FIBA World Cup

Short History

     The FIBA Basketball World Cup, also known as the FIBA World Cup, was conceived at a meeting of the FIBA World Congress at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Long-time FIBA Secretary-General Renato William Jones urged FIBA to adopt a World Championship, similar to the FIFA World Cup, to be held every four years between Olympiads. The FIBA Congress, seeing how successful the 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. The first five tournaments were held in South America. Between 1950 and 2010 it has been known as the FIBA World Championship.
     The FIBA World Cup has existed in several different formats throughout the years. The first tournament, in 1950, began with a ten-team tournament. Between 1954 and 1974, each tournament started between 12 and 14 teams with a group stage preliminary round, and the top teams then moved on to a final round robin group. In 1978, FIBA added a gold and bronze medal game. In each year between 1959 and 1982, the host team received a bye into the final group. In 1986, the tournament briefly expanded to 24 teams, followed by a four-team knockout tournament between the top two finishers in each second round group stage. The championship contracted back down to 16 teams for the 1990 tournament, and the next three tournaments, each had two group stages followed by a four-team knockout tournament.
     The 1994 edition was the first tournament in which currently active NBA players were allowed to participate. All FIBA World Cup tournaments since then, are thus considered as fully professional level tournaments. The 2002 tournament expanded the knockout round to eight teams, and in 2006, FIBA made the decision to expand back to 24 teams. For the 2014 edition FIBA officially changed its name to FIBA World Cup. 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, FIBA scheduled a new four-year cycle followed by a 2019 edition.

Tournaments

Editions

Edition Year Host Date Nations Matches Venues Cities
FIBA World Championship
1. 1950 Argentina 22 Oct - 3 Nov 1950 10 nations 30 matches 1 venues 1 cities
2. 1954 Brazil 23 Oct - 5 Nov 1954 12 nations 46 matches 1 venues 1 cities
3. 1959 Chile 16 - 31 January 1959 13 nations 47 matches 5 venues 5 cities
4. 1963 Brazil 12 - 25 May 1963 13 nations 54 matches 5 venues 5 cities
5. 1967 Uruguay 27 May - 11 Jun 1967 13 nations 54 matches 5 venues 4 cities
6. 1970 Yugoslavia 10 - 24 May 1970 13 nations 54 matches 5 venues 5 cities
7. 1974 Puerto Rico 3 - 14 July 1974 14 nations 55 matches 3 venues 3 cities
8. 1978 Philippines 1 - 14 October 1978 14 nations 59 matches 2 venues 2 cities
9. 1982 Colombia 15 - 28 August 1982 13 nations 50 matches 5 venues 5 cities
10. 1986 Spain 5 - 20 July 1986 24 nations 88 matches 7 venues 7 cities
11. 1990 Argentina 8 - 20 August 1990 16 nations 64 matches 6 venues 6 cities
12. 1994 Canada 4 - 14 August 1994 16 nations 64 matches 3 venues 2 cities
13. 1998 Greece 29 Jul - 9 Aug 1998 16 nations 62 matches 2 venues 1 cities
14. 2002 United States 29 Aug - 8 Sep 2002 16 nations 62 matches 2 venues 1 cities
15. 2006 Japan 19 Aug - 3 Sep 2006 24 nations 80 matches 5 venues 5 cities
16. 2010 Turkey 28 Aug - 12 Sep 2010 24 nations 80 matches 5 venues 4 cities
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17. 2014 Spain 30 Aug - 14 Sep 2014 24 nations 76 matches 6 venues 6 cities
18. 2019 China 31 Aug - 15 Sep 2019 32 nations 92 matches 8 venues 8 cities

