Combine Europe & Basketball
Being the most dominant basketball country in Europe, Spain offers challenges on all levels. Having no less than 4 participating teams in Euroleague, the Spanish ACB league is the most dominant European domestic league. Kings Cup is a festival of top basketball when the top 8 teams meet up for the cup championship.
Most notable players are the brothers Pau and Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and Jose Calderon.
As a team you can expect to play against a typically very guard oriented type of basketball with a high variation in the pick and roll game.
Traveling wise, Spain offers everything from buzzing big city life to nice beaches, unique architecture and a worldclass food & wine scenery.
Greece is one of the European basketball power houses. With a great tradition on the national team level including a win against USA in 2006, Greece is always a guarantee of high level teams and talents.
Panathinaikos and Olympiacos are the two power houses in Greek basketball, both representing the white and blue in Euroleague winning this competition several times. If you want to experience the most intense rivalry in European basketball be sure to go to Athens when these two teams clash.
Greece has had 15 players in the NBA with Giannis Antetokounmpo as the most prominent name.
Greek basketball tradition has a real way of spreading the defense on the pick and roll actions with a number of very creative entries.
Sightseeing wise, Greece has some of Europe’s most beautiful islands & beaches. It is also home to one of the world’s oldes histories. Greece is all about laid back Summer vibes.
Latvia & Lithuania
If you want to experience real basketball passion go to Lithuania and Latvia. It is unbelievable what these countries have produced of international talents, considering their country sizes. 19 players in total. Jonas Valanciunas, Kristaps Porzingis, Domantas Sabonis to name a few. Kids are working with professional coaches from a young age creating a very intense style of play. Teams are often limited physically but are on the top of the list when it comes to understanding the game with an endless number of fakes and tricky finishes at the rim.
Internationally, Lithuania has even won Olympic medals and is one of the most successful nations in the European youth competitions.
Traveling wise, Latvia’s & Lithuania’s beautiful unspoiled wood- and parklands will be a treat for your soul while the 2 capitals: Riga & Vilnius, will give you an insights in medieval times.
Slovenia & Croatia
The former republic of Yugoslavia has perhaps the most dominant basketball tradition in Europe. Many got to know about this in the movie Once Brothers. Today, this region in Europe consists of six countries, where Slovenia and Croatia, sharing borders, are of most interest for travelling basketball teams. The countries might be small but the heart for basketball is bigger than ever. Club teams are on a good level and you can be sure to always get strong games.
The most prominent players are Luka Doncic, Goran Dragic and Bojan Bogdanovic.
These countries are carried by a very strong schooling of the coaches all educated at university. You will often play players with a very high skill level and with focus on very small details in the game when playing.
Sightseeing wise, Slovenia & Croatia are both nature paradises. Sapphire waters, stunning waterfalls, impressive mountains and ancient towns all await you.
France often thrives on a very large multi ethnic population bringing incredible physical talent into the courts. The game is very often played above the rim, and with a strong domestic league topped with Asvel in the Euroleague. The game is very fast paced with a full lineup that is often able to run the floor. Many talents in France stir from the legendary INSEP institute in Paris.
France has has no less than 33 players in the NBA including Tony Parker, Rudy Gobert and Boris Diaw. Be sure to stretch well before lining up against a French team.
Traveling wise, France will win your heart with its world class gastronomic experiences, rich culture, charming country side and the love city above them all: Paris.
Italy has a long and rich basketball culture. Their programs have dominated European basketball for many years and fostered a number of great players. Today, Italy is headed by Armani Milano in Euroleague. Italian youth development programs often hold a number of international youngerts, mainly African players, with great size. The country has performed very well on the international level having won medals at both Olympics and World Championships. Most notable players are Marco Belinelli, Danilo Gallinari and Andrea Bargnani
Traveling wise, Italy will become a lifelong affair of yours. It has everything for any kind of traveler. It is a destination for the art lover, the food & wine lover, the beach lover, the mountain lover, the big city lover and the history lover.