Switzerland men's national basketball team

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Switzerland Switzerland
Swiss Basketball logo.svg
FIBA ranking62 Increase 1 (3 March 2020)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationSwiss Basketball
CoachGianluca Barilari
Nickname(s)Nati
(National Team)
Rossocrociati
(Red Crosses)
Olympic Games
Appearances3
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances5
MedalsNone

The Switzerland national basketball team (French: Équipe de Suisse de basketball, German: Schweizer Basketballnationalmannschaft, Italian: Nazionale di pallacanestro della Svizzera, Romansh: Squadra naziunala da ballape da la Svizra) represents Switzerland in international basketball. The managing body for the national team is Swiss Basketball.

Switzerland has qualified to five EuroBasket tournaments (1935, 1946, 1951, 1953, 1955) in their history. The national team has also made three appearances at the Summer Olympics (1936, 1948, 1952). However, Switzerland has struggled over the past decades to once again reach global tournaments. As they also continue their pursuit to clinch their debut trip to the FIBA World Cup.

History[edit]

EuroBasket 1935[edit]

Switzerland hosted the first European Basketball Championship in Geneva at EuroBasket 1935. The national team finished fourth in the ten team tournament, defeating Romania and Italy in the preliminary round to advance to the semifinals. There they lost to Latvia, resulting in a playoff for third place against Czechoslovakia which the Swiss lost 25-23.

EuroBasket 1946[edit]

Switzerland did not play in the European championship again until the post-war, at EuroBasket 1946, which they hosted. There, they placed second in their three-team preliminary group after losing to the eventual champions Czechoslovakia 20-17, but defeating Belgium 38-33. That preliminary round finish put the Swiss into a 5th/6th place playoff against the Netherlands, which Switzerland won 36-25.

EuroBasket 1951[edit]

The next Swiss entry into the European Basketball Championship was at the EuroBasket 1951 tournament in Paris. Switzerland finished the preliminary round with a 1-3 record, 4th in their group. They fared little better in the first classification, taking 3rd in the group with a 1-2 record. In the second classification round, the Swiss won the classification 13-16 and 13/14 games to finish in 13th place of 18 teams, with a 4-5 record.

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow was the fourth appearance of the Swiss. The tournament began poorly for the team, as they finished last in their preliminary pool at 0-3. It got somewhat better for them after that, as they took second in their first classification pool with 2 wins and a loss. They dropped their 9-12 semifinal to Belgium, but defeated Finland in the 11/12 final to take 11th of 17 overall.

EuroBasket 1955[edit]

Switzerland competed next at the EuroBasket 1955 tournament in Budapest. Their 2-2 record in preliminary round put them in 3rd of the five-team group and relegated them to the classification rounds. They had similar results there, again taking a 2-2 record and 3rd of 5 teams. They won their classification 13-16 semifinal, but lost to Austria in the 13/14 game to finish 14th of 18 teams.

Later years[edit]

The 1952 Summer Olympics and the 1955 EuroBasket are the last major international basketball tournaments that the country qualified for. Since then, it lost its international significance despite occasional strong showings at qualification games. E.g. Switzerland surprisingly beat former European Champion Russia at the qualification for the 2015 EuroBasket.

Competitive record[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers matches played on 20 and 23 February 2020 against Georgia and Finland.[2]

Switzerland national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
F 0 Michel-Ofik Nzege 27 – (1992-10-14)14 October 1992 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Lugano Switzerland
SF 1 Patrick Baldassarre 33 – (1986-05-03)3 May 1986 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Ferrara Italy
G 2 Boris Mbala 24 – (1996-01-19)19 January 1996 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Fribourg Switzerland
PG 4 Jérémy Jaunin 29 – (1991-02-02)2 February 1991 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Fribourg Switzerland
G 6 Jonathan Kazadi 28 – (1991-06-09)9 June 1991 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Lille France
G/F 7 Dušan Mlađan 33 – (1986-11-16)16 November 1986 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Massagno Switzerland
SG 9 Roberto Kovac 29 – (1990-05-02)2 May 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) ÍR Iceland
PG 11 Yuri Solca 19 – (2000-08-29)29 August 2000 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Vevey Switzerland
F/C 14 Jonathan Dubas 28 – (1991-03-04)4 March 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Lions de Genève Switzerland
PF 20 Arnaud Cotture 24 – (1995-08-09)9 August 1995 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Lions de Genève Switzerland
PF 21 Marko Mlađan 26 – (1993-03-26)26 March 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Massagno Switzerland
F 99 Natan Jurkovitz 24 – (1995-04-04)4 April 1995 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Fribourg Switzerland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 20 February 2020

