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The Slovenia national basketball team (Slovene: Slovenska košarkarska reprezentanca) represents Slovenia in international basketball competitions, and is organized by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Since the independence of the country in 1991, the national team has competed at every EuroBasket, and reached the knockout stage at every championship since 2005. Their greatest achievement overall at the tournament came at EuroBasket 2017, where they won all nine games and became European champions.

Slovenia (Slovenija) Slovenia
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FIBA ranking7 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1992
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationKZS
CoachRado Trifunović
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances3
MedalsNone
EuroBasket
Appearances13
MedalsGold Gold: (2017)
Uniforms
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First international
Slovenia Slovenia 83–54 Bulgaria 
(Bilbao, Spain; 22 June 1992)
Biggest win
Slovenia Slovenia 122–67 Moldova 
(Wrocław, Poland; 1 June 1993)
Biggest defeat
Slovenia Slovenia 76–119 United States 
(Barcelona, Spain; 9 September 2014)

Slovenia is currently ranked seventh in the FIBA World Rankings.

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HistoryEdit

Prior to Slovenian independence, Slovenian players represented Yugoslavia. Slovenia joined the International Basketball Federation in 1992 and played its first official game on 22 June 1992 against Bulgaria in the qualification rounds for the 1992 Summer Olympics.[2]

FIBA World CupEdit

Slovenia debuted at the FIBA World Cup in the 2006 edition after qualifying as the sixth-placed team of the EuroBasket 2005.[3] In the 2010 and 2014 editions, Slovenia reached the quarter-finals; their highest overall finish is seventh place in 2014.[4]

EuroBasketEdit

Between May and June 1993, Slovenia competed in the qualifiers for the EuroBasket 1993, where the team won all seven games and therefore qualified for its first EuroBasket.[5] At the main tournament, held in Germany, Slovenia finished in 14th place out of 16 teams with one win and two defeats.[6]

Slovenia did not reach the knockout stages of the competition until 2005, where the team, coached by Aleš Pipan, reached the quarter-finals for the first time.[3] In 2009, Slovenia reached the semi-finals for the first time after eliminating Croatia in the quarter-finals with a 67–65 victory. In the semi-finals, Slovenia lost to Serbia after overtime, and later to Greece in the third place game, finishing the competition in fourth place.[7][8] In the next two tournaments, in 2011 and 2013, Slovenia was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Spain and France, respectively. In 2015, Slovenia failed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2003 edition after losing to Latvia in the round of 16.[9]

At the EuroBasket 2017, Slovenia, captained by Goran Dragić and managed by Igor Kokoškov, won the championship after winning nine consecutive games, including victories against the 2013 winners France and the 2015 winners Spain.[10] Dragić, who scored 35 points in the final against Serbia, was named the most valuable player of the tournament.[11]

Competitive recordEdit

Record against other teams at the World CupEdit

Last updated: 9 September 2014[12]

Record against other teams at the EuroBasketEdit

Last updated: 17 September 2017, after the EuroBasket 2017.[12]

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Slovenia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 1 Rebec, Matic 24 – (1995-01-24)24 January 1995 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) FMP  
PF 4 Durnik, Urban 21 – (1997-06-19)19 June 1997 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Rogaška  
PG 5 Rupnik, Luka 25 – (1993-05-20)20 May 1993 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Montakit Fuenlabrada  
SF 8 Murić, Edo 27 – (1991-11-27)27 November 1991 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Cedevita  
SG 9 Mesiček, Blaž 21 – (1997-06-12)12 June 1997 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Pistoia Basket 2000  
PF 10 Šantelj, Leon 23 – (1995-04-25)25 April 1995 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Rogaška  
PF 11 Kosi, Jan 22 – (1996-10-18)18 October 1996 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Sixt Primorska  
SF 15 Hrovat, Gregor 24 – (1994-08-18)18 August 1994 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Medi Bayreuth  
PG 17 Špan, Jan 26 – (1992-11-20)20 November 1992 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Petrol Olimpija  
SF 19 Škedelj, Miha 19 – (1999-05-29)29 May 1999 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Krka  
C 22 Dimec, Žiga 25 – (1993-02-20)20 February 1993 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Lietkabelis Panevėžys  
G/F 30 Dragić, Zoran 29 – (1989-06-22)22 June 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Pallacanestro Trieste  
SF 31 Čančar, Vlatko 21 – (1997-04-10)10 April 1997 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) San Pablo Burgos  
SG 37 Glas, Gregor 17 – (2001-04-29)29 April 2001 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Sixt Primorska  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Age – describes age
    on 1 February 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Žiga Dimec Jan Kosi
PF Edo Murić Urban Durnik Leon Šantelj
SF Vlatko Čančar Gregor Hrovat Miha Škedelj
SG Zoran Dragić Blaž Mesiček Gregor Glas
PG Matic Rebec Luka Rupnik Jan Špan

