Czech Republic men's national basketball team

The Czech Republic men's national basketball team (Czech: Česká basketbalová reprezentace) represents the Czech Republic in international basketball. The team is controlled by the Czech Basketball Federation (ČBF).

Czech Republic
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FIBA ranking12 Decrease 1 (2 March 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1993
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationČBF
CoachRonen Ginzburg
FIBA World Cup
First international
 Czech Republic 65–94 Slovenia 
(Wrocław, Poland; 30 May 1993)
Biggest win
 Czech Republic 135–65 Luxembourg 
(Svitavy, Czech Republic; 1 September 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 107–67 Czech Republic 
(Málaga, Spain; 10 November 1993)

The Czech Republic is the successor to the Czechoslovakia national team after the Czech Republic split from Czechoslovakia, due to the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. The Czech Republic national team made their debut in international competition in a qualifier for the EuroBasket in 1993. The team has successfully qualified to the tournament six times overall. The Czech Republic has also qualified for the FIBA World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals in their first appearance in 2019.



In 1993, the Czech Republic national team was officially founded after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The team played their first international match on 30 May 1993 against Slovenia.

After several failed attempts at qualifying in 1993, 1995, and 1997 the Czech Republic finally clinched qualification to the EuroBasket finals tournament for the first time after independence at EuroBasket 1999. The national team got off to a quick start, as they won their first two preliminary round matches against Lithuania and Greece, before losing to Germany in their final game of group play. With a record of (2-1), the Czech Republic booked their place into the second group phase. There, the team were thoroughly dominated against Croatia and Italy, before losing a close batttle against Turkey 73-78 to exit the tournament. In all, the Czech Republic finished their maiden voyage to the EuroBasket in 12th place. While national team standout Luboš Bartoň took the honor of being the second best scorer of the tournament averaging (18.7 points per game).[2]


Throughout the 2000s for the Czech Republic, the national team suffered numerous setbacks. Failed attempts to qualify for the EuroBasket on multiple occasions were demoralizing reminders that the team had to become stronger in order to compete with the best on the continental stage. However, during qualification for EuroBasket 2007, led by national team veterans Jiří Welsch, Luboš Bartoň and Petr Benda, the Czech Republic would qualify for their second overall appearance at the competition. In their first game at the 2007 tournament, the national team would lose in a classic against the Dirk Nowitzki led Germany squad in overtime 78-83.[3] The tough loss for the team carried over into their next match, where they would suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Lithuania 95-75. With one game left in group play, and still an opportunity to advance the Czechs would come up short again, this time to Turkey 72-80 to be eliminated.


After missing out on the EuroBasket in 2011, the Czech Republic turned the page to qualify for EuroBasket 2013. Their first game of the tournament was against hosts Slovenia. However, the team would succumb in a narrowly contested game between the two sides 60-62. Although the Czechs would show resilience in their second match against Poland, behind a dominant game from big man Jan Veselý and his (23 points and 14 rebounds) to win 68-69.[4] After the strong win for the Czech Republic, their third game of the tournament was a total calamity for the team, as they were completely mauled by the eventual champions Spain 60-39. The humbling loss for the team however, fueled them to a win in their next game against Georgia 95-79.[5] Heading into their final match of group play, with the possibility of advancing all but gone the Czechs would fall to Croatia 70-53.

The Czech Republic entered the EuroBasket 2015, after going (4-2) during qualifying to make their fourth EuroBasket appearance. To begin their 2015 tournament run, the Czech Republic were placed into Group D. The team would easily win their first two matches of the event, before their date versus co-hosts Latvia. However, strong games from team captain Tomáš Satoranský (22 points and 9 assists), and center Jan Veselý (17 points and 11 rebounds) wouldn't be enough as Latvia would prevail 65-72.[6] After the loss, the Czechs would regroup to split their final two games of the group phase to advance to the Round of 16. There, the team displayed supreme focus to defeat Croatia 59-80, to send the team into the quarter-finals of the EuroBasket for the first time.[7][8] With a chance to reach the semi-finals on the line, the Czechs would fall short against Serbia 89-75. After the tough loss, the team would play two more games in the Olympic bracket qualifier to finish the tournament.

In qualification for the 2016 Olympic tournament, the Czech Republic failed to qualify after going (1-2) and being eliminated, losing to Serbia once again.[9]

At EuroBasket 2017, the Czech Republic were drawn into Group C for their stint at the tournament. Although the team was quickly eliminated, failing to make it out of the group stage after posting a disappointing (1-4) record.[10]

During European qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the Czech Republic amassed an (8-4) record during qualifying to solidify their first ever trip to the World Cup finals.[11][12] Heading toward the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the Czech Republic were slotted into Group E to begin the tournament. The first game for the team however, would turn out to be a loss against the heavily favoured United States 67-88. Going into their second match of the tournament, the Czechs picked up their first ever World Cup finals victory over Japan.[13] With one game to go and a path to advance to the second group phase, the team would pullout a solid 76-91 win over Turkey.

