Russia national basketball team

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Russia Russia Россия
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FIBA ranking 6 Steady
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation RBF
Coach Evgeniy Pashutin
Olympic Games
Appearances 3
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze 2012
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 4
Medals Silver medal with cup.svg Silver 1994, 1998
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 11
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold 2007
Silver medal europe.svg Silver 1993
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze 1997, 2011
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The Russian national basketball team represents Russia in international basketball matches. It is organized and run by the Russian Basketball Federation. (Russian: Россия Федерация Баскетбола)

The team came into existence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its powerful basketball team.

It has won 2 silver medals at the FIBA World Cup. Its most recent success was winning bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1]

History[edit]

As the heir of the immensely successful USSR national basketball team, Russia still produces many elite basketball players and celebrated international titles on several occasions. Yet, the team sometimes struggles to live up to its enormous expectations.

At the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania, after a bitter struggle with the Macedonian national team, Russia won the bronze medal. Overall, the Russian team finished the tournament having suffered only one defeat in 11 matches, which was against France in the semifinals. Standout player Andrei Kirilenko was honored as one of the tournament's best players.

Because of this result, the Russian team did not win the right to qualify directly for the Olympic tournament in London but had to take part in the 2012 qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Venezuela 2-8 July. Russia won all the qualifying matches and booked its ticket to London.

At the Olympic Games in 2012, the Russians won their first Olympic medal. The team was able to get out of the group from the first place, having suffered only one defeat in an already insignificant match against Australia (80:82). In the quarterfinals they played against the Lithuanians (83:74), but in the semifinals, the Russian team lost to Spain (59:67). In the match for third place, the Russians beat Argentina, the winners of the Olympics 2004, (81:77) and won the bronze medal. Andrei Kirilenko, leader of the team in scoring and rebounding, entered the first 'Team Olympiad', awarded by the TV channel ESPN.

30 October 2012, David Blatt decided to leave the post of head coach of Russia.

Blatt's departure caused some struggles for Russia, which had to go through a complete revamp but managed to qualify for the 2015 EuroBasket.

Roster[edit]

2014 Russia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
F 4 Karasev, Sergey 19 – (1993-10-26)26 October 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Brooklyn Nets United States
C 5 Sokolov, Dmitri 28 – (1985-01-21)21 January 1985 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) BC UNICS Russia
F 6 Valiev, Evgeny 23 – (1990-05-03)3 May 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) BC Triumph Lyubertsy Russia
G 7 Fridzon, Vitaly 27 – (1985-10-14)14 October 1985 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) PBC CSKA Moscow Russia
G 8 Voronov, Evgeny 27 – (1986-05-07)7 May 1986 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) PBC CSKA Moscow Russia
G/F 9 Kulagin, Dmitry 21 – (1992-07-01)1 July 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Krasnye Krylya Samara Russia
G 10 Shved, Alexey 24 – (1988-12-16)16 December 1988 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
F 11 Antonov, Semyon 24 – (1989-07-18)18 July 1989 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) BC Nizhny Novgorod Russia
F 12 Monia, Sergei 30 – (1983-04-15)15 April 1983 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) BC Khimki Russia
G 13 Khvostov, Dmitry Grigoryevich 24 – (1989-08-21)21 August 1989 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) BC Nizhny Novgorod Russia
C 14 Savrasenko, Aleksey 34 – (1979-02-28)28 February 1979 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban Russia
G 15 Ponkrashov, Anton 27 – (1986-04-23)23 April 1986 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) BC Krasnye Krylia Russia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 4 September 2013

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Alexander Kaun Alexey Zhukanenko Alexey Savrasenko
PF Semyon Antonov Sergey Monya
SF Sergey Karasev
SG Vitaly Fridzon Evgeny Voronov Dmitry Kulagin
PG Alexey Shved Dmitri Khvostov Anton Ponkrashov

Competitive record[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Andrei Kirilenko is the captain of Team Russia

Past rosters[edit]

1993 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

Sergei Bazarevich, Vasili Karasev, Sergei Babkov, Mikhail Mikhailov, Andrei Fetisov, Sergei Panov, Vitali Nosov, Dimitri Chakulin, Maksim Astanin, Vladislav Kondratov, Dimitri Sukharev, Vladimir Gorin (Coach: Yuri Selikhov)

