Das Albert Schweitzer Turnier (AST) wurde vom Fotografen Hans-Joachim Babies und dem deutschen Basketball-Pionier Hermann Niebuhr 1958 zum ersten Mal ins Leben gerufen. Damals nahmen acht Nationen am Turnier in Mannheim teil. Im darauffolgenden Jahr fand bereits das zweite Turnier statt, ehe es zwischen 1960 und 1965 aufgrund Finanzierungsschwierigkeiten aussetzen musste. Ab 1965 etablierte sich ein Zweijahresrhythmus für das AST. Eine Weitere Zwangspause gab es in den Jahren 1991 bzw. 1992 aufgrund des Golfkrieges. Nach der Wiederaufnahme 1993 entschied man das AST an den FIBA-Kalender anzugleichen und legte das Turnier auf gerade Jahre. Bis zur Corona-Pandemie 2020 fand das Turnier ausnahmslos statt und wird nun 2024 seine Rückkehr und seine 30. Austragung feiern. Über die Zeit ist das AST zu einem der bedeutendsten internationalen Jugend-Basketball-Turniere geworden und war Bühne jeder Menge späterer Basketball-Weltstars.

The Albert Schweitzer Tournament (AST) was launched by photographer Hans-Joachim Babies and German basketball pioneer Hermann Niebuhr for the first time in 1958. At that time, eight nations took part in the tournament in Mannheim. The second tournament was held the following year before it had to be suspended between 1960 and 1965 due to funding difficulties. From 1965, a two-year rhythm was established for the AST. There was another forced break in 1991 and 1992 due to the Gulf War. After the resumption in 1993, the decision was made to align the AST with the FIBA calendar and the tournament was held in even years. The tournament took place without exception until the coronavirus pandemic in 2019 and will now celebrate its return and 30th edition in 2024. Over time, the AST has become one of the most important international youth basketball tournaments and has been the stage for many future basketball world stars.

Stars in the Making

Magic Johnson | Vince Carter | Dirk Nowitzki | Kyle Lowry | Ersan Ilyasova | Nicolas Batum | Enes Kanter | Evan Fournier | Cedi Osman

Tournament History

Standings since 1958

1. AST 1958

1. Belgium
2. Austria
3. Germany A
4. USA
5. Switzerland
6. Netherlands
7. Germany B
8. Denmark

2. AST 1959

1. Belgium
2. Austria
3. USA
4. Netherlands
5. Switzerland
6. Germany A
7. Luxembourg
8. Germany B

3. AST 1965

1. Italy
2. Turkey
3. Austria
4. USA
5. Netherlands
6. Germany 
7. Switzerland
8. Luxembourg
9. Denmark

4. AST 1967

1. Poland
2. Austria
3. France
4. Belgium
5. CSSR
6. Italy
7. Netherlands
8. England
9. Germany
10. USA
11. Switzerland
12. Luxembourg

5. AST 1969

1. Italy
2. CSSR
3. Poland
4. Turkey
5. Romania
6. Germany
7. France
8. Austria
9. Netherlands
10. Switzerland
11. Luxembourg
12. USA

6. AST 1971

1. Yugoslavia
2. Italy
3. Poland
4. Spain
5. Turkey
6. Greece
7. France
8. Luxembourg
9. England
10. USA
11. Germany
12. Denmark

7. AST 1973

1. USA
2. Poland
3. Yugoslavia
4. Italy
5. Finland
6. Germany
7. CSSR
8. England
9. Belgium
10. Luxembourg
11. Turkey
12. France

8. AST 1975

1. USA
2. Turkey
3. Spain
4. Poland
5. Yugoslavia
6. Belgium
7. Italy
8. Germany
9. Netherlands
10. Finland
11. Sweden
12. South Selection

9. AST 1977

1. USA
2. Spain
3. Turkey
4. Germany
5. Poland
6. Italy
7. Belgium
8. Yugoslavia
9. CSSR
10. Sweden
11. France
12. Luxembourg

10. AST 1979

1. Yugoslavia
2. Spain
3. USA
4. UdSSR
5. Turkey
6. France
7. Germany
8. Italy
9. CSSR
10. Poland
11. Belgium
12. Sweden
13. Netherlands
14. Austria
15. Bulgaria
16. England

11. AST 1981

1. USA
2. UdSSR
3. Bulgaria
4. Germany
5. CSSR
6. Turkey
7. Yugoslavia
8. England
9. France
10. Hungary
11. Belgium
12. Poland
13. Netherlands
14. Finland
15. Sweden
16. Austria

12. AST 1983

1. Italy
2. USA
3. Germany A
4. Finland
5. Yugoslavia
6. Turkey
7. Bulgaria
8. Poland
9. Germany B
10. China
11. Belgium
12. CSSR
13. UdSSR
14. Austria
15. France
16. England

13. AST 1985

1. USA
2. Yugoslavia
3. Turkey
4. Sweden
5. Italy
6. England
7. Poland
8. Bulgaria
9. Germany A
10. Germany B
11. China
12. Spain
13. Netherlands
14. CSSR
15. France
16. Austria

