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Lebanon national basketball team


Lebanon Lebanon لبنان

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FIBA Ranking 25 Decrease2
Joined FIBA 1947
FIBA Zone FIBA Asia
National Federation Federation Libanaise de Basketball FLB
Coach Ghassan Sarkis
Nickname(s) The Cedars
Summer Olympic Games
Appearances None
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 3 (2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals None
Asian Championship
Appearances 7
Medals 2007
Uniforms
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The Lebanon national basketball team is the basketball team representing Lebanon in international competitions. It is currently serving a FIBA-mandated indefinite suspension due to unresolved conflicts within the country's national basketball federation.[1]


Lebanon national basketball team History


The first time basketball was ever played in Lebanon was in the mid-1920s in the American University of Beirut. Gabi Arbaji was the first to prepare a basketball playground in Tabaris area, where the early college competitions were held.

In 1939 the first college championship was organized and the finals opposed the Makassed team to the AUB and ended with a major victory to Makassed with a score of (33–11). The Lebanese Basketball Federation was jointly founded later in 1949 along with the Lebanese Volleyball Federation. The Lebanese Basketball Federation is a member of the International, Asian, West Asian and Arab basketball organizations. The two federations broke up and the first independent Lebanese Basketball Federation was born in 1955. But the Lebanese Basketball Championship was already organized back in 1951. The Lebanese Basketball Championship was organized and the champions were crowned till 1975 when the dramatic war stopped everything. In this period before the war Riyadi team had the biggest number of trophies. During the war the basketball never stopped and there was always tournaments organized between the clubs of each section in the country and the players did not stop from doing their best hobby. After the war in 1993 the 1st championship was organized under the era of Tony Khoury who stood in the Federation for so many years and from that time the media started to had a bigger interest in this game until late 1996 when a new Federation was born with Antoin Chartier as a president, at that time the LBC interfered and sponsored the game so this date was the big launching of the Lebanese Basketball.

The Lebanese made their debut in the European championship tournaments with Eurobasket 1949, held in Cairo, Egypt. They lost all six of their games in the seven team round robin tournament, finishing in 7th and last place. The refusal of the Soviet Union to host the competition and FIBA Europe's unwillingness to ask Czechoslovakia to host consecutive tournaments meant that 1947 bronze medallist Egypt hosted the competition. Due to travel difficulties and fears, few European teams would travel to the African country to compete. Lebanon, as well as Syria, were asked to compete in the European championship despite being Asian countries.Lebanon played in the European competition again at Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow. They lost all four of their preliminary round, including one by forfeit as the team refused to play against Israel. The team was able to defeat Sweden in the first classification round, giving them their first Eurobasket win. They placed 4th in their five-team group, advancing to the 13–16 classification games. They lost the first 58–56 to West Germany, but won against Denmark 74–40 to take 15th place of the 17 teams.

The two federations broke up and the first independent Lebanese Basketball Federation was founded in 1955. This plan was already organized by the year 1951. The Lebanese Basketball Championship was formed back then, and went into action till Lebanese civil war. In this period before the war, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut team had the biggest number of trophies.

This new federation started to organize lot of championships (other categories . ages championships, .............), in 1997 that championship finished as Riyadi Champion, the next season they went to Malaysia to participate in the Asian championship for clubs they reached the 3rd place and on their return to Beirut all the roads to the airport were closed because the Lebanese fans were on the streets to meet their champions. The same year in 1998 Riaydi lost the championship to their big rival Sagesse . The Lebanese Basketball Federation hosted a big tournament the Arab club Championship in Which Sagesse won the 1st ever trophy to Lebanon after losing the final in 1996 in Beirut also. Beirut did not sleep that night all over he country people were on the roads partying till dawn, the next day all the schools were closed. In 1999 Beirut hosted the Asian Champion ship for clubs, Sagesse managed to win the 1st ever Asian title for Lebanese teams, the mood that day was unbelievable everybody forget about the previous title and the parties were crazy in all over the country. This same year Sagesse managed to retain their title in the Arab club Championship which was held for the 2nd consecutive time in Beirut. Late 1999 new Elections were made and a new group came to the federation on their head Mr. Jean Hammam with a big target in his mind to reach to higher levels on the clubs and national teams competitions. So the new federation started to work on the national teams Men, Women, Young man, Junior Men with bringing the best coaches.

