France national basketball team

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France France
Fédération Française de Basket-Ball logo.svg
FIBA ranking 8 Increase4
Joined FIBA 1933
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation FFBB
Coach Vincent Collet
Olympic Games
Appearances 8
Medals Silver medal.svg Silver: 1948, 2000
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 5
Medals None
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 37
Medals

Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 2013
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 1949, 2011

Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze: 1937, 1951, 1953, 1959, 2005
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The French national basketball team is the national basketball team representing France. It is administrated by the Fédération Française de Basket-Ball (French Basketball Federation).

The team is the current reigning champion of Europe. France has been a regular at EuroBasket, with 37 appearances, with its best result being a gold medal at Eurobasket 2013 and silver medals at EuroBasket 1949 and EuroBasket 2011. The French squad has also won two silver medals at the Summer Olympics, in 1948 and 2000. France's best result at the FIBA World Cup came in 2006, when it finished in fifth place. France has qualified for the FIBA EuroBasket a total of 36 times, more than any other nation.

History[edit]

France national team in 1919

Throughout its history, France's national basketball team has experienced many ups and downs. The time periods where the national team earned medals have been quite streaky.

In Europe, team France started out as a fierce competitor. The team won 5 medals at the EuroBasket between 1937 and 1959.
1937: Bronze Medal, 3–2 overall, second in preliminary group, lost semifinal, won bronze medal match
1947: Silver Medal, 5–1 overall, round robin tournament, no playoffs
1949: Bronze Medal; 6–3 overall, second in preliminary group at 3–1, won semifinal group in three-way tie-breaker with 2–1 record, lost semifinal, won bronze medal match
1953: Bronze Medal, 6–4 overall, second in preliminary group at 2–1, second position of four-way tiebreaker for 2nd place in final round with 4–3 record.
1959: Bronze Medal, 7–3 overall, second in preliminary group at 3–1, first in Semi-final round at 3–0, third in final round with 1–2 record.

Its period of glory at the world stage began in the late 1940s / early 1950s. At the 1948 Olympics in London, the France team led by Robert Busnel won an Olympic silver medal, the first Olympic medal in its history. The French finished second only to the United States. In the wake of this Olympic medal, France, led by captain André Vacheresse, won three consecutive medals, including silver at the EuroBasket 1949, and bronze at the EuroBasket 1951 and the EuroBasket 1953.
The following years were less glorious. France's basketball team seemingly declined gradually to disappear almost completely from the two major world competitions during the 1960s and 1970s.[1]

Then, the 1980s were marked by a generation of hope, counting in its ranks French basketball icons such as Richard Dacoury and Stephane Ostrowski. During this decade, France returned to the Olympics (1984), and the 1986 FIBA World Championship.[2]

During the 1990s Team France had its moments to shine despite some internal struggles and many injuries for key players. At the European meetings, the team did not win a medal despite some good performances. The years 1999 and 2000, however, marked a turnaround for French basketball. The team built around Rigaudeau, Sciarra, Bilba, Foirest finished in the top 4 at the EuroBasket 1999 in France and only lost the small final to Yugoslavia (74–62), despite some internal problems that disrupted the group of players. In 2000, team France traveled to the Olympics in Sydney, full of ambition, which developed the means for major achievement. At the end of its time in Australia, the selection of Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi won the Olympic silver medal, the selection's first top 3 performance at a major basketball event in 46 years and its first Olympic medal in 52 years.[3]

After this event, the Olympic vice-champion gained new backbone in Tony Parker who was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 NBA Draft. However, at the EuroBasket 2001, without Rigaudeau, who decided to retire from the team after the Olympics,the 19-year-old Parker alone was not enough as France failed to repeat its outstanding performance at the Olympic Games. France lost the quarter-finals to Germany 77–81 and finished 6th place overall. During this time, most of France's players cleared their spots for a new generation of players, which were available in abundance as France Junior national team had won the 2000 junior championship.[4]

