A place for those who made the game
The idea for a place to preserve the heritage of international basketball dates back to 1990, when Pedro Ferrandiz talked to the then Secretary General Borislav Stankovic about his ambitious project. With the support of FIBA, only one year later the foundations for a building were laid in Alcobendas, a city close to Spain’s capital Madrid, which would become the home of the Pedro Ferrandiz Foundation, the first basketball museum outside of the USA.
In 1996, a modern building of 1.500 square meters, and with a roof that imitates the shape of a basketball was inaugurated by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
The main objective of the Foundation is the preservation and spreading of the “culture of basketball”. Since its creation in 1991, the Foundation has organised numerous exhibitions, forums, photographic exhibitions, art contests for paintings and sculptures, research projects, scholarships, courses, congresses and has also edited hundreds of publications.
At the entrance of the Foundation building the journey through the history of basketball begins through unique collections of basketballs, medals, trophies, philatelic collections and various memorabilia such as player uniforms, entry tickets, post cards and other event souvenirs.
The pearl of the Foundation is the “Samaranch Library”, the biggest basketball library in the world. It currently features 10.000 books and 950 magazines from over 65 countries, in 35 different languages. The access to the library is free of charge and the consultation of its funds can be done via mail, fax and email.
Idea for FIBA Hall of Fame takes shape
In 1999 Mr. Ferrandiz put forward the idea of constructing a FIBA Hall of Fame in Alcobendas next to the foundation and two years later the Central Board of FIBA approved the project.
On 2nd March 2007 the FIBA Hall of Fame, a brand new building, which has four floors and covers 2.000 square meters, was inaugurated on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of FIBA. On that same day the inaugural class of 2007 has was inducted.
The primary goal of the FIBA Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport and its protagonists. The key criterion for selection for the FIBA Hall of Fame is outstanding achievement at an international level in the development and dedication to the sport of basketball in one of four categories: Players, Coaches, Referees, and Contributors.
Nominations for inductees can be submitted by FIBA member federations, Zones, Central Board members, and the FIBA Screening Committee. Induction ceremonies take place every year on the occasion of a FIBA event.
During a press conference at the inauguration, FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann stated: “There are a number of basketball halls of fame in many countries throughout the world and all of them deserve our utmost respect. The culture and history of basketball going beyond the borders of one country, the FIBA Hall of Fame has been created to honour all those who greatly contributed to our game in all corners of the planet and made basketball one of the most popular sports in the world.”
FIBA Secretary General Emeritus Borislav Stankovic remembered the early days of FIBA:
“A FIBA Hall of Fame would be incomplete without paying tribute to those who invented the game of basketball and those who founded FIBA in 1932. Not many people of the younger generation know that some brave men on 18th June 1932 were able to gain independence from the then governing body of amateur handball, who at that time controlled basketball.”
1990/ The idea for a basketball museum is conceived by Pedro Ferrandiz
1991/ The creation of the Foundation becomes reality with its first activities in November.
1996/ IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch inaugurates the Foundation in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain).
1999/ Mr. Ferrandiz proposes the idea of constructing a FIBA Hall of Fame.
2001/ The Central Board of FIBA approves the decision to establish the FIBA Hall of Fame in Alcobendas, beside the Foundation.
2004/ During the summer, the construction of the FIBA Hall of Fame gets underway, marking a definitive step in making Alcobendas the world capital of basketball.
2007/ The FIBA Hall of Fame is inaugurated on the occasion of FIBA’s 75th Anniversary and it first class is inducted.
Inaugural Class of 2007 (posthumous)
Dr. James NAISMITH (CAN and USA – invented basketball in 1891)
Leon BOUFFARD (SUI – FIBA President 1932 – 1948)
Dr. R. William JONES (GBR – FIBA Secretary General 1932 – 1976)
Attilio PONISIO (ARG – Founding member)
Simeon MAVROSKOUFIS (GRE – Founding member)
Count Giorgio ASINARI DI SAN MARZANO (ITA – Founding member)
Joseph SHADEIKO (LAT – Founding member)
Henry BRANDT (POR – Founding member)
D.D. TEICA (ROM – Founding member)
Leon BOUFFARD (SUI – Founding member)
Ladislav KAPUCIAN (Czechoslovakia – Founding member
Kresimir COSIC (CRO)
Teofilo CRUZ (PUR)
Radivoj KORAC (SRB)
Drazen PETROVIC (CRO)
Alexander BELOV (RUS)
Fernando MARTIN (ESP)
Liliana RONCHETTI (ITA)
Antonio DIAZ-MIGUEL (ESP)
Alexander GOMELSKY (RUS)
Henry ”Hank” IBA (USA)
Vladimir KONDRASHIN (RUS)
Aleksandar NIKOLIC (SRB)
Giancarlo PRIMO (ITA)
Obrad BELOSEVIC (SRB)
Gualtiero FOLLATI (ITA)
Vladimir KOSTIN (RUS)
Zigmund ”Red” MIHALIK (USA)
Pietro REVERBERI (ITA)
Renato RIGHETTO (BRA)
Eduardo AIRALDI RIVAROLA (PER)
Abdel Azim ASHRY (EGY)
Turgut ATAKOL (TUR)
Robert BUSNEL (FRA)
Dionisio CALVO (PHI)
Jose Claudio DOS REIS (BRA)
Antonio dos REIS CARNEIRO (BRA)
Mrs. Yoon DUK-JOO (KOR)
Willard N. GREIM (USA) 1948 - 1960
Ferenc HEPP (HUN)
Marian KOZLOWSKI (POL)
Anselmo LOPEZ (ESP)
Abdel Moneim WAHBY (EGY)
August PITZL (AUT)
Nebojsa POPOVIC (SRB)
Ivan RAPOSO (BRA)
Raimundo SAPORTA (ESP)
Decio SCURI (ITA)
Vladimir SEMASHKO (RUS)
Radomir SHAPER (SRB)
Edward S. STEITZ (USA)
Class of 2007
Serguei BELOV (RUS)
Drazen DALIPAGIC (SRB)
Ivo DANEU (SLO)
Oscar Alberto FURLONG (ARG)
Nikolaos GALIS (GRE)
Hortencia MARCARI (BRA)
Pierluigi MARZORATI (ITA)
Amaury PASOS (BRA)
Emiliano RODRIGUEZ (ESP)
Bill RUSSELL (USA)
Ann MEYERS (USA)
Uliana SEMEONOVA (LAT)
Toto Renan KANELA SOARES (BRA)
Dean SMITH (USA)
Ranko ZERAVICA (SRB)
Lydia ALEXEIEVA (RUS)
Mario HOPENHAYM (URU)
Erwin KASSAI (HUN)
Allen RAE (CAN)
Borislav STANKOVIC (SRB)
Class of 2009
Ricardo GONZALEZ (ARG)
Oscar ROBERTSON (USA)
Ubiratan PEREIRA (BRA posthumous)
Jacky Chazalon (FRA)
Pedro FERRANDIZ (ESP)
Pete NEWELL (USA - posthumous)
Kay YOW (USA- posthumous)
Artenik ARABADJIAN (BUL)
Marcel PFEUTI (SUI- posthumous)
Al RAMSAY (AUS)
Luis MARTIN (ARG- posthumous)