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Greece Greece
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FIBA ranking 11 Increase 2
Joined FIBA 1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Hellenic Basketball Federation
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Nickname(s) Official Beloved
Olympic Games
Appearances 4
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 7
Medals Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: (2006)
EuroBasket
Appearances 27
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold: (1987, 2005)
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: (1989)
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze: (1949, 2009)
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Biggest win
Greece Greece 123–49 Canada Canada
(Athens, Greece; 17 August 2010)[1]

The Greece national basketball team (Greek: Eθνική Oμάδα Καλαθοσφαίρισης Ελλάδος) is organized and run by the Hellenic Basketball Federation. They were runners-up in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, after beating the United States 101–95 in the tournament's semifinal. They have won the FIBA EuroBasket twice; in 1987, after beating the Soviet Union 103–101 in the final in Athens and in 2005, after beating Germany with a convincing 78–62 in the final in Belgrade. Greece is currently placed thirteenth in the FIBA World Rankings (down from fourth a few years ago, due to relatively poor results in recent years).

Greece has also won one silver (1989) and two bronze medals (1949, 2009) in FIBA EuroBasket, having closely missed a medal in several occasions in world and continental tournaments (4th place in the 1994 and 1998 FIBA World Championships, 4th place in the 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2007 FIBA EuroBasket), as well as ending up in the fifth place in their last three Olympic appearances (United States 1996, Greece 2004, China 2008). Between 1990 and 1997, following their consecutive successes in FIBA EuroBasket, the Greeks participated in all major international tournaments but one, with their lowest ranking being a sixth place in the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

Greece is also the only national team in the world to have defeated the United States during Mike Krzyzewski's era (2005–2016), as the latter had an undefeated record both before and after the 2006 World Championship semifinal, all major competitions included.

History[edit]

The previous Hellenic Basketball Federation logo.
Greek national basketball team of 1987 logo

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Basketball has a long tradition in Greece, as the country was one of the eight founding members of the International Basketball Federation, more commonly known by its French acronym FIBA, in 1932. However, the men's national team was considered as a second-class power in international basketball for several decades and only came into prominence in the mid-1980s by winning the EuroBasket 1987. It was the first ever major international title won by a Greek national team in any sports. As a result, basketball became extremely popular in the country and since then Greece has been placed in the high level on the basketball stage.

International debut and first successes[edit]

Greece was to take part in EuroBasket 1935, the inaugural FIBA European Championship held in Geneva, but were not able to travel to Switzerland due to financial problems.[3] Thus, Greece made their international debut fourteen years later in the EuroBasket 1949 in Cairo, Egypt. That tournament has been marked as the weakest in the history of the competition, as most of the leading European basketball nations at the time refused to travel by plane to Egypt. Greece entered the tournament as a rookie and got through to make their first major success in their very first appearance in the competition, finishing in the third place behind hosts Egypt and strong side France.[4]

After their first international success, the Greeks were also present in the following tournament in 1951, where they qualified to the semi-final round and finally finished 8th among the eighteen nations that participated. They also made their first appearance at the Summer Olympic Games, taking part at the Summer Olympic basketball tournament in 1952. They were narrowly eliminated in the preliminary round, finishing at the bottom of the classification along with other six teams, ending the first period in the history of the team as Greece did not enter any major tournament for the rest of the 1950s.

During the 1960s, the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s, Greece appeared in most of the EuroBasket competitions, with their best performances being the 8th place in 1965 and the 9th place in both 1979 and 1981. They didn't manage to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games and the FIBA World Cup but in 1979 they managed to win the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games, beating Yugoslavia 85–74 in the final.

Rise to the top level: European Champions[edit]

Greek basketball legend Nikos Galis, FIBA Hall of Fame inaugural inductee and widely regarded as one of the all-time greatest players in both European and FIBA International basketball history.

The history of the national team was not overly impressive until the mid-1980s, when Greece arose as the new power in international basketball spearheaded by top-class players Nikos Galis, the top scorer in the history of European basketball, Panagiotis Giannakis, Panagiotis Fasoulas and Fanis Christodoulou. The beginning was their qualification for the 1986 FIBA World Championship, for the first time in their history and the end of the tournament found them 10th among the twenty-four nations.

