FIBA Basketball World Cup Tips & Predictions
FIBA Basketball World Cup
The FIBA Basketball World Cup or World Championship is an international basketball competition, ranking alongside the Olympic Basketball Tournament in prestige. The Basketball World Cup is contested by the men’s national teams of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
The Basketball World Cup began in 1950 and was to be held every four years between the Olympic Games. Argentina hosted the tournament and won all their games to become the first FIBA World Champion.
The first five World Cups were held in South America with teams from the Americas dominating the tournament. Teams from Europe including the former states of Soviet Union and Yugoslavia caught up alongside the United States and Brazil, these four nations winning every medal between 1963 and 1990.
The 1994 FIBA World Cup marked a considerable change with active American NBA players allowed to participate for the first time. All tournaments from then on are considered fully professional. There was also a shift in Europe with the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia splitting into new states including Russia and Croatia.
FIBA expanded the tournament to 24 teams for 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament. The 2018 World Cup was moved to 2019 to avoid overlapping with the FIFA World Cup and will expand from 24 to 32 teams.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be held in in China, followed by a 2023 edition co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia.
The champions of each tournament are awarded the Naismith Trophy, named after basketball inventor James Naismith. The United States and Yugoslavia have won the most titles with five each, the Soviet Union won three and Brazil have two.
The winners are also awarded a Gold medal, second place a silver medal and the winners of the third placed game awarded the bronze medal.
The current champions are the United States who defeated Serbia 129-92 in the 2014 final in Spain.
Recent FIBA Basketball World Cup Winners, Runners-Up, Third Place & Hosts
|1990||Yugoslavia||Soviet Union||United States||Argentina|
|1986||United States||Soviet Union||Yugoslavia||Spain|
|1982||Soviet Union||United States||Yugoslavia||Colombia|
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