Portugal national basketball team
The Portugal national basketball team (Portuguese: Seleção Portuguesa de Basquetebol) represents Portugal in international basketball competition. They are controlled by the Portuguese Basketball Federation. The national team has never had great success in the past at the international level, but they have qualified for the EuroBasket three times, most recently at EuroBasket 2011. Portugal though has yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup or the Summer Olympics.
|FIBA ranking||62 (26 February 2019)|
|Joined FIBA||1932 (co-founders)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Nickname(s)||A Seleção das Quinas|
(Selection of the Quinas)
|FIBA World Cup|
Portugal is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA), and has one of the world's longest basketball traditions.
Portugal nearly joined the field of the first European championship, but in the only qualification game held for the tournament the Portuguese lost 33–12 to the Spanish team in Madrid. The game was curiously referred by the Spanish coach Mariano Manent.
Portugal's European Championship debut was at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris, where they were invited to play in the tournament. Both of their preliminary round games were losses, though they did get an official win in Romania's forfeit to finish 1–2 and third place in the group.
In the first classification round, Portugal managed a win against Switzerland in a major upset, 51–49, but nevertheless finished in fourth and last place of the classification round group with a 1–2 record. They then lost to Denmark in the second round classification 13–16 game, but defeated Scotland in the 15/16 game to place 15th of 18 teams.
Portugal qualified for its second EuroBasket (but first time through direct qualification) by finishing first in its qualification group, where it beat the likes of Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Israel, who eventually booked the last place in the final tournament through an additional qualifying tournament.
In the preliminary round, Portugal lost its first two matches against Spain and Croatia by 56–82 and 68–90, respectively. Before the third and last match of its group, Portugal had to defeat Latvia by, at least, sixteen points; alternatively, a victory would suffice provided Croatia defeated the World champions, Spain, in their last match. Portugal won by only ten points, but since Croatia grabbed a surprising one-point victory, with a three-pointer in the last three seconds, Portugal qualified for the first time ever to the second round.
Portugal began this round playing against Russia, that had won all their games in its preliminary group. But, the Portuguese came up short losing (78-65). Israel was their next opponent and, like in the qualification, Portugal once again wss victorious beating them (94–85), putting up their best performance in the tournament. This second victory revived Portugal's chances to reach the quarterfinals; a simple victory in the last match against the holders of the EuroBasket 2005 and 2006 FIBA World Cup runners-up Greece would be enough, if Croatia defeated Russia (otherwise, Greece would have to lose by at least thirteen points). However, Greece displayed a consistent and stronger game, defeating the Portuguese (85-67) and ending their qualification hopes. Nevertheless, it was the best performance ever by the national team at this level, ensuring a top 10 finish at the European championship.
After Portugal's surprising performance at their last EuroBasket in 2007 there was optimism within the national team heading into it this time around. After making it through the repechage tournament to qualify, Portugal was dealt with an tough task after being placed in Group A. Having to go up against Euro powerhouses in Spain and host nation Lithuania was going to be challenging. But Turkey, Poland, and Great Britain proved to be overwhelming as well. The national team eventually finished last in the Group, losing all 5 of its matches in the preliminary stage and failed to advance.
FIBA World CupEdit
|2014||Did not participate|
|Portugal men's national basketball team roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|PF||Arnette Hallman||Joao Guerreiro||Miguel Queiroz|
|SF||Joao Soares||Joao Balseiro|
|SG||José Vilhena||Fábio Lima||Carlos Ferreirinho|
|PG||Mário Gil Fernandes||Pedro Pinto||Jose Barbosa|
Other current notable players from Portugal:
|Portugal men's national basketball team roster|
Head coach positionEdit
Team that represented Portugal in the EuroBasket 2007, their best classification ever.
Coach: Valentin Melnychuk
|No||Player||Height||Position||Year born||Current club|
|4||Miguel Minhava||1.97||Guard||1983||SL Benfica|
|5||Mário Gil Fernandes||1.74||Guard||1982||CB Plasencia|
|6||Sérgio Ramos||2.00||Forward||1975||Drac Inca|
|7||Paulo Cunha||1.99||Forward||1980||FC Porto|
|8||Francisco Jordão||2.00||Center||1979||1º de Agosto|
|9||Filipe da Silva||1.93||Guard||1979||CB Villa de los Barrios|
|10||João "Betinho" Gomes||1.99||Forward||1985||FC Barreirense|
|11||Jorge Coelho||2.00||Center||1978||Palencia Baloncesto|
|12||Paulo Simão||1.98||Forward||1976||CF Belenenses|
|13||Elvis Évora||2.05||Center||1978||Ovarense Aerosoles|
|14||Miguel Miranda||2.05||Center||1978||Ovarense Aerosoles|
|15||João Santos||2.03||Forward||1979||Grupo Capitol Valladolid|
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- Portugal|2015 EuroBasket, ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- 2015 Elvis Evora Photos - Standard Life Team GB Men v Portugal - Basketball, Zimbio.com, Retrieved 8 July 2016.