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The German national basketball team for men is the basketball side that represents Germanymarker in international competitions. Their biggest successes are the victory in the European Championship of 1993 at home in Germany, the silver medal in the 2005 European Championships and the bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.


The team is the successor of the West Germany national basketball team, the basketball side that represented West Germanymarker in international competition.

Eurobasket 1951

The first German presence in the European basketball championships was at Eurobasket 1951 in Parismarker. West Germany finished the preliminary round with a 1-2 record, third place in their group. They were again 1-2 in the first classification round, but this combined with a three-way tie-breaker put them second in that group. They then lost the classification 9-12 and 11/12 games to finish 12th place of 18 teams.

Eurobasket 1953

West Germany competed again at the Eurobasket 1953 in Moscowmarker. Their 1-2 record in preliminary pool play put them 3rd in their four-team group, relegating them to the classifiation rounds. In the first round, they again took 3rd of 4 with a 1-2 record. They then beat Lebanon 58-56 in the 13-16 semifinals to advance to the 13/14 game, in which they were defeated by Romania.

Eurobasket 1955

At Eurobasket 1955 in Budapestmarker, West Germany again was 1-2 in the preliminary round, taking third place of the four-team group to be relegated to the classification tournament. They won one game in the first classification round, losing 3 to take fifth place of the 5-team group despite having scored exactly as many points as their opponents over the course of the four games. Their final game was a matchup against Denmark for 17th place, which West Germany won 51-49.

Eurobasket 1957

West Germany competed in Sofiamarker for Eurobasket 1957. They had no success in the preliminary round, losing all three decisions. They were relegated to the classification round, in which they were able to gather a few victories. They finished the round in the fifth position at 3-4, taking 13th place overall.

After German re-unification

Until the German reunification in 1990, the team played as the West Germany national basketball team. (Basketball was not a popular sport in East Germanymarker). In decades of competitive basketball, West Germany never had much success, partly also because in that time, the NBA made it near-impossible for German internationals to play in both their NBA teams and the national team. For this reason, important players like Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab or Christian Welp often were unavailable in big tournaments.

The win of the 1993 European Championship at home in Germany, thanks to superb clutch play of tournament MVP Welp (who had returned from the USA), came totally unexpected. The team won the election to "Team of the Year" by the German press. There was a huge wave of enthusiasm, but arguably due to lack of infrastructure and professionalism, tangible results were rare. German basketball stayed in the shadows, the next generation of youth shunning the native league while being glued to the NBA with Michael Jordan. The national team never came close to repeat the success.

But then, German basketball got a lucky break when a lanky youth named Dirk Nowitzki tried his luck with the Dallas Mavericks and became a superstar. He created new enthusiasm for basketball in Germany, and in his slipstream, the national team had a renaissance.

In 2001, Germany played Turkey and was one second away from the final, when Turkey nailed a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime. Turkey won, and demoralized Germany lost the third-place match and ended an unlucky fourth.

However, success at last came in 2002, when Nowitzki inspired Germany to win the bronze medal in the 2002 World Championships. Nowitzki was also named MVP of this tourney.

One year later, however, the team suffered its worst setback in years. In the Eurobasket 2003, which was also the qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Games, the talented, but inexperienced team blundered through a tournament, blowing late-game leads with appalling anti-clutch play. Germany was eliminated early and failed to qualify for the Olympics.

Before the Eurobasket 2005, the expectations were not too high. The German roster was depleted by injury, and remembering the disaster of two years ago, nobody dared to dream of a medal. However, an inspired Dirk Nowitzki powered the team into the finals, eliminating favourites like Spain and Slovenia on its way. In the finals the team was blown out by Greece, but Nowitzki was named MVP again, and the team won the election to "Team of the Year" by the German press again.

In the 2006 World Championship in Saitama, Germany won most of its first-round matches, only losing to Spain. In the knock-out phase, Germany fought a tough match versus underdogs Nigeria, ending in a lucky 78-77 win when Nigerian star Ime Udoka missed a last-second layup. In the quarter finals, Germany played top favorite USA, and managed to play an excellent first half trailing only 39-41. However, led by Carmelo Anthony, USA outplayed Germany 20-8 in the third quarter and at last won 65-85. In the consolation round, Germany lost 73-75 against France, choking a lead in the last 18 seconds with two easy turnovers.

Germany qualified for the Summer Olympics 2008 in Beijing, by taking the final spot with the third place in the qualification tournament in Athens, Greece.


