Poland national basketball team

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Poland Poland
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FIBA ranking25 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1934
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationPolski Związek Koszykówki (PZKosz.)
CoachMike Taylor
("The Eagles")
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
MedalsSilver medal europe.svg Silver: (1963)
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze: (1939, 1965, 1967)
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The Polish national basketball team is administered by the Polski Związek Koszykówki (Polish Basketball Association). Their biggest successes are the silver medal in the 1963 European Championships at home in Poland and fourth place at the 1936 Summer Olympics.


Continental Stage[edit]

EuroBasket 1937[edit]

The Poles took fourth place with an overall record of 2–3 at the second European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1937 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They took first place in their four-team preliminary group on a three-way tie-breaker after France and Latvia both matched the Polish team's 2–1 record. They then lost to eventual champions Lithuania in the semifinals and were defeated a second time by France in the bronze medal game.

EuroBasket 1939[edit]

Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze medal Poland won the bronze medal in their second EuroBasket competition. The competition format was a single round-robin without playoffs; Latvia and Lithuania both defeated Poland whereas the other five teams in the competition fell to the Poles. With Lithuania undefeated and Poland and Latvia tied at 5–2, the loss to Latvia was decisive in pushing Poland to third place.

EuroBasket 1946[edit]

Due to World War II, the next European championship was EuroBasket 1946. The Poles started well, with a victory over Luxembourg. They lost their next two preliminary games to Italy and Hungary to finish in third place of the four-team group. This put them in the 7th–10th place classification semifinal, where they lost again, this time to Belgium. In the 9th/10th playoff, Poland defeated England.

EuroBasket 1947[edit]

The European championships returned to the odd-year schedule with EuroBasket 1947. Poland placed second in their preliminary group, losing only to eventual silver medallist Czechoslovakia en route to a 2–1 record. They then went 1–2 in their semifinal group, falling to the gold medal Soviet Union team and bronze medal Egypt. This put Poland in a 5th/6th place playoff against France, who had been 1–2 in the opposite semifinal group. France won, 62–29.

EuroBasket 1955[edit]

After an 8-year hiatus, Poland returned with EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest. They quickly showed that they could still play with the European field, winning all four of their preliminary round games to advance to the final round. Despite their mediocre 3–4 record in that round, the Poles had demonstrated that they could be effective against the best of the European pool with a 72–68 win over eventual silver medallist Czechoslovakia. They finished 5th overall of the 18 teams in the tournament.

EuroBasket 1957[edit]

Two years later in Sofia, Poland competed at EuroBasket 1957. Despite being seeded into the same preliminary pool as the Soviet Union, the Poles went 2–1 in the round-robin and advanced to the final round. They lost their first six of seven games in that round, getting their first win in the last game of the round, against France to take 7th place overall.

EuroBasket 1963[edit]

Silver medal with cup.svg Silver medal

EuroBasket 1965[edit]

Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze medal

EuroBasket 1967[edit]

Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze medal

EuroBasket 2007[edit]

After a 10-year break, Poland returned with EuroBasket. It was quite sn unexpected achievement. The Poles advanced from eliminations defeated their group rivals : Ukraine, Bulgaria and Sweden. Because of injury, many key players including Michał Ignerski and Maciej Lampe did not compete. The Poles lost all 3 games, but even in defeat they remained competitive losing by 8 to a well-regarded French team and by 9 to the Italian squad.

  • Poland – France 66–74 (most points for Poland : Wójcik 19)
  • Poland – Slovenia 52–70 (most points for Poland : Pluta 12)
  • Poland – Italy 70–79 (most points for Poland : Pluta 15)

Global Stage[edit]

On several occasions, Poland qualified for events where they competed at the global stage. Yet, the country's major performances there date back to 1980 when the country finished 7th at the Summer Olympics.

