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.
|FIBA ranking||28 1 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Nickname(s)||Hrabri sokoli / Храбри соколи|
(The Brave Falcons)
|FIBA World Cup|
|Games of the Small States of Europe|
|Medals|| Gold: (2015, 2019)|
| Netherlands 63–70 Montenegro |
(Almere, Netherlands; 6 September 2008)
| San Marino 37–100 Montenegro |
(Serravalle, San Marino; 2 June 2017)
| Spain 99–60 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.
The Montenegrin national team entered international competition in 2008, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|2010||Did not enter|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2015||Did not qualify||6||3||3|
Games of the Small States of EuropeEdit
|Games of the Small States of Europe|
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
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.
|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
- 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.
Below is the list of performances of Montenegro national basketball team against every single opponent.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Last update: 21 April 2019
- "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
- Eurobasket – Montenegro Profile Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- EuroBasket 2017 roster