Romania national basketball team
The Romania national basketball team (Romanian: Echipa națională de basketbal a României) represents Romania in men's international basketball competition. They are administered by the Romanian Basketball Federation. The national team has qualified for both the EuroBasket and Summer Olympics. Their best finish at either event was at 5th place for the EuroBasket, in 1957 and 1967. Romania though, has yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup.
|FIBA ranking||61 (26 February 2019)|
|Joined FIBA||1932 (co-founders)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii (The Tricolours)|
|FIBA World Cup|
Romania is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and has one of the world's longest basketball traditions.
At the first European Championship in Geneva, the Romanian national team finished in last place in the then 10 team tournament. Losing all three of their games; 42-9 to Switzerland, 66-23 to France, and 24-17 to Hungary.
Romania returned to the European championship twelve years later in Prague, for the EuroBasket 1947. They finished with an record of 1-2 after the preliminary round, eliminating them from championship contention but they got their first ever EuroBasket win against the Netherlands. The Romanians added two more in the classification semifinal, defeating Austria and Albania. This put them in a classification match against Italy for 9th and 10th place, which Romania lost 55-39. The national team thus placed tenth again, but this time they had outranked four teams to do so, due to the expansion of the tournament to 14.
Summer Olympics 1952Edit
The EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow was the next European tournament in which the Romanians actually played. They finished in 3rd place in their preliminary round group with a 1-2 record, helping them to advance to the classification rounds. They won 3 of their 4 games there, finishing in a three-way tie for the top spot of the group. They lost out on the tiebreaker, though, and were relegated to the 13th-16th place semifinals. Winning that game and their next, the Romanians finished in 13th place of the 17 teams in the tournament.
Romania was much more successful two years later, at the EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest. A preliminary round loss to the global power house Soviet Union mattered little, as the national team won their other three preliminary matches against Sweden, Switzerland and Luxembourg to take second place in the group behind the Soviets to advance to the final round. There, they won games against Poland and Yugoslavia to finish 2-5 in the final round to take 7th place in the 18-team tournament.
Romania came within a single point of winning their preliminary pool at EuroBasket 1957 in Sofia, losing to Hungary in the narrow match. They beat their other two opponents in Belgium and Finland, to finish in second place in the pool to advance into the final round. There, they matched up again with Hungary, but the game wasn't as close as the hungarians cruised to an 76-61 victory. The national team also lost to the other three pool winners, to finish with an 3-4 record to end the tournament in 5th place.
The team repeated its most successful campaign at the EuroBasket 1967 when it finished 5th again. The following years, the team had some successful performances but after 1987, it ceded completely from Europe's elite events. After 30 years of absence, Romania returned to the EuroBasket in 2017 when the country gained hosting rights alongside Finland, Israel and Turkey. However, the national team ended its participation with five losses in its five games played.
FIBA World CupEdit
The following is the Romania roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2017 EuroBasket.