In the next year, Greece faced up their biggest challenge, as the country was the host of the EuroBasket 1987 and the team enjoyed a formidable line-up. Qualified from the preliminary round, they eliminated Italy and Yugoslavia, both among the favourites to win the tournament, in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals respectively. In the final, Greece faced the defending champions and heavily favoured Soviet Union. In front of 17,000 Greek fans at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, the hosts won the gold medal after a thrilling win 103–101 over the Soviets, with Nikos Galis scoring 40 points.[5] It was the first time that a Greek national team won a major tournament in any sports, thus basketball was made the national team sport overnight and the national team was to be considered the official cherished of the Greek nation.

The European champions failed to qualify for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games for a first time in 36 years, despite a decent performance in the pre-Olympic tournament. In the EuroBasket 1989, the defending champions were under pressure to prove that they could stand at the top level of international basketball and they did so in a convincing way. After they had qualified from the group stage, the Soviet Union stood in their way in the semi-finals but Greece defeated them once again and reached the final. Contrary to what happened two years ago, this time Greece had to overcome Yugoslavia and the latter's home court advantage, as the tournament was held in Zagreb. Eventually, the Greek team bowed to the home side taking the silver medal, their third medal in total and second in a row.

Firmly among the best in the world but no medals[edit]

In the 1990s there was a series of successful results for the national team, which was present in all major international tournaments every year except for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. In the period between 1990 and 1998, Greece never fell below 6th place and usually ended up 4th. They also qualified for a second Olympic appearance in 1996, where the team reached the 5th position.

Ιn the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the team would face a new challenge as they would have to compete without their leading scorer Nikos Galis who was injured, but performed better than four years ago and were placed 6th. For the next two competitions in 1994 and 1998 Greece finished 4th. In 1994, the team reached the semi-finals but was eliminated by the United States and played for the third place against Croatia to which they lost and were placed 4th, a result that was considered to demonstrate the continued prominence of the team. In 1998, the tournament was held in Athens and the Greeks hoped to qualify for the final, but in the semi-final they were eliminated by Yugoslavia in extra time and their disappointment of missing the chance to reach the final led to an easy defeat to the United States in the bronze medal game, once more leaving Greece 4th.

In the EuroBasket 1991 Greece finished 5th and for the next three competitions in 1993, 1995 and 1997 they reached the semi-finals but ultimately ended up 4th. The 1995 tournament was hosted in Greece but the Greeks failed to repeat the triumph of 1987 and were defeated in the semi-final by Yugoslavia, something that happened again in 1997, while hosts Germany had eliminated Greece in 1993.

The years 1999–2002 were marked by an obvious decline of Greece. The beginning of this era was the shocking 16th and last place of the team in the final standings of the EuroBasket 1999, having suffered three defeats in the preliminary round. Consequently, Greece was absent from the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. In the next European championship in 2001, the Greek team was placed 9th, thus failed to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

European and Worldwide success: European Champions, FIBA World Championship Runners-up[edit]

Greece won the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship after their memorable 101–95 win against USA.

The revival of Greece started in the EuroBasket 2003, where an overhauled team finished 5th; the experiment was partly successful but the public was not very enthusiastic. The 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, were considered as the biggest chance of hosts Greece to win their first Olympic medal, but a close loss (69–64) to eventual gold medalists Argentina in the quarter-finals, stopped their way and they were finally placed 5th.

Greece were considered a strong outsider for the medals at the EuroBasket 2005. They advanced from the group stage with two wins in three games and eliminated Israel and Russia to reach the semi-finals, where they faced France. The French were leading the score by seven points with only one minute left, Greece appeared to have no chance to pull out the win and one more lost semi-final was coming. However, the Greeks managed to get within a two-point distance and won 67–66 with a three-pointer by Dimitris Diamantidis with three seconds remaining, setting off a joyous celebration from the Greek side. At the final and in front of a raucous pro-Greece sold-out crowd of 20,000 at the Belgrade Arena, the Greeks defeated Germany in a convincing way with 78–62 and won the gold medal for a second time in their history.[6]

Greek basketball legend Panagiotis Giannakis is the only person to have won the EuroBasket both as a player (EuroBasket 1987) and as a head coach (EuroBasket 2005). He also led Greece to the final of the 2006 World Championship.

The following year, the European champions won the 2006 Stanković Cup going undefeated in the tournament and defeating Germany again at the final with an impressive 84–47 win. In the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Greece were glazed to win a medal that had closely missed in their last two appearances in the tournament and reached once more the semi-finals with a record of seven consecutive wins, some of them impressive. In the semi-finals, Greece defeated the popular odds-on United States in a 101–95 upset, rallying back from twelve points down, and qualified for the final, but they proved to be exhausted from their dramatic game with the Americans and lost 70–47 to Spain, ending up with the silver medal. Despite the loss the players were greeted enthusiastically by celebrating fans on their return to Greece, due to their first medal in a World Championship and their glorious win over the United States.

