Croatia men's national basketball team

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Croatia (Hrvatska) Croatia
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FIBA ranking9 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1992
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationHrvatski košarkaški savez (HKS)
CoachVeljko Mršić
Olympic Games
Appearances4
MedalsSilver Silver: (1992)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances3
MedalsBronze Bronze: (1994)
EuroBasket
Appearances13
MedalsBronze Bronze: (1993, 1995)
Uniforms
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Light jersey
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Team colours
Light
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Dark jersey
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Team colours
Dark


First international
 Germany 86–74 Croatia Croatia
(Murcia, Spain; 22 June 1992)[2]
Biggest win
Croatia Croatia 127–51 Iceland 
(Murcia, Spain; 24 June 1992)
Biggest defeat
Croatia Croatia 85–117 United States 
(Barcelona, Spain; 8 August 1992)

The Croatia men's national basketball team (Croatian: Hrvatska muška košarkaška reprezentacija)[3] represents Croatia in international basketball matches. The team is controlled by the Croatian Basketball Federation (HKS).[4]

The biggest success Croatia has achieved was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when the team reached the finals against the United States and won the silver medal. Croatia has also won one bronze medal at the FIBA World Cup and two bronze medals at EuroBasket.

Croatia's Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Petrović, Dino Rađa and Mirko Novosel are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Ćosić being inducted in 1996 as a player, Petrović in 2002 and Rađa in 2018 also as players, and Novosel in 2007 as a coach. Petrović, Ćosić, Kukoč and Novosel are members of the FIBA Hall of Fame. Ćosić, however, never played for the Croatian national team, he was a member of the Yugoslavia national basketball team.

History[edit]

Prior to Croatian independence[edit]

Croatia played its first unofficial friendly game on 2 June 1964 in Karlovac.[5] Croatian team played against US All Star Team and lost 65:110 (31:50). USA players coached by Red Auerbach were Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Jerry Lucas, Bob Pettit, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell and Croatian team was Giuseppe Gjergja, Nemanja Đurić, Živko Kasun, Zlatko Kiseljak, Slobodan Kolaković, Dragan Kovačić, Boris Križan, Stjepan Ledić, Mirko Novosel, Marko Ostarčević, Petar Skansi and Željko Troskot.[6][7]

Independent Croatia[edit]

After independence of Croatia in 1991, the first official tournament played by Croatians were 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Croatia defeated CIS team 75:74 and reached the finals against USA Dream Team led by Michael Jordan. USA won 85:117 but Croatia won its first medal at major tournaments in history.

Next tournament was 1993 EuroBasket in Germany. Tragically, before the championship Dražen Petrović died in a car accident on 7 June 1993 at the age of 28. Croatia still managed to reach bronze medal beating Greece 99:59.

Croatia reached its third medal at 1994 FIBA World Championship in Canada. Croatia lost semifinals 64:66 against Russia but again beat Greece 78:60 for the bronze medal. Similar happened at 1995 EuroBasket in Greece. Croatia lost semifinals 80:90 against Lithuania but beat Greece 73:68 for the third time in a row in a bronze medal match. That medal was to date the last Croatian medal from major tournaments. At 1996 Summer Olympics Croatia won the 7th place.

Decline[edit]

At the 1997 Eurobasket in Spain the new Croatian generation emerged, but ended in 11th place. Croatia failed to qualify at the 2000, 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics but finished 6th in 2008. Croatia also failed to qualify to the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Championships, with their best result being 14th place in 2010. At EuroBasket Croatia's best result was finishing in 4th place in 2013.