At the EuroBasket 2003, France competed with an immensely talented squad, which included the NBA players Tony Parker, Jérôme Moïso and Tariq Abdul-Wahad, future NBA-player Boris Diaw and Euroleague players Laurent Foirest, Cyril Julian and Florent Piétrus. The stated objective was the title, which would come as the second within a short time-period to Tony Parker who had won the NBA title only a few months ago. But despite competing with one of the most promising rosters ever, France lost in the semifinal against Lithuania and then also barely lost the match for 3rd place against Italy, which France had declassified in the preliminary round. At the end, France even failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[5]

Hoping not to repeat the disappointing performance of 2003, France's squad again saw some considerable changes in 2005. Then, for the EuroBasket 2005 team France was built based on team chemistry instead of big names; Amongst others, Jérôme Moïso and Tariq Abdul-Wahad disappeared from the roster and the newly formed team was built on the three NBA players Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Mickaël Piétrus as well as the returning Euroleague and NBA-veteran Antoine Rigaudeau. The new coach Claude Bergeaud, surprisingly also selected Frédéric Weis, an underachieving player once drafted at the 1999 NBA Draft, who did not participate the team's preparation. After a sobering first round, team France improved to stunning performances in the playoffs. First, France eliminated world champion Serbia-Montenegro on their home court, then the team defeated the European champion Lithuania. Then, in a game where both side battled each other through tough defense, France failed in the last second after leading by seven points, 45 seconds before the game ended. Unlike 2003, however, France recovered to win a bronze medal by beating Spain in the small final by more than thirty points.[6]

At the World Championship 2006 France competed without Tony Parker, who suffered a twisted finger two days before the competition. Because of this, the San Antonio Spurs, who just signed Parker with a 51 million Euros contract did not allow him to participate. After a first round marked by three wins and two losses, including a downfall to Lebanon, France beat Angola in the eighth-finals 68–62 before losing in the quarterfinals against Greece 56–73. Two victories in classification matches finally granted the French the fifth place. [7]

Nicolas Batum gave Team France much support to win Silver at the EuroBasket 2011

At the EuroBasket 2007, France fell behind its aspirations again. After a strong preliminary round, the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Russia (75–71), then was beaten in the classification games by Croatia (86–69) and Slovenia (88–74), finishing in 8th place, missing for the second consecutive qualification to the Olympic Games. In the following months, the team had to go through the ordeal of qualifications to participate in the next EuroBasket which was to be held in 2009. In 2008, Michel Gomez returned as coach, a position he has held in 1993 in 1995. As Gomez failed to help the team qualify directly for the European Championship and had to enter a repechage tournament in August 2009 he was replaced by Vincent Collet, coach of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne.[8]

Under Collet's direction, the Blues won the last ticket to the 2009 EuroBasket by trashing Belgium 92–54 in the final game of the repechage. At the European Championship, France won its first six games of the first two rounds but failed in the quarterfinals against the eventual tournament Champion Spain. Spain ended fourth of their group during the main round due two defeats, against Serbia in the first round, and Turkey in the second. One main reason for these defeats was certainly the absence of star-player Pau Gasol who missed these games due finger surgery. The French finally finished in fifth place, a performance which would grant the team the direct qualification for the next two major competitions, the World Championship 2010 and EuroBasket 2011.[8]
Led by extraordinary performances by France's basketball-icon Tony Parker France finished 2nd at the EuroBasket 2011, its best performance in Europe in over 60 years. And on 22 September 2013, France beat Lithuania 80–66 to win the 2013 EuroBasket title, their first continental crown.

Roster[edit]

Eurobasket 2013[edit]

The following is the France roster at the FIBA Eurobasket 2013.

