France national basketball team
The France national basketball team is administered by the French Basketball Federation. France has been a regular with 37 appearances, the most of any nation, its best results have been a gold medal at EuroBasket 2013 and silver medals in 1949 and 2011. The French squad has won two silver medals at the Summer Olympics, in 1948 and 2000. France's best result at the FIBA Basketball World Cup came in 2014. Throughout its history, France's national basketball team has experienced many downs; the time periods where the national team earned medals have been quite streaky. In Europe, team France started out as a fierce competitor; the team won 5 medals at the FIBA EuroBasket between 1937 and 1959.1937: Bronze Medal, 3–2 overall, second in preliminary group, lost semifinal, won bronze medal match1947: Silver Medal, 5–1 overall, round robin tournament, no playoffs1949: Bronze Medal. Its period of glory at the world stage began. At the 1948 Olympics in London, the France team led by Robert Busnel won an Olympic silver medal, the first Olympic medal in its history.
The French finished second only to the United States. In the wake of this Olympic medal, led by captain André Vacheresse, won three consecutive medals, including silver at the EuroBasket 1949, bronze at the EuroBasket 1951 and the EuroBasket 1953; the following years were less glorious. France's basketball team declined to disappear completely from the two major world competitions during the 1960s and 1970s. After the disappointing 60s and 70s, the 1980s were marked by a generation of hope, counting in its ranks French basketball icons such as Richard Dacoury, Stephane Ostrowski and Hervé Dubuisson. During this decade, France returned to the Olympics, the 1986 FIBA World Championship. During the 1990s Team France had its moments to shine despite some internal struggles and many injuries for key players. At the European meetings, the team did not win a medal despite some good performances; the years 1999 and 2000, marked a turnaround for French basketball. The team built around Rigaudeau, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Bilba, Foirest finished in the top 4 at the EuroBasket 1999 in France and only lost the bronze medal final to Yugoslavia, despite some internal problems that disrupted the group of players.
In 2000, team France traveled to the Olympics in Sydney, full of ambition, which developed the means for major achievement. At the end of its time in Australia, the selection of Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi won the Olympic silver medal, the selection's first top 3 performance at a major basketball event in 46 years and its first Olympic medal in 52 years. After this event, the Olympic vice-champion gained new backbone in Tony Parker, selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 NBA draft. However, at the EuroBasket 2001, without Rigaudeau, who decided to retire from the team after the Olympics, the 19-year-old Parker alone was not enough as France failed to repeat its outstanding performance at the Olympic Games. France finished 6th place overall. During this time, most of France's players cleared their spots for a new generation of players, which were available in abundance as France Junior national team had won the 2000 junior championship. At the EuroBasket 2003, France competed with an immensely talented squad, which included the NBA players Tony Parker, Jérôme Moïso and Tariq Abdul-Wahad, future NBA-player Boris Diaw and Euroleague players Laurent Foirest, Cyril Julian and Florent Piétrus.
The stated objective was the title, which would come as the second within a short time-period to Tony Parker who had won the NBA title only a few months ago. But despite competing with one of the most promising rosters France lost in the semifinal against Lithuania and also lost the match for 3rd place against Italy, which France had declassified in the preliminary round. At the end, France failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Hoping not to repeat the disappointing performance of 2003, France's squad again saw some considerable changes in 2005. For the EuroBasket 2005 team France was built based on team chemistry instead of big names; the new coach Claude Bergeaud also selected Frédéric Weis, an underachieving player once drafted at the 1999 NBA Draft, who did not participate the team's preparation. After a sobering first round, team France improved to stunning performances in the playoffs. First, France eliminated world champion Serbia-Montenegro on their home court the team defeated the European champion Lithuania.
