Robert Busnel (September 19, 1914 in Toulon, France – March 15, 1991 in France) was a French professional basketball player, coach, and administrator. During his playing career, the 1.92 m (6'3 ​34") tall Busnel, played at the power forward position. He was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor, in 1989, and was awarded the Olympic Order, by the IOC, in 1990. He was awarded the Glory of Sport in 1994. He was inducted into the French Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2005. In 2007, he was enshrined as a contributor to the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Robert Busnel
Personal information
Born(1914-09-19)September 19, 1914
Toulon, France
DiedMarch 15, 1991(1991-03-15) (aged 76)
Lyon, France
Listed height6 ft 3.75 in (1.92 m)
Career information
Playing career1929–1952
PositionPower forward
Coaching career1945–1966
Career history
As player:
1929–FA Mulhouse
–1945FC Grenoble
1946–1947ESSMG Lyon
1947–1949UA Marseille
1949–1952Racing Club de France
As coach:
1945–1957France Women
1949–1952Racing Club de France
1965–1966Real Madrid
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • French League champion (1930, 1931, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1951)

As head coach:

As contributor:

Basketball playing careerEdit

During his playing career, Busnel played club basketball with FA Mulhouse, FC Grenoble, ESSMG Lyon, UA Marseille, and Racing Club de France.

Busnel played for the senior French national team, from 1934 to 1949. He played at the 1939 EuroBasket, the 1946 EuroBasket, the 1947 EuroBasket, and the 1949 EuroBasket, where he won a silver medal.

Basketball coaching careerEdit

Busnel coached the senior French national women's team, from 1945 to 1957. He won a bronze medal at the 1953 FIBA World Championship for Women. He also coached the senior French national men's team (1947–1957), winning a silver medal at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games, a silver medal at EuroBasket 1949 (he was a player-coach in that tournament), and bronze medals at EuroBasket 1951 and EuroBasket 1953.

In the 1965–66 season, he coached Real Madrid, on the club level.

Basketball administrative careerEdit

Busnel was the technical director (in 1960–1964), and President (in 1967–1980), of the French Basketball Federation. He was the President of the Standing Conference of Europe (now FIBA Europe), from 1976 to 1982. He served as a President of FIBA, in 1984–1990.


He received the Croix de Guerre 1939–1945 (France). The French Basketball Cup is named after him, in his honor.


Busnel, along with his wife Joëlle, and one of his nephews,[1] died in an auto crash, in 1991, outside of Lyon.[2]

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

Club playing careerEdit

  • French League Champion: (1930, 1931, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1951)

Club coaching careerEdit


  1. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales · Page 79.
  2. ^ "Tragic death of Robert Busnel". Olympic Review (283): 193. May 1991. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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