Final positions

Edition Year Host Champions Runners-up Third place
FIBA World Championship
1. 1950 Argentina ARGENTINA United States Chile
2. 1954 Brazil UNITED STATES Brazil Philippines
3. 1959 Chile BRAZIL United States Chile
4. 1963 Brazil BRAZIL Yugoslavia Soviet Union
5. 1967 Uruguay SOVIET UNION Yugoslavia Brazil
6. 1970 Yugoslavia YUGOSLAVIA Brazil Soviet Union
7. 1974 Puerto Rico SOVIET UNION Yugoslavia United States
8. 1978 Philippines YUGOSLAVIA Soviet Union Brazil
9. 1982 Colombia SOVIET UNION United States Yugoslavia
10. 1986 Spain UNITED STATES Soviet Union Yugoslavia
11. 1990 Argentina YUGOSLAVIA Soviet Union United States
12. 1994 Canada UNITED STATES Russia Croatia
13. 1998 Greece FR YUGOSLAVIA Russia United States
14. 2002 United States FR YUGOSLAVIA Argentina Germany
15. 2006 Japan SPAIN Greece United States
16. 2010 Turkey UNITED STATES Turkey Lithuania
FIBA Basketball World Cup
17. 2014 Spain UNITED STATES Serbia France
18. 2019 China SPAIN Argentina France

Results

Edition Year Host Final round-robin group
FIBA World Championship
1. 1950 Argentina 1. Argentina, 2. United States 3. Chile, 4. Brazil 5. Egypt, 6. France
2. 1954 Brazil 1. United States, 2. Brazil 3. Philippines, 4. France 5. Formosa, 6. Uruguay
7. Canada, 8. Israel
3. 1959 Chile 1. Brazil, 2. United States 3. Chile, 4. Formosa 5. Puerto Rico
6. Soviet Union, Bulgaria
4. 1963 Brazil 1. Brazil, 2. Yugoslavia 3. Soviet Union, 4. United States 5. France, 6. Puerto Rico
7. Italy
5. 1967 Uruguay 1. Soviet Union, 2. Yugoslavia 3. Brazil, 4. United States 5. Poland, 6. Argentina
7. Uruguay
6. 1970 Yugoslavia 1. Yugoslavia, 2. Brazil 3. Soviet Union, 4. Italy 5. United States, 6. Czechoslovakia
7. Uruguay
7. 1974 Puerto Rico 1. Soviet Union, 2. Yugoslavia 3. United States, 4. Cuba 5. Spain, 6. Brazil
7. Puerto Rico, 8. Canada
Edition Year Host Final 3. place play-off Semi-finals
8. 1978 Philippines Yugoslavia - Soviet Union 82-81 (OT) Brazil - Italy 86-85 Second round group stage
1. & 2. go to final, 3. & 4. go to 3P match
9. 1982 Colombia Soviet Union - United States 95-94 Yugoslavia - Spain 119-117 Second round group stage
1. & 2. go to final, 3. & 4. go to 3P match
10. 1986 Spain United States - Soviet Union 87-85 Yugoslavia - Brazil 117-91 United States - Brazil 96-80
Soviet Union - Yugoslavia 91-90 (OT)
11. 1990 Argentina Yugoslavia - Soviet Union 92-75 United States - Puerto Rico 107-105 (OT) Yugoslavia - United States 99-91
Soviet Union - Puerto Rico 98-82
12. 1994 Canada United States - Russia 137-91 Croatia - Greece 78-60 United States - Greece 97-58
Russia - Croatia 66-64
13. 1998 Greece FR Yugoslavia - Russia 64-62 United States - Greece 84-61 FR Yugoslavia - Greece 78-73 (OT)
Russia - United States 66-64
14. 2002 United States FR Yugoslavia - Argentina 84-77 (OT) Germany - New Zealand 117-94 FR Yugoslavia - New Zealand 89-78
Argentina - Germany 86-80
15. 2006 Japan Spain - Greece 70-47 United States - Argentina 96-81 Spain - Argentina 75-74
Greece - United States 101-95
16. 2010 Turkey United States - Turkey 81-64 Lithuania - Serbia 99-88 United States - Lithuania 89-74
Turkey - Serbia 83-82
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17. 2014 Spain United States - Serbia 129-92 France - Lithuania 95-93 United States - Lithuania 96-68
Serbia - France 90-85
18. 2019 China Spain - Argentina 95-75 France - Australia 67-59 Spain - Australia 95-88 (2OT)
Argentina - France 80-66

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