Estonia men's national basketball team

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The Estonia national basketball team (Estonian: Eesti korvpallikoondis) represents Estonia in international basketball matches. They are controlled by the Estonian Basketball Association. Estonia first competed internationally at the 1936 Summer Olympics. The national team has also made five appearances at the European Basketball Championship, with their best results coming in 1937 and 1939, where they finished in fifth place.

Estonia
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FIBA ranking47 Increase 3 (2 March 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1934
1991
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationEstonian Basketball Association
CoachJukka Toijala
Olympic Games
Appearances1
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances6
MedalsNone

HistoryEdit

Early years (1930s)Edit

 
Game between Estonia and Lithuania at EuroBasket 1937

Estonia joined FIBA on 23 November 1934. Coached by Herbert Niiler, Estonia first competed on the international stage at the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Berlin, the first Olympic tournament to hold basketball as an official medal event. Estonia played in the opening match of the tournament, defeating France 34–29.[2] The national team lost their subsequent second round match to the United States 28–52, but passed the consolation round and faced the Philippines in the third round, losing 22–39.

Estonia participated in their first ever European Basketball Championship in 1937. The team won their first game against Egypt 44–15, but failed to advance past the group stage after suffering a 15–20 defeat against Lithuania and a 20–30 defeat against Italy. Estonia placed fifth in the final rankings after defeating Czechoslovakia 30–20 and Latvia 41–19.[3]

The EuroBasket 1939 used a different format from the previous championship, with eight teams facing off in a round-robin tournament. Estonia finished the tournament with a 4–3 record and another fifth place finish. Heino Veskila was the tournament's scoring leader with 16.7 points per game.[2][4]

In 1940, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union and the team was disbanded.

National team restored (1990s)Edit

After the restoration of independence, the Estonian Basketball Association rejoined FIBA in 1991. The team competed at EuroBasket 1993, held in Germany. Despite missing star players Martin Müürsepp and Tiit Sokk, the team, coached by Jaak Salumets won their group in the preliminary round, finishing ahead of Slovenia, Belgium, and the host and eventual champions Germany. In the second round, Estonia finished third in their group and advanced to the quarter-finals, where the team lost to Russia 61–82 and was knocked out. In the classification rounds, Estonia defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 99–91 and lost to Spain 80–119, finishing the championship in sixth place with a 6–5 record.[2] Aivar Kuusmaa was the team's scoring leader with 19.9 points per game.[5]

2000s–2010sEdit

Estonia participated in the EuroBasket 2001, held in Turkey. Coached by Üllar Kerde, Estonia lost all three preliminary round matches against Germany, Yugoslavia and Croatia, failing to advance past the group stage and finishing the championship with a disappointing 0–3 record and a 14th place finish. Martin Müürsepp led the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game, while Margus Metstak made 6.0 rebounds per game, and Rauno Pehka and Tanel Tein averaged 2.7 assists per game.[6] After 2001, Estonia failed to qualify for another major international basketball tournament for 14 years. Though, the team competed at the second tier FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Division B tournament, winning their group.

Coached by Tiit Sokk, Estonia qualified for EuroBasket 2015, with preliminary round matches held in Riga, Latvia. Estonia's first two performances were poor as the team suffered heavy defeats in matches against Czech Republic (57–80) and Belgium (55–84). However, the team bounced back with a 78–71 victory over Ukraine, their first EuroBasket victory since 1993.[7] The next game saw Estonia defeated by Lithuania 62–64 in a close game. In the final group phase game, Estonia played against Latvia, losing 64–75 and failing to advance to the knockout stage.[8] Estonia finished the championship in 20th place with a 1–4 record. Gregor Arbet was the team's scoring leader with 11.6 points per game, while Siim-Sander Vene averaged 6.4 rebounds and Sten Sokk contributed 4.2 assists per game.

Competitive recordEdit

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2022 qualification matches against Italy, North Macedonia and Russia in February 2021.[9][10]

