Germany national basketball team

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Germany Deutschland
FIBA ranking14 Decrease 1
Joined FIBA1934
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationDeutscher Basketball Bund (DBB)
CoachEmir Mutapčić
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (1936, 1972, 1984, 1992, 2008)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances5 (1986, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010)
MedalsBronze medal world centered-2.svg Bronze: 2002
MedalsGold medal europe.svg Gold: 1993
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 2005
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Germany Deutschland
FIBA ranking14 Decrease 1
Joined FIBA1934
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationDeutscher Basketball Bund (DBB)
CoachEmir Mutapčić
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (1936, 1972, 1984, 1992, 2008)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances5 (1986, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010)
MedalsBronze medal world centered-2.svg Bronze: 2002
MedalsGold medal europe.svg Gold: 1993
Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 2005
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Light jersey
Kit shorts blanksides2.png
Team colours
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Dark jersey
Kit shorts whitesides.png
Team colours

The German national basketball team for men is the basketball side that represents Germany in international competitions. It is organized and run by the German Basketball Federation. (German: Deutscher Basketball Bund)

Their biggest successes are the victory in the European Championship of 1993 at home in Germany, the silver medal in the 2005 European Championships and the bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.


The team is the successor of the West Germany national basketball team, the basketball side that represented West Germany in international competition. Between 1955 and 1973, Germany temporarily competed with an East German national basketball team as well.

Eurobasket 1951[edit]

The first German presence in the European basketball championships was at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. West Germany finished the preliminary round with a 1–2 record, third place in their group. They were again 1–2 in the first classification round, but this combined with a three-way tie-breaker put them second in that group. They then lost the classification 9–12 and 11/12 games to finish 12th place of 18 teams.

Eurobasket 1953[edit]

West Germany competed again at the Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow. Their 1–2 record in preliminary pool play put them third in their four-team group, relegating them to the classification rounds. In the first round, they again took 3rd of 4 with a 1–2 record. They then beat Lebanon 58–56 in the 13–16 semifinals to advance to the 13/14 game, in which they were defeated by Romania.

Eurobasket 1955[edit]

At Eurobasket 1955 in Budapest, West Germany again was 1–2 in the preliminary round, taking third place of the four-team group to be relegated to the classification tournament. They won one game in the first classification round, losing 3 to take fifth place of the five-team group despite having scored exactly as many points as their opponents over the course of the four games. Their final game was a match-up against Denmark for 17th place, which West Germany won 51–49.

Eurobasket 1957[edit]

West Germany competed in Sofia for Eurobasket 1957. They had no success in the preliminary round, losing all three decisions. They were relegated to the classification round, in which they were able to gather a few victories. They finished the round in the fifth position at 3–4, taking 13th place overall.

After German reunification[edit]

When Dirk Nowitzki competes, the Germany national basketball is placed among the world elite.

Until the German reunification in 1990, the team played as the West Germany national basketball team. (Basketball was not a popular sport in East Germany). In decades of competitive basketball, West Germany never had much success, partly also because in that time, the NBA made it near-impossible for German internationals to play on both their NBA teams and the national team. For this reason, important players like Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab or Christian Welp often were unavailable in big tournaments.

The win of the 1993 European Championship at home in Germany, thanks to superb clutch play of tournament MVP Welp (who had returned from the USA), came totally unexpected. The team won the election to "Team of the Year" by the German press. There was a huge wave of enthusiasm, but arguably due to lack of infrastructure and professionalism, tangible results were rare. German basketball stayed in the shadows, the next generation of youth shunning the native league while being glued to the NBA with Michael Jordan. The national team never came close to repeat the success.

But then, German basketball got a lucky break when a lanky youth named Dirk Nowitzki tried his luck with the Dallas Mavericks and became a superstar. He created new enthusiasm for basketball in Germany, and in his slipstream,[clarification needed] the national team had a renaissance.

In 2001, Germany played Turkey and was one second away from the final, when Turkey nailed a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime. Turkey won, and demoralized Germany lost the third-place match and ended fourth.

However, success at last came in 2002, when Nowitzki inspired Germany to win the bronze medal in the 2002 World Championships. Nowitzki was also named MVP of that tourney.

One year later, however, the team suffered its worst setback in years. In the Eurobasket 2003, which was also the qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Games, the talented, but inexperienced team blundered through a tournament, blowing late-game leads with appalling anti-clutch play. Germany was eliminated early and failed to qualify for the Olympics.

