Georgia national basketball team
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.
|FIBA ranking||26 1 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|FIBA World Cup|
| Poland 91–68 Georgia |
(Birmingham, United Kingdom; 24 May 1995)
| Georgia 103–43 Azerbaijan |
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 1 September 2001)
| Italy 90–43 Georgia |
(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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. To this date Eurobasket 2013 was the only tournament, where Georgia could not win more than one match.
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 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.
In the EuroBasket 2017 qualification Georgia topped its group after an 90–84 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.
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 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.
Record against other teams at EuroBasketEdit
FIBA World CupEdit
|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
The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017.
Georgian men's national basketball team roster
Head coach historyEdit
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)
Record by opponentsEdit
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||8||4||4||50%|
|Central African Republic||1||1||0||100%|
|Total: 46 countries||235||117||118||49.8%|
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- "Georgia - Croatia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Lithuania - Georgia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Montenegro v Georgia - 17 Sep - FIBA.com". FIBA.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
- EuroBasket 2017 roster
- Georgia | EuroBasket 2015 - PHOTO GALLERY, eurobasket2015.org, Retrieved 22 Oct 2015.