Serbia national basketball team

The Serbia national basketball team (Serbian: Кошаркашка репрезентација Србије, romanized: Košarkaška reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in international basketball competition and is controlled by the Basketball Federation of Serbia. Serbia is currently ranked sixth in the FIBA World Rankings.[5]

Serbia at the EuroBasket 2021 qualification
FIBA ranking6 2 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1936[2]
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationKSS
CoachIgor Kokoškov
Nickname(s)Орлови, Оrlovi
(The Eagles)
Olympic Games
Medals Silver (1996, 2016)
FIBA World Cup
Medals Gold: (1998, 2002)
Silver: (2014)
Medals Gold: (1995, 1997, 2001)
Silver: (2009, 2017)
Bronze: (1999)
First international
 Yugoslavia 93–87  Bulgaria
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 31 May 1995)[3]
Biggest win
 Yugoslavia 128–61 China 
(Atlanta, United States; 30 July 1996)[4]
Biggest defeat
 Serbia 92–129 United States 
(Madrid, Spain; 14 September 2014)

From 1992 to 2003, the national team played under name of FR Yugoslavia and from 2003 to 2006 under name of Serbia and Montenegro in international competitions. Following the Montenegrin declaration of independence in 2006, Basketball Federation of Serbia retained the place of Basketball Federation of Serbia and Montenegro as a FIBA member.[6] Therefore, all the results and medals from this period are succeeded by the Serbian national basketball team.


Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

1992–1995: Breakup of SFR Yugoslavia

With the start of Yugoslav Wars in 1991 and subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia, the mighty team of Yugoslavia was disbanded, which had the players selected from the population of over 23 million people and basketball infrastructure evenly distributed among the six states which formed the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

In 1992, FR Yugoslavia was established, as the federation of two remaining Yugoslav republics Serbia and Montenegro. Newly established country had less than half the population of former country. The Basketball Federation of FR Yugoslavia became the governing body of basketball in new country. After the adoption of UNSCR 757, the national team was suspended from participating in international tournaments. Due to these sanctions and ongoing war, the national team was prevented from participating at the 1992 Summer Olympics, EuroBasket 1993 and 1994 FIBA World Cup.

1995–2003: Golden generation

Without much sponsorship of war-impoverished country, the national team made its comeback to the international scene at the EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, where it won the gold medal after defeating Lithuania in the final game. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, the team lost with 69–95 to the United States in gold-medal game. Then, the national team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1997, 1998 FIBA World Cup, the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1999 and then once again gold medal at the EuroBasket 2001.

One of the most notable wins for the Yugoslavian national team came in the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIBA World Cup, when the host nation of the tournament, the United States, was eliminated (81–78).[7] The significance of the win was tremendous for the Serbian people in general, as the public in Serbia perceived the United States political leadership responsible for the breakup of Yugoslavia, and destruction of the country's infrastructure, and civil victims during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[8] After that, the Yugoslavian national team won the tournament by defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals and Argentina after an (84–77) OT win in the gold-medal game.[7]

2003–2006: Disappointments

In 2002, FR Yugoslavia that consisted of states Serbia and Montenegro, came to a new agreement regarding continued co-operation, which, among other changes, promised the end of the name Yugoslavia. On 4 February 2003, the federal assembly of Yugoslavia created a loose state union—the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The following years were underwhelming as the national team failed to make the podium of the tournament, after decades of winning medals.

At the EuroBasket 2003 it came in 6th place, but due the world champion status, qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. However, it was eliminated in the group stage with an 1–4 record, finishing in 11th place. The national team participated in the less important Diamond Ball tournament in 2004, where they won the gold medal.

After two consecutive tournament disappointments, hopes of getting back on the podium came back at the EuroBasket 2005 where Serbia and Montenegro was a host nation. Also, the legendary Željko Obradović became the national team head coach again. However, they were surprisingly eliminated in the play-off stage by France with an (74-71) loss, and finished in 9th place. Obradović stepped down shortly after the tournament, and blamed the bad atmosphere among the team star players for yet another failure. The national team participated at the 2006 FIBA World Cup on a wild card due to the results in the past, on initiative by FIBA prominent administrator Borislav Stanković. But, once again the national team of Serbia and Montenegro came up short, failing to impress finishing in 9th place.

On 21 May 2006, Montenegrins voted in an independence referendum, with 55.5% supporting independence. The subsequent Montenegrin proclamation of independence in June 2006 and the Serbian proclamation of independence on 5 June ended the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro and thus the last remaining vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.


Following the dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, the national team participated at the EuroBasket 2007 and finished the competition in the group stage with three close losses. Also, they failed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics, missing the Olympics for the first time after being suspended at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

In December 2007, legendary Dušan Ivković hinted that he will take the seat of national team head coach.[9]

2009–2014: Flashes of old glory

Under Ivković' coaching, a new generation of players led by Nenad Krstić and Miloš Teodosić returned some of the old glory by taking the silver medal at Eurobasket 2009. At the 2010 FIBA World Cup, after narrowly defeating Croatia in the Round of 16, Teodosić hit deep three-point shot to sink favorite Spain.[10] In the semifinals it lost after controversial referee's error to tournament's host Turkey with 83–82.[10] With the youngest team in the tournament, the national team eventually finished in fourth place after losing to Lithuania with 99–88 in bronze-medal game.[10][11]

At the EuroBasket 2011, the national team failed to reach the semifinals finishing the tournament in eighth place and thus way failing to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the EuroBasket 2013, it was once again stopped in the quarterfinals and finished in seventh place.

