Norway national basketball team
The Norway national basketball team (Norwegian: Norge herrelandslag i basketball) represents Norway in men's international basketball tournaments. The national team is controlled by the Norwegian Basketball Association.
|FIBA ranking||84 |
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|National federation||Norges Basketballforbund (NBBF)|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Championship for Small Countries|
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; 4 April 1979)
(Serravalle, San Marino; 26 June 2018)
(Kavadarci, Macedonia; 24 May 1995)
Norway has never had great success on the international stage in the past. As they are one of the few European countries to date to have never qualified for one of the top international basketball competitions such as the EuroBasket or the FIBA World Cup.
In the past, Norway has attempted to qualify for the Eurobasket several times, but have yet to reach the tournament. They have only entered the Olympic basketball qualification twice, for the 1980, and 1988 Olympic Games. Norway is one of Europe's most populous nations to have never qualified for a major international basketball tournament. However, they have qualified for smaller competitions such as the European Championship for Small Countries.
The Road to Revival (2012-2017)
In 2012 financial troubles led the Norwegian Basketball Association to shut down both the men's and women's national teams. The association simply did not have the funds to keep either the men’s or women’s teams afloat. Since then, however, the association has come to realize just how many people from the athletes and teams, to individuals and companies care about the Norwegian basketball community and are willing to provide financial support. The association also worked to raise money through sponsorships, and has now signed a major sponsorship agreement with Circle K, in addition to a few smaller sponsors.
In 2018, Norway made its return to FIBA competition by playing at the European Championship for Small Countries. The national team finished as the runners-up after losing 75-59 in the final against Malta.
FIBA World Cup
Championship for Small Countries
Roster for the 2018 FIBA European Championship for Small Countries
|Norway national basketball team roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|PF||Sjur Berg||Johannes Dolven|
|SG||Stian Mjoes||Nikolas Skouen||Magnus Midtvedt||Alex Dakin|
|PG||Harald Frey||Stian Berg||Lars Espe||Eivind Lamo|
- "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
- "Norway returns to international basketball". norwegianamerican.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
- "Norway - FIBA European Championship for Small Countries". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
- "Norway at the 2018 FIBA European Championship for Small Countries". Retrieved 26 June 2018.