Competitive record[edit]

Medals table[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Summer Olympics 0 1 0 1
FIBA World Cup 0 0 1 1
EuroBasket 0 0 2 2
Mediterranean Games 1 1 0 2
Grand Totals 1 2 3 6

Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World Cup[edit]

EuroBasket[edit]

Team[edit]

The following is the Croatia roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2017 EuroBasket.[8]

Croatia men's national basketball team – 2017 EuroBasket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 5 Krušlin, Filip 28 – (1989-03-18)18 March 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Cedevita Croatia
G 6 Popović, Marko 35 – (1982-06-12)12 June 1982 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Fuenlabrada Spain
G/F 7 Simon, Krunoslav 32 – (1985-06-24)24 June 1985 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Olimpia Milano Italy
F 9 Šarić, Dario 23 – (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Philadelphia 76ers United States
G 10 Ukić, Roko (C) 32 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) AEK Athens Greece
C 11 Žorić, Luka 32 – (1984-11-05)5 November 1984 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Cibona Croatia
C 12 Planinić, Darko 26 – (1990-11-22)22 November 1990 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Gran Canaria Spain
F/C 17 Bender, Dragan 19 – (1997-11-17)17 November 1997 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) Phoenix Suns United States
F/C 25 Buva, Ivan 26 – (1991-05-06)6 May 1991 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Bilbao Basket Spain
SF 27 Ramljak, Ivan 27 – (1990-08-09)9 August 1990 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Zadar Croatia
G/F 33 Tomas, Marko 32 – (1985-01-03)3 January 1985 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Cedevita Croatia
G/F 44 Bogdanović, Bojan 28 – (1989-04-18)18 April 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Washington Wizards United States
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Conditioning trainer
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017


Past rosters[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World Cup[edit]

EuroBasket[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Staff[edit]

Position Staff member Age Team
Head coach Croatia Veljko Mršić 48 N/A
Assistant coaches Croatia Domagoj Kujundžić 50 Croatia Vrijednosnice
Croatia Ivan Perinčić 41 N/A
Conditioning coach Croatia Šime Tomašević N/A
Medical Croatia Miran Martinac 63 N/A
Sports psychologist Croatia Katarina Martinović N/A
Physiotherapists Croatia Perica Buljubašić N/A
Croatia Nikica Šižgorić Croatia Cibona
Team manager Croatia Igor Kolarić Croatia Cibona

Statistics[edit]

Record against other teams[edit]

As of 18 Aug 2016, after 2016 Olympics

Key
Positive total balance (more wins)
Neutral total balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative total balance (more losses)
National team Total Olympic Games World
Cup
EuroBasket Mediterranean
Games
Qualifications
Pld W L Pld W L Pld W L Pld W L Pld W L Pld W L
Albania Albania 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Angola Angola 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina Argentina 4 2 2 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Australia Australia 4 3 1 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Austria Austria 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Belarus Belarus 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Belgium Belgium 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and
Herzegovina
7 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 4 2 2
Brazil Brazil 4 2 2 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Bulgaria Bulgaria 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1
Cameroon Cameroon 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Canada Canada 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
China China 3 3 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Cuba Cuba 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Cyprus Cyprus 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
Czech Republic Czech Republic * 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 1 0
Denmark Denmark 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
England England 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Estonia Estonia 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 4 1
Finland Finland 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
France France 8 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia (country) Georgia 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Germany Germany 12 5 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 3 4 4 1 3
United Kingdom Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greece Greece 15 9 6 0 0 0 3 2 1 8 3 5 2 2 0 2 2 0
Hungary Hungary 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
Iceland Iceland 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Iran Iran 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland Ireland 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Israel Israel 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 0
Italy Italy 10 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 1 1 1 0 3 2 1
Latvia Latvia 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 5 0
Lithuania Lithuania 11 2 9 3 1 2 0 0 0 5 0 5 3 1 2
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 3 3 0
Montenegro Montenegro 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morocco Morocco 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Netherlands Netherlands 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 4 0
Nigeria Nigeria 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines Philippines 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Poland Poland 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Portugal Portugal 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
Romania Romania 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
Russia Russia ** 13 7 6 2 2 0 1 0 1 7 3 4 3 2 1
Senegal Senegal 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Serbia Serbia *** 5 1 4 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Slovakia Slovakia 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
Slovenia Slovenia 8 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 1
South Korea South Korea 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Spain Spain 9 4 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sweden Sweden 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 1
Switzerland Switzerland 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Tunisia Tunisia 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Turkey Turkey 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 3 0 0 0 2 1 1
Ukraine Ukraine 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 5 4 1
United States United States 4 0 4 3 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Total (56) 234 157 77