After the war in 1993, the 1st championship was organized under the era of Tony Khoury who stood in the Federation for many years; from that time the media started to have a bigger interest in this game. In late 1996, a new Federation was formed with Antoin Chartier as a president, at that time the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation sponsored the game and is still till nowadays. In Late 1999, new Elections were made and a new group came to the federation on their head Jean Hammam with a big target in his mind to reach to higher levels on the clubs and national teams competitions. The new federation started to work on the national teams for men, women, junior Men

In May 2000 Lebanon hosted once more the Asian Champion ship for clubs and one more time Sagesse managed to win it and to create history by being the only team to win this championship 2 consecutive times. The new group changed the regulation of the federation in a way that can fit the targets designed .And the they have created new regulations for the players concerning their transfers and their signatures in their clubs. These new rules changed the idea of Basketball in Lebanon and the Basketball player, he turned down to be a professional one after these changes.

In March 2000 Sagesse lost their Arabic Title in Dubai and finished the championship in the 3rd place. In 2001 Sagesse failed to retain their Asian Title in Dubai, they finished 6th. In 2002 Beirut hosted the Arab club Championship once again Sagesse failed to regian their title back and they finished 4th in the Championship, but the Women's team of Sagesse Mar Doumit made another history by Winning the Arab Title for the 1st in the History of the Lebanese Woman Basketball. In 2000 the Lebanese Basketball Federation signed a contract with the best coach ever to came to the Middle East Andrew Young, he started to prepare all the National teams for the big events to come. The Lebanese National Team won the WABA championship that year but lost their coach one day before the start of the championship who passed away in a hospital in Beirut from a long time illness . This event gave the Lebanese national team a bigger motivation to go till the end, the next year in 2001under another American coach John Neuman they played the 2nd round of Qualifications of WABA which led them to play the Asian Championship for National Team in China .This tournament will turn down to be the best result in the history of Lebanese Basketball . for the 1st participation in a such event Lebanon managed to reach the semi Final and to beat Korea and reach the Final and in the same time to reach the World Championship in the USA in 2002 .Lebanon lost in the final but in Lebanon every place were full of emotions, and the national team players were the long time waited heroes for the Lebanese People, the celebrations were everywhere in the country, the president of the republic and the prime minister met the Lebanese Team and congratulate them.

In 2002 the Lebanese National team went to so many camps in the USA before 1 month of the Championship, and they managed t show a good level of the Lebanese Basketball, Lebanon was ranked at the end 16. In 2003 the Lebanese National team with a new coach Ghassan Sarkis reached the final of the Jordan Tournament to loose against the Egyptian team, and they reached the semi final of the Asian Championship in China to loose against the Korean team by overtime and to be ranked 4th overall in the championship. As for the other national teams in 2000 the Junior National Team played the Asian Championship in Malaysia after playing the Qualifications in Beirut in reaching the 2nd place, in 2001 the Junior National Team won the WABA Championship which qualified him to play the Asian Championship in Kuwait in 2002 in which he reached the 9th place with 1 loss. In 2003 they played the qualifications for the Asian Championship in Yemen and they reached the 2nd place. The women national team played the Arab Championship in 2000 in Algeria, they won all their games except the one against the home team so they reached the 2nd spot which was a great results for the Women Basketball . In 2003 They won the Jordan tournament after beating all the Arab national teams with comfortable margin, the women national is full of new generation players. As for the young men national team they played the WABA Championship in 2003 and they reached the 2nd spot. In 2004 Sagesse made another step in the history after winning back the Asian Championship for Clubs in Dubai and to be the 1st team ever to win it 3 times.

