Serbia 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 fourth in the FIBA World Rankings.
|FIBA ranking||4 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Nickname(s)||Оrlovi / Орлови|
|Medals||Silver (1996, 2016)|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Medals|| Gold: (1998, 2002)|
|Medals|| Gold: (1995, 1997, 2001)|
Silver: (2009, 2017)
| Yugoslavia 93–87 Bulgaria |
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 31 May 1995)
| Yugoslavia 128–61 China |
(Atlanta, United States; 30 July 1996)
| 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. Therefore, all the results and medals from this period are succeeded by the Serbian men's national basketball team.
Federal Republic of YugoslaviaEdit
1992–1995: Breakup of SFR YugoslaviaEdit
With the start of Yugoslav Wars in 1991 and later subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia, the mighty team of Yugoslavia was disbanded. The players were selected from the population of over 23 million people and basketball infrastructure evenly distributed all over 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. 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 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 the national team won the gold medal after defeating Lithuania in gold-medal game. At the 1996 Summer Olympics the team lost with 69–95 to the United States in gold-medal game. The national team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1997, 1998 FIBA World Cup, EuroBasket 2001 and bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1999.
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 United States was eliminated (81–78). 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. Later, 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.
2003–2006: National team disappointmentsEdit
In 2002, FR Yugoslavia consisted of Serbia and Montenegro, came to a new agreement regarding continued co-operation, which, among other changes, promised the end of the name Yugoslavia, since they were part of the Federal Republic of 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 the world champion status, qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. However, it was eliminated in the group stage with an 1–4 record, finishing in 11th place. The national team participated at the 2004 Diamond Ball tournament, where they won the gold medal.
After two consecutive tournament disappointments, hope came back at the EuroBasket 2005 where the national team of 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 an (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 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.
2006–2009: Continued disappointmentsEdit
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.
2009–present: Silver generationEdit
A new generation led by legendary Dušan Ivković returned some of the old glory by taking the silver medal at Eurobasket 2009, and fourth place at the 2010 FIBA World Cup, with the youngest team. However, the national team failed to reach the semifinals at the EuroBasket 2011 and EuroBasket 2013, thus way failing to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, missing the second Olympics tournament in a row.
Following EuroBasket 2013, Ivković stepped away from the position and Serbian basketball hall of famer Aleksandar Đorđević stepped in. Đorđević led the team to three silver medals at the 2014 FIBA World Cup the 2016 Summer Olympics and EuroBasket 2017.
|FIBA World Cup||2||1||0||3|
Name of the nation during the tournaments:
FIBA World CupEdit
Serbia national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Nikola Jokić||Nikola Milutinov||Boban Marjanović|
|PF||Nemanja Bjelica||Stefan Birčević||Miroslav Raduljica|
|SF||Vladimir Lučić||Marko Simonović|
|SG||Bogdan Bogdanović||Marko Gudurić|
|PG||Stefan Jović||Vasilije Micić|
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.
- People in bold are still active competitors
- Montenegrin players from period 1995-2005 are not included, such as Vlado Šćepanović, Predrag Drobnjak and Nikola Bulatović.
- FIBA World Cup MVP
- Dejan Bodiroga – 1998
- FIBA World Cup All-Tournament Team
- EuroBasket MVP
- EuroBasket All-Tournament Team
- EuroBasket Assists Leader
- Miloš Teodosić – 2009, 2011
Other notable achievementsEdit
- FIBA Hall of Fame
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Mr. Europa
- FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year Award
- Miloš Teodosić – 2010
- All-NBA First Team
- Nikola Jokić – 2019
- NBA All-Stars
- NBA champion
- EuroLeague MVP
- EuroLeague Final Four MVP
- EuroLeague Top Scorer
- 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)
- FIBA Hall of Fame
- EuroLeague Basketball Legend Award
- 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)
- Alexander Gomelsky EuroLeague Coach of the Year
- EuroLeague-winning head coach
- Triple Crown
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