Romania national basketball team

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Romania Romania România
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FIBA ranking T-94 Steady
Joined FIBA 1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation FRB
Coach Marcel Ţenter
Olympic Games
Appearances 1
Appearances 18
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The Romanian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Romania in international competitions. Romania has 17 appearances for the EuroBasket competition and reached two time the 5th place, but has yet to qualify for the Basketball World Cup. Romania played once for the Basketball Olympic Tournament, in 1952.

Romania 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]

The Romanian side came in tenth out of ten at the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They lost all three of their games; 42-9 to Switzerland, 66-23 to France, and 24-17 to Hungary.

EuroBasket 1947[edit]

Romania returned to the European championships twelve years later, in EuroBasket 1947. They had a record of 1-2 in their preliminary round, eliminating them from championship contention but giving them their first EuroBasket win. The Romanians added two more in the classification semifinal, defeating Austria and Albania. This put them in a classification match against Italy for 9th and 10th places, which Romania lost 55-39. Romania thus placed tenth again, but this time they had outranked four teams to do so.

EuroBasket 1951[edit]

The Romanian team entered the EuroBasket 1951 in Paris, but withdrew before any games were played, so official records gave them three preliminary round losses, each with a score of 2-0.

Summer Olympics 1952[edit]

Romania managed to qualify for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, where the country finished 23rd. It was the first and the last qualification for a Basketball Olympic Tournament.

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

The EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow was the next European tournament in which the Romanians actually played. They took 3rd of 4 teams in their preliminary group with a 1-2 record, moving on to the classification rounds. They won 3 of their 4 games there, finishing in a three-way tie for the top spot of the group. They lost out on the tiebreaker, though, and were relegated to the 13-16 semifinals. Winning that game and their next, the Romanians finished in 13th place of the 17 teams in the tournament.

EuroBasket 1955[edit]

Romania was much more successful two years later, at the EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest. A preliminary round loss to the global power house Soviet Union mattered little, as Romania won their other three preliminary games to take second place in the group behind the Soviets and advance to the final round along with them. There, they won games against Poland and Yugoslavia to finish 2-5 in 7th place in the 18-team tournament.

EuroBasket 1957[edit]

Romania came within a single point of winning their preliminary pool at EuroBasket 1957 in Sofia, losing to Hungary in the narrow match. They beat their other two opponents, putting them in second place in the pool and advanced into the final round. Their match in that round against Hungary was not as close, and the Romanians also lost to the other three pool winners to finish at 3-4 in 5th place.

Later years[edit]

The team repeated its most successful campaign at the EuroBasket 1967 when it finished 5th again. The following years, the team had some successful performances but after 1987, it ceded completely from Europe's elite events. After 30 years of absence, Romania will return to the EuroBasket in 2017 when the country gained hosting rights alongside Finland, Israel and Turkey.

Competitive record[edit]


Current roster[edit]

At the 2015 EuroBasket Qualification: [1]

Romania National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age Ht. Club Country
G/F 4 Rares Mandache 27 – (1987-09-05)5 September 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) U-Banca TR Romania
PG 5 Mihail-Octavian Paul 33 – (1982-05-12)12 May 1982 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Steaua CSM Romania
G/F 6 Levente Szijarto 33 – (1982-06-15)15 June 1982 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) CSU Asesoft Ploiești Romania
F/C 9 Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu 27 – (1988-02-11)11 February 1988 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) PGE Turow Poland
C 10 Catalin Baciu 26 – (1988-08-26)26 August 1988 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) U-Banca TR Romania
PG 11 Octavian Calota 30 – (1984-11-22)22 November 1984 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) CSU Sibiu Romania
C 12 Bogdan Tibirna 24 – (1991-06-07)7 June 1991 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) CSM Oradea (basketball) Romania
F 13 Tudor Jucan 32 – (1983-01-26)26 January 1983 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) U-Banca TR Romania
PF 14 Titus Nicoara 27 – (1988-03-25)25 March 1988 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Steaua CSM Romania
F 15 Mihai Silvasan 30 – (1985-01-20)20 January 1985 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) U-Banca TR Romania
PG 21 Adrian Tudor 30 – (1985-03-13)13 March 1985 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Steaua CSM Romania
C 44 Adrian Gutoaia 25 – (1990-03-10)10 March 1990 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) CSM Oradea (basketball) Romania
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club
  • Age – describes age
    on 5 September 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Adrian Gutoaia Catalin Baciu Bogdan Tibirna
PF Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu Titus Nicoara
SF Mihai Silvasan Tudor Jucan
SG Rares Mandache Levente Szijarto
PG Adrian Tudor Mihail-Octavian Paul Octavian Calota

