The 2017 Eurobasket tournament will take place between August 31st and September 17th, 2017. This will be the 40th Eurobasket Championship played and is organized by FIBA.
And a big change is coming for the tournament — starting with the 2017 tournament, similar to the Olympics, the championship will now be played every four years instead of every other year. That’s a huge shift and adds so much more weight, pressure and excitement to the event.
The tournament will be hosted by four countries to include: Turkey, Finland, Romania, and Israel. The knockout stage will be held at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul Turkey with the championship match scheduled to take place on September 17th, 2017.
After the decision to relocate the 2015 EuroBasket tournament, Ukraine was originally offered the chance to host the tournament, but declined based on ongoing instability in the country.
2017 EuroBasket Groups
The EuroBasket group play will get started on August 31st, 2017. The top four teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. The teams who earned a spot in the tournament include the four host teams, the nine teams who were in the 2016 Olympics or Olympic Qualifying Tournament participants, and the remaining 11 spots were fought out in the qualifying stages between 27 teams from 31 August through 17 September 2016.
Traveling to the 2017 Eurobasket
There isn’t a bigger basketball tournament in Europe than the FIBA European Championships of Basketball, so big time fans from near and far will travel to Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey to watch their national teams compete. Be prepared with the requisite passport, visas, maps and information so that there’s no surprises during your travels between countries. If you’re coming from abroad and spending a significant amount of time in the Europe, consider getting an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The card is great peace of mind in case you or a loved one requires medical attention or treatment at a hospital.
Printable 2017 EuroBasket Bracket
As far as being prepared for the tournament, having a tangible paper bracket is still the way to go. Feel free to use print out this printable 2017 EuroBasket bracket. It’s early but the bracket is available now for fans to get familiar with the teams, the groups and tourney calendar. You can download the PDF of the schedule here. Let’s enjoy some great basketball!