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Turkey Türkiye

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FIBA Ranking 18th
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA Zone FIBA Europe
National Federation Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF)
Coach Montenegro Bogdan Tanjević
Nickname(s) 12 Dev Adam
(12 Giant Men)
Olympic Games
Appearances 2
Medals None
World Championships
Appearances 2
Medals None
Appearances 19
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The Turkish national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Turkey in international competitions. The team is nicknamed "12 Dev Adam" (literally: "12 Giant Men").




Eurobasket 1949

Turkey's European championship debut came at Eurobasket 1949, held in Cairo, Egypt. The Turks split their six games in the seven-team round robin tournament, finishing with three wins and three losses for 4th place.

Eurobasket 1951

Turkey competed again at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. Their only loss in the preliminary round was to the Soviet Union as Turkey earned the second-rank spot with a 3-1 record. Their single loss to Bulgaria in the semifinal round, however, was enough to bump them from championship contention as they came out on the bottom of a three-way tie with a 2-1 record. They won their classificiation 5-8 game, but lost the 5/6 game to Italy.

Eurobasket 1955

Turkey returned after missing 1953's edition to Eurobasket 1955 in Budapest. They went 1-2 in their preliminary round group, taking third in the pool and moving to classification play. There they lost only to France on their way to a 3-1 record in classification round 1. They lost their 9-12 semifinal by 1 point to Finland, but defeated England 77-54 in the next game to take 11th place of the 18 team tournament.

Eurobasket 1957

Turkey appeared again at Eurobasket 1957 in Sofia. Losing to the Soviet Union and Poland in the preliminary round, Turkey took third in the group to be sent to the classification pool. They defeated each of the other seven teams in the classification round in order to take 9th place of the 16 teams.

Eurobasket 2001

The Turkey national basketball team, which rose to final at Eurobasket 2001 in Istanbul for the first time, was defeated by Yugoslavia with a score of 69-78 and won the silver medal. Spanish basketball team became third defeating Germany 99-90.

Eurobasket 2005

Turkey qualified for Eurobasket 2005 held in Serbia and Montenegro, but lost to Lithuania (87-75) and Croatia (80-67) defeating only Bulgaria (94-89) in the preliminary round. It took third in the group to be sent to the classification pool. Germany eliminated Turkish team defeating 66-57. It achieved the final standing 9-12.

Eurobasket 2007

In Eurobasket 2007 Turkey took part in Group C with Lithuania, Germany and Czech Republic.Turkey lost against Lithuania (69-86)while having no victory against Lithuania in Eurobasket Competitions.In Second game Turkey suffered a 30 point blowout loss against Germany (49-79) that cleared all positive thoughts for Turkey in supporters' minds.Even with victory against Czech Republic(80-72) who had 0-2 record like Turkey , couldn't compensate two losses.Turkey advanced to the next round,however lost all games to Slovenia (66-51), Italy (84-75,OT despite Hidayet Turkoglu's 34 points 4 assists performance) And non-target game to France (85-64).Thus, Turkey were eliminated from Eurobasket 2007 with 1-5 record in total and 12th place in the end.

Eurobasket 2009

In Eurobasket 2009 Turkey played in group D with hosts Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria. The D group matches took place in Wrocław, Poland. Turkey won all three matches in group D and qualified for the second round. Turkey well began to the second round too. Turkey won the first match against World Champion titled Spain. By defending last chance to score, Asik and Ilyasova made a magnificent and crucial rejection to Sergio Llull. Turkey also beat Serbia by giving no chance to score in overtime period. Turkey made 5 wins and qualified for the first two places. First loss came against Slovenia. Atsur couldn't make the last three pointer and Turkey lost 69-67 even though to trailing by 19 during the game. In the quarter finals, two sides of Aegean Sea met. Turkey trailed whole game but succeeded to lead in the last few minutes of the game. Turkey couldn't keep it. However, Ender Arslan made a crucial lay-up and took it to the extra time. Turkey's beaten by Spanoulis several hard three pointer shots and couldn't reply it. The last three pointer couldn't be made by Ender Arslan and Turkey is eliminated. Finished the tournament 8th.

