FIBA Basketball World Cup

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FIBA Basketball World Cup
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Basketball current event.svg 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup
FIBA Basketball World Cup logo.svg
Sport Basketball
Founded1950;70 years ago (1950)
Inaugural season 1950
No. of teams32
Countries FIBA members
Continent FIBA (International)
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (2nd title)
Most titles5 titles each:
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia (until 1992)/Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia (1992–2003)

The FIBA Basketball World Cup, also known as the FIBA World Cup of Basketball or simply the FIBA World Cup, between 1950 and 2010 known as the FIBA World Championship, [1] is an international basketball competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the sport's global governing body. It is considered the flagship event of FIBA. [2]

Contents

The tournament structure is similar, but not identical, to that of the FIFA World Cup; both of these international competitions were played in the same year from 1970 through 2014. A parallel event for women's teams, now known as the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, is also held quadrennially. From 1986 through 2014, the men's and women's championships were held in the same year, though in different countries. The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation. The winning team receives the Naismith Trophy, first awarded in 1967. The current champions are Spain, who defeated Argentina in the final of the 2019 tournament.

Following the 2014 FIBA championships for men and women, the men's World Cup was scheduled on a new four-year cycle to avoid conflict with the FIFA World Cup. The men's World Cup was held in 2019, in the year following the FIFA World Cup. The women's championship, which was renamed from "FIBA World Championship for Women" to "FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup", after its 2014 edition, will remain on the previous four-year cycle, with championships in the same year as the FIFA World Cup.

The 1994 FIBA World Championship, which was held in Canada, was the first FIBA World Cup tournament in which currently active US NBA players, that had also already played in an official NBA regular season game, were allowed to participate. All FIBA World Championship/World Cup tournaments since then, are thus considered as fully professional level tournaments.

History

World map depicting the number of times a country has hosted the World Cup. Dark blue: twice; light blue: once. FIBA World Cup host countries.png
World map depicting the number of times a country has hosted the World Cup. Dark blue: twice; light blue: once.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup was conceived at a meeting of the FIBA World Congress at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. [3] Long-time FIBA Secretary-General Renato William Jones urged FIBA to adopt a World Championship, similar to the FIFA World Cup, to be held in every four years between Olympiads. The FIBA Congress, seeing how successful the 23-team Olympic tournament was that year, agreed to the proposal, beginning with a tournament in 1950. Argentina was selected as host, largely because it was the only country willing to take on the task. [4] Argentina took advantage of the host selection, winning all their games en route to becoming the first FIBA World Champion.

The first five tournaments were held in South America, and teams from the Americas dominated the tournament, winning eight of nine medals at the first three tournaments. By 1963, however, teams from Eastern Europe (the Soviet Union) and Southeast Europe (Yugoslavia), in particular – began to catch up to the teams from the American continents. Between 1963 and 1990, the tournament was dominated by the United States, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Brazil who together accounted for every medal at the tournament.

The 1994 FIBA World Championship held in Toronto marked the beginning of a new era, as currently active American NBA players participated in the tournament for the first time (prior to that only European and South American professionals were allowed to participate as they were still classified as amateurs [5] ), [6] while the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia split into many new states. The United States dominated that year and won gold, while the former states of the USSR and Yugoslavia, Russia and Croatia, won silver and bronze. The 1998 FIBA World Championship, held in Greece (Athens and Piraeus), lost some of its luster when the 1998–99 NBA lockout prevented NBA players from participating. The new Yugoslavian team, now consisting of the former Yugoslav republics of Serbia and Montenegro, won the gold medal over Russia, while the USA, with professional basketball players playing in Europe and two college players, finished third.