In a semi-final game against Greece where both side battled each other through tough defense, France failed in the last second after leading by seven points, 45 seconds before the game ended. Unlike 2003, France recovered to win a bronze medal by beating Spain in the small final by more than thirty points. At the World Championship 2006 France competed without Tony Parker, who suffered a twisted finger two
Latvia the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Since its independence, Latvia has been referred to as one of the Baltic states, it is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus to the southeast, shares a maritime border with Sweden to the west. Latvia has 1,957,200 inhabitants and a territory of 64,589 km2; the country has a temperate seasonal climate. After centuries of Swedish and Russian rule, a rule executed by the Baltic German aristocracy, the Republic of Latvia was established on 18 November 1918 when it broke away and declared independence in the aftermath of World War I. However, by the 1930s the country became autocratic after the coup in 1934 establishing an authoritarian regime under Kārlis Ulmanis; the country's de facto independence was interrupted at the outset of World War II, beginning with Latvia's forcible incorporation into the Soviet Union, followed by the invasion and occupation by Nazi Germany in 1941, the re-occupation by the Soviets in 1944 to form the Latvian SSR for the next 45 years.
The peaceful Singing Revolution, starting in 1987, called for Baltic emancipation from Soviet rule and condemning the Communist regime's illegal takeover. It ended with the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia on 4 May 1990, restoring de facto independence on 21 August 1991. Latvia is a democratic sovereign state, parliamentary republic and a highly developed country according to the United Nations Human Development Index, its capital Riga served as the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Latvian is the official language. Latvia is a unitary state, divided into 119 administrative divisions, of which 110 are municipalities and nine are cities. Latvians and Livonians are the indigenous people of Latvia. Latvian and Lithuanian are the only two surviving Baltic languages. Despite foreign rule from the 13th to 20th centuries, the Latvian nation maintained its identity throughout the generations via the language and musical traditions. However, as a consequence of centuries of Russian rule and Soviet occupation, Latvia is home to a large number of ethnic Russians, some of whom have not gained citizenship, leaving them with no citizenship at all.
Until World War II, Latvia had significant minorities of ethnic Germans and Jews. Latvia is predominantly Lutheran Protestant, except for the Latgale region in the southeast, predominantly Roman Catholic; the Russian population are Eastern Orthodox Christians. Latvia is a member of the European Union, Eurozone, NATO, the Council of Europe, the United Nations, CBSS, the IMF, NB8, NIB, OECD, OSCE, WTO. For 2014, the country was listed 46th on the Human Development Index and as a high income country on 1 July 2014. A full member of the Eurozone, it began using the euro as its currency on 1 January 2014, replacing the Latvian lats; the name Latvija is derived from the name of the ancient Latgalians, one of four Indo-European Baltic tribes, which formed the ethnic core of modern Latvians together with the Finnic Livonians. Henry of Latvia coined the latinisations of the country's name, "Lettigallia" and "Lethia", both derived from the Latgalians; the terms inspired the variations on the country's name in Romance languages from "Letonia" and in several Germanic languages from "Lettland".
Around 3000 BC, the proto-Baltic ancestors of the Latvian people settled on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. The Balts established trade routes to Byzantium, trading local amber for precious metals. By 900 AD, four distinct Baltic tribes inhabited Latvia: Curonians, Selonians, Semigallians, as well as the Finnic tribe of Livonians speaking a Finnic language. In the 12th century in the territory of Latvia, there were 14 lands with their rulers: Vanema, Bandava, Duvzare, Megava, Pilsāts, Upmale, Sēlija, Jersika, Tālava and Adzele. Although the local people had contact with the outside world for centuries, they became more integrated into the European socio-political system in the 12th century; the first missionaries, sent by the Pope, sailed up the Daugava River in the late 12th century, seeking converts. The local people, did not convert to Christianity as as the Church had hoped. German crusaders were sent, or more decided to go on their own accord as they were known to do. Saint Meinhard of Segeberg arrived in Ikšķile, in 1184, traveling with merchants to Livonia, on a Catholic mission to convert the population from their original pagan beliefs.
