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France national basketball team

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France France
Fédération Française de Basket-Ball logo.svg
FIBA ranking3 Steady (4 December 2018)[1]
Joined FIBA1933
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationFFBB
CoachVincent Collet
Nickname(s)Les Bleus (The Blues)
Olympic Games
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Silver: (1948, 2000)
FIBA World Cup
Bronze medal world centered-2.svg
Bronze: (2014)
Gold medal europe.svg
Gold: (2013)
Silver medal europe.svg
Silver: (1949, 2011)
Bronze medal europe.svg
Bronze: (1937, 1951, 1953, 1959, 2005, 2015)
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Light jersey
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Team colours
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Dark jersey
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Team colours

The French national basketball team is administered by the Fédération Française de Basket-Ball (French Basketball Federation). France has been a regular at FIBA EuroBasket, with 37 appearances, the most of any nation. Its best results have been a gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 and silver medals in 1949 and 2011. The French squad has also 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, when it finished in third place.


France national team in 1919
France national team in 1919

Rise and decline (1919–1979)

Throughout its history, France's national basketball team has experienced many ups and 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 match
1947: Silver Medal, 5–1 overall, round robin tournament, no playoffs
1949: Bronze Medal; 6–3 overall, second in preliminary group at 3–1, won semifinal group in three-way tie-breaker with 2–1 record, lost semifinal, won bronze medal match
1953: Bronze Medal, 6–4 overall, second in preliminary group at 2–1, second position of four-way tiebreaker for 2nd place in final round with 4–3 record.
1959: Bronze Medal, 7–3 overall, second in preliminary group at 3–1, first in Semi-final round at 3–0, third in final round with 1–2 record.

Its period of glory at the world stage began in the late 1940s / early 1950s. 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, France, led by captain André Vacheresse, won three consecutive medals, including silver at the EuroBasket 1949, and bronze at the EuroBasket 1951 and the EuroBasket 1953.
The following years were less glorious. France's basketball team seemingly declined gradually to disappear almost completely from the two major world competitions during the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

Generation of hope (1980–1989)

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 (1984), and the 1986 FIBA World Championship.[3]

Success returns, despite internal struggles (1990–2000)

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, however, marked a turnaround for French basketball. The team built around Rigaudeau, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Sciarra, Bilba, Foirest finished in the top 4 at the EuroBasket 1999 in France and only lost the bronze medal final to Yugoslavia (74–62), 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.[4]

Tony Parker joins the team (2001–2002)

After this event, the Olympic vice-champion gained new backbone in Tony Parker who was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 NBA draft. However, at the EuroBasket 2001, without Rigaudeau, who surprisingly 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 lost the quarter-finals to Germany 77–81 and 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.[5]

Setback despite abundance of talent (2003–2004)

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 ever, France lost in the semifinal against Lithuania and then also barely lost the match for 3rd place against Italy, which France had declassified in the preliminary round. At the end, France even failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[6]

Restructuring and improved performance (2005)

Hoping not to repeat the disappointing performance of 2003, France's squad again saw some considerable changes in 2005. Then, for the EuroBasket 2005 team France was built based on team chemistry instead of big names; Amongst others, Jérôme Moïso and Tariq Abdul-Wahad disappeared from the roster and the newly formed team was built on the three NBA players Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Mickaël Piétrus as well as the returning EuroLeague and NBA-veteran Antoine Rigaudeau. The new coach Claude Bergeaud, surprisingly 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, then the team defeated the European champion Lithuania. Then, 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, however, France recovered to win a bronze medal by beating Spain in the small final by more than thirty points.[7]

Continued title aspirations (2006–2010)

At the World Championship 2006 France competed without Tony Parker, who suffered a twisted finger two days before the competition. Because of this, the San Antonio Spurs, who just signed Parker with a 51 million Euros contract did not allow him to participate. After a first round marked by three wins and two losses, including a downfall to Lebanon, France beat Angola in the eighth-finals 68–62 before losing in the quarterfinals against Greece 56–73. Two victories in classification matches finally granted the French the fifth place. [8]

Nicolas Batum gave Team France much support to win Silver at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011
Nicolas Batum gave Team France much support to win Silver at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011

