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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.

Portugal Portugal
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FIBA ranking62 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationFPB
CoachMário Palma
Nickname(s)A Seleção das Quinas
(Selection of the Quinas)
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
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Portugal is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA), and has one of the world's longest basketball traditions.



EuroBasket 1935Edit

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.

EuroBasket 1951Edit

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.

EuroBasket 2007Edit

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.

EuroBasket 2011Edit

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.

Competitive recordEdit

Lusophony GamesEdit

Lusophony Games
Year Position Pld W L
  2006 Champion 7 7 0
  2009 Third place 4 3 1
  2014 Did not participate
  2018 Cancelled
Total 11 10 1


Team for the EuroBasket 2015 qualification.[2]

Portugal men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
G/F 4 José Vilhena 26 – (1989-04-16)16 April 1989 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Vitória S.C.  
F 5 Joao Soares 25 – (1990-03-27)27 March 1990 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica  
PG 6 Jose Barbosa 24 – (1990-10-18)18 October 1990 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) ADO Basquetebol SAD Ovarense  
G/F 7 Carlos Ferreirinho 23 – (1991-12-31)31 December 1991 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica  
G 8 Mário Gil Fernandes 33 – (1982-04-25)25 April 1982 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica  
G/F 10 Fábio Lima 27 – (1988-08-18)18 August 1988 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) CB Clavijo  
PF 11 Miguel Queiroz 24 – (1991-07-04)4 July 1991 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) FC Porto  
F 12 Joao Guerreiro 24 – (1990-10-10)10 October 1990 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Vitória S.C.  
F 13 Joao Balseiro 28 – (1987-03-14)14 March 1987 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Vitória S.C.  
PG 14 Pedro Pinto 27 – (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Vitória S.C.  
C 21 Cláudio Fonseca 26 – (1989-01-22)22 January 1989 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica  
F 22 Arnette Hallman 27 – (1988-01-06)6 January 1988 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) FC Porto  
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    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 5 September 2015

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Cláudio Fonseca
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

Notable playersEdit

Other current notable players from Portugal:

Portugal men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
F João Gomes 31 – (1985-05-02)2 May 1985 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Aquila Basket Trento  

Head coach positionEdit

Past rostersEdit

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

Notable playersEdit



2012: Reebok [3]


2012: Montepio [3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Portugal|2015 EuroBasket, ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b 2015 Elvis Evora Photos - Standard Life Team GB Men v Portugal - Basketball,, Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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