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As the heir of the immensely successful USSR national basketball team, Russia still produces many elite basketball players and celebrated international titles on several occasions. Yet, the team sometimes struggles to live up to its enormous expectations.
At the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania, after a bitter struggle with the Macedonian national team, Russia won the bronze medal. Overall, the Russian team finished the tournament having suffered only one defeat in 11 matches, which was against France in the semifinals. Standout player Andrei Kirilenko was honored as one of the tournament's best players.
At the Olympic Games in 2012, the Russians won their first Olympic medal. The team was able to get out of the group from the first place, having suffered only one defeat in an already insignificant match against Australia (80:82). In the quarterfinals they played against the Lithuanians (83:74), but in the semifinals, the Russian team lost to Spain (59:67). In the match for third place, the Russians beat Argentina, the winners of the Olympics 2004, (81:77) and won the bronze medal. Andrei Kirilenko, leader of the team in scoring and rebounding, entered the first 'Team Olympiad', awarded by the TV channel ESPN.
30 October 2012, David Blatt decided to leave the post of head coach of Russia.
Blatt's departure caused some struggles for Russia, which had to go through a complete revamp but managed to qualify for the 2015 EuroBasket.