14. AST 1987

1. USA
2. Spain
3. Turkey
4. Germany A
5. CSSR
6. Italy
7. Yugoslavia
8. Poland
9. France
10. Greece
11. Hungary
12. China
13. Germany B
14. Bulgaria
15. Belgium
16. Austria

15. AST 1989

1. USA
2. Greece
3. France
4. CSSR
5. Italy
6. Bulgaria
7. Yugoslavia
8. Netherlands
9. Poland
10. Turkey
11. China
12. Germany A
13. UdSSR
14. Spain
15. Germany B
16. Portugal

16. AST 1993

1. USA
2. Lithuania
3. Italy
4. Greece
5. Spain
6. Turkey
7. Croatia
8. Poland
9. Russia
10. France
11. Germany
12. Czech Republic
13. Slovenia
14. Bulgaria
15. Finland
16. Estonia

17. AST 1994

1. USA
2. Spain
3. Australia
4. Lithuania
5. Israel
6. Slovenia
7. France
8. Italy
9. Greece
10. Germany
11. Russia
12. Turkey

18. AST 1996

1. USA
2. France
3. Greece
4. Turkey
5. Yugoslavia
6. Spain
7. Italy
8. Germany
9. Australia
10. Belgium
11. Croatia
12. Latvia
13. Russia
14. Lithuania
15. Rumania
16. Finland

19. AST 1998

1. Spain
2. Australia
3. USA
4. Turkey
5. France
6. Latvia
7. Russia
8. Slovenia
9. Croatia
10. Greece
11. Israel
12. Bulgaria
13. Germany
14. Italy
15. Belgium
16. China

20. AST 2000

1. Yugoslavia
2. Greece
3. USA
4. Australia
5. France
6. Belarus
7. Germany
8. Russia
9. Spain
10. Croatia
11. Slovenia
12. Latvia
13. Turkey
14. Lithuania
15. Bulgaria
16. Finland

21. AST 2002

1. Greece
2. Spain
3. Yugoslavia
4. USA
5. Turkey
6. Israel
7. Russia
8. Germany
9. Australia
10. Lithuania
11. France
12. China

22. AST 2004

1. Turkey
2. Argentina
3. Spain
4. Serbia & Montenegro
5. USA
6. Finland
7. Germany A
8. Poland
9. China
10. Australia
11. Italy
12. Slovenia
13. Sweden
14. Netherlands
15. Tunisia
16. Germany B

23. AST 2006

1. France
2. Turkey
3. Serbia & Montenegro
4. Croatia
5. Lithuania
6. Italy
7. USA
8. Germany
9. Australia
10. Israel
11. Spain
12. Sweden
13. Ukraine
14. Greece
15. Canada
16. China

24. AST 2008

1. Greece
2. Turkey
3. Australia
4. USA
5. Canada
6. Argentina
7. Spain
8. Sweden
9. Germany
10. Croatia
11. France
12. Italy
13. Russia
14. New Zealand
15. Israel
16. Netherlands

25. AST 2010

1. Australia
2. Germany U18
3. Germany U17
4. USA
5. Spain
6. Italy
7. Croatia
8. Turkey
9. Greece
10. China
11. Brazil
12. Israel
13. France
14. Japan
15. Argentina
16. New Zealand

26. AST 2012

1. Spain
2. Serbia
3. Turkey
4. Germany
5. Italy
6. Russia
7. USA
8. France
9. Australia
10. Israel
11. China
12. Sweden
13. Argentina
14. Greece
15. Denmark
16. New Zealand

27. AST 2014

1. Italy
2. USA
3. Serbia
4. Turkey
5. Sweden
6. Ukraine
7. Germany
8. Spain
9. France
10. England
11. Bosnia & Herzegovina
12. Slovenia
13. China
14. Argentina
15. Chile
16. Japan

28. AST 2016

1. Germany
2. Serbia
3. Italy
4. France
5. Greece
6. Turkey
7. Australia
8. China
9. USA
10. Japan
11. Argentina
12. Egypt

29. AST 2018

1. Germany
2. Australia
3. Italy
4. Russia
5. France
6. Israel
7. USA
8. Argentina
9. Turkey
10. China
11. Egypt
12. Japan

Highlights

Personal Awards

Year MVP of the Tournament (since 1996) Burkhard-Wildermuth-Award/ Most Talented Player (since 2006)
1996 Kevin Freeman (USA)
1998 David Andersen (AUS)
2000 Haris Markopoulos (GRE)
2002 Sofoklis Schortsanitis (GRE)
2004 Ersan Ilyasova (TUR)
2006 Nicolas Batum (FRA) Alexis Ajinca (FRA)
2008 Nikolaos Pappas (GRE) Enes Kanter (TUR)
2010 Mitchell Creek (AUS) Dario Saric (CRO)
2012 Nikola Radicevic (SRB) Cedi Osman (TUR)
2014 Ethan Happ (USA) Nicolas Aguirre (CHI)
2016 Kostja Mushidi (GER) Rongzhen Zhu (CHN)
2018 Jonas Mattisseck (GER) Tomer Levinson (ISR)