North Macedonia men's national basketball team

The North Macedonia men's national basketball team (Macedonian: Кошаркарска репрезентација на Северна Македонија, romanizedKošarkarska reprezentacija na Severna Makedonija) represents North Macedonia in international basketball and is controlled by the Basketball Federation of North Macedonia, which was created in 1992. They joined FIBA in 1993, after they gained independence from Yugoslavia. That same year the national team played their first official match against Estonia. Prior to 1993, Macedonian players took part on the Yugoslavia national team.

Macedonia debuted in their first international tournament at the EuroBasket in 1999. They have appeared five times at the event overall, with their top performance coming in 2011.

History

Macedonia basketball team prior to a match at Boris Trajkovski Sports Center

Before 1991, Macedonia was a Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with players from Macedonia being part of the Yugoslavia national team.

EuroBasket 1999

Macedonia basketball team at a time out during a match with Latvia.

After qualifying for EuroBasket 1999, the national team was placed in Group A, along with FR Yugoslavia, France and Israel. The first game Macedonia came out firing showing solid competitive play against the French Team, however, eventually lost by a narrow margin of 67–71. Next up, was Group A favorites FR Yugoslavia, showing superior play with their post up offense, Macedonia lost 68–83. With the final game of the group Macedonia played a fairly even match, however, luck was not on their side, losing 82–84. Even though Macedonia lost all 3 of their matches to be eliminated, the team showed heart and talent with their impressive play against France and Israel. Due to their small margin of the losses Macedonia ended the tournament ranked as 13th overall.

EuroBasket 2009

EuroBasket 2009 was the first EuroBasket tournament that Macedonia qualified for in a decade. The Macedonian national team was placed in Group A, along with Greece, Croatia and Israel. Macedonia began the tournament with a brutal 54–86 loss to rivals Greece, but rebounded with an 82–79 victory over Israel. Despite dropping their last match against Croatia, the Israel result was enough to secure second round qualification. In the second round, Macedonia was placed in Group E alongside France, Germany and Russia. Macedonia lost to France in the second round opener, but famously defeated Germany in the next game. Against Russia, Macedonia was narrowly defeated by a score of 69–71. This performance was not enough to secure a berth in to the knockout round. Nevertheless, Macedonia considers this as a historic success for the national team, since it was only the country's second appearance at the EuroBasket and the team advanced past the first round. In the final tournament rankings, Macedonia ranked 9th place with a record of 2–4.

EuroBasket 2011

Marin Dokuzovski, head coach of the team in 2011.

Through the qualifying round, Macedonia qualified for EuroBasket 2011 and was in Group C along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, and Finland in the preliminary phase. The national team lost their first match to Montenegro 65–70 in overtime but won the remaining four against Croatia 78–76, Greece 72–58, Finland 72–70, and Bosnia and Herzegovina 75–63. Macedonia finished first in the group and advanced to the second round.

In the second round, Macedonia was in Group F with Russia, Slovenia, Greece, Georgia, and Finland. Having beaten Greece and Finland in the preliminary round, Macedonia went in to the second round with a 2–0 record. After beating Georgia 65–63, Macedonia qualified for the knockout round. The team then beat Slovenia 68–59, but lost to Russia by 2 points 63–61 after Sergey Monya made a buzzer-beating shot to win the final game of the second round. Macedonia, therefore, finished second in Group F.

For the first time in the national team's history, it reached the knockout stage where it defeated host country Lithuania 67–65 by 2 points in the quarter-finals. Macedonia then lost to the eventual champion Spain 92–80 in the semi-finals. They then lost again in the third place game to Russia 68–72 and finished in fourth place.

2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

By finishing in 4th place at EuroBasket 2011, Macedonia qualified for the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They were drawn into Group D along with Angola and New Zealand. In the first game against Angola, Macedonia came out non-aggressive in the 1st half falling to a 13 pt deficit 40–53 at halftime. During most of the match, the top Macedonian players showed fatigue due to the grueling playoff matches they had played for their club teams. In addition, Macedonia came out with a strong 4th quarter, eventually losing by a margin of 4 points, with the final score being 84–88 Angola. Top scorers for Macedonia against Angola were Pero Antic with 17, and Bo McCalebb with 21. On the next match day, which was the day after with less than 24 hours of rest, Macedonia came out a lot stronger in the 1st quarter with a strong lead that carried over the entire game. Eventually, New Zealand could not recover, and fell to Macedonia with an Final score of 84–62. Leading scorers for the game were Todor Gecevski with 16, Antic with 17, and McCalebb with 23.

