Albania national basketball team

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Albania
Albania
FIBA ranking T-83rd
Joined FIBA 1947
Coach Mark Dickel
Nickname(s) Kuq e zinjtё
Olympic Games
Appearances None
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Medals None
EuroBasket
Appearances 2
Medals None

The Albanian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Albania in international competitions.[1]

Roster[edit]

Albania national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
PG 4 Llazani, Eni 22 – (1989-11-30)30 November 1989 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) BC Kamza Basket Albania
SG 5 Vogli, Redi 25 – (1987-01-01)1 January 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) PBC Tirana Albania
PF 6 Aliaj, Marsel 24 – (1988-05-31)31 May 1988 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Blu Basket Treviglio Italy
PG 7 Gjonaj, Algert 24 – (1987-10-18)18 October 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) PBC Tirana Albania
C 8 Daliu, Bruno 27 – (1985-07-02)2 July 1985 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) PBC Tirana Albania
PG 10 Karaj, Erkand 30 – (1982-05-03)3 May 1982 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) BC Kamza Basket Albania
PG 11 Lasku, Genti 27 – (1985-03-24)24 March 1985 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) PBC Tirana Albania
C 12 Ljuca, Ersid 31 – (1981-05-10)10 May 1981 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) KB Peja Kosovo
C 12 Kuqo, Ermal 32 – (1980-02-12)12 February 1980 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Banvit B.K Turkey
PF 13 Ndoja, Klaudio 27 – (1985-05-17)17 May 1985 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Guerino Vanoli Basket Italy
C 14 Hysenagolli, Endrit 24 – (1988-07-05)5 July 1988 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) KB Peja Kosovo
PF 15 Shima, Gerti 25 – (1986-05-09)9 May 1986 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) KB Peja Kosovo
G 31 Bilali, Afrim 33 – (1979-09-08)8 September 1979 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) BC Kamza Basket Albania
Head coach
  • Albania Fatmir Cuka

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club as of October 2013
  • Age – describes age
    as of September 2012

History[edit]

Basketball started spreading in Albania in the 20s, after the First World War with the creation of the first multi-sports societies. One of the oldest clubs that has paractised basketball is SK Tirana. No professional championships would start until the end of the Second World War. The first National Basketball Committee was created in September 1945 which would be responsible for the basketball problems in Albania. This opened the way for the Albanian Basketball Association ( originally Federata Shqiptare e Basketbollit ) to be formed a year later in 1946. In 1947 the Albanian Basketball Association became member of FIBA. The first basketball championship started in 1946 while just a year later started the women basketball championship with the participation of eight clubs from all over Albania. In 1951 the Albanian Basketball Federation started a new tournament that would be open to all professional and amateur basketball clubs in the country, the Republic's Cup. In 1952 was started also the Women's Republic Cup and the youths Republic's Cup. Another more massive basketball tournament was included in the National Spartakiada from 1959 to 1989. Basketball has greatly developed in Albania and is now the second favourite sport of every Albanian. In 1999 the Albanian Basketball Association decided to start another tournament, the Basketball Super-Cup.

Eurobasket 1947[edit]

Albania first competed in the European championship at Eurobasket 1947. Their debut performance ended without a win, as they lost all three preliminary games, both semifinal round games, and the 13th/14th place classification match to finish 14th out of 14 teams.

Preliminary Round[edit]

 Albania 15 – 60  Italy

 Albania 11 – 114  Belgium

 Albania 19 – 104  Egypt

Semi-Final Round[edit]

 Albania 19 – 73  Romania

 Albania 27 – 44  Austria

Final Round[edit]

 Albania 67 – 90  Yugoslavia

Eurobasket 1957[edit]

Ten years later, at Eurobasket 1957 in Sofia, the Albanians fared no better. They lost ten matches out of ten played, going 0–3 in the preliminary round and 0–7 in the classification round to finish 16th of 16.

Preliminary Round[edit]

 Albania 57 – 89  Yugoslavia

 Albania 37 – 71  Czechoslovakia

 Albania 42 – 65  Scotland

Classification Round[edit]

 Albania 56 – 69  Scotland

 Albania 43 – 72  Germany

 Albania 42 – 91  Finland

 Albania 42 – 82  Italy

 Albania 64 – 97  Turkey

 Albania 45 – 58  Austria

 Albania 48 – 90  Belgium

Competitive record[edit]

Placements[edit]

Men competitions[edit]

European Promotion Cup[edit]

  • 2002: European Promotion Cup – 6th place
  • 2004: European Promotion Cup – 5th place
  • 2006: European Promotion Cup – 2nd place

European Championship[edit]

  • 1947: European Championship – 14th place
  • 1957: European Championship – 16th place
  • 1995: European Championship – Qualifying Round
  • 1997: European Championship – Qualifying Round
  • 1999: European Championship – Preliminary Round
  • 2005: Eurobasket – Division B
  • 2007: Eurobasket – Division B
  • 2009: Eurobasket – Division B

European Olympic Qualifying Tournament[edit]

  • 1972: European Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Preliminary Round
  • 1992: European Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Preliminary Round

Women competitions[edit]

European Promotion Cup[edit]

  • 1996: European Promotion Cup – 2nd place
  • 2002: European Promotion Cup – 1st place

European Championship[edit]

  • 1997: European Championship – Qualifying Round

Youth competitions[edit]

  • 1999: European Promotion Cup for Junior Men – 7th place
  • 2001: European Promotion Cup for Junior Men – 4th place
  • 2003: European Promotion Cup for Junior Men – 1st place
  • 2005: U18 European Promotion Cup Women – 3rd place

References[edit]