Israel national basketball team

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Israel Israel
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FIBA ranking 37 Steady
Joined FIBA 1939
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation איגוד הכדורסל בישראל (Israel Basketball Association)
Coach Erez Edelstein
Olympic Games
Appearances 1
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 2
EuroBasket
Appearances 29
Medals Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 1979
Asian Games
Appearances 3
Medals Gold medal asia.svg Gold: 1966, 1974
Silver medal asia.svg Silver: 1970
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The Israeli national basketball team is the basketball team that represents Israel in (men's) international competition and managed by the Israeli Basketball Association. Israel is currently ranked 37th in the world by FIBA (as of 3 October 2015) and 14th in Europe. Until now, Israel has participated in 34 international competitions and won a silver medal in EuroBasket 1979.

History[edit]

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

Israel made their European championship tournament debut in the EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow, coming within a tie-breaker of taking the silver medal.

In the preliminary round, the Israeli squad won their group by tie-breaker after being one of three teams to finish with a 3–1 record. They advanced to the final round, managing to defeat perennial power Czechoslovakia and taking revenge on Yugoslavia for their preliminary round loss. Their record in the final round was 4–3, putting them in a 4-way tie for second place behind the undefeated Soviet Union. Israel came out on the bottom of that tie-breaker, finishing in 5th place of the 17 teams.

Israel's overall record of 7 wins and 4 losses included two wins by forfeit over Lebanon (in the preliminary round) and Egypt (in the final round), each of which had refused to play against Israel.

Later years[edit]

In the following years, the squad emerged as a serious competitor that, at times, even challenged the world elite teams. Its major accomplishments remain its silver medal at the EuroBasket 1979 and its qualifications to the Basketball World Cup and the Summer Olympics. Israel's basketball program was especially honored when FIBA awarded the country hosting rights for preliminary round games of the official EuroBasket 2017.

Competition history[edit]

Cumulative performance[edit]

Event W L Per. 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) T
Summer Olympic Games 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0
FIBA Basketball World Cup 7 11 .389 0 0 0 0
FIBA EuroBasket 76 107 .415 0 1 0 1
Asian Games 19 2 .905 2 1 0 3
Total 102 122 .455 2 2 0 4

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games
Year Position Pld W L
United Kingdom 1948 Did not enter
Finland 1952 17-23 2 0 2
19562016 Did not qualify
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total 2 0 2

FIBA World Cup[edit]

FIBA Basketball World Cup
Year Position Pld W L
Argentina 1950 Did not qualify
Brazil 1954 8th place 8 2 6
19591982 Did not qualify
Spain 1986 7th place 10 5 5
19902014 Did not qualify
China 2019 To be determined
Total 18 7 11

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games
Year Position Pld W L
Thailand 1966 1st 7 6 1
Thailand 1970 2nd 8 7 1
Iran 1974 1st 6 6 0
Total 21 19 2

EuroBasket[edit]

EuroBasket
Year Position Pld W L
Switzerland 1935 Did not qualify
Latvia 1937
Lithuania 1939
Switzerland 1946
Czech Republic 1947
Egypt 1949
France 1951
Soviet Union 1953 5th place 11 7 4
Hungary 1955 withdrew
Bulgaria 1957
Turkey 1959 11th place 4 1 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1961 11th place 7 2 5
Poland 1963 9th place 9 4 5
Soviet Union 1965 6th place 9 5 4
Finland 1967 8th place 9 4 5
Italy 1969 11th place 7 1 6
Germany 1971 11th place 7 1 6
Spain 1973 7th place 7 3 4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1975 7th place 7 5 2
Belgium 1977 5th place 7 4 3
Italy 1979  Silver 9 5 4
Czechoslovakia 1981 6th place 8 3 5
France 1983 6th place 7 3 4
Germany 1985 9th place 7 3 4
Greece 1987 11th place 7 2 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1989 Did not qualify
Italy 1991
Germany 1993 15th place 3 1 2
Greece 1995 9th place 6 2 4
Spain 1997 9th place 8 4 4
France 1999 9th place 6 2 4
Turkey 2001 10th place 4 1 3
Sweden 2003 7th place 7 3 4
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 9th place 4 2 2
Spain 2007 11th place 4 2 4
Poland 2009 15th place 3 0 3
Lithuania 2011 13th place 5 2 3
Slovenia 2013 21st place 5 1 4
CroatiaFranceGermanyLatvia 2015 10th place 6 3 3
RomaniaFinlandIsraelTurkey 2017 Qualified
Total 183 76 107

Note:Red border indicates host nation