Iceland men's national basketball team

The Iceland men's national basketball team (Icelandic: Íslenska karlalandsliðið í körfubolti) represents Iceland in international basketball tournaments. The team is controlled by the Icelandic Basketball Association.

Iceland
FIBA ranking46 4 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1959
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationKörfuknattleikssamband Íslands (KKÍ)
CoachCraig Pedersen
Nickname(s)Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys)
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances2
MedalsNone
Championship for Small Countries
Appearances3
Medals Gold: (1988, 1990)
Bronze: (1994)
Games of the Small States of Europe
Appearances14
Medals Gold: (1991, 1993, 2007)
Silver: (1987, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2015)
Bronze: (1989, 1995, 1997, 2013, 2017, 2019)
First international
 Denmark 38–41 Iceland
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 16 May 1959)
Biggest win
Iceland 123–59 Norway 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 15 March 1968)
Biggest defeat
Iceland 51–124 Croatia 
(Murcia, Spain; 24 June 1992)

Iceland has qualified for the EuroBasket twice, with the national team making their first ever appearance in 2015. They also participate at smaller European tournaments, such as the Games of the Small States of Europe. Although Iceland has yet to make their debut entrance on to the global stage at the FIBA World Cup.

History

EuroBasket 2015

On 28 August 2014, Iceland qualified for the EuroBasket 2015, entering the finals of the top European competition for the first time in its history. The national team though didn't fair too well in their maiden voyage at the EuroBasket. Finishing (0-5) in their Group B pool, played in Berlin with defeats at the hands of Germany, Italy, Serbia, Spain, and Turkey. Overall it was a memorable moment for Iceland, where they finally achieved the feat of competing at a major international tournament, after numerous failed qualifications in the past.[2]

EuroBasket 2017

On 17 September 2016, Iceland repeated their success and qualified to the continental tournament once again. The national team finished its qualification group as the runners-up behind Belgium, and above Cyprus and Switzerland, with four wins and two losses.[3][4][5]

As in the previous edition though, Iceland finished their participation with five loses in five matches played in their Group A pool in Helsinki.[6]

EuroBasket 2021 qualification

After failing to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Iceland turned the page toward EuroBasket 2021. To attempt to qualify for three consecutive EuroBasket appearances, Iceland was placed into Group C to begin their pre-qualifying campaign, which began with two straight loses to Portugal, and Belgium. Although the national team would pick up their first win in their third game, a rematch with Portugal at home in Reykjavík. In their final match of group play the team fell to Belgium, and would have to survive the final window of pre-qualifiers if they were to advance.

For the final phase of pre-qualifiers, Iceland was placed into Group H, alongside Portugal once again, and Switzerland. The national team opened up group play with an tough lost on the road against Portugal 80-79. Looking to even their record at (1-1), Iceland was at home against Switzerland. The match stayed close throughout until Martin Hermannsson's heroics showed up late in the fourth quarter for Iceland; where his jumpshot in the final seconds gave the home side an momentous 83-82 victory.[7] Heading into their next match the national team looked to capitalize on their last win. They did so in thorough fashion, dismantling Portugal 96-68 to set up one last show down with the Swiss.[8]

Heading into the final match day with an place in the qualifiers on the line, Iceland needed to defeat Switzerland on the road in an hostile environment. The specifics for Iceland was clear, either win to clinch a spot, or avoid losing by 18 or more points. Unfortunately, the unthinkable happened. As the national team not only lost to Switzerland, but failed to cover the point difference needed to advance. Losing 109-85, eliminating any chance for Iceland to reach the finals for the third straight time.

Competitive record

Team

Current roster

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[9] The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017

Iceland men's national basketball team – EuroBasket 2017 roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
SG 1 Hermannsson, Martin 22 – (1994-09-16)16 September 1994 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Champagne Basket
PG 3 Steinarsson, Ægir 26 – (1991-05-10)10 May 1991 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) TAU Castelló
PF 6 Acox, Kristófer 23 – (1993-10-13)13 October 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) KR
C 8 Bæringsson, Hlynur 35 – (1982-07-06)6 July 1982 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Stjarnan
SG 9 Stefánsson, Jón Arnór 34 – (1982-09-21)21 September 1982 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) KR
PG 10 Friðriksson, Elvar Már 22 – (1994-11-11)11 November 1994 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Barry Buccaneers
PG 13 Vilhjálmsson, Hörður 28 – (1988-12-18)18 December 1988 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Keflavík
SG 14 Gunnarsson, Logi 35 – (1981-09-05)5 September 1981 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Njarðvíkur
PG 15 Ermolinskij, Pavel 30 – (1987-01-25)25 January 1987 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) KR
SF 24 Pálsson, Haukur Helgi 25 – (1992-05-18)18 May 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Cholet Basket
C 34 Hlinason, Tryggvi 19 – (1997-10-28)28 October 1997 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Valencia Basket
PG 88 Björnsson, Brynjar Þór 29 – (1988-07-11)11 July 1988 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) KR
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Hlynur Bæringsson Tryggvi Hlinason
PF Haukur Pálsson Kristófer Acox
SF Jón Arnór Stefánsson Pavel Ermolinskij
SG Martin Hermannsson Logi Gunnarsson Brynjar Þór Björnsson
PG Hörður Vilhjálmsson Ægir Steinarsson Elvar Már Friðriksson

Head coach position

Individual records

Players with the most caps (games played)

  • Players in bold, are players that are still active.
Rank Player Years Caps
1. Guðmundur Bragason 1987-2003 169
2. Valur Ingimundarson 1980-1995 164
3. Jón Kr. Gíslason 1982-1995 158
4. Logi Gunnarsson 2000-2018 147
5. Torfi Magnússon 1974-1987 131
6. Hlynur Bæringsson 2000-2019 125
7. Guðjón Skúlason 1988-1999 122
8. Jón Sigurðsson 1968-1984 120
9. Teitur Örlygsson 1986-2000 118
10. Friðrik Stefánsson 1997-2008 112
11. Herbert Arnarson 1991-2002 111
12. Falur Harðarson 1989-2000 106
13. Jón Arnar Ingvarsson 1990-2000 102
14. Jón Arnór Stefánsson 2000-2019 100

Past rosters

2015 EuroBasket: finished 24th among 24 teams

3 Martin Hermannsson, 4 Axel Kárason, 5 Ragnar Nathanaelsson, 6 Jakob Sigurðarson, 8 Hlynur Bæringsson (C), 9 Jón Arnór Stefánsson, 10 Helgi Már Magnússon, 13 Hörður Vilhjálmsson, 14 Logi Gunnarsson, 15 Pavel Ermolinskij, 24 Haukur Pálsson, 29 Ægir Steinarsson (Coach: Craig Pedersen)


2017 EuroBasket: finished 24th among 24 teams

1 Martin Hermannsson, 3 Ægir Steinarsson, 6 Kristófer Acox, 8 Hlynur Bæringsson, 9 Jón Arnór Stefánsson, 10 Elvar Már Friðriksson, 13 Hörður Vilhjálmsson, 14 Logi Gunnarsson, 15 Pavel Ermolinskij, 24 Haukur Pálsson, 34 Tryggvi Hlinason, 88 Brynjar Þór Björnsson (Coach: Craig Pedersen)

See also

References

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