Euroleague Basketball teams with Belgrade junior tourney
by: Euroleague.net
January 25, 2008
Euroleague Basketball today announced an agreement to support the City of Belgrade Junior Tournament, one of the most distinguished events of its kind in Europe. The decision was announced along with tournament details on Friday at a press conference in Belgrade. This season's "Nike International Junior Classification Tournament Belgrade" will be held from March 28 to 30, 2008, and all participating teams represent either Euroleague clubs - Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Montepaschi Siena, Union Olimpija Ljubljana, Partizan Igokea Belgrade, Prokom Trefl Sopot and Lietuvos Rytas - or ULEB Cup teams - FMP, Red Star, KK Bosna, Benetton Basket Tamoil, BC Khimki Moscow Region and BC Hemofarm Stada. All players participating in this year's tournament were born in 1990 or later. The decision to help sponsor the "Nike International Junior Classification Tournament Belgrade" is part of an effort by Euroleague Basketball to create a qualifying process that ends with the annual Nike International Junior Tournament, which will enjoy its sixth edition at next spring's 2008 Final Four in Madrid. The first such qualifying event was the " L'Hospitalet Junior Tournament" in Spain earlier this month. As with the L'Hospitalet event, the winner and runner-up teams from Belgrade will receive invitations to the Nike International Junior Tournament.

Tijana Covic,"Nike International Junior Classification Tournament Belgrade" Director: "First of all, I would like to thank Euroleague Basketball for the confidence it has shown in collaborating with this tournament. We consider it an honour to have a partner like Euroleague Basketball in this initiative and it encourages us to reach our final goal, to create a tournament that will improve year after year and in several seasons will be considered one of the most traditional junior tournaments in Europe."

Davor Ristovic, FMP Team Manager: "We are very satisfied with the general level of the teams that will partiticpate in the tournament, I personally consider that we have joined 12 high-level teams and I encourage all public and media to watch and enjoy of all those future stars."

Vladimir Stankovic, Euroleague Basketball representative: "We are very proud of this collaboration, as this year we have started a program of cooperation with European junior tournaments with the aim of supporting junior basketball in Europe. One of the main reasons to come here to Belgrade is the history of FMP's junior program, thanks to the great job they are doing in developing an incredible number of talents season after season."
PrintPrint Send to a FriendSend to a Friend ShareShare

Special Features

Voices
Milos Teodosic - Serbia (photo FIBA)
The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup ends with medals games in Madrid on Saturday, France vs. Lithuania for bronze,... MORE
Voices
Joffrey Lauvergne - France, Nemanja Bjelica - Serbia (photo: www.fiba.com)
After the massacre in Madrid, the road to the gold-medal match runs through quarterfinal survivors Serbia and France. MORE
Voices
Jonas Maciulis - Lithuania (photo FIBA)
As they have numerous times over 25 years, Lithuania and USA meet again on in World Cup semifinals on Thursday in... MORE
Blogs
Bogdan Bogdanovic - Serbia (photo FIBA)_59591
I said last week from Granada that my team and I expected to get better moving forward in the 2014 FIBA Basketball... MORE