Serbia men's national basketball team

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Serbia (Srbija)
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FIBA ranking 3 Increase 3
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation KSS
Coach Aleksandar Đorđević
Nickname(s) Orlovi (The Eagles)
Olympic Games
Appearances 4
Medals Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: 1996, 2016
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 5
Medals Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: 1998, 2002
Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: 2014
Appearances 12
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 1995, 1997, 2001
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 2009
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze: 1999
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The Serbian national basketball team (Serbian: Кошаркашка репрезентација Србије / Košarkaška reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in international basketball matches and is controlled by the Basketball Federation of Serbia. Serbia is currently ranked third in the FIBA World Rankings.[1]


Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

1992–1995: Breakup of Yugoslavia[edit]

With the start of Yugoslav Wars in 1991, the mighty team of Yugoslavia was disbanded. The players were selected from the population of over 23 million people and basketball infrastructure evenly distributed all over the six states which formed the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The national team was suspended from participating in 1992 Summer Olympics, EuroBasket 1993 and 1994 FIBA World Championship due to the ongoing war and sanctions imposed on newly formed country of FR Yugoslavia, which was consisted of Serbia and Montenegro, and had less than half the population of former country.

1995–2002: Golden generation[edit]

Without much sponsorship of war-impoverished country, the national team made its comeback to the international scene at the EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, where the national team won the gold medal after defeating Lithuania in gold-medal game. At the 1996 Summer Olympics the team lost with 69–95 to the United States in gold-medal game. The national team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1997, 1998 FIBA World Championship, EuroBasket 2001 and bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1999.

One of the most notable wins of the Yugoslavian national team came in the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIBA World Championship, when the host nation of the tournament United States was eliminated with 81–78.[2] The significance of the win was tremendous for the Serbian people in general, as the public in Serbia perceived the United States political leadership responsible for the breakup of Yugoslavia and destruction of country's infrastructure and civil victims during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[3] Later, the Yugoslavian national team won the tournament by defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals and Argentina after 84–77 OT win in gold-medal game.[2]

2002–2006: National team disappointments[edit]

In 2002, FR Yugoslavia consisted of Serbia and Montenegro, came to a new agreement regarding continued co-operation, which, among other changes, promised the end of the name Yugoslavia, since they were part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. On 4 February 2003, the federal assembly of Yugoslavia created a loose state union—the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The following years were underwhelming as the national team failed to make the podium of the tournament, after decades of winning medals.

At the EuroBasket 2003 it came in 6th place, but due the world champion status, qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. However, it was eliminated in the group stage with 1–4 score, finishing in 11th place. The national team participated at the 2004 FIBA Diamond Ball where it won the gold medal.

After two consecutive tournament disappointments, hope for the comeback came at the EuroBasket 2005 where the national team of Serbia and Montenegro was a host nation. Also, legendary Željko Obradović became national head coach again. However, the national team was surprisingly eliminated in the play-off stage by France with 71–74 loss, and finished in 9th place. Obradović stepped down shortly after the tournament, and blamed the bad atmosphere among the team star players for yet another failure. The national team participated at the 2006 FIBA World Championship on a wild card due to the results in the past, on initiative by FIBA prominent administrator Borislav Stanković. However, the national team of Serbia and Montenegro once again failed to impress and finished in 9th place.

On 21 May 2006, Montenegrins voted in an independence referendum, with 55.5% supporting independence. The subsequent Montenegrin proclamation of independence in June 2006 and the Serbian proclamation of independence on 5 June ended the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro and thus the last remaining vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.


2006–2009: Continued disappointments[edit]

Following the dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, national team participated at the EuroBasket 2007 and finished the competition in the group stage with three close losses. Also, it failed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics, missing the Olympics for the first time after being suspended at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

2009–present: Regaining former glory[edit]

A new generation led by legendary Dušan Ivković returned some of the old glory by taking the silver medal in Eurobasket 2009, and fourth place in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, with the youngest team.[4] However, the national team failed to reach the semifinals at the EuroBasket 2011 and EuroBasket 2013, thus way failing to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, missing second Olympics tournament in a row.

Following the EuroBasket 2013, Ivković stepped from the position and Serbian basketball hall of famer Aleksandar Đorđević stepped in. Đorđević led the team to two silver medals at the 2014 FIBA World Championship[5] and the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Medals table[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
FIBA World Cup 2 1 0 3
FIBA EuroBasket 3 1 1 5
Summer Olympics 0 2 0 2
Mediterranean Games 0 1 1 3
Summer Universiade 4 2 2 8
Grand Totals 9 6 4 19

Individual awards[edit]



Current roster[edit]

The following is the Serbia roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics

Serbia men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PG 4 Teodosić, Miloš (C) 29 – (1987-03-19)March 19, 1987 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) CSKA Moscow Russia
SF 5 Simonović, Marko 30 – (1986-05-30)May 30, 1986 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Crvena Zvezda Serbia
SG 7 Bogdanović, Bogdan 23 – (1992-08-18)August 18, 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Fenerbahce Turkey
PG 9 Marković, Stefan 28 – (1988-04-25)April 25, 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Baloncesto Málaga Spain
SF 10 Kalinić, Nikola 24 – (1991-11-08)November 8, 1991 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Fenerbahce Turkey
G 11 Nedović, Nemanja 25 – (1991-06-16)June 16, 1991 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Baloncesto Málaga Spain
PF 12 Birčević, Stefan 26 – (1989-12-13)December 13, 1989 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Estudiantes Spain
C 13 Raduljica, Miroslav 28 – (1988-01-05)January 5, 1988 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Panathinaikos Greece
C 14 Jokić, Nikola 21 – (1995-02-19)February 19, 1995 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Denver Nuggets United States
C 15 Štimac, Vladimir 28 – (1987-09-25)September 25, 1987 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Crvena Zvezda Serbia
PG 24 Jović, Stefan 25 – (1990-11-03)November 3, 1990 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Crvena Zvezda Serbia
PF 25 Mačvan, Milan 26 – (1989-11-16)November 16, 1989 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Emporio Armani Italy
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Conditioning trainer
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 6 August 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Miroslav Raduljica Nikola Jokić Vladimir Štimac Boban Marjanović
PF Nemanja Bjelica Milan Mačvan Stefan Birčević
SF Nikola Kalinić Marko Simonović Rade Zagorac
SG Bogdan Bogdanović Nemanja Nedović Marko Gudurić
PG Miloš Teodosić Stefan Jović Stefan Marković

Past rosters[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Notable people[edit]




  1. ^ Along with France hosts were also Germany, Croatia and Latvia. Serbia has been drawn in Group B, and therefore they competed in Germany. The further tournament stages were held in France.
  2. ^ Along with Turkey, hosts will be Finland, Israel and Romania.


  1. ^ "Srbija sedma na FIBA listi". RTS. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "BASKETBALL; U.S. an Embarrassed Sixth as Yugoslavia Takes the Gold". THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. 9 September 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Jugoslavija pobedila "Dream team"". (in Serbian). Beta. 6 September 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Duda otpisao Milosavljevića". (in Serbian). BETA. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Srbija srebrna, 'vanzemaljci' Ameri šampioni". (in Serbian). BETA. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

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