Great Britain men's national basketball team

The British national basketball team represents the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland in international basketball games of Lords. It was re-established in 2006 on the occasion of the awarding of the 2012 Olympics in the British capital London.


A British national basketball team was first formed during the Olympic Games in London in 1948, which occupied the 20th place among 23 participants. Starting in 1972, took part in the British national qualifications for the Olympics, while for other competitions, the separation of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland remained. After 1992, the qualification for the Olympic Games through the European Championships, so there was no cause for formation of a British national more.

2004, the British - Irish Basketball Association British & Irish Basketball Federation after leaving Ireland (including Northern Ireland ) renamed Great Britain basketball. On the occasion of the awarding of the 2012 Olympics then the British Basketball Federation (British Basketball Federation ) was founded. Finally, a common British national took the place of England in the European Championship qualifiers. For the first coach after the re- establishment of the US- American Chris Finch was appointed, who began his professional players and coaching career in the British Basketball League. The aim was to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games, for which the rise of the Division B was required in the Division A. This was straightaway, and, two years later, Britain qualified directly at his first participation in the Division A for the European Championship finals in 2009 after the NBA player Luol Deng could be won for the national team. Furthermore, an effort was long about its teammates from the Chicago Bulls, Ben Gordon, but finally decided before the 2012 Olympics on its participation. Also in London Nigerian-born NBA player Kelenna Azubuike was to be appointed some time talking in the national team. Having lost all three group matches in 2009 at the European Championship finals, two years later qualified you once again for the European Championship finals in 2011. Here you won, although two out of five preliminary round games. But this was not enough to qualify for the second round in the finals tournament in Lithuania. For the Olympic tournament in 2012 to qualified automatically as hosts. After four losses they won by injury problems for several players, only the final group match against China clearly with 90:58 and was excreted in the first round, but this was enough to ninth place in the tournament. With the Olympic participation in 2012 it was also automatically qualified for the European Championship finals in 2013 because they could not take part in qualifying. After the 2012 Olympics coach Chris Finch announced his resignation, the now as a club coach again worked in his home country and had been appointed to the coaching staff of the NBA Houston Rockets Club 2011. Then the post of national coach for a long time remained unoccupied.

Current squad

→ squad for the European Championship 2009 (English) → squad for the European Championship 2011

Performance in international tournaments

Olympic Summer Games

Basketball World Championship

No participation

European Basketball Championships

  • 2007 - does not qualify
  • 2009 - 13th place
  • 2011 - 13th place
  • 2013 - 13th place

References and Notes