Switzerland national basketball team

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Switzerland Switzerland
Swiss Basketball logo.svg
FIBA ranking65 Decrease 1 (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationSwiss Basketball
CoachGianluca Barilari
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup

The Swiss national basketball team is governed by the Swiss Basketball organization.[2]

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 national 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 Summer Olympics twice, in 1936 and 1948, where their best result was 9th, in 1936. Though since 1955, Switzerland has not qualified for EuroBasket and has yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup.


EuroBasket 1935[edit]

The Swiss hosted the first European basketball championship in Geneva in 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 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.

Competitive record[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.[3]

Switzerland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height 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
SG 8 Kozić, Juraj 21 – (1995-03-24)24 March 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 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) Fribourg Olympic 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 2.03 m (6 ft 8 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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Marko Mladjan Nicolas Dos Santos
PF David Ramseier Arnaud Cotture Natan Jurkovitz
SF Dušan Mlađan Eric Fongue Juraj Kozić
SG Jonathan Kazadi Roberto Kovac
PG Brian Savoy Steeve Louissaint

Notable players[edit]

Other current notable players from Switzerland:

Switzerland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
F/C Capela, Clint 23 – (1994-05-18)18 May 1994 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Houston Rockets United States
G/F Sefolosha, Thabo 33 – (1984-05-02)2 May 1984 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Utah Jazz United States

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age on 8 August 2017

Head coach position[edit]




2017: Li-Ning [4]


2017: Tissot [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ FIBA National Federations – Switzerland, fiba.com, accessed 12 December 2014.
  3. ^ FIBA EuroBasket 2017 - Switzerland, FIBA.com, accessed 14 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b FIBA EuroBasket 2017, FIBA.com, Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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