Sweden men's national basketball team

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Sweden
Sweden Basketball logo.png
FIBA ranking57 Decrease 3 (9 August 2021)[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
First international
 Sweden 55–45 Denmark 
(Stockholm, Sweden; 6 December 1952)
Biggest win
 Sweden 128–61 Azerbaijan 
(Norrköping, Sweden; 24 August 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Soviet Union 103–31 Sweden 
(Budapest, Hungary; 10 June 1955)

The Sweden men's 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 Olympic Games 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]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Loss

2020[edit]

27 November 2020 Netherlands  78–76  Sweden Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
16:00 Scoring by quarter: 15–18, 23–24, 18–12, 22–22
Pts: Franke 22
Rebs: Kherrazi, Williams 6
Asts: De Jong 5
Boxscore Pts: Czerapowicz 21
Rebs: Spires 11
Asts: Pantzar 7
Arena: Sinan Erdem Dome
Referees: Tanel Suslov (EST), Sergei Beliakov (RUS), Paulo Marques (POR)
29 November 2020 Sweden  72–87  Croatia Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
20:00 Scoring by quarter: 16–22, 15–26, 22–20, 19–19
Pts: Andersson 22
Rebs: Andersson 8
Asts: Massamba 5
Boxscore Pts: Marčinković 20
Rebs: Bilan 10
Asts: Ukić 5
Arena: Sinan Erdem Dome
Referees: Fernando Calatrava (ESP), Paulo Marques (POR), Tanel Suslov (EST)

2021[edit]

20 February 2021 Turkey  88–80  Sweden Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
17:00 Scoring by quarter: 18–17, 21–18, 23–22, 26–23
Pts: Şengün 24
Rebs: Şengün 12
Asts: Larkin 7
Boxscore Pts: Jerebko 21
Rebs: Birgander 10
Asts: three players 5
Arena: BJK Akatlar Arena
Referees: Saverio Lanzarini (ITA), Marius Ciulin (ROU), Alexey Davydov (RUS)
22 February 2021 Sweden  74–59  Netherlands Istanbul, Turkey* [note 1]
17:00 Scoring by quarter: 23–17, 16–20, 18–16, 17–6
Pts: Czerapowicz 19
Rebs: Jerebko 11
Asts: Pantzar 5
Boxscore Pts: Nzekwesi 11
Rebs: Van der Vuurst de Vries 6
Asts: Van der Vuurst de Vries 8
Arena: BJK Akatlar Arena
Referees: Saverio Lanzarini (ITA), Ivor Matějek (CZE), Gintaras Mačiulis (LTU)
12 August 2021 Sweden  77–79  Portugal Matosinhos, Portugal* [note 2]
18:00 WEST (UTC+1) Scoring by quarter: 14–16, 18–22, 21–23, 24–18
Pts: Czerapowicz 16
Rebs: Birgander 11
Asts: Håkanson 11
Boxscore Pts: Borovnjak 20
Rebs: Borovnjak, Queiroz 6
Asts: Barbosa, Silva 6
Arena: Centro de Desportos e Congressos de Matosinhos
Referees: Erez Gurion (ISR), Martin Vulić (CRO), Gvidas Gedvilas (LTU)
14 August 2021 Luxembourg  76–129  Sweden Matosinhos, Portugal* [note 2]
18:00 WEST (UTC+1) Scoring by quarter: 21–33, 21–30, 9–40, 25–26
Pts: Gutenkauf, Kovac 14
Rebs: five players 3
Asts: Grün 5
Boxscore Pts: Czerapowicz 24
Rebs: Birgander 8
Asts: Håkanson 9
Arena: Centro de Desportos e Congressos de Matosinhos
Referees: Tanel Suslov {EST), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT), Martin Vulić (CRO)
16 August 2021 Portugal  60–79  Sweden Matosinhos, Portugal* [note 2]
18:00 WEST (UTC+1) Scoring by quarter: 12–16, 20–15, 12–23, 16–25
Pts: Brito 12
Rebs: Delgado 8
Asts: Barbosa 3
Boxscore Pts: Andersson 18
Rebs: three players 7
Asts: Håkanson 7
Arena: Centro de Desportos e Congressos de Matosinhos
Referees: Andris Aunkrogers (LAT), Tanel Suslov {EST), Martin Vulić (CRO)
18 August 2021 Sweden  94–58  Luxembourg Matosinhos, Portugal* [note 2]
18:00 WEST (UTC+1) Scoring by quarter: 24–19, 19–11, 28–14, 23–14
Pts: Barton 22
Rebs: Czerapowicz 10
Asts: Barton 10
Boxscore Pts: Vujakovic 18
Rebs: Vujakovic 9
Asts: Vujakovic 4
Arena: Centro de Desportos e Congressos de Matosinhos
Referees: Zdravko Rutešić (MNE), Erez Gurion (ISR), Gvidas Gedvilas (LTU)
25 November 2021 (2021-11-25) Sweden  vs.  Finland
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28 November 2021 (2021-11-28) Slovenia  vs.  Sweden
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2022[edit]

25 February 2022 (2022-02-25) Croatia  vs.  Sweden
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28 February 2022 (2022-02-28) Sweden  vs.  Croatia
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30 June 2022 (2022-06-30) Finland  vs.  Sweden
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Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Pre-Qualifiers matches on 12 to 18 August 2021 against Portugal and Luxembourg.[4]

Sweden men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
C 1 Denzel Andersson 24 – (1996-09-21)21 September 1996 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Stal Ostrów Poland
PG 2 Felix Terins 23 – (1998-04-24)24 April 1998 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Norrköping Sweden
SG 4 Charles Barton 29 – (1992-01-07)7 January 1992 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Gipuzkoa Spain
G/F 8 Marcus Eriksson 27 – (1993-12-05)5 December 1993 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Alba Berlin Germany
PG 12 Ludvig Håkanson 25 – (1996-03-22)22 March 1996 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Bilbao Spain
SG 13 Chris Czerapowicz 29 – (1991-09-15)15 September 1991 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Murcia Spain
F 14 Alexander Lindqvist 30 – (1991-02-12)12 February 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Södertälje Sweden
C 15 Mattias Markusson 25 – (1996-04-10)10 April 1996 2.17 m (7 ft 1 in) Loyola Marymount United States
G 19 Melwin Pantzar 21 – (2000-04-10)10 April 2000 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Valladolid Spain
C 35 Simon Birgander 23 – (1997-10-23)23 October 1997 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Joventut Spain
F 44 David Hook 22 – (1999-04-07)7 April 1999 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Castelló Spain
G 94 Nathan Dawit 26 – (1994-12-09)9 December 1994 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Norrköping Sweden
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 12 August 2021

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Nick Spires William Magarity
PF Jonas Jerebko Alexander Lindqvist
SF Christopher Czerapowicz Viktor Gaddefors Olle Lundqvist
SG Ludvig Håkanson Johan Löfberg
PG Tobias Borg Melwin Pantzar Charles Barton

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)

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See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches in the November 2020 and February 2021 windows were played behind closed doors in select host cities.[2]
  2. ^ a b c d Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches during the European Pre-Qualifiers second round window in August 2021 were played in a single location in select host cities.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Statement regarding the November 2020 and February 2021 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Find out who is hosting the European Pre-Qualifiers Second Round". Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Sweden during the 2023 FIBA World Cup European Pre-Qualifiers in Aug. 2021". Retrieved 12 August 2021.

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