FIBA Europe had introduced the U20 European Championship for Women in 2000 with 24 nations participating in the qualifying round.
The ten teams qualified then joined Spain and the Slovak Republic (hosts) in the final round of this championship.
Russia had become the first champions beating the Czech Republic in the final (84-57) while Romania had edged out Turkey for bronze (58-55).
In 2002 25 teams took part in the qualifying round of which once again ten teams qualified for the final. They were joined by Russia as defending champions and the Czech Republic, the hosts.
The Czech Republic went on to become champions by beating Russia in the final (77-74) while France defeated Latvia for bronze (77-62). All four teams from the semi-final qualified for the first FIBA U21 World Championship for Women in 2003.
The last U20 European Championship in which teams needed to qualify was hosted by France in 2004. Russia picked up their second title by beating France in the final (80-64) while the Czech Republic had to settle for bronze after defeating Hungary (72-52) in the third place match.
Since the summer of 2005, the qualification series was stopped and instead a Division A championship for only 16 teams was created. At the same time a Division B championship was introduced for the remaining nations.
The concept of relegation and promotion was introduced with the bottom two teams from the Division A championship being replaced by the top teams from the Division B tournament. A change of rules in 2012 increased the relegation and promotion numbers to three teams.
Russia were crowned champions of Europe on five occasions: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Spain are next on the list with three titles: 2005, 2011 and 2012.
France won in 2005 and 2009 while the Czech Republic (2002) are the other winners.
In 2007 it was announced that the FIBA U21 World Championship would be stopped resulting in other zones to stop the U20 championships except for FIBA Europe.
You find the links in the right menu of this page of womensbasketball-in-france's (wbbif) coverage from previous U20 European championships.
Date created: 05 July 2011
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