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The Georgia national basketball team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საკალათბურთო ნაკრები) represents the country of Georgia in international basketball matches, and is controlled by the Georgian Basketball Federation. Georgia became a member of FIBA in 1992, after they gained independence from the Soviet Union. The national team played their first official match against Poland in 1995.

Georgia Georgia (country)
Georgian Basketball Federation logo.png
FIBA ranking36 Decrease 10 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1992
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationGBF
CoachIlias Zouros
Nickname(s)ჯვაროსნები
jvarosnebi (Crusaders)
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances5
MedalsNone
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)

Georgia's accomplishments on the international stage have been making four appearances at the European Basketball Championship. Their best result came at their debut trip to the tournament in 2011. While they have qualified for the top European event, they have yet to achieve qualification to the FIBA World Cup or Summer Olympics.

HistoryEdit

Soviet eraEdit

Until 1991 Georgia was a part of Soviet Union and players born in Georgia played for the Soviet Union national team. Notable players born in Georgia who played for the 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, Mikheil Korkia and Nikolay Deryugin.

Independent GeorgiaEdit

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

EuroBasket 2011Edit

The national team played five matches in Group D. They finished their preliminary group with an 2-3 record, with wins against Belgium and Ukraine, to advance. In their second round group phase, Georgia lost all five of their matches to finish their maiden voyage to the EuroBasket in 11th place.[3]

EuroBasket 2013Edit

After finishing second in qualifying group, Georgia qualified for its second Eurobasket tournament. After a comfortable 84–67 victory in the opening match over Poland, Georgia lost their four remaining matches and finished the tournament with an 1-4 record.[4] To this date Eurobasket 2013 was the only tournament, where Georgia could not win more than one match.

EuroBasket 2015Edit

Georgia qualified to the Eurobasket for the third successive time in 2015. After three consecutive loses to start the tournament, the national team finally earned their first win in group play against North Macedonia 90–75. They followed it up with another victory to end the opening phase of the event against Croatia, 71–58[5] to move on to the knockout stages for the first time. There they suffered a narrow hard fought defeat to the tournament favorites, and eventual silver medalist Lithuania 81–85.[6]

EuroBasket 2017Edit

In the EuroBasket 2017 qualification Georgia topped its group after an 90–84[7] victory over Montenegro and qualified to Eurobasket for the fourth successive time. Once the competition began the national team got off to a quick start, avenging their EuroBasket 2015 knockout stage defeat to Lithuania 79-77. The rest of the group stage didn't go as well for the Georgian side though. As they could only manage to pullout one more victory against Israel, to finish the tournament with an 2-3 record.

EuroBasket 2021Edit

Georgia will co-host the EuroBasket 2021 and qualified to Eurobasket for the fifth successive time. They automatically qualify for the 2021 event as co-host. Tbilisi will be one of the host city and will be used for several group phase matches at the brand new Tbilisi Basketball Arena.

The FoundationEdit

The core of the national team that has consistently qualified to Europe's biggest basketball competition consisted of captain Zaza Pachulia, Viktor Sanikidze, Manuchar Markoishvili, Tornike Shengelia, Giorgi Tsintsadze and Giorgi Shermadini. These pioneers in the Georgian basketball community have set the standard for future generations of the national team to build upon, and maintain.

Competitive recordEdit

FIBA World CupEdit

World Cup Qualification
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
1950 to 1990 Part of Soviet Union
1994 to 2014 Did not qualify
  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

Head coach historyEdit

Name 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: 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: 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: 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: 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. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 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 22 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Georgia | EuroBasket (2013) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Georgia - Croatia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Lithuania - Georgia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  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.

External linksEdit