Germany national basketball team

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Germany Deutschland
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FIBA ranking 14 Decrease 1
Joined FIBA 1934
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Deutscher Basketball Bund (DBB)
Coach Emir Mutapčić
Olympic Games
Appearances 5 (1936, 1972, 1984, 1992, 2008)
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 5 (1986, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Bronze: 2002
Eurobasket
Appearances 22
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 1993
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 2005
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The German national basketball team for men is the basketball side that represents Germany in international competitions. It is organized and run by the German Basketball Federation. (German: Deutscher Basketball Bund)

Their biggest successes are the victory in the European Championship of 1993 at home in Germany, the silver medal in the 2005 European Championships and the bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

History[edit]

The team is the successor of the West Germany national basketball team, the basketball side that represented West Germany in international competition. Between 1955 and 1973, Germany temporarily competed with an East German national basketball team as well.

Eurobasket 1951[edit]

The first German presence in the European basketball championships was at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. West Germany finished the preliminary round with a 1–2 record, third place in their group. They were again 1–2 in the first classification round, but this combined with a three-way tie-breaker put them second in that group. They then lost the classification 9–12 and 11/12 games to finish 12th place of 18 teams.

Eurobasket 1953[edit]

West Germany competed again at the Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow. Their 1–2 record in preliminary pool play put them third in their four-team group, relegating them to the classification rounds. In the first round, they again took 3rd of 4 with a 1–2 record. They then beat Lebanon 58–56 in the 13–16 semifinals to advance to the 13/14 game, in which they were defeated by Romania.

Eurobasket 1955[edit]

At Eurobasket 1955 in Budapest, West Germany again was 1–2 in the preliminary round, taking third place of the four-team group to be relegated to the classification tournament. They won one game in the first classification round, losing 3 to take fifth place of the five-team group despite having scored exactly as many points as their opponents over the course of the four games. Their final game was a match-up against Denmark for 17th place, which West Germany won 51–49.

Eurobasket 1957[edit]

West Germany competed in Sofia for Eurobasket 1957. They had no success in the preliminary round, losing all three decisions. They were relegated to the classification round, in which they were able to gather a few victories. They finished the round in the fifth position at 3–4, taking 13th place overall.

After German reunification[edit]

When Dirk Nowitzki competes, the Germany national basketball is placed among the world elite.

Until the German reunification in 1990, the team played as the West Germany national basketball team. (Basketball was not a popular sport in East Germany). In decades of competitive basketball, West Germany never had much success, partly also because in that time, the NBA made it near-impossible for German internationals to play on both their NBA teams and the national team. For this reason, important players like Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab or Christian Welp often were unavailable in big tournaments.

The win of the 1993 European Championship at home in Germany, thanks to superb clutch play of tournament MVP Welp (who had returned from the USA), came totally unexpected. The team won the election to "Team of the Year" by the German press. There was a huge wave of enthusiasm, but arguably due to lack of infrastructure and professionalism, tangible results were rare. German basketball stayed in the shadows, the next generation of youth shunning the native league while being glued to the NBA with Michael Jordan. The national team never came close to repeat the success.

But then, German basketball got a lucky break when a lanky youth named Dirk Nowitzki tried his luck with the Dallas Mavericks and became a superstar. He created new enthusiasm for basketball in Germany, and in his slipstream,[clarification needed] the national team had a renaissance.

In 2001, Germany played Turkey and was one second away from the final, when Turkey nailed a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime. Turkey won, and demoralized Germany lost the third-place match and ended fourth.

However, success at last came in 2002, when Nowitzki inspired Germany to win the bronze medal in the 2002 World Championships. Nowitzki was also named MVP of that tourney.

One year later, however, the team suffered its worst setback in years. In the Eurobasket 2003, which was also the qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Games, the talented, but inexperienced team blundered through a tournament, blowing late-game leads with appalling anti-clutch play. Germany was eliminated early and failed to qualify for the Olympics.

Before the Eurobasket 2005 expectations were not too high. The German roster was depleted by injury, and remembering the disaster of two years ago, nobody dared to dream of a medal. However, an inspired Dirk Nowitzki powered the team into the finals, eliminating favourites like Spain and Slovenia on its way. In the finals the team was blown out by Greece, but Nowitzki was named MVP again, and the team won the election to "Team of the Year" by the German press again.

In the 2006 World Championship in Saitama, Germany won most of its first-round matches, only losing to Spain. In the knock-out phase, Germany fought a tough match versus underdogs Nigeria, ending in a 78–77 win when Nigerian star Ime Udoka missed a last-second layup. In the quarter-finals, Germany played top favorite USA, and managed to play an excellent first half, trailing only 39–41. However, led by Carmelo Anthony, USA outplayed Germany 20–8 in the third quarter and won 65–85. In the consolation round, Germany lost 73–75 against France, losing a lead in the last 18 seconds with two turnovers.

Germany qualified for the Summer Olympics 2008 in Beijing, by taking the final spot with the third place in the qualification tournament in Athens, Greece.