Head CoachesEdit

Since 1992, the Slovenian national team was managed by a total of ten different head coaches. Zmago Sagadin and Jure Zdovc are the only coaches with more than one spell.[13]

StatisticsEdit

Past rostersEdit

1993 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

4 Roman Horvat, 5 Marko Tušek, 6 Jaka Daneu, 7 Darko Mirt, 8 Primoz Bačar, 9 Jure Zdovc, 10 Boštjan Leban, 11 Teoman Alibegović, 12 Boris Gorenc, 13 Marijan Kraljević, 14 Slavko Kotnik, 15 Žarko Durisić (Coach: Janez Drvarič)


1995 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 14 teams

4 Roman Horvat, 5 Matjaž Tovornik, 6 Jaka Daneu, 7 Walter Jeklin, 8 Marijan Kraljević, 9 Jure Zdovc, 10 Marko Tušek, 11 Teoman Alibegović, 12 Marko Milič, 13 Boris Gorenc, 14 Slavko Kotnik, 15 Aleš Kunc (Coach: Zmago Sagadin)


1997 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

4 Walter Jeklin, 5 Goran Jagodnik, 6 Jaka Daneu, 7 Radoslav Nesterović, 8 Aleš Kunc, 9 Jure Zdovc, 10 Marko Tušek, 11 Teoman Alibegović, 12 Marko Milič, 13 Boris Gorenc, 14 Ivica Jurković, 15 Radovan Trifunović (Coach: Andrej Urlep)


1999 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams

4 Jure Zdovc, 5 Walter Jeklin, 6 Jaka Daneu, 7 Sani Bečirović, 8 Marijan Kraljević, 9 Matjaž Tovornik, 10 Matjaž Smodiš, 11 Goran Jagodnik, 12 Marko Milič, 13 Ivica Jurković, 14 Radoslav Nesterović, 15 Ervin Dragsič (Coach: Boris Zrinski)


2001 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 16 teams

4 Beno Udrih, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Boris Gorenc, 7 Sani Bečirović, 8 Marijan Kraljević, 9 Matjaž Smodiš, 10 Marko Tušek, 11 Goran Jagodnik, 12 Marko Milič, 13 Ivica Jurković, 14 Ariel McDonald, 15 Radoslav Nesterović (Coach: Boris Zrinski)


2003 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams

4 Goran Jurak, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Boris Gorenc, 7 Simon Petrov, 8 Marijan Kraljević, 9 Boštjan Nachbar, 10 Slavko Duščak, 11 Marko Tušek, 12 Marko Milič, 13 Ivica Jurković, 14 Jurica Golemac, 15 Primož Brezec (Coach: Slobodan Subotić)


2005 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

4 Goran Jurak, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Aleksandar Ćapin, 7 Sani Bečirović, 8 Radoslav Nesterović, 9 Nebojša Joksimović, 10 Boštjan Nachbar, 11 Erazem Lorbek, 12 Marko Milič, 13 Marko Maravič, 14 Uroš Slokar, 15 Primož Brezec (Coach: Aleš Pipan)


2006 World Cup: finished 9th among 24 teams

4 Goran Jurak, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Sašo Ožbolt, 7 Sani Bečirović, 8 Radoslav Nesterović, 9 Beno Udrih, 10 Boštjan Nachbar, 11 Željko Zagorac, 12 Marko Milič, 13 Goran Dragić, 14 Uroš Slokar, 15 Primož Brezec (Coach: Aleš Pipan)


2007 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

4 Sandi Čebular, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Aleksandar Ćapin, 7 Goran Dragić, 8 Radoslav Nesterović, 9 Matjaž Smodiš, 10 Uroš Slokar, 11 Jaka Klobučar, 12 Goran Jagodnik, 13 Domen Lorbek, 14 Gašper Vidmar, 15 Erazem Lorbek (Coach: Aleš Pipan)


