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Norway national basketball team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Norway (Norge) Norway
NBBF.png
FIBA ranking88 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1968
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationNBBF
CoachMatthias Eckhoff
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
AppearancesNone
Championship for Small Countries
Appearances2
Medals
Silver medal europe.svg
Silver: (1996, 2018)
First international
  Switzerland 91–64 Norway Norway
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; 4 April 1979)
Biggest win
 San Marino 48–88 Norway Norway
(Serravalle, San Marino; 26 June 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 93–47 Norway Norway
(Kavadarci, Macedonia; 24 May 1995)

The Norway national basketball team (Norwegian: Norge herrelandslag i basketball) represents Norway in men's international basketball tournaments. They are controlled by the Norwegian Basketball Association. The national team has never had great success on the international stage in the past. They are one of the few European countries to have never qualified for one of the three major international basketball competitions in the EuroBasket, Summer Olympics and FIBA World Cup.

History

Norway's first match was played in 1966, when the national team lost 74-39 to Iceland. The most capped player is Torgeir Bryn, with 111 caps.

In the past, Norway has tried qualifying for the Eurobasket several times, but never made it. They only entered the Olympic basketball qualification once, for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Norway is one of Europe's most populous nations to have never qualified for a major international basketball tournament. Though, they have qualified for smaller competitions such as the European Championship for Small Countries.

The Road to Revival (2012-2017)

In 2012 financial troubles led the Norwegian Basketball Association to shut down both the men's and women's national teams. The association simply did not have the funds to keep either the men’s or women’s teams afloat. Since then, however, the association has come to realize just how many people from the athletes and teams, to individuals and companies care about the Norwegian basketball community and are willing to provide financial support. The association also worked to raise money through sponsorships, and has now signed a major sponsorship agreement with Circle K, in addition to a few smaller sponsors.[2]

In 2018, Norway made its return to FIBA competition by playing at the European Championship for Small Countries. The national team finished as the runner-up after losing 75-59 in the final against Malta.

Competitive record

FIBA EuroBasket Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W L Pld W L
1967–1977 Did not qualify
Italy 1979 Did not qualify 3 0 3
Czechoslovakia 1981 4 1 3
France 1983 Did not enter
West Germany 1985 Did not qualify 9 5 4
Greece 1987 4 3 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1989 3 0 3
Italy 1991 4 1 3
Germany 1993 4 0 4
Greece 1995 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1997 Did not qualify 5 0 5
France 1999 3 0 3
Turkey 2001 9 3 6
2003–2017 Did not enter Did not enter
Olympic Games Pre-Olympic
Year Pos. Pld W L Pld W L
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify 4 0 4
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify 3 0 3
Championship for Small Countries
Year Pos. Pld W L
San Marino 1996 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 4 1
San Marino 2018 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 4 1

Current roster

At the 2018 FIBA European Championship for Small Countries:

Norway men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 4 Magnus Midtvedt 28 – (1990-04-07)7 April 1990 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Centrum Tigers Norway
G 5 Harald Frey 21 – (1997-05-27)27 May 1997 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Montana State Bobcats men's basketball United States
G 6 Stian Berg 27 – (1991-04-04)4 April 1991 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Asker Aliens Norway
G 7 Lars Espe 19 – (1998-09-26)26 September 1998 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Barry Buccaneers United States
G 8 Bouna Ndiaye 25 – (1992-10-20)20 October 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) GET Vosges France
G 9 Nikolas Skouen 28 – (1990-01-29)29 January 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Frøya Ambassadors Norway
F 10 Karamo Jawara 27 – (1991-06-25)25 June 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) CB Bahía San Agustín Spain
G 11 Stian Mjos 29 – (1989-02-27)27 February 1989 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Bærum Basket Norway
G 12 Eivind Lamo 21 – (1996-10-23)23 October 1996 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Gimle Basket Norway
G 13 Alex Dakin 25 – (1993-01-02)2 January 1993 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Bærum Basket Norway
F 14 Sjur Berg 22 – (1996-01-10)10 January 1996 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Alaska Anchorage Seawolves United States
F 15 Johannes Dolven 22 – (1996-05-11)11 May 1996 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Barry Buccaneers United States
Head coach
  • Norway Matthias Eckhoff
Assistant coaches
  • Norway Audun Eskeland

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 26 June 2018

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Karamo Jawara
PF Sjur Berg Johannes Dolven
SF Bouna Ndiaye
SG Stian Mjoes Nikolas Skouen Magnus Midtvedt Alex Dakin
PG Harald Frey Stian Berg Lars Espe Eivind Lamo

Past rosters

At the 2001 EuroBasket Qualification:[3]

Norway men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 5 Nima Taheri 19 – (1979-08-20)20 August 1979 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Kristiansand Pirates Norway
6 Orji Nnamdi Okoroafor 19 – (1980-02-24)24 February 1980
7 Hans Calix Black Ndiaye 18 – (1981-05-18)18 May 1981
8 Oyvind Brauti Fritzen 18 – (1980-11-13)13 November 1980
9 Marco Elsafadi 22 – (1976-12-06)6 December 1976 Norway
10 Fred Raimo Erlandsen 27 – (1971-07-19)19 July 1971
11 Frode Loftesnes 25 – (1973-07-21)21 July 1973 Austria
12 Torgeir Bryn 34 – (1964-08-19)19 August 1964 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Aris BC Greece
13 Torbjoern Brauti Fritzen 20 – (1979-02-09)9 February 1979
PF 15 Lars Gunnar Sonsteby 29 – (1970-05-09)9 May 1970 Norway
Head coach
Assistant coaches

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 19 May 1999

Notable players

  • Torgeir Bryn - the first Scandinavian and the only Norwegian who has played in the NBA and the most capped player for the Norway national basketball team, with 111 matches.

References

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Norway returns to international basketball". norwegianamerican.com. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  3. ^ Norway | 2001 EuroBasket Qualification, ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

External links

This page was last edited on 6 April 2019, at 12:46
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