Switzerland national basketball team

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Switzerland Switzerland
FIBA ranking T-94 Steady
Joined FIBA 1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation SBB / FSB
Coach Petar Aleksic
Nickname(s) Nati
Olympic Games
Appearances 3
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Appearances 5
Medals None
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The Swiss national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Switzerland in international competitions. It is governed by the Fédération Suisse de Basketball. (Swiss Basketball Federation)[1]

Switzerland is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and has one of the world's longest basketball traditions.

Once a major player at the global stage, the team has declined and is nowadays seen as a minor team. Switzerland entered the EuroBasket five times, having their best result at 4th place in the first edition, in 1935. They also qualified for the Olympic Basketball Tournament twice, in 1936 and 1948, where their best result was 9th, in 1936. Since 1955, Switzerland aims to make the EuroBasket finals once again and has yet to qualify for the Basketball World Championship.

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.

Switzerland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
G 4 Louissaint, Steeve 28 – (1987-11-11)11 November 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Lions de Genève Switzerland
PG 5 Savoy, Brian 24 – (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Union Neuchâtel Switzerland
PG 6 Kazadi, Jonathan 25 – (1991-06-09)9 June 1991 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Entente Orléanaise France
SF 7 Mlađan, Marko 23 – (1993-03-26)26 March 1993 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) BBC Monthey Switzerland
SF 8 Kozić, Juraj 21 – (1995-05-24)24 May 1995 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Lions de Genève Switzerland
PF 9 Jurkovitz, Natan 21 – (1995-04-04)4 April 1995 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Fribourg Olympic Switzerland
SF 11 Mlađan, Dušan 29 – (1986-11-16)16 November 1986 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Lions de Genève Switzerland
SG 14 Kovac, Roberto 25 – (1990-09-02)2 September 1990 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Lions de Genève Switzerland
PF 15 Cotture, Arnaud 21 – (1995-08-09)9 August 1995 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Fribourg Olympic Switzerland
SF 25 Fongue, Eric 25 – (1991-02-25)25 February 1991 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Fribourg Olympic Switzerland
PF 47 Ramseier, David 28 – (1987-11-01)1 November 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Lions de Genève Switzerland
C 77 Dos Santos, Nicolas 29 – (1987-04-10)10 April 1987 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Benfica Portugal
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2016

Notable players[edit]

Other current notable players from Switzerland:

Switzerland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
F/C Capela, Clint 22 – (1994-05-18)18 May 1994 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Houston Rockets United States
G/F Sefolosha, Thabo 32 – (1984-05-02)2 May 1984 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Atlanta Hawks United States

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age on 13 August 2016

Competitive record[edit]


EuroBasket 1935[edit]

The host Swiss side came in 4th place at the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They defeated Romania and Italy in the preliminary round to advance to the semifinals. There they lost to Latvia, resulting in a playoff for third place with Czechoslovakia which the Swiss lost 25-23.

EuroBasket 1946[edit]

Switzerland did not play in the European championship again until the post-war EuroBasket 1946, which they hosted. There, they placed 2nd in the three-team preliminary group after losing to eventual champions Czechoslovakia 20-17 but defeating Belgium 38-33. That preliminary round finish put the Swiss into a 5th/6th place playoff against Netherlands, which Switzerland won 36-25.

EuroBasket 1951[edit]

The next Swiss entry into European championships was 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.

Head coach position[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ FIBA National Federations – Switzerland, fiba.com, accessed 12 December 2014.

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