At the FIBA EuroBasket 2007, France fell behind its aspirations again. After a strong preliminary round, the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Russia (75–71), then was beaten in the classification games by Croatia (86–69) and Slovenia (88–74), finishing in 8th place, missing for the second consecutive time the Olympic Games. In the following months, the team had to go through the ordeal of qualifications to participate in the next FIBA EuroBasket which was to be held in 2009. In 2008, Michel Gomez returned as coach, a position he has held between 1993 and 1995. As Gomez failed to help the team qualify directly for the European Championship and had to enter a repechage tournament in August 2009 he was replaced by Vincent Collet, coach of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne.[9]

Under Collet's direction, the Bleus won the last ticket to the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 by trashing Belgium 92–54 in the final game of the repechage. At the European Championship, France won its first six games of the first two rounds but failed in the quarterfinals against the eventual tournament Champion Spain. Spain ended fourth of their group during the main round due to two defeats, against Serbia in the first round, and Turkey in the second. One main reason for these defeats was certainly the absence of star-player Pau Gasol who missed these games due to finger surgery. The French finally finished in fifth place, a performance which would grant the team the direct qualification for the next two major competitions, the World Championship 2010 and FIBA EuroBasket 2011.[9]

Rise to the world elite (2011–present)

Led by extraordinary performances by the iconic Tony Parker, France finished 2nd at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011, its best performance in Europe in over 60 years. Two years later, on 22 September 2013, France beat Lithuania 80–66 to win the 2013 EuroBasket title, its first continental crown. Parker was named the tournament's most valuable player.

In the summer of 2017, the French team has been composed of 37 players who have all signed an engagement contract that engages them until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Competitive record

France national basketball team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
France national basketball team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Game between Spain and France in 2012
Game between Spain and France in 2012

Olympic Games

Olympic Games Pre-Olympic
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
Nazi Germany 1936 19th 2 0 2
United Kingdom 1948 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 5 2
Finland 1952 8th 8 4 4
Australia 1956 4th 8 5 3
Italy 1960 10th 8 5 3
Japan 1964 Did not qualify 8 6 2
Mexico 1968 8 7 1
West Germany 1972 9 5 4
Canada 1976 5 2 3
Soviet Union 1980 10 6 4
United States 1984 11th 7 1 6 9 6 3
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify 9 2 7
Spain 1992 6 5 1
United States 1996
Australia 2000 2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 4 4
Greece 2004 Did not qualify
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012 6th 6 4 2
Brazil 2016 6th 6 3 3 4 4 0
Total 60 31 29

FIBA World Cup

World Cup Qualification
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
Argentina 1950 6th 8 2 6
Brazil 1954 4th 9 4 5
Chile 1959
Brazil 1963 5th 9 4 5
Uruguay 1967
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1970
Puerto Rico 1974
Philippines 1978
Colombia 1982
Spain 1986 13th 5 3 2 6 3 3
Argentina 1990
Canada 1994
Greece 1998
United States 2002
Japan 2006 5th 9 6 3
Turkey 2010 13th 6 3 3
Spain 2014 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 6 3
China 2019 Qualified
PhilippinesJapanIndonesia 2023 To be determined
Total 55 28 27


EuroBasket Qualification
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
Switzerland 1935 5th 4 3 1
Latvia 1937 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 3 2
Lithuania 1939 4th 7 4 3
Switzerland 1946 4th 4 2 2
Czechoslovakia 1947 5th 6 4 2
Egypt 1949 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 5 1
France 1951 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 6 3
Soviet Union 1953 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 10 6 4
Hungary 1955 9th 10 8 2
Bulgaria 1957 8th 10 2 8
Turkey 1959 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 6 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1961 4th 8 5 3
Poland 1963 13th 9 3 4
Soviet Union 1965 9th 9 4 5 3 3 0
Finland 1967 11th 9 4 5 2 2 0
Italy 1969 Did not qualify 4 1 3
West Germany 1971 10th 7 1 6 4 4 0
Spain 1973 10th 7 1 6 9 8 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1975 Did not qualify 8 3 5
Belgium 1977 11th 7 2 5 8 6 2
Italy 1979 8th 8 5 3 8 8 0
Czechoslovakia 1981 8th 8 4 4
France 1983 5th 7 4 3
West Germany 1985 9th 7 3 4
Greece 1987 9th 7 3 4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1989 6th 5 2 3 9 7 2
Italy 1991 4th 5 1 4 6 4 2
Germany 1993 7th 9 6 3
Greece 1995 8th 9 4 5 6 5 1
Spain 1997 10th 8 2 6 10 10 0
France 1999 4th 9 6 3
Turkey 2001 6th 6 3 3
Sweden 2003 4th 6 4 2 10 8 2
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 3
Spain 2007 8th 9 4 5
Poland 2009 5th 9 8 1 12 7 5
Lithuania 2011 2nd, silver medalist(s) 11 9 2
Slovenia 2013 1st, gold medalist(s) 11 8 3
France 2015 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 8 1
Turkey 2017 12th 6 3 3
Total 296 166 130


