Spain national basketball team

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Spain Spain España
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FIBA ranking 2 Steady
Joined FIBA 1934
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation FEB
Coach Juan Antonio Orenga
Nickname(s) La ÑBA, la Roja
Olympic Games
Appearances 11
Medals Silver medal.svg Silver: 1984, 2008, 2012
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 9
Medals Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: 2006
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 29
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 2009, 2011
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 1935, 1973, 1983, 1999, 2003, 2007
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze: 1991, 2001, 2013
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

The Spanish national basketball team is the basketball team representing Spain in international competitions, organized and run by the Spanish Basketball Federation. (Spanish: Federación Española de Baloncesto)

Their last major title was in 2011, when they won the European championship. They are second in the FIBA World Rankings for men, only behind the United States.[1]

History[edit]

FIBA EuroBasket[edit]

The first game in the history of the selection was a friendly game before the 1935 EuroBasket, where Spain faced the selection of Portugal. This event, which was held in Geneva in the summer of 1935 was the first EuroBasket game in history. Spain finished 2nd and qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin where basketball was introduced for the first time.

FIBA World Cup[edit]

In the early years of the FIBA World Cup, Spain struggled to establish a steady presence as a competitor. Between 1950 and 1970, the team only qualified once. Then, beginning in 1974 Spain developed into a serious competitor and regularly finished among the tournaments top performers for years to come.

At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the Spanish team finally achieved the ultimate victory, the greatest success in its history. The date was 3 September 2006, as Spain won the gold medal game against the Greek national team. Held in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, the game ended with a final score of 70–47. Pau Gasol was named the tournament MVP, and Jorge Garbajosa also made the All-Tournament team. Shortly afterwards, the team were awarded with the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award in Sports.

Olympic Games[edit]

When Spain qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics, where basketball was part of the games for the first time, expectations were high for the runner-up of the 1935 EuroBasket. Unfortunately, as one of the favorites to win medals, Spain but could not attend the Games because of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War just days before the start of the Games.

Before the Spanish national team won the gold medal in the 2006 FIBA World Championship (see below), their greatest international success was reaching the final in the 1984 Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament which took place in Los Angeles. The other finalist was the USA national team (led by Patrick Ewing and featuring a young Michael Jordan), which won the final and with it the gold medal. Spain, thus, took the Olympic silver medal.

Continuing the success started at the 2006 FIBA championship, Spain again reached the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics. This proved to be a rematch of the 1984 Olympic final; this time, the USA team was led by Kobe Bryant and nicknamed the "Redeem Team". The Americans won after a remarkably close game 116 to 105. Four years later, in London, USA faced Spain again with a result of 109–100 for the Americans, for the Spanish team to take its third Olympic (and second straight) silver medal.

Media controversy prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games[edit]

In August 2008, prior to their competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the Spanish national men's basketball team were photographed posing in what media reports worldwide described as a 'racist' and 'insensitive' image.[specify] The image was requested for an advertising campaign for a courier company and was published in a Spanish national daily sports newspaper.[2][3][4]

Other Events[edit]

Besides remarkable success at the "Big Three" events (Summer Olympic Games, FIBA World Cup, and EuroBasket) Spain has also shown success at the Mediterranean Games, where its selection won three gold medals, four silver and one bronze.

Medal record[edit]

The Spanish national team's medal record through the years:

The FIBA EuroBasket:

The FIBA World Cup:

  • Gold medals (1): 2006

The Summer Olympic Games:

Mediterranean Games:

Competitive record[edit]

Roster[edit]

Spanish national basketball team, celebrating the 2006 FIBA World Championship won in Tokyo, Japan
Spain men's national basketball team - 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
F 4 Gasol, Pau 34 – (1980-07-06)6 July 1980 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Los Angeles Lakers United States
F 5 Fernández, Rudy 29 – (1985-04-04)4 April 1985 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Real Madrid Spain
G 6 Rodríguez, Sergio 28 – (1986-06-12)12 June 1986 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Real Madrid Spain
G 7 Navarro, Juan Carlos 34 – (1980-06-13)13 June 1980 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) FC Barcelona Spain
G 8 Calderón, José 32 – (1981-09-28)28 September 1981 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Dallas Mavericks United States
F 9 Reyes, Felipe 34 – (1980-03-16)16 March 1980 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Real Madrid Spain
F 10 Claver, Víctor 26 – (1988-08-30)30 August 1988 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Portland Trail Blazers United States
G 11 Rubio, Ricky 23 – (1990-10-21)21 October 1990 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
G 12 Llull, Sergio 26 – (1987-11-15)15 November 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Real Madrid Spain
C 13 Gasol, Marc 29 – (1985-01-29)29 January 1985 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Memphis Grizzlies United States
C 14 Ibaka, Serge 24 – (1989-09-18)18 September 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Oklahoma City Thunder United States
F 15 Abrines, Àlex 21 – (1993-08-01)1 August 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) FC Barcelona Spain
Head coach
Assistant coaches

