatia and Slovenia
    • Latvia and Estonia [14] [15]
Pot 1
(Hosts)
Pot 2
(Remaining First Seeds)
Pot 3
(Second Seeds)
Pot 4
(Remaining Third Seeds)
Pot 5
(Fourth Seeds)
Pot 6
(Remaining Fifth Seeds)
Pot 7
(Sixth Seeds)

  Croatia
  France
  Germany
  Latvia

  Lithuania
  Spain

  Slovenia c
  Ukraine
  Serbia
  Finland a

  Greece
  Turkey b
  Bosnia and Herzegovina

  Poland
  Belgium
  Macedonia
  Italy

  Israel
  Czech Republic
  Georgia

  Netherlands
  Russia
  Iceland
  Estonia d

^a Assigned to Group A, for its partnership with France.
^b Assigned to Group B, for its partnership with Germany.
^c Assigned to Group C, for its partnership with Croatia.
^d Assigned to Group D, for its partnership with Latvia.

SquadsEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

The best four teams of each group advance to the knockout stage.[16]

     Team advances to the knockout stage
     Team is eliminated

Group AEdit

Venue: Montpellier, France

 
Tram painted to promote the EuroBasket 2015 in Montpellier
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   France 5 5 0 407 335 +72 10 Advanced to Knockout stage
2   Israel 5 3 2 375 384 −9 8[a]
3   Poland 5 3 2 367 352 +15 8[a]
4   Finland 5 2 3 387 392 −5 7
5   Russia 5 1 4 379 374 +5 6[b]
6   Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 1 4 324 402 −78 6[b]
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Poland–Israel 73–75
  2. ^ a b Bosnia and Herzegovina–Russia 61–81
5 September 2015
Poland   68–64   Bosnia and Herzegovina
Israel   76–73   Russia
France   97–87 (OT)   Finland
6 September 2015
Russia   79–82   Poland
Finland   66–79   Israel
Bosnia and Herzegovina   54–81   France
7 September 2015
Finland   81–79   Russia
Israel   84–86 (OT)   Bosnia and Herzegovina
France   69–66   Poland
9 September 2015
Bosnia and Herzegovina   59–88   Finland
Poland   73–75   Israel
Russia   67–74   France
10 September 2015
Finland   65–78   Poland
Bosnia and Herzegovina   61–81   Russia
Israel   61–86   France

Group BEdit

Venue: Berlin, Germany

 
Italy and Germany during the national anthems.
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Serbia 5 5 0 433 354 +79 10 Advanced to Knockout stage
2   Spain 5 3 2 448 411 +37 8[a]
3   Italy 5 3 2 434 434 0 8[a]
4   Turkey 5 3 2 429 459 −30 8[a]
5   Germany 5 1 4 370 379 −9 6
6   Iceland 5 0 5 368 445 −77 5
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Spain 1–1, +20; Italy 1–1, +5; Turkey 1–1 −25
5 September 2015
Germany   71–65   Iceland
Spain   70–80   Serbia
Italy   87–89   Turkey
6 September 2015
Serbia   68–66   Germany
Iceland   64–71   Italy
Turkey   77–104   Spain
8 September 2015
Serbia   93–64   Iceland
Germany   75–80   Turkey
Spain   98–105   Italy
9 September 2015
Turkey   72–91   Serbia
Italy   89–82 (OT)   Germany
Iceland   73–99   Spain
10 September 2015
Serbia   101–82   Italy
Germany   76–77   Spain
Turkey   111–102 (OT)   Iceland

Group CEdit

Venue: Zagreb, Croatia

 
Arena Zagreb ahead of EuroBasket 2015
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Greece 5 5 0 387 340 +47 10 Advanced to Knockout stage
2   Croatia 5 3 2 359 343 +16 8[a]
3   Slovenia 5 3 2 367 356 +11 8[a]
4   Georgia 5 2 3 369 364 +5 7
5   Macedonia 5 1 4 324 381 −57 6[b]
6   Netherlands 5 1 4 355 377 −22 6[b]
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Croatia–Slovenia 80–73
  2. ^ a b Netherlands–Macedonia 71–78
5 September 2015
Georgia   72–73   Netherlands
Macedonia   65–85   Greece
Croatia   80–73   Slovenia
6 September 2015
Netherlands   71–78   Macedonia
Slovenia   79–68   Georgia
Greece   72–70   Croatia
8 September 2015
Slovenia   81–74   Netherlands
Georgia   68–79   Greece
Croatia   73–55   Macedonia
9 September 2015
Greece   83–72   Slovenia
Macedonia   75–90   Georgia
Netherlands   72–78   Croatia
10 September 2015
Slovenia   62–51   Macedonia
Georgia   71–58   Croatia
Greece   68–65   Netherlands