Current roster

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[10]

The following is the squad in EuroBasket 2017:[11]

France men's national basketball team – 2017 Eurobasket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
C 1 Séraphin, Kevin 27 – (1989-12-07)7 December 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Indiana Pacers United States
G 4 Heurtel, Thomas 28 – (1989-04-10)10 April 1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Anadolu Efes Turkey
G 6 Diot, Antoine 28 – (1989-01-17)17 January 1989 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Valencia Basket Spain
PF 7 Lauvergne, Joffrey 25 – (1991-09-30)30 September 1991 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Chicago Bulls United States
SF 10 Fournier, Evan 24 – (1992-10-29)29 October 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Orlando Magic United States
G 12 de Colo, Nando 30 – (1987-06-23)23 June 1987 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) CSKA Moscow Russia
F 13 Diaw, Boris (C) 35 – (1982-04-16)16 April 1982 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Utah Jazz United States
PG 15 Westermann, Léo 25 – (1992-07-24)24 July 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Žalgiris Kaunas Lithuania
C 17 Poirier, Vincent 23 – (1993-10-27)27 October 1993 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Paris-Levallois France
PF 25 Labeyrie, Louis 25 – (1992-02-11)11 February 1992 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Paris-Levallois France
SF 33 Toupane, Axel 25 – (1992-07-23)23 July 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) New Orleans Pelicans United States
SG 91 Jackson, Edwin 27 – (1989-09-18)18 September 1989 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Estudiantes Spain
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Reserve Reserve Inactive
C Rudy Gobert Kevin Seraphin Vincent Poirier Mathias Lessort Moustapha Fall
PF Joffrey Lauvergne Guerschon Yabusele Adrien Moerman Louis Labeyrie Amine Noua
SF Evan Fournier Nicolas Batum Axel Toupane Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot Charles Kahudi
SG Nando de Colo Fabien Causeur Rodrigue Beaubois Edwin Jackson Paul Lacombe
PG Frank Ntilikina Thomas Heurtel Élie Okobo Antoine Diot Andrew Albicy

Key figures

France national team after winning silver medals in FIBA EuroBasket 2011.
France national team after winning silver medals in FIBA EuroBasket 2011.
Tony Parker – MVP of the FIBA EuroBasket 2013
Tony Parker – MVP of the FIBA EuroBasket 2013

Head coach position

  • France Michel Gomez – 1994–1995
  • Republic of Ireland Jean-Pierre De Vincenzi – 1995–2000
  • France Alain Weisz – 2000–2003
  • France Claude Bergeaud – 2005
  • France Michel Gomez – 2006
  • France Claude Bergeaud – 2007
  • France Michel Gomez – 2008
  • France Vincent Collet – Since 2009

Individual records

Players with the most caps (games played)

  • Players in bold, are players that are still active.
Rank Player Caps
1. Hervé Dubuisson 254
2. Jacques Cachemire 248
3. Éric Beugnot 212
4. Jean-Michel Senegal 210
5. Jacques Monclar 200
6. Florent Piétrus 194
7. Stéphane Ostrowski 194
8. Boris Diaw 192
9. Philip Szanyiel 191
10. Jean-Claude Bonato 172
11. Jim Bilba 166
12. Richard Dacoury 160
13. Alain Gilles 159