The Macedonian players got much needed rest before the quarterfinals, which would begin two days later on 6 July 2012. The team, following the 68–64 victory by New Zealand over Angola, won Group D and its opponent in the quarterfinals was to be the Group C runner-up, Dominican Republic. Macedonia lost the game 86–76, though the team had a 13-point lead at halftime. The lost eliminated the national team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games

EuroBasket 2013

By participating at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Macedonia qualified for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. In a disappointing campaign, the Macedonian national team didn't manage to repeat the success from the previous Eurobasket, having one victory in five matches in their preliminary Group B against Serbia 89–75, which was good enough only for the last place in the group stage and 21st overall. The first game of the Eurobasket against Montenegro was particularly demoralizing, as the Montenegrins won 81–80 in controversial fashion, after the referees didn't call interference on the basket during Gjorgji Čekovski's last second game winning attempt, despite the fact that one of the Montenegrin players got his hand trapped in the net. Macedonia's best performers were once again McCalebb and Antić, with 17.6 and 13.8 points per game, respectively. After the tournament, several of the Macedonian veteran players, led by captain Pero Antić, announced their retirement from the national team.

EuroBasket 2015

At the EuroBasket 2015 there were not high expectations for Macedonia, due to their poor performance at their last EuroBasket appearance in 2013. In their first match against Greece they were thoroughly manhandled throughout as they were defeated 65-85. Looking for their first victory heading in to their second match of the tournament they went up against the Netherlands. The outcome was different this time, as the national team played with more energy and heart and pulled out an 78-71 win. Unfortunately, that would wind up being the only win for Macedonia, as they finished with an 1-4 record and a lousy 19th place at the event.

Country's name change and recent years

Macedonia was renamed North Macedonia after the Prespa agreement that came into effect on 12 February 2019. North Macedonia took part in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Pre-Qualifiers, but were eliminated after posting an (1-3) record in their group. The team will now go through EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers for the chance to qualify to the next EuroBasket.

Competitive record

Team

Current roster

Players called up for the EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers against Italy, Estonia and Russia in February 2021.

North Macedonia men's national basketball team roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
C0Bojan Krstevski31 – (1989-06-04)4 June 19892.08 m (6 ft 10 in)MZT SkopjeNorth Macedonia
PF1Filip Bakoč24 – (1996-05-02)2 May 19962.06 m (6 ft 9 in)MZT SkopjeNorth Macedonia
G4Andrej Mitrevski17 – (2003-09-17)17 September 20031.93 m (6 ft 4 in)TFTNorth Macedonia
G5Kristijan Nikolov24 – (1996-10-15)15 October 19961.88 m (6 ft 2 in)MZT SkopjeNorth Macedonia
PG7Nenad Dimitrijević22 – (1998-02-23)23 February 19981.88 m (6 ft 2 in)JoventutSpain
SG8Vojdan Stojanovski (C)33 – (1987-12-09)9 December 19871.97 m (6 ft 6 in)BCM GravelinesFrance
PG9Andrej Magdevski25 – (1996-01-14)14 January 19961.92 m (6 ft 4 in)MZT SkopjeNorth Macedonia
F11Stojan Gjuroski29 – (1991-11-06)6 November 19912.03 m (6 ft 8 in)HLA AlicanteSpain
PF12Bojan Trajkovski34 – (1986-09-11)11 September 19862.08 m (6 ft 10 in)PelisterNorth Macedonia
C15Teodor Simić17 – (2004-02-04)4 February 20042.14 m (7 ft 0 in)Barcelona U18Spain
SF19Damjan Stojanovski33 – (1987-12-09)9 December 19871.97 m (6 ft 6 in)MZT SkopjeNorth Macedonia
SF20Damjan Robev23 – (1997-04-10)10 April 19971.93 m (6 ft 4 in)KumanovoNorth Macedonia
PG21Luka Savićević18 – (2002-02-19)19 February 20021.90 m (6 ft 3 in)MZT Skopje Uni BankaNorth Macedonia
F/C24Jacob Wiley26 – (1994-09-04)4 September 19942.03 m (6 ft 8 in)Gran CanariaSpain
SG25Viktor Efremovski22 – (1998-10-21)21 October 19981.94 m (6 ft 4 in)RabotničkiNorth Macedonia
Head Coach
Assistant Coaches

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    team before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 18 February 2021

Following list is of active players who have been called up by the national team in the last 3 years

