Serbia men's national basketball team

The Serbia national basketball team (Serbian: Кошаркашка репрезентација Србије / Košarkaška reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in international basketball competition and is controlled by the Basketball Federation of Serbia. Serbia is currently ranked fifth in the FIBA World Rankings.[5]

Serbia
Serbia at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification
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FIBA ranking6 Decrease 1 (9 August 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1936[2]
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationKSS
CoachSvetislav Pešić
Nickname(s)Орлови, Оrlovi
(The Eagles)
Olympic Games
Appearances4
MedalsSilver Silver: (1996, 2016)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances6
MedalsGold Gold: (1998, 2002)
Silver Silver: (2014)
EuroBasket
Appearances13
MedalsGold Gold: (1995, 1997, 2001)
Silver Silver: (2009, 2017)
Bronze Bronze: (1999)
First international
 FR Yugoslavia 93–87  Bulgaria
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 31 May 1995)[3]
Biggest win
 FR Yugoslavia 128–61 China 
(Atlanta, United States; 30 July 1996)[4]
Biggest defeat
 Serbia 92–129 United States 
(Madrid, Spain; 14 September 2014)

From 1992 to 2003, the national team played under name of FR Yugoslavia and from 2003 to 2006 under name of Serbia and Montenegro in international competitions. Following the Montenegrin declaration of independence in 2006, Basketball Federation of Serbia retained the place of Basketball Federation of Serbia and Montenegro as a FIBA member.[6][7] Therefore, all the results and medals from this period are succeeded by the Serbian national basketball team.

HistoryEdit

See also: Yugoslavia men's national basketball team

Serbia and MontenegroEdit

1992–1995: Breakup of SFR YugoslaviaEdit

With the start of Yugoslav Wars in 1991 and subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia, the mighty team of Yugoslavia was disbanded, which had the players selected from the population of over 23 million people and basketball infrastructure evenly distributed among the six states which formed the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

In 1992, FR Yugoslavia was established, as the federation of two remaining Yugoslav republics Serbia and Montenegro. A newly established country had less than half the population of former country. The Basketball Federation of FR Yugoslavia became the governing body of basketball in a new country. After the adoption of UNSCR 757, the national team was suspended from participating in international tournaments. Due to these sanctions and ongoing war, the national team was prevented from participating at the 1992 Summer Olympics, EuroBasket 1993 and 1994 FIBA World Cup.

1995–2003: Golden generationEdit

Without much sponsorship of war-impoverished country, the national team made its comeback to the international scene at the EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, where it won the gold medal after defeating Lithuania in the final game. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, the team lost with 69–95 to the United States in the gold-medal game. Then, the national team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1997, 1998 FIBA World Cup, the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1999 and then once again gold medal at the EuroBasket 2001.

One of the most notable wins for the Yugoslavian national team came in the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIBA World Cup, when the host nation of the tournament, the United States, was eliminated (81–78).[8] The significance of the win was tremendous for the Serbian people in general, as the public in Serbia perceived the United States political leadership responsible for the breakup of Yugoslavia, and destruction of the country's infrastructure, and civil victims during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[9] After that, the Yugoslavian national team won the tournament by defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals and Argentina after an (84–77) OT win in the gold-medal game.[8]

2003–2006: DisappointmentsEdit

In 2002, FR Yugoslavia that consisted of states Serbia and Montenegro came to a new agreement regarding continued co-operation, which, among other changes, promised the end of the name Yugoslavia. On 4 February 2003, the federal assembly of Yugoslavia created a loose state union—the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The following years were underwhelming as the national team failed to make the podium of the tournament, after decades of winning medals.

At the EuroBasket 2003 it came in 6th place, but due to the world champion status, qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. However, it was eliminated in the group stage with a 1–4 record, finishing in 11th place. The national team participated in the less important Diamond Ball tournament in 2004, where they won the gold medal.

After two consecutive tournament disappointments, hopes of getting back on the podium came back at the EuroBasket 2005 were Serbia and Montenegro was a host nation. Also, the legendary Željko Obradović became the national team head coach again. However, they were surprisingly eliminated in the play-off stage by France with a 74-71 loss and finished in 9th place. Obradović stepped down shortly after the tournament and blamed the bad atmosphere among the team star players for yet another failure. The national team participated at the 2006 FIBA World Cup on a wild card due to the results in the past, on the initiative by FIBA prominent administrator Borislav Stanković. But, once again the national team of Serbia and Montenegro came up short, failing to impress finishing in 9th place.

