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Iran national basketball team

 

Iran national basketball team

Iran ایران
FIBA ranking 17 Increase 3
Joined FIBA 1947
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation I.R.I.B.F.
Coach Memi Bečirovič
Olympic Games
Appearances 2
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 2
Medals None
FIBA Asia Championship
Appearances 14
Medals Gold: 2007, 2009, 2013
Asian Games
Appearances 9
Medals Silver : 2014
Bronze : 1951, 2006, 2010
Uniforms
Light jersey
Team colours
Light
Dark jersey
Team colours
Dark

The Iranian national basketball team represents Iran in international basketball competitions, and is controlled by the IR Iran Basketball Federation.

As of 2013, Iran is the reigning basketball Champion of Asia. Overall, the team won three out of the last four FIBA Asia Championship tournaments.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
    • 2007 FIBA Asia Championship 1.1
    • 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 1.2
    • 2009 FIBA Asia Championship 1.3
    • 2010 FIBA World Championship 1.4
    • 2013 FIBA Asia Championship 1.5
    • 2014 FIBA World Championship 1.6
  • Tournament records 2
    • Summer Olympics 2.1
    • World Cup 2.2
    • Asian Championship 2.3
    • Asian Games 2.4
    • Asian Cup 2.5
    • West Asian Championship 2.6
    • Other tournaments 2.7
  • Roster 3
  • Head coaches 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Photograph of the Iranian national team at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

The Iranian national team has had limited success on the international stage, with the most international experience being that of their 1948 Summer Olympics qualification, although they did not manage to make it past the group stage.

The team won the Bronze medal at the basketball competition of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

2007 FIBA Asia Championship

Placed in the dreaded "Group of Death" alongside China, the Philippines, and Jordan, the Iranians won all three group matches to make it to the next round.

In the quarterfinals, Iran went 2–1, to make it to semifinals, following victories over Chinese Taipei and Qatar, and then routed Kazakhstan, 75–62, in the semifinals.

The Iranians then beat Lebanon 74–69, with Hamed Haddadi scoring 31 points.[1] Not only did it avenge an 82–60 defeat in the quarterfinals, they also became the first Western Asian team to win the tournament, and thus make it to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[1]

2008 Beijing Olympic Games

In being crowned the 2007 Asian Champions, the Iranians qualified for the 2008 Beijing games for the first time in 60 years. The Olympic experience led to a flurry of opportunities for the Iranian players, as they traveled across the world in preparation for the games, including a visit to the US. Iran was placed in Group A, along with Lithuania, Russia, Argentina, Croatia, and Australia, suffering five defeats. The Olympic experience opened doors for players such as Hamed Haddadi, and Iranian captain Samad Nikkhah Bahrami to play in the NBA (National Basketball Association) and sign in the top French League.

2009 FIBA Asia Championship

Winning the FIBA Asia Championship 2009 at Tianjin, China, was a sign on continuing progress in basketball. Iran defeated China, by a score of 70–52 in the final.[2]

2010 FIBA World Championship

Iran's second consecutive FIBA Asia Championship gave them their first ever FIBA World Championship berth, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team finished 1–4 in Group B, good for 19th place

2013 FIBA Asia Championship

Winning the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at Manila, Philippines, was a sign that the Iranian team has forgot the tragedy of their loss to Jordan in last tournament, 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, and reclaimed the top place in the FIBA Asia. Iran defeated the charged up hosts Philippines by an 85-71 win in the final. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi, who played a stellar role in Iran’s triumph at the 27th FIBA Asia Championship, became the most accomplished individual player of the competition winning two awards, including that of the MVP. Iran was the only team with two awards in the All Stars with Oshin Sahakian named for the Power Forward position.

2014 FIBA World Championship

Iran's third FIBA Asia Championship gave them their second FIBA World Championship berth, at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[3]

Tournament records

*Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament. B or U18 indicates that the team was represented by its B or U18 team.

