Georgia national basketball team

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Georgia Georgia (country)
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FIBA ranking 47Increase7[1]
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Georgian Basketball Federation
Coach Ilias Zouros
Olympic Games
Appearances 0
Medals 0
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 0
Medals 0
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 3 (First in 2011)
Medals 0
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The Georgia men's national basketball team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საკალათბურთო ნაკრები) represents the country of Georgia in international basketball competitions. It is controlled by Georgian Basketball Federation, the GBF, that was established on June 4, 1991 after Georgia became independent from Soviet Union. The country is a FIBA member since 1992. The first official game was played against Poland in 1995.

The team made its EuroBasket debut in 2011. They qualified for three following tournaments in 2013, 2015 and 2017 as well.

History[edit]

Soviet era[edit]

Until 1991 Georgia was a part of Soviet Union and players born in Georgia played for the Soviet Union national basketball team. Notable players born in Georgia who played for Soviet Union and won medals in Olympic Games, FIBA World Cup and EuroBasket include: Nodar Dzhordzhikiya, Otar Korkia, Guram Minashvili, Vladimer Ugrekhelidze, Levan Moseshvili, Zurab Sakandelidze and Mikheil Korkia.

Independent Georgia[edit]

After gaining independence from Soviet Union, on several occasions Georgian national team unsuccessfully tried to qualify for the EuroBasket, Europe's biggest basketball competition and major tournament. The team also played in EuroBasket Division B three times and gained promotion in 2009 after defeating Belarus in play-offs.[2] After the expansion of EuroBasket in 2011 from 16 to 24 teams, Georgia qualified to competition for the first time and since then they played at every tournament.

The team played five matches in Group D. They won games against Belgium and Ukraine, lost three matches and advanced in the second round, but lost all three matches.[3]

After finishing second in qualifying group, Georgia qualified for its second Eurobasket tournament. After comfortable 84–67 victory in the opening match over Poland, Georgia lost four remaining matches and finished the tournament.[4] To this date Eurobasket 2013 was the only tournament, when Georgia could not win more than one match.

Georgia qualified to Eurobasket for the third successive time in 2014. In group after three straight losses, Georgia defeated Macedonia 90–75. In last match Georgians met tournament co–hosts and balkan basketball giants Croatia, beat them 71–58[5] and qualified to the knockout stages for the first time, where they suffered narrow 81–85[6] defeat to tournament favorites and future finalists Lithuania.

In EuroBasket 2017 qualification Georgia topped it's group after 90–84[7] victory over Montenegro and qualified to Eurobasket for fourth successive time.

The core of the team that consistently qualified to Europe's biggest basketball competition consisted of captain Zaza Pachulia, Viktor Sanikidze, Manuchar Markoishvili, Tornike Shengelia, Giorgi Tsintsadze and Giorgi Shermadini.

Competitive record[edit]

EuroBasket[edit]

EuroBasket Qualification
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
1935 to 1991 Was a part of Soviet Union
Germany 1993 Did not participate
Greece 1995
Spain 1997 Did not qualify 15 6 9
France 1999 13 2 11
Turkey 2001 5 2 3
Sweden 2003 11 6 5
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 Division B 6 4 2
Spain 2007 Division B 8 6 2
Poland 2009 Division B 10 9 1
Lithuania 2011 11th 8 2 6 8 5 3
Slovenia 2013 17th 5 1 4 8 6 2
Croatia France Germany Latvia 2015 15th 6 2 4 6 4 2
Finland Israel Romania Turkey 2017 Qualified 6 5 1
Total 19 5 14

Record against other teams at EuroBasket[edit]

National team Pld W L PF PA PD
Belgium Belgium 1 1 0 81 59 +22
Bulgaria Bulgaria 1 0 1 69 79 −10
Croatia Croatia 2 1 1 147 135 +12
Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 0 1 79 95 −16
Finland Finland 1 0 1 73 87 −14
Greece Greece 2 0 2 128 152 −24
Lithuania Lithuania 1 0 1 81 85 −4
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 2 1 1 153 140 +13
Netherlands Netherlands 1 0 1 72 73 −1
Poland Poland 1 1 0 84 67 +17
Russia Russia 1 0 1 58 65 −7
Slovenia Slovenia 3 0 3 211 238 −27
Spain Spain 1 0 1 59 83 −24
Ukraine Ukraine 1 1 0 69 53 +16
Total: 14 countries 1364 1411 −47

Tbilisi "Tbilisi City Hall Cup"[edit]

Georgia (country) Played Wins Losses Place
Georgia (country) 2010 3 3 0 1
Georgia (country) 2012 3 3 0 1
Georgia (country) 2014 3 3 0 1
Georgia (country) 2015 3 2 1 2
Georgia (country) 2016 3 2 1 2
Georgia (country) 2017
Total 15 13 2

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.

