Belgium national basketball team
|FIBA ranking||44 7|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|National federation||Royal Belgian Basketball Federation|
|FIBA World Cup|
They have qualified for the FIBA EuroBasket 13 times, having their best result at the EuroBasket 1947 when they finished 4th. Further, they entered the Basketball Olympic Tournament on three occasions, in 1936, 1948 and 1952. Their best result was 11th place at the 1948 Olympic Games, in London. Their qualification for the EuroBasket 2011 marked their first qualification in almost 20 years.
The team is nicknamed the Belgian Lions.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitive record
- 3 Team
- 4 Head coach position
- 5 Past rosters
- 6 Kit
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Belgian side came in sixth place at the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They lost to Romania in the preliminary round. In the 5th to 8th place classification match, the Belgians defeated Bulgaria to advance to the 5th/6th playoff. There they were defeated by the French, 49–30.
The next European championship that Belgium contested was EuroBasket 1946. In the most competitive of the preliminary groups, Belgium lost close contests to Switzerland and eventual champions Czechoslovakia. Their third-place finish in the group relegated them to the 7th–10th place semifinals, where they defeated Poland handily. In the 7th/8th place final, the Belgians were victorious over the Luxembourg team, finishing in 7th place.
Belgium's third EuroBasket was EuroBasket 1947. The team went 2–1 in the preliminary round, losing only to Egypt. Czechoslovakia gave Belgium their only loss in the semifinal round, as they went 2–1 again. This put Belgium in a rematch with Egypt, this time with the bronze medal on the line. Egypt won again, relegating Belgium to 4th place.
EuroBasket 1951 was the next competition that Belgium contested. They defeated medal favorite (and in fact eventual silver medallists Czechoslovakia in the preliminary round on their way to winning the group with a 3–0 record. That record was reversed in the semifinal round, though, as Belgium lost all three of their games, by 10 points or fewer in each contest. Their losses continued as they dropped their classification 5–8 game to Italy, but Belgium did finish with a win, over Greece in the classification 7/8 game, to finish in 7th place overall.
Belgium competed again at EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow. Their preliminary round group included both the eventual gold medallist Soviet Union and silver medallist Hungary teams, and Belgium lost to both but defeated Denmark to finish third place in the group with a 1–2 record. In a less competitive classification round pool, Belgium finished on top with a 3–1 record, losing only to Romania. They then won their 9–12 classification match but lost to Bulgaria in their final game to finish 10th place of 17.
Four years later, Belgium competed at EuroBasket 1957 in Sofia. They lost all three of their preliminary games, taking fourth position in the group and being sent to the classification round. There, they again lost three games but this time it was out of seven games in the round instead of three. Their 4–3 record in the classification pool put them in 12th place overall.
EuroBasket 2013 and 2015
In 2013, the Belgian Lions beat Germany 77-73. This was their first victory at the final stages of the EuroBasket in 20 years. In 2015, they improved further as they achieved three victories in six games.
On several occasions, Belgium qualified for events where they competed at the global stage. Yet, the country's major performances there date back to the 1940s/1950s. The country had its best performance at the 1948 Summer Olympics when it won 5 out of 8 games.
Roster for the EuroBasket 2015.
|Belgium men's national basketball team roster|
|C||Kevin Tumba||Maxime De Zeeuw|
|PF||Axel Hervelle||Pierre-Antoine Gillet|
|SF||Matt Lojeski||Jean-Marc Mwema||Wen Mukubu|
|SG||Quentin Serron||Jonathan Tabu||Jean Salumu|
|PG||Sam Van Rossom||Lionel Bosco|
Head coach position
- Eddy Casteels – since 2005
- Belgium national under-19 basketball team
- Belgium national under-17 basketball team
- Belgium women's national basketball team
- Belgium national 3x3 team
- FIBA National Federations – Belgium, fiba.com, accessed 5 July 2013.
- Lithuania v Belgium - Group D - Game Highlights - EuroBasket 2015 Youtube.com video