Romania national basketball team
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The Romanian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Romania in international competitions. Romania has 17 appearances for the EuroBasket competition and reached two time the 5th place, but never managed to qualify for the Basketball World Championship. Romania played once for the Basketball Olympic Tournament, in 1952.
Romania is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and has one of the world's longest basketball traditions.
At Olympic Games
The Romanian side came in tenth and last place at the first European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They lost all three of their games; 42-9 to Switzerland, 66-23 to France, and 24-17 to Hungary.
Romania returned to the European championships twelve years later, in Eurobasket 1947. They had a record of 1-2 in their preliminary round, eliminating them from championship contention but giving them their first Eurobasket win. The Romanians added two more in the classification semifinal, defeating Austria and Albania. This put them in a classification match against Italy for 9th and 10th places, which Romania lost 55-39. Romania thus placed tenth again, but this time they had outranked four teams to do so.
The Romanian team entered Eurobasket 1951 in Paris, but withdrew before any games were played, so official records gave them three preliminary round losses, each with a score of 2-0.
Summer Olympics 1952
Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow was the next European tournament in which the Romanians actually played. They took 3rd of 4 teams in their preliminary group with a 1-2 record, moving on to the classification rounds. They won 3 of their 4 games there, finishing in a three-way tie for the top spot of the group. They lost out on the tiebreaker, though, and were relegated to the 13-16 semifinals. Winning that game and their next, the Romanians finished in 13th place of the 17 teams in the tournament.
Romania was much more successful two years later, at Eurobasket 1955 in Budapest. A preliminary round loss to the Soviet Union mattered little, as Romania won their other three preliminary games to take second place in the group behind the Soviets and advance to the final round along with them. There, they won games against Poland and Yugoslavia to finish 2-5 in 7th place in the 18-team tournament.
Romania came within a single point of winning their preliminary pool at Eurobasket 1957 in Sofia, losing to Hungary in the narrow match. They beat their other two opponents, putting them in second place in the pool and advancing them to the final round. Their match in that round against Hungary was not as close, and the Romanians also lost to the other three pool winners to finish at 3-4 in 5th place.
1935 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 10 teams
Samy Grunstein, Nae Alexandrescu, Nicu Grozavescu, M.Bercus, O.Belitoreanu, C.Riegler, E.Dumitrescu, Balteanu (Coach: C. O. Lecca)
1947 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 14 teams
Vasile Popescu, Alexandru Popescu, Constantin Herold, C.Babaliescu, N.Badulescu, P.Marossi, S.Ferencz, H.Dlugos, A.Neagu, Gh.Teodorescu, H.Kevorkian, S.Sadeanu, I.Vulescu (Coach: C.Virgolici)
1952 Olympic Games: finished 23rd among 23 teams
Dan Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Vasile Popescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Constantin Herold, Andrei Folbert, Liviu Nagy, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Corneliu Calugareanu, Grigore Costescu, Gheorghe Constantinide, Ladislau Mokos
1953 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams
Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Alexandru Fodor, Liviu Nagy, Vasile Kadar, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Trajan Lita, Mihai Erdogh, Corneliu Calugareanu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1955 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 18 teams
Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Vasile Kadar, Liviu Nagy, Mihai Erdogh, Marian Spiridon, R.Popovici, E.Ganea, C.Cojocaru (Coach: Vasile Popescu)
1957 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams
Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Mihai Erdogh, Liviu Nagy, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Armand Novacek, A.Beretchi, A.Borbelly (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1959 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 17 teams
Alexandru Fodor, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Cristian Popescu, Mihai Popa, Emeric Vizi, Armand Novacek, Feodor Nedelea, Dragos Nosievici, L.Toth (Coach: Constantin Herold)
1961 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 19 teams
Mihai Albu, Armand Novacek, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Cristian Popescu, Nicolae Viciu, Horia Demian, Aurel Popovici, Pavel Visner, Gheorghe Valeriu, Horatiu Giurgiu, Dragos Nosievici (Coach: Constantin Herold)
1963 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams
Mihai Albu, Emil Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Horatiu Giurgiu, Cristian Popescu, Gheorghe Valeriu, Mihai Kiss, Dragos Nosievici, Pavel Visner, Horia Demian, Mircea Cimpeanu, Marian Spiridon (Coach: Vasile Popescu)
1965 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams
Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Mihai Nedef, Cristian Popescu, Horia Demian, Marian Spiridon, Dragos Nosievici, Gheorghe Novac, Ekehardt Iecheli, Aurel Popovici, N.Ionescu (Coach: Vasile Popescu)
1967 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams
Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Horia Demian, Cristian Popescu, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Nicolae Birsan, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Barau, Adolf Cernea, Ekehardt Iecheli (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1969 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams
Mihai Albu, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Petru Czmor, Matei Ruhting, Vasile Popa, Radu Dragomirescu, Ekehardt Iecheli, Adolf Cernea, Mihai Dimancea (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1971 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams
Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Dan Niculescu, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Vasile Popa, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Oczelak, Dan Georgescu, Constantin Dragomirescu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1973 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams
Dan Niculescu, Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Oczelak, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Nicolae Manaila, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)
1975 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams
Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Dan Niculescu, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Dan Moisescu, Nicolae Parsu, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat, Gheorghe Oczelak, Georghe Mihuta, Vasile Zdrenghea (Coach: Mihai Nedef)
1985 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams
Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Costel Cernat, Attila Szabo, Viorel Constantin, Ioan Ionescu, Victor Jacob, Marian Marinache, Roman Opsitaru, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Doru Radulescu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)
1987 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams
Constantin Popa, Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Gabriel David, Costel Cernat, Ioan Ionescu, Petre Branisteanu, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Sorin Ardeleanu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)
- Andrei Folbert - First Romanian Basketball "Maestru Emerit Al Sportului"
- Gheorghe Mureşan - First Romanian to play in the NBA
- Constantin Popa
- Horia Demian
- Ernie Grunfeld