Romania men's national basketball team – 2017 EuroBasket roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Adrian Gutoaia||Catalin Baciu||Bogdan Tibirna|
|PF||Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu||Titus Nicoara|
|SF||Mihai Silvasan||Tudor Jucan|
|SG||Rares Mandache||Levente Szijarto|
|PG||Adrian Tudor||Mihail-Octavian Paul||Octavian Calota|
Other notable playersEdit
- Andrei Folbert - First Romanian Basketball "Maestru Emerit Al Sportului"
- Gheorghe Mureșan - First Romanian to play in the NBA
- Constantin Popa
- Horia Demian
- Ernie Grunfeld
Head coach positionEdit
- Costel Cernat – 2008-2009
- Daniel Calancea – 2009
- John Neumann – 2010-2012
- Mladen Ostojic – 2012
- Marcel Tenter – 2013-2017
- Zare Markovski – 2017-
1935 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 10 teams
Samy Grunstein, Nae Alexandrescu, Nicu Grozavescu, M.Bercus, O.Belitoreanu, C.Riegler, E.Dumitrescu, Balteanu (Coach: C. O. Lecca)
1947 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 14 teams
Vasile Popescu, Alexandru Popescu, Constantin Herold, C.Babaliescu, N.Badulescu, P.Marossi, S.Ferencz, H.Dlugos, A.Neagu, Gh.Teodorescu, H.Kevorkian, S.Sadeanu, I.Vulescu (Coach: C.Virgolici)
1952 Olympic Games: finished 23rd among 23 teams
Dan Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Vasile Popescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Constantin Herold, Andrei Folbert, Liviu Nagy, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Corneliu Calugareanu, Grigore Costescu, Gheorghe Constantinide, Ladislau Mokos
1953 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams
Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Alexandru Fodor, Liviu Nagy, Vasile Kadar, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Trajan Lita, Mihai Erdogh, Corneliu Calugareanu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1955 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 18 teams
Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Vasile Kadar, Liviu Nagy, Mihai Erdogh, Marian Spiridon, R.Popovici, E.Ganea, C.Cojocaru (Coach: Vasile Popescu)
1957 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams
Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Mihai Erdogh, Liviu Nagy, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Armand Novacek, Alexandru Berecky, A.Borbely (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1959 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 17 teams
Alexandru Fodor, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Cristian Popescu, Mihai Popa, Emeric Vizi, Armand Novacek, Feodor Nedelea, Dragos Nosievici, L.Toth (Coach: Constantin Herold)
1961 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 19 teams
Mihai Albu, Armand Novacek, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Cristian Popescu, Nicolae Viciu, Horia Demian, Aurel Popovici, Pavel Visner, Gheorghe Valeriu, Horatiu Giurgiu, Dragos Nosievici (Coach: Constantin Herold)
1963 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams
Mihai Albu, Emil Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Horatiu Giurgiu, Cristian Popescu, Gheorghe Valeriu, Mihai Kiss, Dragos Nosievici, Pavel Visner, Horia Demian, Mircea Cimpeanu, Marian Spiridon (Coach: Vasile Popescu)
1965 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams
Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Mihai Nedef, Cristian Popescu, Horia Demian, Marian Spiridon, Dragos Nosievici, Gheorghe Novac, Ekehardt Jekely, Aurel Popovici, N.Ionescu (Coach: Vasile Popescu)
1967 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams
Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Horia Demian, Cristian Popescu, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Nicolae Birsan, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Barau, Adolf Cernea, Ekehardt Jekely (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1969 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams
Mihai Albu, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Petru Czmor, Matei Ruhring, Francisc Dikay, Radu Dragomirescu, Ekehardt Jekely, Adolf Cernea, Mihai Dimancea (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1971 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams
Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Dan Niculescu, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Vasile Popa, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Oczelak, Dan Georgescu, Constantin Dragomirescu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1973 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams
Dan Niculescu, Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Oczelak, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Nicolae Manaila, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1975 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams
Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Dan Niculescu, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Dan Moisescu, Nicolae Parsu, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat, Gheorghe Oczelak, Georghe Mihuta, Vasile Zdrenghea (Coach: Mihai Nedef)
1985 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams
Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Costel Cernat, Attila Szabo, Viorel Constantin, Ioan Ionescu, Victor Jacob, Marian Marinache, Roman Opsitaru, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Doru Radulescu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)
1987 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams
Constantin Popa, Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Gabriel David, Costel Cernat, Ioan Ionescu, Petre Branisteanu, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Sorin Ardeleanu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)
2017 EuroBasket: finished 23rd among 24 teams
Andrei Mandache, Catalin Petrisor, Radu Paliciuc, Vlad Moldoveanu, Bogdan Nicolescu, Octavian Calota, Alexandru Olah, Titus Nicoara, Emanuel Cățe, Rolland Torok, Catalin Baciu, Nandor Kuti (Coach: Marcel Tenter)
- "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
- EuroBasket 2017 roster
- Men's Basketball ROMANIA's National Team Competition Set, Ancada.com, Retrieved 22 May 2016.