EuroBasket 1989

The 1989 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1989, was the 26th FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. It was held in Yugoslavia between 20 and 25 June 1989. Eight national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body. The Dom Sportova in Zagreb was the hosting venue of the tournament. The host, Yugoslavia, won its fourth FIBA European title by defeating the defending champions Greece, with a 98–77 score in the final. Yugoslavia's Dražen Petrović was voted the tournament's MVP. The best five teams in the final standings were given berths in the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

EuroBasket 1989
EuroBasket 1989 logo
Tournament details
Host countryYugoslavia
Dates20–25 June
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Yugoslavia (5th title)
Runners-up Greece
Third place Soviet Union
Fourth place Italy
Tournament statistics
Games played20
MVPSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović
Top scorerGreece Nikos Galis
(35.6 points per game)


All games were played at the Dom Sportova in Zagreb.

Dom Sportova
Opened in 1972
Dom sportova (Zagreb)


A total of eight teams qualified for the tournament via a qualifying stage:


  • The teams were split in two groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals. The winners in the knockout semifinals advance to the Final, and the losers figure in a third-place playoff.
  • The third and fourth teams from each group competed in another bracket to define 5th through 8th place in the final standings.

Preliminary round

Qualified for the semifinals

Group A

Times given below are in Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).
Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 3 0 304 236 +68 6
 Italy 3 2 1 270 229 +41 5
 Spain 3 1 2 250 281 −31 4
 Netherlands 3 0 3 198 276 −78 3
20 June
 Netherlands 76–78  Spain
Scoring by half: 49–29, 27–49
Pts: Kuipers 19 Pts: Jiménez 19
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Lubomir Kotleba (TCH), Philippe Mailhabiau (FRA)
20 June
 Italy 84–87  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 34–54, 50–33
Pts: Riva 31 Pts: Marčiulionis 23
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Lubomir Kotleba (TCH), Peter George (FRG)
21 June
 Soviet Union 109–56  Netherlands
Scoring by half: 46–32, 63–24
Pts: Berežnyj, Sokk, Vētra 14 Pts: van Poelgeest 15
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Danko Radić (YUG), Kamen Toshev (BUL)
21 June
 Spain 76–97  Italy
Scoring by half: 39–41, 37–56
Pts: Martínez 20 Pts: Riva 33
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: David Dodge (USA), Costas Rigas (GRE)
22 June
 Netherlands 66–89  Italy
Scoring by half: 23–36, 43–53
Pts: te Velde 25 Pts: Riva 21
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Mickey Crowley (USA), Danko Radić (YUG)
22 June
 Soviet Union 108–96  Spain
Scoring by half: 47–55, 61–41
Pts: Sabonis 27 Pts: San Epifanio 26
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Lubomir Kotleba (TCH), Philippe Mailhabiau (FRA)

Group B

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Yugoslavia 3 3 0 307 235 +72 6
 Greece 3 2 1 251 250 +1 5
 France 3 1 2 272 264 +8 4
 Bulgaria 3 0 3 229 310 −81 3
20 June
 France 109–78  Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 59–30, 50–48
Pts: Dacoury 32 Pts: Antov 19
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Mikhail Davydov (URS), Vittorio Fiorito (ITA)
20 June
 Yugoslavia 103–68  Greece
Scoring by half: 49–35, 54–33
Pts: Petrović 35 Pts: Galis 30
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: David Dodge (USA), Vicente Sanchís (ESP)
21 June
 Greece 80–74  France
Scoring by half: 42–33, 38–41
Pts: Galis 30 Pts: Ostrowski 29
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Mickey Crowley (USA), Carl Jungebrand (FIN)
21 June
 Bulgaria 78–98  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 42–54, 36–44
Pts: Mladenov 23 Pts: Petrović 33
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Lubomir Kotleba (TCH), Henk Kleersnyder (NED)
22 June
 Greece 103–73  Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 58–35, 45–38
Pts: Galis 43 Pts: Mladenov 29
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Vicente Sanchís (ESP), Vittorio Fiorito (ITA)
22 June
 France 89–106  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 48–41, 41–65
Pts: Dacoury 28 Pts: Petrović 30
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Mikhail Davydov (URS), Henk Kleersnyder (NED)

Knockout stage

Championship bracket

24 June – 19:00
25 June – 21:00
24 June – 21:00
 Soviet Union80
Third place
25 June – 19:00
 Soviet Union104


24 June
 Yugoslavia 97–80  Italy
Scoring by half: 52–43, 45–37
Pts: Petrović 24 Pts: Dell'Agnello 13
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Vicente Sanchís (ESP), Mickey Crowley (USA)
24 June
 Greece 81–80  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 45–44, 36–36
Pts: Galis 45 Pts: Tikhonenko 22
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Carl Jungenbrand (FIN), David Dodge (USA)