Summer Olympics

Year Rank Pld W L
1936 Did not enter
1948 14th place 7 2 5
1952 Did not enter
1956
1960
1964
1968
1972
1976
1980
1984
1988
1992 Did not qualify
1996
2000
2004
2008 11th place 5 0 5
2012 Did not qualify
Total 2/18 12 2 10

World Cup

Year Rank Pld W L
1950 Did not enter
1954
1959
1963
1967
1970
1974 Did not qualify
1978 Did not enter
1982 Did not qualify
1986
1990
1994
1998
2002
2006
2010 19th place 5 1 4
2014 20th place 5 1 4
Total 2/17 10 2 8

Asian Championship

Year Rank Pld W L
Europe
1959 17th place 7 1 6
Asia
1960 Did not enter
1963
1965
1967
1969
1971
1973 5th place 10 4 6
1975 Did not enter
1977
1979
1981 8th place 7 3 4
1983 5th place 6 5 1
1985 8th place 6 2 4
1987 Did not enter
1989 5th place 7 4 3
1991 6th place 8 4 4
1993 4th place 6 4 2
1995 10th place 8 5 3
1997 8th place 7 3 4
1999 Did not qualify
2001
2003 5th place 7 4 3
2005 6th place 8 4 4
2007 Champions 8 7 1
2009 Champions 9 9 0
2011 5th place 9 8 1
2013 Champions 9 9 0
2015 Qualified
Total 16/28 115 75 40

Asian Games

Year Rank Pld W L
1951 3rd place 4 2 2
1954 Did not enter
1958
1962
1966 7th place 7 3 4
1970 7th place 8 6 2
1974 6th place 7 3 4
1978 Did not enter
1982
1986
1990 7th place 6 3 3
1994 8th place 6 2 4
1998 7th place 6 2 4
2002 Did not enter
2006 3rd place 8 5 3
2010 3rd place 8 6 2
2014 Runners-up 7 6 1
Total 10/17 67 38 29

Asian Cup

Year Rank Pld W L
2004 Qualified but withdrew
2008
2010 6th place (B) 7 3 4
2012 Champions 7 7 0
2014 Champions 7 6 1
Total 3/5 21 16 5

West Asian Championship

Year Rank Pld W L
1999 4th place 4 1 3
2000 4th place 4 2 2
2001 3rd place 4 2 2
2002 Runners-up 4 3 1
2004 Champions 4 4 0
2005 Champions 4 4 0
2008 Did not enter
2010 Champions (B) 3 3 0
2011 Champions 3 3 0
2012 Runners-up 5 4 1
2013 Champions 3 3 0
2014 Runners-up (U18) 5 4 1
Total 11/12 43 33 10

Other tournaments

Roster

Roster for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

# Pos Name Club Date of birth Height
4 C Rouzbeh Arghavan Zob Ahan Isfahan (1988-05-18)18 May 1988 (aged 26) 2.14 m (7 ft 12 in)
5 G Sajjad Mashayekhi Mahram Tehran (1994-03-05)5 March 1994 (aged 20) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
6 G Behnam Yakhchali Petrochimi Bandar Imam (1995-12-31)31 December 1995 (aged 18) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
7 G Mehdi Kamrani Jiangsu Tongxi (1982-06-01)1 June 1982 (aged 32) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
8 F Arsalan Kazemi Chongqing Fly Dragon (1990-04-22)22 April 1990 (aged 24) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
9 F Arman Zangeneh Mahram Tehran (1993-06-15)15 June 1993 (aged 21) 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in)
10 G Hamed Afagh Petrochimi Bandar Imam (1983-02-01)1 February 1983 (aged 31) 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
11 F Oshin Sahakian Mahram Tehran (1986-03-21)21 March 1986 (aged 28) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
12 C Asghar Kardoust Kazma (1986-03-21)21 March 1986 (aged 28) 2.12 m (6 ft 11 12 in)
13 F Mohammad Jamshidi Azad University Tehran (1991-07-30)30 July 1991 (aged 23) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
14 F Samad Nikkhah Bahrami Mahram Tehran (1983-05-11)11 May 1983 (aged 31) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
15 C Hamed Haddadi Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles (1985-05-19)19 May 1985 (aged 29) 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)

Head coaches

Note: The following list may not be complete

References

  1. ^ a b c "IRN/LIB – It's Iraaaaaan!".  
  2. ^ "Iran wins Asian Basketball Championships".  
  3. ^ "Fan Thread". PersianFootball.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

External links

  • (Persian) Official website of IR Iran Basketball Federation
  • FIBA profile
  • Iran Basketball Records at FIBA Archive
  • Asia-basket – Iran Men National Team
  • Presentation on Facebook
Preceded by
Kazakhstan
Asian Games Bronze Medalists
2006, 2010
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
China
FIBA Asia Champions
2007, 2009
Succeeded by
China
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