Sweden national basketball team
The Sweden national basketball team (Swedish: svenska landsbasketlagslaget) represents Sweden in international basketball competition. They are controlled by the Swedish Basketball Federation. Sweden has qualified for the EuroBasket ten times where their best result was 11th place at the 1995 edition. The Scandinavian squad has also qualified for the Summer Olympics once in 1980, finishing in 10th place. Though, they have yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup.
|FIBA ranking||54 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|FIBA World Cup|
Sweden's European championship debut came at EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow. The Swedes did not fare well in their first tournament though. They lost all seven of their matches finishing in last place in the then 17 team tournament.
Sweden's first EuroBasket win came against Luxembourg in the preliminary round of EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest. However they lost three matches in that round as well to Switzerland, Romania and the Soviet Union. They finished 4th out of the 5 teams in the group and found themselves in the classification rounds. There they finished with a 1-3 record in their pool once again, with their only victory coming against Denmark. Two losses in the classification 13th–16th place semifinals and the 15th/16th place final (a rematch against Luxembourg) put Sweden at 16th place of the 18 teams.
Sweden qualified for the EuroBasket eight more times with their three best finishes coming in 1969, 1983 and 1995. They also made their lone Summer Olympics appearance in 1980. But, overall the national team has struggled to reach an elite level of consistancy to become a serious medal contender at major international tournaments. At some events, however, the team displayed potential. E.g. at the EuroBasket 2013 it beat the heavily favored former champion Russia (81-62).
FIBA World CupEdit
|Sweden men's national basketball team roster|
1953 EuroBasket: finished 17th among 17 teams
Åke Larsson, Lars Olsson, Lars-Erik Keijser, Per-Åke Hallberg, Erik Sundell, Erik Gustavsson, Staffan Widen, Bo Widen, Örjan Widen, Rune Erkers, Kjell Eliasson, Sture Herrman (Coach: Lars-Åke Nilsson)
1955 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 18 teams
Staffan Widen, Bo Widen, Örjan Widen, Jan Oldenmark, Anders Renner, Gustaf Ragge, Lars Helgostam, Sture Herrman, Per-Åke Hallberg, Nils af Trolle, Jan Holmberg, Alvin Tornblom, Palle Cardell, Bengt Gustafsson (Coach: Lars-Åke Nilsson)
1961 EuroBasket: finished 18th among 19 teams
Staffan Widen, Udo Tohver, Bo Widen, Örjan Widen, Gunars Kraulis, Lars Andersson, Curt Wennström, Lennart Dahllöf, Alvin Törnblom, Bjorn Lundberg, Torbjörn Langemar, Svante af Klinteberg (Coach: Juris Reneslacis)
1965 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams
Björn Lundberg, Rune Leinas, Per-Olof Svensson, Ulf Lindelöf, Anders Grönlund, Lars Cullert, Per-Olof Lefwerth, Hans Albertsson, Jörgen Hansson, Egon Håkanson, Torbjörn Langemar, Kaj Håkansson (Coach: Rolf Nygren)
1969 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams
Per-Olof Lefwerth, Anders Grönlund, Ulf Lindelöf, Arturs Veigurs, Kjell Rannelid, Hans Albertsson, Ebbe Edström, Janos Fugedi, Jörgen Hansson, Kjell Gunna, Bo Lundmark, Jan Hjorth (Coach: Arne Jansson)
1980 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams
Roland Rahm, Peter Andersson, Sten Feldreich, Thomas Nordgren, Peter Gunterberg, Jon-Olof "Jonte" Karlsson, Jan Enjebo, Torbjörn Taxen, Leif Yttergren, Åke Skyttevall, Göran Unger, Bernt Malion (Coach: Mike Perry)
1983 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams
Göran Eriksson, Roland Rahm, Sten Feldreich, Bill Magarity, Kenny Grant, Jon-Olof "Jonte" Karlsson, Peter Nyström, Bernt Malion, Thomas Nordgren, Jerry Sehlberg, Åke Skyttevall, Bo Faleström (Coach: Sven Jensen)
1993 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams
Mattias Sahlström, Anders Marcus, Per Stumer, Jens Tillman, Olle Håkanson, Magnus Tegel, Henrik Gaddefors, Peter Borg, Torbjörn Gehrke, Henrik Evers, Martin Jansson, Örjan Andersson (Coach: Rolf Nilsson)
1995 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 14 teams
Mattias Sahlström, Joakim Blom, Christian Larsson, Henrik Evers, Henrik Gaddefors, Jonas Larsson, Vincent Lundahl, Oscar Lefwerth, Torbjörn Gehrke, Anders Marcus, Olle Håkanson, Örjan Andersson (Coach: Rolf Nilsson)
2003 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams
Joakim Blom, Paul Burke, Håkan Larsson, John Pettersson, Daniel Dajic, Oluoma Nnamaka, Jens Johnsson, Mats Levin, Jonas Larsson, Lesli Myrthil, Christian Maråker, Fredrik Jönzen (Coach: Jan Enjebo)
2013 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 24 teams
Anton Gaddefors, Viktor Gaddefors, Kenny Grant, Ludvig Håkanson, Jonas Jerebko, Joakim Kjellborn, Brice Massamba, Thomas Massamba, Dino Pita, Erik Rush, Jonathan Skjöldebrand, Jeffery Taylor (Coach: Brad Dean)