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Spain Women's National Basketball Team

 Spain
Baloncesto Espana.png
FIBA ranking
Joined FIBA1934
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationFEB
CoachLucas Mondelo
Olympic Games
Appearances4
MedalsSilverSilver: (2016)
Women's World Cup
Appearances7
MedalsSilverSilver: (2014)
BronzeBronze: (2010, 2018)
EuroBasket Women
Appearances21
MedalsGoldGold: (1993, 2013, 2017, 2019)
SilverSilver: (2007)
BronzeBronze: (2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2015)
First international
Spain Spain 31-40 Switzerland Switzerland
(Malgrat de Mar, Spain; 16 June 1963)
Biggest win
Spain Spain 113-42 Fiji Fiji
(Madrid, Spain; 9 June 2008)
Biggest defeat
Soviet Union Soviet Union 115-42 Spain Spain
(Treviso, Italy; 12 September 1985)

The Spain women's national basketball team (Spanish: Selección Española de Baloncesto Femenina) represents Spain in international women's basketball competition, and are regulated by the Spanish Basketball Federation, the governing body for basketball in Spain. Spain has one of the most successful women's national teams in the world, being the current European champions and Olympic runners-up.[2]

History

Spain women's basketball team played their first official game in Malgrat de Mar, Barcelona, against Switzerland on 16 June 1963, losing 31-40.[3] They won their first game against the same team two days later, 47-39. It would take six years to play another international friendly game, losing to Cuba 50-70 on 28 September 1969.[4]

Their first official games were in March 1970, trying to qualify for 1970 EuroBasket, winning their first game against Switzerland 61-44 and losing to Hungary and France. The team qualified for their first major international tournament in their next attempt, the 1974 EuroBasket. After losing their three group stage games, they won their first game in a final tournament against Denmark in the placement matches, finishing in 12th position. Rosa Castillo is considered the best player from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.

Until 1985 Spain played most Eurobasket tournaments, usually finishing around 10th. An important year for the evolution of the team was the celebration on home soil of the 1987 EuroBasket, finishing on 6th position. The team entered their first Summer Olympics qualification in 1988, but failed to qualify. Their first Olympic games were also on home soil in the 1992 Summer Olympics, finishing 5th.

After failing to qualify for the two previous Eurobaskets and having never played a knockout game in a major tournament, the gold medal at the 1993 EuroBasket came as a surprise, beating the newly formed Slovakia in the semifinals 73-55 and France in the final 63-53. With Blanca Ares as their key player (19 PPG), Spain undoubtedly took advantage of the dissolution of the dominant European teams of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and especially the Soviet Union.

The EuroBasket victory gave Spain the right to participate in the 1994 Women's World Cup for the first time, finishing 8th. Since then, the team has qualified for every World Cup -seven in a row-, winning three medals.

From 2001 and up to 2009 Spain entered in a loop of winning five consecutive medals in the Eurobaskets (1 silver, 4 bronze) and being eliminated in the quarterfinals in Summer Olympics and World Cups, until they finally won bronze in the 2010 Women's World Cup. From her debut in 1995 to her retirement in 2013, forward Amaya Valdemoro became the leader of the Spanish squad, taking part in 13 tournaments, playing 258 games, winning 7 medals and becoming the topscorer with 2,743 points.

The defeat against Croatia on 26 June in Katowice in the second stage of the 2011 EuroBasket and the consequent absence from the 2012 Olympics has been cited by coaches and players[5][6] as a catalyst for a golden period of seven consecutive medals. After playing the qualification matches in the summer of 2012, Spain went on to win the 2013 EuroBasket with a balance of 9-0. Afterwards, they won silver in the 2014 Women's World Cup, bronze in the 2015 EuroBasket, silver in the 2016 Summer Olympics and gold again in the 2017 EuroBasket. Spain also won the bronze medal at the 2018 Women's World Cup held on home soil in September 2018. In July 2019 Spain successfully defended their European crown by beating France 86-66 in the final of the EuroBasket Women 2019. These results are quite commendable, considering that Spain have only competed with the world elite for less than two decades. This series of results has taken the Spanish team to be ranked No. 2 in the ranking of FIBA.[7]

In the senior team for almost two decades, captain and record-holder for most caps and most medals, point guard Laia Palau has been a constant presence in final tournaments with 12 medals in 17 final tournaments. In the team since 2008, forward Alba Torrens is regarded as the most talented player of this generation, having won 8 medals in 10 tournaments.