In 2002, other nations eventually caught up to the four powerhouse countries and their successor states. FR Yugoslavia, led by Peja Stojaković of the Sacramento Kings and Dejan Bodiroga of FC Barcelona won the final game against Argentina, while Dirk Nowitzki, who was the tournament's MVP, led Germany to the bronze, its first ever World Championship medal. Meanwhile, the United States team, this time made up of NBA players, struggled to a sixth-place finish. This new era of parity convinced FIBA to expand the tournament to 24 teams for the 2006, 2010, and 2014 editions of the tournament. [7] [8]

In 2006, emerging powerhouse Spain beat Greece in the first appearance in the final for both teams. Spain became only the seventh team (Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia are counted separately in the FIBA records) [9] to capture a World Championship gold. The USA, who lost to Greece in a semi-final, won against Argentina in the third-place match and claimed bronze.

In the 2010 FIBA World Championship final, the USA defeated Turkey and won gold for the first time in 16 years, while Lithuania beat Serbia and won bronze. The United States became the third country to defend the championship, winning against Serbia at the 2014 edition of the tournament. France beat Lithuania in the bronze medal game.

After the 2014 edition, FIBA instituted significant changes to the World Cup. The final competition was expanded from 24 to 32 teams. Also, for the first time since 1967, the competition would no longer overlap with the FIFA World Cup. To accommodate this change, the 2014 FIBA World Cup will be followed by a 2019 edition in China, [10] then followed by a 2023 edition in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. [11]

Qualification

World map depicting the number of times a national team has participated in the World Cup. FIBA World Cup participation.png
World map depicting the number of times a national team has participated in the World Cup.

The Basketball World Cup has used various forms of qualification throughfive tournaments were held in South America and participation was dominated by teams from the Americas. At the first tournament, FIBA intended for the three Olympic medalists to compete, plus the host Argentina and two teams each from Europe, Asia, and South America. However, no Asian team was willing to travel to the event, so six of the ten teams were from the Americas (all three Olympic medalists were from the Americas, plus the zone received two continental berths and an Asia's berth). The former European powerhouse Soviet Union, later made their first tournament appearance in 1959, after missing the first two events.

In the tournament's early years, only Europe and South America had established continental tournaments, so participation in the tournament was largely by invitation. Later, Asia added a continental championship in 1960, followed by Africa in 1962, Central America in 1965, and Oceania in 1971, As a result of these changes, qualification became more formalized starting with the 1967 tournament. In that year, the Asian champion received an automatic berth in the tournament, joining the top European and South American teams. In 1970, the African and Oceanian champion each received a berth, while the Centrobasket champion and runner-up were each invited. For most of these years, the tournament host, defending World Champion, and top Olympic basketball tournament finishers also qualified for the event.

From 1970 through the 2014 World Cup, qualification continued to be based on the continental competitions and the Olympic tournament. The only major change came in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, when the tournament started taking qualifiers from the newly redesigned FIBA Americas Championship rather than from North, Central, and South America individually. After the tournament expanded to 24 teams in 2006, the tournament allocated qualification as follows: [12]

Each of the five continental championships also served as qualification for the Olympics, so all were held every two years. The year immediately preceding the World Championship was used to determine the berths at the tournament. For example, all of the berths at the 2010 FIBA World Championship were determined by continental championships held in 2009. After the first 20 teams qualified, FIBA then selected four wild card teams, based on sporting, economic, and governance criteria, as well as a required registration fee from each team to be considered by the FIBA board. [13] Of the four wild cards, only three could come from one continental zone. In each of the two tournaments that the wild card system was in place, FIBA selected the maximum three European teams to compete in the event.

FIBA instituted major changes to its competition calendar and the qualifying process for both the World Cup and Olympics in 2017.

First, the continental championships are now held once every four years, specifically in years that immediately follow the Summer Olympics. The continental championships no longer play a role in qualifying for either the World Cup or Olympics. [14]

The 2019 World Cup qualifying process, which began in 2017, is the first under a new format. Qualifying takes place over a two-year cycle, involving six windows of play. Qualifying zones mirror the FIBA continental zones, except that FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania are now combined into a single Asia-Pacific qualifying zone. In each qualifying zone, nations are divided into Division A and Division B, with promotion and relegation between the two. FIBA did not initially reveal full details of the new process, but announced that at least in opening phases, it would feature groups of three or four teams, playing home-and-away within the group. [14] Below is the list of distribution of berths according to each FIBA qualifying zone.