Pope Celestine III had called for a crusade against pagans in Northern Europe in 1193. When peaceful means of conversion failed to produce results, Meinhard plotted to convert Livonians by force of arms. In the beginning of the 13th century, Germans ruled large parts of today's Latvia. Together with Southern Estonia, these conquered areas formed the crusader state that became known as Terra Mariana or Livonia. In 1282, the cities of Cēsis, Limbaži, Koknese and Valmiera, became part of the Hanseatic League. Riga became an important point of east-west trading and formed close cultural links with Western Europe. After the Livonian War, Livonia fell under Lithuanian rule; the southern part of Estonia and the northern part of Latvia were ceded to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and formed into the Duchy of Livonia. Gotthard Kettler, the last Master of
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
The 1939 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 1939, was the third FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. Eight national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation took part in the competition. Defending champions Lithuania hosted the tournament, held in Kaunas Sports Hall; the price for tickets were high in that time. The price for seat were 2,5–5 LTL and for standing spot 1,5–2 LTL. One of the toughest question was where the competition games of the Third European Basketball Championship should be played. First European Championship was held in a primitively adapted exhibitions hall, second – in adapted former factory premises. Firstly, there was a thought to organize it in an open-court with a hanging tarpaulin roof, protecting from the rain, in the that time State Court. Although, such building wasn't suitable nor for the Lithuania, nor for the FIBA, it was decided to build new sports hall for the basketball games. Anatolijus Rozenbliumas projected the new basketball hall with capacity of 11.000 people.
It cost around 400.000 LTL, however nobody complained about its and its building progress. Kaunas Sports Hall was built in time. Many helpers participated in construction. One of them, Donatas Banionis, remembers: "I remember 1939 European Championship in Kaunas; the Kaunas Sports Hall was built. On the eve of the tournament I learned from friends. Free observation of the games was promised for that. This, for us – boys, was a staggering thing; the cheapest ticket to all the games cost 10 LTL. So I numbered the sports hall benches with dye honestly"; the opening ceremony of the EuroBasket 1939 took place on May 21, 1939. Independent Lithuania sport historian, Jonas Narbutas, wrote: "The interest in the competition, of course, was huge, but still it was hardly imaginable that that big event may attract such wide masses. It seemed. Tides of people attended the Vytautas hill: by driving. Generations of times swam into the hall: near the gray-headed there was his aging son with his children and big swam, of all ages and castes.
The hall sheltered 10.000 of people. It is doubtful, it was possible to sell 20.000 tickets to the opening and the closing ceremonies". The opening ceremony was started by the Lithuanian president Antanas Smetona speech. At first, after sending the invitations, 17 countries wished to compete; the basketball newcomers Great Britain and Germany planned to participate in it. Because of this, one of the issued postage stamp had 17 countries flags. Though, when Kaunas was waiting for the guests from all the European countries, World War II phantom was wandering in Europe; that changed things, with some of the 17 planned countries no longer interested in participating in the tournament. Eight teams arrived. Despite that, all the strongest teams of the EuroBasket 1937 participated; the championship prestige was raised with the capable Baltic teams participation. Most of the teams arrived at Kaunas strengthened: Lithuania, Estonia, Italy national teams had emigrants, who finished studies in the United States of America.
Everyone was thrilled with the question: will tall height players participation be allowed? At that time FIBA had a rule which distributed players into two groups: lower than 1.90 meter and taller than 1.90 meter. Though, this rule never was used practically. Two teams had players taller than 1.90 meter: Lithuania. Just one day before the competition, FIBA Technical Committee reached a decision allowing players of all heights to compete; the 1939 competition was in a simple format. Each team played each of the other teams once. A win was worth 2 standings points, a loss worth 1; the rankings were based on those standing points. Ties were broken by head-to-head results; the winning team was Lithuania. In retrospect, the most important match was Lithuania vs Latvia in the first round. Lithuania won by 1 point, this was the eventual winning margin of the championship. Relations between the two nations soured to such an extent that it led to the cancellation of the subsequent 1939 Baltic Cup football tournament.
