Latvia national basketball team

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Latvia Latvija
FIBA ranking 38 Decrease4
Joined FIBA 1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Latvian Basketball Union
Coach Ainārs Bagatskis
Olympic Games
Appearances 1 (1936)
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Medals None
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 12 (1935, 1937, 1939, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 1935
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 1939
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The Latvian national basketball team (Latvian: Latvijas basketbola izlase) is the basketball side that represents Latvia in international competitions.

Roster before EuroBasket 2013[edit]

The following is the Latvia roster before EuroBasket 2013.

Latvia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
C 4 Meiers, Mārtiņš 22 – (1991-03-30)30 March 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Mitteldeutscher BC
F 5 Mejeris, Mareks 22 – (1991-09-02)2 September 1991 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
F 6 Freimanis, Rolands 25 – (1988-01-21)21 January 1988 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Sutor Basket Montegranaro
G 7 Blūms, Jānis 31 – (1982-04-20)20 April 1982 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) BC Astana
F 8 Bērziņš, Jānis 20 – (1993-05-04)4 May 1993 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) BK VEF Rīga
G 9 Bertāns, Dairis 23 – (1989-09-09)9 September 1989 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Bilbao Basket
G 10 Kuksiks, Rihards 25 – (1988-07-17)17 July 1988 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) BK VEF Rīga
G 11 Šķēle, Armands 30 – (1983-09-04)4 September 1983 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) BC Kalev/Cramo
G 12 Janičenoks, Kristaps 30 – (1983-03-14)14 March 1983 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) BK VEF Rīga
G 13 Strēlnieks, Jānis 24 – (1989-09-01)1 September 1989 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) BC Budivelnyk
F/C 14 Bērziņš, Kaspars 28 – (1985-08-25)25 August 1985 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) BK VEF Rīga
C 15 Šeļakovs, Andrejs 24 – (1988-11-08)8 November 1988 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Club Melilla Baloncesto
Head coach

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Mārtiņš Meiers Andrejs Šeļakovs
PF Kaspars Bērziņš Rolands Freimanis
SF Rihards Kuksiks Mareks Mejeris Jānis Bērziņš
SG Jānis Blūms Dairis Bertāns Kristaps Janičenoks
PG Jānis Strēlnieks Armands Šķēle

Competitive record[edit]

EuroBasket 1935[edit]

The Latvians won the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They defeated Hungary in the preliminary round, Switzerland in the semifinals, and Spain in the final to finish atop the ten-nation field. Latvia is one of eight nations that originally founded FIBA in 1932.

Latvia held their opponents to 49 points over three games, the lowest points-against average in the tournament. Their scoring rate, 98 points over three games for 32.67 points per game, was second only to France.

EuroBasket 1937[edit]

The reigning champions finished in a relatively disappointing sixth place in the second European championship, EuroBasket 1937, which they hosted. Their 32–25 loss to Poland in the preliminary round put them in a three-way tie for the lead of the four-team group; Latvia came out on the bottom of the tie-breaker against Poland and France. This result came about despite the Latvians being the highest-scoring team in the entire tournament and allowing fewer opponent points than any of the other teams in their group.

Being in the bottom half of the preliminary group meant that the team could finish no better than fifth. In the classification semifinal, Latvia faced Egypt, which had withdrawn after their first two preliminary matches. They advanced to the 5th/6th playoff, which they lost to Estonia 41–19.

EuroBasket 1939[edit]

In 1939, despite losing twice, including a rematch of the 1937 final against Estonia and the game against eventual champions Lithuania, Latvia had five wins, which were enough to secure second place, since only Poland also had a 5–2 record. Latvia had won their game against Poland, thus they received the silver medal whilst Poland took the bronze.

Summer Olympic Games record[edit]

Notable players[edit]


FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship[edit]

Latvia basketball fans
Year Position
2004 7
2005 7
2006 13
2007 14
2008 11
2009 10
2010 11
2011 8
2012 6
2013 2

FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship[edit]

Latvia basketball fans
Year Position
2004 12
2005 8
2006 12
2007 3
2008 7
2009 9
2010 3
2011 10
2012 6
2013 4

FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship[edit]

Latvia basketball fans
Year Position
2001 8
2004 13
2005 11
2006 11
2007 9
2008 10
2009 9
2010 14
2011 6
2012 10
2013 13

Past rosters[edit]

1935 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 10 teams

Rūdolfs Jurciņš, Herberts Gulbins, Dzems Raudzins, Visvaldis Melderis, Martins Grundmanis, Eduards Andersons, Aleksejs Anufrijevs, Janis Lidmanis, Hudins (Coach: Valdemars Baumanis)

1936 Olympic Games: finished 18th among 21 teams

Rūdolfs Jurciņš, Visvaldis Melderis, Martins Grundmanis, Dzems Raudzins, Eduards Andersons, Maksis Kazaks, V.Helmuts (Coach: Valdemars Baumanis)

1937 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 8 teams

Rūdolfs Jurciņš, Martins Grundmanis, Eduards Andersons, Visvaldis Melderis, Dzems Raudzins, Aleksejs Anufrijevs, Aleksandrs Martinsons, Voldemars Smits, Janis Jansons, Andrejs Krisons (Coach: Adolfs Grasis)

1939 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 8 teams

Visvaldis Melderis, Maksis Kazaks, Voldemars Smits, Karlis Arents, Juris Solovjovs, Karlis Satins, Aleksandrs Vanags, Alfreds Krauklis, Teodors Grinbergs, Janis Graudins (Coach: Valdemars Baumanis)

1993 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

Ainars Bagatskis, Raimonds Miglinieks, Karlis Muiznieks, Andrejs Bondarenko, Aigars Zeidaks, Edmunds Valeiko, Igors Melniks, Edgars Sneps, Janis Azacis, Ivars Zankovskis, Dzintars Jaunzems, Ivars Liepa (Coach: Armands Kraulins)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

Roberts Stelmahers, Ainars Bagatskis, Uvis Helmanis, Raimonds Miglinieks, Edmunds Valeiko, Karlis Muiznieks, Andrejs Bondarenko, Igors Melniks, Edgars Sneps, Ivars Liepa, Ralfs Jansons, Janis Azacis (Coach: Igors Miglinieks)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Kaspars Kambala, Raimonds Miglinieks, Uvis Helmanis, Roberts Stelmahers, Ainars Bagatskis, Kristaps Valters, Edmunds Valeiko, Kaspars Cipruss, Raitis Grafs, Arnis Vecvagars, Aigars Vitols, Maris Laksa (Coach: Armands Kraulins)

2003 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Kaspars Kambala, Roberts Stelmahers, Ainars Bagatskis, Uvis Helmanis, Armands Skele, Kristaps Valters, Trojs Ostlers, Aigars Vitols, Edgars Sneps, Raitis Grafs, Arnis Vecvagars, Maris Laksa (Coach: Armands Kraulins)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

Roberts Stelmahers, Uvis Helmanis, Sandis Valters, Kristaps Valters, Armands Skele, Janis Blums, Martins Skirmants, Raitis Grafs, Kaspars Cipruss, Aigars Vitols, Kristaps Janicenoks, Ivars Timermanis (Coach: Karlis Muiznieks)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Andris Biedriņš, Armands Šķēle, Uvis Helmanis, Janis Blums, Sandis Valters, Aigars Vitols, Kaspars Cipruss, Kristaps Janicenoks, Raitis Grafs, Pavels Veselovs, Raimonds Vaikulis, Gatis Jahovics (Coach: Karlis Muiznieks)

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