Competitive record[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Poland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
C Lampe, Maciej 33 – (1985-02-05)5 February 1985 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Jilin Northeast Tigers China
SF 3 Sokołowski, Michał 25 – (1992-12-11)11 December 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Stelmet Zielona Góra Poland
PF 5 Cel, Aaron 31 – (1987-03-04)4 March 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Polski Cukier Toruń Poland
PG 6 Slaughter, A.J. 31 – (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) ASVEL France
C 7 Sulima, Krzysztof 28 – (1990-01-05)5 January 1990 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Polski Cukier Toruń Poland
SG 8 Zamojski, Przemysław 31 – (1986-12-16)16 December 1986 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Stelmet Zielona Góra Poland
SF 9 Ponitka, Mateusz (C) 25 – (1993-08-29)29 August 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Lokomotiv Kuban Russia
PG 10 Kolenda, Łukasz 19 – (1999-07-28)28 July 1999 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Trefl Sopot Poland
PG 11 Ponitka, Marcel 21 – (1997-08-28)28 August 1997 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Arka Gdynia Poland
SG 12 Waczyński, Adam 28 – (1989-10-15)15 October 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Unicaja Spain
PG 15 Łączyński, Kamil 29 – (1989-04-17)17 April 1989 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Anwil Włocławek Poland
C Wojciechowski, Jakub 28 – (1990-01-09)9 January 1990 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) New Basket Brindisi Italy
PF 21 Gielo, Tomasz 25 – (1993-01-04)4 January 1993 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Iberostar Tenerife Spain
PF 32 Witliński, Mikołaj 22 – (1995-12-02)2 December 1995 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Arka Gdynia Poland
SF 33 Gruszecki, Karol 28 – (1989-11-04)4 November 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Polski Cukier Toruń Poland
C 34 Hrycaniuk, Adam 34 – (1984-03-15)15 March 1984 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Stelmet Zielona Góra Poland
SG Garbacz, Jakub 24 – (1994-03-17)17 March 1994 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Arka Gdynia Poland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Age – describes age
    on 11 September 2018


Past rosters[edit]

1936 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 21 teams
Pawel Stok, Andrzej Plucinski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Zdzislaw Filipkiewicz, Jakub Kopf, Edward Szostak, Ewaryst Loj, Janusz Patrzykont, Florian Grzechowiak, Zenon Rozycki (Coach: Walenty Klyszejko)

1937 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 8 teams
Pawel Stok, Andrzej Plucinski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Zbigniew Resich, Zenon Rozycki, Jaroslaw Smigielski, Stefan Gendera, Florian Grzechowiak, Michal Czajczyk, Janusz Patrzykont (Coach: Walenty Klyszejko)

1939 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 8 teams
Pawel Stok, Florian Grzechowiak, Zbigniew Resich, Stanislaw Pawlowski, Jerzy Rossudowski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Ewaryst Loj, Jerzy Gregolajtis, Bohdan Bartosiewicz, Jaroslaw Smigielski (Coach: Walenty Klyszejko)

1946 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 10 teams
Florian Grzechowiak, Pawel Stok, Zbigniew Resich, Jaroslaw Smigielski, Edward Jarczynski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Wladyslaw Maleszewski, Franciszek Szymura, Roscislaw Ruszkiewicz (Coach: Jozef Pachla)

