Acropolis International Basketball Tournament

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Acropolis International Basketball Tournament
SportBasketball
Founded1986; 33 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 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.

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.

Venues[edit]

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

History[edit]

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 standings[edit]

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
United States
Duke Blue Devils
None
1989
(Details)
SEF
Greece

Italy
United States
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
United States
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
United States
College NCAA DI All Stars

Slovenia
None
1996
(Details)
OAKA
Greece
United States
NIT All Stars

Italy

Germany
None
1997
(Details)
SEF
Italy

Greece

France

Germany
None
1998
(Details)
OAKA
Greece
United States
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
United States
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 Summary[edit]

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 country[edit]

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 Awards[edit]

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

Top scorer by country[edit]

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 Tournament[edit]

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.

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