Iceland men's national basketball team

The Iceland men's national basketball team (Icelandic: Íslenska karlalandsliðið í körfubolta) represents Iceland in international basketball tournaments. The team is controlled by the Icelandic Basketball Association.

Iceland
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FIBA ranking46 Steady (2 March 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1959
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationKörfuknattleikssamband Íslands (KKÍ)
CoachCraig Pedersen
Nickname(s)Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys)
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances2
MedalsNone
Championship for Small Countries
Appearances3
MedalsGold Gold: (1988, 1990)
Bronze Bronze: (1994)
Games of the Small States of Europe
Appearances14
MedalsGold Gold: (1991, 1993, 2007)
Silver Silver: (1987, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2015)
Bronze Bronze: (1989, 1995, 1997, 2013, 2017, 2019)
First international
 Denmark 38–41 Iceland 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 16 May 1959)
Biggest win
 Iceland 123–59 Norway 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 15 March 1968)
Biggest defeat
 Iceland 51–124 Croatia 
(Murcia, Spain; 24 June 1992)

Iceland has qualified for the EuroBasket twice, with the national team making their first ever appearance in 2015. They also participate at smaller European tournaments, such as the Games of the Small States of Europe. Although Iceland has yet to make their debut entrance on to the global stage at the FIBA World Cup.

HistoryEdit

EuroBasket 2015Edit

On 28 August 2014, Iceland qualified for the EuroBasket 2015, entering the finals of the top European competition for the first time in its history. The national team though didn't fare too well in their maiden voyage at the EuroBasket. Finishing (0-5) in their Group B pool, played in Berlin with defeats at the hands of Germany, Italy, Serbia, Spain, and Turkey. Overall it was a memorable moment for Iceland, where they finally achieved the feat of competing at a major international tournament, after numerous failed qualifications in the past.[2]

EuroBasket 2017Edit

On 17 September 2016, Iceland repeated their success and qualified to the continental tournament once again. The national team finished its qualification group as the runners-up behind Belgium, and above Cyprus and Switzerland, with four wins and two losses.[3][4][5]

As in the previous edition though, Iceland finished their participation with five loses in five matches played in their Group A pool in Helsinki.[6]

EuroBasket 2022 qualificationEdit

After failing to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup,[7] Iceland turned the page toward EuroBasket 2021. To attempt to qualify for three consecutive EuroBasket appearances, Iceland was placed into Group C to begin their pre-qualifying campaign, which began with two straight loses to Portugal, and Belgium. Although the national team would pick up their first win in their third game, a rematch with Portugal at home in Reykjavík. In their final match of group play the team fell to Belgium, and would have to survive the final window of pre-qualifiers if they were to advance.

For the final phase of pre-qualifiers, Iceland was placed into Group H, alongside Portugal once again, and Switzerland. The national team opened up group play with an tough lost on the road against Portugal 80–79. Looking to even their record at (1-1), Iceland was at home against Switzerland. The match stayed close throughout until Martin Hermannsson's heroics showed up late in the fourth quarter for Iceland; where his jumpshot in the final seconds gave the home side an momentous 83–82 victory.[8] Heading into their next match the national team looked to capitalize on their last win. They did so in thorough fashion, dismantling Portugal 96–68 to set up one last show down with the Swiss.[9]

Heading into the final match day with a place in the qualifiers on the line, Iceland needed to defeat Switzerland on the road in an hostile environment. The specifics for Iceland was clear, either win to clinch a spot, or avoid losing by 18 or more points. Unfortunately, the unthinkable happened. As the national team not only lost to Switzerland, but failed to cover the point difference needed to advance. Losing 109–85, eliminating any chance for Iceland to reach the finals for the third straight time.[10]

Competitive recordEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Loss

2020Edit

20 February 2020 Kosovo   80–78
0
  Iceland Pristina, Kosovo
0
19:00 Scoring by quarter: 22–13, 13–21, 25–21, 20–21
Pts: Berisha 18
Rebs: Hajrizi 8
Asts: Hajrizi 6
Boxscore Pts: Jónsson 21
Rebs: Hlinason 12
Asts: Vilhjálmsson 6
Arena: Palace of Youth and Sports
Referees: Ciprian Stoica (ROU), Ivor Matějek (CZE), Mehmet Karabilecen (TUR)
23 February 2020 Iceland   83–74
0
  Slovakia Reykjavík, Iceland
0
20:00 Scoring by quarter: 17–14, 26–20, 20–20, 20–20
Pts: Hlinason 26
Rebs: Hlinason 17
Asts: Ermolinskij 11
Boxscore Pts: Brodziansky 16
Rebs: Jones 8
Asts: Ihring 5
Arena: Laugardalshöll
Referees: Marek Maliszewski (POL), Nikola Bejat (NOR), Steve Bittner (GER)
26 November 2020 Iceland   90–76
0
  Luxembourg Bratislava, Slovakia* [note 1]
0
16:00 Scoring by quarter: 23–24, 11–14, 32–21, 24–17
Pts: Hlinason 17
Rebs: Hlinason 11
Asts: Steinarsson 5
Boxscore Pts: Rugg 26
Rebs: Vujakovic 8
Asts: Vujakovic 4
Arena: Eurovia Aréna
Referees: Christoph Rohacky (AUT), Simon Unsworth (GBR), Sergiy Chaykovskyy (UKR)
28 November 2020 Iceland   86–62
0
  Kosovo Bratislava, Slovakia* [note 1]
0
16:00 Scoring by quarter: 21–17, 24–12, 22–14, 19–19
Pts: Vilhjálmsson 22
Rebs: Hlinason 9
Asts: Guðmundsson 7
Boxscore Pts: Bunjaku 12
Rebs: Hajrizi, Zenelaj 6
Asts: Bunjaku 4
Arena: Eurovia Aréna
Referees: Ciprian Stoica (ROU), Sergiy Chaykovskyy (UKR), Vasileios Pitsilkas (GRE)

2021Edit

18 February 2021 Slovakia   79–94
0
  Iceland Pristina, Kosovo* [note 1]
0
16:00 Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 19–23, 16–36, 24–15
Pts: Ihring 19
Rebs: Ihring 9
Asts: Krajčovič 4
Boxscore Pts: Guðmundsson 29
Rebs: Hlinason 14
Asts: Friðriksson 10
Arena: Palace of Youth and Sports
Referees: Semen Ovinov (RUS), Ali Şakacı (TUR), Jan Baloun (CZE)
20 February 2021 Luxembourg   84–86
0
  Iceland Pristina, Kosovo* [note 1]
0
16:00 Scoring by quarter: 23–29, 20–28, 26–14, 15–15
Pts: Vujakovic 20
Rebs: Rugg 13
Asts: Gutenkauf, Laurent 5
Boxscore Pts: Hlinason 25
Rebs: Guðmundsson 10
Asts: Guðmundsson 9
Arena: Palace of Youth and Sports
Referees: Nikolaos Somos (GRE), Sergio Rodríguez (ESP), Polat Parlak (BUL)

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Pre-Qualifiers matches on 18 and 20 February 2021 against Slovakia and Luxembourg.[12]

Iceland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 4 Gunnar Ólafsson 27 – (1993-06-09)9 June 1993 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Stjarnan  
C 5 Ragnar Nathanaelsson 29 – (1991-08-27)27 August 1991 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) Haukar  
PG 6 Jón Axel Guðmundsson 24 – (1996-10-27)27 October 1996 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Fraport Skyliners  
PG 10 Elvar Már Friðriksson 26 – (1994-11-11)11 November 1994 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Šiauliai  
F/C 11 Tómas Þórður Hilmarsson 26 – (1995-01-11)11 January 1995 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Stjarnan  
PG 12 Kári Jónsson 23 – (1997-08-27)27 August 1997 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Girona  
PG 13 Hörður Vilhjálmsson 32 – (1988-12-18)18 December 1988 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Keflavík  
G 14 Kristinn Pálsson 23 – (1997-12-17)17 December 1997 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Grindavík  
F 21 Ólafur Ólafsson 30 – (1990-11-28)28 November 1990 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Grindavík  
F 23 Hjálmar Stefánsson 25 – (1996-01-05)5 January 1996 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Valur  
C 32 Tryggvi Hlinason 23 – (1997-10-28)28 October 1997 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Zaragoza  
F 34 Styrmir Snær Þrastarson 19 – (2001-08-02)2 August 2001 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Þór Þorlákshöfn  
G 66 Sigtryggur Arnar Björnsson 27 – (1993-03-07)7 March 1993 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) Real Canoe  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 18 February 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Tryggvi Hlinason Ragnar Nathanaelsson Tómas Þórður Hilmarsson
PF Kristófer Acox Pavel Ermolinskij Ólafur Ólafsson
SF Haukur Pálsson Gunnar Ólafsson Kristinn Pálsson
SG Jón Axel Guðmundsson Kári Jónsson Hörður Vilhjálmsson
PG Martin Hermannsson Elvar Már Friðriksson Ægir Steinarsson

Head coach positionEdit

Individual recordsEdit

Players with the most caps (games played)Edit

  • Players in bold are still active.
Rank Player Years Caps
1. Guðmundur Bragason 1987-2003 169
2. Valur Ingimundarson 1980-1995 164
3. Jón Kr. Gíslason 1982-1995 158
4. Logi Gunnarsson 2000-2018 147
5. Torfi Magnússon 1974-1987 131
6. Hlynur Bæringsson 2000-2019 125
7. Guðjón Skúlason 1988-1999 122
8. Jón Sigurðsson 1968-1984 120
9. Teitur Örlygsson 1986-2000 118
10. Friðrik Stefánsson 1997-2008 112
11. Herbert Arnarson 1991-2002 111
12. Falur Harðarson 1989-2000 106
13. Jón Arnar Ingvarsson 1990-2000 102
14. Jón Arnór Stefánsson 2000-2019 100

Past rostersEdit

2015 EuroBasket: finished 24th among 24 teams

3 Martin Hermannsson, 4 Axel Kárason, 5 Ragnar Nathanaelsson, 6 Jakob Sigurðarson, 8 Hlynur Bæringsson (C), 9 Jón Arnór Stefánsson, 10 Helgi Már Magnússon, 13 Hörður Vilhjálmsson, 14 Logi Gunnarsson, 15 Pavel Ermolinskij, 24 Haukur Pálsson, 29 Ægir Steinarsson (Coach: Craig Pedersen)


2017 EuroBasket: finished 24th among 24 teams

1 Martin Hermannsson, 3 Ægir Steinarsson, 6 Kristófer Acox, 8 Hlynur Bæringsson, 9 Jón Arnór Stefánsson, 10 Elvar Már Friðriksson, 13 Hörður Vilhjálmsson, 14 Logi Gunnarsson, 15 Pavel Ermolinskij, 24 Haukur Pálsson, 34 Tryggvi Hlinason, 88 Brynjar Þór Björnsson (Coach: Craig Pedersen)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches in the November 2020 and February 2021 windows were played behind closed doors in select host cities.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Iceland Fall But Still Make History". FIBA Europe. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  3. ^ Ísland spilar í Helsinki á EM 2017 í körfubolta
  4. ^ Ísland á EM í annað sinn í röð
  5. ^ Eurobasket 2017 Qualifiers
  6. ^ "Iceland at the EuroBasket 2017". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Iceland during the 2019 FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Martin Hermannsson, and Iceland stun Switzerland". Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Iceland eliminates Portugal to set up winner take all match against Switzerland". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Iceland during the EuroBasket 2022 Pre-Qualifiers". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Statement regarding the November 2020 and February 2021 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Iceland during the 2023 FIBA World Cup European Pre-Qualifiers in Feb. 2021". Retrieved 18 February 2021.

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