Lithuania's Lubinas played for the gold medal-winning United States national basketball team at the 1936 Summer Olympics. 1. Lithuania: Pranas Lubinas, Mykolas Ruzgys, Feliksas Kriaučiūnas, Leonas Baltrūnas, Zenonas Puzinauskas, Artūras Andrulis, Pranas Mažeika, Leonas Petrauskas, Eugenijus Nikolskis, Vytautas Norkus, Jurgis Jurgėla, Mindaugas Šliūpas, Vytautas Budriūnas, Vytautas Lesčinskas 2. Latvia: Visvaldis Melderis, Kārlis Arents, Jānis Graudiņš, Teodors Grīnbergs, Maksis Kazāks, Alfrēds Krauklis, Voldemārs Šmits, Juris Solovjovs, Aleksandrs Vanags, Kārlis Satiņš 3. Poland: Paweł Stok, Bogdan Bartosiewicz, Jerzy Gregołajtis, Florian Grzechowiak, Zdzisław Kasprzak, Ewaryst Łój, Stanisław Pawlowski, Zbigniew Resich, Jerzy Rossudowski, Jarosław Śmigielski 4. France: Robert Busnel, Vladimir Fabrikant, Henri Lesmayoux, Fernand Prudhomme, Jean Jeammes, Etienne Roland, Emile Frezot, Robert Cohu, Maurice Mertz, Abel Gravier, Andre Ambroise, Gaston Falleur, Gabriel Gonnet, Alexandre Katlama 5.
Estonia: Heino Veskila, Evald Mahl, Oskar Erikson, Ralf Viksten, Georg Vinogradov, Erich Altosaar, Artur Amon, Hans Juurup, Valdeko Valdmäe, Herbert Tillemann FIBA Europe EuroBasket 1939 Eurobasket.com 1939 EChampionship
Egypt national basketball team
The Egyptian national basketball team is organized and run by the Egyptian Basketball Federation. Team Egypt has a legacy of remarkable achievements. Winning the title of the EuroBasket 1949 is its most celebrated achievement. In addition its 5th-place finish at the 1950 FIBA World Championship as well as its 9th-place finish at the 1952 Summer Olympics, remain the best results of an African nation at each tournament. Further, the title of the EuroBasket 1949, is the most prestigious basketball title of an African nation as well. At the FIBA Africa Championship, Egypt holds a record number of 17 medals. Egypt joined the International Federation of Basketball in 1934 and has Africa's longest basketball tradition; the Egyptians finished last at the second European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1937 held by FIBA Europe continental federation. They had lost their first two preliminary round games against Estonia and Lithuania before withdrawing from the tournament, their remaining matches were lost by default, including the final preliminary match, the classification semifinal, the 7th/8th playoff.
Egypt was much more successful in their next appearance, the EuroBasket 1947. They won all three of their first semifinal group game, their only loss of the tournament came to eventual gold medallist Soviet Union in the second semifinal group game, before Egypt won their third. Their 2–1 record in the semifinal group placed them second and set up a bronze medal match against Belgium, whom Egypt had defeated in the preliminary round. Egypt won again in a close 50 -- 48 match; the following championship was both won by Egypt. In a small event with seven teams, none of which had placed better than third the Egyptians had little trouble winning their first five games. By the luck of the draw, Egypt did not face France until the last game of the tournament, so while the standings were based on the seven-team round robin, the two undefeated teams found themselves facing each other in the last game of the tournament. Dominating 36–16 after the first half, the Egyptians added another point to their lead in the second half to win the game 57–36.
The star player and captain Albert Tadros, earned praise for his great skill and excellent leadership. Overall, some of the prominent players include winners of the event were the Albert Tadros & Hussain Montasser. Tadros was honored as the best player in what was considered the world basketball championship at the time and Montasser was the top-scorer. In Moscow, the Egyptian team once again competed; the EuroBasket 1953 saw the Egypt squad win their preliminary group scoring more points in the round than anyone save the Soviet Union and Bulgaria, the latter of which had had one more game than Egypt. The final round was less conducive to Egyptian success, however, their six losses included a forfeit to Israel. The squad took 8th place of the 8 teams in 17 overall. In much years Mohammed Sayed-Soliman Known as Salaawa was the 1984 Olympic Games top-scorer. Medhat Warda was the best player in Africa 1983 and Amro Aboulkhair was considered by some critics the second best point guard in the 1984 olympics.