In the EuroBasket 2007, the defending European champions advanced to the semi-finals where they faced up hosts and world champions Spain, in a repeat of the final one year ago. Greece came close to take a revenge but finally lost 82–77 and played in the bronze medal game, where they succumbed to Lithuania. At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, another last-second defeat 80–78 to Argentina in the quarter-finals led Greece to the 5th place more. In the EuroBasket 2009, the national team was potently changed; with a bunch of young players and without key players Theodoros Papaloukas and Dimitris Diamantidis, as well as Panagiotis Vasilopoulos and Kostas Tsartsaris, the tournament was perceived as the turning point for Greece after their major recent achievements. However, after their fourth consecutive defeat to Spain in the semi-finals and sixty years after their first, and last, bronze medal they managed to take the podium in the third position against the odds, with a thrilling 57–56 win over the Slovenia, ceasing the curse of being defeated in all bronze medal games in their history.

Before the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the team exhibited impressive performances during friendly preparation matches, beating Germany 82–54, Russia 101–63, Croatia 90–81, Canada 123–49, Slovenia 96–72, and Serbia 74–73, in a game that ended up in a brawl. That brawl exposed problems within the team, which showed a different face in crucial matches in the World Championship. In the group stage, Greece lost to Turkey and Russia, (being accused of purposely losing the game with Russia, to avoid playing with Spain in the knock-out stage). France's loss to New Zealand meant that Greece had to face Spain anyway in the phase of 16. The two teams met once more, in a dramatic game that Spain won in the last minutes (a game that lead to Greek complaints about critical referee calls). That loss meant that the Greek team was eliminated from the next stage, ending up 11th (its worst performance in a World Cup). That game led to the fifth consecutive Spanish victory over Greece in major international competitions (Greece would stop Spain's winning streak 3 years later at EuroBasket 2013, beating them 79–75, with Vassilis Spanoulis scoring 20 points). That actually represented a reversal of the previous situation, as Greece had defeated Spain in every match they played against each other at four major international competitions (1998 FIBA World Championship, EuroBasket 1995, EuroBasket 1993, and the 1990 FIBA World Championship). After the elimination in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Dimitris Diamantidis announced his retirement from the national team at age 30.

2011–present[edit]

During preparations for EuroBasket 2011, new head coach, Ilias Zouros, faced one of the greatest challenges in the history of Greek basketball team, with the absences of no less than 9 key players (including star players: Dimitris Diamantidis, Theodoros Papaloukas, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, and Vassilis Spanoulis). Zouros had to assemble a team mostly made of young players (half of the team's players had never participated in the EuroBasket), with little time to prepare. The new national team, featuring some of the next generation Greek players ("Generation X"), exhibited promising signs during friendlies, beating Russia 83–80, Germany 69–56, and Turkey 62–38. At the EuroBasket, Greece managed to reach the quarterfinals, where it lost to eventual finalist France (64–56). Subsequently, victory against Serbia (87–77), and a loss to Lithuania (73–69), led Greece to 6th place, thus securing participation in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. At the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Greece failed to qualify for the Olympics, after an 80–79 loss to Nigeria.

Participation in the EuroBasket 2013 with its new coach, Andrea Trinchieri, didn't bring any consolation to its fans. The team, once more exhibited superb performance during preparation games (including scoring commanding victories against both eventual finalists France and Lithuania) earning the top spot on the FIBA EuroBasket power rankings before the tournament. Their start in the EuroBasket was equally fruitful, with comfortable victories against Sweden (79–51), Russia (80–71) and Turkey (84–61). However, serious injuries plagued the Greek team (Spanoulis, Mavrokefalidis, Papanikolaou, Zisis) and despite the impressive win against the defending Champions Spain, losses at critical games (especially those against Italy and Finland in Group stage 1), lead to failure to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since the EuroBasket 2001. They were, however, selected as a wild card for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, being placed in Group B consisting of Philippines, Senegal, Argentina, Croatia and rivals Puerto Rico.