Entering the second group phase, the Czech Republic continued their impressive play as the team picked up a huge victory, this time against Brazil 71-93.[14] Although in their final match of group play, the Czechs suffered an 77-84 defeat to Greece. Even after the tough loss, the team would get the help it needed to advance into the quarter-finals, due to the United States eliminating Brazil.

In the quarter-finals, unfortunately, the tournament run for the Czechs would come to an end. As they were eliminated 82-70 by Australia. With classification matches to determine the final positions, the team would split their two games to be awarded sixth place.[15]

Competitive recordEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Loss


21 February 2020 Czech Republic   75–71
  Denmark Pardubice, Czech Republic
20:10 Scoring by quarter: 19–20, 30–22, 10–7, 16–22
Pts: Bohačík 17
Rebs: Kříž 8
Asts: Bohačík 5
Boxscore Pts: Lundberg 20
Rebs: Lundberg 8
Asts: Darboe 6
Arena: Pardubice Arena
Referees: Nicolas Maestre (FRA), Zafer Yilmaz (TUR), Beniamino Attard (ITA)
24 February 2020 Lithuania   97–89
  Czech Republic Vilnius, Lithuania
18:30 Scoring by quarter: 19–20, 23–27, 20–20, 35–22
Pts: Bendžius 26
Rebs: Butkevičius 8
Asts: Jokubaitis 6
Boxscore Pts: Hruban 26
Rebs: three players 4
Asts: Šiřina 6
Arena: Siemens Arena
Attendance: 6,591
Referees: Eddie Viator (FRA), Saša Maričić (SRB), Alexandre Deman (FRA)
27 November 2020 Czech Republic   62–90
  Belgium Vilnius, Lithuania* [note 1]
16:30 Scoring by quarter: 19–27, 17–20, 15–23, 11–20
Pts: Balvin 14
Rebs: Peterka 8
Asts: Bohacik 4
Boxscore Pts: Obasohan 18
Rebs: Gillet, Kesteloot 5
Asts: Obasohan 7
Arena: Siemens Arena
Referees: Aleksandar Glišić (SRB), Mehmet Sahin (TUR), Zdravko Rutešić (MNE)
29 November 2020 Denmark   91–90
  Czech Republic Vilnius, Lithuania* [note 1]
16:30 Scoring by quarter: 29–21, 22–27, 19–23, 21–19
Pts: Lundberg 38
Rebs: Zohore 10
Asts: Darboe 9
Boxscore Pts: Peterka 24
Rebs: Peterka 8
Asts: Bohačík, Vyoral 7
Arena: Siemens Arena
Referees: Özlem Yalman (TUR), Zdravko Rutešić (MNE), Mehmet Sahin (TUR)


20 February 2021 Czech Republic   74–94
  Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania* [note 1]
19:30 Scoring by quarter: 15–31, 18–18, 22–16, 19–29
Pts: Peterka 18
Rebs: Peterka 7
Asts: Vyoral 5
Boxscore Pts: Kariniauskas 15
Rebs: Kuzminskas 7
Asts: Kariniauskas 6
Arena: Avia Solutions Group Arena
Referees: Ademir Zurapović (BIH), Radomir Vojinović (MNE), Martin Vulić (CRO)
22 February 2021 Belgium   86–91
  Czech Republic Vilnius, Lithuania* [note 1]
16:30 Scoring by quarter: 14–24, 26–27, 25–18, 21–22
Pts: Obasohan 23
Rebs: Van Vliet 5
Asts: Lecomte, Schwartz 4
Boxscore Pts: Hruban 24
Rebs: Peterka 8
Asts: Sehnal 4
Arena: Avia Solutions Group Arena
Referees: Radomir Vojinović (MNE), Ventsislav Velikov (BUL), Mehmet Karabilecen (TUR)


Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers matches on 20 and 22 February 2021 against Lithuania and Belgium.[17]