2009 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

4 Uroš Slokar, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Samo Udrih, 7 Primož Brezec, 8 Matjaž Smodiš, 9 Jaka Klobučar, 10 Boštjan Nachbar, 11 Goran Dragić, 12 Goran Jagodnik, 13 Domen Lorbek, 14 Jurica Golemac, 15 Erazem Lorbek (Coach: Jure Zdovc)


2010 World Cup: finished 8th among 24 teams

4 Uroš Slokar, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Hasan Rizvić, 7 Sani Bečirović, 8 Jaka Klobučar, 9 Samo Udrih, 10 Boštjan Nachbar, 11 Goran Dragić, 12 Goran Jagodnik, 13 Miha Zupan, 14 Gašper Vidmar, 15 Primož Brezec (Coach: Memi Bečirović)


2011 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 24 teams

4 Uroš Slokar, 5 Jaka Lakovič (C), 6 Luka Rupnik, 7 Sašo Ožbolt, 8 Matjaž Smodiš, 9 Samo Udrih, 10 Edo Murić, 11 Goran Dragić, 12 Goran Jagodnik, 13 Zoran Dragić, 14 Mirza Begić, 15 Erazem Lorbek (Coach: Božidar Maljković)


2013 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 24 teams

4 Uroš Slokar, 5 Jaka Lakovič, 6 Jure Balažič, 7 Nebojša Joksimović, 8 Edo Murić, 9 Jaka Blažič, 10 Boštjan Nachbar, 11 Goran Dragić, 12 Zoran Dragić, 13 Domen Lorbek, 14 Gašper Vidmar, 15 Mirza Begić (Coach: Božidar Maljković)


2014 World Cup: finished 7th among 24 teams

4 Jure Balažič, 5 Uroš Slokar, 6 Aleksej Nikolić, 7 Klemen Prepelič, 8 Edo Murić, 9 Jaka Blažič, 10 Miha Zupan, 11 Goran Dragić (C), 12 Zoran Dragić, 13 Domen Lorbek, 14 Jaka Klobučar, 15 Alen Omić (Coach: Jure Zdovc)


2015 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 24 teams

1 Nebojša Joksimović, 5 Luka Rupnik, 7 Klemen Prepelič, 9 Jaka Blažič, 10 Mitja Nikolić, 12 Zoran Dragić, 13 Miha Zupan, 15 Jure Balažič (C), 17 Saša Zagorac, 23 Alen Omić, 24 Jaka Klobučar, 55 Uroš Slokar (Coach: Jure Zdovc)


2017 EuroBasket: finished 1st   among 24 teams

0 Anthony Randolph, 1 Matic Rebec, 3 Goran Dragić (C), 6 Aleksej Nikolić, 7 Klemen Prepelič, 8 Edo Murić, 9 Jaka Blažič, 14 Gašper Vidmar, 17 Saša Zagorac, 22 Žiga Dimec, 31 Vlatko Čančar, 77 Luka Dončić (Coach: Igor Kokoškov)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Includes FR Yugoslavia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ "TEKME LETA 1992" (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Tilen Jamnik (21 August 2013). "EP 2005 - prvenstvo, ko je Sloveniji uspel preboj med najboljše" (in Slovenian). Ljubljana: RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ KZS/Anže Blažič (11 September 2014). "#junaki osvojili končno 7. mesto na SP 2014" (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ "TEKME V LETU 1993" (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  6. ^ "1993 European Championship for Men". archive.fiba.com. FIBA. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Slovenia – EuroBasket 2009". fibaeurope.com. FIBA. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  8. ^ "2009 EuroBasket". archive.fiba.com. FIBA. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  9. ^ Jaka Lopatič (12 September 2015). "Konec je, Slovenija zapušča EuroBasket" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Slovenia - FIBA EuroBasket 2017". fiba.basketball. FIBA. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  11. ^ Tilen Jamnik (18 September 2017). "Dragić: Slovenija, domov prihajamo kot evropski prvaki" (in Slovenian). Istanbul: RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  12. ^ a b "VSI TEKMECI MOŠKE ČLANSKE REPREZENTANCE" (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Zgodovina velikih tekmovanj" [Competition record] (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  14. ^ "VEČNA LESTVICA NASTOPOV NA TEKMAH MOŠKE ČLANSKE REPREZENTANCE" (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  15. ^ "LESTVICA STRELCEV NA URADNIH TEKMAH" (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 30 August 2017.

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