Tournament format

The Basketball World Cup has existed in several different formats throughout the years, as it has expanded and contracted between 10 and 24 teams. The first tournament, in 1950, began with a ten-team double-elimination tournament, followed by a six-team round robin round to determine the champion. Between 1954 and 1974, each tournament started with a group stage preliminary round; the top teams in each preliminary round group then moved on to a final round robin group to determine the champion. In 1978, FIBA added a gold medal game between the top two finishers in the final group and a bronze medal game between the third and fourth place teams. In each year between 1959 and 1982, the host team received a bye into the final group. Of the seven host teams in this era, only three won medals, despite the head start. As a result, FIBA made the host team compete in the preliminary round starting in 1986.

In 1986, the tournament briefly expanded to 24 teams. Four groups of six teams each competed in the preliminary round group stage. The top three teams in each group then competed in the second group stage, followed by a four-team knockout tournament between the top two finishers in each group. The championship contracted back down to 16 teams for the 1990 tournament. The three tournaments between 1990 and 1998, each had two group stages followed by a four-team knockout tournament to determine the medalists. The 2002 tournament expanded the knockout round to eight teams.

In 2006, FIBA made the decision to expand back to 24 teams and introduced the format that was in place through 2014. [7] Under that format, the teams were divided into four preliminary round groups of six teams each. [15]

In 2019, the final tournament will expand to 32 teams. [14]
If the teams should be tied at the end of the preliminary round, the ties are broken by the following criteria in order:

  1. Game results between tied teams
  2. Goal average between games of the tied teams
  3. Goal average for all games of the tied teams
  4. Drawing of lots

The top two teams in each group then advance to a sixteen-team single-elimination knockout round. It begins with the eighth finals, where the top teams in each group play the fourth-placed teams in another group and the second and third-placed teams in each group face off. This is followed by the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and final. The semi-final losers play in the bronze medal game, while the quarterfinal losers play in a consolation bracket to determine fifth through eighth places.

Naismith Trophy

Map of best finishes per team. Defunct countries are denoted by circles. FIBA Basketball Championships countries.PNG
Map of best finishes per team. Defunct countries are denoted by circles.

Since 1967, the champion of each tournament has been awarded the Naismith Trophy, named in honor of basketball's inventor, James Naismith. A trophy had been planned since the first World Championship in 1950, but did not come to fruition until FIBA finally commissioned a trophy in 1965, after receiving a US$1,000 donation. The original trophy was used from 1967 through 1994. An updated trophy was introduced for the 1998 FIBA World Championship and the original now sits at the Pedro Ferrándiz Foundation in Spain. [16]

The second trophy is designed in an Egyptian-inspired lotus shape, upon which there are carved maps of the continents and precious stones symbolizing the five continents (FIBA Americas represents both North America and South America). Dr. Naismith's name is engraved on all four sides in Latin, Arabic, Chinese, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The trophy stands 47 centimeters (18.5 inches) tall and weighs nine kilograms (twenty pounds). [17]

The most recent Naismith Trophy design was revealed in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Draw Ceremonies, last 7 May 2017. The trophy, which stands about 60 centimeters high (13 cm. higher than the 1998 version), is made almost entirely out of gold, and features the names of the previous world cup champions at the base. FIBA's original name (Federation Internationale de Basketball Amateur) is also engraved at the trophy's "hoop". The trophy was designed by Radiant, and handcrafted by the silversmith Thomas Lyte.

