Basketball in Italy
Scores and results for basketball leagues in Italy
Demography: 59M (2021)
Spoken language: Italian
Largest cities: Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo
What are the main professional basketball leagues in Italy?
The top men's division is the Lega Basket Serie A, or LBA Serie A, managed by the Italian Basketball League, named Lega Societa di Pallacanestro. It is, of course, the oldest league, inaugurated in 1920. Although its name and formula may have changed over the years, there has always been a system of promotions and relegations within this professional basketball division.
Then there are two other national divisions, but not considered professional, which are managed by the National Basketball League in Italy, called Lega Nazionale Pallacanestro. These are the Serie A2, which is the second basketball division in Italy, and the Serie B, the third and final national division. Other leagues exist at the regional level.
What about the Italian national teams?
The Italian men's national basketball team, which is under the aegis of the Italian Basketball Federation (Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro), has won twelve medals in the three major international competitions (two gold, six silver and four bronze).
It won two silver medals at the Olympic Games, in 1980 in Moscow and in 2004 in Athens. It has won ten medals at EuroBasket, including two gold medals in 1983 and 1999, four silver and four bronze. The Italian team has never managed to reach the podium of the World Championship.
Note that the Italian women's national basketball team has won only one gold medal in its history. It was at the European Championships in 1938. Since then, the Italian players have won only two medals, one silver and one bronze, at the European Championships in 1995 and 1974.
Who are the most famous Italian players?
The Italian national team, despite its lack of success on the international scene, is still full of talent and talented players. Some of them, in addition to wearing the colors of their country, have the opportunity to have evolved, or still evolve today in the NBA, like Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli or Andrea Bargnani.