Lebanese Basketball League

The Lebanese Basketball League, or XXL Energy Lebanese Basketball League for sponsorship reasons, is the top-tier professional men's basketball league in Lebanon. It is organized annually as a national championship with playoffs and a national cup by the Lebanese Basketball Federation (FLB).[1]

Lebanese Basketball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2020–21 Lebanese Basketball League season
SportBasketball
Founded1992 (new format)
CEOAkram Halabi
No. of teams10
CountryLebanon
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
champion(s)
Al Riyadi
Most titlesAl Riyadi
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toLeague 1
Domestic cup(s)Lebanese Basketball Cup
International cup(s)FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Arab Club Basketball Championship

HistoryEdit

The initial Lebanese basketball league was formed in as early as the 1950s; however, it was stopped during the Lebanese Civil War. In 1992, the league was reformed into a fully professional format.[citation needed]

In 1997, Sporting Club (Al Riyadi) finished as Lebanese champions, allowing them to participate in the 1998 FIBA Asia Champions Cup . There, they finished 3rd place. That same year, Al Riyadi lost the Lebanese championship to their big rivals Sagesse Club (Hekmeh).[citation needed]

In 1998, Beirut hosted the Arab Club Championship. Hekmeh won, the first ever basketball trophy for Lebanon.[citation needed]

In 1999, Beirut hosted the Arab Club Championship again. Hekmeh repeated as champions.[citation needed]

Al Riyadi has its greatest success in the Arab Club Championship during the 2000s. They won the title in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. In 2009, they defeated their fellow Lebanese team Hekmeh in the final, the first time two Lebanese teams met in the final. The 2009 tournament was held in Beirut.[citation needed]

OverviewEdit

The league is known due to the success of the Lebanese teams in the Asian competitions such as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, Arab Club Championship, and West Asian Basketball League. Many undrafted and free agent players from Europe and the NBA play in the Lebanese league.[citation needed]

The league is the first division in Lebanese basketball. The team that finishes last each season is relegated to the Second Division, while the Second Division's top four teams compete in a play-off system. The team that wins is promoted for the next season.[citation needed]

CompetitionEdit

There are 10 teams in the league. They play a round-robin format; each team plays all other teams once home and once away. At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams enter the playoffs and play a best of 5 series in the quarterfinals. The winners of the quarterfinals advance to the best of seven series in the semifinals. The two teams that advance play a best of seven series in the final, and the winner is the league champion.[citation needed]

FLB League (Standings since 1993)Edit

Season Champion Runner-up
1992–1993 Al Riyadi Kahraba Zouk
1993–1994 Sagesse Kahraba Zouk
1994–1995 Al Riyadi Kahraba Zouk
1995–1996
League Cancelled
1996–1997 Al Riyadi Tadamon Zouk
1997–1998 Sagesse Tadamon Zouk
1998–1999 Sagesse Tadamon Zouk
1999–2000 Sagesse Antranik Beirut
2000–2001 Sagesse Champville
2001–2002 Sagesse Champville
2002–2003 Sagesse Al Riyadi
2003–2004 Sagesse Al Riyadi
2004–2005 Al Riyadi Sagesse
2005–2006 Al Riyadi Sagesse
2006–2007 Al Riyadi Blue Stars
2007–2008 Al Riyadi Mouttahed
2008–2009 Al Riyadi Mouttahed
2009–2010 Al Riyadi Champville
2010–2011 Al Riyadi Champville
2011–2012 Champville Anibal
2012–2013
League Cancelled
2013–2014 Al Riyadi Sagesse
2014–2015 Al Riyadi Byblos Club
2015–2016 Al Riyadi Sagesse
2016–2017 Al Riyadi Homenetmen
2017–2018 Homenetmen Al Riyadi
2018–2019 Al Riyadi Beirut Club
2019–2020
League Cancelled

Wins by TeamEdit

Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
Al Riyadi
15
3
1992–93, 1994–1995, 1996–97, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19 2002–03, 2003–04, 2017–18
Sagesse
8
4
1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04 2004–05, 2005–06, 2013–14, 2015–16
Champville
1
4
2011–12 2000–01, 2001–02, 2009–10, 2010–11
Homenetmen
1
1
2017–18 2016–17
Kahraba Zouk
0
3
1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95
Tadamon Zouk
0
3
1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99
Mouttahed
0
2
2007–08, 2008–09
Antranik Beirut
0
1
1999–2000
Blue Stars
0
1
2006–07
Anibal
0
1
2011–12
Byblos Club
0
1
2014–15
Beirut Club
0
1
2018–19

RivalriesEdit

The Big Rivalry

  • Al Riyadi vs Sagesse Club. It is the Biggest Rivalry in the league, a classical match up since 1994 between the two most successful teams in Lebanon and two of the most successful clubs in the Arab world and Asia, it is also known as the Derby of Beirut.[citation needed]

Other Rivalries

Notable playersEdit

Notable coachesEdit

Women's leagueEdit

2019–20 teams:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Asia-Basket". www.asia-basket.com. Retrieved 2021-05-25.

External linksEdit