Spain men's national basketball team

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Spain Spain
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FIBA ranking 2 Steady
Joined FIBA 1934
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation FEB
Coach Sergio Scariolo
Nickname(s) La ÑBA, la Roja
Olympic Games
Appearances 11
Medals Silver Silver: (1984, 2008, 2012)
Bronze Bronze: (2016)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 11
Medals Gold Gold: (2006)
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 30
Medals Gold Gold: (2009, 2011, 2015)
Silver Silver: (1935, 1973, 1983, 1999, 2003, 2007)
Bronze Bronze: (1991, 2001, 2013)
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternative jersey
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Team colours
Alternative
First international
Spain Spain 33–12 Portugal Portugal
(Madrid, Spain; 15 April 1935)
Biggest win
Spain Spain 118–32 Libya Libya
(Madrid, Spain; 9 May 1963)
Biggest defeat
Soviet Union Soviet Union 118–58 Spain Spain
(Essen, West Germany; 12 September 1971)

The Spanish national basketball team is the basketball team representing Spain in international competitions, organized and run by the Spanish Basketball Federation. (Spanish: Federación Española de Baloncesto)

Their last major title was in 2015, when they won the European championship. They are second in the FIBA World Rankings for men, only behind the United States.[1]

History[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

When Spain qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics, where basketball was part of the games for the first time, expectations were high for the runner-up of the 1935 EuroBasket. Unfortunately, as one of the favorites to win medals, Spain but could not attend the Games because of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War just days before the start of the Games.

Before the Spanish national team won the gold medal in the 2006 FIBA World Championship (see below), their greatest international success was reaching the final in the 1984 Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament which took place in Los Angeles. The other finalist was the USA national team (led by Patrick Ewing and featuring a young Michael Jordan), which won the final and with it the gold medal. Spain, thus, took the Olympic silver medal.

Continuing the success started at the 2006 FIBA championship, Spain again reached the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics. This proved to be a rematch of the 1984 Olympic final; this time, the USA team was led by Kobe Bryant and nicknamed the "Redeem Team". The Americans won after a remarkably close game 116 to 105. Four years later, in London, USA faced Spain again with a result of 107–100 for the Americans, for the Spanish team to take its third Olympic (and second straight) silver medal.

FIBA World Cup[edit]

In the early years of the FIBA World Cup, Spain struggled to establish a steady presence as a competitor. Between 1950 and 1970, the team only qualified once. Then, beginning in 1974 Spain developed into a serious competitor and regularly finished among the tournaments top performers for years to come.

At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the Spanish team finally achieved the ultimate victory, the greatest success in its history. The date was 3 September 2006, as Spain won the gold medal game against the Greek national team. Held in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, the game ended with a final score of 70–47. Pau Gasol was named the tournament MVP, and Jorge Garbajosa also made the All-Tournament team. Shortly afterwards, the team were awarded with the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award in Sports.

FIBA EuroBasket[edit]

The first game in the history of the selection was a qualifier for the 1935 EuroBasket, where Spain defeated the team of Portugal by 33–12.[2] This event, which was held in Geneva in the summer of 1935 was the first EuroBasket game in history. Spain finished 2nd and qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin where basketball was introduced for the first time.

After several tries, Spain won its first continental championship in 2009, repeating its success in 2011 and 2015.

Media controversy prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games[edit]

In August 2008, prior to their competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the Spanish national men's basketball team were photographed pulling the sides of their eyes in a slit-eyed gesture, which media reports worldwide described as a 'racist' and 'insensitive' image. The image was requested for an advertising campaign for a courier company and was published in a Spanish national daily sports newspaper.[3][4][5]

Other Events[edit]

Besides success at the "Big Three" events (Summer Olympic Games, FIBA World Cup, and EuroBasket) Spain has also shown success at the Mediterranean Games, where its selection won three gold medals, four silver and one bronze.

