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Sep
0

40 Swedish League games to be streamed free online

Great news from SwedishBasketball.com as a new deal has been announced to stream 40 games from Basketligan Herr and Basketligan Dam. The deal will see all five games from the opening week of Basketligan Herr games, which starts 2 October.

Viasat Sport will stream the games. At the time of publication it’s yet to be confirmed if the games will be free to view outside of Sweden. BiE will provide updates when we have them, because who doesn’t like the prospect of free live ball? For now we recommend following @SwedishBBall on Twitter for more.

Aug
2

FIBA EuroBasket qualifiers: Will Jonas Jerebko play against Team Bulgaria?

Jonas Jerebko has been the key player for Team Sweden in the FIBA EuroBasket qualifying round thus far, with an average line of 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.25 assists and 1.75 steals per game – so you can imagine his side may be entering tomorrow’s match with Bulgaria with some trepidation, as Jerebko’s status for the game is still unknown.

The Detroit Piston was injured in Tuesday’s win against Luxembourg; while the injury is not deemed serious (he certainly won’t miss any NBA games), it comes nevertheless at a seriously bad time for the Swedes. Currently at 2-2, Team Sweden is statistically tied with Azerbaijan and Bulgaria for second place in Group B with four games to play. The top two to three teams from the group will advance to the next round.

Official story from FIBA Europe follows.

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Aug
2

Jonas Jerebko: “We’ve got a young, deep team and we’re gonna make the playoffs”

Team Sweden is having its troubles on The Road to Slovenia in the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualifying round, currently at just 1-2 in Group B to place them behind Germany, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan (!). After the team’s 81-66 loss on Friday to Team Deutschland, Sweden’s NBA representative and top scorer at 22.0 ppg in the tourney, Jonas Jerebko, was surprisingly optimistic regarding his Detroit Pistons’ chances in 2012-13 and stoically realistic/pessimistic about the national team.

Jerebko was quite sunny about the 2012-13 edition of Pistons. The goal, Jerebko reckons, is to make the playoffs – an aim which, despite playing what the Swede calls “playoff-level basketball,” was well missed in ‘11-12. As for Team Sweden, well … despite a “very bright future,” making a proper splash in EuroBasket competitions will happen “not right now.”

The full interview with the “Swedish Eagle” by the appropriately-named Germany-based Sport Eagle TV runs below – and then a sweet highlight clip.

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Jul
1

Update from the North: 2011 Nordic Championship roundup

From Sweden, sportswriter/broadcaster Magnus Dahlborn checks in with BallinEurope today to give us reportage on the recently completed Nordic Championship tournament, which saw the title awarded to undefeated Team Finland.

Due to the tragic events in Norway, a sombre feeling overlay the past weekend when the Nordic Championships between national teams from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland began in Sundsvall. The Norwegian team came and participated well nevertheless, considering that their senior national program in basketball has been non-existent the past few years.

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Jul
9

Profiling future prospect Tobias Borg

You want your future prospect? BiE’s got your prospect right here; BallinEurope’s man in England, Sam Chadwick, today analyzes the recent performance and the near future of Tobias Borg, a 17-year-old who made some waves at this year’s Future Stars International Basketball tournament in the UK and is currently competing for Team Sweden in the FIBA U18 competition currently going on.

Name: Tobias Borg
Country: Sweden
Position: SG
Height: 5’9” (1.82 meters)
Age: 17 (born in November 1993)
 
I had the pleasure of watching Tobias play at the Future Stars International Basketball Tournament on the 9th of July at Brunel University; I was impressed by how well he shot the ball firstly in the warm-up and then in the game, how well he played denial defence and hustled. He scorched the USA Select team to the tune of 33 points, including seven threes in addition to some emphatic breakaway dunks and steals.
 
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May
0

Celebrating the best in Sweden, 2010-11

BallinEurope just received an email from Magnus Dahlborn, who is quite the heavy hitter in the world of Swedish basketball broadcasting; he says that “I have been following hoops since the mid-70’s and I am doing play-by-play TV commentary in Sweden on Euroleague and Swedish League (plus the FIBA World Championships and Eurobasket…): 90 games this season and around 500 the last 10 years.”

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Apr
7

Can you top this?

A few weeks ago, we talked briefly here about the shot of the year made by a Swedish player hitting from his own three-point line with a rebound. Now, some other professionals tried to go for the move, too.

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Jun
3

The 2008 National Champions

BallinEurope has established a list of all National Champions in the various European leagues as they are known so far. If you have results to add or know who was named Final MVPs in a European league, feel free to add this in the comments so that we can update the list.

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Nov
0

Scottie Pippen signs another basketball contract

If you follow the NBA you have heard that Scottie tried to make a comeback around February this year with a NBA team. It was the rumor that the Lakers, Cavaliers, Nuggets and even the Spurs had shown interest in Pippen. By now we know nobody gave him a chance. Continue Reading…

Sep
2

A NBA prospect in the 4th division?

Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt announced this week that their Swedish PG Rudy Mbemba will play for their co-operation partner MTV Kronberg, a team that plays in the fourth German league. This is a somehow surprising decision in my opinion. Continue Reading…