Ismail Ahmed and Alain Attalah were among the most prominent players In the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, several of Egypt's elite players did not compete at the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship. Most notably, college-standout Omar Orabi, the Egyptian American Omar Samhan, Ahmad Ismail all star forward in the Lebanese Basketball League. Between 1937 and 1953, Egypt competed in the European Championship. 1965: 1973: 1991: 1995: 1999: 2007: 2011: 5th 2015: 2019: To Be Determined 1953: 1957:? 1961: 1965: 1976:? 1985:? 1992:? 1997:? 1999: 2004: 2007: 2011: 1951 Alexandria: 1959 Beirut: 1979 Split: 2005 Almería: 5th 2013 Mersin: 6th 2017 Tarragona: To Be Determined Team for the 2017 FIBA Africa Championship. Other current notable players from Egypt: 1947 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 14 teams Albert Tadros, Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, Youssef Abbas, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Abdelrahman Ismail, Hussein Montasser, Wahid Saleh, Zaki Harari, Hassan Moawad, Zaki Yehia, Guido Acher, Maurice Calife EuroBasket 1949: finished 1st among 7 teams Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, Albert Tadros, Youssef Abouaouf, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Abdelrahman Ismail, Hussein Montasser, Nessim Salah el-Dine, Wahid Saleh, Medhat Youssef, Mohammed Soliman, Youssef Abbas, Mohammed Ali el-Rashidi, Team captain: Albert Tadros Team for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Team for the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship. Egypt national under-19 basketball team Egypt national under-17 basketball team Egypt women's national basketball team Egypt national 3x3 team Official website FIBA Profile Egypt Basketball Records at FIBA Archive Afrobasket – Egypt Men National Team
Poland national basketball team
The Polish national basketball team is administered by the Polski Związek Koszykówki. Their biggest successes are the silver medal in the 1963 European Championships at home in Poland and fourth place at the 1936 Summer Olympics; the Poles took fourth place with an overall record of 2–3 at the second European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1937 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They took first place in their four-team preliminary group on a three-way tie-breaker after France and Latvia both matched the Polish team's 2–1 record, they lost to eventual champions Lithuania in the semifinals and were defeated a second time by France in the bronze medal game. Bronze medal Poland won the bronze medal in their second EuroBasket competition; the competition format was a single round-robin without playoffs. With Lithuania undefeated and Poland and Latvia tied at 5–2, the loss to Latvia was decisive in pushing Poland to third place. Due to World War II, the next European championship was EuroBasket 1946.
The Poles started well, with a victory over Luxembourg. They lost their next two preliminary games to Italy and Hungary to finish in third place of the four-team group; this put them in the 7th–10th place classification semifinal, where they lost again, this time to Belgium. In the 9th/10th playoff, Poland defeated England; the European championships returned to the odd-year schedule with EuroBasket 1947. Poland placed second in their preliminary group, losing only to eventual silver medallist Czechoslovakia en route to a 2–1 record, they went 1–2 in their semifinal group, falling to the gold medal Soviet Union team and bronze medal Egypt. This put Poland in a 5th/6th place playoff against France, 1–2 in the opposite semifinal group. France won, 62–29. After an 8-year hiatus, Poland returned with EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest, they showed that they could still play with the European field, winning all four of their preliminary round games to advance to the final round. Despite their mediocre 3–4 record in that round, the Poles had demonstrated that they could be effective against the best of the European pool with a 72–68 win over eventual silver medallist Czechoslovakia.
