Iran national basketball team

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Iran Iran ایران
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FIBA ranking 17 Increase 3
Joined FIBA 1947
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation I.R.I.B.F.
Coach Slovenia Memi Bečirovič
Olympic Games
Appearances 2
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 2
Medals None
FIBA Asia Championship
Appearances 14
Medals Gold medal asia.svg Gold: 2007, 2009, 2013
Asian Games
Appearances 9
Medals Silver medal asia.svg Silver : 2014
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze : 1951, 2006, 2010
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Team colours
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The Iranian national basketball team represents Iran in international basketball competitions, and is controlled by the IR Iran Basketball Federation.

As of 2013, Iran is the reigning basketball Champion of Asia. Overall, the team won three out of the last four FIBA Asia Championship tournaments.[1]

History[edit]

Photograph of the Iranian national team at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

The Iranian national team has had limited success on the international stage, with the most international experience being that of their 1948 Summer Olympics qualification, although they did not manage to make it past the group stage.

The team won the Bronze medal at the basketball competition of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

2007 FIBA Asia Championship[edit]

Placed in the dreaded "Group of Death" alongside China, the Philippines, and Jordan, the Iranians won all three group matches to make it to the next round.

In the quarterfinals, Iran went 2–1, to make it to semifinals, following victories over Chinese Taipei and Qatar, and then routed Kazakhstan, 75–62, in the semifinals.

The Iranians then beat Lebanon 74–69, with Hamed Haddadi scoring 31 points.[1] Not only did it avenge an 82–60 defeat in the quarterfinals, they also became the first Western Asian team to win the tournament, and thus make it to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[1]

2008 Beijing Olympic Games[edit]

In being crowned the 2007 Asian Champions, the Iranians qualified for the 2008 Beijing games for the first time in 60 years. The Olympic experience led to a flurry of opportunities for the Iranian players, as they traveled across the world in preparation for the games, including a visit to the US. Iran was placed in Group A, along with Lithuania, Russia, Argentina, Croatia, and Australia, suffering five defeats. The Olympic experience opened doors for players such as Hamed Haddadi, and Iranian captain Samad Nikkhah Bahrami to play in the NBA (National Basketball Association) and sign in the top French League.

2009 FIBA Asia Championship[edit]

Winning the FIBA Asia Championship 2009 at Tianjin, China, was a sign on continuing progress in basketball. Iran defeated China, by a score of 70–52 in the final.[2]

2010 FIBA World Championship[edit]

Iran's second consecutive FIBA Asia Championship gave them their first ever FIBA World Championship berth, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team finished 1–4 in Group B, good for 19th place

2013 FIBA Asia Championship[edit]

Winning the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at Manila, Philippines, was a sign that the Iranian team has forgot the tragedy of their loss to Jordan in last tournament, 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, and reclaimed the top place in the FIBA Asia. Iran defeated the charged up hosts Philippines by an 85-71 win in the final. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi, who played a stellar role in Iran’s triumph at the 27th FIBA Asia Championship, became the most accomplished individual player of the competition winning two awards, including that of the MVP. Iran was the only team with two awards in the All Stars with Oshin Sahakian named for the Power Forward position.

2014 FIBA World Championship[edit]

Iran's third FIBA Asia Championship gave them their second FIBA World Championship berth, at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[3]

Tournament records[edit]

*Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament. B or U18 indicates that the team was represented by its B or U18 team.

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Rank Pld W L
Germany 1936 Did not enter
United Kingdom 1948 14th place 7 2 5
Finland 1952 Did not enter
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988
Spain 1992 Did not qualify
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008 11th place 5 0 5
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify
Total 2/18 12 2 10

World Cup[edit]

Year Rank Pld W L
Argentina 1950 Did not enter
Brazil 1954
Chile 1959
Brazil 1963
Uruguay 1967
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1970
Puerto Rico 1974 Did not qualify
Philippines 1978 Did not enter
Colombia 1982 Did not qualify
Spain 1986
Argentina 1990
Canada 1994
Greece 1998
United States 2002
Japan 2006
Turkey 2010 19th place 5 1 4
Spain 2014 20th place 5 1 4
Total 2/17 10 2 8

Asian Championship[edit]

