Spain national basketball team

The Spanish national basketball team represents Spain in international matches or friendlies. Their biggest success was the victory at the 2006 World Cup, the silver medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and the title at the European Championships in 2009 and 2011.

  • 2.1 Extended squad
  • 4.1 trainer History
  • 4.2 Inserts for Spain
  • 4.3 results in international tournaments 4.3.1 Summer Olympics
  • 4.3.2 World Basketball Championship
  • 4.3.3 European Basketball Championships


1935-1955: Early years

The first Spanish national team was created in 1935 with the aim to participate in the European Basketball Championship 1935. The first game, which served as a qualification for the continental competition at the same time, won the selection on April 15, 1935 at the Madrid against Portugal with 33:12. At the European Championships in Geneva even the Spaniards succeeded by victories against Belgium ( 25:17 ) and Czechoslovakia ( 21:17 ) right off the bat the finals, where they failed with 18:24 to Latvia.

The silver medal was to remain the only success for the Iberians for a long time. The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the difficult postwar years threw back the sport and so the Spanish national basketball team. Skip to first FIBA World Cup 1950 Spain was invited to the tournament but finished only on the 9th and penultimate rank. An uproar occurred when placing game against Yugoslavia as these to come out of protest against the dictatorship of Francisco Franco refused. The game was rated 2-0 for the Iberians and Yugoslavia banned for 9 months by FIBA ​​. At the European Championships, the Spaniards took at that time not part, but success could be recorded at the Mediterranean Games, as they lost in 1951 in Alexandria only in the finale with host Egypt 39:41 and four years later, the team won in Barcelona by a 58:57 in the final against Greece the gold medal.

1956-1980: The first stars

In the late 1950's basketball began to gain popularity in Spain visibly. With the national team Emiliano Rodríguez and Francesc " Nino " Buscato the country had at that time about two also about the country's best and estimated Stars. At the continental tournament in 1959, the team since 1935, first participated again and has failed no more finals to date. At Olympic Games, the national basketball team in Rome in 1960 was the first time at the start. However, the results were still modest. The seventh places at the European Championships in 1963, was appointed at the Emiliano Rodríguez as the best player of the tournament, and the European Championship in 1971, and a fifth-place finish at the European Championships in 1969 were the best results in continental tournament. At the 1968 Olympic Games took a further seventh rank.

A qualitative leap made ​​Spain the late 1960s, among other things, by two native U.S. americans, the Real Madrid stars Clifford Luyk and Wayne Brabender before clear during their time in the Spanish League Spanish women and thus received the citizenship. With them, and under the leadership of long-time head coach Antonio Díaz- Miguel ( 1965-1992 in office), the Iberians become one of the strongest teams on the continent and reached at the European Championships in 1973 for the first time since 1935, again the final, which with 67: 78 lost to Yugoslavia went. Brabender was voted the best player of the tournament. Only a year later the Spaniards were at the 1974 World Cup at the start, this was the second finals appearance after 1950. Iberians, led by the Real Madrid stars Brabender, Luyk and the young point guard Corbalán, played a strong tournament and reached the fifth place.

1981-1984: Olympic final in Los Angeles

The 1980s were marked by a new generation of Spanish players, led by stars like Fernando Martín, Juan Antonio San Epifanio called "Epi ", Fernando Romay, Andrés Jiménez, Juan Antonio Iturriaga or Corbalán, get lots of achievements. Already at the 1982 World Cup, the team reached the fourth overall place until then best finish at the World Championships. For quite a stir at the time made ​​a particularly 109:99 Spanish victory against the team led by Doc Rivers of the United States. Only a year later, the Iberians reached for the third time a European Championship final, but failed again, this time with 96:105 in Italy.

The highlight of any generation of players, however, should follow at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. After being in the semifinals the favored Yugoslavia defeated with stars such as Dražen Petrović Dražen or Dalipagić in their ranks, with 74:61, we met in the final at the time as a nearly unbeatable force home the U.S. team, with players like Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin, Alvin Robertson and Sam Perkins. The hosts won the final, although with 96:65, but the silver medal of the Spaniards could spark a basketball euphoria in the country at such an important tournament.

1985-2000: drought and disgrace of Barcelona

On this success was followed by a dry spell, although Spain has always been represented in finals and finished this mostly in the front of the field, but it only made it onto the podium at the European Championships in 1991 and won bronze. One of the biggest disappointments of the day was the performance of the team at the 1992 Olympic Games in their own country. Despite home advantage, the team retired in the preliminary round group as a group Last off could merely scored a narrow victory against Brazil and lost all other encounters. In our memory is in particular a blamables 63:83 in the penultimate group game against the clear outsider Angola. Ultimately, you only reached number nine and coach Antonio Díaz- Miguel said, after 27 years in office, his resignation. Under the new team boss Lolo Sainz followed at the European Championships 1999, already after the finals, as already 16 years before they lost here Italy.