Players with the most points scored

  • Players in bold, are players that are still active.
Rank Player Points scored
1. Hervé Dubuisson 3,821
2. Stéphane Ostrowski 2,830
3. Jacques Cachemire 2,825
4. Éric Beugnot 2,498
5. Tony Parker 2,366
6. Philip Szanyiel 2,355
7. Alain Gilles 2,272
8. Richard Dacoury 2,228
9. Jean-Claude Bonato 2,108
10. Boris Diaw 1,567
11. Antoine Rigaudeau 1,506

Highest individual scoring games

  • Players in bold, are players that are still active.
Player Date Tournament Opponent Points Scored
Hervé Dubuisson 21/11/1985 1986 FIBA World Championship Qualification  Greece 51
Hervé Dubuisson 28/06/1981 Friendly  Italy 39
Hervé Dubuisson 07/06/1985 EuroBasket 1985  Poland 39
Yann Bonato 30/06/1995 EuroBasket 1995  Yugoslavia 38
Hervé Dubuisson 21/05/1984 1984 Summer Olympics Qualification  Sweden 38
Richard Dacoury 26/05/1989 Friendly  Germany 37
Hervé Dubuisson 17/05/1980 1980 Summer Olympics Qualification  Czechoslovakia 37
Tony Parker 20/09/2008 EuroBasket 2009 Qualification  Turkey 37
Hervé Dubuisson 09/06/1987 EuroBasket 1987  Israel 36
Tony Parker 04/09/2007 EuroBasket 2007  Italy 36

Past rosters

1935 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 10 teams

Pierre Boel, Robert Cohu, Etienne Roland, Raoul Gouga, Henri Hell, Charles Hemmerlin, Francis Rudler, Jacques Flouret (Coach: Marius Orial)

1936 Olympic Games: finished 20th among 21 teams

Pierre Boel, Georges Carrier, Robert Cohu, Jacques Flouret, Fernand Prudhomme, Etienne Roland, Lucien Theze, Pierre Caque, Jean Couturier, Edmond Leclere, Etienne Onimus

1937 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 8 teams

Henri Lesmayoux, Etienne Roland, Pierre Boel, Robert Cohu, Jacques Flouret, Henri Hell, Edmond Leclere, Fernand Prudhomme, Eugene Ronner, Marcel Verot (Coach: Henri Kretzschmar)

1939 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 8 teams

Robert Busnel, Henri Lesmayoux, Fernand Prudhomme, Etienne Roland, Robert Cohu, Vladimir Fabrikant, Jean Jeammes, Emile Frezot, Maurice Mertz, Abel Gravier, Andre Ambroise, Gaston Falleur, Gabriel Gonnet, Alexandre Katlama (Coach: Paul Geist)

1946 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 10 teams

André Buffière, Robert Busnel, René Chocat, Henri Lesmayoux, Paul Chaumont, Jean Duperray, Etienne Roland, Emile Frezot, Maurice Girardot, Andre Goeuriot, Jacques Perrier, Lucien Rebuffic, Justy Specker, Andre Tartary (Coach: Paul Geist)

1947 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 14 teams

Robert Busnel, René Chocat, Marcel Béziers, Henri Lesmayoux, Jean Duperray, Jacques Faucherre, Jacques Favory, Emile Frezot, Maurice Girardot, Andre Goeuriot, Aime Gravas, Fernand Guillou, Jacques Perrier, Pierre Thiolon (Coach: Michael Rutzgis)

1948 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 23 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, André Barrais, Michel Bonnevie, René Dérency, Maurice Desaymonnet, André Even, Fernand Guillou, Maurice Girardot, Raymond Offner, Jacques Perrier, Yvan Quénin, Lucien Rebuffic, Pierre Thiolon (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1949 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 7 teams

André Buffière, Robert Busnel, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Maurice Desaymonnet, Louis Devoti, Jacques Favory, Jacques Freimuller, Fernand Guillou, Jean Perniceni, Marc Quiblier, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Jean Swidzinski, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1950 World Championship: finished 6th among 10 teams

Jacques Dessemme, Maurice Desaymonnet, Robert Monclar, Jacques Perrier, Jean Swidzinski, Jean Perniceni, Fernand Guillou, Robert Marsolat, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Maurice Marcelot, André Vacheresse, Jacques Chalifour (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1951 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 17 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Robert Monclar, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Louis Devoti, Jacques Freimuller, Robert Guillin, Justy Specker, Marc Peironne, Jean Perniceni, Marc Quiblier, Pierre Thiolon, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1952 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 23 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Louis Devoti, Robert Guillin, Robert Monclar, Jean Perniceni, Roger Haudegand, André Vacheresse, Bernard Planque, Andre Chavet, Robert Crost