Group DEdit

Venue: Riga, Latvia

 
EuroBasket 2015 fanzone in Riga
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Lithuania 5 4 1 360 336 +24 9 Advanced to Knockout stage
2   Latvia 5 3 2 348 339 +9 8[a]
3   Czech Republic 5 3 2 370 342 +28 8[a]
4   Belgium 5 3 2 370 344 +26 8[a]
5   Estonia 5 1 4 316 374 −58 6[b]
6   Ukraine 5 1 4 349 378 −29 6[b]
Source: eurobasket2015.org
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Latvia 2–0; Czech Republic 1–1; Belgium 0–2
  2. ^ a b Ukraine–Estonia 71–78
5 September 2015
Czech Republic   80–57   Estonia
Belgium   67–78   Latvia
Lithuania   69–68   Ukraine
6 September 2015
Estonia   55–84   Belgium
Latvia   49–68   Lithuania
Ukraine   64–78   Czech Republic
7 September 2015
Lithuania   74–76   Belgium
Czech Republic   65–72   Latvia
Ukraine   71–78   Estonia
9 September 2015
Belgium   64–66   Czech Republic
Latvia   74–75   Ukraine
Estonia   62–64   Lithuania
10 September 2015
Ukraine   71–79   Belgium
Latvia   75–64   Estonia
Czech Republic   81–85 (OT)   Lithuania

Knockout stageEdit

Venue: Lille, France

 
Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Automatic qualifiers for the Olympics
 
                           
 
12 September
 
 
  France 76
 
15 September
 
  Turkey 53
 
  France 84
 
12 September
 
  Latvia 70
 
  Latvia 73
 
17 September
 
  Slovenia 66
 
  France 75
 
12 September
 
  Spain (OT) 80
 
  Spain 80
 
15 September
 
  Poland 66
 
  Spain 73
 
12 September
 
  Greece 71
 
  Greece 75
 
20 September
 
  Belgium 54
 
  Spain 80
 
13 September
 
  Lithuania 63
 
  Serbia 94
 
16 September
 
  Finland 81
 
  Serbia 89
 
13 September
 
  Czech Republic 75
 
  Croatia 59
 
18 September
 
  Czech Republic 80
 
  Serbia 64
 
13 September
 
  Lithuania 67 Third place
 
  Israel 52
 
16 September 20 September
 
  Italy 82
 
  Italy 85   France 81
 
13 September
 
  Lithuania (OT) 95   Serbia 68
 
  Lithuania 85
 
 
  Georgia 81
 
Olympic qualifying bracket

The winners of the 5–8th place semifinals advanced to the qualification tournament. The 5–8th place semifinals losers played in the seventh place game to determine the last participant.

 
5–8th place semifinals Seventh place game
 
           
 
17 September
 
 
  Greece 97
 
18 September
 
  Latvia 90
 
  Latvia 70
 
17 September
 
  Czech Republic 97
 
  Czech Republic 70
 
 
  Italy 85
 

FinalEdit

20 September 2015
19:00
Spain   80–63   Lithuania
Scoring by quarter: 19–8, 22–25, 19–10, 20–20
Pts: Gasol 25
Rebs: Gasol 12
Asts: Rodríguez 6
Pts: Kalnietis, Seibutis 13
Rebs: Valančiūnas 9
Asts: Kalnietis 5
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Attendance: 27,372
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Ilija Belošević (SRB), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR)


 EuroBasket 2015 Champions 
 
Spain
Third title

Final rankingEdit

Official final ranking by FIBA Europe.[17]

 
Results
Qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Qualified to Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament as hosts[note 1]
Qualified to Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Turkey qualified as a replacement invitee)
Rank Team Record FIBA World Rankings
Before After Change
    Spain 7–2 2 2 =0
    Lithuania 7–2 4 3 +1
    France 8–1 5 5 =0
4   Serbia 7–2 7 6 +1
5   Greece 7–1 10 10 =0
6   Italy 5–3 36 T-35 +1
7   Czech Republic 5–4 T-49 42 +7
8   Latvia 4–5 T-38 T-35 +3
9   Croatia 3–3 12 12 =0
10   Israel 3–3 T-38 37 +1
11   Poland 3–3 42 T-38 +4
12   Slovenia 3–3 13 13 =0
13   Belgium 3–3 T-51 44 +7
14   Turkey 3–3 8 8 =0
15   Georgia 2–4 54 47 +7
16   Finland 2–4 35 32 +3
17   Russia 1–4 6 7 –1
18   Germany 1–4 18 20 –2
19   Macedonia 1–4 32 34 –2
20   Estonia 1–4 NR T-84 +4
21   Netherlands 1–4 NR T-84 +4
22   Ukraine 1–4 40 T-38 +2
23   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–4 T-58 T-53 +5
24   Iceland 0–5 NR T-84 +4

All-Tournament TeamEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

FIBA broadcasting rightsEdit