Medal record[edit]

The Spanish national team's medal record through the years:

Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
EuroBasket
Mediterranean Games

Competitive record[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Spain roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[6]

Spain men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
C 4 Gasol, Pau 36 – (1980-06-06)6 June 1980 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Chicago Bulls United States
SF 5 Fernández, Rudy 31 – (1985-04-04)4 April 1985 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Real Madrid Spain
PG 6 Rodríguez, Sergio 30 – (1986-06-12)12 June 1986 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Real Madrid Spain
SG 7 Navarro, Juan Carlos 36 – (1980-06-13)13 June 1980 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) FC Barcelona Lassa Spain
PG 8 Calderón, José Manuel 34 – (1981-09-28)28 September 1981 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) New York Knicks United States
PF 9 Reyes, Felipe 36 – (1980-03-16)16 March 1980 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Real Madrid Spain
PF 10 Claver, Víctor 27 – (1988-08-30)30 August 1988 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Lokomotiv Kuban Russia
C 14 Hernangómez, Willy 22 – (1994-05-27)27 May 1994 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Real Madrid Spain
SF 21 Abrines, Álex 23 – (1993-08-01)1 August 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) FC Barcelona Lassa Spain
SG 23 Llull, Sergio 28 – (1987-11-15)15 November 1987 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Real Madrid Spain
PF 44 Mirotić, Nikola 25 – (1991-02-11)11 February 1991 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Chicago Bulls United States
PG 79 Rubio, Ricky 25 – (1990-10-21)21 October 1990 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Jaume Ponsarnau
  • Spain Txus Vidorreta
  • Spain Ángel Sánchez-Cañete

Legend
  • 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 Pau Gasol Willy Hernangómez
PF Nikola Mirotić Felipe Reyes
SF Rudy Fernández Víctor Claver Álex Abrines
SG Sergio Llull Juan Carlos Navarro
PG Ricky Rubio Sergio Rodríguez José Manuel Calderón

Individual records[edit]

  • Bold denotes players still playing international basketball.
As of 22 August 2016[7]

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

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1935 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 10 teams

1950 World Championship: finished 9th among 10 teams

Ignacio Pinedo, Arturo Imedio, Jaime Basso, Andrés Oller, Álvaro Salvadores, Juan Dalmau, Julio Gámez, Eduardo Kucharski, Ángel González, Ángel Lozano, Domingo Bárcenas, Juan Ferrando (Coach: Michael Paul Rutzgis)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 17 teams

Emiliano Rodríguez, Francisco Buscató, Joaquín Hernández, Alfonso Martínez Gómez, José Luis Martínez Gómez, Francisco Capel, Jorge Parra, José Lluis, José Brunet, Juan Canals, Francisco Borrell, Arturo Auladell (Coach: Gabriel Alberti)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 16 teams

Emiliano Rodríguez, Francisco Buscató, Agustín Bertomeu, José Nora, Alfonso Martínez, Joaquín Ensenat, Santiago Navarro, José Lluis, Jorge Guillén, Jesús “Chus” Codina, Miguel Ángel González, Juan Martos (Coach: Eduardo Kucharski González)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 19 teams

Emiliano Rodríguez, Francisco Buscató, Lolo Sainz, Carlos Sevillano, Lorenzo Alocén, Jesús “Chus” Codina, José Lluis, Alfonso Martínez, Santiago Navarro, Juan Martos, José Nora, Javier Sanjuán (Coach: Fernando Font)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

Lolo Sainz, Emiliano Rodríguez, Francisco Buscató, José Ramón Ramos, Carlos Sevillano, Moncho Monsalve, Jesús “Chus” Codina, Alfonso Martínez, José Lluis, Juan Antonio Martínez Arroyo, Miguel Ángel González, Arturo Auladell (Coach: Joaquín Hernández Gallego)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Emiliano Rodríguez, Francisco Buscató, Lolo Sainz, José Ramón Ramos, Carlos Sevillano, Moncho Monsalve, José Lluis, Enrique Margall, Juan Antonio Martínez Arroyo, Miguel Ángel González, Juan Fa Busquets, Juan Bautista Urberuaga (Coach: Pedro Ferrandiz González)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams

Francisco Buscató, Emiliano Rodríguez, José Ramón Ramos, Moncho Monsalve, Enrique Margall, José Luis Sagi-Vela, Antonio “Toncho” Nava, Alfonso Martínez, Ramón Guardiola, Ángel Serrano, Carlos Luquero, José Laso (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 16 teams

Clifford Luyk, Emiliano Rodríguez, Francisco Buscató, Vicente Ramos, Lorenzo Alocén, Enrique Margall, Antonio “Toncho” Nava, José Luis Sagi-Vela, Alfonso Martínez, Jesús “Chus” Codina, Juan Antonio Martínez Arroyo, Luis Carlos Santiago Zabaleta (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 12 teams

