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Montenegro national basketball team

The Montenegro national basketball team (Montenegrin: Košarkaški reprezentacija Crne Gore / Кошаркашка репрезентација Црне Горе) represents Montenegro in international basketball tournaments. The supervising body is the Basketball Federation of Montenegro.

Montenegro Montenegro
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FIBA ranking28 Increase 1 (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA2006
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationKSCG
CoachZvezdan Mitrović
Nickname(s)Hrabri sokoli / Храбри соколи
(The Brave Falcons)
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances1
EuroBasket
Appearances3
MedalsNone
Games of the Small States of Europe
Appearances3
MedalsGold Gold: (2015, 2019)
Silver Silver: (2017)
Uniforms
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Light jersey
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Team colours
Light
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Dark jersey
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Team colours
Dark


First international
 Netherlands 63–70 Montenegro Montenegro
(Almere, Netherlands; 6 September 2008)
Biggest win
 San Marino 37–100 Montenegro Montenegro
(Serravalle, San Marino; 2 June 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 99–60 Montenegro Montenegro
(Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 1 September 2017)

Montenegro joined FIBA in 2006, following the restoration of Montenegrin independence the same year. Since 2006 the national team has qualified for EuroBasket on three occasions. They also take part in smaller European basketball tournaments such as the Games of the Small States of Europe. In 2019 they will make their first ever appearance at the FIBA World Cup.

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HistoryEdit

2006–2014Edit

 
Nikola Peković with Montenegro in 2010

In 2006, the Basketball Federation of Montenegro along with this team joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on its own following the Independence of Montenegro.

The Montenegrin national team entered international competition in 2008,[2] and appointed Duško Vujošević as the national coach. Montenegro started from FIBA Division B, where they won first place on their first competitive season. Since becoming a separate team, Montenegro have won 13 official games in a row, until losing to Israel in August 2010.

At that time, NBA players like Nikola Vučević and Nikola Peković became the most known players of Montenegrin national team.

In their first qualifiers for EuroBasket, Montenegro finished first in group. So, the team qualified for Eurobasket 2011, where they played five games in the first phase - with one win and four loses. The Coach of Montenegro at their first ever EuroBasket was Dejan Radonjić.

In August 2012, with the new coach Luka Pavićević, Montenegro started qualifiers for Eurobasket 2013. Again, they won first place, but without any defeat from 10 matches. Notable matches were against Serbia, first after the two countries separated. Montenegro won both games, and victory in Belgrade (73:71), in front of 18,000 spectators, is gained by Nikola Ivanović three-point shot from the center, one second before the end of match.[3][4]

As a first-placed team in qualifiers, Montenegro participated at Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia. They made better result than 2011, with two wins and three defeats, but that was not enough for second phase of EuroBasket.

First unsuccessful qualifying campaign since independence, Montenegro had during the 2014. Surprisingly, group stage at the EuroBasket 2015 qualification, Montenegro finished third, so they failed to qualify for final tournament.

2015–presentEdit

 
Nikola Vučević

In 2015, Montenegro named Bogdan Tanjević new head coach of the national team. Prior to taking the reigns of the national team he was head coach of Fenerbahçe. As the national team earlier failed to qualify for EuroBasket 2015, they participated in the Games of the Small States of Europe (European countries with less than a million citizens) in Iceland and easily won the gold medal.

In summer 2016, Montenegro started competition in EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers, with the only ambition to qualify for their third final tournament since independence. In a group with Georgia, Slovakia and Albania, Montenegro finished as a second-placed team, with one defeat, and qualified for EuroBasket 2017.

For the first time in their history, in Eurobasket 2017, Montenegro finished as a third-place team in the group stage and qualified to the knockout stage. At that time, that was the biggest success of the Montenegrin national team since its independence in 2006.

Two years later, Montenegro qualified for the 2019 FIBA World Cup for the first time, after a winner-take-all game in Podgorica against Latvia. Montenegro lost the game 80-74 but still went through as they had won the away game 84-75, thus holding the tiebreaker on points difference. With that result, Montenegro became the smallest state by population and territory to qualify for the FIBA World Cup since the establishing of competition.

Competitive recordEdit

Montenegro played three times at EuroBasket (2011, 2013, 2017). Among the other competitions, as a country with less than a million inhabitants, Montenegro participated at the Games of the Small States of Europe winning the gold medal in 2015 and 2019.

FIBA World CupEdit

World Cup Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W L Pld W L
  2010 Did not enter
  2014 Did not qualify
  2019 Qualified 12 7 5
Total 0 0 0 12 7 5

EuroBasketEdit

EuroBasket Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W L Pld W L
  2009 Division B 10 10 0
  2011 21st 5 1 4 8 6 2
  2013 17th 5 2 3 10 10 0
     2015 Did not qualify 6 3 3
     2017 13th 6 3 3 6 5 1
Total 16 6 10

Games of the Small States of EuropeEdit

Games of the Small States of Europe
Year Position Pld W L
  2015   3 3 0
  2017   5 4 1
  2019   4 4 0
Total 12 11 1

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[5]

The following is the Montenegro roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2017 EuroBasket.

