Denmark national basketball team
The Denmark national basketball team (Danish: Danmarks landshbasketballhold) represents Denmark in men's international basketball competition. They are controlled by the Danish Basketball Association. The national team once competed at top events like the EuroBasket regularly back in the early 1950s. But, they have struggled ever since trying to maintain the level it takes to play on the international stage with the elites. They have yet to qualify for the Summer Olympics and FIBA World Cup.
|FIBA ranking||69 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Championship for Small Countries|
Denmark debuted in the European championships at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. They were defeated in all of their preliminary round games, going 0–4 ending up in last place in their group. In a direct elimination match against Luxembourg, the national team took a 46–45 lead with 5 seconds left. A final half-court shot by Luxembourg bounced off the rim, giving Denmark its first ever win at the EuroBasket tournament and advancing the team to the first classification round. They picked up another win there, against Scotland, finishing in third place in the group at 1–2. Their third win of the tournament came against Portugal in the 13th–16th place classification semifinal. Denmark then lost to Switzerland in the 13th/14th place match to finish 14th of the 18 teams with a record of 3–7.
Two years later, at the EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow, Denmark did not fare as well. They dropped 8 of their matches (3 in the preliminary round, 3 in the first classification round, and the two-second-round classification games) on their way to a 16th-place finish out of the 17 teams in the tournament.
At the EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest, the national team struggled their as well just as they did at the prior EuroBasket they played in. Losing all 8 of their matches in non competitive fashion, this time finishing in last place of the 18 teams at the event.
After EuroBasket 1955 the national team regressed to the point where that was the last major tournament they qualified for. Though, they did achieve some success on a lower level, at the European Championship for Small Countries, where they won Gold in 2010.
Championship for Small CountriesEdit
The Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification
|Denmark men's national basketball team roster|
Other notable players from Denmark: