North Macedonia national basketball team
The North Macedonia national basketball team (Macedonian: Кошаркарска репрезентација на Северна Македонија / Košarkaška reprezentacija na Severna Makedonija, formerly known officially as the Macedonia national basketball team) represents North Macedonia in international basketball and is controlled by the Basketball Federation of North Macedonia, which was created in 1992. They joined FIBA in 1993, after they gained independence from Yugoslavia. That same year the national team played their first official match against Estonia. Prior to 1993, Macedonian players took part on the Yugoslavia national team.
|FIBA ranking||42 2 (26 February 2019)|
|Joined FIBA||1993 |
(1936 as Yugoslavia)
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Nickname(s)||Лавови (The Lions)|
(The Red and Yellow)
|FIBA World Cup|
| Estonia 74–60 Macedonia |
(Wrocław, Poland; 30 May 1993)
| Macedonia 105–66 Luxembourg |
(Skopje, Macedonia; 3 September 2005)
| Croatia 128–72 Macedonia |
(Wrocław, Poland; 1 June 1993)
Before 1991, Macedonia was a Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with players from Macedonia being part of the Yugoslavia national team.
After qualifying for EuroBasket 1999, the national team was placed in Group A, along with FR Yugoslavia, France and Israel. The first game Macedonia came out firing showing solid competitive play against the French Team, however, eventually lost by a narrow margin of 67–71. Next up, was Group A favorites FR Yugoslavia, showing superior play with their post up offense, Macedonia lost 68–83. With the final game of the group Macedonia played a fairly even match, however, luck was not on their side, losing 82–84. Even though Macedonia lost all 3 of their matches to be eliminated, the team showed heart and talent with their impressive play against France and Israel. Due to their small margin of the losses Macedonia ended the tournament ranked as 13th overall.
EuroBasket 2009 was the first EuroBasket tournament that Macedonia qualified for in a decade. The Macedonian national team was placed in Group A, along with Greece, Croatia and Israel. Macedonia began the tournament with a brutal 54–86 loss to rivals Greece, but rebounded with an 82–79 victory over Israel. Despite dropping their last match against Croatia, the Israel result was enough to secure second round qualification. In the second round, Macedonia was placed in Group E alongside France, Germany and Russia. Macedonia lost to France in the second round opener, but famously defeated Germany in the next game. Against Russia, Macedonia was narrowly defeated by a score of 69–71. This performance was not enough to secure a berth in to the knockout round. Nevertheless, Macedonia considers this as a historic success for the national team, since it was only the country's second appearance at the EuroBasket and the team advanced past the first round. In the final tournament rankings, Macedonia ranked 9th place with a record of 2–4.
Through the qualifying round, Macedonia qualified for EuroBasket 2011 and was in Group C along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, and Finland in the preliminary phase. The national team lost their first match to Montenegro 65–70 in overtime but won the remaining four against Croatia 78–76, Greece 72–58, Finland 72–70, and Bosnia and Herzegovina 75–63. Macedonia finished first in the group and advanced to the second round.
In the second round, Macedonia was in Group F with Russia, Slovenia, Greece, Georgia, and Finland. Having beaten Greece and Finland in the preliminary round, Macedonia went in to the second round with a 2–0 record. After beating Georgia 65–63, Macedonia qualified for the knockout round. The team then beat Slovenia 68–59, but lost to Russia by 2 points 63–61 after Sergey Monya made a buzzer-beating shot to win the final game of the second round. Macedonia, therefore, finished second in Group F.
For the first time in the national team's history, it reached the knockout stage where it defeated host country Lithuania 67–65 by 2 points in the quarterfinals. Macedonia then lost to the eventual champion Spain 92–80 in the semifinals. They then lost again in the third place game to Russia 68–72 and finished in fourth place.
2012 Olympic Qualifying TournamentEdit
By finishing in 4th place at EuroBasket 2011, Macedonia qualified for the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They were drawn into Group D along with Angola and New Zealand. In the first game against Angola, Macedonia came out non-aggressive in the 1st half falling to a 13 pt deficit 40–53 at halftime. During most of the match, the top Macedonian players showed fatigue due to the grueling playoff matches they had played for their club teams. In addition, Macedonia came out with a strong 4th quarter, eventually losing by a margin of 4 points, with the final score being 84–88 Angola. Top scorers for Macedonia against Angola were Pero Antic with 17, and Bo McCalebb with 21. On the next match day, which was the day after with less than 24 hours of rest, Macedonia came out a lot stronger in the 1st quarter with a strong lead that carried over the entire game. Eventually, New Zealand could not recover, and fell to Macedonia with an Final score of 84–62. Leading scorers for the game were Todor Gecevski with 16, Antic with 17, and McCalebb with 23.
