Austria men's national basketball team

The Austria men's national basketball team (German: Österreichische Basketballnationalmannschaft) represents Austria in international basketball competition. The team is controlled and organized by Basketball Austria.

Austria
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FIBA ranking61 Steady (1 March 2022)[1]
Joined FIBA1934
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationBasketball Austria
CoachRaoul Korner
Nickname(s)Das Team
(The Team)
Unsere Burschen
(Our Boys)
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances6
MedalsNone
Championship for Small Countries
Appearances2
MedalsGold Gold: (1992, 1996)
First international
 Bulgaria 56–13 Austria 
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 27 April 1947)
Biggest win
 Algeria 63–119 Austria 
(Böblingen, West Germany; 13 May 1975)
Biggest defeat
 France 100–6 Austria 
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 28 April 1947)

Austria has qualified for the EuroBasket six times throughout their history. Their best performance overall came at the 1951 tournament. However, the team is still seeking qualification to their first appearance on to the global stage at the FIBA World Cup.

HistoryEdit

EuroBasket 1947Edit

Austria first competed in the European Basketball Championship at EuroBasket 1947, placing 12th of 14 teams. Initially, the team struggled and lost both of their preliminary round matches, along with their first semifinal round match. Then they defeated Albania to place second in the group and set up a match against the Netherlands for 11th and 12th place, which Austria lost after a long battle.

 
Austria national team before game

EuroBasket 1951Edit

Austria made their second appearance on the continental stage at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. The national team was eliminated from championship contention after finishing 1–3 in pool play and fourth in their group. They won all three of their first round classification games, however, advancing to the 9th–12th place classification semifinals. A loss to the Netherlands, but a win over West Germany propelled Austria into 11th place of the 18 teams in the tournament.

EuroBasket 1955Edit

Austria's appearance at EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest began with a 2–2 showing in preliminary round play. This was good enough for third place in the pool, and Austria was pushed to classification play. There, they were able to win only 1 out of 4 games (the win coming against West Germany), placing fourth of the five teams in the group. Playing against Luxembourg and then Switzerland in classification for the 13th–16th place playoffs, Austria won both games to finish 13th of the 18 teams.

EuroBasket 1957Edit

In Sofia for the EuroBasket 1957 competition, Austria was defeated three times in the preliminary round. Their 0–3 record put them last in their group and sent them to the classification pool. The team won two games there, finishing at an record of 2–5 to take an overall 14th place in the 16 team tournament.

Later yearsEdit

Austria went on to qualify to the EuroBasket two more times in 1959 and 1977. But since then it has been a struggle for the national team to qualify for major international basketball tournaments.

Competitive recordEdit

Recent and forthcoming fixturesEdit

  Win   Loss

2020Edit

29 November 2020 Austria   64–77   Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia* [note 1]
20:10 Scoring by quarter: 12–20, 13–30, 15–11, 24–16
Pts: Vujošević 22
Rebs: Mahalbašić 8
Asts: Mahalbašić 7
Boxscore Pts: Blažič 16
Rebs: Hrovat 8
Asts: Rupnik 6
Arena: Arena Stožice
Referees: Zafer Yılmaz (TUR), Tolga Sahin (ITA), Marek Kúkelčík (SVK)
30 November 2020 Ukraine   70–67   Austria Ljubljana, Slovenia* [note 1]
17:10 Scoring by quarter: 16–14, 13–16, 21–15, 20–22
Pts: Mishula 20
Rebs: Petrov 10
Asts: Lypovyy 5
Boxscore Pts: Guttl 16
Rebs: Mahalbašić 7
Asts: Mahalbašić 9
Arena: Arena Stožice
Referees: Georgios Poursanidis (GRE), Yener Yılmaz (TUR), Valerio Grigioni (ITA)

