Denmark national basketball team

The Denmark national basketball team (Danish: Danmarks landshbasketballhold) represents Denmark in men's international basketball competition. They are controlled by the Danish Basketball Association.

Denmark
FIBA ranking59 10 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1951
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationDBBF
CoachErez Bittman
Nickname(s)De rød-hvide
(The Red and White)
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances3
MedalsNone
Championship for Small Countries
Appearances1
Medals Gold: (2010)

The Denmark national team once competed at the top European tournament being the EuroBasket regularly back in the early 1950s. Although they have struggled ever since to maintain the standard it takes to play on the international level with the elites. Denmark also has yet to reach qualification to play on the global stage at the FIBA World Cup.

History

EuroBasket 1951

Denmark debuted in the European championships at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. They were defeated in all of their preliminary round games, going 0–4 ending up in last place in their group. In a direct elimination match against Luxembourg, the national team took a 46–45 lead with 5 seconds left. A final half-court shot by Luxembourg bounced off the rim, giving Denmark its first ever win at the EuroBasket tournament and advancing the team to the first classification round. They picked up another win there, against Scotland, finishing in third place in the group at 1–2. Their third win of the tournament came against Portugal in the 13th–16th place classification semifinal. Denmark then lost to Switzerland in the 13th/14th place match to finish 14th of the 18 teams with a record of 3–7.

EuroBasket 1953

Two years later, at the EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow, Denmark did not fare as well. They dropped 8 of their matches (3 in the preliminary round, 3 in the first classification round, and the two-second-round classification games) on their way to a 16th-place finish out of the 17 teams in the tournament.

EuroBasket 1955

At the EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest, the national team struggled their as well just as they did at the prior EuroBasket they played in. Losing all 8 of their matches in non competitive fashion, this time finishing in last place of the 18 teams at the event.

Later years

After EuroBasket 1955 the national team regressed to the point where that was the last major tournament they qualified for. Though, they did achieve some success on a lower level, at the European Championship for Small Countries, where they won Gold in 2010.

Competitive record

Team

Current roster

Roster for the EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers matches played on 7 to 21 August 2019 against Belarus and Albania[2]

Denmark national basketball team roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
G 1 Gabriel Lundberg 24 – (1994-12-04)4 December 1994 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) CB 1939 Canarias
G 4 Sebastian Petersen 23 – (1995-12-09)9 December 1995 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Svendborg Rabbits
C 6 Jonas Bergstedt 28 – (1991-07-06)6 July 1991 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) TF Budapest
C 9 Sami Eleraky 26 – (1993-05-30)30 May 1993 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Zamalek
G/F 11 Mads Sturup 22 – (1997-05-24)24 May 1997 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) CB Zamora
PG 12 Frederik Nielsen 31 – (1988-07-27)27 July 1988 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) CB Murcia
PF 20 Frederik Rungby 26 – (1993-06-07)7 June 1993 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Horsens IC
F/C 21 Kevin Larsen 26 – (1993-07-17)17 July 1993 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Palencia
SF 22 Sylvester Berg 21 – (1998-05-27)27 May 1998 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Cáceres
F 31 Jonathan Gilling 28 – (1991-06-29)29 June 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Club Melilla
G/F 91 Philip Hertz 27 – (1992-07-16)16 July 1992 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Be'er Sheva B.C.
Head coach
  • Erez Bittman
Assistant coach(es)
  • Jesper Soerensen
  • Jens Doessing
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 7 August 2019

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C
PF
SF
SG
PG

Head coach position

  • Allan Foss – (2004 - 2009)
  • Peter Hoffman – (2010 - 2011)
  • Pieti Poikola – (2013 - 2018)
  • Erez Bittman - (2019 – present)

Past rosters

1951 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 18 teams

3 Knud Lundberg, 4 Knud Norskov, 5 Erik Korsbjerg, 6 Erik Wilbek, 7 Peter Tantholdt, 8 Belger Can, 9 Bent Sondergaard, 10 Erik Melbye, 11 Sven Thomsen, 12 John Christensen, 13 Ove Nielsen, 14 Kai Sogaard, 15 Erik Carlsen, 16 Niels Mygind (Coach: ?)


1953 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 17 teams

3 Kai Sorensen, 4 Knud Norskov, 5 Knud Lundberg, 6 Peter Tantholdt, 7 John Christensen, 8 Erik Madsen, 10 Torben Starup-Hansen, 11 Ivan Rasmussen, 12 Ove Nielsen, 13 Erik Wilbek, 14 Pierre Meilsej, 15 Willi Mouritsen, 16 John Nielsen (Coach: ?)


1955 EuroBasket: finished 18th among 18 teams

3 Kai Sogaard, 4 Erik Korsbjerg, 5 Peter Tantholdt, 6 Pierre Meilsej, 7 An Lillelund, 8 Ivan Rasmussen, 9 Ove Nielsen, 10 T Storup, 11 P Hintz, 12 T Malmquist, 13 Willi Mouritsen, 14 S Sparre (Coach: ?)

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers

First round

Group B

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 4 4 0 336 282 +54 8 Advance to second round
2  Armenia 4 2 2 299 296 +3 6 Withdrew after first round
3  Albania 4 0 4 275 332 57 4 Transfer to third round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Second round

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 4 2 2 298 282 +16 6 Qualification to EuroBasket qualifiers
2  Denmark 4 2 2 327 329 2 6 Transfer to third round
3  Belarus 4 2 2 310 324 14 6
Source: FIBA

Third round

Group E

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 4 4 0 313 274 +39 8 Qualification to EuroBasket qualifiers
2  Belarus 4 2 2 314 267 +47 6
3  Albania 4 0 4 247 333 86 4
Source: FIBA

EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers

Group C

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EuroBasket 2021
2  Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EuroBasket 2021 as host
3  Lithuania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EuroBasket 2021
4  Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 February 2020. Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

See also

References

  1. "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. "Denmark during the EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers in Aug. 2019". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
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