Divizia A (Baschet Masculin)
Current season or competition:
2010–11 Divizia A
Sport Basketball Founded 1950 No. of teams 16 Country(ies) Romania Continent
Most recent champion(s) U Mobitelco Cluj Most titles Dinamo Bucureşti
TV partner(s) TVR Official website frbaschet.ro
The regular season begins in October and is played over a normal round-robin home-and-away basis. The first 8 clubs qualify for the play-offs. The play-offs are played using the knock-out format. The quarter-finals and semifinals use "best of 5" series, while the final is played using a "best of 7" series. The last 2 teams following the regular season are automatically relegated to the Division B.
The championship was founded in 1950 and the most successful club is Dinamo Bucureşti with 22 titles, followed closely by Steaua Bucureşti with 21. But in recent years Asesoft Ploieşti is the best team in the country, winning the championship 6 times consecutively, 2004-Present. Asesoft is the only Romanian team who won a European competition, namely the FIBA EuroCup Challenge, in 2005.
Notable Divizia A players
Despite its mediocre present, Romanian basketball had a bright past, three of its former players becoming worldwide basketball stars. These three players have been recently inducted in the European Basketball Hall of Fame, as a recognition for their glorious careers.
- Gheorghe Mureşan - Signed in 1993 with the Washington Bullets, becoming the tallest player ever in the NBA. Played 6 successful seasons with the Bullets and the New Jersey Nets, averaging a career 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists. Obtained the title of NBA Most Improved Player following the 1995–96 NBA season. Began his career playing two years for Universitatea Cluj-Napoca.
- Antonio Alexe - Played all his career in the Romanian and Hungarian basketball leagues. Became Romanian champion 3 times, twice with CSU Asesoft and once with West Petrom Arad, before dying in a tragic car accident, in 2005.
- Constantin Popa - After debuting in Divizia A for BC Dinamo Bucureşti, went overseas to play for the University of Miami in the NCAA Division 1, becoming the tallest player ever in the history of the school. Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1995 NBA Draft, he never played in the NBA, but had a successful career in the CBA, before returning to Europe.
Teams for 2010–11 season
Team City Arena Capacity BC Mures* Târgu Mureş Sala Sporturilor Târgu Mureş 2000 BC Steaua Turabo Bucureşti* Bucureşti Sala Mihai Viteazul 200 Asesoft Ploieşti* Ploieşti Sala Sporturilor Olimpia 4000 Gaz Metan Mediaş* Mediaş Sala Sporturilor Mediaş 1000 U Cluj Cluj Napoca Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian 2500 Energia Rovinari Târgu Jiu Sala Sporturilor Târgu Jiu 1000 CSM Bucureşti Bucureşti Sala Sporturilor Bucureşti 200 BC Argeş Piteşti Piteşti Sala Sporturilor Trivale 1000 BCM Elba Timişoara Timişoara Sala Constantin Jude 2000 CS Otopeni Otopeni Sala Otopeni 200 SCM Universitatea Craiova Craiova Sala Sporturilor Craiova 6000 CSM Oradea Oradea Arena Antonio Alexa 2000 CSU Sibiu Sibiu Sala Transilvania 3000 BC Miercurea Ciuc Miercurea Ciuc Sala Sporturilor Miercurea Ciuc 1500 CSU Braşov Braşov Sala Sporturilor Braşov 2000 Politehnica Iaşi Iaşi Sala Sporturilor Iaşi 1000
Winners by season
Season Champion 1950/51 Metalul București 1951/52 Metalul București 1952/53 Dinamo Bucureşti 1953/54 Dinamo Bucureşti 1954/55 Dinamo Bucureşti 1955/56 Steaua Bucureşti 1956/57 Dinamo Bucureşti 1957/58 Steaua Bucureşti 1958/59 Steaua Bucureşti 1959/60 Steaua Bucureşti 1960/61 Steaua Bucureşti 1961/62 Steaua Bucureşti 1962/63 Steaua Bucureşti 1963/64 Steaua Bucureşti 1964/65 Dinamo Bucureşti 1965/66 Steaua Bucureşti 1966/67 Dinamo Bucureşti 1967/68 Dinamo Bucureşti 1968/69 Dinamo Bucureşti 1969/70 Steaua Bucureşti 1970/71 Dinamo Bucureşti 1971/72 Dinamo Bucureşti 1972/73 Dinamo Bucureşti 1973/74 Dinamo Bucureşti 1974/75 Dinamo Bucureşti 1975/76 Dinamo Bucureşti 1976/77 1977/78 Steaua Bucureşti 1978/79 Dinamo Bucureşti 1979/80 Steaua Bucureşti 1980/81 Steaua Bucureşti 1981/82 Steaua Bucureşti 1982/83 Dinamo Bucureşti 1983/84 Steaua Bucureşti 1984/85 Steaua Bucureşti 1985/86 Steaua Bucureşti 1986/87 Steaua Bucureşti 1987/88 Dinamo Bucureşti 1988/89 Steaua Bucureşti 1989/90 Steaua Bucureşti 1990/91 Steaua Bucureşti 1991/92 Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 1992/93 Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 1993/94 Dinamo Bucureşti 1994/95 CSU Sibiu 1995/96 Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 1996/97 Dinamo Bucureşti 1997/98 Dinamo Bucureşti 1998/99 CSU Sibiu 1999/00 BC Argeş Piteşti 2000/01 Petrom Arad 2001/02 Petrom Arad 2002/03 Dinamo Bucureşti 2003/04 Asesoft Ploieşti 2004/05 Asesoft Ploieşti 2005/06 Asesoft Ploieşti 2006/07 Asesoft Ploieşti 2007/08 Asesoft Ploieşti 2008/09 Asesoft Ploieşti 2009/10 Asesoft Ploieşti 2010/11 Universitatea Cluj-Napoca 2011/12
- Official site of the Romanian basketball federation
- Halfcourt.info (Romanian and English)
- Numaibaschet.ro (Romanian)
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