On 21 May 2006, Montenegrins voted in an independence referendum, with 55.5% supporting independence. The subsequent Montenegrin proclamation of independence in June 2006 and the Serbian proclamation of independence on 5 June ended the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro and thus the last remaining vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.

SerbiaEdit

Following the dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, the national team participated at the EuroBasket 2007 and finished the competition in the group stage with three close losses. Also, they failed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics, missing the Olympics for the first time after being suspended at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

In December 2007, legendary Dušan Ivković hinted that he will take the seat of national team head coach.[10]

2009–2014: Flashes of old gloryEdit

Under Ivković' coaching, a new generation of players led by Nenad Krstić and Miloš Teodosić returned some of the old glory by taking the silver medal at Eurobasket 2009. At the 2010 FIBA World Cup, after narrowly defeating Croatia in the Round of 16, Teodosić hit deep three-point shot to sink favorite Spain.[11] In the semifinals it lost after controversial referee's error to tournament's host Turkey with 83–82.[11] With the youngest team in the tournament, the national team eventually finished in fourth place after losing to Lithuania with 99–88 in bronze-medal game.[11][12]

At the EuroBasket 2011, the national team failed to reach the semifinals finishing the tournament in eighth place and thus way failing to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the EuroBasket 2013, it was once again stopped in the quarterfinals and finished in seventh place.

2014–2019: Silver generationEdit

Following the EuroBasket 2013, Ivković stepped away from the position and Serbian basketball hall of famer Aleksandar Đorđević stepped in his place.[13]

Đorđević led the team to the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, where they lost in the final game to the United States.[14] At the EuroBasket 2015, the national team finished in fourth place with the only tournament loses coming in the semifinals to Lithuania and in bronze-medal game to France.

After winning the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Belgrade, the national team won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, losing in the final game to the superior team of the United States.

With the absence of team's captain Miloš Teodosić and rising star Nikola Jokić, Bogdan Bogdanović emerged as a team leader at the EuroBasket 2017. The national team won its third silver medal in four years after losing to Goran Dragić-led Slovenia with 93–85 in the Final.

Facing an different qualification system introduced by FIBA for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the national team was forced to play without its key and most important players in nearly all the qualification matches. However, they narrowly secured the last spot for the World Cup in their second round qualification group. Before the World Cup, the national team of Serbia was dubbed as favorite to win the trophy,[15] but was eventually upset in the quarterfinals by Argentina.[16] With wins over the United States and Czech Republic, they finished in fifth place.[17][18] At the end of the tournament, head coach Đorđević announced his decision to leave the position after six years.[19]

HonoursEdit

Medals tableEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Summer Olympics 0 2 0 2
FIBA World Cup 2 1 0 3
EuroBasket 3 2 1 6
Mediterranean Games 0 1 1 2
Diamond Ball 1 1 0 2
Stanković Cup 0 0 1 1
Grand Totals 6 7 3 16

CompetitionsEdit

Name of the nation during the tournaments:

Results and fixturesEdit

2021Edit

25 November 2021 (2021-11-25) Serbia   101–100   Latvia Belgrade
20:00 Scoring by quarter: 28–33, 24–23, 25–19, 24–25
Pts: Teodosić 21
Rebs: Dangubić 6
Asts: Teodosić 9
PIR: Teodosić 27
Boxscore Pts: Lomažs 33
Rebs: three players 3
Asts: Zoriks 5
PIR: Lomažs 27
Arena: Aleksandar Nikolić Hall
Referees: Marius Ciulin (ROU), Nicolás Maestre (FRA), Mehmet Sahin (TUR)
Note:
28 November 2021 (2021-11-28) Belgium   vs.   Serbia Mons
15:30
Boxscore Arena: Mons.Arena
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2022Edit

