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Norway national basketball team

The Norwegian national basketball team, regulated by Norges Basketballforbund, is the basketball side that represents Norway in international competitions.

Norway
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FIBA ranking 88 (T)
Joined FIBA 1968
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Norwegian Basketball Association
Olympic Games
Appearances None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Eurobasket
Appearances None
First international
  Switzerland 91–64 Norway Norway
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; 4 April 1979)
Biggest win
Norway Norway 100–67 Luxembourg 
(Helsinki, Finland; 23 May 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 93–47 Norway Norway
(Kavadarci, Macedonia; 24 May 1995)

Its first match was played in 1966, when Norway lost 39-74 to Iceland. The most capped player is Torgeir Bryn, with 111 caps.

Norway has tried qualifying for the Eurobasket competition several times, but never made it. They only entered the Olympic qualification once, for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Norway is one of Europe's most populous nations to never qualify for a major international basketball competition, only behind Belarus and Slovakia.

The men's team has been inactive since the 2011 Nordic Championship in Sweden, whilst the women's team last played at the 2012 Nordic Championship on home soil.

Contents

Competitive recordEdit

FIBA EuroBasket Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W L Pld W L
1967–1977 Did not qualify
  1979 Did not qualify 3 0 3
  1981 4 1 3
  1983 Did not enter
  1985 Did not qualify 9 5 4
  1987 4 3 1
  1989 3 0 3
  1991 4 1 3
  1993 4 0 4
  1995 Did not enter Did not enter
  1997 Did not qualify 5 0 5
  1999 3 0 3
  2001 9 3 6
2003–2017 Did not enter Did not enter
Olympic Games Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W L Pld W L
  1980 Did not qualify 4 0 4
  1988 Did not qualify 3 0 3
Promotion Cup
Year Pos. Pld W L
  1996   5 4 1

Current rosterEdit

At the 2001 EuroBasket Qualification:[1] (last publicized squad)

Norway men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PG 5 Nima Taheri 19 – (1979-08-20)20 August 1979 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Kristiansand Pirates  
6 Orji Nnamdi Okoroafor 19 – (1980-02-24)24 February 1980
7 Hans Calix Black Ndiaye 18 – (1981-05-18)18 May 1981
8 Oyvind Brauti Fritzen 18 – (1980-11-13)13 November 1980
9 Marco Elsafadi 22 – (1976-12-06)6 December 1976  
10 Fred Raimo Erlandsen 27 – (1971-07-19)19 July 1971
11 Frode Loftesnes 25 – (1973-07-21)21 July 1973  
12 Torgeir Bryn 34 – (1964-08-19)19 August 1964  
13 Torbjoern Brauti Fritzen 20 – (1979-02-09)9 February 1979
15 Lars Gunnar Sonsteby 29 – (1970-05-09)9 May 1970  
Head coach
Assistant coaches

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 19 May 1999

Notable playersEdit

  • Torgeir Bryn - the first Scandinavian and the only Norwegian who has played in the NBA and the most capped player for the Norway national basketball team, with 111 matches.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Norway | 2001 EuroBasket Qualification, ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

External linksEdit