They finished 5th overall of the 18 teams in the tournament. Two years in Sofia, Poland competed at EuroBasket 1957. Despite being seeded into the same preliminary pool as the Soviet Union, the Poles went 2–1 in the round-robin and advanced to the final round, they lost their first six of seven games in that round, getting their first win in the last game of the round, against France to take 7th place overall. Silver medal Bronze medal Bronze medal After a 10-year break, Poland returned with EuroBasket, it was quite sn unexpected achievement. The Poles advanced from eliminations defeated their group rivals: Ukraine and Sweden; because of injury, many key players including Michał Ignerski and Maciej Lampe did not compete. The Poles lost all 3 games, but in defeat they remained competitive losing by 8 to a well-regarded French team and by 9 to the Italian squad. Poland – France 66–74 Poland – Slovenia 52–70 Poland – Italy 70–79 On several occasions, Poland qualified for events where they competed at the global stage.
Yet, the country's major performances there date back to 1980 when the country finished 7th at the Summer Olympics. 1936 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 21 teamsPawel Stok, Andrzej Plucinski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Zdzislaw Filipkiewicz, Jakub Kopf, Edward Szostak, Ewaryst Loj, Janusz Patrzykont, Florian Grzechowiak, Zenon Rozycki 1937 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 8 teamsPawel Stok, Andrzej Plucinski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Zbigniew Resich, Zenon Rozycki, Jaroslaw Smigielski, Stefan Gendera, Florian Grzechowiak, Michal Czajczyk, Janusz Patrzykont 1939 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 8 teamsPawel Stok, Florian Grzechowiak, Zbigniew Resich, Stanislaw Pawlowski, Jerzy Rossudowski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Ewaryst Loj, Jerzy Gregolajtis, Bohdan Bartosiewicz, Jaroslaw Smigielski 1946 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 10 teamsFlorian Grzechowiak, Pawel Stok, Zbigniew Resich, Jaroslaw Smigielski, Edward Jarczynski, Zdzislaw Kasprzak, Wladyslaw Maleszewski, Franciszek Szymura, Roscislaw Ruszkiewicz 1947 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 14 teamsZbigniew Resich, Pawel Stok, Edward Jarczynski, Henryk Jaznicki, Wladyslaw Maleszewski, Jozef Zylinski, Bohdan Bartosiewicz, Jerzy Dowgird, Romuald Markowski, Ludwik Barszczewski, Tadeusz Ulatowski 1955 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 18 teamsWitold Zagorski, Slawomir Zlotkiewicz, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Andrzej Nartowski, Ryszard Olszewski, Bogdan Przywarski, Jerzy Sterenga, Wincent Wawro, Leszek Kaminski, Tadeusz Pacula, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Stefan Wojcik, Jedrzej Bednarowicz 1957 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teamsAndrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Wincent Wawro, Stefan Wojcik, Ryszard Olszewski, Tadeusz Pacula, Wladyslaw Pawlak, Andrzej Nartowski, Marek Sitkowski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Zdzislaw Skrzeczkowski 1959 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 17 teamsAndrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Andrzej Nartowski, Bogdan Przywarski, Ryszard Olszewski, Jerzy Mlynarczyk, Zenon Matysik, Tadeusz Pacula, Jerzy Piskun, Marek Sitkowski, Wladyslaw Pawlak 1960 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 16 teamsMieczyslaw Lopatka, Andrzej Pstrokonski, Janusz Wichowski, Zbigniew Dregier, Marek Sitkowski, Bogdan Przywarski, Dar
Latvia national basketball team
The Latvian national basketball team is organized and run by the Latvia Basketball Association. The national team had remarkable success during the inter-war period, being the smallest nation population wise to win the EuroBasket. Latvians, like their Balts neighbors Lithuanians began playing basketball in 1920s. Though, they were much more advanced back than their frequent rivals Lithuanians. On 13 December 1925 in Riga, Lithuanians played their first international game. Latvians swept them with result 41–20. On, Latvians were crushing the future three-times European champions Lithuanians as well. In fact, Latvia had one of the world's strongest national basketball teams; the first Latvians teams consisted of students and pupils, who were trained by coaches of American YMCA. On 26 November 1923, the Latvijas Basketbola Savienība was founded, earlier than most of the biggest countries basketball federations. In winter 1924, the first men's basketball championship was held, while the women's championship was organized only in 1933.