1947 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 14 teams
Zbigniew Resich, Pawel Stok, Edward Jarczynski, Henryk Jaznicki, Wladyslaw Maleszewski, Jozef Zylinski, Bohdan Bartosiewicz, Jerzy Dowgird, Romuald Markowski, Ludwik Barszczewski, Tadeusz Ulatowski (Coach: Jozef Pachla)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 18 teams
Witold Zagorski, Slawomir Zlotkiewicz, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Andrzej Nartowski, Ryszard Olszewski, Bogdan Przywarski, Jerzy Sterenga, Wincent Wawro, Leszek Kaminski, Tadeusz Pacula, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Stefan Wojcik, Jedrzej Bednarowicz (Coach: Wladyslaw Maleszewski)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams
Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Wincent Wawro, Stefan Wojcik, Ryszard Olszewski, Tadeusz Pacula, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Andrzej Nartowski, Marek Sitkowski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Zdzislaw Skrzeczkowski (Coach: Wladyslaw Maleszewski)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 17 teams
Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Andrzej Nartowski, Bogdan Przywarski, Ryszard Olszewski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Zenon Matysik, Tadeusz Pacula, Jerzy Piskun, Marek Sitkowski, Wladyslaw Pawlak (Coach: Zygmunt Olesiewicz)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 16 teams
Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Marek Sitkowski, Bogdan Przywarski, Dariusz Swierczewski, Andrzej Nartowski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Jerzy Piskun, Ryszard Olszewski, Tadeusz Pacula (Coach: Zygmunt Olesiewicz)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 19 teams
Janusz Wichowski, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Andrzej Nartowski, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Jerzy Piskun, Ryszard Niewodowski, Ryszard Olszewski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Marek Sitkowski, Stanislaw Olejniczak, Zygmunt Wysocki, Leszek Arent (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams
Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Janusz Wichowski, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Zbigniew Dregier, Jerzy Piskun, Marek Sitkowski, Leszek Arent, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Wieslaw Langiewicz, Andrzej Nartowski, Stanislaw Olejniczak (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1964 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 16 teams
Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Zbigniew Dregier, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Krzysztof Sitkowski, Jerzy Piskun, Andrzej Perka, Stanislaw Olejniczak, Tadeusz Blauth, Krystian Czernichowski (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams
Bohdan Likszo, Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Andrzej Perka, Jerzy Piskun, Edward Grzywna, Wieslaw Langiewicz, Czeslaw Malec, Stanislaw Olejniczak (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams
Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Wlodzimierz Trams, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Grzegorz Korcz, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Waldemar Kozak, Czeslaw Malec, Henryk Cegielski, Miroslaw Kuczynski, Maciej Chojnacki (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1967 World Championship: finished 5th among 13 teams
Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Janusz Wichowski, Wlodzimierz Trams, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Zbigniew Dregier, Igor Oleszkiewicz, Wieslaw Langiewicz, Andrzej Chmarzynski, Czeslaw Malec, Henryk Cegielski (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 16 teams
Edward Jurkiewicz, Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Bohdan Likszo, Wlodzimierz Trams, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Grzegorz Korcz, Kazimierz Frelkiewicz, Andrzej Kasprzak, Adam Niemiec, Andrzej Pasiorowski, Czeslaw Malec, Henryk Cegielski (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams
Edward Jurkiewicz, Bohdan Likszo, Andrzej Seweryn, Boleslaw Kwiatkowski, Grzegorz Korcz, Wlodzimierz Trams, Waldemar Kozak, Jan Dolczewski, Henryk Cegielski, Adam Niemiec, Marek Ladniak, Krzysztof Gula (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1971 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams
Edward Jurkiewicz, Andrzej Seweryn, Waldemar Kozak, Grzegorz Korcz, Henryk Cegielski, Jerzy Frolow, Janusz Ceglinski, Zbigniew Jedlinski, Jan Dolczewski, Miroslaw Kalinowski, Marek Ladniak, Eugeniusz Durejko (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1972 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 16 teams
Mieczyslaw Lopatka, Andrzej Seweryn, Waldemar Kozak, Grzegorz Korcz, Jan Dolczewski, Andrzej Pasiorowski, Franciszek Niemiec, Ryszard Bialowas, Eugeniusz Durejko, Andrzej Kasprzak, Janusz Ceglinski, Piotr Langosz (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1973 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams
Grzegorz Korcz, Andrzej Seweryn, Jan Dolczewski, Janusz Ceglinski, Andrzej Pasiorowski, Jacek Kalinowski, Zdzislaw Myrda, Tadeusz Grygiel, Eugeniusz Durejko, Jerzy Plebanek, Tomasz Tybinkowski, Piotr Langosz (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1975 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams
Edward Jurkiewicz, Andrzej Seweryn, Franciszek Niemiec, Adam Gardzina, Wojciech Fiedorczuk, Marek Ladniak, Dariusz Kwiatkowski, Piotr Langosz, Zdzislaw Myrda, Tomasz Garlinski, Eugeniusz Durejko, Tadeusz Grygiel (Coach: Witold Zagorski)

