Netherlands men's national basketball team

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Netherlands
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FIBA ranking47 Decrease 2 (7 December 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1946
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationBasketball Nederland
CoachMaurizio Buscaglia
Nickname(s)Oranje (Orange)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances1 (1986)
MedalsNone
EuroBasket
Appearances16
MedalsNone
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Home jersey
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Home
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Away jersey
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Away
First international
 Netherlands 48–27 England 
(Geneva, Switzerland; 30 April 1946)
Biggest win
 Netherlands 134–54 Morocco 
(Hagen, West Germany; 15 May 1975)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 93–19 Netherlands 
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 27 April 1947)

The Netherlands men's national basketball team (Dutch: Het Nederlands nationaal basketbalteam) represents the Netherlands in international basketball matches. The national team is governed by Basketball Nederland.

The Dutch have reached the European Basketball Championship on 15 occasions. Their best results at the event came in 1983, where they finished in fourth place. They have also qualified for the FIBA World Cup once, in 1986. However, in recent years the national team has struggled to maintain consistency to reach major international tournaments.

The team represents itself as the Orange Lions.

History[edit]

1946–1991: Early years[edit]

The Netherlands playing a match against Luxembourg in 1959

The Netherlands were one of the teams that played in the 1946, 1947, 1949 and 1951 EuroBasket tournaments. During this period, the 5th place finish in 1949 was the best performance by the national team.

1961–1991: EuroBasket success & World Cup debut[edit]

The Oranje qualified for three European Basketball Championships in the 1960s (1961, 1963, 1967). After three consecutive missed tournaments, the Netherlands had another three EuroBasket appearance stretch from 1975, 1977, and 1979. During the 1977 EuroBasket, the Netherlands' star player Kees Akerboom shined during the tournament. He finished the competition as the top scorer, and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

At EuroBasket 1983, the Dutch had its biggest success in history under head coach Vladimir Heger. The national team achieved fourth place at the tournament. The Dutch wound up reaching the semi-finals, but eventually fell to Italy. In the third-place game they would lose again, this time to the Soviet Union.

Three years after achieving success at the continental level, the Netherlands qualified to the World Cup for the first time in 1986. The national team ultimately did not make it out of the group stage though, finishing the tournament with an (2-3) record to place 14th overall.

1991–2012: Long mediocre period[edit]

Francisco Elson was the face of the team for a long time

From 1991 until 2012, the Netherlands did not qualify for a EuroBasket tournament. Star player Francisco Elson, former NBA-champion, represented the team on several occasions but the team never came close to qualifying. During this period, notable Dutch players like Dan Gadzuric were not willing to play for the national team. Home games were usually played at the Topsportcentrum in Almere and usually had little to no media attention or fan support in the Netherlands.

Rising from the ashes (2012–2015)[edit]

Toon van Helfteren coached the national team to its first EuroBasket tournament in 26 years

In December 2012, it was announced that the Netherlands national team would be dissolved for 2 years, because the national federation NBB {Netherlands Basketball Bond} was not willing to invest money in to it. After a campaign by Dutch players who played in the Dutch Basketball League, the national team was eventually saved. Sports broadcaster Sport1 became the main sponsor and DBL-teams invested in the team, which started playing again.[2]

During August 2013, the Netherlands was on its way to qualification for EuroBasket 2015, but lost two games 20–0 because the team played with two players – Mohamed Kherrazi and Sean Cunningham – who were identified as foreign players by FIBA.[3] The NBB believed that both were eligible players, and was upset that the attention came up after the Netherlands already won 2 games.[4]

"Miracle of 2014"[edit]

Logo used from 2012–2019

At the start of the second 2015-qualification round, things looked bad for the Oranje. The DBL-teams didn't have any more money to invest in the team and the NBB wasn't ready to take the team back. Head coach Toon van Helfteren, who worked as a volunteer, still did prepare for the qualifying games. He invited 42 players to play for the national team,[5] but after most (notable) players rejected the offer, he started his first training camp with 7 players. The team eventually shocked the world, by beating heavy favorite Montenegro to get the second place in their group. On 27 August 2014, the Dutch national team qualified for EuroBasket for the first time in 25 years.[6]

Return to EuroBasket (2015–present)[edit]

The national team left the NBB and FEB, from 2015 the team was run by the NMT. Coach Van Helfteren then had his contract with the national team extended. In contrast to the summer of 2014, big name players from foreign leagues applied to play for the national team.