In Germany, professional basketball is known for developing players whose parents or grandparents are immigrants. The national team routinely uses many players who have family roots in Africa, Eastern Europe, United Statesmarker or others, but have grown up in Germany, speak fluent German and are native Germans by law. The last point is especially important, as the new FIBA rules prevent the use of more than one "naturalized" citizen per country. Famous examples of these allochtonous players are:
  • African-German: Stephan Arigbabu, Misan Nikagbatse, Ademola Okulaja
  • American-German: Shawn Bradley, Robert Garrett, Stefano Garris, Demond Greene, Marvin Willoughby, Chris Kaman
  • Balkan-German: Stipo Papic, Marko Pesic, Drazan Tomic
  • Canadian-German: Michael Jackel
  • Turkish-German: Teoman Öztürk, Mithat Demirel

While most German players develop through the club system, several players over the years have played U.S. college basketball. Past and present national team players who have done so include:

Famous players






Performance at Eurobasket

Key:- FRG = Federal Republic of Germany- GDR = German Democratic Republic

Performance at Summer Olympics

Performance at Supercup

Performance at World Championship

Past Rosters

As Germany

1936 Olympic Games:finished 17thamong 21 teams

Hans Niclaus, Emil Goring, Kurt Oleska, Bernhard Cuiper, Karl Endres, Emil Lohbeck, Heinz Steinschulte, Otto Kuchenbecker, Siegfreid Reischiess, Robert Duis

As West Germanymarker

1951 EuroBasket:finished 12thamong 17 teams

Rudolf Beyerlein, Wolfgang Heinker, Rudi Hohner, Franz Kronberger, Willi Leissler, Harald Muller, Gunter Piontek, Oskar Roth, Theodor Schober, Kurt Siebenhaar, Arthur Stolz, Markus Bernhard, Diefenbach, Konz

1953 EuroBasket:finished 14thamong 17 teams

Kurt Siebenhaar, Theodor Schober, Richard Mahrwald, Gunter Piontek, Friedrich Mahlo, Hans Bayer, Hartmut Kruger, Oskar Roth, Rolf Heinker, Gerd Konzag, Rudolf Beyerlein, Richard Griese, Markus Bernhard (Coach: Anton Kartak)

1955 EuroBasket:finished 17thamong 18 teams

Oskar Roth, Kurt Siebenhaar, Theodor Schober, Harald Muller, Rudolf Beyerlein, Arthur Stolz, Richard Griese, Friebel, Brehm, Vogt, Waldowski, Schmitt, Pfeiffer

1957 EuroBasket:finished 13thamong 16 teams

Oskar Roth, Horst Stein, Hans Brydniak, Gerhard Biller, Arthur Stolz, Richard Griese, Klaus Schulz, Lamade, Ottmar, Peter, Scherer, Vogt, Waldowski

1961 EuroBasket:finished 16thamong 19 teams

Klaus Weinand, Klaus Schulz, Hannes Neumann, Jurgen Langhoff, Hans Gruttner, Volker Heindel, Horst Stein, Oskar Roth, Gerhard Biller, Hans Brydniak, Arthur Stolz

1965 EuroBasket:finished 14thamong 16 teams

Klaus Urmitzer, Dietmar Kienast, Hannes Neumann, Bernd Roder, Klaus Weinand, Harald Jungnickel, Klaus Schulz, Jorg Kruger, Neef, Niedlich, Sarodnik, Wolfram (Coach: Yakovos Bilek)

1971 EuroBasket:finished 9thamong 12 teams

Helmut Uhlig, Dieter Pfeiffer, Jurgen Loibl, Gerd Brand, Rainer Pethran, Jochen Pollex, Klaus Urmitzer, Holger Geschwindner, Jurgen Wohlers, Dietrich Keller, Norbert Thimm (Coach: Theodor Schober)

1972 Olympic Games:finished 12thamong 16 teams

Helmut Uhlig, Klaus Weinand, Dieter Kuprella, Karl Ampt, Hans-Jorg Kruger, Rainer Pethran, Jochen Pollex, Joachim Linnemann, Holger Geschwindner, Jurgen Wohlers, Dietrich Keller, Norbert Thimm (Coach: Theodor Schober)

1981 EuroBasket:finished 10thamong 12 teams

Klaus Zander, Hans-Gunther Ludwig, Joseph Waniek, Sebastian Brunnert, Matthias Strauss, Jorg Heidrich, Michael Pappert, Volkert Asshoff, Holger Arpe, Lutz Wadehn, Armin Sowa, Ingo Mendel

1983 EuroBasket:finished 8thamong 12 teams

Detlef Schrempf, Klaus Zander, Uwe Blab, Gunther Behnke, Christoph Korner, Frank Hudson, Uwe Brauer, Matthias Strauss, Ulrich Peters, Michael Pappert, Armin Sowa, Lutz Wadehn (Coach: Chris Lee)

1984 Olympic Games:finished 8thamong 12 teams

Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab, Klaus Zander, Christian Welp, Christoph Korner, Vladimir Kadlec, Uwe Brauer, Uwe Sauer, Ulrich Peters, Michael Pappert, Armin Sowa, Ingo Mendel (Coach: Ralph Klein)