In 2005 The Lebanese Men National Team Made another historic achievement by Qualifying to the 2md consecutive time to the World Championship by finishing 2nd in the Asian Championship behind China. In 2005 Riyadi imposed its supremacy on the Arabic clubs scene by winning the Arab Club Championship which was held in Dubai. In 2006 Lebanon had its most successful summer of Basketball, The men national team achieved the best results for Lebanon by beating Venezuela and Canada in the ALPOS CUP in Slovenia and by Beating again Venezuela and the big name in the World of sports "FRANCE" in the world championship in Japan. The Lebanese Junior National added to this great achievement another one which was the qualification to the U19 Men World Championship for the first time ever which will be held in Vancouver - Canada in July 2007. Riyadi - Beirut Club Once again retained its Arabic title by winning the Arabic Title in Morocco. As for the women's Antranik -Beirut club created history by being the only Lebanese team to win the Arab Championship for Women's clubs for the first time outside Lebanon, the championship was held in Dubai.


Lebanon national basketball team Stanković Cup


See Article: 2010 FIBA Asia Stanković Cup Lebanon hosted the all-new Stanković Cup in 2010 from the 7 to 15 August. Ghazir Club Court welcomed 10 national teams from Asia. The tournament was concluded with the victory of the Lebanese basketball team over the Japanese side with 38 points difference and a 7–0 run. The victory is the first for the Lebanese side.



Lebanon national basketball team FIBA Asia and World Championships


In the FIBA Asia Championship, Lebanon finished 2nd three times (2001, 2005 and 2007), losing twice in the final to China and once to Iran, respectively. They participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, the second time they qualified for the tournament (First was in 2002). During that tournament, they managed to beat France and Venezuela but lost to Serbia and Montenegro, Nigeria and Argentina in the first round, finishing in 5th place out of the six to be eliminated.

The 2006 tournament was considered a success mainly because of the political problems Lebanon is having lately. Lebanon's 74–73 victory over France was considered one of the upsets of the tournament.[2] Fadi El Khatib was the seventh best scorer in the tournament, averaging 18 points per game. His performances in the World Championship affected his team's status because in Lebanon's victories El Khatib averaged 32 points per game while averaging only 10 points per game in Lebanon's losses.

Lebanon participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and managed to beat Canada 81–71[3] before losing the remaining of his group games.

In the William Jones Cup Lebanon finished second overall two times (2007 and 2010) and third once (2009).


Lebanon national basketball team 2013 FIBA suspension


As of July 2013, Lebanon is serving a [5]


Lebanon national basketball team FIBA World Championship records


Lebanon national basketball team

Year Rank Pld W L
Argentina 1950 Did not enter
Brazil 1954
Chile 1959
Brazil 1963
Uruguay 1967
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1970
Puerto Rico 1974 Did not qualify
Philippines 1978 Did not enter
Colombia 1982 Did not qualify
Spain 1986
Argentina 1990
Canada 1994
Greece 1998
United States 2002 16th place 0 0 4
Japan 2006 18th place 2 0 4
Turkey 2010 21st place 1 0 4
Spain 2014 Suspended
Total 3/17 5 1 4

Lebanon national basketball team

Year Rank Pld W L
Europe
Egypt 1949 17th place 7 1 6
Soviet Union 1953 15th place 7 2 5
Asia
Philippines 1960 Did not enter
Taiwan 1963
Malaysia 1965
South Korea 1967
Thailand 1969
Japan 1971
Philippines 1973 - - -
Thailand 1975 Did not enter
Malaysia 1977
Japan 1979
India 1981 - - -
Hong Kong 1983 - - -
Malaysia 1985 - - -
Thailand 1987 Did not enter
China 1989 - - -
Japan 1991 - - -
Indonesia 1993 - - -
South Korea 1995 - - -
Saudi Arabia 1997 - - -
Japan 1999 7th place
China 2001 Runners Up 7 4 3
China 2003 4th place 7 4 3
Qatar 2005 Runners Up 10 8 2
Japan 2007 Runners Up 10 8 2
China 2009 4th Place 11 7 4
China 2011 6th place 12 7 5
Philippines 2013 ' 0 0 0
Total 7/26 115 75 40

Lebanon national basketball team FIBA Asia Championship

Year Position Tournament Host
1999 7th 1999 ABC Championship Fukuoka, Japan
2001 2 2001 ABC Championship Shanghai, China
2003 4th 2003 ABC Championship Harbin, China
2005 2 2005 FIBA Asia Championship Doha, Qatar
2007 2 2007 FIBA Asia Championship Tokushima, Japan
2009 4th 2009 FIBA Asia Championship Tianjin, China
2011 6th 2011 FIBA Asia Championship Wuhan, China
2013 Did not participate, suspended by FIBA 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Manila, Philippines