Summary

EditionYearHostsGold medal gameBronze medal gameNumber of teams
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth place
1 1950  Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
64–50
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
Flag of Chile.svg
Chile
51–40
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
Brazil
10
2 1954  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
62–41
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
Brazil
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg
Philippines
66–60
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
France
12
3 1959  Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
Brazil
81–67
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
Flag of Chile.svg
Chile
86–85
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Formosa
13
4 1963  Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg  Brazil Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg
Brazil
90–71
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
75–74
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
13
5 1967  Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
71–59
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg
Brazil
80–71
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
13
6 1970  Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
80–55
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
62–58
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
13
7 1974  Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg  Puerto Rico Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
79–82
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
83–70
No playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
14
8 1978  Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
82–81 (OT)
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
86–85
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
14
9 1982  Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
95–94
Coliseo El Pueblo, Cali
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
119–117
Coliseo El Pueblo, Cali
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
13
10 1986  Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
87–85
Palacio de Deportes, Madrid
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
117–91
Palacio de Deportes, Madrid
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
24
11 1990  Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
92–75
Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
107–105 (OT)
Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
16
12 1994  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
137–91
SkyDome, Toronto
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
78–60
SkyDome, Toronto
Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
16
13 1998  Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
FR Yugoslavia
64–62
Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
84–61
Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens
Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
16
14 2002  Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
FR Yugoslavia
84–77 (OT)
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
117–94
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
16
15 2006  Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
70–47
Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
96–81
Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
24
16 2010  Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
81–64
Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul
Flag of Turkey.svg
Turkey
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lithuania
99–88
Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul
Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg
Serbia
24
17 2014  Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg
United States
129–92
Palacio de Deportes, Madrid
Flag of Serbia.svg
Serbia
Flag of France.svg
France
95–93
Palacio de Deportes, Madrid
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lithuania
24
18 2019  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
95–75
Wukesong Arena, Beijing
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of France.svg
France
67–59
Wukesong Arena, Beijing
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
32
19 2023  Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines
 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
 Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Future eventFuture event32

(OT): game decided after overtime.

Medal table

In the most current medal table released by FIBA as seen on the FIBA archive website, the 2014 championship is taken into account, and the records of SFR Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia are combined under "Yugoslavia". [18]

Previously, FIBA had a medal table from 1950 to 2006, [19] and another medal table that included results from 1950 to 2006, [20] that separated the results of SFR Yugoslavia/FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro respectively into "Yugoslavia" or "Serbia and Montenegro". The ranking of teams between the latter two medal tables are different, with the FIBA.com ranking by number of total medals, while the FIBA World Cup website's ranking is by number of gold medals. The number of medals won by the United States differs between the latter two medal tables, despite encompassing the same period. The latter two medal tables also do not include the results of the 2010 and 2014 championships.

Finally, a FIBA.com PDF linked from the FIBA.com history section that documents the championships from 1950 to 2002 also has a medal table that included tournaments from 1950 to 1998, which also separated pre-breakup Yugoslavia, called as "Yusgoslavia" [ sic ] from the post-breakup Yugoslavia, called as "Serbia and Montenegro", and ranked the teams by the number of total medals. [21]

The FIBA archive also lists the achievements of each national team, separating it per IOC codes. The national team representing Serbia's first international tournament is listed as 2007, [22] Serbia and Montenegro's tournament participation lasted from 2003 to 2006, [23] and Yugoslavia's participation was from 1947 to 2002. [24] Chinese Taipei was listed not to have participated in the World Cup, indeed its first participation in any FIBA tournament started in 1986; [25] a team called "Taiwan" participated from 1960 to 1973, [26] and a "Formosa" team joined from 1954 to 1959. [27]

Below is the FIBA table as seen from the FIBA archive website, updated with results since 1998. The records of SFR Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia (counted together as "Yugoslavia") are separated from records of Serbia and Serbia and Montenegro. In the case of the Soviet Union, their records also didn't carry over to Russia. [28]

Italics indicates nations that no longer exist.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 53412
2 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg / Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Yugoslavia 53210
3Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 3328
4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2226
5Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2002
6Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1203
7Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0202
8Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 0101
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 0101
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 0101
11Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 0022
Flag of France.svg  France 0022
13Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 0011
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0011
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 0011
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 0011
Totals (16 nations)18181854

Participating nations

Key:

