Latvia national basketball team

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Latvijas Basketbola Savienība logo.png
FIBA ranking T-37th Increase2
Joined FIBA 1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Latvian Basketball Union
Coach Ainars 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 during Eurobasket 2015 Qualifying Round[edit]

The following is the Latvia roster during 2014 summer.

Latvia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
G 4 Jakovičs, Ingus 21 – (1993-04-18)18 April 1993 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) BK VEF Rīga
F 5 Mejeris, Mareks 22 – (1991-09-02)2 September 1991 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) BK VEF Rīga
F 6 Freimanis, Rolands 26 – (1988-01-21)21 January 1988 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) BC Khimik
G 7 Blūms, Jānis 32 – (1982-04-20)20 April 1982 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) BC Astana
G 9 Bertāns, Dairis 24 – (1989-09-09)9 September 1989 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Bilbao Basket
F 10 Timma, Jānis 22 – (1992-07-02)2 July 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) BK VEF Rīga
F 11 Šmits, Rolands 19 – (1995-06-25)25 June 1995 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
G 12 Janičenoks, Kristaps 31 – (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) Brose Baskets
F/C 14 Bērziņš, Kaspars 28 – (1985-08-25)25 August 1985 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Obradoiro CAB
G 21 Šķēle, Aigars 21 – (1992-12-04)4 December 1992 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) BK VEF Rīga
C 30 Zaķis, Ronalds 27 – (1987-07-08)8 July 1987 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) BK VEF Rīga
C 33 Meiers, Mārtiņš 23 – (1991-03-30)30 March 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) BK Ventspils
Head coach
Assistant Coach

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Mārtiņš Meiers Ronalds Zaķis
PF Kaspars Bērziņš Rolands Freimanis Rolands Šmits
SF Kristaps Janičenoks Jānis Timma Mareks Mejeris
SG Jānis Blūms Dairis Bertāns
PG Jānis Strēlnieks Aigars Šķēle Ingus Jakovičs

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.

In 2012, Latvian film director Aigars Grauba published movie called Dream Team 1935 about this competition.

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
2014 16

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
2014 8

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
2014 2

Past rosters[edit]

1935 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 10 teams

Rūdolfs Jurciņš, Herberts Gulbins, Džems Raudziņš, Visvaldis Melderis, Mārtiņš Grundmanis, Eduards Andersons, Aleksejs Anufrijevs, Jānis Lidmanis, Hudins (Coach: Valdemārs Baumanis)

1936 Olympic Games: finished 18th among 21 teams

Rūdolfs Jurciņš, Visvaldis Melderis, Mārtiņš Grundmanis, Džems Raudziņš, 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, Kārlis Muižnieks, Andrejs Bondarenko, Aigars Zeidaks, Edmunds Valeiko, Igors Meļņiks, Edgars Šneps, Janis Āzacis, Ivars Zankovskis, Dzintars Jaunzems, Ivars Liepa (Coach: Armands Krauliņš)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

Roberts Štelmahers, Ainars Bagatskis, Uvis Helmanis, Raimonds Miglinieks, Edmunds Valeiko, Kārlis Muižnieks, Andrejs Bondarenko, Igors Meļņiks, Edgars Šneps, Ivars Liepa, Ralfs Jansons, Jānis Āzacis (Coach: Igors Miglinieks)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Kaspars Kambala, Raimonds Miglinieks, Uvis Helmanis, Roberts Štelmahers, Ainars Bagatskis, Kristaps Valters, Edmunds Valeiko, Kaspars Cipruss, Raitis Grafs, Arnis Vecvagars, Aigars Vītols, Māris Ļaksa (Coach: Armands Krauliņš)

2003 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Kaspars Kambala, Roberts Štelmahers, Ainars Bagatskis, Uvis Helmanis, Armands Šķēle, Kristaps Valters, Trojs Ostlers, Aigars Vītols, Edgars Šneps, Raitis Grafs, Arnis Vecvagars, Māris Ļaksa (Coach: Armands Krauliņš)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

Roberts Štelmahers, Uvis Helmanis, Sandis Valters, Kristaps Valters, Armands Šķēle, Jānis Blūms, Mārtiņš Skirmants, Raitis Grafs, Kaspars Cipruss, Aigars Vītols, Kristaps Janičenoks, Ivars Timermanis (Coach: Kārlis Muižnieks)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Andris Biedriņš, Armands Šķēle, Uvis Helmanis, Jānis Blūms, Sandis Valters, Aigars Vītols, Kaspars Cipruss, Kristaps Janičenoks, Raitis Grafs, Pāvels Veselovs, Raimonds Vaikulis, Gatis Jahovičs (Coach: Kārlis Muižnieks)

2009 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Andris Biedriņš, Armands Šķēle, Uvis Helmanis, Jānis Blūms, Kristaps Valters, Aigars Vītols, Gatis Jahovičs, Kristaps Janičenoks, Kaspars Kambala, Artūrs Štālbergs, Rolands Freimanis, Ernests Kalve (Coach: Kęstutis Kemzūra)

2011 EuroBasket: finished 21st among 24 teams

Dairis Bertāns, Mareks Jurevičus, Edgars Jeromanovs, Jānis Blūms, Rihards Kuksiks, Mareks Mejeris, Dāvis Bertāns, Jānis Strēlnieks, Artūrs Bērziņš, Andrejs Šeļakovs, Rolands Freimanis, Mārtiņš Meiers (Coach: Ainars Bagatskis)

2013 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 24 teams

Jānis Strēlnieks, Dairis Bertāns, Rihards Kuksiks, Kaspars Bērziņš, Mareks Mejeris, Armands Šķēle, Jānis Blūms, Kristaps Janičenoks, Rolands Freimanis, Andrejs Šeļakovs, Mārtiņš Meiers, Jānis Bērziņš (Coach: Ainars Bagatskis)

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