Mediterranean Games

Turkish team has won gold medal at the 1987 Mediterranean Games in Latkia, Syria. The Turkish team won the silver medal at the 1971 Mediterranean Games and 3 times the bronze medal at the 1967 Mediterranean Games, 1983 Mediterranean Games, 2009 Mediterranean Games.

World Championship 2006

Turkey was awarded one of the four wild cards by FIBA for the qualification to the Basketball World Championship 2006 in Japan.

Turkish squad completed the prilimary rounds in Group C at second place after the Greek team, and was entitled to play in the round of 16, winning 4 matches against Lithuania (76-74), Australia (76-68), Brazil (73-71) and Qatar (76-69) of the total 5, beaten only by Greece (69-76) in the last match. The young team made also achievements such as the first official win over Lithuania and the first ever 4 consequtive wins in a championship. On August 26, 2006 Turkish national team qualified for Elite Eight defeating Slovenia by 90-84.

A new nickname, "12 Cesur Yürek" (12 Brave Hearts) was proposed after the young and inexperienced team's surprising performance in the 2006 World Championship, despite not having star players Hidayet Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, Mirsad Türkcan, Kerem Tunçeri and Hüseyin Beşok.

World Championship 2010

In 2010, Turkey will host the FIBA World Championships.


Turkish National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
SF 4 Yarangüme, Bekir - 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Türk Telekom B.K. Turkey
SF 5 Güler, Sinan - 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Efes Pilsen S.K. Turkey
PG 6 Atsür, Engin - 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Beşiktaş Cola Turka Turkey
SG 7 Onan, Ömer - 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Fenerbahçe Ülker Turkey
PF 8 İlyasova, Ersan - 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Milwaukee Bucks United States
C 9 Erden, Semih - 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) Fenerbahçe Ülker Turkey
PG 10 Tunçeri, Kerem - 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Efes Pilsen S.K. Turkey
PF 11 Savaş, Oğuz - 2.13 m (6 ft 12 in) Fenerbahçe Ülker Turkey
C 12 Aşık, Ömer - 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) Fenerbahçe Ülker Turkey
PG 13 Arslan, Ender - 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Efes Pilsen S.K. Turkey
PF 14 Hersek, Barış - 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Bandırma Banvit Turkey
SF 15 Türkoğlu, Hidayet - 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Toronto Raptors Canada
Head coach
Assistant coach
  • Turkey Nihat İzic

  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club


Olympic Games record

  • 1936 - 21th place
  • 1948 - Did not qualify
  • 1952 - 22th place
  • 1956 - Did not qualify
  • 1960 - Did not qualify
  • 1964 - Did not qualify
  • 1968 - Did not qualify
  • 1972 - Did not qualify
  • 1976 - Did not qualify
  • 1980 - Did not qualify
  • 1984 - Did not qualify
  • 1988 - Did not qualify
  • 1992 - Did not qualify
  • 1996 - Did not qualify
  • 2000 - Did not qualify
  • 2004 - Did not qualify
  • 2008 - Did not qualify

FIBA World Championship record

  • 1950 - Did not qualify
  • 1954 - Did not qualify
  • 1959 - Did not qualify
  • 1963 - Did not qualify
  • 1967 - Did not qualify
  • 1970 - Did not qualify
  • 1974 - Did not qualify
  • 1978 - Did not qualify
  • 1982 - Did not qualify
  • 1986 - Did not qualify
  • 1990 - Did not qualify
  • 1994 - Did not qualify
  • 1998 - Did not qualify
  • 2002 - 9th place
  • 2006 - 6th place

