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The Poland national basketball team (Polish: Reprezentacja Polski w koszykówce) represents Poland in men's international basketball competitions. They are controlled by the Polish Basketball Association.

Poland (Polska) Poland
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FIBA ranking25 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1934
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationPolish Basketball Association (PZKosz)
CoachMike Taylor
Nickname(s)Biało-czerwoni
(The White and Red)

Orły
(The Eagles)
Olympic Games
Appearances6
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances2
MedalsNone
EuroBasket
Appearances28
MedalsSilver Silver: (1963)
Bronze Bronze: (1939, 1965, 1967)
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Team colours
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The national team has reached the European Basketball Championship on 28 occasions, with their best result at the event coming in 1963 (on home soil) winning the silver. They have also qualified for the Summer Olympics 6 times, with their best finish being fourth in 1936. The national team made their first appearance in the FIBA World Cup at the 1967 tournament, finishing 5th. In 2019 the White and Red qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 52 years, it will be their second appearance all-time.

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HistoryEdit

1936 Olympic GamesEdit

The 1936 Olympic Games was the first tournament the national team took part in. They eventually placed an impressive fourth at the event, in the then 23 team tournament.

EuroBasket 1937Edit

The EuroBasket 1937 in Riga, marked the first ever appearance for the national team at the European Basketball Championship. In the preliminary round the Poles dropped their first match to France, but rebounded with victories against Latvia and Czechoslovakia. They finished with an 2-1 record, and moved on to the semifinals where they played Lithuanaia. There they were defeated by the eventual champion Lithunanian squad 31-25, relagating them to the bronze medal match. For the bronze, the team was defeated again by France to end their maiden run at the Eurobasket.

EuroBasket 1939Edit

Two years later at EuroBasket 1939 in Kaunas, the competition format was a single round-robin without playoffs. Latvia and Lithuania both defeated Poland whereas the other five teams in the competition fell to the Poles. With Lithuania undefeated and Poland and Latvia tied with a record of 5–2, the loss to Latvia was decisive in pushing Poland to third place and the bronze.

EuroBasket 1946Edit

Due to World War II, the next European basketball championship was at EuroBasket 1946 in Geneva. The Poles started well, with a victory over Luxembourg. They then lost their next two preliminary round matches to Italy, and Hungary to finish in third place of the four-team group. That result put them in the 7th–10th place classification semifinal, where they lost again, this time to Belgium. In the 9th/10th place playoff, Poland defeated England.

EuroBasket 1947Edit

The EuroBasket returned to the odd-year schedule with EuroBasket 1947 in Prague. Poland placed second in their preliminary group, losing only to eventual silver medallist Czechoslovakia en route to a 2–1 record. They then went 1–2 in their semifinal group, falling to the gold medal Soviet Union team and bronze medal Egypt. This put Poland in a 5th/6th place playoff against France, who had been 1–2 in the opposite semifinal group. France went on to win, 62–29.

EuroBasket 1955Edit

After an 8-year hiatus, Poland returned at EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest. They quickly showed that they could still play with the European field, winning all four of their preliminary round games to advance to the final round. Despite their mediocre 3–4 record in that round, the Poles had demonstrated that they could be effective against the best of the European pool with a 72–68 win over eventual runners-up Czechoslovakia. They eventually finished 5th overall of the 18 teams in the tournament.

EuroBasket 1957Edit

Two years later in Sofia, Poland competed at EuroBasket 1957. Despite being seeded into the same preliminary pool as the Soviet Union, the Poles went 2–1 in the round-robin and advanced to the final round. There they lost their first six of seven games in that round, getting their first win in the last game of the round, against France to finish the tournament in 7th place.

EuroBasket 1963Edit

Five years later the national team hosted EuroBasket 1963 in Wroclaw. They got off to a fast start winning their first match against Spain 79-76. They fell to the Soviet Union in their next match. But, eventually ran the table the rest of the way in their preliminary round group to finish with an 6-1 record to advance. In the semifinals the Poles defeated Yugoslavia, to get within a win of the gold medal. There they met up against the Soviet Union again, and were dominated 61-45 to instead take silver.