Since 2001: Golden Generation

The most successful period of the Spanish basketball should begin with the millennium. The so-called Chicos de Oro ( to German: Golden boys ), a generation of the 1998 U-18 European Championship and the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Tournament and 1999 through a 94:87 in the final against the United States, the U-19 could win world Cup, began gradually in the senior team push forward. Mention may be made out of that vintage players like Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Jose Calderon, Felipe Reyes, Raül López, Carlos Cabezas and Berni Rodríguez. Along with more established players like Jorge Garbajosa, Carlos Jiménez or Álex Mumbrú and later moving up younger basketball players like Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Rodriguez Gomez, Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio, should succeed with the national team many successes. Already landed at the European Championships in 2001 and 2003, the Iberians with bronze or silver on the podium.

In the basketball world championship in 2006, finally came the breakthrough and after victories against Serbia and Montenegro, Lithuania and Argentina in the eighth, quarter and semi-finals, they met in the final to Greece, which had previously turned the United States. The Spaniard sat down, especially with a very strong defensive performance against the Hellenes by 70:47 and won for the first time as the world title. Man of the tournament was NBA star Pau Gasol, who due to an injury missed the final, but was nevertheless appointed MVP.

Only one year after this success was Spain with all its stars at the 2007 European Championships in their own country as a big favorite in the final. This time, however, they moved against Andrei Kirilenko led by Team Russia with 59:60 the short straw. Tragic hero was just superstar Pau Gasol, the seconds before the end awarded a throw that Spain would lead may bring.

Another great success was to follow at the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. After victories over Croatia and Lithuania in the quarter and semi-finals, the team reached the final in 1984 as against the United States. The crew of the Americans was peppered with NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Jason Kidd, but the Spaniards encountered them in a high class final at eye level and eventually lost after a hard fight with 107:118.

The following year the European Championship in Poland was on the program. After initial difficulties, the Spanish arrived in the course of the tournament getting in better shape. With victories over France and Greece in the quarter and semi-finals, the Iberians reached the final, where the young team of Serbia was defeated with 85:63. To start the seventh scored the first victory in a European Championship final. Pau Gasol was voted the best player of the tournament.

A setback for the Spanish introduced the 2010 World Cup in Turkey dar. with Pau Gasol, who canceled due to the long NBA season, and José Calderón, who turned out due to injury, had to give the team to two of its props. Although it survived the second round by a 80:72 against Greece, but a three-point goal from Miloš Teodosić seconds before the end, sealed a quarter-final defeat against Serbia 89:92.

Although Prior to the 2011 European Championship gave Jorge Garbajosa and Álex Mumbrú two key players of recent years her resignation from the national team known for it declared all Spanish NBA stars, at this time the brothers Pau and Marc Gasol, Rudy Fernandez, Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio Serge Ibaka and their willingness to participate in the tournament. From the famous golden generation were next to Pau Gasol and Jose Calderon, Juan Carlos Navarro and even Felipe Reyes part of the squad. The Spanish, who went into the tournament as defending champions, their role as favorites could meet from the beginning. With one defeat in the last group match against Turkey, all games of the preliminary and intermediate rounds were won. In the playoffs, the Spaniard prevailed against the surprise team of Macedonia in the quarterfinals against Slovenia and in the semifinals. In the final they met the favorites France, with stars like Tony Parker, Joakim Noah, Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum in their ranks. However, the Iberians could ultimately prevail with high-class game with 98:85 and thus conquered the second continental title in a row. Spain captain Juan Carlos Navarro was also voted MVP of the tournament.

At the Olympic Games in London in 2012 the national team without the injured Ricky Rubio had to play. Despite two first round defeats to Russia and Brazil, Spain again played a strong tournament. In the quarterfinals, they defeated France with 66:59 and in the semi-final, the Iberians retaliated by a 67:59 success in Russia. In the final they met for the third time on the U.S. team. Once again designed the Spaniards the game against the NBA stars to Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony fully open, lay down to the last quarter, only one point behind the favored Americans and finally lost with 100:107.

Current squad

Extended squad

The following players do not belong to the current squad, but have been used within the past four years as a national player in a finals tournament and are not retired from the national team.


Basketball World Championship:

Olympic Summer Games:

  • 3 Silver Medals: 1984, 2008, 2012


  • 2 Gold Medals: 2009, 2011
  • 6 silver medals: 1935, 1973, 1983, 1999, 2003, 2007
  • 2 Bronze: 1991, 2001

Mediterranean Games:

  • 3 Gold Medals: 1955, 1997, 2001
  • 4 silver medals: 1951, 1959, 1963, 1987
  • 1 bronze: 2005

Facts and Figures

Coach History

Inserts for Spain

Results in international tournaments

Olympic Summer Games

World Basketball Championship

European Basketball Championships


  • Player with the most ...
  • Inserts: Juan Antonio San Epifanio, 239 games.
  • Points: Juan Antonio San Epifanio, 3358 dots.
  • Points in one game: Jordi Villacampa, 48 points in the basketball world championship in 1990 against Venezuela.
  • Olympic appearances: Juan Antonio San Epifanio, 4x (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992).
  • Medals: Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro and Felipe Reyes: 3 Gold ( 2006 World Cup, European Championships in 2009 and 2011 ), four silver ( 2003 European Championships and 2007 Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012 ), 1 Bronze (European Championship 2001).
  • Coach with the most ...
  • Directed play: Antonio Díaz- Miguel, 423 games in 27 years.
  • Medals: Antonio Díaz- Miguel, 5 medals.

Record against teams from German-speaking

All results from a Spanish perspective.