International influence[edit]

In Germany, professional basketball is known for developing players whose parents or grandparents are immigrants. The national team routinely uses many players who have family roots in Africa, Eastern Europe, United States or others, but have grown up in Germany, speak fluent German and are native Germans by law. The last point is especially important, as the new FIBA rules prevent the use of more than one "naturalized" citizen per country. Famous examples of these allochtonous players are:

While most German players develop through the club system, several players over the years have played U.S. college basketball. Past and present national team players who have done so include:

Notable players[edit]

Centers[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Guards[edit]

Roster[edit]

Roster for the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification.[1]


Germany men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
G 7 Vargas, Akeem 24 – (1990-04-29)29 April 1990 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) ALBA Berlin Germany
G 8 Schaffartzik, Heiko 30 – (1984-01-03)3 January 1984 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Bayern Munich Germany
G 9 Tadda, Karsten 25 – (1988-11-02)2 November 1988 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Brose Baskets Germany
G 10 Staiger, Lucca 26 – (1988-06-14)14 June 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Bayern Munich Germany
F 12 Benzing, Robin 25 – (1989-01-25)25 January 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Bayern Munich Germany
G 13 Doreth, Bastian 25 – (1989-06-08)8 June 1989 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Artland Dragons Germany
C 14 Seiferth, Andreas 25 – (1989-06-23)23 June 1989 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Artland Dragons Germany
F 20 Harris, Elias 25 – (1989-07-06)6 July 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Brose Baskets Germany
F 21 Theis, Daniel 22 – (1992-04-04)4 April 1992 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Brose Baskets Germany
G 22 Schröder, Dennis 20 – (1993-09-15)15 September 1993 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Atlanta Hawks United States
F 24 Kleber, Maximiliian 22 – (1992-01-29)29 January 1992 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Obradoiro CAB Spain
C 33 Zirbes, Maik 24 – (1990-01-29)29 January 1990 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Crvena zvezda Serbia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Arne Woltmannn
  • Ralf Rehberger
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament

Competitions[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1936 15 Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
1948 Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
1952 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Helsinki, Finland
1956 Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Melbourne, Australia
1960 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 12 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 8 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, United States
1988 Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea
1992 7 Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain
1996 Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, United States
2000 Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney
2004 Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics Athens, Greece
2008 10 Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
2012 Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
2016 TBD Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

World Championships[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1950 1954 FIBA World Championship Buenos Aires, Argentina
1954 1954 FIBA World Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1959 1959 FIBA World Championship Chile
1963 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 16 1986 FIBA World Championship Spain
1990 1990 FIBA World Championship Argentina
1994 12 1994 FIBA World Championship Canada
1998 1998 FIBA World Championship Athens, Greece
2002 3 2002 FIBA World Championship Indianapolis, United States
2006 8 2006 FIBA World Championship Japan
2010 17 2010 FIBA World Championship Turkey
2014 2014 FIBA World Championship Spain

EuroBasket[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1935 EuroBasket 1935 Geneva, Switzerland
1937 EuroBasket 1937 Riga, Latvia
1939 EuroBasket 1951 Kaunas, Lithuania
1946 EuroBasket 1946 Geneva, Switzerland
1947 EuroBasket 1947 Prague, Czechoslovakia
1949 EuroBasket 1949 Cairo, Egypt
1951 12 EuroBasket 1951 Paris, France
1953 14 EuroBasket 1953 Moscow, USSR
1955 17 EuroBasket 1955 Budapest, Hungary
1957 13 EuroBasket 1957 Sofia, Bulgaria
1959 EuroBasket 1959 Istanbul, Turkey
1961 16 EuroBasket 1961 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1963 EuroBasket 1963 Wrocław, Poland
1965 14 EuroBasket 1965 Moscow, Soviet Union
1967 EuroBasket 1967 Helsinki, Finland
1969 EuroBasket 1969 Naples, Italy
1971 9 EuroBasket 1971 Essen, West Germany
1973 EuroBasket 1973 Barcelona, Spain
1975 EuroBasket 1975 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1977 EuroBasket 1977 Liège, Belgium
1979 EuroBasket 1979 Turin, Italy
1981 10 EuroBasket 1981 Prague, Czechoslovakia
1983 8 EuroBasket 1983 Nantes, France
1985 5 EuroBasket 1985 Stuttgart, West Germany
1987 6 EuroBasket 1987 Athens, Greece
1989 EuroBasket 1989 Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1991 EuroBasket 1991 Rome, Italy
1993 1 EuroBasket 1993 Munich, Germany
1995 10 EuroBasket 1995 Athens, Greece
1997 12 EuroBasket 1997 Barcelona, Spain
1999 7 EuroBasket 1999 Paris, France
2001 4 EuroBasket 2001 Istanbul, Turkey
2003 9 EuroBasket 2003 Stockholm, Sweden
2005 2 EuroBasket 2005 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
2007 5 EuroBasket 2007 Madrid, Spain
2009 11 EuroBasket 2009 Katowice, Poland
2011 9 EuroBasket 2011 Kaunas, Lithuania
2013 17 EuroBasket 2013 Ljubljana, Slovenia
2015 TBD FIBA EuroBasket 2015 TBD

Head Coach history[edit]

source[2]

Past rosters[edit]

As Germany

1993 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

Christian Welp, Henning Harnisch, Hansi Gnad, Michael Koch, Gunther Behnke, Kai Nurnberger, Henrik Rödl, Stephan Baeck, Michael Jackel, Moritz Kleine-Brockhoff, Teoman Öztürk, Jens Kujawa (Coach: Svetislav Pešić)

2002 World Championship: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Ademola Okulaja, Henrik Rödl, Marko Pešić, Mithat Demirel, Robert Maras, Stefano Garris, Misan Nikagbatse, Pascal Roller, Stephen Arigbabu, Jorg Lutcke (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Robert Garrett, Marko Pešić, Robert Maras, Pascal Roller, Mithat Demirel, Demond Greene, Misan Nikagbatse, Denis Wucherer, Stephen Arigbabu, Sven Schultze (Coach: Dirk Bauermann)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mutapcic nominiert Kader für EM-Quali". basketball-bund.de. 2014-08-05. 
  2. ^ Simon, Sven (2011 – issue 81). Die Trainermaschine wird locker – von Murero bis Dettmann (in German). FIVE – Basketball for life. p. 96. ISSN 1614-9297. 

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