1967 World CupEdit

The 1967 World Cup was the first appearance for the national team to compete at the global tournament. The team finished 2-1 in their preliminary group, with victories against Paraguay and Puerto Rico to advance to the final round. There they finished their first ever trip to the World Cup with an subpar 2-4 record, placing 5th in the event.

Seventh HeavenEdit

From 1987 to 1997, the national team only managed to qualify for the European Basketball Championship three times out of a possible six. They finished in seventh in each tournament in 1987, 1991, and 1997. After 1997, they would fail to qualify for the top European basketball event again for the next decade.

The 10 year spanEdit

After years of failed qualifications, Poland finally made their way back to the EuroBasket at the 2007 tournament. It was quite an unexpected achievement for the Poles. But, overall they did not make much noise. Because of injury, many key players including Michał Ignerski and Maciej Lampe did not compete at the event. The Poles lost all 3 games, but even in defeat they remained competitive losing by only 8 to a well-regarded French team and by 9 to the Italian squad.

EuroBasket 2009Edit

The White and Red hosted the EuroBasket 2009, making it the first time the national team qualified for consecutive EuroBasket tournaments since the mid 1980's. They got off to an impressive start putting away Bulgaria in the first game 90-78. The team followed that up with another strong performance versus Lithuania 86-75, before dropping their final game in preliminary play against Turkey. With an 2-1 record the team was able to advance to the second round. There, the team came up short in group play with an 1-4 record and a 9th place finish overall at the event.

Later yearsEdit

After 2009, the national team qualified for every EuroBasket tournament. But, they could only manage to finish in the top half of the event once, for the 2015 tournament.

Global eventsEdit

On several occasions, Poland qualified for events where they competed at global tournaments. Yet, the country's best performances there all occurred before 1980. Overall, their best results at the Olympic Games came in 1936, 1964, and 1968 respectively.

In 2019 the national team have qualified for the World Cup. It's their first qualification to an global event since 1980.

Competitive recordEdit

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Poland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
C Lampe, Maciej 33 – (1985-02-05)5 February 1985 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Jilin Northeast Tigers  
SF 3 Sokołowski, Michał 25 – (1992-12-11)11 December 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Stelmet Zielona Góra  
PF 5 Cel, Aaron 31 – (1987-03-04)4 March 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Polski Cukier Toruń  
PG 6 Slaughter, A.J. 31 – (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) ASVEL  
C 7 Sulima, Krzysztof 28 – (1990-01-05)5 January 1990 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Polski Cukier Toruń  
SG 8 Zamojski, Przemysław 31 – (1986-12-16)16 December 1986 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Stelmet Zielona Góra  
SF 9 Ponitka, Mateusz (C) 25 – (1993-08-29)29 August 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Lokomotiv Kuban  
PG 10 Kolenda, Łukasz 19 – (1999-07-28)28 July 1999 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Trefl Sopot  
PG 11 Ponitka, Marcel 21 – (1997-08-28)28 August 1997 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Arka Gdynia  
SG 12 Waczyński, Adam 28 – (1989-10-15)15 October 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Unicaja  
PG 15 Łączyński, Kamil 29 – (1989-04-17)17 April 1989 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Anwil Włocławek  
C Wojciechowski, Jakub 28 – (1990-01-09)9 January 1990 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) New Basket Brindisi  
PF 21 Gielo, Tomasz 25 – (1993-01-04)4 January 1993 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Iberostar Tenerife  
PF 32 Witliński, Mikołaj 22 – (1995-12-02)2 December 1995 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Arka Gdynia  
SF 33 Gruszecki, Karol 28 – (1989-11-04)4 November 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Polski Cukier Toruń  
C 34 Hrycaniuk, Adam 34 – (1984-03-15)15 March 1984 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Stelmet Zielona Góra  
SG Garbacz, Jakub 24 – (1994-03-17)17 March 1994 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Arka Gdynia  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Age – describes age
    on 11 September 2018