1985 EuroBasket:finished 5thamong 12 teams

Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab, Michael Jackel, Christian Welp, Gunther Behnke, Stephan Baeck, Ulrich Peters, Christoph Korner, Uwe Sauer, Armin Sowa, Lutz Wadehn, Burkhard Schroder (Coach: Ralph Klein)

1986 World Championship:finished 16thamong 24 teams

Gunther Behnke, Christian Welp, Michael Koch, Hansi Gnad, Ralf Risse, Armin Andres, Jan Villwock, Rainer Greunke, Holger Arpe, Armin Sowa, Lutz Wadehn, Burkhard Schroder (Coach: Ralph Klein)

1987 EuroBasket:finished 6thamong 12 teams

Gunther Behnke, Michael Jackel, Michael Koch, Christian Welp, Hansi Gnad, Henning Harnisch, Sven Meyer, Armin Andres, Christoph Korner, Jens Kujawa, Michael Pappert, Lutz Wadehn (Coach: Ralph Klein)

As Germany

1992 Olympic Games:finished 7thamong 12 teams

Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab, Henning Harnisch, Gunther Behnke, Hansi Gnad, Kai Nurnberger, Henrik Rodl, Stephan Baeck, Michael Jackel, Jens Kujawa, Armin Andres, Arndt Neuhaus (Coach: Svetislav Pesic)

1993 EuroBasket:finished 1stamong 16 teams

Christian Welp, Henning Harnisch, Hansi Gnad, Michael Koch, Gunther Behnke, Kai Nurnberger, Henrik Rodl, Stephan Baeck, Michael Jackel, Moritz Kleine-Brockhoff, Teoman Ozturk, Jens Kujawa (Coach: Svetislav Pesic)

1994 World Championship:finished 12thamong 16 teams

Henning Harnisch, Gunther Behnke, Hansi Gnad, Michael Koch, Sascha Hupmann, Kai Nurnberger, Henrik Rodl, Patrick King, Oliver Herkelmann, Arndt Neuhaus, Detlef Musch, Mike Knorr (Coach: Dirk Bauermann)

1995 EuroBasket:finished 11thamong 14 teams

Christian Welp, Ademola Okulaja, Michael Koch, Henrik Rodl, Hansi Gnad, Ingo Freyer, Kai Nurnberger, Patrick King, Teoman Ozturk, Denis Wucherer, Detlef Musch, Mike Knorr (Coach: Vladislav Lucic)

1997 EuroBasket:finished 12thamong 16 teams

Henning Harnisch, Sascha Hupmann, Patrick Femerling, Ademola Okulaja, Vladimir Bogojevic, Henrik Rodl, Tim Nees, Jorg Lutcke, Alexander Kuhl, Denis Wucherer, Gerrit Terdenge, Jurgen Malbeck (Coach: Vladislav Lucic)

1999 EuroBasket:finished 7thamong 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Drazan Tomic, Patrick Femerling, Vladimir Bogojevic, Ademola Okulaja, Henrik Rodl, Kai Nurnberger, Denis Wucherer, Tim Nees, Jorg Lutcke, Gerrit Terdenge, Stephen Arigbabu (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2001 EuroBasket:finished 4thamong 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Bradley, Drazan Tomic, Ademola Okulaja, Patrick Femerling, Robert Garrett, Stipo Papic, Marko Pesic, Mithat Demirel, Stephen Arigbabu, Stefano Garris, Marvin Willoughby (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2002 World Championship:finished 3rdamong 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Ademola Okulaja, Henrik Rodl, Marko Pesic, Mithat Demirel, Robert Maras, Stefano Garris, Misan Nikagbatse, Pascal Roller, Stephen Arigbabu, Jorg Lutcke (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2003 EuroBasket:finished 11thamong 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Ademola Okulaja, Steffen Hamann, Mithat Demirel, Robert Maras, Marko Pesic, Sven Schultze, Stefano Garris, Jorg Lutcke, Misan Nikagbatse, Stephen Arigbabu (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2005 EuroBasket:finished 2ndamong 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Robert Garrett, Marko Pesic, Robert Maras, Pascal Roller, Mithat Demirel, Demond Greene, Misan Nikagbatse, Denis Wucherer, Stephen Arigbabu, Sven Schultze (Coach: Dirk Bauermann)

2006 World Championship:finished 8thamong 24 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Ademola Okulaja, Patrick Femerling, Robert Garrett, Steffen Hamann, Pascal Roller, Jan-Hendrik Jagla, Mithat Demirel, Sven Schultze, Johannes Herber, Demond Greene, Guido Grunheid (Coach: Dirk Bauermann)