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 30 August 2014

Individual records[edit]

  • Bold denotes players still playing international basketball.
As of 14 September 2014[5]

Past rosters[edit]

1935 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 10 teams

1950 World Championship: finished 9th among 10 teams

Ignacio Pinedo, Arturo Imedio, Jaime Basso, Andres Oller, Alvaro Salvadores, Juan Dalmau, Julio Gamez, Eduardo Kucharski, Angel Gonzalez, Angel Lozano, Domingo Barcenas, Juan Ferrando (Coach: Michael Paul Rutzgis)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 17 teams

Emiliano Rodriguez, Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Joaquin Hernandez, Alfonso Martinez Gomez, Jose Luis Martinez Gomez, Francisco Capel, Jorge Parra, Jose Lluis, Jose Brunet, Juan Canals, Francisco Borrell, Arturo Auladell (Coach: Gabriel Alberti)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 16 teams

Emiliano Rodriguez, Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Agustin Bertomeu, Jose Nora, Alfonso Martinez, Joaquin Ensenat, Santiago Navarro, Jose Lluis, Jorge Guillen, Jesus “Chus” Codina, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Juan Martos (Coach: Eduardo Kucharski Gonzalez)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 19 teams

Emiliano Rodriguez, Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Manuel “Lolo” Sainz, Carlos Sevillano, Lorenzo Alocen, Jesus “Chus” Codina, Jose Lluis, Alfonso Martinez, Santiago Navarro, Juan Martos, Jose Nora, Javier Sanjuan (Coach: Fernando Font)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

Manuel “Lolo” Sainz, Emiliano Rodriguez, Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Jose Ramon Ramos, Carlos Sevillano, Jose Manuel “Moncho” Monsalve, Jesus “Chus” Codina, Alfonso Martinez, Jose Lluis, Juan Antonio Martinez Arroyo, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Arturo Auladell (Coach: Joaquin Hernandez Gallego)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Emiliano Rodriguez, Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Manuel “Lolo” Sainz, Jose Ramon Ramos, Carlos Sevillano, Jose Manuel “Moncho” Monsalve, Jose Lluis, Enrique Margall, Juan Antonio Martinez Arroyo, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Juan Fa Busquets, Juan Bautista Urberuaga (Coach: Pedro Ferrandiz Gonzalez)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams

Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Emiliano Rodriguez, Jose Ramon Ramos, Jose Manuel “Moncho” Monsalve, Enrique Margall, Jose Luis Sagi-Vela, Antonio “Toncho” Nava, Alfonso Martinez, Ramon Guardiola, Angel Serrano, Carlos Luquero, Jose Laso (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 16 teams

Clifford Luyk, Emiliano Rodriguez, Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Vicente Ramos, Lorenzo Alocen, Enrique Margall, Antonio “Toncho” Nava, Jose Luis Sagi-Vela, Alfonso Martinez, Jesus “Chus” Codina, Juan Antonio Martinez Arroyo, Luis Carlos Santiago Zabaleta (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 12 teams

1971 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Wayne Brabender, Clifford Luyk, Emiliano Rodriguez, Francisco “Nino” Buscato, Vicente Ramos, Rafael Rullan, Luis Miguel Santillana, Jose Luis Sagi-Vela, Enrique Margall, Cristobal Rodriguez, Juan Martinez, Juan Antonio Martinez Arroyo (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1972 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 16 teams

1973 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams

1974 World Championship: finished 5th among 14 teams

1975 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

1977 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Wayne Brabender, Juan Antonio Corbalan, Luis Miguel Santillana, Rafael Rullan, Manuel Flores, Carmelo Cabrera, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Josep Maria Margall, Gonzalo Sagi-Vela, Luis Maria Prada, Joan Filba, Juan Ramon Fernandez (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1979 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Juan Antonio Corbalan, Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Wayne Brabender, Rafael Rullan, Manuel Flores, Luis Miguel Santillana, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Juan Manuel Lopez Iturriaga, Joaquim Costa, Jose Luis Llorente, Josep Maria Margall, Pedro Cesar Ansa (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1980 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 12 teams