1979 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams
Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Andrzej Seweryn, Zdzislaw Myrda, Ryszard Prostak, Krzysztof Fikiel, Justyn Weglorz, Leszek Chudeusz, Zbigniew Kudlacz, Tomasz Garlinski, Wojciech Rosinski (Coach: Jerzy Swiatek)

1980 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 12 teams
Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Zdzislaw Myrda, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Krzysztof Fikiel, Wojciech Rosinski, Justyn Weglorz, Ryszard Prostak, Jerzy Binkowski, Marcin Michalski, Leszek Dolinski, Ireneusz Mulak (Coach: Stefan Majer)

1981 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams
Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Wojciech Rosinski, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Krzysztof Fikiel, Zbigniew Bogucki, Jerzy Binkowski, Miroslaw Boryca, Dariusz Szczubial, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Ryszard Prostak, Justyn Weglorz (Coach: Jerzy Swiatek)

1983 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams
Mieczyslaw Mlynarski, Dariusz Zelig, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Eugeniusz Kijewski, Ryszard Prostak, Krzysztof Fikiel, Jerzy Binkowski, Stanislaw Kielbik, Ireneusz Mulak, Justyn Weglorz, Stanislaw Reschke, Zbigniew Bogucki (Coach: Jerzy Swiatek)

1985 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams
Dariusz Zelig, Henryk Wardach, Jaroslaw Zyskowski, Krzysztof Fikiel, Jerzy Binkowski, Ireneusz Mulak, Adam Fiedler, Marek Sobczynski, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Andrzej Zurawski, Justyn Weglorz, Dariusz Szczubial (Coach: Andrzej Kuchar)

1987 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams
Dariusz Zelig, Henryk Wardach, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Jerzy Binkowski, Adam Fiedler, Krzysztof Fikiel, Dariusz Szczubial, Dariusz Kobylanski, Marek Sobczynski, Jerzy Kolodziejczak, Ryszard Prostak, Miroslaw Boryca (Coach: Andrzej Kuchar)

1991 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 8 teams
Maciej Zielinski, Dariusz Zelig, Adam Wojcik, Jerzy Binkowski, Dariusz Szczubial, Jaroslaw Jechorek, Jacek Duda, Mariusz Bacik, Wojciech Krolik, Tomasz Torgowski, Piotr Baran, Jaroslaw Marcinkowski (Coach: Arkadiusz Koniecki)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams
Adam Wojcik, Dominik Tomczyk, Maciej Zielinski, Andrzej Pluta, Mariusz Bacik, Tomasz Jankowski, Rafal Bigus, Piotr Szybilski, Krzysztof Dryja, Jaroslaw Darnikowski, Robert Kosciuk, Krzysztof Mila (Coach: Eugeniusz Kijewski)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 13th16th among 16 teams
Adam Wójcik, Filip Dylewicz, Andrzej Pluta, Kamil Pietras, Szymon Szewczyk, Robert Witka, Radosław Hyży, Robert Skibniewski, Bartłomiej Wołoszyn, Iwo Kitzinger, Łukasz Koszarek, Przemysław Frasunkiewicz (Coach: Andriej Urlep)

2009 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams
Adam Wójcik, Krzysztof Roszyk, Michal Chylinski, Krzysztof Szubarga, Szymon Szewczyk, Robert Witka, Michal Ignerski, Robert Skibniewski, David Logan, Marcin Gortat, Łukasz Koszarek, Maciej Lampe (Coach: Muli Katzurin)



2011: Spalding 2013-15: Zina[2] 2016-present: adidas


2011: Prokom 2013: Lotto 2015: Tauron[2] 2017: Energa

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b Poland | EuroBasket 2015, FIBA.com, Retrieved 27 May 2016.

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