European Championship record

Past Rosters

1936 Olympic Games: finished 21st among 21 teams

Kamil Ocak, Şeref Alemdar, Naili Moran, Hazdayi Penso, Nihat Ertuğ, Jak Habib, Feridun Koray, Dionis Sakalak, Sadri Usluoğlu, Hayri Arsebük

1949 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 7 teams

Hüseyin Öztürk, Samim Göreç, Ali Uras, Avram Barokas, Mehmet Ali Yalım, Tevfik Tankut, Sacit Seldüz, Erdoğan Partener, Ayduk Koray, Haşim Tankut, Candaş Tekeli, Vitali Benazus

1951 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 17 teams

Yalçın Granit, Ali Uras, Mehmet Ali Yalım, Avram Barokas, Sacit Seldüz, Nejat Diyarbakırlı, Yılmaz Gündüz, Cemil Sevin, Sadi Gülçelik, Ertem Göreç, Ayhan Demir

1952 Olympic Games: finished 22nd among 23 teams

Yalçın Granit, Ali Uras, Mehmet Ali Yalım, Altan Dinçer, Sacit Seldüz, Nejat Diyarbakırlı, Yılmaz Gündüz, Sadi Gülçelik, Yüksel Alkan, Turhan Tezol, Erdoğan Partener, Güney Ülmen

1955 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 18 teams

Yalçın Granit, Mehmet Ali Yalım, Altan Dinçer, Sadi Gülçelik, Tunç Erim, Yüksel Alkan, Turhan Tezol, Yalçın Okaya, Yavuz Türkoğlu, Üner Erimer, Yüksel Böke, Erdoğan Karabelen, Cahit Tanık, Şinasi Ertan

1957 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

Yalçın Granit, Mehmet Baturalp, Orhan Girgin, Tunç Erim, Yavuz Türkoğlu, Yılmaz Gündüz, Altan Dinçer, Turhan Tezol, Üner Erimer, Erdoğan Karabelen, Erkan Gündüz

1959 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 17 teams

Mehmet Baturalp, Ünal Büyükaycan, Nedret Uyguç, Şengün Kaplanoğlu, Turhan Tezol, Tunç Erim, Ömer Urkon, Özer Salnur, Erdoğan Karabelen, Güner Yalçıner, Tuğrul Demir, Ali Kazaz (Coach: Samim Göreç)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 19 teams

Mehmet Baturalp, Şengün Kaplanoğlu, Nedret Uyguç, Dursun Açıkbaş, Altan Dinçer, Tuncer Kobaner, Haşim Ülkü, Ömer Urkon, Ali Kazaz, Yavuz Demir, Erdal Poyrazoğlu, Ersan Salihoğlu

1963 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 16 teams

Mehmet Baturalp, Nedret Uyguç, Nedim Hoşgör, Ünal Büyükaycan, Şengün Kaplanoğlu, Tuncer Kobaner, Haşim Ülkü, Özer Salnur, Halil Dağlı, İlker Esel, Hüseyin Kozluca, Yavuz Demir (Coach: Yalçın Granit)

1971 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

Nur Germen, Hüseyin Alp, Kemal Erdenay, Nadir Vekiloğlu, Barış Küce, Battal Durusel, Zeki Tosun, Reşat Güney, Cihat İlkbaşaran, Serdar Ersözlü, Abdullah İnce (Coach: Mehmet Baturalp)

1973 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Aydın Örs, Doğan Hakyemez, Kemal Erdenay, Battal Durusel, Reşat Güney, Nuri Tan, Serdar Ersözlü, Necmi Ton, Zeki Tosun, Erdal Poyrazoğlu, Abdullah İnce, Halil Dağlı (Coach: Mehmet Baturalp)

1975 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Nur Germen, Kemal Erdenay, Doğan Hakyemez, Efe Aydan, Barış Küce, Battal Durusel, Nadir Vekiloğlu, Ömürden Kısagün, Zeki Tosun, Erdal Poyrazoğlu, Abdullah İnce, Kemal Akıncı (Coach: Mehmet Baturalp)