Third place

25 June
 Italy 76–104  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 31–47, 45–57
Pts: Magnifico 27 Pts: Marčiulionis 23
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Lubomir Kotleba (TCH), Costas Rigas (GRE)


25 June
 Yugoslavia 98–77  Greece
Scoring by half: 54–35, 44–42
Pts: Petrović 28 Pts: Galis 30
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Mickey Crowley (USA), Carl Jungenbrand (FIN)

5th to 8th place

Classification roundFifth place
24 June – 14:00
25 June – 16:00
24 June – 16:00
Seventh place
25 June – 14:00
24 June
 France 107–100 (OT)  Netherlands
Scoring by half: 53–41, 38–50 Overtime: 16–9
Pts: Ostrowski 31 Pts: de Waard 20
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Vittorio Fiorito (ITA), Kamen Toshev (BUL)
24 June
 Bulgaria 85–108  Spain
Scoring by half: 47–60, 38–48
Pts: Antov 30 Pts: Martínez 27
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Costas Rigas (GRE), Danko Radić (YUG)
25 June
 Netherlands 86–91  Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 34–40, 52–51
Pts: de Waard 24 Pts: Antov 22
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Philippe Mailhabiau (FRA), Vicente Sanchís (ESP)
25 June
 France 87–95  Spain
Scoring by half: 40–45, 47–50
Pts: Dacoury 20 Pts: San Epifanio 22
Dom Sportova, Zagreb
Referees: Mikhail Davydov (URS), Vittorio Fiorito (ITA)


 1989 FIBA EuroBasket Champions 

4th title
1989 FIBA EuroBasket MVP: Dražen Petrović (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia)
All-Tournament Team[1]
Greece Nikos Galis
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović (MVP)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Žarko Paspalj
France Stéphane Ostrowski
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dino Rađa

Final standings

Qualified for the 1990 FIBA World Championship
Rank Team Record
1st, gold medalist(s)  Yugoslavia 5–0
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Greece 3–2
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Soviet Union 4–1
4  Italy 2–3
5  Spain 3–2
6  France 2–3
7  Bulgaria 1-4
8  Netherlands 0-5
Dražen Petrović
Zdravko Radulović
Zoran Čutura
Toni Kukoč
Žarko Paspalj
Jure Zdovc
Zoran Radović
Stojko Vranković
Vlade Divac
Predrag Danilović
Dino Rađa
Mario Primorac
Nikos Galis
Kostas Patavoukas
Panagiotis Giannakis
Argiris Kambouris
David Stergakos
Dinos Angelidis
John Korfas
Nikos Filippou
Liveris Andritsos
Panagiotis Fasoulas
Dimitris Papadopoulos
Fanis Christodoulou
 Soviet Union
Gundars Vētra
Tiit Sokk
Viktor Berežnyj
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Alexander Volkov
Valeri Tikhonenko
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Arvydas Sabonis
El'šad Gadašev
Valdemaras Chomičius
Alexander Belostenny
Valery Goborov
Andrea Gracis
Mike D'Antoni
Walter Magnifico
Sandro Dell'Agnello
Beppe Bosa
Roberto Brunamonti
Massimo Iacopini
Gus Binelli
Antonello Riva
Riccardo Morandotti
Ario Costa
Flavio Carera


  1. ^ Tournament Team.

External links

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Galis is widely regarded as one of Europe's greatest scorers to ever play the game, as well as one of the all-time greatest players in FIBA international basketball history. In 2017, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.Galis played the point guard position during his college basketball years at Seton Hall University, but turned into a shooting guard as a professional. He spent most of his career in Aris, before having a late stint with Panathinaikos. He is the EuroLeague's all-time leader in points per game (counting both FIBA Europe and Euroleague Basketball Company era games 1958 season–present), leading the competition in scoring eight times. In the premier European club scene, he reached the EuroLeague Final Four on four occasions, three consecutive times with Aris (1988, 1989, and 1990), and another one with Panathinaikos (1994). An eight-time Greek league champion, Galis is the Greek Championship's unofficial all-time leading scorer, in both career points scored and career scoring average, counting all league formats (since the 1963–64 season, official stats are recognized since the 1992–93 season).

Galis led the senior Greek national team to a EuroBasket gold medal in 1987, as well as to a EuroBasket silver medal in 1989, earning the tournament MVP honor in 1987, and being elected to the All-EuroBasket Team four times. Among his myriad accomplishments, he holds the EuroBasket record for highest career scoring average (31.2 points per game), and was the leading scorer of four EuroBasket tournaments in 1983, 1987, 1989, and 1991. In addition to that, he holds the FIBA World Cup record for highest career scoring average (33.5 points per game), as well as for most points ever scored in a single tournament, which he set at the 1986 FIBA World Cup. Following the stunning success of the EuroBasket title in 1987, he won the Mr. Europa Player of the Year and the Euroscar awards the same year.

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