France men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
F/C 4 Lauvergne, Joffrey 21 – (1991-09-30)30 September 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Partizan
G/F 5 Batum, Nicolas 24 – (1988-12-14)14 December 1988 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Portland Trail Blazers
G 6 Diot, Antoine 24 – (1989-01-17)17 January 1989 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Strasbourg IG
C 7 Petro, Johan 27 – (1986-01-27)27 January 1986 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) Zhejiang Guangsha
G/F 8 Lombahe-Kahudi, Charles 27 – (1986-07-19)19 July 1986 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Le Mans Sarthe Basket
G 9 Parker, Tony 31 – (1982-05-17)17 May 1982 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) San Antonio Spurs
G 10 Heurtel, Thomas 24 – (1989-04-10)10 April 1989 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Saski Baskonia
F 11 Piétrus, Florent 32 – (1981-01-19)19 January 1981 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) SLUC Nancy
G 12 de Colo, Nando 26 – (1987-06-23)23 June 1987 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Toronto Raptors
F 13 Diaw, Boris 31 – (1982-04-16)16 April 1982 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) San Antonio Spurs
C 14 Ajinça, Alexis 25 – (1988-05-06)6 May 1988 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) New Orleans Pelicans
G/F 15 Gelabale, Mickaël 30 – (1983-05-22)22 May 1983 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) BC Khimki
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
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    club before the tournament
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    on 4 September 2013

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Alexis Ajinca Johan Petro Joffrey Lauvergne
PF Boris Diaw | Florent Piétrus
SF Mickael Gelabale | Charles Kahudi
SG Nicolas Batum Nando de Colo
PG Tony Parker Antoine Diot Thomas Heurtel

Notable players[edit]

France national team after winning silver medals in EuroBasket 2011.
Tony Parker – MVP of the EuroBasket 2013

Competitions[edit]

Performance at Summer Olympic Games[edit]

France national basketball team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Game between Spain and France in 2012
Year Position Tournament Host
1936 19–21 Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
1948 2 Silver medal.svg Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
1952 8 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Helsinki, Finland
1956 4 Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Melbourne, Australia
1960 10 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Rome, Italy
1964 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan
1968 Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City, Mexico
1972 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, Germany
1976 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
1980 Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics Moscow, Soviet Union
1984 11 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, United States
1988 Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea
1992 Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain
1996 Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, United States
2000 2 Silver medal.svg Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney
2004 Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics Athens, Greece
2008 Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
2012 6 Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
2016 TBD Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Performance at FIBA World Cup[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1950 6 1954 FIBA World Championship Buenos Aires, Argentina
1954 4 1954 FIBA World Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1959 1959 FIBA World Championship Chile
1963 5 1963 FIBA World Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1967 1970 FIBA World Championship Uruguay
1970 1970 FIBA World Championship Yugoslavia
1974 1974 FIBA World Championship Puerto Rico
1978 1978 FIBA World Championship Philippines
1982 1982 FIBA World Championship Colombia
1986 13 1986 FIBA World Championship Spain
1990 1990 FIBA World Championship Argentina
1994 1994 FIBA World Championship Canada
1998 1998 FIBA World Championship Athens, Greece
2002 2002 FIBA World Championship Indianapolis, United States
2006 5 2006 FIBA World Championship Japan
2010 13 2010 FIBA World Championship Turkey
2014 Q 2014 FIBA World Cup Spain