Lebanon national basketball team Current roster


Lebanon men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
SF 4 Abdel-Nour, Jean 26 – (1983-11-29)29 November 1983 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon
C 4 Samaha, Roy 32 – (1980-04-08)8 April 1980 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Al Mouttahed Tripoli Lebanon
PG 6 Mahmoud, Ali 22 – (1988-01-30)30 January 1988 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon
SG 22 Ibrahim, Ahmad 18 – (1992-02-18)18 February 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon
C 7 Khazzouh, Julian 30 – (1979-12-29)29 December 1979 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Hekmeh BC Lebanon
F 8 Elie, Rustom 17 – (1993-01-17)17 January 1993 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Hekmeh BC Lebanon
SF 14 Rida, Ghaleb 27 – (1977-12-30)30 December 1977 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Amchit Club Lebanon
SG 9 Stephan, Elie 24 – (1986-07-20)20 July 1986 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Hekmeh BC Lebanon
PG 11 Akl, Rodrigue (C) 21 – (1988-09-30)30 September 1988 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Hekmeh BC Lebanon
F/C 12 Kanaan, Ali 24 – (1985-12-12)12 December 1985 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Byblos Club Lebanon
G/F 13 El Khatib, Fadi 31 – (1978-12-26)26 December 1978 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Amchit Club Lebanon
C 14 Woods, Loren 25 – (1987-07-01)1 July 1987 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon
PF 15 Freije, Matt 29 – (1981-04-10)10 April 1981 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Amchit Club Lebanon
PF 10 Faris, Daniel 24 – (1985-05-11)11 May 1985 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Hekmeh BC Lebanon
C 5 Jackson, Vroman 26 – (1986-07-01)1 July 1986 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Shandong Kingston Lions China
PG 6 Accaoui, Joey 21 – (1989-07-12)12 July 1989 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Amchit Club Lebanon
PG 7 Fahed, Rony 28 – (1981-11-06)6 November 1981 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) Al Mouttahed Tripoli Lebanon
SF 14 Bawji, Bassel 20 – (1989-12-26)26 December 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Al Mouttahed Tripoli Lebanon
PF 34 Haidar, Ali 20 – (1990-07-20)20 July 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon
SG 5 Saoud, Amir 18 – (1991-08-16)16 August 1991 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon
SG 8 Ibrahim, Mohammad 17 – (1993-04-10)10 April 1993 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Byblos Club Lebanon
Head coach
  • Ghassan Sarkis
Assistant coach(es)
  • Tigran Gyokchyan
  • Koko Krikorian
Athletic Trainer(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Players teams update on 28/8/2011



Lebanon national basketball team Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Reserve Reserve
C Loren Woods Julian Khazzouh Roy Samaha Daniel Faris Jackson Vroman
PF Ali Haidar Ali Kanaan Matt Freije Billy Pharis
SF Fadi El Khatib Jean Abdelnour Bassel Bawji Elie Stephan
SG Ahmad Ibrahim Elie Rustom Ghaleb Reda Amir Saoud
PG Ali Mahmoud Rodrigue Akl Mohamad Ibrahim Rony Fahed Joey Accaoui
  • ' Player out due to injury.
  • " Player on national pool.

Lebanon national basketball team Notable players



Lebanon national basketball team Previous rosters


  • 1949 EuroBasket: Finished 7th among 7 teams
  • 1953 EuroBasket: Finished 15th among 17 teams
  • Ahmed Idlibi
  • Christos Georgio
  • Maurice Nasr
  • Elie Homsi
  • Shawki Rababeh
  • Naim Barakat
  • Saadeddine Itani
  • Vartkes Alahaidoian
  • Jean Diarbekirian
  • Khalil Mekkawi
  • Georges Estephan
  • Edouard Karam
  • Coach: Ahon Kadian
  • 2002 World Championship: Finished 16th among 16 teams
  • 2006 World Championship: Finished 18th among 24 teams
  • 2010 World Championship: Finished 20th among 24 teams

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