EEWBL line-up is almost complete and will feature a record 16 teams from 11 countries. We welcome the first team from the Eastern Mediterranean – Al Riyadi Beirut from Lebanon.
Lebanon is a basketball powerhouse of Asia. Its men`s team conquered silver medals in the Asian championship three times (2001, 2005, 2007).
Lebanon has strong clubs as well, especially in its capital city Beirut, which is known as “Paris of the Middle East”.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was born in Beirut and spent much of his childhood in Lebanon.
Al Riyadi men`s team won the 2017 Lebanese championship, while the women finished in the second place behind Homenetmen Antelias.
Homenetmen won thanks to the American and Lithuanian superstars – respectively Angel McCoughtry and Gintare Petronyte.
Al Riyadi won the 2017 Lebanese Cup and signed former TTT Riga standout Aishah Sutherland.
Beirut team is also: three times champion of Lebanon, four times Lebanon Cup winner, three times champion of West Asia, two times Arab champion and a champion of Hicham Jaroudi championship.
EEWBL teams 2017/2018 in alphabetic order:
1) Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon),
2) Astana Tigers (Kazakhstan),
3) Dynamo Moscow (Russia),
4) Good Angels Košice (Slovakia),
5) Haskovo 2012 (Bulgaria),
6) Hoptrans Sirenos (Lithuania),
7) Horizont Minsk (Belarus),
8) Kibirkštis Vilnius (Lithuania),
9) Lulea Basket (Sweden),
10) Royal Eagles Apeldoorn (Netherlands),
11) Samsun Canik Belediye (Turkey),
12) Tsmoki Minsk (Belarus),
13) TTT Rīga (Latvia),
14) Udominate Basket (Sweden),
15) Vega 1/Liepāja (Latvia).
Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden have two teams each, while Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia and Turkey are represented by one team.
EEWBL will feature the champions of Belarus, Latvia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Slovakia, as well as Lebanon Cup winners.
Tournaments 2017/2018: Lebanon Championship, Lebanon Cup, EEWBL.
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