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Albanian Basketball League

Albanian Basketball League (ABL)
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2014–15 Albanian Basketball League season
The FSHB logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 1946
CEO Avni Ponari
Divisions Superliga and First Division
No. of teams 12
Country 23x15px Albania
Continent 23x15px FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) BC Vllaznia (8th title)
Most titles BC Partizani Tirana
(33 titles)
TV partner(s) TVSH and Supersport (highlights)
Related competitions Albanian Cup
Albanian Supercup
Level on pyramid 1st and 2nd
Official website

The Albanian Basketball League is the men's professional basketball league in Albania. It was founded in 1946 shortly after the formation of the Albanian Basketball Association and is now divided into two divisions, the Superliga and First Division, consisting of 12 teams each. The team with the most championships is BC Partizani Tirana who have won 33 championships in total, but none since 1996.[1][2]


The Albanian Basketball League is the one of the oldest continuing basketball competitions in the region of the Balkans, having started in 1946. The league was formed less than two years after the Communist Party of Albania gained control of the country, and the sport gradually grew in popularity over the years before experiencing a rapid rise in popularity in the 1970s, leading to most cities and towns in Albania forming their own basketball clubs and building basketball grounds. Following the fall of communism in 1991 many basketball clubs were forced to fold due to lack of any investment, which led to the decline in the popularity of the sport as a whole in the country. However, since 1993 there has been some re-establishment of the folded teams as private investment along with some state funded has allowed teams to continue functioning.


The Albanian Basketball League consists of 12 teams, grouped evenly into two divisions, the Superliga and First Division. As each group contains 6 teams, they play each other four times in two separate phases during the regular season, once at home and once away in each phase. This means each team plays 20 games each during the regular season. A win in the regular season is worth two points and a loss is worth one point. At the end of the regular season the bottom two sides miss out on the play-offs, while the bottom club gets relegated from the Superliga to the First Division, the fifth placed side has to compete for a place in the Superliga against the second ranked team in the First Division.

Following the end of the regular season, the top four teams qualify for he play-offs, where the team which finished first plays the team which finished fourth while the second and third ranked teams play against each other. A winner is decided in the play-offs once a team has reached two victories, and they take it in turns to play at home until the two victories are reached. The finals is played between the two winners of the Superliga play-offs, with each team taking it in turns to play at home until one side has reached three victories.

Current teams

Albanian Basketball League
Team City Arena Founded Colours Head coach
BC Apolonia Fier Fier Sports Palace
          Astrit Greva
PBC Flamurtari Vlorë Vlorë Sports Palace
          Viron Toska
BC Kamza Basket Kamëz Bathorë Sports Hall
          Adem Muhametaj
BC Partizani Tirana Tiranë Asllan Rusi Sports Palace
          Arben Fagu
PBC Tirana Tiranë Asllan Rusi Sports Palace
          Bujar Shehu
BC Vllaznia Shkodër Qazim Dërvishi Sports Palace
          Bledar Gjeçaj


The team wins it 10th title
<center>(**) The team wins it 20th title
<center>(***) The team wins it 30th title

Season Champion Runner-up Score
2003 BC Valbona PBC Tirana 3–0
2004 BC Valbona
2005 BC Valbona
2006 BC Valbona BC Vllaznia 3–0
2007 BC Valbona PBC Tirana 3–2
2008 PBC Tirana
2009 PBC Tirana
2010 PBC Tirana Studenti 3–2
2011 PBC Tirana U.A.T. 3–0
2012 PBC Tirana BC Kamza Basket 3–0
2013 BC Kamza Basket BC Vllaznia 3–0
2014 BC Vllaznia PBC Tirana 3–0
2015 BC Vllaznia PBC Tirana 2–0

All–time champions

Team Titles Years Won
BC Partizani Tirana 33 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977,
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996
PBC Tirana 18 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
BC Vllaznia 8 1967, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2014, 2015
BC Kamza Basket 6 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
BC Durrës 1 1947, 1955
BC Adelin Pogradec 1 1994
BC Dinamo Tirana 1 1995


See also