In the first game at EuroBasket 2015, the Dutch beat Georgia 73–72 behind Charlon Kloof's 22 and Worthy de Jong's 16 points.[7] The Netherlands remaining four games though were all loses, but only by single digits to power houses such as Croatia and Greece.

On 22 July 2019, Italian coach Maurizio Buscaglia signed a contract to become the head coach of the Netherlands, ending in the summer of 2021.[8]

Competitive record[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Loss

2020[edit]

27 November 2020 Netherlands  78–76  Sweden Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
16:00 Scoring by quarter: 15–18, 23–24, 18–12, 22–22
Pts: Franke 22
Rebs: Kherrazi, Williams 6
Asts: De Jong 5
Boxscore Pts: Czerapowicz 21
Rebs: Spires 11
Asts: Pantzar 7
Arena: Sinan Erdem Dome
Referees: Tanel Suslov (EST), Sergei Beliakov (RUS), Paulo Marques (POR)
29 November 2020 Netherlands  71–73  Turkey Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
17:00 Scoring by quarter: 14–24, 23–17, 18–14, 16–18
Pts: Kloof 17
Rebs: Kloof 8
Asts: three players 3
Boxscore Pts: Larkin 23
Rebs: Şengün 4
Asts: Larkin 9
Arena: Sinan Erdem Dome
Referees: Tomas Jasevičius (LTU), Alexandre Deman (FRA), Gintaras Vitkauskas (LTU)

2021[edit]

20 February 2021 Croatia  57–65  Netherlands Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
20:00 Scoring by quarter: 19–11, 16–16, 13–22, 9–16
Pts: Šakić 17
Rebs: Bilan, Šakić 10
Asts: Krušlin 6
Boxscore Pts: Franke 15
Rebs: Kloof 9
Asts: Van der Vuurst de Vries 4
Arena: BJK Akatlar Arena
Referees: Manuel Mazzoni (ITA), Lorenzo Baldini (ITA), Ivor Matějek (CZE)
22 February 2021 Sweden  74–59  Netherlands Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
17:00 Scoring by quarter: 23–17, 16–20, 18–16, 17–6
Pts: Czerapowicz 19
Rebs: Jerebko 11
Asts: Pantzar 5
Boxscore Pts: Nzekwesi 11
Rebs: Van der Vuurst de Vries 6
Asts: Van der Vuurst de Vries 8
Arena: BJK Akatlar Arena
Referees: Saverio Lanzarini (ITA), Ivor Matějek (CZE), Gintaras Mačiulis (LTU)
26 November 2021 (2021-11-26) Netherlands  77–79  Iceland Almere
19:30 Scoring by quarter: 19–23, 22–21, 17–18, 19–17
Pts: Franke 17
Rebs: De Jong 7
Asts: Van der Vuurst de Vries 7
Boxscore Pts: Hermannsson 27
Rebs: Hlinason 8
Asts: Steinarsson 6
Arena: Topsportcentrum
Attendance: 0
Referees: Sergii Zashchuk (UKR), Zafer Yılmaz (TUR), Zdenko Tomašovič (SVK)
Note:
29 November 2021 (2021-11-29) Italy  75–73  Netherlands Milan
20:30 Scoring by quarter: 22–18, 25–21, 13–11, 15–23
Pts: Akele 18
Rebs: Akele 6
Asts: Tonut 6
Boxscore Pts: Hammink 19
Rebs: De Jong 6
Asts: Van der Vuurst de Vries 8
Arena: Mediolanum Forum
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Tomas Jasevičius (LTU), Martin Vulić (CRO), Erez Gurion (ISR)
Note:

2022[edit]

24 February 2022 (2022-02-24) Russia  vs.  Netherlands
Boxscore
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27 February 2022 (2022-02-27) Netherlands  vs.  Russia
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Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers matches on 26 and 29 November 2021 against Iceland and Russia.[10]