1994 FIBA World Championship: finished 2nd among 16 teams

Vasili Karasev, Sergei Bazarevich, Mikhail Mikhailov, Sergei Babkov, Andrei Fetisov, Sergei Panov, Vitali Nosov, Evgeni Kisurin, Igor Grachev, Dimitri Domani, Evgeni Pashutin, Sergei Ivanov (Coach: Sergei Belov)

1995 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 7th among 14 teams

Vasili Karasev, Sergei Bazarevich, Sergei Babkov, Mikhail Mikhailov, Andrei Fetisov, Igor Kudelin, Dimitri Domani, Evgeni Kisurin, Evgeni Pashutin, Sergei Ivanov, Sergei Panov, Vitali Nosov (Coach: Sergei Belov)

1996 Summer Olympic Games: did not participate

1997 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Vasili Karasev, Sergei Babkov, Mikhail Mikhailov, Andrei Fetisov, Evgeni Kisurin, Vitali Nosov, Sergei Panov, Igor Kudelin, Evgeni Pashutin, Zakhar Pashutin, Dimitri Chakulin, Igor Kurashov (Coach: Sergei Belov)

1998 FIBA World Championship: finished 2nd among 16 teams

Vasili Karasev, Valeri Tikhonenko, Sergei Babkov, Mikhail Mikhailov, Sergei Panov, Vitali Nosov, Igor Kudelin, Zakhar Pashutin, Evgeni Kisurin, Dimitri Domani, Nikita Morgunov, Igor Kurashov (Coach: Sergei Belov)

1999 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Vasili Karasev, Valeri Tikhonenko, Sergei Babkov, Igor Kudelin, Ruslan Avleev, Sergei Panov, Vitali Nosov, Aleksander Petrenko, Evgeni Kisurin, Evgeni Pashutin, Igor Kurashov, Zakhar Pashutin (Coach: Sergei Belov)

2000 Summer Olympic Games: finished 8th among 12 teams

Andrei Kirilenko, Andrei Fetisov, Sergei Bazarevich, Evgeni Kisurin, Sergei Chikalkin, Nikita Morgunov, Evgeni Pashutin, Zakhar Pashutin, Ruslan Avleev, Sergei Panov, Valentin Kubrakov, Aleksander Bashminov (Coach: Stanislav Eremin)

2001 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Andrei Kirilenko, Nikita Morgunov, Sergei Panov, Igor Kudelin, Sergei Chikalkin, Evgeni Pashutin, Zakhar Pashutin, Anton Yudin, Aleksei Savrasenko, Aleksander Bashminov, Aleksander Miloserdov, Petr Samoylenko (Coach: Stanislav Eremin)

2002 FIBA World Championship: finished 10th among 16 teams

Andrei Kirilenko, Victor Khryapa, Vasili Karasev, Nikita Morgunov, Aleksei Savrasenko, Aleksander Bashminov, Sergei Panov, Igor Kudelin, Sergei Chikalkin, Evgeni Pashutin, Zakhar Pashutin, Ruslan Avleev (Coach: Stanislav Eremin)

2003 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Andrei Kirilenko, Victor Khryapa, Vasili Karasev, Sergei Monya, Aleksei Savrasenko, Dimitri Domani, Zakhar Pashutin, Denis Ershov, Fedor Likholitov, Mikhail Solovev, Valentin Kubrakov, Petr Samoylenko (Coach: Marco Antonio de Venetis)

2004 Summer Olympic Games: did not participate

2005 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Andrei Kirilenko, J.R. Holden, Victor Khryapa, Nikita Morgunov, Aleksei Savrasenko, Sergei Monya, Zakhar Pashutin, Anton Ponkrashov, Fedor Likholitov, Vitaly Fridzon, Petr Samoylenko, Andrei Ivanov (Coach: Sergei Babkov)

2006 FIBA World Championship: did not participate

2007 FIBA EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

Andrei Kirilenko, J.R. Holden, Victor Khryapa, Nikita Morgunov, Aleksei Savrasenko, Zakhar Pashutin, Petr Samoylenko, Sergei Monya, Anton Ponkrashov, Nikolay Padius, Nikita Shabalkin, Sergei Bykov (Coach: David Blatt)

2008 Summer Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams

Andrei Kirilenko, J.R. Holden, Victor Khryapa, Nikita Morgunov, Aleksei Savrasenko, Sergei Monya, Zakhar Pashutin, Petr Samoylenko, Sergei Bykov, Viktor Keirou, Andrey Vorontsevich, Vitaly Fridzon (Coach: David Blatt)

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