Estonia national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SF 0 Drell, Henri 20 – (2000-04-25)25 April 2000 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Victoria Libertas Pesaro  
SG 1 Rosenthal, Märt 21 – (1999-03-15)15 March 1999 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Pärnu Sadam  
F 3 Treier, Kaspar 21 – (1999-09-19)19 September 1999 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Dinamo Sassari  
PG 5 Laane, Rait-Riivo 27 – (1993-05-24)24 May 1993 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) CSM Miercurea Ciuc  
SG 6 Puidet, Jaan 29 – (1992-01-04)4 January 1992 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Real Valladolid  
PG 7 Sokk, Sten 32 – (1989-02-14)14 February 1989 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) Kalev/Cramo  
SG 8 Valge, Robert 23 – (1997-04-20)20 April 1997 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Pärnu Sadam  
PF 13 Hermet, Kregor 23 – (1997-06-09)9 June 1997 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Kalev/Cramo  
F 15 Kotsar, Maik-Kalev 24 – (1996-12-22)22 December 1996 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Hamburg Towers  
C 20 Nurger, Rauno 27 – (1993-11-24)24 November 1993 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Kalev/Cramo  
SF 21 Jõesaar, Janari 27 – (1993-12-08)8 December 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Kalev/Cramo  
PG 22 Dorbek, Martin 30 – (1991-01-21)21 January 1991 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Kalev/Cramo  
F 31 Kirves, Mihkel 24 – (1996-12-06)6 December 1996 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Pärnu Sadam  
PG 77 Kullamäe, Kristian 21 – (1999-05-25)25 May 1999 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) San Pablo Burgos  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Age – describes age on
    19 February 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Maik-Kalev Kotsar Rauno Nurger
PF Kaspar Treier Kregor Hermet
SF Janari Jõesaar Henri Drell Mihkel Kirves
SG Martin Dorbek Märt Rosenthal Jaan Puidet Robert Valge
PG Kristian Kullamäe Sten Sokk Rait-Riivo Laane

Past rostersEdit

1936 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 23 teams

Erich Altosaar, Artur Amon, Aleksander Illi, Vladimir Kärk, Robert Keres, Evald Mahl, Aleksander Margiste, Bernhard Nooni, Leonid Saar, Heino Veskila, Georg Vinogradov (Coach: Herbert Niiler)


1937 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 8 teams

Oskar Erikson, Aleksander Illi, Vladimir Kärk, Robert Keres, Evald Mahl, Albert Suurna, Heino Veskila, Ralf Viksten, Alfred Zimmermann (Coach: Herbert Niiler)


1939 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 8 teams

Erich Altosaar, Artur Amon, Oskar Erikson, Hans Juurup, Evald Mahl, Herbert Tillemann, Valdeko Valdmäe, Heino Veskila, Ralf Viksten, Georg Vinogradov (Coach: Herbert Niiler)


1993 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Sergei Babenko, Toomas Kandimaa, Aleksandr Karavajev, Erki Kivinukk, Gert Kullamäe, Aivar Kuusmaa, Margus Metstak, Andrus Nagel, Marek Noormets, Rauno Pehka, Indrek Rumma, Ivo Saksakulm (Coach: Jaak Salumets)


2001 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

Toomas Kandimaa, Tarmo Kikerpill, Valmo Kriisa, Toomas Liivak, Margus Metstak, Martin Müürsepp, Marek Noormets, Andre Pärn, Rauno Pehka, Indrek Rumma, Tanel Tein, Indrek Varblane (Coach: Üllar Kerde)


2015 EuroBasket: finished 20th among 24 teams

Gregor Arbet, Gert Dorbek, Reinar Hallik, Kristjan Kangur, Erik Keedus, Tanel Kurbas, Sten Sokk, Tanel Sokk, Janar Talts, Joosep Toome, Rain Veideman, Siim-Sander Vene (Coach: Tiit Sokk)

CoachesEdit

 
Tiit Sokk, Estonia head coach from 2004–2007 and 2009–2019.
Coach Career Competition Result
  Herbert Niiler 1929–1940 1936 Olympic Games 9th
1937 EuroBasket 5th
1939 EuroBasket 5th
  Jaanus Levkoi 1991–1992
  Jaak Salumets 1993–1997 1993 EuroBasket 6th
  Maarten van Gent 1997–1999
  Üllar Kerde 1999–2001 2001 EuroBasket 14th
  Heino Enden 2001–2004
  Tiit Sokk 2004–2007
  Üllar Kerde 2007–2009
  Tiit Sokk 2009–2019 2015 EuroBasket 20th
  Jukka Toijala 2019–

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Eesti korvpall 95" [Estonian basketball 95] (in Estonian). Estonian Basketball Association. 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Season 1937". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Season 1939". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Season 1993". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Season 2001". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Estonia revel in historic success". eurobasket2015.org. Archived from the original on 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Latvia battle back to punch Last 16 ticket". eurobasket2015.org. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Estonia". FIBA.com.
  10. ^ "Korvpallikoondis sõidab otsustavatele EM-valikmängudele 15 mängijaga" (in Estonian). ERR Sport.

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