25 February 2022 (2022-02-25) Serbia   vs.   Slovakia
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28 February 2022 (2022-02-28) Slovakia   vs.   Serbia
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30 June 2022 (2022-06-30) Latvia   vs.   Serbia
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3 July 2022 (2022-07-03) Serbia   vs.   Belgium
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TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SF 5 Marko Simonović 33 – (1986-05-30)30 May 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Zenit St. Petersburg  
SG 7 Bogdan Bogdanović 27 – (1992-08-18)18 August 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Sacramento Kings  
F 8 Nemanja Bjelica 31 – (1988-05-09)9 May 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Sacramento Kings  
F 11 Vladimir Lučić 30 – (1989-06-17)17 June 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Bayern Munich  
C 13 Miroslav Raduljica (C) 31 – (1988-01-05)5 January 1988 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Jiangsu Dragons  
PF 14 Stefan Birčević 29 – (1989-12-13)13 December 1989 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Baskets Bonn  
PF 15 Nikola Jokić 24 – (1995-02-19)19 February 1995 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Denver Nuggets  
C 21 Nikola Milutinov 24 – (1994-12-13)13 December 1994 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Olympiacos  
PG 22 Vasilije Micić 25 – (1994-01-13)13 January 1994 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Anadolu Efes  
SG 23 Marko Gudurić 24 – (1995-03-08)8 March 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Fenerbahçe  
PG 24 Stefan Jović 28 – (1990-11-03)3 November 1990 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Bayern Munich  
C 51 Boban Marjanović 31 – (1988-08-15)15 August 1988 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) Philadelphia 76ers  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Nikola Milutinov Boban Marjanović Miroslav Raduljica
PF Nikola Jokić Nemanja Bjelica Stefan Birčević
SF Vladimir Lučić Marko Simonović
SG Bogdan Bogdanović Marko Gudurić
PG Stefan Jović Vasilije Micić

Player pool 2021Edit

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G/F Bogdan Bogdanović 29 – (1992-08-18)18 August 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Atlanta Hawks  
F Marko Simonović 35 – (1986-05-30)30 May 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
F Nemanja Bjelica 33 – (1988-05-09)9 May 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Golden State Warriors  
F Vladimir Lučić 32 – (1989-06-17)17 June 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Bayern Munich  
C Miroslav Raduljica 33 – (1988-01-05)5 January 1988 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Goyang Orions  
F Stefan Birčević 31 – (1989-12-13)13 December 1989 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Cluj  
C Nikola Jokić 26 – (1995-02-19)19 February 1995 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Denver Nuggets  
C Nikola Milutinov 26 – (1994-12-13)13 December 1994 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) CSKA Moscow  
G Vasilije Micić 27 – (1994-01-13)13 January 1994 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Anadolu Efes S.K.  
G/F Marko Gudurić 26 – (1995-03-08)8 March 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Fenerbahçe  
G Stefan Jović 30 – (1990-11-03)3 November 1990 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
C Boban Marjanović 33 – (1988-08-15)15 August 1988 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) Dallas Mavericks  
F/C Filip Petrušev 21 – (2000-04-15)15 April 2000 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Anadolu Efes S.K.  
F Aleksej Pokuševski 19 – (2001-12-26)26 December 2001 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Oklahoma City Thunder  
F Alen Smailagić 21 – (2000-08-18)18 August 2000 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) KK Partizan  
F Nikola Kalinić 29 – (1991-11-08)8 November 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
G Nemanja Nedović 30 – (1991-08-15)15 August 1991 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Panathinaikos B.C.  
G Miloš Teodosić 34 – (1987-03-19)19 March 1987 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Virtus Bologna  
G Uroš Trifunović 20 – (2000-12-05)5 December 2000 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) KK Partizan  
G/F Nikola Jović 18 – (2003-06-09)9 June 2003 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) KK Mega Basket  
G/F Mario Nakić 20 – (2001-06-14)14 June 2001 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) BC Andorra  
C Dejan Musli 30 – (1991-01-03)3 January 1991 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) BC Andorra  
F/C Tristan Vukčević 18 – (2003-03-11)11 March 2003 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Real Madrid Baloncesto  
C Balša Koprivica 21 – (2000-05-01)1 May 2000 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) KK Partizan  
G Danilo Anđušić 30 – (1991-04-22)22 April 1991 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) AS Monaco  
G/F Dejan Davidovac 26 – (1995-01-17)17 January 1995 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
G Aleksa Avramović 27 – (1994-10-25)25 October 1994 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) KK Partizan  
F/C Boriša Simanić 23 – (1998-03-20)20 March 1998 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) KK Mega Basket  
G/F Luka Cerovina 21 – (2000-04-08)8 April 2000 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) KK Mega Basket  
C Ognjen Kuzmić 31 – (1990-05-16)16 May 1990 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
F/C Marko Pecarski 21 – (2000-02-12)12 February 2000 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) KK Borac Čačak  
G Ilija Đoković 25 – (1996-01-05)5 January 1996 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) KK Borac Čačak  
F Dalibor Ilić 21 – (2000-03-04)4 March 2000 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Igokea  
G Aleksa Radanov 23 – (1998-02-01)1 February 1998 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) KK Igokea  
F/C Stefan Đorđević 22 – (1998-12-04)4 December 1998 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Igokea  
G Vanja Marinković 24 – (1997-01-09)9 January 1997 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Baskonia  
G/F Ognjen Dobrić 27 – (1994-10-27)27 October 1994 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
G/F Stefan Lazarević 25 – (1996-08-20)20 August 1996 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
F/C Luka Mitrović 28 – (1993-03-21)21 March 1993 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
G Aleksa Uskoković 22 – (1999-08-30)30 August 1999 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
G/F Branko Lazić 32 – (1989-01-12)12 January 1989 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) KK Crvena zvezda  
G/F Rade Zagorac 26 – (1995-08-12)12 August 1995 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Partizan  
F Nemanja Dangubić 28 – (1993-04-13)13 April 1993 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Partizan  
G/F Dragan Milosavljević 32 – (1989-05-11)11 May 1989 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Bursaspor Basketbol  
G Ognjen Jaramaz 26 – (1995-09-01)1 September 1995 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Bayern Munich  
G Nikola Rebić 26 – (1995-01-22)22 January 1995 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Mitteldeutscher BC  
G Stefan Peno 24 – (1997-08-03)3 August 1997 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Alba Berlin  
C Dušan Ristić 25 – (1995-11-27)27 November 1995 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Urbas Fuenlabrada  
G Jovan Novak 26 – (1994-11-08)8 November 1994 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Urbas Fuenlabrada  
F/C Dragan Apić 26 – (1995-10-03)3 October 1995 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Zastal Zielona Góra  
G Nemanja Nenadić 27 – (1994-01-02)2 January 1994 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Zastal Zielona Góra  
C Dejan Kravić 31 – (1990-09-09)9 September 1990 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) San Pablo Burgos  
G/F Dejan Todorović 27 – (1994-05-29)29 May 1994 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) CB 1939 Canarias  
F/C Nikola Jovanović 27 – (1994-01-06)6 January 1994 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Nizhny Novgorod  
F/C Stefan Janković 28 – (1993-08-04)4 August 1993 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) BC Tsmoki-Minsk  
G Stefan Momirov 21 – (1999-12-18)18 December 1999 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Kolossos Rodou B.C.  
F/C Marko Pavićević 20 – (2001-05-08)8 May 2001 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) KK FMP  
G/F Đorđe Pažin 20 – (2001-03-31)31 March 2001 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) KK Borac Banja Luka  
G Zoran Paunović 21 – (2000-07-19)19 July 2000 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) KK Podgorica  
G/F Nikola Đurišić 17 – (2004-02-23)23 February 2004 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Mega Basket  
G Arijan Lakić 21 – (2000-01-20)20 January 2000 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) OKK Spars Sarajevo  
F Dušan Beslać 23 – (1998-10-06)6 October 1998 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Vojvodina  
F/C Marko Jagodić-Kuridža 34 – (1987-05-15)15 May 1987 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Budućnost  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 October 2021

