Netherlands national basketball team
|FIBA ranking||88 (T) (8 December 2014)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Coach||Toon van Helfteren|
|FIBA World Cup|
(1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2015)
When it qualified for the Eurobasket, team Netherlands played quite competitive at some of the tournaments. The team reached the Final Four once and proceeded to the playoffs several times. However, its last appearance dates back to 1989 when it finished 8th. Since 1991, the team has known some tough years, overshadowed by the lack of money and support of fans and media attention. In the 2015 tournament they will make their first appearance in 25 years, only two years after the initially dissolvement of the team.
1946–1991: Early years
The Netherlands were one of the teams that played at the 1946, 1947, 1949 and 1951 Eurobasket tournaments. The 5th place in 1949 was the best performance of the team.
1961–1991: EuroBasket appearances and success
Oranje qualified for three EuroBaskets in a row from 1961 till 1967. After two missed tournaments, the Netherlands had another 3-EuroBasket appearances streak. In 1977, the Netherlands' star player Kees Akerboom, Sr. shined during the tournament. He was the topscorer of EuroBasket and got a place in the All-Tournament Team.
In 1983, the Netherlands booked its biggest succes in history: the team got the fourth place at the EuroBasket tournament. In the third-place game it lost to the Soviet-Union.
1991–2012: Long mediocre period
From 1991 till 2012, the Netherlands didn't qualify for a EuroBasket-tournament. Star player Francisco Elson, former NBA-champion, represented the team on various occasions but the team never came close to qualifying. To go along in this period, notable Dutch players like Dan Gadzuric weren't willing to play for the team. Home games were usually played at the Topsportcentrum in Almere and usually got little to nothing media attention and fan support in the Netherlands.
2012–present: Rising from ashes
In December 2012, it was announced the Netherlands team would be dissolved for 2 years, because the national federation NBB wasn't willing to invest money in it. After a campaign by Dutch player who played in the Dutch Basketball League, the national team was eventually saved. Sports broadcaster Sport1 became main sponsor and DBL-teams investend in the team, which started playing again.
During August 2013, the Netherlands was on its way to qualification for FIBA EuroBasket 2015, but lost two games 20–0 because the team played with two players – Mohamed Kherrazi and Sean Cunningham – who were identified as foreign players by the FIBA. The NBB believed that both were eligible players, and was upset that the attention came up after the Netherlands already won 2 games.
"Miracle of 2014"
At the start of the second 2015-qualification round, things looked bad for Oranje. The DBL-teams didn't have any more money to invest in the team and the NBB wasn't ready to take the team back. Head coach Toon van Helfteren, who worked as volunteer, still did prepare for the qualifying games. He invited 42 players to play for the national team, but after most (notable) players rejected the offer, he started his first training with 7 players. The team eventually shocked the world, by beating heavy favorite Montengro in the group to get the second place in the group. On 27 August 2014, the Dutch national team qualified for EuroBasket for the first time in 25 years.
- As of August 28, 2014
The team that played during the second round of the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification.
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Squads that played on a EuroBasket tournament are included, as well as other important teams.
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- Official website
- FIBA profile
- EuroBasket.com – Dutch Men National Team
- Archived records of Netherlands team participations