2021Edit

19 February 2021* [note 2] Austria   81–830(OT)   Hungary Kyiv, Ukraine* [note 1]
19:15 Scoring by quarter: 20–15, 19–15, 20–24, 16–21Overtime: 6–8
Pts: Klepeisz 21
Rebs: Mahalbašić 9
Asts: Mahalbašić 5
Boxscore Pts: Vojvoda 22
Rebs: Keller 8
Asts: Perl 9
Arena: Palace of Sports
Referees: Eddie Viator (FRA), Paulo Marques (POR), Michał Proc (POL)
21 February 2021 Hungary   81–58   Austria Kyiv, Ukraine* [note 1]
20:00 Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 22–12, 20–12, 23–16
Pts: Perl 17
Rebs: Filipovity, Szabó 6
Asts: Perl, Váradi 5
Boxscore Pts: three players 10
Rebs: Ogunsipe 6
Asts: Guttl 4
Arena: Palace of Sports
Referees: Ilias Kounelles (CYP), Pavel Fuska (SVK), Mihkel Männiste (EST)
25 November 2021 Austria   80–64    Switzerland Schwechat, Austria
20:15 (UTC+1) Scoring by quarter: 18–15, 26–14, 21–20, 15–15
Pts: Vujošević 20
Rebs: Mbemba 12
Asts: Vujošević 6
Boxscore Pts: Kovac 13
Rebs: Cotture 8
Asts: Cotture 6
Arena: Multiversum
Referees: Blaž Zupančič (SVN), Nikola Perlić (CRO), Jan Baloun (CZE)
28 November 2021 Ireland   70–97   Austria Dublin, Ireland
17:00 (UTC±0) Scoring by quarter: 13–28, 28–15, 9–30, 20–24
Pts: Carroll 23
Rebs: Carroll 9
Asts: Flood 4
Boxscore Pts: Klepeisz 25
Rebs: Poljak 8
Asts: Vujošević 8
Arena: National Basketball Arena
Attendance: 700
Referees: Francisco Araña (ESP), Nikola Bejat (NOR), Łukasz Jankowski (POL)

2022Edit

24 February 2022 Cyprus   77–86   Austria Nicosia, Cyprus
19:00 (UTC+2) Scoring by quarter: 15–22, 19–25, 17–21, 26–18
Pts: Simitzis 20
Rebs: Panteli 8
Asts: Panteli 5
Boxscore Pts: Vujošević 21
Rebs: Rados 7
Asts: Klepeisz 6
Arena: Eleftheria Indoor Hall
Attendance: 300
Referees: Sergei Mikhailov (RUS), Nemanja Ninković (SRB), Meirson Nir (ISR)
27 February 2022 Switzerland    80–61   Austria Fribourg, Switzerland
16:00 (UTC+1) Scoring by quarter: 23–18, 17–18, 26–7, 14–18
Pts: Kovac 18
Rebs: Jurkovitz 7
Asts: Cotture 5
Boxscore Pts: Murati 14
Rebs: Ogunsipe 6
Asts: Klepeisz 3
Arena: Salle Saint-Lèonard
Attendance: 1,417
Referees: Petros Papapetrou (GRE), Ofer Manheim (ISR), Alessandro Perciavalle (ITA)

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2025 Pre-Qualifiers matches on 24 and 27 February 2022 against Cyprus and Switzerland.[4]

Austria men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 5 Bogić Vujošević 29 – (1992-08-05)5 August 1992 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Vienna  
SG 8 Enis Murati 33 – (1988-08-02)2 August 1988 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Vienna  
F 9 David Vötsch 20 – (2001-10-01)1 October 2001 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Kapfenberg  
PG 10 Thomas Klepeisz 30 – (1991-08-04)4 August 1991 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Ulm  
F 12 Guylain Mbemba 18 – (2003-10-15)15 October 2003 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) St. Pölten  
C 14 Jozo Rados 28 – (1993-08-05)5 August 1993 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Vienna  
G/F 17 Erol Ersek 22 – (1999-04-20)20 April 1999 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Tigers Tübingen  
C 18 Daniel Köppel 21 – (2000-05-14)14 May 2000 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Swans  
PG 20 Jakob Szkutta 22 – (1999-07-22)22 July 1999 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Timberwolves  
G 21 Benedikt Güttl 28 – (1994-02-18)18 February 1994 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Swans  
SG 22 Jakob Lohr 19 – (2002-08-23)23 August 2002 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Timberwolves  
PF 26 Marvin Ogunsipe 25 – (1996-02-26)26 February 1996 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Bayern Munich  
PF 27 Jakob Wonisch 22 – (1999-06-11)11 June 1999 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) St. Pölten  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 24 February 2022

