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)
EuroBasket
Appearances 31
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 Willy Hernangómez
PF Nikola Mirotić
SF Rudy Fernández Víctor Claver Álex Abrines
SG Sergio Llull
PG Ricky Rubio Sergio Rodríguez

Individual records[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]