The Macedonian players got much needed rest before the quarterfinals, which would begin two days later on 6 July 2012. The team, following the 68–64 victory by New Zealand over Angola, won Group D and its opponent in the quarterfinals was to be the Group C runner-up, Dominican Republic. Macedonia lost the game 86–76, though the team had a 13-point lead at halftime. The lost eliminated the national team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games
By participating at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Macedonia qualified for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. In a disappointing campaign, the Macedonian national team didn't manage to repeat the success from the previous Eurobasket, having one victory in five matches in their preliminary Group B against Serbia 89–75, which was good enough only for the last place in the group stage and 21st overall. The first game of the Eurobasket against Montenegro was particularly demoralizing, as the Montenegrins won 81–80 in controversial fashion, after the referees didn't call interference on the basket during Gjorgji Čekovski's last second game winning attempt, despite the fact that one of the Montenegrin players got his hand trapped in the net. Macedonia's best performers were once again McCalebb and Antić, with 17.6 and 13.8 points per game, respectively. After the tournament, several of the Macedonian veteran players, led by captain Pero Antić, announced their retirement from the national team.
At the EuroBasket 2015 there were not high expectations for Macedonia, due to their poor performance at their last EuroBasket appearance in 2013. In their first match against Greece they were thoroughly manhandled throughout as they were defeated 65-85. Looking for their first victory heading in to their second match of the tournament they went up against the Netherlands. The outcome was different this time, as the national team played with more energy and heart and pulled out an 78-71 win. Unfortunately, that would wind up being the only win for Macedonia, as they finished with an 1-4 record and a lousy 19th place at the event.
Country's name change and recent yearsEdit
Macedonia was renamed North Macedonia after the Prespa agreement that came into effect on 12 February 2019. North Macedonia took part in the 2019 World Cup Pre-Qualifiers, but were eliminated after posting an 1-3 record in their group. They will now go through EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers for the chance to qualify to the next EuroBasket.
FIBA World CupEdit
|North Macedonia men's national basketball team roster|
Following list is of active players who have been previously called up by the national team
|Players previously called up roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Richard Hendrix||Ljubomir Mladenovski||Bojan Krstevski|
|PF||Bojan Trajkovski||Stojan Gjuroski|
|SF||Damjan Stojanovski||Marko Simonovski|
|SG||Vojdan Stojanovski||Dimitar Karadžovski|
|PG||Andrej Magdevski||Darko Sokolov||Boban Stajić|
- Petar Naumoski (1995–2002)
- Vrbica Stefanov (1995–2009)
- Pero Blaževski (1995–2009)
- Todor Gecevski (1996–2013)
- Pero Antić (2002–2013)
- Bo McCalebb (2010–2013)
- Vlado Ilievski (1998–2015)
- Predrag Samardžiski (2005–2015)
- Gjorgji Čekovski (1999–2017)
- Aleksandar Knjazev (1993-1994)
- Blagoja Georgievski (1995-1996)
- Zare Markovski (1997-1999)
- Marin Dokuzovski (1999-2001)
- Jordančo Davitkov (2001-2007)
- Jovica Arsić (2007-2009)
- Marin Dokuzovski (2010-2011)
- Marjan Lazovski (2012)
- Aleš Pipan (2013)
- Aleksandar Džikić (2014)
- Marjan Srbinovski (2015)
- Dragan Raca (2016)
- Jordančo Davitkov (2017–present)
1999 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams
4 Vrbica Stefanov, 5 Vlado Ilievski, 6 Gjorgji Čekovski, 7 Mirza Kurtović, 8 Marjan Srbinovski, 9 Igor Mihajlovski, 10 Petar Naumoski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Dejan Jovanovski, 13 Srdjan Stanković, 14 Pero Blaževski, 15 Dušan Bocevski (Coach: Zare Markovski)
2009 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams
4 Vrbica Stefanov, 5 Dimitar Mirakovski, 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Riste Stefanov, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Pero Blaževski, 10 Dime Tasovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Damjan Stojanovski, 14 Jeremiah Massey, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Jovica Arsić)
2011 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 24 teams
4 Dimitar Mirakovski, 5 Vlado Ilievski, 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antic, 13 Ivica Dimcevski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marin Dokuzovski)
4 Aleksandar Kostoski, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Kiril Nikolovski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marjan Lazovski)
2013 EuroBasket: finished 21st among 24 teams
4 Aleksandar Kostoski, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Vladimir Brčkov, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Stojan Gjuroski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Aleš Pipan)
2015 EuroBasket: finished 19th among 24 teams
4 Vladimir Brčkov, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Aleksandar Kostoski, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Ljubomir Mladenovski, 12 Bojan Trajkovski, 13 Stojan Gjuroski, 14 Richard Hendrix, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marjan Srbinovski)
Most games playedEdit
|3||Vojdan Stojanovski||2008 –||61|
|Damjan Stojanovski||2009 –||49|
|10||Darko Sokolov||2006 –||45|
All time points scoredEdit
|Rank||Name||NT Career||Total Points||Caps||Points per game|
|5||Vojdan Stojanovski||2008 –||578||61||9.5|
- * Active NT players are listed in bold
- * Official FIBA games excluding Friendly games
Leader in points per gameEdit
- Only played 2005 season in Division B (won promotion)
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