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C
PF
SF
SG
PG

Head coachesEdit

Notable playersEdit

  • Jakob Pöltl – First Austrian-born player to get drafted and play in the NBA.

Past rostersEdit

1947 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 14 teams

3 Frankl, 4 Hans Bohman, 5 Eder, 6 Ganglberger, 7 Franz Gluck, 8 Herbert Haselbacher, 9 Paulin, 10 Konrad Pitsch, 12 Helmut Schmidt, 13 Richard Pollak, 15 Otto Schreiweiss, 16 Vostatek, 17 Hans Zsak, 29 Walter Ledl (Coach: ?)


1951 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 17 teams

3 Hans Zsak, 5 Gerhard Puschner, 6 Peter Vecernik, 7 Richard Pollak, 8 Herbert Haselbacher, 10 Walter Ledl, 13 Felix Schober, 15 Franz Gluck, 16 Hans Bohman, 17 Benno Binder, 18 Ewald Polansky, 19 Hans Praschl (Coach: Miodrag Stefanović)


1955 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 18 teams

3 Gunter Brousek, 4 Karl Hackl, 5 Franz Gebhard, 6 Oskar Doppes, 7 Ewald Polansky, 8 Helmut Schmidt, 9 Karl Thiering, 10 Helmut Schurer, 11 Baczinsky, 12 Johann Karall, 13 Karl Machek, 14 Peter Vecernik, 15 Karl Privoznik, 17 Alfred Probst (Coach: Janos Gerdov)


1957 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

3 Nikolaus Waldingbrett, 4 Gunter Brousek, 5 Johann Karall, 6 Friedrich Walz, 7 Ewald Polansky, 8 Herwig Schon, 9 Werner Grohs, 10 Karl Thiering, 11 Alfred Waschkau, 12 Helmut Schurer, 14 Franz Vranitzky, 15 Alfred Probst (Coach: Herbert Haselbacher)


1959 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 17 teams

3 Friedrich Walz, 4 Peter Kotas, 5 Franz Havlicek, 6 Oskar Doppes, 7 Ewald Polansky, 8 Herwig Schon, 9 Walter Ledl, 10 Karl Thiering, 11 Alfred Probst, 12 Heinz Vybiral, 13 Ernst Tutschek, 15 Karl Privoznik (Coach: Herbert Haselbacher)


1977 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

4 Wolfgang Vlk, 5 Friedrich Miklas, 6 Bernhard Slavicek, 7 Peter Bilik, 8 Peter Poiger, 9 Herbert Watzke, 10 Erich Tecka, 11 Werner Meisinger, 12 Helmut Zimmel, 13 Walter Fuchs, 14 Peter Wolf, 15 Herbert Haselbacher (Coach: Jan Hluchy)

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2015–2017: Spalding[5]

Edit

2015–2017: Admiral (Sportwetten)[5]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches in the November 2020 and February 2021 windows were played behind closed doors in select host cities.[2]
  2. ^ Due to several COVID-19 positive tests by Hungarian players, the match against Hungary originally scheduled for Nov. 2020 was postponed to Feb. 2021.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 1 March 2022. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Statement regarding the November 2020 and February 2021 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ "FIBA statement about the November FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers window". FIBA. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Austria during the EuroBasket 2025 Pre-Qualifiers in Feb. 2022". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b FIBA EuroBasket 2017, FIBA.com, Retrieved 16 May 2017.

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