Players previously called up roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
SF10Dime Tasovski40 – (1980-11-02)2 November 19802.01 m (6 ft 7 in)GostivarNorth Macedonia
G25Dimitar Karadžovski36 – (1984-10-07)7 October 19841.90 m (6 ft 3 in)KožuvNorth Macedonia
G6Darko Sokolov34 – (1986-05-08)8 May 19861.90 m (6 ft 3 in)EuroNickel 2005North Macedonia
C5Aleksandar Šterjov34 – (1986-05-15)15 May 19862.08 m (6 ft 10 in)GostivarNorth Macedonia
PF1Richard Hendrix34 – (1986-11-15)15 November 19862.03 m (6 ft 8 in)Niigata Albirex BBJapan
SGNikola Karakolev33 – (1987-08-24)24 August 19871.97 m (6 ft 6 in)EuroNickel 2005North Macedonia
PGMarjan Mladenović33 – (1987-08-27)27 August 19871.80 m (5 ft 11 in)RabotničkiNorth Macedonia
PG7Aleksandar Kostoski32 – (1988-03-05)5 March 19881.88 m (6 ft 2 in)GostivarNorth Macedonia
C1Kiril Nikolovski32 – (1988-06-09)9 June 19882.10 m (6 ft 11 in)RabotničkiNorth Macedonia
SG10Marko Simonovski31 – (1989-06-28)28 June 19891.91 m (6 ft 3 in)KožuvNorth Macedonia
C32Shayne Whittington29 – (1991-03-27)27 March 19912.11 m (6 ft 11 in)SeaHorses MikawaJapan
SGRenato Dimitrievski29 – (1991-10-17)17 October 19911.96 m (6 ft 5 in)GostivarNorth Macedonia
SGGorjan Markovski28 – (1992-06-19)19 June 19921.96 m (6 ft 5 in)KumanovoNorth Macedonia
SGPredrag Pajić28 – (1993-01-20)20 January 19931.98 m (6 ft 6 in)KožuvNorth Macedonia
PG4Boban Stajić27 – (1993-10-06)6 October 19931.85 m (6 ft 1 in)PelisterNorth Macedonia
C13Ljubomir Mladenovski25 – (1995-05-02)2 May 19952.10 m (6 ft 11 in)RabotničkiNorth Macedonia
SG6Adem Mekić25 – (1995-12-28)28 December 19951.95 m (6 ft 5 in)MZT SkopjeNorth Macedonia
SFJetmir Zekiri24 – (1996-08-18)18 August 19962.00 m (6 ft 7 in)PelisterNorth Macedonia
PF22Andrej Maslinko23 – (1997-05-20)20 May 19972.08 m (6 ft 10 in)MZT SkopjeNorth Macedonia
C11Leonid Todorovski22 – (1998-11-05)5 November 19982.07 m (6 ft 9 in)MZT Skopje Uni BankaNorth Macedonia
SF23Andrej Jakimovski19 – (2001-03-18)18 March 20012.02 m (6 ft 8 in)Washington StateUnited States
SG34Marko Milovanović19 – (2002-01-18)18 January 20021.95 m (6 ft 5 in)Juvi CremonaItaly
PFAndrej Andonoski18 – (2002-04-02)2 April 20022.04 m (6 ft 8 in)MZT Skopje Uni BankaNorth Macedonia

Depth chart

Pos.Starting 5Bench 1Bench 2
CBojan TrajkovskiBojan KrstevskiTeodor Simić
PFJacob WileyStojan GjuroskiFilip Bakoč
SFDamjan StojanovskiDamjan RobevViktor Efremovski
SGVojdan StojanovskiKristijan NikolovAndrej Mitrevski
PGNenad DimitrijevićAndrej MagdevskiLuka Savićević

Notable players

Coaching history

Past rosters

1999 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

4 Vrbica Stefanov, 5 Vlado Ilievski, 6 Gjorgji Čekovski, 7 Mirza Kurtović, 8 Marjan Srbinovski, 9 Igor Mihajlovski, 10 Petar Naumoski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Dejan Jovanovski, 13 Srdjan Stanković, 14 Pero Blaževski, 15 Dušan Bocevski (Coach: Zare Markovski)


2009 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

4 Vrbica Stefanov, 5 Dimitar Mirakovski, 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Riste Stefanov, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Pero Blaževski, 10 Dime Tasovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Damjan Stojanovski, 14 Jeremiah Massey, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Jovica Arsić)


2011 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 24 teams

4 Dimitar Mirakovski, 5 Vlado Ilievski, 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antic, 13 Ivica Dimcevski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marin Dokuzovski)


2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

4 Aleksandar Kostoski, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Kiril Nikolovski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marjan Lazovski)


2013 EuroBasket: finished 21st among 24 teams

4 Aleksandar Kostoski, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Vladimir Brčkov, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Stojan Gjuroski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Aleš Pipan)


2015 EuroBasket: finished 19th among 24 teams

4 Vladimir Brčkov, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Aleksandar Kostoski, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Ljubomir Mladenovski, 12 Bojan Trajkovski, 13 Stojan Gjuroski, 14 Richard Hendrix, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marjan Srbinovski)

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

EuroBasket 2022 Pre-Qualifiers

First round

Second round

EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers

Statistics

Most games played

All time points scored

  • * Active NT players are listed in bold
  • * Official FIBA games excluding Friendly games

Leader in points per game

  • Only played 2005 season in Division B (won promotion)

See also

External links

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