At the Mediterranean Games, Spain won gold in 1991, and bronze in 1993, 2001 and 2005.

Competition record

For all past match results of the national team since 1963, including friendlies, see team's results page

Olympic Games

Olympic Games Qualifying
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
Canada 1976 Did not enter
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify 5 2 3
Spain 1992 5th 5 3 2
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004 6th 7 4 3
China 2008 5th 6 3 3 3 2 1
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify
Brazil 2016 Silver medal icon.svg 8 6 2 3 3 0
Japan 2020 TBD Q
Total 26 16 10 11 7 4

FIBA Women's World Cup

Women's World Cup
Year Position Pld W L
Chile 1953 N/A

(Team did not exist)

Brazil 1957
Soviet Union 1959
Peru 1964 Did not enter
Czechoslovakia 1967
Brazil 1971
Colombia 1975 Did not qualify
South Korea 1979
Brazil 1983
Soviet Union 1986
Malaysia 1990
Australia 1994 8th 8 3 5
Germany 1998 5th 9 5 4
China 2002 5th 9 6 3
Brazil 2006 8th 9 4 5
Czech Republic 2010 Bronze medal icon.svg 9 7 2
Turkey 2014 Silver medal icon.svg 6 5 1
Spain 2018 Bronze medal icon.svg 7 5 2
Total 57 35 22

EuroBasket Women

EuroBasket Women Qualification
Year Position Pld W L Pld W L
Italy 1938 N/A

(Team didn't exist)

Hungary 1950
Soviet Union 1952
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1954
Czechoslovakia 1956
Poland 1958
Bulgaria 1960
France 1962
Hungary 1964 Did not enter
Romania 1966
Italy 1968
Netherlands 1970 Did not qualify 3 1 2
Bulgaria 1972 Did not enter
Italy 1974 12th 7 1 6 4 3 1
France 1976 10th 7 2 5 3 3 0
Poland 1978 11th 7 2 5 4 3 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1980 10th 7 4 3 3 3 0
Italy 1981 Did not qualify
Hungary 1983 11th 7 2 5 4 3 1
Italy 1985 10th 7 3 4
Spain 1987 6th 7 3 4
Bulgaria 1989 Did not qualify 5 3 2
Israel 1991 5 3 2
Italy 1993 Gold medal icon.svg 5 4 1 5 3 2
Czech Republic 1995 9th 6 2 4
Hungary 1997 5th 8 5 3 5 4 1
Poland 1999 Did not qualify 5 3 2
France 2001 Bronze medal icon.svg 8 5 3 6 6 0
Greece 2003 Bronze medal icon.svg 8 7 1 6 6 0
Turkey 2005 Bronze medal icon.svg 8 5 3
Italy 2007 Silver medal icon.svg 9 7 2
Latvia 2009 Bronze medal icon.svg 9 8 1
Poland 2011 9th 6 3 3
France 2013 Gold medal icon.svg 9 9 0 8 6 2
HungaryRomania 2015 Bronze medal icon.svg 10 9 1
Czech Republic 2017 Gold medal icon.svg 6 5 1 4 4 0
SerbiaLatvia 2019 Gold medal icon.svg 6 6 0 6 6 0
FranceSpain 2021 Qualified as co-host Qualified as co-host
Total 147 92 55 76 60 16

Team

Current roster

Roster for the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019.[8][9]


Individual records

  • Bold denotes players still playing international basketball.
As of 8 July 2019[10]

Top highscorers

Top highscorers in official games (friendlies not included).