Before the Eurobasket 2005 expectations were not too high. The German roster was depleted by injury, and remembering the disaster of two years ago, nobody dared to dream of a medal. However, an inspired Dirk Nowitzki powered the team into the finals, eliminating favourites like Spain and Slovenia on its way. In the finals the team was blown out by Greece, but Nowitzki was named MVP again, and the team won the election to "Team of the Year" by the German press again.

In the 2006 World Championship in Saitama, Germany won most of its first-round matches, only losing to Spain. In the knock-out phase, Germany fought a tough match versus underdogs Nigeria, ending in a 78–77 win when Nigerian star Ime Udoka missed a last-second layup. In the quarter-finals, Germany played top favorite USA, and managed to play an excellent first half, trailing only 39–41. However, led by Carmelo Anthony, USA outplayed Germany 20–8 in the third quarter and won 65–85. In the consolation round, Germany lost 73–75 against France, losing a lead in the last 18 seconds with two turnovers.

Germany qualified for the Summer Olympics 2008 in Beijing, by taking the final spot with the third place in the qualification tournament in Athens, Greece.

International influence[edit]

In Germany, professional basketball is known for developing players whose parents or grandparents are immigrants. The national team routinely uses many players who have family roots in Africa, Eastern Europe, United States or others, but have grown up in Germany, speak fluent German and are native Germans by law. The last point is especially important, as the new FIBA rules prevent the use of more than one "naturalized" citizen per country. Famous examples of these allochtonous players are:

While most German players develop through the club system, several players over the years have played U.S. college basketball. Past and present national team players who have done so include:

Notable players[edit]





Roster for the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification.[1]

Germany men's national basketball team roster
Pos.#NameAge - DOBHt.Club
G7Vargas, Akeem24 – (1990-04-29)29 April 19901.92 m (6 ft 4 in)ALBA BerlinGermany
G8Schaffartzik, Heiko30 – (1984-01-03)3 January 19841.83 m (6 ft 0 in)Bayern MunichGermany
G9Tadda, Karsten25 – (1988-11-02)2 November 19881.90 m (6 ft 3 in)Brose BasketsGermany
G10Staiger, Lucca26 – (1988-06-14)14 June 19881.95 m (6 ft 5 in)Bayern MunichGermany
F12Benzing, Robin25 – (1989-01-25)25 January 19892.08 m (6 ft 10 in)Bayern MunichGermany
G13Doreth, Bastian25 – (1989-06-08)8 June 19891.83 m (6 ft 0 in)Artland DragonsGermany
C14Seiferth, Andreas25 – (1989-06-23)23 June 19892.06 m (6 ft 9 in)Artland DragonsGermany
F20Harris, Elias25 – (1989-07-06)6 July 19892.03 m (6 ft 8 in)Brose BasketsGermany
F21Theis, Daniel22 – (1992-04-04)4 April 19922.04 m (6 ft 8 in)Brose BasketsGermany
G22Schröder, Dennis20 – (1993-09-15)15 September 19931.88 m (6 ft 2 in)Atlanta HawksUnited States
F24Kleber, Maximiliian22 – (1992-01-29)29 January 19922.07 m (6 ft 9 in)Obradoiro CABSpain
C33Zirbes, Maik24 – (1990-01-29)29 January 19902.07 m (6 ft 9 in)KK Crvena zvezdaSerbia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Arne Woltmannn
  • Ralf Rehberger
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament


Summer Olympics[edit]

193615Basketball at the 1936 Summer OlympicsBerlin, Germany
1948Basketball at the 1948 Summer OlympicsLondon, United Kingdom
1952Basketball at the 1952 Summer OlympicsHelsinki, Finland
1956Basketball at the 1956 Summer OlympicsMelbourne, Australia
1960Basketball at the 1960 Summer OlympicsRome, Italy
1964Basketball at the 1964 Summer OlympicsTokyo, Japan
1968Basketball at the 1968 Summer OlympicsMexico City, Mexico
197212Basketball at the 1972 Summer OlympicsMunich, Germany
1976Basketball at the 1976 Summer OlympicsMontreal, Canada
1980Basketball at the 1980 Summer OlympicsMoscow, Soviet Union
19848Basketball at the 1984 Summer OlympicsLos Angeles, United States
1988Basketball at the 1988 Summer OlympicsSeoul, South Korea
19927Basketball at the 1992 Summer OlympicsBarcelona, Spain
1996Basketball at the 1996 Summer OlympicsAtlanta, United States
2000Basketball at the 2000 Summer OlympicsSydney
2004Basketball at the 2004 Summer OlympicsAthens, Greece
200810Basketball at the 2008 Summer OlympicsBeijing, China
2012Basketball at the 2012 Summer OlympicsLondon, United Kingdom
2016TBDBasketball at the 2016 Summer OlympicsRio de Janeiro, Brazil

