Croatia men's national basketball team

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Croatia Croatia (Hrvatska)
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FIBA ranking 16 Steady
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Croatian Basketball Federation
Coach Croatia Jasmin Repeša
Olympic Games
Appearances 3 (First in 1992)
Medals Silver medal.svg (1992)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1994)
Medals Bronze medal world centered-2.svg (1994)
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 12 (First in 1993)
Medals Bronze medal europe.svg (1993, 1995)
Uniforms
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The Croatia men's national basketball team (Croatian: hrvatska muška košarkaška reprezentacija) represents Croatia at international basketball tournaments.[1] It is organized by the Croatian Basketball Federation (Croatian: Hrvatski košarkaški savez).[2]

The biggest success Croatia has achieved was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when the team reached finals against the Dream Team and won the silver. Croatia has also won one bronze medal at the FIBA World Cup and two bronze medals at the FIBA EuroBasket.

Croatia's Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Petrović, and Mirko Novosel are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Ćosić being inducted in 1996 as a player, Petrović in 2002, also as a player, and Novosel in 2007, as a coach. Petrović, Ćosić, and Novosel are also members of the FIBA Hall of Fame.

History[edit]

Prior to Croatian independence[edit]

Croatia played its first unofficial friendly game in 2 June 1964 in Karlovac.[3] Croatian team played against US All Star Team and lost 65:110 (31:50). USA players coached by Red Auerbach were Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Jerry Lucas, Bob Pettit, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russel and Croatian team was Giuseppe Gjergja, Nemanja Đurić, Živko Kasun, Zlatko Kiseljak, Slobodan Kolaković, Dragan Kovačić, Boris Križan, Stjepan Ledić, Mirko Novosel, Marko Ostarčević, Petar Skansi and Željko Troskot.[4][5]

Independent Croatia[edit]

After independence of Croatia in 1991, the first official tournament played by Croatians were 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Croatia defeated CIS team 75:74 and reached the finals against USA Dream Team led by Michael Jordan. USA won 85:117 but Croatia won its first medal at major tournaments in history.

Next tournament was 1993 EuroBasket in Germany. Tragically, before the championship Dražen Petrović died in a car accident in 7 June 1993 at the age of 28. Croatia still managed to reach bronze medal beating Greece 99:59.

Croatia reached its third medal at 1994 FIBA World Championship in Canada. Croatia lost semifinals 64:66 against Russia but again beat Greece 78:60 for the bronze medal. Similar happened at 1995 EuroBasket in Greece. Croatia lost semifinals 80:90 against Lithuania but beat Greece 73:68 for the third time in a row in a bronze medal match. That medal was to date the last Croatian medal from major tournaments. At 1996 Summer Olympics Croatia won the 7th place.

Decline[edit]

At 1997 Eurobasket in Spain new Croatian generation emerged and ended in 11th place. Croatia failed to qualify at 2000, 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics but ended 6th in 2008. Croatia also failed to qualify to 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Championships, best result being 14th place at 2010. At EuroBaskets Croatia's best results were 6th places at 2007 and 2009.

Competitive record[edit]

Summer Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World Cup[edit]

FIBA EuroBasket[edit]

Current roster[edit]

This is the roster of candidates for 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup as of 8 July 2014.[7]

Croatian National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
PG Ukić, Roko Leni 29 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Panathinaikos BC Greece
PG Lafayette, Oliver 30 – (1984-05-06)6 May 1984 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Olympiacos B.C. Greece
SG Stipčević, Rok 28 – (1986-05-20)20 May 1986 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Tofaş S.K. Turkey
SG Simon, Krunoslav 29 – (1985-06-24)24 June 1985 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Russia
SF Bogdanović, Bojan 25 – (1989-04-18)18 April 1989 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Brooklyn Nets United States
SG Hezonja, Mario 19 – (1995-02-25)25 February 1995 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) FC Barcelona Bàsquet Spain
SG Pilepić, Fran 25 – (1989-05-05)5 May 1989 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Cedevita Zagreb Spain
SF Babić, Luka 22 – (1991-09-29)29 September 1991 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Cedevita Zagreb Croatia
SF Rudež, Damjan 28 – (1986-06-17)17 June 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Indiana Pacers United States
PF Šarić, Dario 20 – (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Anadolu Efes Turkey
PF Delaš, Mario 24 – (1990-01-16)16 January 1990 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Cedevita Zagreb Spain
C Bilan, Miro 25 – (1989-07-21)21 July 1989 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) Cedevita Zagreb Croatia
PF Markota, Damir 28 – (1985-12-26)26 December 1985 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Bilbao Basket Spain
C Planinić, Darko 23 – (1990-11-22)22 November 1990 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) Cibona Zagreb Croatia
C Tomić, Ante 27 – (1987-02-17)17 February 1987 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) FC Barcelona Bàsquet Spain
C Žorić, Luka 29 – (1984-11-05)5 November 1984 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Fenerbahçe Ülker Turkey
C Andrić, Lukša 29 – (1985-01-29)29 January 1985 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) BC Astana Kazakhstan
Head coach
Assistant coaches

Past rosters[edit]

Summer Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World Cup[edit]

FIBA EuroBasket[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Biggest Wins[edit]

20+ point difference

Biggest Loses[edit]

-20+ point difference

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]