Team 1950
Flag of Argentina.svg
1954
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
1959
Flag of Chile.svg
1963
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg
1967
Flag of Uruguay.svg
1970
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
1974
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
1978
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg
1982
Flag of Colombia.svg
1986
Flag of Spain.svg
1990
Flag of Argentina.svg
1994
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
1998
Flag of Greece.svg
2002
Flag of the United States.svg
2006
Flag of Japan.svg
2010
Flag of Turkey.svg
2014
Flag of Spain.svg
2019
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2023
Flag of the Philippines.svg
Flag of Japan.svg
Flag of Indonesia.svg
2027
TBD
Total
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria R1
15th
1
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola R1
13th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
11th
R16
9th
R16
15th
R1
17th
R1
27th
8
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1stR1
10th
R1
8th
6thR1
11th
R2
12th
R2
8th
R1
9th
QF
8th
2nd4thQF
5th
R16
11th
2nd14
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia R1
12th
R1
12th
FR
7th
QF
5th
R2
13th
R2
7th
R2
5th
R1
9th
R16
9th
R16
10th
R16
12th
4th12
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4th2nd1st1st3rd2nd6th3rdR1
8th
4thR2
5th
R1
11th
R1
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
R16
9th
QF
6th
R2
13th
18
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 7th1
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 7thR1
12th
R1
11th
R1
10th
8th6th6thR2
8th
R1
12th
R2
7th
R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
21st
14
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic R1
14th
1
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 3rdR1
10th
3rd3
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
9th
R1
14th
R1
8th
R1
12th
R16
9th
R16
16th
R1
24th
9
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei [29] 5th4th2
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 7th1
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 3rdR16
14th
R16
10th
3
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba R1
8th
4thR2
11th
R1
15th
4
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic QF

6th

1
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia [30] FR

6th

R1

10th

R1

9th

R1

10th

4
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic R1
12th
R16
13th
R2
16th
3
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador R1
8th
1
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt FR

5th

R1

11th

R1

13th

R1

16th

R1

14th

R1

24th

6
Team 1950
Flag of Argentina.svg
1954
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
1959
Flag of Chile.svg
1963
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg
1967
Flag of Uruguay.svg
1970
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
1974
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
1978
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg
1982
Flag of Colombia.svg
1986
Flag of Spain.svg
1990
Flag of Argentina.svg
1994
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
1998
Flag of Greece.svg
2002
Flag of the United States.svg
2006
Flag of Japan.svg
2010
Flag of Turkey.svg
2014
Flag of Spain.svg
2019
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2023
Flag of the Philippines.svg
Flag of Japan.svg
Flag of Indonesia.svg
2027
TBD
Total
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland R1
22nd
1
Flag of France.svg  France FR

6th

FR

4th

FR

5th

R1

13th

QF

5th

R16

13th

SF

3rd

SF

3rd

8
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [31] R1

13th

R1

12th

SF

3rd

QF

8th

R1

17th

R1

18th

6
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece R2

10th

R2

6th

SF

4th

SF

4th

F

2nd

R16

11th

R16

9th

R2

11th

8
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Q1
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast R1
13th
R1
13th
R1
21st
R1
29th
4
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran R1
19th
R1
20th
R1
23rd
3
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 8thR2
7th
2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FR

7th

R1

9th

FR

4th

FR

4th

R2

6th

R2

9th

QF

6th

R16

9th

R2

10th

9
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan R1

13th

R1

11th

R1

14th

R1

17th

R1

31st

Q6
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan R1
23rd
R1
28th
2
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon R1

16th

R1

17th

R1

20th

3
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Part of the Soviet UnionQF
7th
QF
7th
3rd4thR2
9th
5
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia R1
13th
1
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico R1

13th

R1

9th

R1

8th

R1

9th

R16

14th

5
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Part of YugoslaviaR1
25th
1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands R1
13th
1
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand R1

