ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT

The EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT will mark the 14th edition of a competition that has grown from eight teams and one city in 2003 to qualifying tournaments held across four months in as many countries that offer at least 32 teams the chance to become the junior club champions of Europe. As in previous seasons the Final Tournament will feature the four qualifying tournament winners, the reigning champion from the previous season as well as three wild card invitees competing as a parallel event to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The two finalists have the honour of playing for the title on the same court where the Turkish Airlines Euroleague championship game is held later on the same day.

ROME
Citta di Roma Tournament
The Torneo Città di Roma will be held 27-29 December, 2014 in the city of Rome, Italy. The qualifying tournament to be played at the Arena Altero Felice will see three Italian teams compete against five international teams. Armani Junior Milan of Italy reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.
L'HOSPITALET
Ciutat de L'Hospitalet Tournament
The Torneig de Basquet Junior “Ciutat de L’Hospitalet” will be held 4-6 January, 2015 in the city of L’Hospitalet, Spain. The qualifying tournament to be played at the Complex Esportiu L'Hospitalet Nord will see five Spanish teams compete against three international teams. Fiatc Joventut Badalona and Real Madrid of Spain reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.
KAUNAS
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Kaunas Tournament
The Kaunas IJT will be held 16-18 January, 2015 in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. The qualifying tournament to be played at the Zalgirio Arena will see two Lithuanian teams compete against six international teams. Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of Turkey reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.
BELGRADE
Belgrade Tournament
The Euroleague Basketball International Junior Tournament Belgrade will be held 27 February-1 March, 2015 in the city of Belgrade, Serbia. The qualifying tournament to be played at BasketCity and BasketLand will see four Serbian teams compete against four international teams. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade of Serbia reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.

Field set for 2013 Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament

Mar 18, 2013 by Euroleague.net Print
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With the objective of growing basketball globally together, Euroleague Basketball and Nike are pleased to confirm the participation of the eight clubs that will compete for the 2013 Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament trophy. The 11th annual NIJT, held in conjunction with the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, runs from Thursday, May 9 to Sunday, May 12, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. The final to crown Europe's junior champions will be contested at The O2 on the same court where some hours later the Euroleague champion will be crowned. The NIJT features four teams that secured their places via qualifying tournaments held during the season and four wildcards.

KK Spars Sarajevo of Bosnia and Herzegovina advanced from the Torneo Città di Roma; FIATC Joventut Badalona of Spain made it through the Torneig Junior Ciutat de L'Hospitalet; Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius of Lithuania was the champion at the Euroleague Junior Qualifying Tournament Inter RAO Lietuva; and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade of Serbia qualified from the NIJT Classification Tournament Belgrade. Joining them will be FC Barcelona Regal of Spain, INSEP Paris of France, Team China and Team England.

In line with Euroleague Basketball’s strategic goals, wildcard spots were awarded to the under-18 national teams of England and China to help encourage the growth of the sport in those countries. For both Team China and Barcelona, this will be a third consecutive year at the NIJT. Lietuvos Rytas is back to defend its 2012 NIJT crown. Crvena Zvezda and 2010 winner INSEP have made multiple past appearances, while Joventut, Spars and Team England will compete for the first time.

For more than a decade, the NIJT has exemplified the long-term commitment that Nike and Euroleague Basketball have to showcase young basketball talents who may someday become stars. As such, the NIJT alumni club is becoming a who’s who of European basketball stars. Many players who participated in previous events can be seen on Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup rosters. They include Milos Teodosic and Anton Ponkrashov (CSKA Moscow); Nikola Mirotic and Mirza Begic (Real Madrid); Jonas Maciulis (Panathinaikos Athens); Nihad Dedovic (Alba Berlin); Thomas Heurtel (Caja Laboral Vitoria); Xavi Rabaseda (FC Barcelona Regal); Augusto Lima (Unicaja Malaga), Branislav Djekic, Danilo Andusic, Dejan Musli and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Partizan m:ts Belgrade); Nemanja Nedovic (Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius), Klemen Prepelic (Union Olimpija Ljubljana), among others.

The group stages of the NIJT will be played from Thursday to Saturday at The London Soccerdome, located in front of The O2. The NIJT final is the traditional start to a fantastic Sunday at the Euroleague Final Four weekend. Fans have free admission to all games including the final, giving a unique opportunity to those who do not have Final Four tickets to see the arena from the inside. At the start of its second decade, the Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament has this season featured 34 different teams in the challenge to become junior champs of Europe.

Fans will be able to follow all of the action at www.euroleague.net/events/nike-international-junior-tournament/london where articles, statistics, game reports, quotes, photos and links will be available.