Czech Republic men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 4 Tomáš Vyoral 28 – (1992-09-28)28 September 1992 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Pardubice  
F 7 Vojtěch Hruban 31 – (1989-08-29)29 August 1989 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Nymburk  
PG 13 Jakub Šiřina 33 – (1987-11-21)21 November 1987 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Opava  
C 15 Martin Peterka 26 – (1995-01-12)12 January 1995 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Braunschweig  
SG 17 Jaromír Bohačík 28 – (1992-05-26)26 May 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Strasbourg  
G 19 Ondřej Sehnal 23 – (1997-10-10)10 October 1997 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Praha  
F 20 Šimon Puršl 24 – (1997-01-29)29 January 1997 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Brno  
G/F 21 Michal Mareš 28 – (1992-12-26)26 December 1992 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Praha  
C 22 Lubos Kovar 20 – (2000-11-10)10 November 2000 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Nymburk  
F 23 Lukáš Palyza 31 – (1989-11-10)10 November 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Nymburk  
F/C 31 Martin Kříž 27 – (1993-06-17)17 June 1993 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Nymburk  
PG 32 Richard Balint 18 – (2002-11-08)8 November 2002 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Brno  
SG 84 Radek Farský 21 – (1999-04-11)11 April 1999 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Brno  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Petr Czudek
  •   Jan Pospíšil
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 20 February 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ondřej Balvín Martin Peterka
PF Patrik Auda Martin Kříž
SF Vojtěch Hruban Blake Schilb Lukáš Palyza
SG Jaromír Bohačík Pavel Pumprla
PG Tomáš Satoranský Jakub Šiřina Tomáš Vyoral

Head coach historyEdit

Past rostersEdit

1999 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

4 Petr Czudek, 5 Petr Welsch, 6 Vladan Vahala, 7 Marek Stuchlý, 8 Jiří Welsch, 9 David Klapetek, 10 Jiří Okáč, 11 Luboš Bartoň, 12 Petr Treml, 13 Martin Ides, 14 Kamil Novák, 15 Pavel Bečka (Coach: Zdeněk Hummel)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 16 teams

4 Štěpán Vrubl, 5 Pavel Beneš, 6 Maurice Whitfield, 7 Michal Křemen, 8 Lukáš Kraus, 9 Jiří Welsch, 10 Ladislav Sokolovský, 11 Luboš Bartoň, 12 Radek Nečas, 13 Petr Benda, 14 Jakub Houška, 15 Ondřej Starosta (Coach: Zdeněk Hummel)

2013 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 24 teams

4 Petr Benda, 5 Ondřej Balvín 6 Pavel Pumprla, 7 Vojtěch Hruban, 8 Tomáš Satoranský, 9 Jiří Welsch, 10 Pavel Houška, 11 Luboš Bartoň, 12 David Jelínek, 13 Jakub Kudláček, 14 Kamil Švrdlík, 15 Jan Veselý (Coach: Pavel Budínský)

2015 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 24 teams

4 Petr Benda, 5 Patrik Auda, 6 Pavel Pumprla, 7 Vojtěch Hruban, 8 Tomáš Satoranský (C), 9 Jiří Welsch, 10 Pavel Houška, 11 Luboš Bartoň, 12 David Jelínek, 13 Jakub Šiřina, 14 Blake Schilb, 24 Jan Veselý (Coach: Ronen Ginzburg)

2017 EuroBasket: finished 20th among 24 teams

1 Patrik Auda, 7 Vojtěch Hruban, 8 Tomáš Satoranský (C), 9 Jiří Welsch, 11 Lukáš Palyza, 13 Jakub Šiřina, 14 Kamil Švrdlík, 15 Martin Peterka, 17 Jaromir Bohačík, 23 Adam Pecháček, 31 Martin Kříž, 71 Tomáš Kyzlink (Coach: Ronen Ginzburg)

2019 FIBA World Cup: finished 6th among 32 teams

1 Patrik Auda, 4 Tomáš Vyoral, 6 Pavel Pumprla, 7 Vojtěch Hruban, 8 Tomáš Satoranský (C), 11 Blake Schilb, 12 Ondřej Balvín, 13 Jakub Šiřina, 15 Martin Peterka, 17 Jaromír Bohačík, 23 Lukáš Palyza, 31 Martin Kříž (Coach: Ronen Ginzburg)

See alsoEdit


  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.[16]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  2. ^ "EuroBasket 1999 player statistics". 3 July 1999.
  3. ^ "Czech Republic v Germany game results". 3 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Poland v Czech Republic game results". 5 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Czech Republic v Georgia game results". 8 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Czech Republic v Latvia game results". 7 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Czechs dump Croatia, make EuroBasket history". Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Croatia v Czech Republic game results". 13 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Czech Republic at the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Czech Republic at the EuroBasket 2017". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Czechs clinch first-ever trip to World Cup following tough win over Bosnia and Herzegovina". Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Czech Republic during the 2019 FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers". Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Czech Republic open account with vital win over Japan". Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Czech Republic boost their Quarter-Finals hopes in massive win over Brazil". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Czech Republic at the 2019 FIBA World Cup". Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Statement regarding the November 2020 and February 2021 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Czech Republic during the EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers". Retrieved 20 February 2021.

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