Kosovo national basketball team

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Kosovo Kosovo Kosova
FIBA ranking 83
Joined FIBA 2015
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation FBK
Coach Arben Krasniqi
Nickname(s) Dardanët (Dardanians), Djelmoshat e Artë (Golden Boys)
Olympic Games
Appearances None
Medals None
For achievements before independence see Yugoslavia and
Serbia national basketball team
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Medals None
For achievements before independence see Yugoslavia and
Serbia national basketball team
European Championships
Appearances None
Medals None
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The Kosovo national basketball team represents Kosovo internationally in basketball. The Kosovo national basketball team is run by the Basketball Federation of Kosovo, the governing body of basketball in Kosovo, which was created in 1991 and joined FIBA in 2015. Prior to 1991, Kosovo was under the Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia.


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

Kosovo was not allowed to play international matches, not even friendlies by FIBA, until 2015 when Kosovo Basketball Federation became official member of FIBA World and FIBA Europe. Kosovo will be part of FIBA EuroBasket 2017 qualifications for the very first time from the october 2015.FIBA is about to allow lot of Kosovans player who already played for other national teams to play for their own country. Some of those players are Dardan Berisha (Poland), Kenan Sipahi (Turkey), Ulug Kacaniku (Turkey), Edon Maxhuni (Finland), Gezim Morina (Slovenia), Erjon Kastrati (Slovenia), etc.

Current Roster[edit]

Kosovo National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
F 4 Azemi, Edmond 33 – (1980-11-10)November 10, 1980 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
PG 5 Shaptahu, Samir 33 – (1981-08-02)August 2, 1981 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) KB Peja Kosovo
PG 6 Veseli, Alban 24 – (1990-01-10)January 10, 1990 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) KB Peja Kosovo
SF 7 Hajrizi, Drilon 23 – (1991-01-17)January 17, 1991 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) KB Peja Kosovo
SG 8 Zekiqi, Samir 19 – (1994-10-17)October 17, 1994 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) KB Trepça Kosovo
SG 9 Rugova, Fisnik 24 – (1989-10-26)October 26, 1989 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) KB Peja Kosovo
C 10 Zenelaj, Urim 23 – (1991-08-30)August 30, 1991 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) KB Ylli Kosovo
SG 11 Berisha, Dardan 25 – (1988-11-15)November 15, 1988 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Cibona Zagreb Croatia
PG 12 Sipahi, Kenan 19 – (1995-06-26)June 26, 1995 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Fenerbahçe Ülker Turkey
C 13 Kaçaniku, Yll 29 – (1985-05-31)May 31, 1985 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Uşak Sportif Turkey
C 14 Mazreku, Blerim 32 – (1981-12-24)December 24, 1981 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
C 15 Ljuca, Ersid 33 – (1981-05-10)May 10, 1981 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) ES Sahel Tunisia
PG 16 Molla, Edon 21 – (1994-03-08)March 8, 1994 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) St.Francis College United States
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Ersid Ljuca Bkerim Mazreku Urim Zenelaj
PF Uluğ Kaçaniku Samir Zekiqi Fisnik Rugova
SF Edmond Azemi Alban Veseli Edon Molla
SG Dardan Berisha Drilon Hajrizi
PG Kenan Sipahi Samir Shaptahu

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