Netherlands men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 0 Yannick Franke 25 – (1996-05-21)21 May 1996 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Trefl Sopot Poland
G 1 Keye van der Vuurst de Vries 19 – (2001-12-29)29 December 2001 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Oostende Belgium
C 2 Joey van Zegeren 30 – (1990-12-07)7 December 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Real Valladolid Spain
SG 3 Boy van Vliet 27 – (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Den Bosch Netherlands
G 5 Leon Williams 30 – (1991-07-25)25 July 1991 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Donar Netherlands
G 6 Worthy de Jong 33 – (1988-03-14)14 March 1988 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Leiden Netherlands
F 9 Mohamed Kherrazi 31 – (1990-06-29)29 June 1990 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Den Bosch Netherlands
G/F 11 Shane Hammink 27 – (1994-07-22)22 July 1994 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Den Bosch Netherlands
F/C 13 Roeland Schaftenaar 32 – (1988-07-29)29 July 1988 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Cáceres Spain
PF 15 Emmanuel Nzekwesi 24 – (1997-09-05)5 September 1997 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Mons-Hainaut Belgium
F 30 Olaf Schaftenaar 28 – (1993-05-15)15 May 1993 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Girona Spain
C 32 Matt Haarms 24 – (1997-04-22)22 April 1997 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) Fraport Skyliners Germany
F/C 33 Jito Kok 27 – (1994-03-23)23 March 1994 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Spirou Belgium
PG 90 Charlon Kloof 31 – (1990-03-20)20 March 1990 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Porto Portugal
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 26 November 2021

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Jito Kok Roeland Schaftenaar Matt Haarms
PF Mohamed Kherrazi Joey van Zegeren Emmanuel Nzekwesi
SF Worthy de Jong Olaf Schaftenaar Shane Hammink
SG Leon Williams Yannick Franke Boy van Vliet
PG Charlon Kloof Keye van der Vuurst de Vries

List of head coaches[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1946 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 10 teams

3 Chris van Laar, 4 Joop Koper, 5 Henk Mik, 6 Wim van Someren, 7 Freek Brandt, 8 Jan Aldenberg, 9 Henk Koper, 13 Chris Kugelein, 14 Wim Kunnen, 15 Ben Gerritsma (Coach: Dick Schmüll)


1947 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 14 teams

3 Joop Koper, 4 Chris van Laar, 5 Freek Brandt, 6 Jaap van Veen, 7 Wim van Someren, 8 B Winkel, 9 Tan Eng Hau, 10 Henk Koper, 20 Visser (Coach: Dick Schmüll)


1949 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 7 teams

3 Jaap van Veen, 4 Jaap van Veen, 5 Tom Losekoot, 6 Tan Eng Hau, 7 Henk Koper, 8 Joop Koper, 9 Wim van Someren, 10 Henk van de Broek, 11 Jan Hille, 20 Freek Brandt (Coach: Dick Schmüll)


1951 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 17 teams

3 Tim de Jong, 4 Johan de Hoop, 5 Bob van der Valk, 6 Ab Gootjes, 7 Jaap van Veen, 8 Henk van de Broek, 9 Vok Alberda, 10 Kees van der Schuijt, 11 Jan Hille, 12 Piet Ouderland, 13 Ton Koemans, 14 Rinus van Eijkeren (Coach: Dick Schmüll)


1961 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 19 teams

4 Henny Braun, 5 Antonie Boot, 6 Jan Bruin, 7 Jan Driehuis, 8 Dolf Pouw, 9 Wim Franke, 10 Maarten Sleeswijk, 11 Gerrit Kok, 12 Peter de Jong, 13 Gunter van de Berg, 14 Franciscus de Haan, 15 Hans Perrier (Coach: Jan Janbroers)


1963 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

4 Jos Pelk, 5 Antonie Boot, 6 Jan Bruin, 7 Jan Driehuis, 8 Simon Schagen, 9 Bob Grosmann, 10 Wim Franke, 11 Gerrit Kok, 12 Roelof Tuinstra, 13 Jan Schappert, 14 Franciscus de Haan, 15 Frederik Witte (Coach: Jan Janbroers)


1967 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

4 Petrus Rijsewik, 5 Antonie Boot, 6 Jan Bruin, 7 Frank Kales, 8 Antonius van der Kroon, 9 Karel Pastor, 10 Karel Vrolijk, 11 Erik Jager, 12 Roelof Tuinstra, 13 Erik van Woerkom, 14 Franciscus de Haan, 15 Frederik Witte (Coach: Egon Steuer)