1953 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 17 teams

André Buffière, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Robert Monclar, Jacques Freimuller, Claude Gallay, Robert Guillin, Roger Haudegand, Jean Perniceni, Justy Specker, Bernard Planque, Marc Quiblier, Henri Rey, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1954 World Championship: finished 4th among 12 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, André Buffière, Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Jacques Dessemme, Robert Monclar, Roger Haudegand, Robert Zagury, Jacques Freimuller, Jean Perniceni, Henri Rey, Louis Bertorelle, Paul Schlupp, Yves Gominon (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 18 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, André Buffière, Henri Grange, Robert Monclar, Louis Bertorelle, Jacques Freimuller, Robert Giraud, Maurice Marcelot, Jacques Owen, Jean Perniceni, Bernard Planque, Gerard Pontais, Henri Rey, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1956 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 15 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Robert Monclar, Roger Haudegand, Christian Baltzer, Roger Veyron, Gerard Sturla, Henri Rey, Yves Gominon, Maurice Buffiere, Andre Schlupp (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Christian Baltzer, Robert Monclar, Louis Bertorelle, Maurice Buffiere, Claude Desseaux, Roger Guillaume, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Bernard Mayeur, Gerard Sturla, Roger Veyron (Coach: Robert Busnel)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 17 teams

Henri Grange, Maxime Dorigo, Philippe Baillet, Henri Villecourt, Christian Baltzer, Robert Monclar, Andre Chavet, Jerome Christ, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Bernard Mayeur, Michel Rat, Lucien Sedat (Coach: André Buffière)

1959 World Championship: did not participate

1960 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 16 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, Roger Antoine, Henri Grange, Robert Monclar, Henri Villecourt, Maxime Dorigo, Jerome Christ, Jean Degros, Christian Baltzer, Bernard Mayeur, Philippe Baillet, Louis Bertorelle (Coach: André Buffière)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 19 teams

Jean-Paul Beugnot, Henri Grange, Jerome Christ, Lucien Sedat, Bernard Mayeur, Michel Rat, Michel House, Michel le Ray, Christian Baltzer, Andre Goisbault, Jean-Claude Vergne, Andre Souvre (Coach: André Buffière)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean Degros, Christian Baltzer, Michel Rat, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Claude Marc, Jean-Claude Bonato, Jacques Caballe, Jean-Pierre Goisbault, Jean-Baptiste Re, Michel Audureau, Philippe Baillet (Coach: André Buffière)

1963 World Championship: finished 5th among 13 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean Degros, Henri Grange, Christian Baltzer, Maxime Dorigo, Jean-Daniel Vinson, Michel le Ray, Bernard Mayeur, Jean-Baptiste Re, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Michel Rat, Raphael Ruiz (Coach: André Buffière)

1964 Olympic Games: did not participate

1965 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean-Claude Bonato, Jean Degros, Michel le Ray, Alain Schol, Daniel Ledent, Jean-Marie Jouaret, Hubert Papin, Laurent Dorigo, Gerard Capron, Ferruccio Biasucci, Maurice Boulois

1967 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Alain Gilles, Jean Degros, Alain Schol, Jean-Pierre Staelens, Michel le Ray, Jean-Claude Bonato, Francis Schneider, Charles Tassin, Michel Longueville, Gerard Lespinasse, Claude Peter, Alain Durand (Coach: Joe Jaunay)

1967 World Championship: did not participate

1968 Olympic Games: did not participate

1969 EuroBasket: did not participate

1970 World Championship: did not participate

1971 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

Jacques Cachemire, Alain Gilles, Jean-Pierre Staelens, Jean-Claude Bonato, Daniel Ledent, Charles Tassin, Alain Durand, Carlo Wilm, Claude Gasnal, Bernard Magnin, Michel Longueville, Gerard Lespinasse (Coach: Joe Jaunay)

