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Switzerland national basketball team

The Swiss national basketball team is governed by the Swiss Basketball organization.[1]

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FIBA ranking 66 Steady (3 July 2018)
Joined FIBA 1932; 86 years ago (1932)
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Swiss Basketball
Coach Gianluca Barilari
Nickname(s) Nati
Olympic Games
Appearances 3
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Appearances 5
Medals None
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Switzerland is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and has one of the world's longest basketball traditions.

Once a major player at the global stage, the team has declined and is nowadays seen as a minor team. Switzerland entered the EuroBasket five times, having their best result at 4th place in the first edition, in 1935. They also qualified for the Olympic Basketball Tournament twice, in 1936 and 1948, where their best result was 9th, in 1936. Since 1955, Switzerland aims to make the EuroBasket finals once again and has yet to qualify for the Basketball World Championship.


Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.[2]

Switzerland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 4 Louissaint, Steeve 28 – (1987-11-11)11 November 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Lions de Genève  
PG 5 Savoy, Brian 24 – (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Union Neuchâtel  
PG 6 Kazadi, Jonathan 25 – (1991-06-09)9 June 1991 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Entente Orléanaise  
SF 7 Mlađan, Marko 23 – (1993-03-26)26 March 1993 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) BBC Monthey  
SG 8 Kozić, Juraj 21 – (1995-03-24)24 March 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Lions de Genève  
PF 9 Jurkovitz, Natan 21 – (1995-04-04)4 April 1995 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Fribourg Olympic  
SF 11 Mlađan, Dušan 29 – (1986-11-16)16 November 1986 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Lions de Genève  
SG 14 Kovac, Roberto 25 – (1990-09-02)2 September 1990 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Lions de Genève  
PF 15 Cotture, Arnaud 21 – (1995-08-09)9 August 1995 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Fribourg Olympic  
SF 25 Fongue, Eric 25 – (1991-02-25)25 February 1991 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Fribourg Olympic  
PF 47 Ramseier, David 28 – (1987-11-01)1 November 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Lions de Genève  
C 77 Dos Santos, Nicolas 29 – (1987-04-10)10 April 1987 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Benfica  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2016

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Marko Mladjan Nicolas Dos Santos
PF David Ramseier Arnaud Cotture Natan Jurkovitz
SF Dušan Mlađan Eric Fongue Juraj Kozić
SG Jonathan Kazadi Roberto Kovac
PG Brian Savoy Steeve Louissaint

Notable playersEdit

Other current notable players from Switzerland:

Switzerland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
F/C Capela, Clint 22 – (1994-08-08)8 August 1994 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Houston Rockets  
G/F Sefolosha, Thabo 32 – (1984-08-08)8 August 1984 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Utah Jazz  

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age on 8 August 2017

Competitive recordEdit


EuroBasket 1935Edit

The host Swiss side came in 4th place at the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They defeated Romania and Italy in the preliminary round to advance to the semifinals. There they lost to Latvia, resulting in a playoff for third place with Czechoslovakia which the Swiss lost 25-23.

EuroBasket 1946Edit

Switzerland did not play in the European championship again until the post-war EuroBasket 1946, which they hosted. There, they placed 2nd in the three-team preliminary group after losing to eventual champions Czechoslovakia 20-17 but defeating Belgium 38-33. That preliminary round finish put the Swiss into a 5th/6th place playoff against Netherlands, which Switzerland won 36-25.

EuroBasket 1951Edit

The next Swiss entry into European championships was the EuroBasket 1951 tournament in Paris. Switzerland finished the preliminary round with a 1-3 record, 4th in their group. They fared little better in the first classification, taking 3rd in the group with a 1-2 record. In the second classification round, the Swiss won the classification 13-16 and 13/14 games to finish in 13th place of 18 teams, with a 4-5 record.

EuroBasket 1953Edit

EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow was the fourth appearance of the Swiss. The tournament began poorly for the team, as they finished last in their preliminary pool at 0-3. It got somewhat better for them after that, as they took second in their first classification pool with 2 wins and a loss. They dropped their 9-12 semifinal to Belgium, but defeated Finland in the 11/12 final to take 11th of 17 overall.

EuroBasket 1955Edit

Switzerland competed next at the EuroBasket 1955 tournament in Budapest. Their 2-2 record in preliminary round put them in 3rd of the five-team group and relegated them to the classification rounds. They had similar results there, again taking a 2-2 record and 3rd of 5 teams. They won their classification 13-16 semifinal, but lost to Austria in the 13/14 game to finish 14th of 18 teams.

Later yearsEdit

The 1952 Summer Olympics and the 1955 EuroBasket are the last major international basketball tournaments that the country qualified for. Since then, it lost its international significance despite occasional strong showings at qualification games. E.g. Switzerland surprisingly beat former European Champion Russia at the qualification for the 2015 EuroBasket.

Head coach positionEdit




2017: Li-Ning [3]


2017: Tissot [3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ FIBA National Federations – Switzerland,, accessed 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ FIBA EuroBasket 2017 - Switzerland,, accessed 14 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b FIBA EuroBasket 2017,, Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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