Italy national basketball team

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The Italian national basketball team is the national basketball team representing Italy. It is administrated by the Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (Italian Basketball Federation).

Italy has won 2 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals at the European Championships and 2 Silver medals at the Olympic Games, and has participated at 33 European Championships, 8 World Championships and 11 Olympic Games.

Altogether, Italy has won more Eurobasket medals than any other country that competes today.


The Early Years (1926-39)

The first match of the Italian national basketball team was played on April 4, 1926 in Milan, and it ended with a victory over France by 23-17.Italy's first participation in the Olympic Games was at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, placing seventh out of twenty-one teams. At the EuroBasket 1937 Italy placed second behind Lithuania, after being beaten by just one point in the final game. The silver medal was repeated at EuroBasket 1946.

The Difficult Postwar Period (1946-69)

Following the end of World War II the Azzurri went through difficult times and not only failed to qualify for two Summer Olympics and three consecutive world championships but struggled in Europe as well. This was also reflected at the technical level with the alternation of several head coaches within only a few years. Of special importance was Italy's decision not to compete at the EuroBasket 1949, to mourn for the victims of the Superga air disaster. It was the...
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