On 29 April 1924, Latvia played their first international game versus Estonia, winning it 20–16. Latvia was one of the eight countries, whose representative Jāzeps Šadeiko, signed the founding act of FIBA on 18 June 1932 in Geneva, together with Switzerland, Greece, Portugal and Argentina; the Latvians won the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They defeated Hungary in the preliminary round, Switzerland in the semifinals, Spain in the final to finish atop the ten-nation field. Latvia held their opponents to 49 points over three games, the lowest points-against average in the tournament, their scoring rate, 98 points over three games for 32.67 points per game, was second only to France. Latvia is the smallest country in population to win the EuroBasket. In 2012, Latvian film director Aigars Grauba published movie called Dream Team 1935 about this competition. Latvian national basketball team participated in the first appearance of the basketball as an official Olympic medal event.
Latvians were reigning European champions and were considered to be one of the pre-tournament favorites. However, the Olympics did not go that well for Latvians, they began the tournament with a 20–17 victory over the Uruguay national team. However, they were soundly beaten 23–34 by Canada and after suffering another defeat to Poland 23–28, the Latvians did not qualify for the knockout stage, unlike their neighbors Estonians; this was the first and the only Latvia men's national basketball team appearance in the Olympic Games. The reigning champions finished in a disappointing sixth place in the second European championship, EuroBasket 1937, which they hosted, their 32–25 loss to Poland in the preliminary round put them in a three-way tie for the lead of the four-team group. This result came about despite the Latvians being the highest-scoring team in the entire tournament and allowing fewer opponent points than any of the other teams in their group. Being in the bottom half of the preliminary group meant that the team could finish no better than fifth.
In the classification semifinal, Latvia faced Egypt, which had withdrawn after their first two preliminary matches. They advanced to the 5th/6th playoff, which they lost to Estonia 41–19. In 1939, despite losing twice, including a rematch of the 1937 game against Estonia, Latvia secured silver medals with 5 wins. Poland, which had a 5-2 record, finished third as Latvia had won the match between the two teams; the tournament's opening and, in retrospect, decisive game between Latvia and Lithuania ended in a dramatic late victory for the hosts and eventual champions Lithuania, souring the sports relations between the two countries and leading to the cancelation of the 1939 Baltic Cup. One of the 1939's vice-champions, Alfrēds Krauklis, once said: "Frankly saying – these three Baltic states raised the European basketball. Now they say that its Spanish, so what? Let them say... And I say – it's our merit!". Due to occupations, Latvians were unable to represent Latvia in FIBA organized tournaments or the Olympic Games.
Instead, they were forced to play for the Soviet Union national basketball team. Horrific times in Latvia began. In 1940 the massive people deportations started. Thousands of Latvians were forced to leave their homeland, thousands of them died due to the active military activities. Though, despite all the cruel challenges, basketball was continued to be played and retained its popularity in Latvia. In 1941 Baltic states tournament was organized in Kaunas Sports Hall. Lithuania won that game with result 38–33. In 1952 Summer Olympics, Maigonis Valdmanis been the first Latvian representative in the Soviet squad, which won the Olympic silver medals that year. A few years two other Latvian basketball stars joined the team: Jānis Krūmiņš and Valdis Muižnieks. On, the trio won two EuroBasket titles and two times became Olympic vice-champions together. In the 1950s, ASK Riga, coached by the Soviet legend Aleksandr Gomelsky, became the major force of the Soviet Union and Europe by winning three consecutive European Cup for Men's Champions Clubs titles from 1958 to 1960.
The club's roster had the multiple European champions: Jānis Krūmiņš, Maigonis Valdmanis and Valdis Muižnieks. Furthermore, in 1960 the TTT Riga won European Cup for Women's Champion Clubs, undoubtedly turning Riga into the capital of basketball with the two major European basketball titles held by the single city's clubs at the same time, and it only was the firs