World Championships[edit]

19501954 FIBA World ChampionshipBuenos Aires, Argentina
19541954 FIBA World ChampionshipRio de Janeiro, Brazil
19591959 FIBA World ChampionshipChile
19631963 FIBA World ChampionshipRio de Janeiro, Brazil
19671970 FIBA World ChampionshipUruguay
19701970 FIBA World ChampionshipYugoslavia
19741974 FIBA World ChampionshipPuerto Rico
19781978 FIBA World ChampionshipPhilippines
19821982 FIBA World ChampionshipColombia
1986161986 FIBA World ChampionshipSpain
19901990 FIBA World ChampionshipArgentina
1994121994 FIBA World ChampionshipCanada
19981998 FIBA World ChampionshipAthens, Greece
200232002 FIBA World ChampionshipIndianapolis, United States
200682006 FIBA World ChampionshipJapan
2010172010 FIBA World ChampionshipTurkey
20142014 FIBA World ChampionshipSpain


1935EuroBasket 1935Geneva, Switzerland
1937EuroBasket 1937Riga, Latvia
1939EuroBasket 1951Kaunas, Lithuania
1946EuroBasket 1946Geneva, Switzerland
1947EuroBasket 1947Prague, Czechoslovakia
1949EuroBasket 1949Cairo, Egypt
195112EuroBasket 1951Paris, France
195314EuroBasket 1953Moscow, USSR
195517EuroBasket 1955Budapest, Hungary
195713EuroBasket 1957Sofia, Bulgaria
1959EuroBasket 1959Istanbul, Turkey
196116EuroBasket 1961Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1963EuroBasket 1963Wrocław, Poland
196514EuroBasket 1965Moscow, Soviet Union
1967EuroBasket 1967Helsinki, Finland
1969EuroBasket 1969Naples, Italy
19719EuroBasket 1971Essen, West Germany
1973EuroBasket 1973Barcelona, Spain
1975EuroBasket 1975Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1977EuroBasket 1977Liège, Belgium
1979EuroBasket 1979Turin, Italy
198110EuroBasket 1981Prague, Czechoslovakia
19838EuroBasket 1983Nantes, France
19855EuroBasket 1985Stuttgart, West Germany
19876EuroBasket 1987Athens, Greece
1989EuroBasket 1989Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1991EuroBasket 1991Rome, Italy
19931EuroBasket 1993Munich, Germany
199510EuroBasket 1995Athens, Greece
199712EuroBasket 1997Barcelona, Spain
19997EuroBasket 1999Paris, France
20014EuroBasket 2001Istanbul, Turkey
20039EuroBasket 2003Stockholm, Sweden
20052EuroBasket 2005Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
20075EuroBasket 2007Madrid, Spain
200911EuroBasket 2009Katowice, Poland
20119EuroBasket 2011Kaunas, Lithuania
201317EuroBasket 2013Ljubljana, Slovenia
2015TBDFIBA EuroBasket 2015TBD

Head Coach history[edit]


Past rosters[edit]

As Germany

1993 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

Christian Welp, Henning Harnisch, Hansi Gnad, Michael Koch, Gunther Behnke, Kai Nurnberger, Henrik Rödl, Stephan Baeck, Michael Jackel, Moritz Kleine-Brockhoff, Teoman Öztürk, Jens Kujawa (Coach: Svetislav Pešić)

2002 World Championship: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Ademola Okulaja, Henrik Rödl, Marko Pešić, Mithat Demirel, Robert Maras, Stefano Garris, Misan Nikagbatse, Pascal Roller, Stephen Arigbabu, Jorg Lutcke (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Robert Garrett, Marko Pešić, Robert Maras, Pascal Roller, Mithat Demirel, Demond Greene, Misan Nikagbatse, Denis Wucherer, Stephen Arigbabu, Sven Schultze (Coach: Dirk Bauermann)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mutapcic nominiert Kader für EM-Quali". 2014-08-05. 
  2. ^ Simon, Sven (2011 – issue 81). Die Trainermaschine wird locker – von Murero bis Dettmann (in German). FIVE – Basketball for life. p. 96. ISSN 1614-9297. 

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