Performance at FIBA EuroBasket[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1935 5 EuroBasket 1935 Geneva, Switzerland
1937 3 EuroBasket 1937 Riga, Latvia
1939 4 EuroBasket 1939 Kaunas, Lithuania
1946 4 EuroBasket 1946 Geneva, Switzerland
1947 5 EuroBasket 1947 Prague, Czechoslovakia
1949 2 EuroBasket 1949 Cairo, Egypt
1951 3 EuroBasket 1951 Paris, France
1953 3 EuroBasket 1953 Moscow, USSR
1955 9 EuroBasket 1955 Budapest, Hungary
1957 8 EuroBasket 1957 Sofia, Bulgaria
1959 3 EuroBasket 1959 Istanbul, Turkey
1961 4 EuroBasket 1961 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1963 13 EuroBasket 1963 Wrocław, Poland
1965 9 EuroBasket 1965 Moscow, Soviet Union
1967 11 EuroBasket 1967 Helsinki, Finland
1969 EuroBasket 1969 Naples, Italy
1971 10 EuroBasket 1971 Essen, West Germany
1973 10 EuroBasket 1973 Barcelona, Spain
1975 EuroBasket 1975 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1977 11 EuroBasket 1977 Liège, Belgium
1979 8 EuroBasket 1979 Turin, Italy
1981 8 EuroBasket 1981 Prague, Czechoslovakia
1983 5 EuroBasket 1983 Nantes, France
1985 6 EuroBasket 1985 Stuttgart, West Germany
1987 9 EuroBasket 1987 Athens, Greece
1989 6 EuroBasket 1989 Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1991 4 EuroBasket 1991 Rome, Italy
1993 7 EuroBasket 1993 Munich, Germany
1995 8 EuroBasket 1995 Athens, Greece
1997 10 EuroBasket 1997 Barcelona, Spain
1999 4 EuroBasket 1999 Paris, France
2001 6 EuroBasket 2001 Istanbul, Turkey
2003 4 EuroBasket 2003 Stockholm, Sweden
2005 3 EuroBasket 2005 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
2007 8 EuroBasket 2007 Madrid, Spain
2009 5 EuroBasket 2009 Katowice, Poland
2011 2 EuroBasket 2011 Kaunas, Lithuania
2013 1 EuroBasket 2013 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Past rosters[edit]

1935 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 10 teams

Pierre Boel, Robert Cohu, Etienne Roland, Raoul Gouga, Henri Hell, Charles Hemmerlin, Francis Rudler, Jacques Flouret (Coach: Marius Orial)

1936 Olympic Games: finished 20th among 21 teams

Pierre Boel, Georges Carrier, Robert Cohu, Jacques Flouret, Fernand Prudhomme, Etienne Roland, Lucien Theze, Pierre Caque, Jean Couturier, Edmond Leclere, Etienne Onimus

1937 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 8 teams

Henri Lesmayoux, Etienne Roland, Pierre Boel, Robert Cohu, Jacques Flouret, Henri Hell, Edmond Leclere, Fernand Prudhomme, Eugene Ronner, Marcel Verot (Coach: Henri Kretzschmar)

1939 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 8 teams

Robert Busnel, Henri Lesmayoux, Fernand Prudhomme, Etienne Roland, Robert Cohu, Vladimir Fabrikant, Jean Jeammes, Emile Frezot, Maurice Mertz, Abel Gravier, Andre Ambroise, Gaston Falleur, Gabriel Gonnet, Alexandre Katlama (Coach: Paul Geist)

1946 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 10 teams

André Buffière, Robert Busnel, René Chocat, Henri Lesmayoux, Paul Chaumont, Jean Duperray, Etienne Roland, Emile Frezot, Maurice Girardot, Andre Goeuriot, Jacques Perrier, Lucien Rebuffic, Justy Specker, Andre Tartary (Coach: Paul Geist)

1947 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 14 teams

Robert Busnel, René Chocat, Marcel Béziers, Henri Lesmayoux, Jean Duperray, Jacques Faucherre, Jacques Favory, Emile Frezot, Maurice Girardot, Andre Goeuriot, Aime Gravas, Fernand Guillou, Jacques Perrier, Pierre Thiolon (Coach: Michael Rutzgis)

1948 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 23 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, André Barrais, Michel Bonnevie, René Dérency, Maurice Desaymonnet, André Even, Fernand Guillou, Maurice Girardot, Raymond Offner, Jacques Perrier, Yvan Quénin, Lucien Rebuffic, Pierre Thiolon (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1949 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 7 teams

André Buffière, Robert Busnel, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Maurice Desaymonnet, Louis Devoti, Jacques Favory, Jacques Freimuller, Fernand Guillou, Jean Perniceni, Marc Quiblier, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Jean Swidzinski, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1950 World Championship: finished 6th among 10 teams

Jacques Dessemme, Maurice Desaymonnet, Robert Monclar, Jacques Perrier, Jean Swidzinski, Jean Perniceni, Fernand Guillou, Robert Marsolat, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Maurice Marcelot, André Vacheresse, Jacques Chalifour (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1951 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 17 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Robert Monclar, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Louis Devoti, Jacques Freimuller, Robert Guillin, Justy Specker, Marc Peironne, Jean Perniceni, Marc Quiblier, Pierre Thiolon, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1952 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 23 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Louis Devoti, Robert Guillin, Robert Monclar, Jean Perniceni, Roger Haudegand, André Vacheresse, Bernard Planque, Andre Chavet, Robert Crost

