Romania national basketball team

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Romania (România) Romania
Romania basketball team.png
FIBA ranking54 Increase 7 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationFRB
CoachZare Markovski
Nickname(s)Tricolorii (The Tricolours)
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup

The Romania national basketball team (Romanian: Echipa națională de basketbal a României) represents Romania in men's international basketball competition. They are administered by the Romanian Basketball Federation; the national team has qualified for both the EuroBasket and Summer Olympics. Their best finish at either event was at 5th place for the EuroBasket, in 1957 and 1967. Romania though, has yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup.

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


EuroBasket 1935[edit]

At the first European Championship in Geneva, the Romanian national team finished in last place in the then 10 team tournament. Losing all three of their games; 42-9 to Switzerland, 66-23 to France, and 24-17 to Hungary.

EuroBasket 1947[edit]

Romania returned to the European championship twelve years later in Prague, for the EuroBasket 1947, they finished with an record of 1-2 after the preliminary round, eliminating them from championship contention but they got their first ever EuroBasket win against the Netherlands. The Romanians added two more in the classification semifinal, defeating Austria and Albania; this put them in a classification match against Italy for 9th and 10th place, which Romania lost 55-39. The national team thus placed tenth again, but this time they had outranked four teams to do so, due to the expansion of the tournament to 14.

EuroBasket 1951[edit]

The Romanian national team entered the EuroBasket 1951 in Paris, but withdrew before any games were played, so official records gave them three preliminary round losses, each with a score of 2-0.

Summer Olympics 1952[edit]

Romania managed to qualify for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, where the national team finished 23rd, it was the first, and the last time they qualified for the Olympic Basketball Tournament.

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

The EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow was the next European tournament in which the Romanians actually played, they finished in 3rd place in their preliminary round group with a 1-2 record, helping them to advance to the classification rounds. They won 3 of their 4 games there, finishing in a three-way tie for the top spot of the group, they lost out on the tiebreaker, though, and were relegated to the 13th-16th place semifinals. Winning that game and their next, the Romanians finished in 13th place of the 17 teams in the tournament.

EuroBasket 1955[edit]

Romania was much more successful two years later, at the EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest. A preliminary round loss to the global power house Soviet Union mattered little, as the national team won their other three preliminary matches against Sweden, Switzerland and Luxembourg to take second place in the group behind the Soviets to advance to the final round. There, they won games against Poland and Yugoslavia to finish 2-5 in the final round to take 7th place in the 18-team tournament.

EuroBasket 1957[edit]

Romania came within a single point of winning their preliminary pool at EuroBasket 1957 in Sofia, losing to Hungary in the narrow match, they beat their other two opponents in Belgium and Finland, to finish in second place in the pool to advance into the final round. There, they matched up again with Hungary, but the game wasn't as close as the hungarians cruised to an 76-61 victory; the national team also lost to the other three pool winners, to finish with an 3-4 record to end the tournament in 5th place.

Later years[edit]

The team repeated its most successful campaign at the EuroBasket 1967 when it finished 5th again; the following years, the team had some successful performances but after 1987, it ceded completely from Europe's elite events. After 30 years of absence, Romania returned to the EuroBasket in 2017 when the country gained hosting rights alongside Finland, Israel and Turkey. However, the national team ended its participation with five losses in its five games played.

Competitive record[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[2]

The following is the Romania roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2017 EuroBasket.

Romania men's national basketball team – 2017 EuroBasket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 4 Mandache, Andrei 29 – (1987-10-02)2 October 1987 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) CSM Oradea Romania
PG 6 Petrisor, Catalin 25 – (1992-08-09)9 August 1992 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) CSM Oradea Romania
SF 8 Paliciuc, Radu 28 – (1988-09-13)13 September 1988 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) CSU Sibiu Romania
F/C 9 Moldoveanu, Vlad 29 – (1988-02-11)11 February 1988 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Cluj-Napoca Romania
SF 10 Nicolescu, Bogdan 20 – (1997-01-03)3 January 1997 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) CSM Oradea Romania
PG 11 Calota, Octavian 32 – (1984-11-22)22 November 1984 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) SCM Timișoara Romania
C 13 Olah, Alexandru 23 – (1993-10-15)15 October 1993 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) Belfius Mons-Hainaut Belgium
PF 14 Nicoara, Titus 29 – (1988-03-25)25 March 1988 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) CSM Oradea Romania
C 15 Cățe, Emanuel 20 – (1997-07-30)30 July 1997 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Sevilla Spain
PF 25 Torok, Rolland 26 – (1990-10-25)25 October 1990 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Cluj-Napoca Romania
C 26 Baciu, Catalin 29 – (1988-08-26)26 August 1988 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) Steaua București Romania
SF 32 Kuti, Nandor 20 – (1997-01-10)10 January 1997 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Cluj-Napoca Romania
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Romania Milorad Petrović
  • Romania Marius Toma
  • United States Scott Simpson
  • Serbia Dragan Milosavljević
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Adrian Gutoaia Catalin Baciu Bogdan Tibirna
PF Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu Titus Nicoara
SF Mihai Silvasan Tudor Jucan
SG Rares Mandache Levente Szijarto
PG Adrian Tudor Mihail-Octavian Paul Octavian Calota

