FIBA World Championship

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FIBA World Championship
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Current sports event 1963 FIBA World Championship
Sport Basketball
Founded 1950
Inaugural season 1950
No. of teams 13
Countries FIBA members
Continent FIBA (International)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Brazil (1st title)
Most titles  Argentina
 United States
 Brazil (1 title)

The FIBA World Championship is an international basketball competition contested by the men's national basketball teams of FIBA. The competition is currently held on a four-year cycle which has been the case since the first edition in 1950.

History[edit | edit source]

The first international basketball competition was held in South America in 1930 and with Europe holding their first tournament in 1935 and the success of the two Olympic basketball tournaments it was decided that a World Cup edition would be agreed with Argentina being the host nation as they were the only country willing to take this massive risk. The first tournament would see a ten team tournament with the top three of the previous Olympics, the two best teams from South America, Europe and Asia. But with Asian teams not being entered, other teams were required to fill the entry list of ten teams. Argentina would take out the very first title after doing a five from five matches in the final round which did include a win over the United States to record the first championship.

The second edition of the tournament was held in Brazil with the United States taking out their first of many titles in the World Championship after they went unbeaten to take home the title with all of the wins being above 20 points. The Philippines and Fossoa created history by being the first countries from Asia to compete in the World Championship and for the Philippines, they became the first country from outside of the Americas to get a medal when they finished third in the final round. The following edition was originally going to be held in the Philippines but after the president of the nation wasn't giving visas to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. This meant that the tournament was stripped and moved back to Brazil for the following edition.

Results[edit | edit source]

Year Hosts Gold Medal Game Bronze Medal Game Number of Teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1950 Flag of Argentina Argentina
Argentina
No playoffs[1]
United States

Chile
No playoffs[1]
Brazil
10
1954 Flag of Brazil Brazil
United States
No playoffs[1]
Brazil

Philippines
No playoffs[1]
France
10
1959 Flag of Chile Chile
Brazil
No playoffs[1]
Soviet Union

United States
No playoffs[1]
Chile
13
1963 Flag of Brazil Brazil
Brazil
No playoffs[1]
Yugoslavia

United States
No playoffs[1]
Soviet Union
13

Medal table[edit | edit source]

Italics indicates nations that no longer exist.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil2103
2 United States1124
3 Argentina1001
4 Soviet Union0101
 Yugoslavia0101
6 Chile0011
 Philippines0011
Totals (7 nations)44412

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 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.

External Links[edit | edit source]

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