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The Georgia men's national basketball team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საკალათბურთო ნაკრები) represents the country of Georgia in international basketball competitions. It is controlled by Georgian Basketball Federation, the GBF, that was established on June 4, 1991 after Georgia became independent from Soviet Union. The country is a FIBA member since 1992. The first official game was played against Poland in 1995.

Georgia Georgia (country)
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FIBA ranking26 Increase 1 (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1992
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationGeorgian Basketball Federation
CoachIlias Zouros
EuroBasket
Appearances4
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First international
 Poland 91–68 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Birmingham, United Kingdom; 24 May 1995)
Biggest win
Georgia (country) Georgia 103–43 Azerbaijan 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 1 September 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 90–43 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Siena, Italy; 28 February 1998)

The team made its EuroBasket debut in 2011. They qualified for three following tournaments in 2013, 2015 and 2017 as well.

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HistoryEdit

Soviet eraEdit

Until 1991 Georgia was a part of Soviet Union and players born in Georgia played for the Soviet Union national basketball team. Notable players born in Georgia who played for Soviet Union and won medals in Olympic Games, FIBA World Cup and EuroBasket include: Nodar Dzhordzhikiya, Otar Korkia, Guram Minashvili, Vladimer Ugrekhelidze, Levan Moseshvili, Zurab Sakandelidze and Mikheil Korkia.

Independent GeorgiaEdit

After gaining independence from Soviet Union, on several occasions Georgian national team unsuccessfully tried to qualify for the EuroBasket, Europe's biggest basketball competition and major tournament. The team also played in EuroBasket Division B three times and gained promotion in 2009 after defeating Belarus in play-offs.[2] After the expansion of EuroBasket in 2011 from 16 to 24 teams, Georgia qualified to competition for the first time and since then they played at every tournament.

The team played five matches in Group D. They won games against Belgium and Ukraine, lost three matches and advanced in the second round, but lost all three matches.[3]

After finishing second in qualifying group, Georgia qualified for its second Eurobasket tournament. After comfortable 84–67 victory in the opening match over Poland, Georgia lost four remaining matches and finished the tournament.[4] To this date Eurobasket 2013 was the only tournament, when Georgia could not win more than one match.

Georgia qualified to Eurobasket for the third successive time in 2014. In group after three straight losses, Georgia defeated Macedonia 90–75. In last match Georgians met tournament co–hosts and balkan basketball giants Croatia, beat them 71–58[5] and qualified to the knockout stages for the first time, where they suffered narrow 81–85[6] defeat to tournament favorites and future finalists Lithuania.

In EuroBasket 2017 qualification Georgia topped its group after 90–84[7] victory over Montenegro and qualified to Eurobasket for fourth successive time.

The core of the team that consistently qualified to Europe's biggest basketball competition consisted of captain Zaza Pachulia, Viktor Sanikidze, Manuchar Markoishvili, Tornike Shengelia, Giorgi Tsintsadze and Giorgi Shermadini.

Competitive recordEdit

World CupEdit

World Cup Qualification
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
  2019 Did not qualify 12 5 7
    2023 To be determined

Tbilisi City Hall CupEdit

  Played Wins Losses Place
  2010 3 3 0 1
  2012 3 3 0 1
  2014 3 3 0 1
  2015 3 2 1 2
  2016 3 2 1 2
  2017 2 2 0 1
Total 17 15 2

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[8]

The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017.

Georgian men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 3 Dixon, Michael 26 – (1990-12-01)1 December 1990 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) AEK Athens  
PG 4 Gamqrelidze, Giorgi 31 – (1986-02-04)4 February 1986 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Titebi Tbilisi  
SG 6 Boisa, Anatoli 33 – (1983-09-09)9 September 1983 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Kutaisi  
C 7 Pachulia, Zaza (C) 33 – (1984-02-10)10 February 1984 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Golden State Warriors  
PG 8 Tsintsadze, Giorgi 31 – (1986-02-07)7 February 1986 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Kutaisi  
C 9 Shermadini, Giorgi 28 – (1989-04-02)2 April 1989 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) MoraBanc Andorra  
SF 10 Sanadze, Duda 25 – (1992-07-25)25 July 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Primorska  
SF 11 Markoishvili, Manuchar 30 – (1986-11-17)17 November 1986 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Free agent
PF 17 Berishvili, Mikheil 30 – (1987-04-12)12 April 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Dinamo Tbilisi  
PF 23 Shengelia, Tornike 24 – (1991-10-05)5 October 1991 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Baskonia  
C 35 Bitadze, Goga 18 – (1999-07-20)20 July 1999 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Mega Bemax  
C 99 Londaridze, Ilia 27 – (1989-09-27)27 September 1989 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Dinamo Tbilisi  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Giorgi Shermadini Goga Bitadze
PF Tornike Shengelia Beka Burjanadze Akaki Dvalishvili
SF Duda Sanadze Mikheil Berishvili Levan Patsatsia
SG Manuchar Markoishvili Merab Bokolishvili Anatoli Boisa
PG Giorgi Tsintsadze Thad McFadden Beka Tsivtsivadze