The team once more had a new coach, Fotios Katsikaris, and once more faced what had become a chronic problem of missing key players (this time Vassilis Spanoulis, Kosta Koufos, Antonis Fotsis, Stratos Perperoglou and Sofoklis Schortsanitis). Greece ended up first in its group, after defeating all the above teams (being, along with USA and Spain, one of three undefeated teams in the Group Stage), but lost to Serbia in the Round of 16, and ended up in ninth place overall. Greece participated in EuroBasket 2015, in the Group C consisting of Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Georgia and rivals Republic of Macedonia. The team, with Fotios Katsikaris as head coach, ended up first in its group, after defeating all the above teams (being, along with France and Serbia, one of three undefeated teams in the Group Stage). In the Round of 16, they defeated Belgium (75–54), but in the quarterfinals, they lost to Spain (71–73). Two days later (17 September 2015), they defeated Latvia (97–90), ending up in fifth place overall, and qualified to one of the three 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. At the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Greece defeated Iran (78–53), and Mexico (86–70), but lost to Croatia (61–66), and failed to qualify to the Summer Olympic Games, for the second time in a row. However, they qualified for EuroBasket 2017.

Greece began Eurobasket 2017 with a victory against Iceland, but lost their next three games against Slovenia, France, and Finland. However, they defeated Poland 95-77 to clinch a playoff spot. In the round of 16, Greece put a strong performance to defeat Lithuania 77-64 and advance to the quarter finals.

Honours[edit]

Medals table[edit]

The Greek national team's medal record through the years:

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
FIBA World Cup 0 1 0 1
EuroBasket 2 1 2 5
Mediterranean Games 1 4 3 8
Grand Totals 3 6 5 14


Individual awards[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[7]

The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017.

Greece men's national basketball team – 2017 EuroBasket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PG 8 Calathes, Nick 28 – (1989-02-22)22 February 1989 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Panathinaikos Greece
C 9 Bourousis, Ioannis 33 – (1983-11-17)17 November 1983 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Panathinaikos Greece
G 10 Sloukas, Kostas 27 – (1990-01-15)15 January 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Fenerbahçe Turkey
SG 11 Pappas, Nikos 26 – (1990-11-07)7 November 1990 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Panathinaikos Greece
C 14 Papagiannis, Georgios 20 – (1997-07-03)3 July 1997 2.17 m (7 ft 1 in) Sacramento Kings United States
PF 15 Printezis, Georgios 32 – (1985-02-22)22 February 1985 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Olympiacos Greece
SF 16 Papanikolaou, Kostas 27 – (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Olympiacos Greece
G 17 Mantzaris, Vangelis 27 – (1990-04-16)16 April 1990 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Olympiacos Greece
F/C 18 Agravanis, Dimitrios 22 – (1994-12-20)20 December 1994 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Olympiacos Greece
F 19 Papapetrou, Ioannis 23 – (1994-03-30)30 March 1994 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Olympiacos Greece
C 31 Bogris, Georgios 28 – (1989-02-19)19 February 1989 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Iberostar Tenerife Spain
SF 43 Antetokounmpo, Thanasis 25 – (1992-07-18)18 July 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) MoraBanc Andorra Andorra
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 26 August 2017


Depth chart[edit]

Based on the recent calls and selections[8][9][10]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3 Inactive
C Ioannis Bourousis Dimitris Mavroeidis Zach Auguste Georgios Tsalmpouris
PF Georgios Printezis Dinos Mitoglou Dušan Šakota Vassilis Christidis
SF Kostas Papanikolaou Ioannis Papapetrou Thanasis Antetokounmpo Panagiotis Vasilopoulos Charis Giannopoulos
SG Kostas Sloukas Michael Bramos Giannoulis Larentzakis Christos Saloustros Vassilis Mouratos
PG Nick Calathes Vangelis Mantzaris Ioannis Athinaiou Dimitrios Katsivelis Antonis Koniaris /
Nikos Gikas

Notable people[edit]

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1949 FIBA EuroBasket roster – Bronze medalists[edit]

Sokratis Apostolidis, Faidon Matthaiou, Alekos Apostolidis, Stelios Arvanitis, Thanasis Kostopoulos, Ioannis Lambrou, Nikos Nomikos, Missas Pantazopoulos, Nikos Skylakakis, Alekos Spanoudakis, Nikos Milas, Takis Taliadoros, Nikos Bournelos (Head Coach: Georgios Karatzopoulos)

1987 FIBA EuroBasket roster – European Champions[edit]

Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Panagiotis Fasoulas, Fanis Christodoulou, Michalis Romanidis, Nikos Filippou, Nikos Stavropoulos, Argiris Kambouris, Memos Ioannou, Liveris Andritsos, Panagiotis Karatzas, Nikos Linardos (Head Coach: Kostas Politis)

