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Serbian national basketball team

This article is about the Serbian men's national basketball team. For the women's team, see Serbia women's national basketball team. For the national team that played under the flag of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, see Yugoslavia national basketball team.
Serbia Serbia Srbija

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FIBA Ranking 11 Increase 1
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA Zone FIBA Europe
National Federation KSS
Coach Serbia Dušan Ivković
Nickname(s) Beli orlovi (White Eagles)
Orlovi (The Eagles)
Summer Olympic Games
Appearances 3 (1996, 2000, 2004)
Medals 1996
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 4 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals 2002
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 10 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Medals 1999
Uniforms
Light
Dark
Serbia national basketball team
Medal record
Mens' Basketball
Competitor for  Serbia and Montenegro /  Serbia
Summer Olympic Games
Silver 1996 Atlanta National Team
FIBA World Cup
Gold 1998 Greece National Team
Gold 2002 United States National Team
FIBA EuroBasket
Gold 1995 Greece National Team
Gold 1997 Spain National Team
Gold 2001 Turkey National Team
Silver 2009 Poland National Team
Bronze 1999 France National Team
Mediterranean Games
Silver 2013 Mersin National Team
Bronze 1997 Bari National Team
FIBA Diamond Ball
Gold 2004 Belgrade National Team
Silver 2000 Hong Kong National Team
Summer Universiade
Gold 2001 Beijing National Team
Gold 2003 Daegu National Team
Gold 2009 Belgrade National Team
Gold 2011 Shenzhen National Team
Silver 1999 Palma de Mallorca National Team
Silver 2007 Bangkok National Team
Bronze 2005 Izmir National Team
Bronze 2013 Kazan National Team
Stanković Cup
Bronze 2008 Hangzhou National Team

The Serbian national basketball team (Serbian: Кошаркашка репрезентација Србије / Košarkaška reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in international basketball matches and is controlled by the Basketball Federation of Serbia.

It was known as the Yugoslavia national basketball team until April 1992 and the FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team until June 2006. When Serbia became independent, it became the successor state to the Serbia and Montenegro and, therefore, the results of previous state FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro rightfully belong to it.[1] However FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro is not considered to be the successor of SFRY so the results before 1992 don't belong to the current team.[2][3] Serbia is currently ranked eleventh in the FIBA World Rankings.

History

Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1936–1941)

Serbia, then a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia became a member of FIBA in 1936. The national team did not show any success in its first couple of years and later suspended play due to World War II.

SFR Yugoslavia (1946–1991)

Yugoslavia made its European championship debut in Eurobasket 1947, the fifth edition of the tournament. The team placed 13th out of 14 teams in the competition, losing to the Soviet Union and Hungary in the preliminary round, beating the Netherlands but losing to Italy in the semifinal round (placing third in the three-way tie between the teams), and defeating Albania in the 13th/14th classification match.

Yugoslavia's appearance at the Eurobasket 1957 tournament in Sofia resulted in a 2–1 record for the preliminary round and advancement to the final round robin. There, they proved capable of two wins, defeating Poland and France to finish at 2–5 for 6th place in the tournament.

Yugoslavia had many successes at the FIBA World Championships. The national team captured 3 titles in 1970, 1978 and 1990, Later capturing 2 more titles as FR Yugoslavia in 1998 and 2002.

The Yugoslav national team of the late 1980s and early 1990s featured what was perhaps the greatest generation in the history of Yugoslav basketball. A common quip about basketball is: "The Canadians invented it, the Yugoslavs perfected it." With such future NBA players as Dražen Petrović, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Predrag Danilović and Žarko Paspalj, has pioneered the wave of international NBA players well before the early 21st century, when the concept began to gain true global momentum.

Many of the former Yugoslav stars mentioned above were a part of the under-21 national team that won the FIBA World Junior Championships in 1987, defeating the United States both in pool play and in the final.

FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006)

Despite being a noticeably smaller country, the national basketball team continued to be a very competitive force in the international scene. They won a number of back to back Eurobasket championships, and World Cups. They dominated the world scene in 1990s, in generations led by players such as Vlade Divac, Peja Stojaković, Aleksandar Đorđević and Dejan Bodiroga, but went through a crisis in early 2000s.