2007 EuroBasket:finished 5thamong 16 teams

Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Femerling, Ademola Okulaja, Robert Garrett, Jan-Hendrik Jagla, Steffen Hamann, Pascal Roller, Mithat Demirel, Stephen Arigbabu, Johannes Herber, Demond Greene, Guido Grunheid (Coach: Dirk Bauermann)

2008 Olympic Gamesfinished 10thamong 12 teams

Tim Ohlbrecht, Philip Zwiener, Sven Schultze, Robert Garrett, Konrad Wysocki, Steffen Hamann, Demond Greene, Pascal Roller, Chris Kaman, Patrick Femerling, Dirk Nowitzki, Jan Jagla(Coach: Dirk Bauermann)

See also

External links

Head coach
Assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club
1951 12 Eurobasket 1951 France
1953 14 Eurobasket 1953 Soviet Union
1955 17 Eurobasket 1955 Hungary
1957 13 Eurobasket 1957 Bulgaria
1959 14 (GDR) Eurobasket 1959 Turkey
1961 16 (FRG) / 12 (GDR) Eurobasket 1961 Yugoslavia
1963 6 (GDR) Eurobasket 1963 Poland
1965 14 (FRG) / 10 (GDR) Eurobasket 1965 Soviet Union
1967 14 (GDR) Eurobasket 1967 Finland
1969 - Eurobasket 1969 Italy
1971 9 Eurobasket 1971 West Germany
1973 - Eurobasket 1973 Spain
1975 - Eurobasket 1975 Yugoslavia
1977 - Eurobasket 1977 Belgium
1979 - Eurobasket 1979 Italy
1981 10 Eurobasket 1981 Czechoslovakia
1983 8 Eurobasket 1983 France
1985 5 Eurobasket 1985 West Germany
1987 6 Eurobasket 1987 Greece
1989 - Eurobasket 1989 Yugoslavia
1991 - Eurobasket 1991 Italy
1993 1 Eurobasket 1993 Germany
1995 10 Eurobasket 1995 Greece
1997 12 Eurobasket 1997 Spain
1999 7 Eurobasket 1999 France
2001 4 Eurobasket 2001 Turkey
2003 9 Eurobasket 2003 Sweden
2005 2 Eurobasket 2005 Serbia & Montenegro
2007 5 Eurobasket 2007 Spain
2009 11 EuroBasket 2009 Poland
1936 Second consolation round Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Germany
1948 - Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics Great Britain
1952 - Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Finland
1956 - Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Australia
1960 - Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Italy
1964 - Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Japan
1968 - Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics Mexico
1972 12 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Germany
1976 - Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Canada
1980 - Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics Soviet Union
1984 8 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics USA
1988 - Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics Korea
1992 7 Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics Spain
1996 - Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics USA
2000 - Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics Australia
2004 - Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics Greece
2008 10 Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics China
1987 5 Supercup 1987 Germany (Dortmund)
1988 4 Supercup 1988 Germany (Dortmund)
1989 4 Supercup 1989 Germany (Dortmund)
1991 3 Supercup 1991 Germany (Dortmund)
1992 2 Supercup 1992 Germany (Berlin)
1994 4 Supercup 1994 Germany (Berlin)
1995 3 Supercup 1995 Germany (Berlin)
1996 3 Supercup 1996 Germany (Berlin)
1997 3 Supercup 1997 Germany (Berlin)
1998 3 Supercup 1998 Germany (Bremen)
1999 2 Supercup 1999 Germany (Berlin)
2000 4 Supercup 2000 Germany (Stuttgart)
2001 4 Supercup 2001 Germany (Braunschweig)
2002 2 Supercup 2002 Germany (Braunschweig)
2003 2 Supercup 2003 Germany (Braunschweig)
2004 1 Supercup 2004 Germany (Bamberg)
2005 2 Supercup 2005 Germany (Braunschweig)
2006 2 Supercup 2006 Germany (Berlin)
2007 2 Supercup 2007 Germany (Bamberg)
2008 3 Supercup 2008 Germany (Bamberg)
1950 - 1950 FIBA World Championship Argentina
1954 - 1954 FIBA World Championship Brazil
1959 - 1959 FIBA World Championship Chile
1963 - 1963 FIBA World Championship Brazil
1967 - 1967 FIBA World Championship Uruguay
1970 - 1970 FIBA World Championship Yugoslavia
1974 - 1974 FIBA World Championship Puerto Rico
1878 - 1978 FIBA World Championship Philippines
1982 - 1982 FIBA World Championship Colombia
1986 16 1986 FIBA World Championship Spain
1990 - 1990 FIBA World Championship Argentina
1994 12 1994 FIBA World Championship Canada
1998 - 1998 FIBA World Championship Greece
2002 3 2002 FIBA World Championship USA
2006 8 2006 FIBA World Championship Japan

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