Other notable players[edit]


Romania roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
C Alexandru Olah 23 – (1993-10-15)15 October 1993 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Belfius Mons-Hainaut Belgium

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age on 27 March 2017


Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1935 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 10 teams

Samy Grunstein, Nae Alexandrescu, Nicu Grozavescu, M.Bercus, O.Belitoreanu, C.Riegler, E.Dumitrescu, Balteanu (Coach: C. O. Lecca)

1947 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 14 teams

Vasile Popescu, Alexandru Popescu, Constantin Herold, C.Babaliescu, N.Badulescu, P.Marossi, S.Ferencz, H.Dlugos, A.Neagu, Gh.Teodorescu, H.Kevorkian, S.Sadeanu, I.Vulescu (Coach: C.Virgolici)

1952 Olympic Games: finished 23rd among 23 teams

Dan Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Vasile Popescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Constantin Herold, Andrei Folbert, Liviu Nagy, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Corneliu Calugareanu, Grigore Costescu, Gheorghe Constantinide, Ladislau Mokos

1953 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams

Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Adrian Petrosanu, Alexandru Fodor, Liviu Nagy, Vasile Kadar, Emanoil Raducanu, Cezar Niculescu, Trajan Lita, Mihai Erdogh, Corneliu Calugareanu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 18 teams

Mihai Nedef, Andrei Folbert, Dan Niculescu, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Vasile Kadar, Liviu Nagy, Mihai Erdogh, Marian Spiridon, R.Popovici, E.Ganea, C.Cojocaru (Coach: Vasile Popescu)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Alexandru Fodor, Emanoil Raducanu, Mihai Erdogh, Liviu Nagy, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Armand Novacek, Alexandru Berecky, A.Borbely (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 17 teams

Alexandru Fodor, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Andrei Folbert, Grigore Costescu, Cristian Popescu, Mihai Popa, Emeric Vizi, Armand Novacek, Feodor Nedelea, Dragos Nosievici, L.Toth (Coach: Constantin Herold)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 19 teams

Mihai Albu, Armand Novacek, Mihai Nedef, Emil Niculescu, Cristian Popescu, Nicolae Viciu, Horia Demian, Aurel Popovici, Pavel Visner, Gheorghe Valeriu, Horatiu Giurgiu, Dragos Nosievici (Coach: Constantin Herold)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Mihai Albu, Emil Niculescu, Mihai Nedef, Horatiu Giurgiu, Cristian Popescu, Gheorghe Valeriu, Mihai Kiss, Dragos Nosievici, Pavel Visner, Horia Demian, Mircea Cimpeanu, Marian Spiridon (Coach: Vasile Popescu)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Mihai Nedef, Cristian Popescu, Horia Demian, Marian Spiridon, Dragos Nosievici, Gheorghe Novac, Ekehardt Jekely, Aurel Popovici, N.Ionescu (Coach: Vasile Popescu)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Horia Demian, Cristian Popescu, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Nicolae Birsan, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Barau, Adolf Cernea, Ekehardt Jekely (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Mihai Albu, Gheorghe Novac, Dragos Nosievici, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Petru Czmor, Matei Ruhring, Francisc Dikay, Radu Dragomirescu, Ekehardt Jekely, Adolf Cernea, Mihai Dimancea (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1971 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Mihai Albu, Alin Savu, Dan Niculescu, Titus Tarau, Radu Diaconescu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Vasile Popa, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Oczelak, Dan Georgescu, Constantin Dragomirescu (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1973 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Dan Niculescu, Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Gheorghe Oczelak, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Mircea Chivulescu, Nicolae Parsu, Gheorghe Cimpeanu, Nicolae Manaila, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat (Coach: Alexandru Popescu)

1975 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Gheorghe Novac, Titus Tarau, Dan Niculescu, Vasile Popa, Radu Diaconescu, Dan Moisescu, Nicolae Parsu, Dan Georgescu, Costel Cernat, Gheorghe Oczelak, Georghe Mihuta, Vasile Zdrenghea (Coach: Mihai Nedef)

1985 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Costel Cernat, Attila Szabo, Viorel Constantin, Ioan Ionescu, Victor Jacob, Marian Marinache, Roman Opsitaru, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Doru Radulescu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)

1987 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

Constantin Popa, Dan Niculescu, Alexandru Vinereanu, Gabriel David, Costel Cernat, Ioan Ionescu, Petre Branisteanu, Anton Netolitzchi, Florentin Ermurache, Sorin Ardeleanu (Coach: Gheorghe Novac)

2017 EuroBasket: finished 23rd among 24 teams

Andrei Mandache, Catalin Petrisor, Radu Paliciuc, Vlad Moldoveanu, Bogdan Nicolescu, Octavian Calota, Alexandru Olah, Titus Nicoara, Emanuel Cățe, Rolland Torok, Catalin Baciu, Nandor Kuti (Coach: Marcel Tenter)



2014: Ancada [3] 2015: Peak

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ EuroBasket 2017 roster
  3. ^ Men's Basketball ROMANIA's National Team Competition Set,, Retrieved 22 May 2016.

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