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Wikipedia - Greek Basket League

The Greek Basket League (GBL), often also referred to as the Greek A1 Basketball League, or Greek Basketball Championship (originally called Panhellenic Basketball Championship), is the first tier level professional basketball league in Greece. It is run by HEBA (Greek: ΕΣΑΚΕ), under the legal authority of the Hellenic Basketball Federation (E.O.K.).

It is the highest-tier level of the Greek league system. The GBL plays under FIBA rules and currently consists of 13 teams, with the lowest-placed team relegated to the A2 Basket League and replaced by the winner of the play-offs of that tier. It runs from October to June, with teams playing 22 games each during the regular season, and the top 8 teams then competing in the playoffs. The first official Greek Basketball Championship was held in the 1927–28 season. The league held a competition in which the teams of the league played under a format with a nationwide schedule, for the first time, in the 1963–64 season. The league first held a playoff round in the 1986–87 season. The league first allowed foreign (non-Greek) players, in the 1988–89 season. The league became a fully professional competition in the 1992–93 season.

The league has always been ranked as one of the top 3-5 level national domestic leagues in European basketball, since league rankings began. For further information, see historical European national basketball league rankings, and European national basketball league rankings.


Dimitris Diamantidis, 9× Greek League Champion, 6× Greek League MVP, and 4× Greek League Finals MVP.
Vassilis Spanoulis, 7× Greek League Champion, 4× Greek League MVP, and 4× Greek League Finals MVP.

Basketball first came to Greece in the year 1924. The first Greek basketball championship took place in the 1927–28 season, the first fully organized Greek basketball championship began. The league was originally organized by the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association (SEGAS). There have been four different official championship eras. The first era was the Panhellenic Championship (Πανελλήνιο Πρωτάθλημα), which lasted from the 1927–28 to 1962–63 seasons, when the champions of every regional district played each other to decide the Greek Champion. The second era started in the 1963–64 season, when the A National Category (Α' Εθνική Κατηγορία), or Alpha National Category was founded.

In 1969, the Hellenic Basketball Federation (E.O.K.) took over the duties of overseeing the competition, and did so until the year 1992. The third era of the championship existed between the 1986–87 and 1991–92 seasons, when the first division A1 National Category (Α1 Εθνική Κατηγορία), with a regular season and playoffs, and the second division A2 National Category (Α2 Εθνική Κατηγορία) were formed. The 1988–89 season, marked the first time that Greek Basket League teams were allowed to have foreign players on their rosters.

The fourth era of the championship began in the 1992–93 season, when the Hellenic Basketball Clubs Association (HEBA) took over the competition and renamed the first division the HEBA A1 (ΕΣΑΚΕ Α1). The league was then renamed to Greek Basket League (Ελληνική Μπάσκετ Λιγκ), starting with the 2010–11 season.

The Greek League has been one of the most competitive basketball leagues in Europe through the years, and it was widely regarded as the second best national domestic league in the world, after only the NBA, in the 1990s decade. It currently ranks among the best national domestic leagues in the world (excluding the NBA), such as Liga ACB in Spain, VTB United League (counts as the domestic league for Russian clubs), and BSL in Turkey. It has always been considered one of the top 3-5 European national domestic leagues under the historical European national basketball league rankings and European national basketball league rankings.

The league has several European historical basketball powers, which also belong to some of the most traditional European basketball clubs, especially Panathinaikos, Olympiacos and AEK (which had great success in the 1960s), which are three of the most successful European basketball clubs of all time.

Also, Aris, led by Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis, and Slobodan "Lefteris" Subotić, was the dominant Greek club, and one of the most powerful European teams in the 1980s. Other clubs that have had significant success throughout the history of Greek basketball, as well as success in European basketball, are PAOK and Panellinios.

The first five aforementioned clubs (Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, AEK, Aris and PAOK), are also the most widely supported by fans in Greece.

Despite the championship having been contested 80 times, only nine different clubs have won it so far. The dominating club has usually been Panathinaikos, having claimed the championship 39 times. Since the foundation of the Alpha National Category in the 1963–64 season, only two teams have participated in every season of the competition, Panathinaikos and Aris.

The Greece A1 basketball tournament is one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated basketball events in Greece. It is the top professional basketball league in the country, featuring the best teams and players from across Greece.

The tournament showcases the highest level of basketball competition, with intense matches and fierce rivalries that captivate fans throughout the country. The participating teams represent various cities and regions of Greece, bringing a sense of local pride and passion to the tournament.

The Greece A1 tournament is known for its fast-paced and high-scoring games, with teams displaying exceptional skills, athleticism, and strategic gameplay. The players exhibit a combination of finesse, strength, and agility, making every match a thrilling spectacle for basketball enthusiasts.

The tournament attracts a large and dedicated fan base, with supporters filling the arenas to cheer for their favorite teams. The atmosphere is electric, with chants, cheers, and colorful displays of team spirit creating an unforgettable experience for both players and spectators.

The Greece A1 tournament also serves as a platform for young and talented players to showcase their skills and potentially earn opportunities to play in higher-level leagues or even internationally. It is a breeding ground for future basketball stars, with scouts and talent evaluators closely monitoring the performances of emerging talents.

In addition to the on-court action, the Greece A1 tournament also promotes community engagement and social responsibility. The participating teams often organize various initiatives and events to give back to the local communities, fostering a sense of unity and goodwill.

Overall, the Greece A1 basketball tournament is a celebration of the sport, bringing together the best teams, players, and fans in Greece. It is a showcase of skill, passion, and camaraderie, making it a must-watch event for basketball enthusiasts and sports lovers alike.