Head coach historyEdit

Past rostersEdit

1936 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 21 teams

Pawel Stok, Andrzej Plucinski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Zdzislaw Filipkiewicz, Jakub Kopf, Edward Szostak, Ewaryst Loj, Janusz Patrzykont, Florian Grzechowiak, Zenon Rozycki (Coach: Walenty Klyszejko)


1937 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 8 teams

Pawel Stok, Andrzej Plucinski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Zbigniew Resich, Zenon Rozycki, Jaroslaw Smigielski, Stefan Gendera, Florian Grzechowiak, Michal Czajczyk, Janusz Patrzykont (Coach: Walenty Klyszejko)


1939 EuroBasket: finished 3rd   among 8 teams

Pawel Stok, Florian Grzechowiak, Zbigniew Resich, Stanislaw Pawlowski, Jerzy Rossudowski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Ewaryst Loj, Jerzy Gregolajtis, Bohdan Bartosiewicz, Jaroslaw Smigielski (Coach: Walenty Klyszejko)


1946 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 10 teams

Florian Grzechowiak, Pawel Stok, Zbigniew Resich, Jaroslaw Smigielski, Edward Jarczynski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Wladyslaw Maleszewski, Franciszek Szymura, Roscislaw Ruszkiewicz (Coach: Jozef Pachla)


1947 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 14 teams

Zbigniew Resich, Pawel Stok, Edward Jarczynski, Henryk Jaznicki, Wladyslaw Maleszewski, Jozef Zylinski, Bohdan Bartosiewicz, Jerzy Dowgird, Romuald Markowski, Ludwik Barszczewski, Tadeusz Ulatowski (Coach: Jozef Pachla)


1955 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 18 teams

Witold Zagorski, Slawomir Zlotkiewicz, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Andrzej Nartowski, Ryszard Olszewski, Bogdan Przywarski, Jerzy Sterenga, Wincent Wawro, Leszek Kaminski, Tadeusz Pacula, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Stefan Wojcik, Jedrzej Bednarowicz (Coach: Wladyslaw Maleszewski)


1957 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Wincent Wawro, Stefan Wojcik, Ryszard Olszewski, Tadeusz Pacula, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Andrzej Nartowski, Marek Sitkowski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Zdzislaw Skrzeczkowski (Coach: Wladyslaw Maleszewski)


1959 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 17 teams

Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Andrzej Nartowski, Bogdan Przywarski, Ryszard Olszewski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Zenon Matysik, Tadeusz Pacula, Jerzy Piskun, Marek Sitkowski, Wladyslaw Pawlak (Coach: Zygmunt Olesiewicz)


1960 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 16 teams

Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Marek Sitkowski, Bogdan Przywarski, Dariusz Swierczewski, Andrzej Nartowski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Jerzy Piskun, Ryszard Olszewski, Tadeusz Pacula (Coach: Zygmunt Olesiewicz)


1961 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 19 teams

Janusz Wichowski, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Andrzej Nartowski, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Jerzy Piskun, Ryszard Niewodowski, Ryszard Olszewski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Marek Sitkowski, Stanislaw Olejniczak, Zygmunt Wysocki, Leszek Arent (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1963 EuroBasket: finished 2nd   among 16 teams

Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Janusz Wichowski, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Zbigniew Dregier, Jerzy Piskun, Marek Sitkowski, Leszek Arent, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Wieslaw Langiewicz, Andrzej Nartowski, Stanislaw Olejniczak (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1964 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 16 teams

Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Zbigniew Dregier, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Krzysztof Sitkowski, Jerzy Piskun, Andrzej Perka, Stanislaw Olejniczak, Tadeusz Blauth, Krystian Czernichowski (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1965 EuroBasket: finished 3rd   among 16 teams

Bohdan Likszo, Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Andrzej Perka, Jerzy Piskun, Edward Grzywna, Wieslaw Langiewicz, Czeslaw Malec, Stanislaw Olejniczak (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1967 EuroBasket: finished 3rd   among 16 teams

Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Wlodzimierz Trams, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Grzegorz Korcz, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Waldemar Kozak, Czeslaw Malec, Henryk Cegielski, Miroslaw Kuczynski, Maciej Chojnacki (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1967 FIBA World Cup: finished 5th among 13 teams

Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Janusz Wichowski, Wlodzimierz Trams, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Zbigniew Dregier, Igor Oleszkiewicz, Wieslaw Langiewicz, Andrzej Chmarzynski, Czeslaw Malec, Henryk Cegielski (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1968 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 16 teams

Edward Jurkiewicz, Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Wlodzimierz Trams, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Grzegorz Korcz, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Andrzej Kasprzak, Adam Niemiec, Andrzej Pasiorowski, Czeslaw Malec, Henryk Cegielski (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1969 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Edward Jurkiewicz, Bohdan Likszo, Andrzej Seweryn, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Grzegorz Korcz, Wlodzimierz Trams, Waldemar Kozak, Jan Dolczewski, Henryk Cegielski, Adam Niemiec, Marek Ladniak, Krzysztof Gula (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1971 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Edward Jurkiewicz, Andrzej Seweryn, Waldemar Kozak, Grzegorz Korcz, Henryk Cegielski, Jerzy Frolow, Janusz Ceglinski, Zbigniew Jedlinski, Jan Dolczewski, Miroslaw Kalinowski, Marek Ladniak, Eugeniusz Durejko (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1972 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 16 teams

Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Andrzej Seweryn, Waldemar Kozak, Grzegorz Korcz, Jan Dolczewski, Andrzej Pasiorowski, Franciszek Niemiec, Ryszard Bialowas, Eugeniusz Durejko, Andrzej Kasprzak, Janusz Ceglinski, Piotr Langosz (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1973 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

Grzegorz Korcz, Andrzej Seweryn, Jan Dolczewski, Janusz Ceglinski, Andrzej Pasiorowski, Jacek Kalinowski, Zdzislaw Myrda, Tadeusz Grygiel, Eugeniusz Durejko, Jerzy Plebanek, Tomasz Tybinkowski, Piotr Langosz (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1975 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Edward Jurkiewicz, Andrzej Seweryn, Franciszek Niemiec, Adam Gardzina, Wojciech Fiedorczuk, Marek Ladniak, Dariusz Kwiatkowski, Piotr Langosz, Zdzislaw Myrda, Tomasz Garlinski, Eugeniusz Durejko, Tadeusz Grygiel (Coach: Witold Zagorski)


1979 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Andrzej Seweryn, Zdzislaw Myrda, Ryszard Prostak, Krzysztof Fikiel, Justyn Weglorz, Leszek Chudeusz, Zbigniew Kudlacz, Tomasz Garlinski, Wojciech Rosinski (Coach: Jerzy Swiatek)


1980 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 12 teams

Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Zdzislaw Myrda, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Krzysztof Fikiel, Wojciech Rosinski, Justyn Weglorz, Ryszard Prostak, Jerzy Binkowski, Marcin Michalski, Leszek Dolinski, Ireneusz Mulak (Coach: Stefan Majer)


1981 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Wojciech Rosinski, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Krzysztof Fikiel, Zbigniew Bogucki, Jerzy Binkowski, Miroslaw Boryca, Dariusz Szczubial, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Ryszard Prostak, Justyn Weglorz (Coach: Jerzy Swiatek)


1983 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Ryszard Prostak, Krzysztof Fikiel, Jerzy Binkowski, Stanislaw Kielbik, Ireneusz Mulak, Justyn Weglorz, Stanislaw Reschke, Zbigniew Bogucki (Coach: Jerzy Swiatek)


1985 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Dariusz Zelig, Henryk Wardach, Jaroslaw Zyskowski, Krzysztof Fikiel, Jerzy Binkowski, Ireneusz Mulak, Adam Fiedler, Marek Sobczynski, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Andrzej Zurawski, Justyn Weglorz, Dariusz Szczubial (Coach: Andrzej Kuchar)


