- Switzerland national basketball team
Infobox national basketball team
country = Switzerland
coach = Sébastian Roduit
fiba_ranking = T-75th
joined_fiba = 1932
fiba_zone = FIBA Europe
national_fed = SBB / FSB
zone_appearances = 5
zone_medals = None
wc_appearances = None
wc_medals = None
oly_medals = NoneThe Switzerland national basketball team is the
basketballside that represents Switzerlandin international competitions. They are usually seen as a minor team. Switzerland entered five times EuroBasket, having their best result as 4 th place at the first edition, in 1935. They also qualified twice for the Olympic Basketball Tournament, in 1936 and 1948, but their best result was only 9 th place, in 1936. Since 1955, Switzerland never made again the EuroBasketfinals, and as yet to qualify for the Basketball World Championship.
The host Swiss side came in fourth place at the first
European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1935held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europecontinental federation. They defeated Romania and Italy in the preliminary round to advance to the semifinals. There they lost to Latvia, resulting in a playoff for third place with Czechoslovakia which the Swiss lost 25-23.
Switzerland did not play in the European championship again until the post-war
Eurobasket 1946, which they hosted. There, they placed second in the three-team preliminary group after losing to eventual champions Czechoslovakia 20-17 but defeating Belgium 38-33. That preliminary round finish put the Swiss into a 5th/6th place playoff against Netherlands, which Switzerland won 36-25.
The next Swiss entry into European championships was the
Eurobasket 1951tournament in Paris. Switzerland finished the preliminary round with a 1-3 record, fourth in their group. They fared little better in the first classification, taking third in the group with a 1-2 record. In the |second classification round, the Swiss won the classification 13-16 and 13/14 games to finish in 13th place of 18 teams, with a 4-5 record.
Eurobasket 1953in Moscowwas the fourth appearance of the Swiss. The tournament began poorly for the team, as they finished last in their preliminary pool at 0-3. It got somewhat better for them after that, as they took second in their first classification pool with 2 wins and a loss. They dropped their 9-12 semifinal to Belgium, but defeated Finland in the 11/12 final to take 11th of 17 overall.
Switzerland competed next at the
Eurobasket 1955tournament in Budapest. Their 2-2 record in preliminary round put them in third of the five-team group and relegated them to the classification rounds. They had similar results there, again taking a 2-2 record and third of five teams. They won their classification 13-16 semifinal, but lost to Austria in the 13/14 game to finish 14th of 18 teams.
= Olympic Games record =
* [http://www.eurobasket.com/SUI/nt.asp Current Squad]
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