Poland national basketball team

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Poland Poland
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FIBA ranking 40 Steady
Joined FIBA 1934
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Polski Związek Koszykówki (PZKosz.)
Coach Mike Taylor
Nickname(s) Biało-czerwoni
("The Eagles")
Olympic Games
Appearances 6 (1936, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1980)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 1 (1967)
Appearances 26
Medals Silver medal europe.svg Silver 1963
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze 1939, 1965, 1967
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The Polish national basketball team is the national basketball side that represents Poland in international competitions. It is administrated by the Polski Związek Koszykówki (Polish Basketball Federation).

Their biggest successes are the silver medal in the 1963 European Championships at home in Poland and fourth place at the 1936 Summer Olympics.


Preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2015

Poland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PG Koszarek, Lukasz 31 – (1984-01-12)12 January 1984 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Zielona Góra Poland
SG Slaughter, A.J. 27 – (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Panathinaikos Greece
SG Berisha, Dardan 26 – (1988-11-15)15 November 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Cibona Croatia
SF Gruszecki, Karol 25 – (1989-11-04)4 November 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Czarni Słupsk Poland
SF Ponitka, Mateusz 21 – (1993-08-29)29 August 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Telenet Oostende Belgium
SG Waczyński, Adam 25 – (1989-10-15)15 October 1989 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Rio Natura Monbus Spain
SG Zamojski, Przemyslaw 28 – (1986-12-16)16 December 1986 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Zielona Góra Poland
PF Cel, Aaron 28 – (1987-03-04)4 March 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Zielona Góra Poland
SF Czyz, Aleksander 25 – (1990-03-03)3 March 1990 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Turow Poland
C Gortat, Marcin 31 – (1984-02-17)February 17, 1984 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Washington Wizards United States
C Karnowski, Przemyslaw 21 – (1993-11-08)November 8, 1993 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) Gonzaga United States
PF Kulig, Damian 27 – (1987-06-23)June 23, 1987 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Trabzonspor Turkey
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 12 June 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Maciej Lampe represents Poland internationally. Lampe and Marcin Gortat are known as Poland's own Twin Towers.
Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Marcin Gortat Przemyslaw Karnowski
PF Damian Kulig Aaron Cel Olek Czyz
SF Mateusz Ponitka Adam Waczyński Karol Gruszecki
SG A.J. Slaughter Dardan Berisha
PG Łukasz Koszarek Przemyslaw Zamojski

Basketball at the Summer Olympics[edit]

Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics[edit]

4th place

Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics[edit]

7th place

Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics[edit]

6th place

Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics[edit]

6th place

Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics[edit]

10th place

Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics[edit]

7th place

FIBA World championship[edit]

1967 FIBA World championship[edit]

5th place


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)

Competitive record[edit]


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)

1982 World Championship: did not qualify

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)

1984 Olympics: did not qualify

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)

1986 World Championship: did not qualify

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)

1988 Olympics: did not qualify

1989 EuroBasket: did not qualify

1990 World Championship: did not qualify

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)

1992 Olympics: did not qualify

1993 EuroBasket: did not qualify

1994 World Championship: did not qualify

1995 EuroBasket: did not qualify

1996 Olympics: did not qualify

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)

1998 World Championship: did not qualify

1999 EuroBasket: did not qualify

2000 Olympics: did not qualify

2001 EuroBasket: did not qualify

2002 World Championship: did not qualify

2003 EuroBasket: did not qualify

2004 Olympics: did not qualify

2005 EuroBasket: did not qualify

2006 World Championship: did not qualify

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)

2008 Olympics: did not qualify

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)


  1. ^ Along with France, hosts will be and Croatia, Germany and Latvia. Poland has been drawn in Group A, and therefore they will compete in France.

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