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C
PF
SF
SG
PG

Head coach position[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1935 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 10 teams

3 René Karlen, 4 Raymond Lambercy, 5 Mottier, 6 Jean Pare, 7 Radle, 8 Sidler, 9 Marcel Wuilleumier (Coach: ?)


1936 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 21 teams

1 Fernand Bergmann, 2 Pierre Carlier, 3 René Karlen, 4 Georges Laederach, 5 Raymond Lambercy, 6 Jean Pollet, 7 Jean Pare, 8 Marcel Wuilleumier (Coach: ?)


1946 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 10 teams

3 Georges Stockly, 4 Fernand Keller, 5 Theo Winkler, 7 Georges Gallay, 8 Henry Gujer, 10 Robert Geiser, 12 Jean Pollet, 13 Jean Pare, 15 René Wohler, 20 Louis Sanguin (Coach: ?)


1948 Olympic Games: finished 21st among 23 teams

3 Georges Stockly, 4 Henry Gujer, 5 Jean Pollet, 6 Maurice Chollet, 7 Claude Chevalley, 8 Pierre Albrecht, 9 Marcos Bossy, 10 Robert Geiser, 11 Jean Tribolet, 12 Claude Landini, 13 Jean Pare, 14 Bernard Dutoit, 15 Henri Baumann, 16 Gérald Piaget (Coach: ?)


1951 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams

3 Georges Stockly, 4 Henry Gujer, 5 Theo Winkler, 6 Arthur Bugna, 7 Henri Baumann, 8 Roger Domenjoz, 9 Marcos Bossy, 10 René Wohler, 11 René Chiappino, 12 Bernard Dutoit, 13 Albert Hermann, 14 Roger Prahin, 15 Francis Perroud (Coach: ?)


1952 Olympic Games: finished 20th among 23 teams

3 Georges Stockly, 4 Pierre Albrecht, 5 Jacques Redard, 6 Gérald Cottier, 7 Henri Baumann, 8 Roger Domenjoz, 9 Marcos Bossy, 10 René Wohler, 11 René Chiappino, 12 Marcel Moget, 13 Maurice Chollet, 14 Roger Prahin, 15 Bernard Schmied, 16 Jean-Pierre Voisin (Coach: ?)


1953 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 17 teams

3 André Laverniaz, 4 Pierre Albrecht, 5 Jacques Redard, 6 Henri Devaud, 7 Albert Hermann, 8 René Hofmann, 9 Marcos Bossy, 10 Gérald Cottier, 11 René Chiappino, 12 Jean Emery, 13 Pierre Wittwer, 14 Michel Currat, 15 Jean-Pierre Voisin, 16 Ruggero Balmelli (Coach: ?)


1955 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 18 teams

4 Pierre Albrecht, 5 Jacques Redard, 6 Michel Currat, 7 Henri Baumann, 8 V Bally, 9 C Sevelley, 10 Gérald Cottier, 11 Marcos Bossy, 12 René Chiappino, 13 M Etter, 14 C Lambrecht, 15 Jean-Pierre Voisin, 16 P Worte, 17 M Robert (Coach: ?)

Results and fixtures[edit]

EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers[edit]

First round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Macedonia 4 3 1 323 293 +30 7 Advance to second round
2   Switzerland 4 2 2 319 330 −11 6 Transfer to third round
3  Slovakia 4 1 3 308 327 −19 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Third round[edit]

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 4 2 2 336 324 +12 6 Qualification to EuroBasket qualifiers
2  Iceland 4 2 2 343 339 +4 6
3  Portugal 4 2 2 304 320 −16 6
Source: FIBA

EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers[edit]

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Georgia 2 2 0 190 178 +12 4 EuroBasket 2021 as host
2  Serbia 2 1 1 170 152 +18 3[a] EuroBasket 2021
3  Finland 2 1 1 127 144 −17 3[a]
4   Switzerland 2 0 2 152 165 −13 2
Updated to match(es) played on 23 February 2020. Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Finland 58–80 Serbia

Kit[edit]

Manufacturer[edit]

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2017: Tissot [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Switzerland during the EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Feb. 2020". Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b FIBA EuroBasket 2017, FIBA.com, Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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