1953 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 17 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Robert Monclar, Jacques Freimuller, Claude Gallay, Robert Guillin, Roger Haudegand, Jean Perniceni, Justy Specker, Bernard Planque, Marc Quiblier, Henri Rey, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1954 World Championship: finished 4th among 12 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, André Buffière, Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Jacques Dessemme, Robert Monclar, Roger Haudegand, Robert Zagury, Jacques Freimuller, Jean Perniceni, Henri Rey, Louis Bertorelle, Paul Schlupp, Yves Gominon (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 18 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, André Buffière, Henri Grange, Robert Monclar, Louis Bertorelle, Jacques Freimuller, Robert Giraud, Maurice Marcelot, Jacques Owen, Jean Perniceni, Bernard Planque, Gerard Pontais, Henri Rey, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1956 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 15 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Robert Monclar, Roger Haudegand, Christian Baltzer, Roger Veyron, Gerard Sturla, Henri Rey, Yves Gominon, Maurice Buffiere, Andre Schlupp (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Christian Baltzer, Robert Monclar, Louis Bertorelle, Maurice Buffiere, Claude Desseaux, Roger Guillaume, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Bernard Mayeur, Gerard Sturla, Roger Veyron (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 17 teams

Henri Grange, Maxime Dorigo, Philippe Baillet, Henri Villecourt, Christian Baltzer, Robert Monclar, Andre Chavet, Jerome Christ, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Bernard Mayeur, Michel Rat, Lucien Sedat (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1959 World Championship: did not participate

1960 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 16 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Robert Monclar, Henri Villecourt, Maxime Dorigo, Jerome Christ, Jean Degros, Christian Baltzer, Bernard Mayeur, Philippe Baillet, Louis Bertorelle (Coach: André Buffière)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 19 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, Henri Grange, Jerome Christ, Lucien Sedat, Bernard Mayeur, Michel Rat, Michel House, Michel le Ray, Christian Baltzer, Andre Goisbault, Jean-Claude Vergne, Andre Souvre (Coach: André Buffière)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean Degros, Christian Baltzer, Michel Rat, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Claude Marc, Jean-Claude Bonato, Jacques Caballe, Jean-Pierre Goisbault, Jean-Baptiste Re, Michel Audureau, Philippe Baillet (Coach: André Buffière)

1963 World Championship: finished 5th among 13 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean Degros, Henri Grange, Christian Baltzer, Maxime Dorigo, Jean-Daniel Vinson, Michel le Ray, Bernard Mayeur, Jean-Baptiste Re, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Michel Rat, Raphael Ruiz (Coach: André Buffière)

1964 Olympic Games: did not participate

1965 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean-Claude Bonato, Jean Degros, Michel le Ray, Alain Schol, Daniel Ledent, Jean-Marie Jouaret, Hubert Papin, Laurent Dorigo, Gerard Capron, Ferruccio Biasucci, Maurice Boulois

1967 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean Degros, Alain Schol, Jean-Pierre Staelens, Michel le Ray, Jean-Claude Bonato, Francis Schneider, Charles Tassin, Michel Longueville, Gerard Lespinasse, Claude Peter, Alain Durand (Coach: Joe Jaunay)

1967 World Championship: did not participate

1968 Olympic Games: did not participate

1969 EuroBasket: did not participate

1970 World Championship: did not participate

1971 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

Jacques Cachemire, Alain Gilles, Jean-Pierre Staelens, Jean-Claude Bonato, Daniel Ledent, Charles Tassin, Alain Durand, Carlo Wilm, Claude Gasnal, Bernard Magnin, Michel Longueville, Gerard Lespinasse (Coach: Joe Jaunay)

