For Eduardo Portela, “ Pro basketball in Europe is constantly evolving; the current picture has little to do with that ten or twenty years ago. Throughout this time, the ULEB has been key to fundamental changes, but there´s still a long way to go and we want to keep hard work with enthusiasm for the growing of our sport from the defense of the interests of the 16 Leagues which are part of the Union. I am happy to have two Vice Presidents like Radovan Lorbek and Vassilios Oikonomidis, who are two of the best executives in European basketball. “
The ULEB, founded in June 1991, has had only two Presidents in its nearly 21-year history: the late Gian Luigi Porelli ( Italy ), since 1991 until 1998, and Eduardo Portela since then.