Portugal national basketball team

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Portugal Portugal
FPB logo.png
FIBA ranking61 Increase 1 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationFPB
CoachMário Palma
Nickname(s)A Seleção das Quinas
(Selection of the Quinas)
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup

The Portugal national basketball team (Portuguese: Seleção Portuguesa de Basquetebol) represents Portugal in international basketball competition. They are controlled by the Portuguese Basketball Federation; the national team has never had great success in the past at the international level, but they have qualified for the EuroBasket three times, most recently at EuroBasket 2011. Although, Portugal has yet to qualify for global tournaments such as the FIBA World Cup or the Summer Olympics.

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


EuroBasket 1935[edit]

Portugal nearly joined the field of the first European Championship, but in the only qualification game held for the tournament the Portuguese lost 33–12 to the Spanish team in Madrid; the game was curiously referred by the Spanish coach Mariano Manent.

EuroBasket 1951[edit]

Portugal's European Championship debut was at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris; the national team got off to an rough start in their first two preliminary round matches, losing by huge margins to Greece and Bulgaria. Although, they did get an official win in Romania's forfeit to finish 1–2 and third place in the group.

In the first classification round, Portugal managed a win against Switzerland in a major upset, 51–49, but nevertheless finished in fourth and last place of the classification round group with a 1–2 record, they then lost to Denmark in the second round classification 13th–16th place game, but defeated Scotland in the 15th/16th place game to place 15th of the 18 teams.

EuroBasket 2007[edit]

Portugal qualified for their second EuroBasket (but first time through direct qualification) by finishing first in their qualification group, where they beat the likes of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Israel, who eventually booked the last place in the final tournament through an additional qualifying tournament.

In the preliminary round, Portugal lost its first two matches against Spain and Croatia by 56–82 and 68–90, respectively. Before the third and last match of its group, Portugal had to defeat Latvia by, at least, sixteen points; alternatively, a victory would suffice provided Croatia defeated the World champions, Spain, in their last match. Portugal won by only ten points, but since Croatia grabbed a surprising one-point victory, with a three-pointer in the last three seconds, Portugal qualified for the first time ever to the second round.

Portugal began this round playing against Russia, that had won all their games in its preliminary group. But, the Portuguese came up short losing 78-65. Israel was their next opponent and, like in the qualification, Portugal once again wss victorious beating them (94–85), putting up their best performance in the tournament; this second victory revived Portugal's chances to reach the quarterfinals; a simple victory in the last match against the reigning EuroBasket 2005 champions and 2006 FIBA World Cup runners-up Greece would be enough, if Croatia defeated Russia (otherwise, Greece would have to lose by at least thirteen points). However, Greece displayed a consistent and stronger game, defeating the Portuguese 85-67 and ending their qualification hopes. Nevertheless, it was the best performance ever by the national team at this level, ensuring a top 10 finish at the European Championship.

EuroBasket 2011[edit]

After Portugal's surprising performance at their last EuroBasket in 2007 there was optimism within the national team heading into it this time around. After making it through the repechage tournament to qualify, Portugal was dealt with an tough task after being placed in Group A. Having to go up against Euro powerhouses in Spain and host nation Lithuania was going to be challenging, but Turkey, Poland, and Great Britain proved to be overwhelming as well. The national team eventually finished last in the Group, losing all 5 of its matches in the preliminary stage and failed to advance.

Competitive record[edit]

Lusophony Games[edit]

Lusophony Games
Year Position Pld W L
Macau 2006 Champion 7 7 0
Portugal 2009 Third place 4 3 1
India 2014 Did not participate
Mozambique 2018 Cancelled
Total 11 10 1


Team for the EuroBasket 2015 qualification.[2]

Portugal men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
G/F 4 José Vilhena 26 – (1989-04-16)16 April 1989 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
F 5 Joao Soares 25 – (1990-03-27)27 March 1990 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
PG 6 Jose Barbosa 24 – (1990-10-18)18 October 1990 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) ADO Basquetebol SAD Ovarense Portugal
G/F 7 Carlos Ferreirinho 23 – (1991-12-31)31 December 1991 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
G 8 Mário Gil Fernandes 33 – (1982-04-25)25 April 1982 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
G/F 10 Fábio Lima 27 – (1988-08-18)18 August 1988 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) CB Clavijo Spain
PF 11 Miguel Queiroz 24 – (1991-07-04)4 July 1991 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) FC Porto Portugal
F 12 Joao Guerreiro 24 – (1990-10-10)10 October 1990 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
F 13 Joao Balseiro 28 – (1987-03-14)14 March 1987 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
PG 14 Pedro Pinto 27 – (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Vitória S.C. Portugal
C 21 Cláudio Fonseca 26 – (1989-01-22)22 January 1989 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Sport Lisboa Benfica Portugal
F 22 Arnette Hallman 27 – (1988-01-06)6 January 1988 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) FC Porto Portugal
Head coach
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 5 September 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Cláudio Fonseca
PF Arnette Hallman Joao Guerreiro Miguel Queiroz
SF Joao Soares Joao Balseiro
SG José Vilhena Fábio Lima Carlos Ferreirinho
PG Mário Gil Fernandes Pedro Pinto Jose Barbosa

Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1951 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 18 teams

3 Mario Nogueira de Almeida, 4 Bernardo Candido Reis Leite, 5 Rui Duarte, 6 Avelino Da Conceicao do Carmo, 7 Maximo Jose Carvalho Simoes do Couto, 8 LenineVicente Ferreira dos Santos, 9 Jose Goncalves Belo de Oliveira 10 Antonio Nogueira Cardoso, 11 Cesar Nogueira Cardoso, 12 Domingos Dos Santos Diogo, 14 Jose Manual Antunes de Almeida, 15 Joao Manuel Morgado Coutinho, (Coach: ?)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

4 Miguel Minhava, 5 Mário Gil Fernandes, 6 Sérgio Ramos, 7 Paulo Cunha, 8 Francisco Jordão, 9 Filipe da Silva, 10 João Gomes, 11 Jorge Coelho, 12 Paulo Simão, 13 Elvis Évora, 14 Miguel Miranda 15 João Santos, (Coach: Valentin Melnychuk)

2011 EuroBasket: finished 21st among 24 teams

4 António Tavares, 5 José Costa, 6 Miguel Minhava, 7 Fernando Sousa, 8 Cláudio Fonseca, 9 Filipe da Silva, 10 Carlos Andrade, 11 José Silva, 12 Elvis Évora, 13 Marco Goncalves, 14 Miguel Miranda, 15 João Santos, (Coach: Mário Palma)

Notable players[edit]



2012: Reebok [3]


2012: Montepio [3]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ Portugal|2015 EuroBasket, ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b 2015 Elvis Evora Photos - Standard Life Team GB Men v Portugal - Basketball, Zimbio.com, Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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