1989 FIBA EuroBasket roster – Silver medalists[edit]

Nikos Galis, Kostas Patavoukas, Panagiotis Giannakis, Argiris Kambouris, David Stergakos, Dinos Angelidis, John Korfas, Nikos Filippou, Liveris Andritsos, Panagiotis Fasoulas, Dimitris Papadopoulos, Fanis Christodoulou (Coach: Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou)

2005 FIBA EuroBasket roster – European Champions[edit]

Dimitris Diamantidis, Theodoros Papaloukas, Vassilis Spanoulis, Nikos Zisis, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Michalis Kakiouzis, Dimos Dikoudis, Antonis Fotsis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Ioannis Bourousis, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis)

2006 FIBA World Championship roster – Silver medalists[edit]

Dimitris Diamantidis, Theodoros Papaloukas, Vassilis Spanoulis, Nikos Zisis, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Michalis Kakiouzis, Dimos Dikoudis, Antonis Fotsis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis)

2009 FIBA EuroBasket roster – Bronze medalists[edit]

Giannis Kalampokis, Ioannis Bourousis, Nikos Zisis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Nick Calathes, Antonis Fotsis, Georgios Printezis, Andreas Glyniadakis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Kosta Koufos, Stratos Perperoglou, Sofoklis Schortsanitis (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

Statistics[edit]

Top 20 career caps[edit]

  • Note: Includes only games played that are classified as being games played under the category of Greek senior men's national basketball team games, as deemed by the Hellenic Basketball Federation.
  • Players in bold, are players that are still active.

Players with the most caps (games played):

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Rank Player Caps
1. Panagiotis Giannakis 351
2. Panagiotis Fasoulas 244
3. Fanis Christodoulou 220
4. Nikos Zisis 189
5. Georgios Sigalas 185
6. Antonis Fotsis 184
7. Liveris Andritsos 182
8. Dimitris Kokolakis 178
9. Nikos Galis 168
10. Manthos Katsoulis 165
11. Kostas Patavoukas 162
12. Georgios Kastrinakis 158
13. Fragiskos Alvertis 155
14. Takis Koroneos 150
15. Michalis Giannouzakos 147
16. Vassilis Spanoulis 146
17. Ioannis Bourousis 140
18. Georgios Trontzos 136
19. Dimitrios Papanikolaou 131
19. Theodoros Papaloukas 131
20. Efthimios Rentzias 127
20. Sotiris Sakellariou 127

Last updated: 28 July 2017.

Top 20 career scorers[edit]

  • Note: Includes only games played that are classified as being games played under the category of Greek senior men's national basketball team games, as deemed by the Hellenic Basketball Federation.
  • Players in bold, are players that are still active.

[12]

Rank Player Points scored Caps Points per game
1. Panagiotis Giannakis 5,301 351 15.1
2. Nikos Galis 5,129 168 30.5
3. Panagiotis Fasoulas 2,384 244 9.8
4. Fanis Christodoulou 2,269 220 10.3
5. Takis Koroneos 1,832 150 12.2
6. Georgios Kolokithas 1,807 90 20.1
7. Antonis Fotsis 1,734 184 9.4
8. Vassilis Goumas 1,641 114 14.4
9. Georgios Kastrinakis 1,612 158 10.2
10. Fragiskos Alvertis 1,605 155 10.4
11. Georgios Trontzos 1,543 136 11.3
12. Vassilis Spanoulis 1,494 146 10.2
13. Georgios Sigalas 1,487 185 8.0
14. Steve Giatzoglou 1,468 115 12.8
15. Nikos Zisis 1,455 189 7.7
16. Manthos Katsoulis 1,371 165 8.3
17. Ioannis Bourousis 1,310 140 9.4
18. Dimitris Kokolakis 1,280 178 7.2
19. Nikos Oikonomou 1,156 109 10.6
20. Apostolos Kontos 1,114 114 9.8

Last updated: 28 July 2017.

Memorable wins[edit]