Year Rank Pld W L
Europe
Turkey 1959 17th place 7 1 6
Asia
Philippines 1960 Did not enter
Taiwan 1963
Malaysia 1965
South Korea 1967
Thailand 1969
Japan 1971
Philippines 1973 5th place 10 4 6
Thailand 1975 Did not enter
Malaysia 1977
Japan 1979
India 1981 8th place 7 3 4
Hong Kong 1983 5th place 6 5 1
Malaysia 1985 8th place 6 2 4
Thailand 1987 Did not enter
China 1989 5th place 7 4 3
Japan 1991 6th place 8 4 4
Indonesia 1993 4th place 6 4 2
South Korea 1995 10th place 8 5 3
Saudi Arabia 1997 8th place 7 3 4
Japan 1999 Did not qualify
China 2001
China 2003 5th place 7 4 3
Qatar 2005 6th place 8 4 4
Japan 2007 Champions 8 7 1
China 2009 Champions 9 9 0
China 2011 5th place 9 8 1
Philippines 2013 Champions 9 9 0
China 2015 Qualified
Total 16/28 115 75 40

Asian Games[edit]

Year Rank Pld W L
India 1951 3rd place 4 2 2
Philippines 1954 Did not enter
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966 7th place 7 3 4
Thailand 1970 7th place 8 6 2
Iran 1974 6th place 7 3 4
Thailand 1978 Did not enter
India 1982
South Korea 1986
China 1990 7th place 6 3 3
Japan 1994 8th place 6 2 4
Thailand 1998 7th place 6 2 4
South Korea 2002 Did not enter
Qatar 2006 3rd place 8 5 3
China 2010 3rd place 8 6 2
South Korea 2014 Runners-up 7 6 1
Total 10/17 67 38 29

Asian Cup[edit]

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Year Rank Pld W L
Taiwan 2004 Qualified but withdrew
Kuwait 2008
Lebanon 2010 6th place (B) 7 3 4
Japan 2012 Champions 7 7 0
China 2014 Champions 7 6 1
Total 3/5 21 16 5

West Asian Championship[edit]

Year Rank Pld W L
Lebanon 1999 4th place 4 1 3
Lebanon 2000 4th place 4 2 2
Jordan 2001 3rd place 4 2 2
Jordan Iran 2002 Runners-up 4 3 1
Iran 2004 Champions 4 4 0
Lebanon 2005 Champions 4 4 0
Jordan 2008 Did not enter
Iraq 2010 Champions (B) 3 3 0
Iraq 2011 Champions 3 3 0
Jordan 2012 Runners-up 5 4 1
Iran 2013 Champions 3 3 0
Jordan 2014 Runners-up (U18) 5 4 1
Total 11/12 43 33 10

Other tournaments[edit]

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

# Pos Name Club Date of birth Height
4 C Rouzbeh Arghavan Iran Zob Ahan Isfahan (1988-05-18)18 May 1988 (aged 26) 2.14 m (7 ft 12 in)
5 G Sajjad Mashayekhi Iran Mahram Tehran (1994-03-05)5 March 1994 (aged 20) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
6 G Behnam Yakhchali Iran Petrochimi Bandar Imam (1995-12-31)31 December 1995 (aged 18) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
7 G Mehdi Kamrani China Jiangsu Tongxi (1982-06-01)1 June 1982 (aged 32) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
8 F Arsalan Kazemi China Chongqing Fly Dragon (1990-04-22)22 April 1990 (aged 24) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
9 F Arman Zangeneh Iran Mahram Tehran (1993-06-15)15 June 1993 (aged 21) 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in)
10 G Hamed Afagh Iran Petrochimi Bandar Imam (1983-02-01)1 February 1983 (aged 31) 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
11 F Oshin Sahakian Iran Mahram Tehran (1986-03-21)21 March 1986 (aged 28) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
12 C Asghar Kardoust Kuwait Kazma (1986-03-21)21 March 1986 (aged 28) 2.12 m (6 ft 11 12 in)
13 F Mohammad Jamshidi Iran Azad University Tehran (1991-07-30)30 July 1991 (aged 23) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
14 F Samad Nikkhah Bahrami Iran Mahram Tehran (1983-05-11)11 May 1983 (aged 31) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
15 C Hamed Haddadi China Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles (1985-05-19)19 May 1985 (aged 29) 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)

Head coaches[edit]

Note: The following list may not be complete

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "IRN/LIB – It's Iraaaaaan!". FIBA. Retrieved 5 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "Iran wins Asian Basketball Championships". WashingtonTV. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fan Thread". PersianFootball.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kazakhstan
Asian Games Bronze Medalists
2006, 2010
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
China
FIBA Asia Champions
2007, 2009
Succeeded by
China