2014–present: Silver generation

Following the EuroBasket 2013, Ivković stepped away from the position and Serbian basketball hall of famer Aleksandar Đorđević stepped in his place.[12]

Đorđević led the team to silver medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, where they lost in the final game to the United States.[13] At the EuroBasket 2015, the national team finished in fourth place with only tournament loses coming in the semifinals to Lithuania and in bronze-medal game to France.

After winning the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Belgrade, the national team won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, losing in the final game to superior team of the United States.

With the absence of team's captain Miloš Teodosić and rising star Nikola Jokić, Bogdan Bogdanović emerged as team leader at the EuroBasket 2017. The national team won its third silver medal in four years after losing to Goran Dragić-led Slovenia with 93–85 in the Final.

Facing an different qualification system introduced by FIBA for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the national team was forced to play without its key and most important players in nearly all the qualification matches. However, they narrowly secured the last spot for the World Cup in their second round qualification group. Before the World Cup, the national team of Serbia was dubbed as favorite to win the trophy,[14] but was eventually upset in the quarterfinals by Argentina.[15] With wins over the United States and Czech Republic, they finished in fifth place.[16][17] At the end of the tournament, head coach Đorđević announced his decision to leave the position after six years.[18]


Medals table

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Summer Olympics 0202
FIBA World Cup 2103
EuroBasket 3216
Mediterranean Games 0112
Diamond Ball 1102
Stanković Cup 0011
Grand Totals 67316


Name of the nation during the tournaments:


Current roster

Serbia national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
SF 5 Simonović, Marko 33 – (1986-05-30)30 May 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Zenit St. Petersburg
SG 7 Bogdanović, Bogdan 27 – (1992-08-18)18 August 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Sacramento Kings
F 8 Bjelica, Nemanja 31 – (1988-05-09)9 May 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Sacramento Kings
F 11 Lučić, Vladimir 30 – (1989-06-17)17 June 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Bayern Munich
C 13 Raduljica, Miroslav (C) 31 – (1988-01-05)5 January 1988 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Jiangsu Dragons
PF 14 Birčević, Stefan 29 – (1989-12-13)13 December 1989 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Baskets Bonn
PF 15 Jokić, Nikola 24 – (1995-02-19)19 February 1995 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Denver Nuggets
C 21 Milutinov, Nikola 24 – (1994-12-13)13 December 1994 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Olympiacos
PG 22 Micić, Vasilije 25 – (1994-01-13)13 January 1994 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Anadolu Efes
SG 23 Gudurić, Marko 24 – (1995-03-08)8 March 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Fenerbahçe
PG 24 Jović, Stefan 28 – (1990-11-03)3 November 1990 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Bayern Munich
C 51 Marjanović, Boban 31 – (1988-08-15)15 August 1988 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) Philadelphia 76ers
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2019

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Nikola Milutinov Boban Marjanović Miroslav Raduljica
PF Nikola Jokić Nemanja Bjelica Stefan Birčević
SF Vladimir Lučić Marko Simonović
SG Bogdan Bogdanović Marko Gudurić
PG Stefan Jović Vasilije Micić

Past rosters

Head coaches

Player statistics

These tables include player statistics on Olympic games, FIBA World Cup and FIBA Eurobasket matches since 1995.

  • Bold denotes players still playing international basketball.
As of 14 September 2019

Notable players

Multiple medal winners

This is a list of people who have won two or more medals, who represented FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro or Serbia since 1995.

Individual awards

International competitions

Other notable achievements

Notable coaches

Individual achievements

See also


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  2. "Profile: Serbia (SRB)". FIBA. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. "FIBA WORLD RANKING". Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  5. "PR no.22: Montenegro becomes 213th FIBA Member". 28 August 2006. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. "BASKETBALL; U.S. an Embarrassed Sixth as Yugoslavia Takes the Gold". THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. 9 September 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  7. "Jugoslavija pobedila "Dream team"". (in Serbian). Beta. 6 September 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. Preradović, V. (20 December 2007). "Ivković selektor". (in Serbian). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  9. Stojsavljević, Vojislav (30 August 2019). "TURSKA 2010: Povratak Srbije u elitu, SAD konačno do zlata". (in Serbian). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  10. "Duda otpisao Milosavljevića". (in Serbian). BETA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  11. Ranković, Rade (25 December 2013). "Đorđević preuzeo reprezentaciju". (in Serbian). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  12. "Srbija srebrna, 'vanzemaljci' Ameri šampioni". (in Serbian). BETA. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  13. Curkovic, Igor (28 August 2019). "FIBA Basketball World Cup Power Rankings, Volume 3". Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  14. "Argentina upsets Olympic silver medalist Serbia in FIBA World Cup quarterfinals". 10 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  15. "Serbia defeats USA in FIBA World Cup consolation round play". 12 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. T., P. (14 September 2019). "Bogdanović ponovo briljirao – Srbiji peto mesto u Kini" (in Serbian). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. T., P. (14 September 2019). "Đorđević više nije selektor Srbije!". (in Serbian). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
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