Croatia men's national basketball team

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Croatia Hrvatska
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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 Silver: 1992
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1994)
Medals Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze: 1994
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 12 (First in 1993)
Medals Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze: 1993, 1995
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Team colours
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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. 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.[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 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 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]

EuroBasket[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

This is the roster for the 2015 EuroBasket.

Croatia men's 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) Barcelona Spain
PF 5 Rudež, Damjan 29 – (1986-06-17)17 June 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
PG 6 Stipčević, Rok 29 – (1986-05-20)20 May 1986 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Dinamo Sassari Italy
SG 7 Bogdanović, Bojan 26 – (1989-04-18)18 April 1989 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Brooklyn Nets United States
PF 8 Šarić, Dario 21 – (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Anadolu Efes Turkey
SG 9 Tomas, Marko 30 – (1985-01-03)3 January 1985 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) TED Ankara Kolejliler Turkey
PG 10 Ukić, Roko (C) 30 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Cantu
SG 11 Simon, Krunoslav 30 – (1985-06-24)24 June 1985 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Armani Milano Italy
PG 13 Draper, Dontaye 31 – (1984-08-10)10 August 1984 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Lokomotiv Kuban Russia
C 15 Bilan, Miro 26 – (1989-07-21)21 July 1989 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Cedevita Croatia
C 21 Žorić, Luka 30 – (1984-11-05)5 November 1984 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Fenerbahce Turkey
SF 23 Hezonja, Mario 20 – (1995-02-25)25 February 1995 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Orlando Magic United States
Head coach
Assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 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
SF Mario Hezonja Marko Tomas
SG Bojan Bogdanović Krunoslav Simon
PG Roko Ukić Rok Stipčević Dontaye Draper

Past rosters[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World Cup[edit]

EuroBasket[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Record against other teams[edit]

As of 14 Sep 2015

National team Total Olympic Games World
Championship
European
Championship
Mediterranean
Games
Qualifications Tournaments
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* 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 14 8 6 0 0 0 3 2 1 8 3 5 2 2 0 1 1 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 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 0
Latvia Latvia 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 5 0
Lithuania Lithuania 10 1 9 2 0 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
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*** 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 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 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
Total (55) 224 151 73

Biggest Wins[edit]

20+ point difference

Olympic Games World Championship 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
  • +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
  • +52 vs. Portugal (109-57) 1992
  • +46 vs. Italy (108-62) 1992
  • +39 vs. Greece (102-63) 1992
  • +23 vs. Slovenia (93-70) 1992

Biggest Losses[edit]

-20< point difference

Olympic Games World Championship 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]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eurobasket.com/Croatia/basketball.asp
  2. ^ http://www.hks-cbf.hr
  3. ^ "All Star NBA u Šancu 1964.". http://kafotka.net. Retrieved 8 September 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "U Šancu haklale NBA zvijezde, a u Draganiću gradili naftnu bušotinu". http://www.kaportal.hr. Retrieved 8 September 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "KARLOVAC: 40 GODINA NBA LIGE U KARLOVCU". http://index.hr. Retrieved 21 August 2012.  External link in |work= (help)

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