Luxembourg national basketball team

The Luxembourg national basketball team (Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuergesch Basketballnationalequipe, French: Équipe du Luxembourg de basketball, German: Luxemburgische Basketballnationalmannschaft) represents Luxembourg in men's international basketball tournaments. They are controlled by the Luxembourg Basketball Federation. The national team has qualified for the EuroBasket three times, in 1946, 1951, and 1955. Their best result came in 8th place at their first EuroBasket appearance in 1946. Although Luxembourg has yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup and Summer Olympics.

FIBA ranking86 11 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1946
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationLuxembourg Basketball Federation (FLBB)
CoachKen Diederich
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
Championship for Small Countries
Medals Silver: (1992, 2004)
Bronze: (1990)
Games of the Small States of Europe
Medals Silver: (1985, 1991, 1995, 2007, 2009, 2013)
Bronze: (1993, 2003, 2005, 2015)


EuroBasket 1946

Luxembourg's first EuroBasket appearance was at EuroBasket 1946 in Geneva. They found themselves heavily over-matched in the preliminary round. Losing all of their matches and being outscored by 113 points over three games finishing in last place in the group. The semifinal round, which was essentially a 7th–10th place classification round for Luxembourg, saw their first win. They defeated England 50–27. This advanced them to a playoff for 7th and 8th places; they were defeated by Belgium to finish 8th out of the ten team competition.

EuroBasket 1951

Luxembourg next competed at the EuroBasket 1951 competition in Paris. They lost all four of their preliminary round games, putting them in fifth place in their group of 5. Since they were seeded into a group of five teams rather than a group of four teams (the 18 teams were divided into 4 groups, 2 groups with 5 teams and 2 groups with 4 teams), Luxembourg had to play an elimination game against Denmark for the right to advance into the classification rounds. The winner could potentially place as high as 9th; the loser was relegated to 17th place.

Luxembourg was able to get a final half-court shot off before time expired, but the ball bounced off the rim and the team was served their fifth and final loss of the tournament.

EuroBasket 1955

At EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest was where Luxembourg next appeared. They lost all four of their preliminary round games, and were relegated to the classification rounds. In the first round, Luxembourg was able to win 2 games against Denmark and Sweden, finishing third in the group. There they lost their 13th–16th place semifinal, but won the 15th/16th place final to finish the tournament 15th out of the 18 teams.

Later years

After EuroBasket 1955 the national team has struggled qualifying for major international basketball tournaments. Though, they have competed at smaller competitions such as the European Championship for Small Countries and Games of the Small States of Europe.

Competitive record

Current roster

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.

Luxembourg men's national basketball team roster
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
PG 2 Avedyan, Arlen 24 – (1992-02-20)20 February 1992 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) [N.A.]
SF 5 Grun, Thomas 21 – (1995-02-28)February 28, 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Gladiators Trier
PG 10 Arbaut, Patrick 28 – (1987-12-21)21 December 1987 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Basket Esch
PF 11 Kox, Jean 26 – (1990-01-06)6 January 1990 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Musel Pikes
C 12 Kalmes, Joe 20 – (1995-11-24)November 24, 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Musel Pikes
PF 13 Picard, Samy 28 – (1988-06-08)8 June 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Amicale Steinsel
PF 14 Gint, Dean 25 – (1991-03-28)28 March 1991 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Sparta Bertrange
SG 21 Biernbaum, Raul 26 – (1989-09-28)September 28, 1989 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) AB Contern
PG 22 Melcher, Bob 21 – (1994-12-09)9 December 1994 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Amicale Steinsel
SG 23 Delgado Ferreira, Jairo 31 – (1985-07-17)17 July 1985 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Etzella Ettelbruck
SF 25 Welter, Tom 22 – (1993-12-16)16 December 1993 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Musel Pikes
PF 31 Laurent, Alex 23 – (1993-06-06)6 June 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Amicale Steinsel
Head coach
  • Ken Diederich
Assistant coach(es)
  • Mike Smith

  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 5 September 2015


  1. "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
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