Georgian national team captain Zaza Pachulia
Georgian men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
SG 2 Lezhava, Besik 30 – (1986-02-21)21 February 1986 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) BC Batumi Georgia (country)
PG 3 Dixon, Michael 25 – (1990-12-01)1 December 1990 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) AEK Athens Greece
SF 5 Zakradze, Luka 20 – (1996-04-10)10 April 1996 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country)
SG 6 Boisa, Anatoli 32 – (1983-09-09)9 September 1983 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) BC Kutaisi 2010 Georgia (country)
C 7 Pachulia, Zaza (C) 32 – (1984-02-10)10 February 1984 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Golden State Warriors United States
PG 8 Tsintsadze, Giorgi 30 – (1986-02-07)7 February 1986 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Rouen Métropole France
C 9 Shermadini, Giorgi 27 – (1989-04-02)2 April 1989 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) BC Andorra Andorra
SF 10 Sanadze, Duda 24 – (1992-07-25)25 July 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) KK Primorska Slovenia
SF 13 Sanikidze, Viktor 30 – (1986-04-01)1 April 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Aris B.C. Greece
PF 15 Burjanadze, Beka 22 – (1994-01-03)3 January 1994 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) BC Andorra Andorra
SG 16 Jintcharadze, Kakha 23 – (1993-07-16)16 July 1993 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) BC Armia Georgia (country)
PF 23 Shengelia, Tornike 24 – (1991-10-05)5 October 1991 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Saski Baskonia Spain
C 35 Bekauri, Beka 25 – (1991-01-18)18 January 1991 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) BC Kutaisi 2010 Georgia (country)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 5 September 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Zaza Pachulia Giorgi Shermadini Nikoloz Tskitishvili
PF Tornike Shengelia Beka Burjanadze Beka Bekauri
SF Viktor Sanikidze Levan Patsatsia
SG Manuchar Markoishvili Duda Sanadze Besik Lezhava
PG Giorgi Tsintsadze Michael Dixon Luka Zakradze

Past rosters[edit]

2011 EuroBasket squad: finished 11th among 24 teams

Giorgi Gamqrelidze, Vladimir Boisa, Anatoli Boisa, Zaza Pachulia, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Giorgi Shermadini, Lasha Parghalava, Manuchar Markoishvili, MarQuez Haynes, Viktor Sanikidze, Tornike Shengelia, Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Coach: Igor Kokoškov)

2013 EuroBasket squad: finished 17th among 24 teams

Nika Metreveli, Otar Pkhakadze, Duda Sanadze, Beka Burjanadze, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Giorgi Shermadini, Ricky Hickman, Manuchar Markoishvili, Levan Patsatsia, Viktor Sanikidze, Besik Lezhava, Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Coach: Igor Kokoškov)

2015 EuroBasket squad: finished 15th among 24 teams

Jacob Pullen, Nika Metreveli, Zaza Pachulia, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Giorgi Shermadini, Duda Sanadze, Manuchar Markoishvili, Levan Patsatsia, Viktor Sanikidze, Beka Burjanadze, Tornike Shengelia, Besik Lezhava (Coach: Igor Kokoškov)

Managerial history[edit]

Coach Years active
Georgia (country) Besik Liparteliani 1995–1997
Georgia (country) Levan Moseshvili 1997–1999
Georgia (country) Zurab Tomaradze 1999–2001
Croatia Drazen Brajkovic 2001–2005
Canada Gordon Herbert 2005–2007
Canada Ken Shields 2007–2008
Serbia Igor Kokoškov 2008–2015
Greece Ilias Zouros 2016–

Record by opponents[edit]

Opponent Played Wins Losses Win %
 Albania 2 2 0 100%
 Austria 10 6 4 60%
 Azerbaijan 2 2 0 100%
 Belgium 5 2 3 40%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 4 4 50%
 Belarus 11 8 3 73%
 Bulgaria 7 3 4 43%
 Canada 1 0 1 0%
 Central African Republic 1 1 0 100%
 Croatia 2 1 1 50%
 Cyprus 2 1 1 50%
 Czech Republic 8 2 6 25%
 Denmark 4 3 1 75%
 England 3 1 2 33%
 Estonia 5 3 2 60%
 Finland 5 2 3 40%
 France 3 0 3 0%
 Germany 2 0 2 0%
 Great Britain 1 1 0 100%
 Greece 5 0 5 0%
 Hungary 4 1 3 25%
 Iceland 2 1 1 50%
 Ireland 4 4 0 100%
 Israel 7 3 4 43%
 Italy 8 0 8 0%
 Latvia 8 5 3 63%
 Lithuania 5 0 5 0%
 Luxembourg 8 7 1 88%
 Macedonia 7 4 3 57%
 Moldova 1 1 0 100%
 Montenegro 2 1 1 50%
 Netherlands 7 3 4 43%
 Poland 6 2 4 33%
 Portugal 7 6 1 86%
 Romania 8 7 1 88%
 Russia 5 1 4 20%
 Serbia 1 1 0 100%
 Slovakia 7 5 2 71%
 Slovenia 4 0 4 0%
 Spain 1 0 1 0%
 Sweden 7 3 4 43%
  Switzerland 1 0 1 0%
 Tunisia 1 0 1 0%
 Turkey 3 0 3 0%
 Ukraine 7 6 1 86%
 Wales 1 1 0 100%
Total: 46 countries 209 104 105 50%
Score 15 913 15 937

Kit[edit]

Manufacturer[edit]

2015: Spalding[8]

[edit]

2015: Natakhtari[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA World Ranking, men - FIBA.com". FIBA.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Montenegro, Georgia promoted to Division A - TalkBasket.net". TalkBasket.net. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Georgia | EuroBasket (2011) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Georgia | EuroBasket (2013) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Georgia - Croatia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Lithuania - Georgia | EuroBasket (2015) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Montenegro v Georgia - 17 Sep - FIBA.com". FIBA.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Georgia | EuroBasket 2015 - PHOTO GALLERY, eurobasket2015.org, Retrieved 22 Oct 2015.

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