Croatia men's national basketball team

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Croatia
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FIBA ranking 12 Increase 4
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Croatian Basketball Federation
Coach Velimir Perasović
Olympic Games
Appearances 3 (First in 1992)
Medals Silver medal.svg (1992)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1994)
Medals Bronze medal world centered-2.svg (1994)
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 12 (First in 1993)
Medals Bronze medal europe.svg (1993, 1995)
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The Croatia men's national basketball team (Croatian: hrvatska muška košarkaška reprezentacija) represents Croatia at international basketball tournaments.[1] It is organized by the Croatian Basketball Federation (Croatian: Hrvatski košarkaški savez).[2]

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

Croatia's Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Petrović, and Mirko Novosel are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Ćosić being inducted in 1996 as a player, Petrović in 2002, also as a player, and Novosel in 2007, as a coach. Petrović, Ćosić, and Novosel are also members of the FIBA Hall of Fame.

History[edit]

Prior to Croatian independence[edit]

Croatia played its first unofficial friendly game in 2 June 1964 in Karlovac.[3] 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 Russel 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.[4][5]

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 in 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 1997 Eurobasket in Spain new Croatian generation emerged and ended in 11th place. Croatia failed to qualify at 2000, 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics but ended 6th in 2008. Croatia also failed to qualify to 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Championships, best result being 14th place at 2010. At EuroBaskets Croatia's best results were 6th places at 2007 and 2009.

Competitive record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World Cup[edit]

FIBA EuroBasket[edit]

Current roster[edit]

This is the preliminary roster for the 2015 Eurobasket.

Croatian National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
C 4 Tomić, Ante 28 – (1987-02-17)17 February 1987 2.17 m (7 ft 1 in) FC Barcelona Spain
F 5 Rudež, Damjan 29 – (1986-06-17)17 June 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
G 6 Stipčević, Rok 29 – (1986-05-20)20 May 1986 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Dinamo Sassari Italy
G 7 Bogdanović, Bojan 26 – (1989-04-18)18 April 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Brooklyn Nets United States
F 8 Šarić, Dario 21 – (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Anadolu Efes Turkey
G 9 Tomas, Marko 30 – (1985-01-03)3 January 1985 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) TED Ankara Kolejliler Turkey
G 10 Ukić, Roko 30 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Cedevita Zagreb Croatia
G 11 Simon, Krunoslav 30 – (1985-06-24)24 June 1985 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Armani Milano Italy
F 13 Šakić, Željko 27 – (1988-04-14)14 April 1988 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Lukoil Academic Bulgaria
F 14 Zubčić, Tomislav 25 – (1990-01-17)17 January 1990 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Cedevita Zagreb Croatia
C 15 Bilan, Miro 26 – (1989-07-21)21 July 1989 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Cedevita Zagreb Croatia
C 21 Žorić, Luka 30 – (1984-11-05)5 November 1984 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Cedevita Zagreb Croatia
F 23 Hezonja, Mario 20 – (1995-02-25)25 February 1995 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Orlando Magic United States
G Draper, Dontaye 31 – (1984-08-10)10 August 1984 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Lokomotiv Kuban Russia
Head coach
Assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club
  • Age describes age as of 5 September 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Ante Tomić Luka Žorić Miro Bilan
PF Dario Šarić Damjan Rudež Tomislav Zubčić
SF Bojan Bogdanović Mario Hezonja Željko Šakić
SG Marko Tomas Krunoslav Simon
PG Roko Ukić Dontaye Draper Rok Stipčević

Past rosters[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World Cup[edit]

FIBA EuroBasket[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Record against other teams[edit]

National team Total Olympic Games World Championship European Championship Mediterranean Games Qualifications Tournaments & Friendly
Pld W L 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 3 2 1 2 1 1 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 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 3 1 2 2 1 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 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 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 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Germany Germany 11 5 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 3 4 3 1 2
United Kingdom Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greece Greece 12 7 5 0 0 0 3 2 1 7 3 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
Hungary Hungary 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
Iceland Iceland 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 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 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Italy Italy 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Latvia Latvia 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 5 0
Lithuania Lithuania 9 1 8 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 5 2 1 1
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 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 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 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 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
Romania Romania 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Russia Russia* 12 6 6 2 2 0 1 0 1 7 3 4 2 1 1
Senegal Senegal 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Serbia Serbia** 4 1 3 0 0 0 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 6 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
South Korea South Korea 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Spain Spain 8 3 5 2 1 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 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 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

Biggest Wins[edit]

20+ point difference

Biggest Losses[edit]

-20+ point difference

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Along with Croatia, the hosts will be France, Germany and Latvia.

References[edit]

External links[edit]