As of 8 July 2019
Players PTS Opponent Event Date Location
Amaya Valdemoro 39  Lithuania 2006 World Cup 2nd Round 2006.09.18 São Paulo (BRA)
Blanca Ares 36  Brazil 1994 World Cup 2nd Round 1994.06.10 Sydney (AUS)
Amaya Valdemoro 33  Brazil 2002 World Cup 2nd Round 2002.09.19 Suzhou (CHN)
Rosa Castillo 32  Belgium 1976 EuroBasket Classification Round 1976.05.25 Ferrand Clermont (FRA)
Rosa Castillo 32  Finland 1980 EuroBasket Classification Round 1980.09.23 Banjaluka (YUG)
Rosi Sánchez 32  China 2002 World Cup Classification Round 2002.09.25 Nanjing (CHN)
Alba Torrens 32  China 2016 Olympics 1st Round 2016.08.10 Rio (BRA)
Marina Ferragut 31  Latvia 1999 EuroBasket qualification 1998.05.15 Daruvar (CRO)
Marta Xargay 31  Ukraine 2019 EuroBasket 1st Round 2019.06.27 Riga (LAT)
Rocío Jiménez 30  England 1978 EuroBasket qualification 1978.03.23 Wolfenbuttel (GER)
Marta Fernández 30  Romania 2003 EuroBasket qualification 2001.11.25 Salamanca (ESP)
Amaya Valdemoro 30  China 2004 Olympics 1st Round 2004.08.16 Athens (GRE)
Alba Torrens 30  Russia 2013 EuroBasket 1st Round 2013.06.15 Vannes (FRA)

Top medallists

For a full list of all the 55 medallists with the senior team, see Medal winners in Spain women's national basketball team

Most medals won with the national team in Olympic Games, World Championships and EuroBaskets:

Head coaches

Timeline of head coaches with games and results in final tournaments at the (EuroBasket, Women's World Cup and Olympics)[11]
(*) Results through 7 July 2019.

^A Assistant coach Víctor Lapeña was appointed as head coach for two 2017 EuroBasket qualifiers in November 2015[12]

Youth teams

Europe
U-20
World
U-19
Europe
U-18
World
U-17
Europe
U-16
2019 5th Bronze medal icon.svg 5th Q
2018 Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg 6th Bronze medal icon.svg
2017 Gold medal icon.svg 8th 6th 5th
2016 Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg 6th Gold medal icon.svg
2015 Gold medal icon.svg 4th Gold medal icon.svg 4th
2014 Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg
2013 Gold medal icon.svg 4th Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
2012 Gold medal icon.svg 5th Silver medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
2011 Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
2010 Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg 8th 4th
2009 Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
2008 4th 5th Gold medal icon.svg
2007 Gold medal icon.svg 4th Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg
2006 4th Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
2005 8th 5th Silver medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
2004 9th Silver medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
2003 4th
2002 5th 5th
2001 DNQ 7th
2000 5th 6th
1999 Gold medal icon.svg
1998 Gold medal icon.svg
1997 8th 5th
1996 4th
1995 4th
1994 Silver medal icon.svg
1993 DNQ Silver medal icon.svg
1992 5th
1991 9th
1990 Silver medal icon.svg
1989 5th 4th
1988 6th
1987 9th
1986 12th
1985 7th 9th
1984 4th 7th
1983 8th
1982 8th
1981 9th
1980 10th
1979 DNQ
1978 11th
1977 11th
1976 10th
1975 6th
1973 8th
1965-71 DNQ

See also

References

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Spain crowned FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 champions
  3. ^ "Selección Española Absoluta Femenina de Baloncesto". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Selección Española Absoluta Femenina de Baloncesto". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Eurobasket | Selección española de baloncesto femenino | Una selección de leyenda - RTVE.es". RTVE.es (in Spanish). 26 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "La dolorosa derrota que cambió para siempre a la selección femenina". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ FIBA Ranking
  8. ^ "España ya tiene a las 12 para el EuroBasket". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. 17 June 2019.
  9. ^ FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019 roster
  10. ^ Spanish women's national team website
  11. ^ All Coaches (1963-2014)
  12. ^ Marca.com (in Spanish)

External links


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