1972 Olympic Games: did not participate

1973 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

Jacques Cachemire, Jean-Claude Bonato, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Pierre Galle, Daniel Ledent, Charles Tassin, Yves-Marie Verove, Jean-Louis Vacher, Jacky Lamothe, Claude Gasnal, Firmin Onissah, Patrick Demars (Coach: Joe Jaunay)

1974 World Championship: did not participate

1975 EuroBasket: did not participate

1976 Olympic Games: did not participate

1977 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Jacques Cachemire, Eric Beugnot, Alain Gilles, Mathieu Bisseni, Barry White, Alain Larrouquis, Alain Durand, Didier Dobbels, Jacky Lamothe, Roger Duquesnoy, Jean-Louis Vacher (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1978 World Championship: did not participate

1979 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Jacques Cachemire, Eric Beugnot, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Jacques Monclar, Mathieu Bisseni, Victor Boistol, Apollo Faye, Saint-Ange Vebobe, Bill Cain, Georges Brosterhous, Jacky Lamothe (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1980 Olympic Games: did not participate

1981 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Philip Szanyiel, Jacques Cachemire, Richard Dacoury, Hervé Dubuisson, Frederic Hufnagel, Jacques Monclar, Eric Beugnot, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Jean-Luc Deganis, Patrick Cham, Didier Dobbels, Jacky Lamothe (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1982 World Championship: did not participate

1983 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 12 teams

Philip Szanyiel, Hervé Dubuisson, Richard Dacoury, Jacques Cachemire, Eric Beugnot, Georges Vestris, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Apollo Faye, Jacques Monclar, Alain Larrouquis, Georges Brosterhous, Daniel Haquet (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1984 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams

Richard Dacoury, Philip Szanyiel, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hervé Dubuisson, Eric Beugnot, Greg Beugnot, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Jacques Monclar, Georges Vestris, Bengaly Kaba, Jean-Luc Deganis, Patrick Cham (Coach: Jean Luent)

1985 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Philip Szanyiel, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hervé Dubuisson, Frederic Hufnagel, Jacques Monclar, Valéry Demory, Franck Cazalon, Patrick Cham, Christophe Gregoire, Daniel Haquet, Christian Garnier, Jean-Louis Hersin (Coach: Jean Luent)

1986 World Championship: finished 13th among 24 teams

Richard Dacoury, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hervé Dubuisson, Frederic Hufnagel, Valéry Demory, Jacques Monclar, Jean-Luc Deganis, Eric Beugnot, Georges Vestris, Patrick Cham, Christian Garnier, Daniel Haquet (Coach: Jean Galle)

1987 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Richard Dacoury, Stéphane Ostrowski, Frederic Hufnagel, Valéry Demory, Jean-Luc Deganis, Eric Beugnot, Georges Vestris, Patrick Cham, Jean-Frederic Monetti, Pierre Bressant, Jean-Louis Hersin (Coach: Jean Galle)

1988 Olympic Games: did not participate

1989 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 8 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Richard Dacoury, Stéphane Ostrowski, Jim Bilba, Frederic Hufnagel, Greg Beugnot, Franck Butter, Georges Vestris, Stephane Lauvergne, Stanley Jackson, Eric Occansey, Patrick Cham (Coach: Francis Jordane)

1990 World Championship: did not participate

1991 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 8 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Richard Dacoury, Philip Szanyiel, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hugues Occansey, Didier Gadou, Frederic Forte, Valéry Demory, Georges Adams, Felix Courtinard, Jim Deines (Coach: Francis Jordane)

1992 Olympic Games: did not participate

1993 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Yann Bonato, Stéphane Ostrowski, Jim Bilba, Thierry Gadou, Frederic Forte, Georges Adams, Olivier Allinei, Christophe Soule, Stéphane Risacher, Bruno Coqueran, Felix Courtinard (Coach: Francis Jordane)

1994 World Championship: did not participate

1995 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 14 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Yann Bonato, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hugues Occansey, Thierry Gadou, Didier Gadou, Frederic Forte, Moustapha Sonko, Bruno Hamm, Franck Butter, Frederic Domon (Coach: Michel Gomez)