Montenegro men's national basketball team – 2017 EuroBasket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 2 Rice, Tyrese 30 – (1987-05-15)15 May 1987 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Shenzhen Leopards  
C 4 Vučević, Nikola 26 – (1990-10-24)24 October 1990 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Orlando Magic  
SF 6 Šehović, Suad 29 – (1988-08-13)13 August 1988 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Budućnost Podgorica  
PG 7 Pavličević, Nikola 29 – (1988-08-13)13 August 1988 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Sutjeska Nikšić  
SF 8 Radončić, Dino 18 – (1999-01-08)8 January 1999 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Real Madrid  
PF 11 Todorović, Marko 25 – (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Khimki  
F/C 14 Dubljević, Bojan 25 – (1991-10-24)24 October 1991 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Valencia Basket  
PF 15 Barović, Filip 27 – (1990-07-29)29 July 1990 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Budućnost Podgorica  
SG 17 Mihailović, Vladimir 30 – (1987-02-19)19 February 1987 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Oostende  
PG 20 Ivanović, Nikola 23 – (1994-02-19)19 February 1994 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Budućnost Podgorica  
SG 21 Vranješ, Nemanja 29 – (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Mornar Bar  
SF 22 Đurišić, Nemanja 25 – (1992-02-23)23 February 1992 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Telekom Baskets Bonn  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Veljko Perović
  •   Boško Radović

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

Depth ChartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3 Inactive
C Nikola Vučević Bojan Dubljević Blagota Sekulić Filip Barović Zoran Nikolić
PF Marko Todorović Danilo Nikolić Nemanja Radović Milko Bjelica Marko Simonović
SF Nemanja Đurišić Aleksa Popović Dino Radončić Sead Šehović Miloš Popović
SG Suad Šehović Nemanja Vranješ Petar Popović Jovan Kljajić Bojan Tomašević
PG Nikola Ivanović Derek Needham Ognjen Čarapić Nikola Pavličević Mašan Vrbica

Head coachesEdit

Since independence, all head coaches were Montenegrin-born. The first head coach of Montenegro was Duško Vujošević. With him, Montenegro won the FIBA B division championship (2009). From 2010 to 2012, Montenegro was coached by Dejan Radonjić, who led the national team to their first EuroBasket (2011). At their next Eurobasket participation (2013), Montenegro was led by Luka Pavićević. From 2015 to 2017, the head coach of Montenegro was Bogdan Tanjević, who led Montenegro to their first-ever Second phase games at the Eurobasket (2016). After that tournament, the Basketball Federation of Montenegro named Zvezdan Mitrović new head coach of the national team. During his mandate, Montenegro for the first time qualified for the World Cup (2019), as the smallest state to ever play at the global tournament.

Years Name Score Competition
2007–2010   Duško Vujošević 10–0 none
2010–2012   Dejan Radonjić 7–6 EuroBasket 2011 (21st)
2012–2014   Luka Pavićević 15–6 EuroBasket 2013 (17th)
2015–2017   Bogdan Tanjević 12–2 GSS 2015 (1st); EuroBasket 2017 (13th); GSS 2017 (2nd)
2017–   Zvezdan Mitrović 14–8 GSS 2019 (1st); World Cup 2019

Notable former playersEdit

RecordsEdit

Largest home victory
102-58,   Montenegro  Iceland, 26 August 2009, Podgorica
Largest away victory
37-100,   San Marino  Montenegro, 2 June 2017, Serravalle
Largest home defeat
65-80,   Montenegro  Israel, 20 August 2014, Podgorica
Largest away defeat
99-60,   Spain  Montenegro, 1 September 2017, Cluj-Napoca
Longest winning streak
13 matches, (6 September 2008 - 14 August 2010)
Longest losing streak
4 matches, (1 September 2011 - 5 September 2011)
Most scored points in a match
113,   Albania  Montenegro 73-113
Least scored points in a match
55,   Greece  Montenegro 71-55,   Netherlands  Montenegro 68-55
Most conceded points in a match
100,   Latvia  Montenegro 100-68
Least conceded points in a match
37,   San Marino  Montenegro 37-100
Highest home attendance
5,500,   Montenegro  Serbia 72-62, 2 September 2012, Podgorica
Highest away attendance
18,000,   Serbia  Montenegro 71-73, 18 August 2012, Belgrade

List of official matchesEdit

Montenengro played its first official match at September 2008. There is a List of official matches of the Montenegro national basketball team.

OpponentsEdit

Below is the list of performances of Montenegro national basketball team against every single opponent.

Opponents' country G W L PD
  Albania
2
2
0
+78
  Andorra
2
2
0
+61
  Austria
2
2
0
+46
  Belarus
2
2
0
+35
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2
0
2
-14
  Bulgaria
2
2
0
+17
  Croatia
2
0
2
-10
  Cyprus
1
0
1
-10
  Czech Republic
1
1
0
+13
  Denmark
2
2
0
+52
  Estonia
2
2
0
+22
  Finland
3
2
1
+28
  Georgia
2
1
1
-4
  Greece
1
0
1
-16
  Hungary
1
1
0
+24
  Iceland
6
6
0
+128
  Israel
6
4
2
+8
  Italy
2
1
1
+8
  Latvia
6
3
3
+6
  Lithuania
1
0
1
-7
  Luxembourg
2
2
0
+49
  Macedonia
2
2
0
+6
  Netherlands
4
2
2
+14
  Romania
1
1
0
+17
  San Marino
1
1
0
+63
  Serbia
3
3
0
+19
  Slovakia
4
4
0
+114
  Slovenia
2
1
1
+1
  Spain
3
0
3
-64
  Sweden
2
2
0
+37
  Turkey
2
1
1
-5
  Ukraine
2
2
0
+8
OVERALL
76
54
22
+743

Last update: 21 April 2019

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Eurobasket – Montenegro Profile Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ http://www.vijesti.me/sport/cudo-crna-gora-trojkom-ivanovica-sa-pola-terena-srusila-srbiju-88110
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QFeZfpVkxo
  5. ^ EuroBasket 2017 roster

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