Portugal national basketball team

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Portugal Portugal
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FIBA ranking62 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationFPB
CoachMário Palma
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
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The Portuguese national basketball team has never had great success in the past at the international level, but they have qualified for the EuroBasket three times, most recently at the EuroBasket 2011. Portugal has yet to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup or the Summer Olympic Games.

Portugal is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA), and has one of the world's longest basketball traditions.


EuroBasket 1935[edit]

Portugal nearly joined the field of the first European championship, but in the only qualification game held for the tournament the Portuguese lost 33–12 to the Spanish team in Madrid. The game was curiously referred by the Spanish coach Mariano Manent.

EuroBasket 1951[edit]

Portugal's European Championship debut was at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris, where they were invited to play in the tournament. Both of their preliminary round games were losses, though they did get an official win in Romania's forfeit to finish 1–2 and third place in the group.

In the first classification round, Portugal managed a win against Switzerland in a major upset, 51–49, but nevertheless finished in fourth and last place of the classification round group with a 1–2 record. They then lost to Denmark in the second round classification 13–16 game, but defeated Scotland in the 15/16 game to place 15th of 18 teams.

EuroBasket 2007[edit]

Portugal qualified for its second EuroBasket (but first time through direct qualification) by finishing first in its qualification group, where it beat the likes of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia and Israel, who eventually booked the last place in the final tournament through an additional qualifying tournament.

In the preliminary round, Portugal lost its first two matches against Spain and Croatia by 56–82 and 68–90, respectively. Before the third and last match of its group, Portugal had to defeat Latvia by, at least, sixteen points; alternatively, a victory would suffice provided Croatia defeated the World champions, Spain, in their last match. Portugal won by only ten points, but since Croatia grabbed a surprising one-point victory, with a three-pointer in the last three seconds, Portugal qualified for the first time ever to the second round.

Portugal began this round playing against Russia, that had won all games in its preliminary group; the Portuguese were defeated by 65–78. Israel was the next opponent and, like in the qualification, Portugal once again defeated them, by 94–85, putting up their best performance in the tournament. This second victory revived Portugal's chances to reach the quarterfinals; a simple victory in the last match against the holders of the EuroBasket 2005 and 2006 FIBA World Championship runners-up Greece would be enough, if Croatia defeated Russia (otherwise, Greece would have to lose by at least thirteen points). However, Greece displayed a consistent and stronger game play, beating naturally the Portuguese by 67–85 and ending their qualification hopes. Nevertheless, it was the best performance ever by a Portuguese national basketball team at this level, ensuring a spot in the ten best European teams.

Competitive record[edit]

Lusophony Games[edit]

Lusophony Games
Year Position Pld W L
Macau 2006 Champion 7 7 0
Portugal 2009 Third place 4 3 1
India 2014 Did not participate
Mozambique 2017 To be determined
Total 11 10 1


Team for the EuroBasket 2015 qualification.[2]

Portugal men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
G/F 4 José Vilhena 26 – (1989-04-16)16 April 1989 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
F 5 Joao Soares 25 – (1990-03-27)27 March 1990 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
PG 6 Jose Barbosa 24 – (1990-10-18)18 October 1990 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) ADO Basquetebol SAD Ovarense Portugal
G/F 7 Carlos Ferreirinho 23 – (1991-12-31)31 December 1991 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
G 8 Mário Gil Fernandes 33 – (1982-04-25)25 April 1982 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
G/F 10 Fábio Lima 27 – (1988-08-18)18 August 1988 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) CB Clavijo Spain
PF 11 Miguel Queiroz 24 – (1991-07-04)4 July 1991 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) FC Porto Portugal
F 12 Joao Guerreiro 24 – (1990-10-10)10 October 1990 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
F 13 Joao Balseiro 28 – (1987-03-14)14 March 1987 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
PG 14 Pedro Pinto 27 – (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
C 21 Cláudio Fonseca 26 – (1989-01-22)22 January 1989 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
F 22 Arnette Hallman 27 – (1988-01-06)6 January 1988 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) FC Porto Portugal
Head coach
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 5 September 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Cláudio Fonseca
PF Arnette Hallman Joao Guerreiro Miguel Queiroz
SF Joao Soares Joao Balseiro
SG José Vilhena Fábio Lima Carlos Ferreirinho
PG Mário Gil Fernandes Pedro Pinto Jose Barbosa

Notable players[edit]

Other current notable players from Portugal:

Portugal men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
F João Gomes 31 – (1985-05-02)2 May 1985 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Aquila Basket Trento Italy

Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

Team that represented Portugal in the EuroBasket 2007, their best classification ever.

Coach: Valentin Melnychuk

No Player Height Position Year born Current club
4 Miguel Minhava 1.97 Guard 1983 SL Benfica
5 Mário Gil Fernandes 1.74 Guard 1982 CB Plasencia
6 Sérgio Ramos 2.00 Forward 1975 Drac Inca
7 Paulo Cunha 1.99 Forward 1980 FC Porto
8 Francisco Jordão 2.00 Center 1979 1º de Agosto
9 Filipe da Silva 1.93 Guard 1979 CB Villa de los Barrios
10 João "Betinho" Gomes 1.99 Forward 1985 FC Barreirense
11 Jorge Coelho 2.00 Center 1978 Palencia Baloncesto
12 Paulo Simão 1.98 Forward 1976 CF Belenenses
13 Elvis Évora 2.05 Center 1978 Ovarense Aerosoles
14 Miguel Miranda 2.05 Center 1978 Ovarense Aerosoles
15 João Santos 2.03 Forward 1979 Grupo Capitol Valladolid

Notable players[edit]



2012: Reebok [3]


2012: Montepio [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Portugal|2015 EuroBasket, ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b 2015 Elvis Evora Photos - Standard Life Team GB Men v Portugal - Basketball, Zimbio.com, Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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