1996 Olympic Games: did not participate

1997 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams

Yann Bonato, Laurent Sciarra, Frédéric Fauthoux, Laurent Foirest, Stéphane Risacher, Thierry Gadou, Georges Adams, Laurent Pluvy, Fabien Dubos, Cyril Julian, Remi Rippert, Jérôme Moïso (Coach: Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi)

1998 World Championship: did not participate

1999 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Antoine Rigaudeau, Alain Digbeu, Jim Bilba, Ronnie Smith, Moustapha Sonko, Stéphane Risacher, Frédéric Weis, Laurent Foirest, Laurent Sciarra, Thierry Gadou, Cyril Julian (Coach: Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi)

2000 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Yann Bonato, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Risacher, Moustapha Sonko, Frédéric Weis, Cyril Julian, Laurent Sciarra, Laurent Foirest, Thierry Gadou, Crawford Palmer, Makan Dioumassi (Coach: Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Alain Digbeu, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Risacher, Vasco Evtimov, Frédéric Weis, Cyril Julian, Laurent Sciarra, Laurent Foirest, Crawford Palmer, Eric Micoud, Makan Dioumassi (Coach: Alain Weisz)

2002 World Championship: did not participate

2003 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Ronny Turiaf, Moustapha Sonko, Jérôme Moïso, Cyril Julian, Alain Digbeu, Laurent Foirest, Thierry Rupert, Makan Dioumassi (Coach: Alain Weisz)

2004 Olympic Games: did not participate

2005 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Antoine Rigaudeau, Mickaël Piétrus, Mickaël Gelabale, Florent Piétrus, Cyril Julian, Frédéric Weis, Frédéric Fauthoux, Mamoutou Diarra, Sacha Giffa, Jerome Schmitt (Coach: Claude Bergeaud)

2006 World Championship: finished 5th among 24 teams

Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Mickaël Piétrus, Ronny Turiaf, Mickaël Gelabale, Aymeric Jeanneau, Mamoutou Diarra, Laurent Foirest, Frédéric Weis, Johan Petro, Yannick Bokolo, Joseph Gomis (Coach: Claude Bergeaud)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Tariq Kirksay, Ronny Turiaf, Yakhouba Diawara, Florent Piétrus, Frédéric Weis, Joseph Gomis, Yohann Sangare, Sacha Giffa, Pape Badiane, Cédric Ferchaud (Coach: Claude Bergeaud)

2008 Olympic Games: did not participate

2009 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum, Ronny Turiaf, Florent Piétrus, Ali Traore, Antoine Diot, Yannick Bokolo, Alain Koffi, Nando de Colo, Aymeric Jeanneau, Ian Mahinmi (Coach: Vincent Collet)

2010 World Championship: finished 13th among 24 teams

Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Nando de Colo, Ali Traore, Mickaël Gelabale, Yannick Bokolo, Ian Mahinmi, Alain Koffi, Andrew Albicy, Edwin Jackson, Fabien Causeur (Coach: Vincent Collet)

2011 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 24 teams

Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Nando de Colo, Ali Traore, Mickaël Gelabale, Joakim Noah, Kevin Seraphin, Charles Kahudi, Andrew Albicy, Steed Tchicamboud (Coach: Vincent Collet)

2012 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 12 teams

Kevin Seraphin, Nicolas Batum, Fabien Causeur, Yakhouba Diawara, Ali Traore, Tony Parker, Yannick Bokolo, Florent Piétrus, Nando de Colo, Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf, Mickaël Gelabale (Coach: Vincent Collet)

Media coverage[edit]

France's matches are currently televised by Canal+.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Between 2003 to 2013, France's kit were supplied by Nike. From 2014 onwards, France's kit will be supplied by Adidas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947. 
  2. ^ "1986 World Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 
  3. ^ "2000 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 1 October 2000. 
  4. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947. 
  5. ^ "2000 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 1 October 2000. 
  6. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947. 
  7. ^ "1986 World Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 
  8. ^ a b "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947. 

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