Date Tournament Place Opponents Score
May 1981 EuroBasket 1981 Challenge round Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 85 – 84
4 June 1987 EuroBasket 1987 Group stage Athens, Greece  Yugoslavia 84 – 78
7 June 1987 EuroBasket 1987 Group stage Athens, Greece  France 82 – 69
10 June 1987 EuroBasket 1987 Quarter-final Athens, Greece  Italy 90 – 78
12 June 1987 EuroBasket 1987 Semi-final Athens, Greece  Yugoslavia 81 – 77
14 June 1987 EuroBasket 1987 Final Athens, Greece  Soviet Union 103 – 101 (OT)
21 June 1989 EuroBasket 1989 Group stage Zagreb, Croatia  France 80 – 74
24 June 1989 EuroBasket 1989 Semi-final Zagreb, Croatia  Soviet Union 81 – 80
28 June 1993 EuroBasket 1993 Second round Berlin, Germany  Spain 76 – 75
1 July 1993 EuroBasket 1993 Quarter-final Berlin, Germany  France 61 – 59
4 August 1994 1994 FIBA World Championship 1st round Toronto, Canada  Germany 68 – 58
8 August 1994 1994 FIBA World Championship 2nd round Toronto, Canada  Canada 74 – 71
30 June 1995 EuroBasket 1995 Quarter final Athens, Greece  Spain 66 – 64
2 August 1996 1996 Summer Olympics 5th place game Atlanta, USA  Brazil 91 – 72
25 June 1997 EuroBasket 1997 Group stage Barcelona, Spain  Turkey 74 – 52
26 June 1997 EuroBasket 1997 Group stage Barcelona, Spain  Russia 74 – 72
27 June 1997 EuroBasket 1997 Group stage Barcelona, Spain  Bosnia and Herzegovina 78 – 76
31 August 2001 EuroBasket 2001 Preliminary round Antalya, Turkey  Italy 83 – 82
2 September 2001 EuroBasket 2001 Preliminary round Antalya, Turkey  Bosnia and Herzegovina 101 – 77
5 September 2003 EuroBasket 2003 Group stage Borås, Sweden  Croatia 77 – 76
6 September 2003 EuroBasket 2003 Group stage Borås, Sweden  Turkey 75 – 70
22 September 2005 EuroBasket 2005 Quarter-final Belgrade, Serbia  Russia 66 – 61
24 September 2005 EuroBasket 2005 Semi-final Belgrade, Serbia  France 67 – 66
25 September 2005 EuroBasket 2005 Final Belgrade, Serbia  Germany 78 – 62
20 August 2006 2006 FIBA World Championship Group stage Hamamatsu, Japan  Lithuania 81 – 76 (OT)
22 August 2006 2006 FIBA World Championship Group stage Hamamatsu, Japan  Australia 72 – 69
27 August 2006 2006 FIBA World Championship Round of 16 Saitama, Japan  China 95 – 64
30 August 2006 2006 FIBA World Championship Quarter-final Saitama, Japan  France 73 – 56
1 September 2006 2006 FIBA World Championship Semi-final Saitama, Japan  United States 101 – 95
4 September 2007 EuroBasket 2007 Group stage Granada, Spain  Serbia 68 – 67 (OT)
9 September 2007 EuroBasket 2007 Qualifying round Madrid, Spain  Croatia 81 – 78
14 September 2007 EuroBasket 2007 Quarter-final Madrid, Spain  Slovenia 63 – 62
18 September 2009 EuroBasket 2009 Quarter-final Katowice, Poland  Turkey 76 – 74 (OT)
20 September 2009 EuroBasket 2009 Third place game Katowice, Poland  Slovenia 57 – 56
17 August 2010 Acropolis Tournament 2010 Athens, Greece  Canada 123 – 49
5 September 2011 EuroBasket 2011 Group stage Alytus, Lithuania  Croatia 74 – 69
8 September 2011 EuroBasket 2011 Second round Vilnius, Lithuania  Slovenia 69 – 60
5 September 2013 EuroBasket 2013 Group stage Koper, Slovenia  Russia 80 – 71
7 September 2013 EuroBasket 2013 Group stage Koper, Slovenia  Turkey 84 – 61
12 September 2013 EuroBasket 2013 Second round Ljubljana, Slovenia  Spain 79 – 75
3 September 2014 2014 FIBA World Cup Group stage Seville, Spain  Croatia 76 – 65
4 September 2014 2014 FIBA World Cup Group stage Seville, Spain  Argentina 79 – 71
6 September 2015 EuroBasket 2015 Group stage Zagreb, Croatia  Croatia 72 – 70
9 September 2015 EuroBasket 2015 Group stage Zagreb, Croatia  Slovenia 83 – 72
9 September 2017 EuroBasket 2017 Round of 16 Istanbul, Turkey  Lithuania 77 – 64

Kit Suppliers[edit]

Period Kit supplier
1981–1988 Asics
1989–1990 Adidas
1991–1995 Reebok
1996 Adidas
1997–2005 Nike
2006–2007 Champion
2008 Adidas
2009–2014 Champion
2015–2017 Spalding
2017–present GSA Sport

References[edit]

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