Sweden national basketball team

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Sweden Sweden
Svenska Basketbollförbundet logo.svg
FIBA ranking56 Decrease 2 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1952
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationSvenska Basketbollförbundet (SBBF)
CoachHugo López
Nickname(s)Blågult
(The Blue and Yellow)
Olympic Games
Appearances1
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances10
MedalsNone

The Sweden national basketball team (Swedish: svenska basketslandslaget) represents Sweden in international basketball competition. The national team is controlled by the Swedish Basketball Federation.

Sweden has qualified for the EuroBasket ten times throughout their history. Their best tournament result was the 11th place finish at the 1995 edition. The Scandinavian squad has also qualified for the Summer Olympics once, in 1980, finishing in 10th place. However, Sweden still seeks qualification for their first appearance to the FIBA World Cup.

History[edit]

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

Sweden's European Basketball Championship debut came at EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow. Although the Swedes did not fare well in their first tournament appearance. As they lost all seven of their matches to finish in last place in the 17 team tournament.

EuroBasket 1955[edit]

Sweden's second appearance on the continental level came at EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest. The team got off to an demoralizing start by losing to Switzerland in their first match. Although Sweden would achieve their first ever win at the EuroBasket against Luxembourg in their second match of the preliminary phase. However, they followed it by losing their next two matches in the round as well to Romania, and the Soviet Union. They finished 4th out of the 5 teams in the group with an (1-3) record, and found themselves in the classification rounds. There, the team once again finished with an (1-3) record in their pool, with their only victory coming against Denmark. Two losses in the classification 13th–16th place semifinals and the 15th/16th place final (a rematch against Luxembourg) put Sweden at 16th place of the 18 teams.

Later years[edit]

Sweden qualified for the EuroBasket eight more times with their three best finishes coming in 1969, 1983 and 1995. They also made their lone Summer Olympics appearance in 1980. But overall the national team has struggled to reach an elite level of consistency to become a serious medal contender at major international tournaments. At some events, however, the team displayed potential. E.g. at the EuroBasket 2013 they beat the heavily favored former champion Russia 81-62.

Competitive record[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers matches played on 21 and 24 February 2019 against Denmark and Belarus.[2]

Sweden national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 3 Erik Rush 30 – (1988-06-21)21 June 1988 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) New Basket Brindisi Italy
PG 4 Charles Barton 27 – (1992-01-07)7 January 1992 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Kangoeroes Mechelen Belgium
G 5 Elijah Clarance 20 – (1998-07-03)3 July 1998 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Skyliners Frankfurt Germany
PG 6 Ludvig Håkanson 22 – (1996-03-22)22 March 1996 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) CB Estudiantes Spain
PG 9 Thomas Massamba 33 – (1985-03-28)28 March 1985 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) BC Luleå Sweden
PF 11 Adam Ramstedt 23 – (1995-07-24)24 July 1995 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Södertälje Kings Sweden
SG 12 Mikael Lindquist 35 – (1983-03-16)16 March 1983 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Norrköping Dolphins Sweden
F 14 Alexander Lindqvist 28 – (1991-02-12)12 February 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Södertälje Kings Sweden
SF 15 Viktor Gaddefors 26 – (1992-10-08)8 October 1992 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Olympique Antibes France
F/C 16 Nicholas Spires 24 – (1994-02-25)25 February 1994 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Obradoiro CAB Spain
SG 21 Johan Lofberg 23 – (1995-07-08)8 July 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) CB Breogán Spain
C 40 Carl Engström 27 – (1991-09-26)26 September 1991 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) Free agent
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 21 February 2019

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C
PF
SF
SG
PG

Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1953 EuroBasket: finished 17th among 17 teams

3 Rune Erkers, 4 Kjell Eliasson, 5 Sture Herrman, 6 Staffan Widen, 7 Bo Widen, 8 Örjan Widen, 9 Åke Larsson, 10 Lars Olsson, 11 Erik Sundell, 12 Bengt Gustafsson, 13 Lars-Erik Keijser, 14 Per-Åke Hallberg (Coach: Lars-Åke Nilsson)


1955 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 18 teams

3 Staffan Widen, 4 Bo Widen, 5 Örjan Widen, 6 Jan Holmberg, 7 Alvin Tornblom, 8 Lars Helgostam, 9 Sture Herrman, 10 Per-Åke Hallberg, 11 Palle Cardell, 12 Bengt Gustafsson, 13 Jan Oldenmark, 14 Anders Renner, 15 Gustaf Ragge, 16 Nils af Trolle (Coach: Lars-Åke Nilsson)