Other notable players[edit]


Romania roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
C Alexandru Olah 22 – (1993-10-15)15 October 1993 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Belfius Mons-Hainaut Belgium

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age on 13 August 2016


Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

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1935 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 10 teams

Samy Grunstein, Nae Alexandrescu, Nicu Grozavescu, M.Bercus, O.Belitoreanu, C.Riegler, E.Dumitrescu, Balteanu (Coach: C. O. Lecca)

1947 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 14 teams

Vasile Popescu, Alexandru Popescu, Constantin Herold, C.Babaliescu, N.Badulescu, P.Marossi, S.Ferencz, H.Dlugos, A.Neagu, Gh.Teodorescu, H.Kevorkian, S.Sadeanu, I.Vulescu (Coach: C.Virgolici)

1952 Olympic Games: finished 23rd among 23 teams

Dan Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Vasile Popescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Constantin Herold, Andrei Folbert, Liviu Nagy, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Corneliu Calugareanu, Grigore Costescu, Gheorghe Constantinide, Ladislau Mokos

1953 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams

Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Alexandru Fodor, Liviu Nagy, Vasile Kadar, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Trajan Lita, Mihai Erdogh, Corneliu Calugareanu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 18 teams

Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Vasile Kadar, Liviu Nagy, Mihai Erdogh, Marian Spiridon, R.Popovici, E.Ganea, C.Cojocaru (Coach: Vasile Popescu)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Mihai Erdogh, Liviu Nagy, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Armand Novacek, Alexandru Berecky, A.Borbely (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 17 teams

Alexandru Fodor, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Cristian Popescu, Mihai Popa, Emeric Vizi, Armand Novacek, Feodor Nedelea, Dragos Nosievici, L.Toth (Coach: Constantin Herold)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 19 teams

Mihai Albu, Armand Novacek, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Cristian Popescu, Nicolae Viciu, Horia Demian, Aurel Popovici, Pavel Visner, Gheorghe Valeriu, Horatiu Giurgiu, Dragos Nosievici (Coach: Constantin Herold)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Mihai Albu, Emil Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Horatiu Giurgiu, Cristian Popescu, Gheorghe Valeriu, Mihai Kiss, Dragos Nosievici, Pavel Visner, Horia Demian, Mircea Cimpeanu, Marian Spiridon (Coach: Vasile Popescu)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Mihai Nedef, Cristian Popescu, Horia Demian, Marian Spiridon, Dragos Nosievici, Gheorghe Novac, Ekehardt Jekely, Aurel Popovici, N.Ionescu (Coach: Vasile Popescu)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Horia Demian, Cristian Popescu, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Nicolae Birsan, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Barau, Adolf Cernea, Ekehardt Jekely (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Mihai Albu, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Petru Czmor, Matei Ruhring, Francisc Dikay, Radu Dragomirescu, Ekehardt Jekely, Adolf Cernea, Mihai Dimancea (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1971 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Dan Niculescu, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Vasile Popa, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Oczelak, Dan Georgescu, Constantin Dragomirescu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1973 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Dan Niculescu, Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Oczelak, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Nicolae Manaila, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1975 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Dan Niculescu, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Dan Moisescu, Nicolae Parsu, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat, Gheorghe Oczelak, Georghe Mihuta, Vasile Zdrenghea (Coach: Mihai Nedef)

1985 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Costel Cernat, Attila Szabo, Viorel Constantin, Ioan Ionescu, Victor Jacob, Marian Marinache, Roman Opsitaru, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Doru Radulescu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)

1987 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

Constantin Popa, Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Gabriel David, Costel Cernat, Ioan Ionescu, Petre Branisteanu, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Sorin Ardeleanu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)

2017 EuroBasket: automatically qualified among 24 teams



2014: Ancada [2] 2015: Peak

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Romania | 2015 EuroBasket, ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. ^ Men's Basketball ROMANIA's National Team Competition Set,, Retrieved 22 May 2016.

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