On Eurobasket they have won 3 gold medals, in 1995, 1997, 2001 and one bronze medal in 1999. Serbia was host of Eurobasket 2005, but only took 9th place. They also took the silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Serbian Olympic Committee selected the national basketball team for the best male team five times, from 1995 to 1998 and in 2002.[4]

Serbia (2006–present)

A new generation, again led by coach Dušan Ivković returned some of the old glory by taking the silver medal in Eurobasket 2009, and fourth place in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, with the youngest team.[5]

Medals table

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Summer Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
FIBA World Cup 2 0 0 2
FIBA EuroBasket 3 1 1 5
Mediterranean Games 0 1 1 2
Summer Universiade 4 2 1 7
Grand Totals 9 5 3 17

Competitions

Roster

FIBA EuroBasket 2013 roster:

Serbia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
G 4 Nedović, Nemanja 22 – (1991-06-16)16 June 1991 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Golden State Warriors United States
G/F 5 Krstić, Nemanja 20 – (1993-03-02)2 March 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Mega Vizura Serbia
G 6 Micić, Vasilije 19 – (1994-01-13)13 January 1994 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) KK Mega Vizura Serbia
G/F 7 Bogdanović, Bogdan 21 – (1992-08-18)18 August 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) KK Partizan Serbia
F 8 Bjelica, Nemanja 25 – (1988-05-09)9 May 1988 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Fenerbahçe Turkey
G 9 Marković, Stefan 25 – (1988-04-25)25 April 1988 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Valencia BC Spain
F 10 Kalinić, Nikola 21 – (1991-11-08)8 November 1991 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Radnički Kragujevac Serbia
C 11 Gagić, Đorđe 22 – (1990-12-28)28 December 1990 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) KK Partizan Serbia
C 12 Krstić, Nenad 30 – (1983-07-25)25 July 1983 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) PBC CSKA Moscow Russia
G 13 Anđušić, Danilo 22 – (1991-04-22)22 April 1991 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Virtus Bologna Italy
C 14 Katić, Raško 32 – (1980-12-08)8 December 1980 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) KK Crvena zvezda Serbia
C 15 Štimac, Vladimir 26 – (1987-08-25)25 August 1987 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Unicaja Malaga Spain
Head coach
Assistant coaches
  • Serbia Đorđe Adžić
  • Serbia Miloš Gligorijević
  • Serbia Aleksandar Kesar
  • Serbia Rajko Toroman

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 4 September 2013

Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench 1 Bench 2
C Nenad Krstić Raško Katić Vladimir Štimac
PF Nemanja Bjelica Đorđe Gagić
SF Bogdan Bogdanović Nikola Kalinić Nemanja Krstić
SG Nemanja Nedović Danilo Anđušić
PG Stefan Marković Vasilije Micić

Past rosters

As SFR Yugoslavia

Past rosters as SFR Yugoslavia
See
Yugoslavia national basketball team Rosters

As FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro

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As Serbia

Head coaches

Notable players

  • Vlade Divac
    • Ranked 12th in the NBA in field-goal percentage (.503) in 1999–2000
    • Named NBA All-Star, 2001
    • One of only two basketball players born and trained in Europe (Dražen Petrović is the other) to have his number retired by an NBA team
    • One of only two basketball players born and trained in Europe (Dirk Nowitzki is the other) to play at least 1,000 NBA games (1,134)
    • European Club Basketball's 50 greatest contributors.[6]
  • Predrag Stojaković
    • NBA Champion 2011 with Dallas Mavericks
    • NBA All Star 2002-2004
    • NBA 3 Point Shootout Champion 2002-2003
    • 4th in NBA history in career free-throw percentage
    • 6th in NBA history in 3-pointers made
    • 6th in NBA playoff history in free-throw percentage
    • First player in NBA history to start a game off by scoring 20 consecutive points for his team
  • Dejan Bodiroga
    • Euroleague 2001-2010 All Decade Team
    • Euroleague Final Four MVP 2001-2002
    • FIBA World Cup MVP 1998

References

External links

  • Basketball Federation of Serbia (Serbian)

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