13th

SF

4th

R16

9th

R16

12th

R16

15th

R1

19th

6
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria R1

13th

R16

9th

R1

17th

3
Team 1950
Flag of Argentina.svg
1954
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
1959
Flag of Chile.svg
1963
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg
1967
Flag of Uruguay.svg
1970
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
1974
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
1978
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg
1982
Flag of Colombia.svg
1986
Flag of Spain.svg
1990
Flag of Argentina.svg
1994
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
1998
Flag of Greece.svg
2002
Flag of the United States.svg
2006
Flag of Japan.svg
2010
Flag of Turkey.svg
2014
Flag of Spain.svg
2019
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2023
Flag of the Philippines.svg
Flag of Japan.svg
Flag of Indonesia.svg
2027
TBD
Total
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama R1

9th

R1

9th

R1

13th

R1

21st

4
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay R1

9th

R1

13th

2
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru R1

7th

R1

12th

R1

12th

R1

10th

4
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines FR

3rd

R1

8th

R1

13th

FR

8th

R1

21st

R1

32nd

Q6
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland FR

5th

QF

8th

2
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico FR

5th

FR

6th

R1

12th

FR

7th

F1

10th

R1

13th

SF

4th

R2

6th

R1

11th

QF

7th

R1

17th

R1

18th

R1

19th

R2

15th

14
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar R1
21st
1
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Part of the Soviet Union2nd2ndR1
10th
QF
7th
R2
12th
5
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal R1

14th

R1

15th

R1

21st

R16

16th

R1

30th

5
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Part of YugoslaviaR16

9th

SF

4th

F

2nd

QF

5th

4
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Part of YugoslaviaR16

9th

QF

8th

QF

7th

3
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea R1

11th

R1

13th

R1

13th

R1

15th

R1

13th

R1

16th

R1

23rd

R1

26th

8
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 6th3rd1st3rd1st2nd1st2nd2ndDoes not Exist9
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain R1
9th
5thFR

4th

R2

5th

R1

10th

R1

10th

QF

5th

QF

5th

F

1st

QF

6th

QF

5th

F

1st

12
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia R1
24th
R1
20th
2
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey R1

9th

QF

6th

F

2nd

QF

8th

R1

22nd

5
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Part of the Soviet UnionR1
18th
1
Flag of the United States.svg  United States FR

2nd

FR

1st

FR

2nd

FR

4th

FR

4th

FR

5th

FR

3rd

FR

5th

F

2nd

F

1st

SF

3rd

F

1st

SF

3rd

QF

6th

SF

3rd

F

1st

F

1st

QF

7th

18
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay FR

6th

R1

9th

R1

10th

FR

7th

FR

7th

R1

11th

R1

13th

7
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela R1

11th

R1

14th

R1

21st

R2

14th

4
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia [32] R1

10th

R1

11th

2nd2ndFR

1st

FR

2nd

F

1st

SF

3rd

SF

3rd

F

1st

F

1st

F

1st

12
Total1012131313131414132416161616242424323232

Notes:

Most successful players

Boldface denotes active basketball players and highest medal count among all players (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Multiple gold medalists

The table shows those who have won at least 2 gold medals at the World Cups.

RankPlayerCountryFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Krešimir Ćosić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 19671978224
Wlamir Marques Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 19541970224
3 "Amaury" Pasos Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 195419672114
Sergei Belov Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 196719782114
5 Carmo de Souza ("Rosa Branca") Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 19591970213
6 Vlade Divac Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia
19862002213
"Jatyr" Eduardo Schall Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 19591967213
Modestas Paulauskas Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 19671974213
Priit Tomson Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 19671974213
10 Dejan Bodiroga Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia 1998200222
Stephen Curry Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2010201422
Predrag Drobnjak Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia 1998200222
Rudy Fernández Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2006201922
Marc Gasol Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2006201922
Rudy Gay Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2010201422
Derrick Rose Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2010201422
Dejan Tomašević Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia 1998200222

Multiple medalists

The table shows those who have won at least 4 medals in total at the World Cups.

RankPlayerCountryFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Krešimir Ćosić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 19671978224
Wlamir Marques Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 19541970224
3 "Amaury" Pasos Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 195419672114
Sergei Belov Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 196719782114
5 Alexander Belostenny Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 19781990134
6 Ubiratan Pereira Maciel ("Bira") Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 196319781124
Dražen Dalipagić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 197419861124

Other records and statistics

Eleven players Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Marcel De Souza, Marcelinho Machado, Anderson Varejao, Leandrinho Barbosa and Alex Garcia of Brazil, Phil Smyth of Australia, Daniel Santiago and Jerome Mincy of Puerto Rico, Eduardo Mingas of Angola and Luis Scola of Argentina  have appeared in five tournaments. [33] [34]

Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt is the runaway all-time leading scorer, scoring 906 career points in four tournaments, between 1978 and 1990. Nikos Galis of Greece, is the all-time leading scorer for a single tournament, averaging 33.7 points per game for the Greeks at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.

Serbian coach and former player Željko Obradović is the only person who won the title, both as a coach and a player. He was a member of the Yugoslavia team that won the 1990 FIBA World Championship and coached the Yugoslavia team that won the 1998 FIBA World Championship.

Awards

FIBA names a Most Valuable Player for each tournament. Since the tournament opened to NBA players at the 1994 tournament for the first time, NBA players have won six of the seven MVP trophies awarded Shaquille O'Neal for the United States in 1994, Germany's Dirk Nowitzki at the 2002 tournament, Spain's Pau Gasol at the 2006 tournament, Kevin Durant for the United States at the 2010 tournament, Kyrie Irving for the United States at the 2014 tournament and Spain's Ricky Rubio at the 2019 tournament. The only exception was Dejan Bodiroga of FR Yugoslavia, who was the MVP of the 1998 tournament, when the NBA players were not able to participate, due to the 1998–99 NBA lockout.

Tournament growth

The 2010 FIBA World Championship reached a global TV audience of 800 million people, across 171 countries, with the official website having 30 million views during the tournament.[ citation needed ] Both numbers broke the previous records set at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and at the EuroBasket 2009.[ citation needed ] Three of the games involving Lithuania were among the highest rated programs in that country. In China, 65 million watched the Chinese national team's game against Greece, in the preliminary round. [35] This was an improvement from the 2006 FIBA World Championship, which was held in Japan, and was shown in 150 countries. This meant that games aired in the morning in Europe and at night in the Americas; despite this, audiences broke records, with Italy's game against Slovenia achieving a 20% viewing share in Italy, Serbia's game against Nigeria netting a 33% share in Serbia, and a 600,000-audience in the United States for the US national team's game against Puerto Rico at 1 am. [36]

Before the 2010 FIBA World Championship started in Turkey, FIBA had already sold 350,000 tickets, for a revenue of between US$8 to 10 million. The number of tickets sold was 10% higher than 2006, although the revenue was less than 2006's US$18 million, which was widely attributed to the strong Japanese yen. Meanwhile, FIBA got two-thirds of marketing rights revenue, of which one-third, or about US$8 million, went to the local organizers. FIBA had also successfully negotiated TV rights deals, which all went to FIBA, worth US$25 million, including a TV rights deal with ESPN. [37] In 2006, the Japanese organizers were targeting to sell 180,000 tickets, mostly to a Japanese audience; as for the overseas audience, the Japanese organizers didn't "expect them in great numbers". This was seen as a big improvement from the 2002 tournament, which was a financial loss for USA Basketball and Indianapolis, in which all games were held in one city. This led to the Japanese organizers to hold games throughout the country, instead of just in a single city. [38]

At the most recent world championship, which was re-branded as the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, in Spain, FIBA reported impressive ratings from nations which were participating in the tournament during the first week of the group phase. Most games involving European teams had a market share of at least 20%, including a 40% market share in Finland, for the Finnish national team's game against the Dominican Republic. [39] The TV ratings in the United States beat out the 2014 US Tennis Open, but some US sports media still described viewers in the US as not caring about the FIBA Basketball World Cup. [40] In the Philippines, the entire tournament had an average reach of 67.8%. [41]

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 No final was played; teams played each other once in the final group round-robin; the best team with the best record wins the championship.

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