1972 Olympic Games: did not participate

1973 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

Jacques Cachemire, Jean-Claude Bonato, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Pierre Galle, Daniel Ledent, Charles Tassin, Yves-Marie Verove, Jean-Louis Vacher, Jacky Lamothe, Claude Gasnal, Firmin Onissah, Patrick Demars (Coach: Joe Jaunay)

1974 World Championship: did not participate

1975 EuroBasket: did not participate

1976 Olympic Games: did not participate

1977 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Jacques Cachemire, Eric Beugnot, Alain Gilles, Mathieu Bisseni, Barry White, Alain Larrouquis, Alain Durand, Didier Dobbels, Jacky Lamothe, Roger Duquesnoy, Jean-Louis Vacher (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1978 World Championship: did not participate

1979 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Jacques Cachemire, Eric Beugnot, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Jacques Monclar, Mathieu Bisseni, Victor Boistol, Apollo Faye, Saint-Ange Vebobe, Bill Cain, Georges Brosterhous, Jacky Lamothe (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1980 Olympic Games: did not participate

1981 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Philip Szanyiel, Jacques Cachemire, Richard Dacoury, Hervé Dubuisson, Frederic Hufnagel, Jacques Monclar, Eric Beugnot, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Jean-Luc Deganis, Patrick Cham, Didier Dobbels, Jacky Lamothe (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1982 World Championship: did not participate

1983 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 12 teams

Philip Szanyiel, Hervé Dubuisson, Richard Dacoury, Jacques Cachemire, Eric Beugnot, Georges Vestris, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Apollo Faye, Jacques Monclar, Alain Larrouquis, Georges Brosterhous, Daniel Haquet (Coach: Pierre Dao)

1984 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams

Richard Dacoury, Philip Szanyiel, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hervé Dubuisson, Eric Beugnot, Greg Beugnot, Jean-Michel Sénégal, Jacques Monclar, Georges Vestris, Bengaly Kaba, Jean-Luc Deganis, Patrick Cham (Coach: Jean Luent)

1985 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Philip Szanyiel, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hervé Dubuisson, Frederic Hufnagel, Jacques Monclar, Valéry Demory, Franck Cazalon, Patrick Cham, Christophe Gregoire, Daniel Haquet, Christian Garnier, Jean-Louis Hersin (Coach: Jean Luent)

1986 World Championship: finished 13th among 24 teams

Richard Dacoury, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hervé Dubuisson, Frederic Hufnagel, Valéry Demory, Jacques Monclar, Jean-Luc Deganis, Eric Beugnot, Georges Vestris, Patrick Cham, Christian Garnier, Daniel Haquet (Coach: Jean Galle)

1987 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Richard Dacoury, Stéphane Ostrowski, Frederic Hufnagel, Valéry Demory, Jean-Luc Deganis, Eric Beugnot, Georges Vestris, Patrick Cham, Jean-Frederic Monetti, Pierre Bressant, Jean-Louis Hersin (Coach: Jean Galle)

1988 Olympic Games: did not participate

1989 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 8 teams

Hervé Dubuisson, Richard Dacoury, Stéphane Ostrowski, Jim Bilba, Frederic Hufnagel, Greg Beugnot, Franck Butter, Georges Vestris, Stephane Lauvergne, Stanley Jackson, Eric Occansey, Patrick Cham (Coach: Francis Jordane)

1990 World Championship: did not participate

1991 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 8 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Richard Dacoury, Philip Szanyiel, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hugues Occansey, Didier Gadou, Frederic Forte, Valéry Demory, Georges Adams, Felix Courtinard, Jim Deines (Coach: Francis Jordane)

1992 Olympic Games: did not participate

1993 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Yann Bonato, Stéphane Ostrowski, Jim Bilba, Thierry Gadou, Frederic Forte, Georges Adams, Olivier Allinei, Christophe Soule, Stéphane Risacher, Bruno Coqueran, Felix Courtinard, Jean-Baptiste Elicot (Coach: Francis Jordane)

1994 World Championship: did not participate

1995 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 14 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Yann Bonato, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Ostrowski, Hugues Occansey, Thierry Gadou, Didier Gadou, Frederic Forte, Moustapha Sonko, Bruno Hamm, Franck Butter, Frederic Domon (Coach: Michel Gomez)