1987 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Dariusz Zelig, Henryk Wardach, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Jerzy Binkowski, Adam Fiedler, Krzysztof Fikiel, Dariusz Szczubial, Dariusz Kobylanski, Marek Sobczynski, Jerzy Kolodziejczak, Ryszard Prostak, Miroslaw Boryca (Coach: Andrzej Kuchar)


1991 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 8 teams

Maciej Zielinski, Dariusz Zelig, Adam Wojcik, Jerzy Binkowski, Dariusz Szczubial, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Jacek Duda, Mariusz Bacik, Wojciech Krolik, Tomasz Torgowski, Piotr Baran, Jaroslaw Marcinkowski (Coach: Arkadiusz Koniecki)


1997 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

Adam Wojcik, Dominik Tomczyk, Maciej Zielinski, Andrzej Pluta, Mariusz Bacik, Tomasz Jankowski, Rafal Bigus, Piotr Szybilski, Krzysztof Dryja, Jaroslaw Darnikowski, Robert Kosciuk, Krzysztof Mila (Coach: Eugeniusz Kijewski)


2007 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Adam Wójcik, Filip Dylewicz, Andrzej Pluta, Kamil Pietras, Szymon Szewczyk, Robert Witka, Radosław Hyży, Robert Skibniewski, Bartłomiej Wołoszyn, Iwo Kitzinger, Łukasz Koszarek, Przemysław Frasunkiewicz (Coach: Andriej Urlep)


2009 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

Adam Wójcik, Krzysztof Roszyk, Michal Chylinski, Krzysztof Szubarga, Szymon Szewczyk, Robert Witka, Michal Ignerski, Robert Skibniewski, David Logan, Marcin Gortat, Łukasz Koszarek, Maciej Lampe (Coach: Muli Katzurin)


2011 EuroBasket: finished 17th among 24 teams

4 Dardan Berisha, 5 Adam Łapeta, 6 Robert Skibniewski, 7 Adam Waczyński, 8 Piotr Pamuła, 9 Paweł Leończyk, 10 Szymon Szewczyk, 11 Thomas Kelati, 12 Piotr Szczotka, 13 Łukasz Wiśniewski, 14 Adam Hrycaniuk, 15 Łukasz Koszarek (Coach: Aleš Pipan)


2013 EuroBasket: finished 21st among 24 teams

4 Przemysław Karnowski, 5 Thomas Kelati, 6 Maciej Lampe, 7 Krzysztof Szubarga, 8 Michał Chyliński, 9 Przemysław Zamojski, 10 Mateusz Ponitka, 11 Michał Ignerski, 12 Adam Waczyński, 13 Marcin Gortat, 14 Adam Hrycaniuk, 15 Łukasz Koszarek (Coach: Dirk Bauermann)


2015 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 24 teams

0 Aleksander Czyż, 5 Aaron Cel, 6 A. J. Slaughter, 7 Damian Kulig, 10 Mateusz Ponitka, 12 Adam Waczyński, 13 Marcin Gortat (C), 15 Łukasz Koszarek, 17 Przemysław Zamojski, 24 Przemysław Karnowski, 33 Karol Gruszecki, 66 Robert Skibniewski (Coach: Mike Taylor)


2017 EuroBasket: finished 18th among 24 teams

1 Maciej Lampe, 3 Michał Sokołowski, 5 Aaron Cel, 9 Mateusz Ponitka, 11 Marcel Ponitka, 12 Adam Waczyński, 15 Kamil Łączyński, 21 Tomasz Gielo, 23 Michał Michalak, 33 Karol Gruszecki, 34 Adam Hrycaniuk, 44 Dominik Olejniczak, 55 Łukasz Koszarek (Coach: Mike Taylor)

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2011: Spalding 2013-15: Zina[2] 2016-present: adidas

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2011: Prokom 2013: Lotto 2015: Tauron[2] 2017: Energa

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b Poland | EuroBasket 2015, FIBA.com, Retrieved 27 May 2016.

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