Managerial historyEdit

Coach Years active
  Besik Liparteliani 1995–1997
  Levan Moseshvili 1997–1999
  Zurab Tomaradze 1999–2001
  Dražen Brajković 2001–2005
  Gordon Herbert 2005–2007
  Ken Shields 2007–2008
  Igor Kokoškov 2008–2015
  Ilias Zouros 2016–

Past rostersEdit

2011 EuroBasket squad: finished 11th among 24 teams

Giorgi Gamqrelidze, Vladimir Boisa, Anatoli Boisa, Zaza Pachulia, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Giorgi Shermadini, Lasha Parghalava, Manuchar Markoishvili, MarQuez Haynes, Viktor Sanikidze, Tornike Shengelia, Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Coach:   Igor Kokoškov)

2013 EuroBasket squad: finished 17th among 24 teams

Nika Metreveli, Otar Pkhakadze, Duda Sanadze, Beka Burjanadze, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Giorgi Shermadini, Ricky Hickman, Manuchar Markoishvili, Levan Patsatsia, Viktor Sanikidze, Besik Lezhava, Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Coach:   Igor Kokoškov)

2015 EuroBasket squad: finished 15th among 24 teams

Jacob Pullen, Nika Metreveli, Zaza Pachulia, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Giorgi Shermadini, Duda Sanadze, Manuchar Markoishvili, Levan Patsatsia, Viktor Sanikidze, Beka Burjanadze, Tornike Shengelia, Besik Lezhava (Coach:   Igor Kokoškov)

2017 EuroBasket squad: finished 17th among 24 teams

Michael Dixon, Giorgi Gamqrelidze, Anatoli Boisa, Zaza Pachulia, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Giorgi Shermadini, Duda Sanadze, Manuchar Markoishvili, Mikheil Berishvili, Tornike Shengelia, Goga Bitadze, Ilia Londaridze (Coach:   Ilias Zouros)

StatisticsEdit

Notable resultsEdit

Date Status Team Result Team
22.07.2004 Friendly   Russia 71–87   Georgia
16.08.2013 Friendly   Serbia 71–75   Georgia
24.09.2015 Eurobasket   Croatia 58–71   Georgia
05.08.2017 Friendly   Lithuania 70–81   Georgia
23.08.2017 Friendly   Greece 71–72   Georgia
24.08.2017 Friendly   Serbia 66–68   Georgia
31.08.2017 Eurobasket   Lithuania 77–79   Georgia

Record by opponentsEdit

Opponent Played Wins Losses Win %
  Albania 2 2 0 100%
  Austria 13 8 5 61.5%
  Azerbaijan 2 2 0 100%
  Belgium 5 2 3 40%
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 4 4 50%
  Belarus 11 8 3 73%
  Bulgaria 7 3 4 43%
  Canada 1 0 1 0%
  Central African Republic 1 1 0 100%
  Croatia 2 1 1 50%
  Cyprus 2 1 1 50%
  Czech Republic 11 4 7 36.4%
  Denmark 4 3 1 75%
  England 3 1 2 33%
  Estonia 7 4 3 57%
  Finland 5 2 3 40%
  France 3 0 3 0%
  Germany 5 0 5 0%
  Great Britain 1 1 0 100%
  Greece 8 1 7 12.5%
  Hungary 4 1 3 25%
  Iceland 2 1 1 50%
  Ireland 4 4 0 100%
  Israel 10 6 4 60%
  Italy 10 0 10 0%
  Latvia 9 6 3 66.7%
  Lithuania 7 2 5 28.6%
  Luxembourg 8 7 1 88%
  North Macedonia 7 4 3 57%
  Moldova 1 1 0 100%
  Montenegro 2 1 1 50%
  Netherlands 7 3 4 43%
  Poland 6 2 4 33%
  Portugal 7 6 1 86%
  Romania 8 7 1 88%
  Russia 5 1 4 20%
  Serbia 4 2 2 50%
  Slovakia 7 5 2 71%
  Slovenia 4 0 4 0%
  Spain 1 0 1 0%
  Sweden 7 3 4 43%
   Switzerland 1 0 1 0%
  Tunisia 1 0 1 0%
  Turkey 3 0 3 0%
  Ukraine 8 6 2 75%
  Wales 1 1 0 100%
Total: 46 countries 235 117 118 49.8%

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2015: Spalding[9]

Edit

2015: Natakhtari[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Montenegro, Georgia promoted to Division A - TalkBasket.net". TalkBasket.net. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Georgia | EuroBasket (2011) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Georgia | EuroBasket (2013) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Georgia - Croatia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Lithuania - Georgia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Montenegro v Georgia - 17 Sep - FIBA.com". FIBA.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  8. ^ EuroBasket 2017 roster
  9. ^ a b Georgia | EuroBasket 2015 - PHOTO GALLERY, eurobasket2015.org, Retrieved 22 Oct 2015.

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