1981 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Juan Antonio Corbalan, Wayne Brabender, Ignacio “Nacho” Solozabal, Candido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Fernando Martin, Fernando Romay, Manuel Flores, Rafael Rullan, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Joaquim Costa, Josep Maria Margall (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1982 World Championship: finished 4th among 13 teams

1983 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Juan Antonio Corbalan, Fernando Martin, Candido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Ignacio “Nacho” Solozabal, Joan “Chichi” Creus, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Juan Manuel Lopez Iturriaga, Fernando Romay, Josep Maria Margall, Andres Jimenez, Fernando Arcega (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1984 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

1985 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Candido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Fernando Martin, Jordi Villacampa, Fernando Romay, Andres Jimenez, Jose Luis Llorente, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Juan Manuel Lopez Iturriaga, Joaquim Costa, Josep Maria Margall, Vicente Gil (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1986 World Championship: finished 5th among 24 teams

1987 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Jordi Villacampa, Candido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Ignacio “Nacho” Solozabal, Andres Jimenez, Fernando Romay, Ferran Martinez, Josep Maria Margall, Jose Antonio Montero, Francisco Javier Zapata, Fernando Arcega, Jose Angel Arcega (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1988 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 12 teams

1989 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 8 teams

Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Jose Biriukov, Andres Jimenez, Jose Antonio Montero, Juan Antonio Morales, Ferran Martinez, Pablo Laso, Enrique “Quique” Andreu, Rafael Vecina, Enrique Villalobos, Jose Angel Arcega, Manuel Angel Aller (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1990 World Championship: finished 10th among 16 teams

1991 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 8 teams

Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Jordi Villacampa, Mike Hansen, Josep “Pep” Cargol, Rafael Jofresa, Enrique “Quique” Andreu, Manel Bosch, Antonio Martin, Juan Antonio Orenga, Jose Miguel Antunez, Fernando Arcega, Silvano Bustos (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1992 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams

1993 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Jordi Villacampa, Juan Antonio San Epifanio “Epi”, Alberto Herreros, Ferran Martinez, Andres Jimenez, Rafael Jofresa, Tomas Jofresa, Juan Antonio Orenga, Juan Antonio Morales, Antonio Martin, Ignacio “Nacho” Azofra, Xavier “Xavi” Crespo (Coach: Manuel “Lolo” Sainz)

1994 World Championship: finished 10th among 16 teams

1995 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 14 teams

Alberto Herreros, Mike Smith, Pablo Laso, Ferran Martinez, Juan Antonio Orenga, Antonio Martin, Ignacio “Nacho” Rodriguez, Jose Luis Galilea, Alberto Angulo, Javier “Xavi” Fernandez, Alfonso Reyes, Francisco Jose “Fran” Murcia (Coach: Manuel “Lolo” Sainz)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Alberto Herreros, Ferran Martinez, Mike Smith, Rafael Jofresa, Tomas Jofresa, Roberto Dueñas, Juan Antonio Orenga, Roger Esteller, Ignacio “Nacho” Rodriguez, Alfonso Reyes, Jose Antonio Paraiso, Alberto Angulo (Coach: Manuel “Lolo” Sainz)

1998 World Championship: finished 5th among 16 teams

1999 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

Alberto Herreros, Carlos Jimenez, Roberto Dueñas, Roger Esteller, Alberto Angulo, Ignacio “Nacho” Rodriguez, Rodrigo de la Fuente, Ignacio “Inaki” de Miguel, Alfonso Reyes, Juan Ignacio Romero, Jose Ignacio “Nacho” Rodilla, Ivan Corrales (Coach: Manuel “Lolo” Sainz)

2000 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams

2001 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams

2002 World Championship: finished 5th among 16 teams

2003 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

2004 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 12 teams

2005 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

2006 World Championship: finished 1st among 24 teams

2007 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

2008 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

2009 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

2010 World Championship: finished 6th among 24 teams

2011 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

2012 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

2013 Eurobasket: finished 3rd among 24 teams

2014 World Cup: finished 5th among 24 teams

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIBA.com – FIBA World Ranking for men
  2. ^ "Spain bring racism to the Olympic Games". The Spoiler. Retrieved 11 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Olympics: Spain basketball team pictured in controversial pose". The Guardian (London). 10 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Spanish Olympic basketball team in 'racist' photo row". CNN International. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Spanish national team website

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