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FIBA Basketball World Cup
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Organized by

Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA)

First champions

Argentina (Argentina 1950)

Current champions

Spain (China 2019)

Most successful team(s)

United States (Brazil 1954, Spain 1986, Canada 1994, Turkey 2010 and Spain 2014)
Yugoslavia (Yugoslavia 1970, Philippines 1978, Argentina 1990, Greece 1998 and United States 2002)


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, 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.

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.


Results[]

Year Hosts Champions Score & Venue Runners-up Notes
1950 Argentina Argentina 64–50
No playoffs
United States No final was played; teams played each other once in the final group round-robin; the team with the best record wins the championship.
1954 Brazil United States 62–41
No playoffs
Brazil
1959 Chile Brazil 81–67
No playoffs
United States
1963 Brazil Brazil 90–71
No playoffs
Yugoslavia
1967 Uruguay Soviet Union 71–59
No playoffs
Yugoslavia
1970 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 80–55
No playoffs
Brazil
1974 Puerto Rico Soviet Union 79–82
No playoffs
Yugoslavia
1978 Philippines Yugoslavia 82–81
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Soviet Union Finals game won by Yugoslavia during overtime.
1982 Colombia Soviet Union 95–94
Coliseo El Pueblo, Cali
United States
1986 Spain United States 87–85
Palacio de Deportes, Madrid
Soviet Union
1990 Argentina Yugoslavia 92–75
Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Soviet Union
1994 Canada United States 137–91
SkyDome, Toronto
Russia
1998 Greece FR Yugoslavia 64–62
Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens
Russia
2002 United States FR Yugoslavia 84–77
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Argentina Finals game was won by FR Yugoslavia during overtime.
2006 Japan Spain 70–47
Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
Greece
2010 Turkey United States 81–64
Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul
Turkey
2014 Spain United States 129–92
Palacio de Deportes, Madrid
Serbia
2019 China Spain 95–75
Wukesong Arena, Beijing
Argentina
2023 Philippines
Japan
Indonesia
TBA TBA
Philippine Arena, Bocaue
TBA

Broadcasters[]

as of 2019

Country Rights holder(s)
Andorra Canal+, Mediaset
Angola TPA
Argentina DeporTV, TV Pública, TyC Sports
Australia Fox Sports
Baltic states TVPlay Sports
Belgium BeTV
Bosnia and Herzegovina
North Macedonia
Sport Klub
Brazil SporTV
Bulgaria BNT
Canada DAZN
China CCTV, Tencent
Croatia HRT, Sport Klub
Cuba ICRT
Cyprus CyTA
Czech Republic ČT
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
TV3
Finland Yle
France Canal+
Georgia GPB
Germany Magenta Sport
Greece ERT
Hong Kong i-Cable
Hungary M4 Sport
Iceland RÚV
India FanCode
Indonesia TVRI
Israel Sport 5
Italy Sky Sport
Japan Fuji TV, DAZN
Kosovo RTK
Latin America DirecTV, Fox Sports
Lebanon LBC
Macau TDM
Malaysia Astro
Middle East and North Africa beIN Sports
Mongolia NTV
Montenegro RTCG, Sport Klub
Netherlands Ziggo
New Zealand Māori Television, Sky
Pacific Islands Melania Media
Paraguay TigoStarTV
Philippines Cignal, ESPN5
Poland TVP
Portugal Eleven Sports
Puerto Rico WAPA-TV
Qatar Al Kass
Russia Match TV
Scandinavia Nordic Entertainment Group
Senegal RTS
Serbia RTS, Sport Klub
Singapore StarHub
Slovenia Pop TV
South Korea SPOTV
Spain DAZN, Mediaset
Sub-Saharan Africa StarTimes, Canal+ Afrique
Switzerland Canal+, SRG SSR, Teleclub
Taiwan Eleven Sports
Turkey NTV, S Sport
Ukraine XSPORT
United Kingdom
Ireland
Eurosport
United States ESPN
Uruguay ANTEL
Vietnam HTV
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