Kosovo national basketball team

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Kosovo
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FIBA ranking 96
Joined FIBA 2015
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Basketball Federation of Kosovo (Federata e Basketbollit e Kosovës – FBK)
Coach Brad Greenberg
Nickname(s) Dardanët (Dardanians)
Olympic Games
Appearances None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
EuroBasket
Appearances None
Uniforms
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Light jersey
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Team colours
Light
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Dark jersey
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Team colours
Dark


First international
 Slovenia 113–68 Kosovo 
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 31 August 2016)
Biggest win
 Kosovo 75–69 Estonia 
(Pristina, Kosovo; 19 August 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Slovenia 113–68 Kosovo 
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 31 August 2016)

The Kosovo national basketball team (Albanian: Përfaqësuesja e basketbollit të Kosovës, Serbian: Кошаркашкa репрезентација Косова/Košarkaška reprezentacija Kosova) represents Kosovo[a] in international men's basketball. It is controlled by the Basketball Federation of Kosovo, the governing body for basketball in Kosovo. They have been a member of FIBA since 13 March 2015.[1] The team is coached by Brad Greenberg, who took charge in April 2017.

History[edit]

The Basketball Federation of Kosovo was founded in 1991. During the Yugoslavian era, Kosovo had its own Superleague and lower divisions, in both genders. In the 1990s, Kosovo declared political and sports independence from the Yugoslav system, organising its own league, based on different teams from seven major cities of Kosovo. Some basketball players from Kosovo, especially Kosovo Serbs, participated as part of the Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia.

Kosovo was not allowed to play international matches, not even friendlies by FIBA, until 2015, when the Basketball Federation of Kosovo, became an official member of FIBA and FIBA Europe. Kosovo will be part of EuroBasket qualifications for the first time, as they will compete in the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.[2] FIBA is about to allow a lot of Kosovan players, that have already played for other national teams to play for their own country.

On 2 August 2017. Kosovo achieved their first win ever by defeating Macedonia 72–68 in the first match of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup pre-qualifications.[3]

Youth teams[edit]

Kosovo began to participate in youth competitions in 2015. It competed in the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B, where it finished in the 14th position out of 18 teams and the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship Division C, finishing as runner-up after being defeated by San Marino, by a score of 59–76 in the final.[4]

Competitive record[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Kosovo roster were called up for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup pre-qualifications.[5]

Kosovo national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
SG 1 Hajdari, Arti 24 – (1993-05-12)12 May 1993 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Peja Kosovo
SG 5 Kastrati, Erjon 22 – (1994-12-30)30 December 1994 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia
F 8 Veseli, Alban 27 – (1990-01-10)10 January 1990 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
F 9 Rugova, Granit 31 – (1985-11-13)13 November 1985 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
SG 11 Berisha, Dardan (C) 28 – (1988-11-15)15 November 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
F 12 Hajrizi, Drilon 26 – (1991-01-17)17 January 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
C 14 Zenelaj, Urim 26 – (1991-06-17)17 June 1991 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
G/F 15 Bamforth, Scott 27 – (1989-08-12)12 August 1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Dinamo Sassari Italy
C 18 Grosha, Ergin 24 – (1993-01-07)7 January 1993 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Ylli Kosovo
F 21 Zekiqi, Samir 22 – (1995-01-23)23 January 1995 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Trepça Kosovo
PG 23 Sina, Jaren 23 – (1994-03-12)12 March 1994 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) George Washington United States
F 24 Shoshi, Lis 23 – (1994-06-29)29 June 1994 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Doxa Lefkadas Greece
F/C 34 Morina, Gëzim 24 – (1992-12-12)12 December 1992 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Primorska Slovenia
PF 35 Rugova, Fisnik 27 – (1989-08-26)26 August 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
PG 55 Mekaj, Leonard 22 – (1995-02-27)27 February 1995 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Peja Kosovo
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • United States Ernest Nestor
  • Kosovo Andin Rashica

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last club
    before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 2 August 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Lis Shoshi Urim Zenelaj Ergin Grosha
PF Gëzim Morina Fisnik Rugova
SF Scott Bamforth Alban Veseli Samir Zekiqi
SG Dardan Berisha Drilon Hajrizi Granit Rugova
PG Erjon Kastrati Leonard Mekaj Jaren Sina

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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