1996 Olympic Games: did not participate

1997 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams

Yann Bonato, Laurent Sciarra, Frédéric Fauthoux, Laurent Foirest, Stéphane Risacher, Thierry Gadou, Georges Adams, Laurent Pluvy, Fabien Dubos, Cyril Julian, Remi Rippert, Jérôme Moïso (Coach: Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi)

1998 World Championship: did not participate

1999 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Antoine Rigaudeau, Alain Digbeu, Jim Bilba, Ronnie Smith, Moustapha Sonko, Stéphane Risacher, Frédéric Weis, Laurent Foirest, Laurent Sciarra, Thierry Gadou, Cyril Julian (Coach: Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi)

2000 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Antoine Rigaudeau, Yann Bonato, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Risacher, Moustapha Sonko, Frédéric Weis, Cyril Julian, Laurent Sciarra, Laurent Foirest, Thierry Gadou, Crawford Palmer, Makan Dioumassi (Coach: Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Alain Digbeu, Jim Bilba, Stéphane Risacher, Vasco Evtimov, Frédéric Weis, Cyril Julian, Laurent Sciarra, Laurent Foirest, Crawford Palmer, Eric Micoud, Makan Dioumassi (Coach: Alain Weisz)

2002 World Championship: did not participate

2003 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Ronny Turiaf, Moustapha Sonko, Jérôme Moïso, Cyril Julian, Alain Digbeu, Laurent Foirest, Thierry Rupert, Makan Dioumassi (Coach: Alain Weisz)

2004 Olympic Games: did not participate

2005 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Antoine Rigaudeau, Mickaël Piétrus, Mickaël Gelabale, Florent Piétrus, Cyril Julian, Frédéric Weis, Frédéric Fauthoux, Mamoutou Diarra, Sacha Giffa, Jerome Schmitt (Coach: Claude Bergeaud)

2006 World Championship: finished 5th among 24 teams

Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Mickaël Piétrus, Ronny Turiaf, Mickaël Gelabale, Aymeric Jeanneau, Mamoutou Diarra, Laurent Foirest, Frédéric Weis, Johan Petro, Yannick Bokolo, Joseph Gomis (Coach: Claude Bergeaud)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Tariq Kirksay, Ronny Turiaf, Yakhouba Diawara, Florent Piétrus, Frédéric Weis, Joseph Gomis, Yohann Sangare, Sacha Giffa, Pape Badiane, Cédric Ferchaud (Coach: Claude Bergeaud)

2008 Olympic Games: did not participate

2009 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum, Ronny Turiaf, Florent Piétrus, Ali Traore, Antoine Diot, Yannick Bokolo, Alain Koffi, Nando de Colo, Aymeric Jeanneau, Ian Mahinmi (Coach: Vincent Collet)

2010 World Championship: finished 13th among 24 teams

Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Nando de Colo, Ali Traore, Mickaël Gelabale, Yannick Bokolo, Ian Mahinmi, Alain Koffi, Andrew Albicy, Edwin Jackson, Fabien Causeur (Coach: Vincent Collet)

2011 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 24 teams

Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Florent Piétrus, Nando de Colo, Ali Traore, Mickaël Gelabale, Joakim Noah, Kevin Seraphin, Charles Kahudi, Andrew Albicy, Steed Tchicamboud (Coach: Vincent Collet)

2012 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 12 teams

Kevin Seraphin, Nicolas Batum, Fabien Causeur, Yakhouba Diawara, Ali Traore, Tony Parker, Yannick Bokolo, Florent Piétrus, Nando de Colo, Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf, Mickaël Gelabale (Coach: Vincent Collet)

Media coverage

France's matches are currently televised by Canal+.

Kit suppliers

Between 2003 and 2013, France's kit were supplied by Nike. Between 2014 and 2017, France’s kit were supplied by Adidas. 2017 onwards, France's kit is supplied by Jordan.


See also


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947.
  3. ^ "1986 World Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com.
  4. ^ "2000 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 1 October 2000.
  5. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947.
  6. ^ "2000 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 1 October 2000.
  7. ^ "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947.
  8. ^ "1986 World Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com.
  9. ^ a b "1947 European Championship for Men". Archive.Fiba.Com. 3 May 1947.
  10. ^ EuroBasket 2017 roster
  11. ^ "EuroBasket 2017 Roster: France". FIBA. Retrieved 31 August 2017.

External links


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