Depth chart 2021Edit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Reserve Reserve
C Nikola Jokić Nikola Milutinov Boban Marjanović Ognjen Kuzmić Balša Koprivica
PF Nemanja Bjelica Filip Petrušev Alen Smailagić Boriša Simanić Tristan Vukčević
SF Vladimir Lučić Nikola Kalinić Aleksej Pokuševski Dejan Davidovac Mario Nakić
SG Bogdan Bogdanović Nemanja Nedović Marko Gudurić Danilo Anđušić Ognjen Dobrić
PG Vasilije Micić Miloš Teodosić Aleksa Avramović Stefan Jović Uroš Trifunović

Past rostersEdit

Head coachesEdit

Since 1992, the national team was managed by a total of eight different head coaches. Dušan Ivković, Željko Obradović, and Svetislav Pešić are the only coaches with more than one spell.

Player statisticsEdit

These tables include player statistics on Olympic games, FIBA World Cup and FIBA Eurobasket matches since 1995.[citation needed]

  • Bold denotes players still playing international basketball.
As of 14 September 2019

Notable playersEdit

Multiple medal winnersEdit

This is a list of people who have won two or more medals, who represented FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro or Serbia since 1995.

Individual awardsEdit

International competitionsEdit

Other notable achievementsEdit

Notable coachesEdit

Individual achievementsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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