1975 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

4 Jan Dekker, 5 Antonie Boot, 6 Jan Sikking, 7 Hugo Harrewijn, 8 Herman Pluim, 9 Walter Ombre, 10 John van Vliet, 11 Kees Akerboom, 12 Dan Cramer, 13 Toon van Helfteren, 14 Pieter van Tuyll, 15 Harry Kip (Coach: Bill Sheridan)


1977 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

4 Al Faber, 5 Jan Dekker, 6 Jimmy Woudstra, 7 Cees Limmen, 8 Emill Hagens, 9 Bert Kragtwijk, 10 Cock van de Lagemaat, 11 Dan Cramer, 12 Kees Akerboom, 13 Jan Loorbach, 14 Renso Zwiers, 15 Harry Kip (Coach: Jan Janbroers)


1979 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

4 Bert Kragtwijk, 5 Jan Dekker, 6 Dan Cramer, 7 Mitchell Plaat, 8 Emill Hagens, 9 Al Faber, 10 Sid Bruinsma, 11 Jimmy Woudstra, 12 Kees Akerboom, 13 Toon van Helfteren, 14 Pieter van Tuyll, 15 Harry Kip (Coach: Tom Quinn)


1983 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

4 René Ridderhof, 5 Ronald Schilp, 6 Randy Wiel, 7 Mitchell Plaat, 8 Jelle Esveldt, 9 Al Faber, 10 Jos Kuipers, 11 Dan Cramer, 12 Cock van de Lagemaat, 13 Henk Pieterse, 14 Roland van den Bergh, 15 Rob van Essen (Coach: Vladimír Heger)


1985 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

4 Martin Esajas, 5 Ronald Schilp, 6 Martin de Vries, 7 Marco de Waard, 8 Jelle Esveldt, 9 Ron van der Schaaf, 10 John Franken, 11 Cock van de Lagemaat, 12 Jos Kuipers, 13 Peter van Noord, 14 Hans Heijdeman, 15 Rob van Essen (Coach: Vladimír Heger)


1986 FIBA World Cup: finished 14th among 24 teams

4 Rik Smits, 5 Jelle Esveldt, 6 Ronald Schilp, 7 Cock van de Lagemaat, 8 Raymond Bottse, 9 Rene Ebeltjes, 10 Chris van Dinten, 11 Hans Heijdeman, 12 Erik Griekspoor, 13 Emill Hagens, 14 Marco de Waard, 15 Peter van Noord (Coach: Ruud Harrewijn)


1987 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

4 John Emanuels, 5 Ronald Schilp, 6 Marco de Waard, 7 Cees van Rootselaar, 8 Jelle Esveldt, 9 Okke te Velde, 10 Rik Smits, 11 Chris van Dinten, 12 Peter van Noord, 13 Toon van Helfteren, 14 Henk Pieterse, 15 Jos Kuipers (Coach: Ruud Harrewijn)


1989 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 8 teams

4 Raymond Bottse, 5 John Emanuels, 6 Marco de Waard, 7 Cees van Rootselaar, 8 Rolf Franke, 9 Okke te Velde, 10 Richard van Poelgeest, 11 Frans Houben, 12 Milko Lieverst, 13 Paul Vrind, 14 Peter Dam, 15 Jos Kuipers (Coach: Ruud Harrewijn)


2015 EuroBasket: finished 21st among 24 teams

0 Yannick Franke, 5 Leon Williams, 6 Worthy de Jong, 7 Charlon Kloof, 9 Mohamed Kherrazi, 10 Ralf de Pagter, 12 Kees Akerboom, Jr., 13 Roeland Schaftenaar, 18 Nicolas de Jong, 21 Robin Smeulders, 23 Henk Norel, 44 Arvin Slagter (C) (Coach: Toon van Helfteren)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches in the November 2020 and February 2021 windows were played behind closed doors in select host cities.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 7 December 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Nederlandse basketballers gered door Sport1". Volkskrant.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Netherlands Incur Penalty". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  4. ^ "NBB niet eens met straf". NOS. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Eredivisie basketbal Nederland". Basketballleague.nl. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Basketballers na 25 jaar naar EK". Nos.nl. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Dutch Win On Return". Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Italiaan Buscaglia nieuwe basketballcoach Nederlands mannenteam". Oranje Basketball. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Statement regarding the November 2020 and February 2021 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Netherlands during the 2023 FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers in Nov. 2021". Retrieved 26 November 2021.

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