EuroBasket

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EuroBasket
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event EuroBasket 1963
Founded 1935
Inaugural season 1935
No. of teams 14
Countries FIBA Europe member associations
Continent FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Soviet Union
Most titles  Soviet Union (7 titles)

EuroBasket, previously referred to as the European Basketball Championship, is the main basketball competition contested biennially by the men's national teams governed by FIBA Europe, the European zone within the International Basketball Federation. The championship was first held in 1935.

History[edit | edit source]

The first EuroBasket competition was held in Switzerland in 1935 which was held in Switzerland as FIBA was created in that country only three years earlier. In the first competition, Spain and Portugal had to play in a qualifier to see who would make it into the main draw. In the end, Switzerland would take out there only EuroBasket to date when they defeated Spain 24-22 in the final. The next two competitions would see Lithuania take out the trophy in an eight-team competition.

After the Second World War, the competition saw the rise of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia which first appeared in 1947 with the Soviet Union taking out the title in Czechoslovakia. The next edition saw the only edition that was played outside of Europe with Egypt hosting and coming runner-up to the French who would take out the title. 1951 would see the competition expand to an eighteen team competition with no less than four debuting in the competition. After two round of group stage matches, the final would see the Soviet Union take out the title as they defeated Czechoslovakia in the final by only three points. The Soviet Union would win the following tournament on their home court winning every single game in the progress. 1955 saw the competition introduce a 30 second clock which would change the way the game was played. After losing to Italy in the opening round, it paved the way for Hungary to take out the title for the first time finishing ahead of Bulgaria who also claimed their first medal.

1957 saw the format of the competition change with another round introduce in between the first and final round. This was mainly to reduce the final round to only four teams compared to the eight that had been played in the previous two editions. The Soviet Union in the end would take their fourth gold medal finishing on top in the final round ahead of Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria

Champions[edit | edit source]

Year Host (Final phase/game) Gold medal game Bronze medal game Number of teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1935 Switzerland Geneva
Switzerland
24–22
Spain

Czechoslovakia
22–16
Latvia
10
1937 Latvia Riga
Lithuania
27-18
France

Estonia
30–26
Poland
8
1939 Lithuania Kaunas
Lithuania
No playoffs
Latvia

Estonia
No playoffs
Poland
8
1946 Switzerland Geneva
Italy
35–28
Switzerland

Hungary
40–32
France
10
1947 Czechoslovakia Prague
Soviet Union
64-35
Belgium

Czechoslovakia
52–41
Egypt
14
1949 Egypt Cairo
France
No playoffs
Egypt

Greece
No playoffs
Turkey
7
1951 France Paris
Soviet Union
45-42
Czechoslovakia

France
No playoffs
Bulgaria
18
1953 Soviet Union Moscow
Soviet Union
No playoffs
France

Hungary
No playoffs
Yugoslavia
17
1955 Hungary Budapest
Hungary
No playoffs
Bulgaria

Czechoslovakia
No playoffs
Soviet Union
18
1957 Bulgaria Sofia
Soviet Union
No playoffs
Czechoslovakia

Bulgaria
No playoffs
Romania
16
1959 Turkey Istanbul
Soviet Union
No playoffs
Czechoslovakia

Hungary
No playoffs
Yugoslavia
16
1961 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade
Soviet Union
62-50
Yugoslavia

Romania
53-49
France
19
1963 Poland Wroclaw
Soviet Union
70-49
Poland

Yugoslavia
81-54
Bulgaria
16

Medal Table[edit | edit source]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union7007
2 Lithuania2002
3 France1214
4  Switzerland1102
5 Hungary1034
6 Italy1001
7 Czechoslovakia0336
8 Bulgaria0112
 Yugoslavia0112
10 Belgium0101
 Egypt0101
 Latvia0101
 Poland0101
 Spain0101
15 Estonia0022
16 Greece0011
 Romania0011
Totals (17 nations)13131339

External Links[edit | edit source]

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