* includes games against Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
** includes games against Commonwealth of Independent States CIS and Soviet Union Soviet Union
*** includes games against Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro

Biggest Wins[edit]

20+ point difference

Olympic Games World Cup EuroBasket Mediterranean Games Qualifications
  • +34 vs. Iran (91–57) 2008
  • +33 vs. Australia (98–65) 1992
  • +31 vs. China (109–78) 1996
  • +23 vs. Angola (71–48) 1996
  • +21 vs. Germany (99–78) 1992
  • +51 vs. South Korea (104–53) 1994
  • +32 vs. China (105–73) 1994
  • +31 vs. Canada (92–61) 1994
  • +26 vs. Greece (81–55) 1994
  • +21 vs. Iran (75–54) 2010
  • +20 vs. Cuba (85–65)1994
  • +20 vs. Tunisia (84–64) 2010
  • +50 vs. Turkey (113–63) 1993
  • +40 vs. Greece (99–59) 1993
  • +38 vs. Czech Republic (107–69) 2017
  • +32 vs. Belgium (106–74) 1993
  • +25 vs. Finland (88–63) 2013
  • +22 vs. Turkey (90–68) 1995
  • +22 vs. Czech Republic (86–64) 1999
  • +22 vs. Ukraine (93–71) 2003
  • +22 vs. Portugal (90–68) 2007
  • +21 vs. Bulgaria (104–83) 1993
  • +20 vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (98–78) 1993
  • +20 vs. Germany (75–55) 1997
  • +24 vs. Albania (94–70) 2009
  • +73 vs. Iceland (124-51) 1992
  • +60 vs. Romania (115-55) 1997
  • +56 vs. Macedonia (128-72) 1993[10]
  • +52 vs. Portugal (109-57) 1992
  • +46 vs. Italy (108-62) 1992
  • +40 vs. Belarus (112-72) 1993
  • +39 vs. Greece (102-63) 1992
  • +34 vs. Latvia (113-79) 1993
  • +33 vs. Romania (119-86) 1993
  • +29 vs. Ukraine (107-78) 1993
  • +23 vs. Slovenia (93-70) 1992

Biggest Losses[edit]

-20< point difference

Olympic Games World Cup EuroBasket Mediterranean Games Qualifications
  • -33 vs. USA (70–103) 1992
  • -32 vs. USA (85–117) 1992
  • -31 vs. USA (71–102) 1996
  • -24 vs. Argentina (53–77) 2008
  • -28 vs. USA (78–106) 2010
  • -28 vs. Spain (40–68) 2013
  • -26 vs. Spain (66–92) 2013
  • -21 vs. Czech Republic (59–80) 2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ "XIII Olympic Basketball Tournament (Barcelona 1992) Qualifying stage". Linguasport. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.eurobasket.com/Croatia/basketball.asp
  4. ^ http://www.hks-cbf.hr
  5. ^ "All Star NBA u Šancu 1964". kafotka.net. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  6. ^ "U Šancu haklale NBA zvijezde, a u Draganiću gradili naftnu bušotinu". www.kaportal.hr. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  7. ^ "KARLOVAC: 40 GODINA NBA LIGE U KARLOVCU". Index.hr. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Petrović confirms roster for upcoming EuroBasket". Croatian Basketball Federation. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Aco Petrovic otišao, a Hrvatska ekspresno dobila novog izbornika". Jutarnji.hr. 15 September 2017.
  10. ^ "XXVIII European Championship (München 1993) Qualifying stage". Linguasport. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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