1981 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Efe Aydan, Erman Kunter, Doğan Hakyemez, Aytek Gürkan, Emir Turam, Necati Güler, Mehmet Döğüşken, Serdar Koçyiğit, Melih Erçin, Cevat Soydaş, Celal Arısan, Sadi Olcay

1993 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Harun Erdenay, Orhun Ene, Lütfi Arıboğan, Levent Topsakal, Ömer Büyükaycan, Hüsnü Çakırgil, Tamer Oyguç, Volkan Aydın, Serdar Apaydın, Murat Konuk, Erdal Koşan, Ömer Saybir (Coach: Nur Germen)

1995 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 14 teams

Harun Erdenay, Orhun Ene, İbrahim Kutluay, Haluk Yıldırım, Levent Topsakal, Ömer Büyükaycan, Tamer Oyguç, Lütfi Arıboğan, Mirsad Türkcan, Murat Konuk, Murat Evliyaoğlu, Serdar Apaydın (Coach: Çetin Yılmaz)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

İbrahim Kutluay, Harun Erdenay, Orhun Ene, Ufuk Sarıca, Mirsad Türkcan, Tamer Oyguç, Hüseyin Beşok, Volkan Aydın, Murat Evliyaoğlu, Murat Konuk, Tunç Girgin, Kemal Tunçeri (Coach: Ercüment Sunter)

1999 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Hidayet Türkoğlu, İbrahim Kutluay, Mehmet Okur, Mirsad Türkcan, Ufuk Sarıca, Hüseyin Beşok, Tamer Oyguç, Haluk Yıldırım, Murat Konuk, Kerem Tunçeri, Cüneyt Erden, Asım Pars (Coach: Erman Kunter)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

İbrahim Kutluay, Hidayet Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, Mirsad Türkcan, Hüseyin Beşok, Harun Erdenay, Orhun Ene, Haluk Yıldırım, Kaya Peker, Kerem Tunçeri, Ömer Onan, Asım Pars (Coach: Aydın Örs)

2002 World Championship: finished 9th among 16 teams

Hidayet Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, İbrahim Kutluay, Harun Erdenay, Mirsad Türkcan, Hüseyin Beşok, Haluk Yıldırım, Kerem Tunçeri, Kaya Peker, Ömer Onan, Hakan Köseoğlu, Asım Pars (Coach: Aydın Örs)

2003 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams

Hidayet Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, İbrahim Kutluay, Mirsad Türkcan, Hüseyin Beşok, Kaya Peker, Kerem Gönlüm, Kerem Tunçeri, Ender Arslan, Ömer Onan, Haluk Yıldırım, Rasim Başak (Coach: Aydın Örs)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

Hidayet Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, İbrahim Kutluay, Serkan Erdoğan, Mirsad Türkcan, Kaya Peker, Ermal Kurtoğlu, Kerem Gönlüm, Kerem Tunçeri, Ender Arslan, Cenk Akyol, Fatih Solak (Coach: Bogdan Tanjević)

2006 World Championship: finished 6th among 24 teams

İbrahim Kutluay, Serkan Erdoğan, Ersan İlyasova, Kaya Peker, Kerem Gönlüm, Ermal Kurtoğlu, Ender Arslan, Semih Erden, Engin Atsür, Cenk Akyol, Hakan Demirel, Fatih Solak (Coach: Bogdan Tanjević)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

Hidayet Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, İbrahim Kutluay, Kaya Peker, Kerem Gönlüm, Ender Arslan, Ermal Kurtoğlu, Engin Atsür, Cenk Akyol, Ersan İlyasova, Semih Erden, Hakan Demirel (Coach: Bogdan Tanjević)

2009 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Bekir Yarangüme, Sinan Güler, Engin Atsür, Ömer Onan, Ersan İlyasova, Semih Erden, Kerem Tunçeri, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Aşık, Ender Arslan, Barış Hersek, Hidayet Türkoğlu (Coach: Bogdan Tanjević)



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