The Russian national basketball team which was before known by the Soviet Union national basketball team is a professional basketball team which represents Russia on an international level. The team plays under the FIBA Europe zone.
Before the Soviet Union dissolved the team was a part of many of the Eurobasket tournaments. The team’s international debut came in the 1947 Eurobasket tournament where they had a dream start. They defeated all the teams in the initial rounds and also won the finals against the former champions Czechoslovakia b with a score 126 points.
In the 1951 Eurobasket the team again had a good start to the season. They were prevailing in the initial rounds of the tournament, but however again faced the Czec team in the three final games where this time they went down to losing in a close encounter by only a difference of 16 points in the first game. The remaining two games were won by the Russian team by which eventually they were able to achieve their second European championship. The team continued their success throughout the 19th century and was regarded one of the best teams in basketball history.
The current notable players like John Robet Holden, Andrei Kirilenko, Nikita Morgunov and Sergei Monia are all part of the team that is representing Russia for international competitions.
The team has continued its success in the 2007-08 season. They finished 1st in the Eurobasket tournament in a group of 16 teams.
Silver medals in the 1994 and 1998 World Championships
Bronze medal in the 1997 Eurobasket
Silver medal in the 1993 Eurobasket
Gold medal in the 2007 Eurobasket