1961 EuroBasket: finished 18th among 19 teams

4 Svante af Klinteberg, 5 Staffan Widen, 6 Udo Tohver, 7 Bo Widen, 8 Torbjörn Langemar, 9 Alvin Törnblom, 10 Bjorn Lundberg, 11 Lars Andersson, 12 Curt Wennström, 13 Örjan Widen, 14 Gunars Kraulis, 15 Lennart Dahllöf (Coach: Juris Reneslacis)


1965 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

4 Hans Albertsson, 5 Jörgen Hansson, 6 Anders Grönlund, 7 Rune Leinas, 8 Per-Olof Svensson, 9 Ulf Lindelöf, 10 Björn Lundberg, 11 Torbjörn Langemar, 12 Lars Cullert, 13 Per-Olof Lefwerth, 14 Kaj Håkansson, 15 Egon Håkanson (Coach: Rolf Nygren)


1969 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

4 Kjell Gunna, 5 Bo Lundmark, 6 Anders Grönlund, 7 Ulf Lindelöf, 8 Arturs Veigurs, 9 Ebbe Edström, 10 Janos Fugedi, 11 Jan Hjorth, 12 Per-Olof Lefwerth, 13 Kjell Rannelid, 14 Hans Albertsson, 15 Jörgen Hansson (Coach: Arne Jansson)


1980 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams

4 Peter Andersson, 5 Thomas Nordgren, 6 Peter Gunterberg, 7 Göran Unger, 8 Torbjörn Taxén, 9 Joon-Olof "Jonte" Karlsson, 10 Jan Enjebo, 11 Bernt Malion, 12 Roland Rahm, 13 Sten Feldreich, 14 Leif Yttergren, 15 Åke Skyttevall (Coach: Mike Perry)


1983 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

4 Bill Magarity, 5 Bernt Malion, 6 Peter Nyström, 7 Jerry Sehlberg, 8 Thomas Nordgren, 9 Joon-Olof "Jonte" Karlsson, 10 Kenny Grant, 11 Bo Faleström, 12 Roland Rahm, 13 Sten Feldreich, 14 Göran Eriksson, 15 Åke Skyttevall (Coach: Sven Jensen)


1993 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

4 Olle Håkanson, 5 Magnus Tegel, 6 Örjan Andersson, 7 Henrik Evers, 8 Henrik Gaddefors, 9 Peter Borg, 10 Martin Jansson, 11 Jens Tillman, 12 Torbjörn Gehrke, 13 Anders Marcus, 14 Per Stümer, 15 Mattias Sahlström (Coach: Rolf Nilsson)


1995 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 14 teams

4 Olle Håkanson, 5 Örjan Andersson, 6 Christian Larsson, 7 Henrik Evers, 8 Henrik Gaddefors, 9 Jonas Larsson, 10 Oscar Lefwerth, 11 Joakim Blom, 12 Torbjörn Gehrke, 13 Anders Marcus, 14 Vincent Lundahl, 15 Mattias Sahlström (Coach: Rolf Nilsson)


2003 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

4 Paul Burke, 5 Hakan Larsson, 6 Jens Stalhandske, 7 Mats Levin, 8 Oluoma Nnamaka, 9 Jonas Larsson, 10 Lesli Myrthil, 11 Joakim Blom, 12 Fredrik Jonzen, 13 Christian Maråker, 14 John Pettersson, 15 Daniel Dajic (Coach: Jan Enjebo)


2013 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 24 teams

4 Ludvig Håkanson, 5 Jonathan Skjöldebrand, 6 Joakim Kjellbom, 7 Dino Pita, 8 Anton Gaddefors, 9 Brice Massamba, 10 Kenny Grant, 11 Jonas Jerebko, 12 Thomas Massamba, 13 Erik Rush, 14 Jeffery Taylor, 15 Viktor Gaddefors (Coach: Brad Dean)

Results and fixtures[edit]

EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers[edit]

Second round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 4 2 2 298 282 +16 6 Qualification to EuroBasket qualifiers
2  Denmark 4 2 2 327 329 −2 6 Transfer to third round
3  Belarus 4 2 2 310 324 −14 6
Source: FIBA

EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers[edit]

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EuroBasket 2021
2  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 February 2020. Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Kit[edit]

Manufacturer[edit]

2018: Spalding [3]

[edit]

2018: Adlibris AB [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Sweden during the EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers in Feb. 2019". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Denmark v Sweden - Full Game - FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers, Youtube.com, Retrieved 6 February 2020.

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