Last week we set our sights as far west as Apeldoorn, Netherlands and as far south as Samsun, Turkey. New horizons are opening also up north – we welcome the Champions of Sweden Luleå Basket!
Luleå is the capital of Swedish basketball. Men`s team BC Lulea recently took the title after beating the previous champs Sodertalje Kings 4-1. Women`s side also confirmed expectations, overcoming the opponents from the neighbour city of Umea 3-1.
What makes Luleå so special? The first answer is its ever growing fan base. For example, Luleå Basket has more followers on Facebook (6118) than current EEWBL champs Good Angels Košice (5191) and AZS UMCS Lublin (5563).
The second thing is character. The regular season favorites – Udominate Basket – completed a perfect 27-0 season. It didn`t scared the contenders from Luleå. They dominated the first Finals game on the road and secured the home advantage the rest of the way.
Luleå has a dynasty now. The club has won the last four Swedish championships (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). At first, Luleå dethroned the previous champions from Norrkoping and then launched the great Northern derby with Umea.
Like Rihanna said – this is what I came for. We need more of this north, south, east, west, wherever.
Tournaments 2017/2018: Damligan, EEWBL.
Year of foundation: 1978.
Star players 2016/2017: Anna Barthold, Jelena Antic, Katie Bussey, Allis Nystrom, Janis Ndiba.
Head coach: David Visscher.
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