Spain National Basketball Team
The Spanish national basketball team is the basketball team representing Spain in international competitions, organized and run by the Spanish Basketball Federation. As of September 2010, they are the reigning European champions and second in the FIBA World Rankings for men.
EuroBasketThe first game in the history of the selection was a friendly game before the 1935 Eurobasket, where Spain faced the selection of Portugal. This event, which was held in Geneva in the summer of 1935 was the first EuroBasket in history. Spain finished 2nd and qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin where basketball was introduced for the first time.After this, the team disappeared from the EuroBasket competition for over 20 years and reappeared at the EuroBasket 1959 in Turkey, where it finished 15th. In the following years, the selection slowly but surely worked its way up into the medal ranks again and appeared on the podium six more times between 1959 and 2007.Then Spain came to host the 2007 Eurobasket which was held in Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Seville and Granada. At this competition the same 12 players that won the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan made it through to the final. This increased expectations for the Spanish national team to become the first national team to win the first Eurobasket right after having won the previous FIBA World Championship. However, Spain lost the final against Russia with a tight score of......