1971 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Wayne Brabender, Clifford Luyk, Emiliano Rodríguez, Francisco Buscató, Vicente Ramos, Rafael Rullán, Luis Miguel Santillana, José Luis Sagi-Vela, Enrique Margall, Cristóbal Rodríguez, Juan Martínez, Juan Antonio Martínez Arroyo (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1972 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 16 teams

1973 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams

1974 World Championship: finished 5th among 14 teams

1975 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

1977 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Wayne Brabender, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Luis Miguel Santillana, Rafael Rullán, Manuel Flores, Carmelo Cabrera, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Josep Maria Margall, Gonzalo Sagi-Vela, Luis Maria Prada, Joan Filba, Juan Ramón Fernandez (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1979 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Juan Antonio Corbalán, Epi, Wayne Brabender, Rafael Rullán, Manuel Flores, Luis Miguel Santillana, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Juan Manuel López Iturriaga, Quim Costa, José Luis Llorente, Josep Maria Margall, Pedro César Ansa (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1980 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 12 teams

1981 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Epi, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Wayne Brabender, Nacho Solozábal, Cándido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Fernando Martín, Fernando Romay, Manuel Flores, Rafael Rullán, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Quim Costa, Josep Maria Margall (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1982 World Championship: finished 4th among 13 teams

1983 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Epi, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Fernando Martín, Cándido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Nacho Solozábal, Joan Creus, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Juan Manuel López Iturriaga, Fernando Romay, Josep Maria Margall, Andrés Jiménez, Fernando Arcega (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1984 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

1985 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Epi, Cándido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Fernando Martín, Jordi Villacampa, Fernando Romay, Andrés Jiménez, José Luis Llorente, Juan Domingo de la Cruz, Juan Manuel López Iturriaga, Quim Costa, Josep Maria Margall, Vicente Gil (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1986 World Championship: finished 5th among 24 teams

1987 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 12 teams

Epi, Jordi Villacampa, Cándido Antonio “Chicho” Sibilio, Nacho Solozábal, Andrés Jiménez, Fernando Romay, Ferran Martínez, Josep Maria Margall, José Antonio Montero, Francisco Javier Zapata, Fernando Arcega, José Ángel Arcega (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1988 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 12 teams

1989 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 8 teams

Epi, José Biriukov, Andrés Jiménez, José Antonio Montero, Juan Antonio Morales, Ferran Martínez, Pablo Laso, Enrique “Quique” Andreu, Rafael Vecina, Enrique Villalobos, José Ángel Arcega, Manuel Ángel Aller (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1990 World Championship: finished 10th among 16 teams

1991 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 8 teams

Epi, Jordi Villacampa, Mike Hansen, Josep “Pep” Cargol, Rafael Jofresa, Enrique “Quique” Andreu, Manel Bosch, Antonio Martín, Juan Antonio Orenga, José Miguel Antunez, Fernando Arcega, Silvano Bustos (Coach: Antonio Díaz-Miguel)

1992 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams

1993 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Jordi Villacampa, Epi, Alberto Herreros, Ferran Martínez, Andrés Jiménez, Rafael Jofresa, Tomas Jofresa, Juan Antonio Orenga, Juan Antonio Morales, Antonio Martín, Ignacio “Nacho” Azofra, Xavier “Xavi” Crespo (Coach: Lolo Sainz)

1994 World Championship: finished 10th among 16 teams

1995 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 14 teams

Alberto Herreros, Mike Smith, Pablo Laso, Ferran Martínez, Juan Antonio Orenga, Antonio Martín, Ignacio “Nacho” Rodríguez, José Luis Galilea, Alberto Angulo, Javier “Xavi” Fernandez, Alfonso Reyes, Francisco José “Fran” Murcia (Coach: Lolo Sainz)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Alberto Herreros, Ferran Martínez, Mike Smith, Rafael Jofresa, Tomas Jofresa, Roberto Dueñas, Juan Antonio Orenga, Roger Esteller, Ignacio “Nacho” Rodríguez, Alfonso Reyes, José Antonio Paraiso, Alberto Angulo (Coach: Lolo Sainz)

1998 World Championship: finished 5th among 16 teams

1999 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

2000 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams

2001 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams

2002 World Championship: finished 5th among 16 teams

2003 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

2004 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 12 teams

2005 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

2006 World Championship: finished 1st among 24 teams

2007 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

2008 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

2009 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

2010 World Championship: finished 6th among 24 teams

2011 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

2012 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

2013 Eurobasket: finished 3rd among 24 teams

2014 World Cup: finished 5th among 24 teams

2015 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 24 teams

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