1998 FIBA World Championship

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1998 FIBA World Championship
13th FIBA World Championship
Official logo of the 1998 FIBA World Championship
Official website
1998 FIBA World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation  Greece
Dates 29 July – 9 August
Teams 16 (from ? federations)
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  Yugoslavia (1st title)
MVP Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Spain Alberto Herreros (17.88)  United States (82.10)
Rebounds Puerto Rico José Ortiz (10.5)  Nigeria (37.4)
Assists Australia Shane Heal (4.5)  Argentina (13.10)
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The 1998 FIBA World Championship was the 13th FIBA World Championship, an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation and hosted in Athens, Greece from 29 July to 9 August 1998. The tournament was contested by 16 nations and the matches were played in two venues in Athens.

Because of the National Basketball Association lockout and unlike the previous championship, the USA Basketball Association was unable to send a team comprised from NBA players, thus causing the American national team roster to be comprised out of professional basketball players playing in Europe and two college players.[1] The tournament was won by Yugoslavia, in their first participation after the breakup of Yugoslavia, defeating 64–62 Russia in the final.

Venues[edit]

Athens Greece
Marousi Piraeus
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall
Capacity: 18,700
Peace and Friendship Stadium
Capacity: 14,776
OAKA1010436.JPG Peace and Friendship stadium.jpg

Squads[edit]

Competing nations[edit]

Competing teams

Greece and the United States qualified automatically, the first because of its status as host country, and the latter due to earning a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The remaining places were secured according to the different continental tournaments held in 1997.

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the second round groups I and II
Qualified for the second round groups III and IV

The top three teams in each group advance to the second round, into either Group E or F. The fourth place team in each group moves onto the 13th–16th classification.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Greece 3 3 0 210 185 +25 6
 Italy 3 2 1 211 199 +12 5
 Canada 3 1 2 211 214 −3 4
 Senegal 3 0 3 180 214 −34 3
29 July
Senegal  66–76  Italy
29 July
Greece  78–72  Canada
30 July
Canada  70–57  Senegal
30 July
Italy  56–64  Greece
31 July
Canada  69–79  Italy
31 July
Senegal  57–68  Greece

Group Β[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Yugoslavia 3 3 0 261 194 +67 6
 Russia 3 2 1 243 213 +30 5
 Puerto Rico 3 1 2 217 223 −6 4
 Japan 3 0 3 169 260 −91 3
29 July
Japan  58–83  Russia
29 July
Yugoslavia  80–66  Puerto Rico
30 July
Puerto Rico  78–57  Japan
30 July
Russia  74–82 OT  Yugoslavia
31 July
Japan  54–99  Yugoslavia
31 July
Puerto Rico  73–86  Russia

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Lithuania 3 3 0 247 200 +47 6
 United States 3 2 1 253 205 +48 5
 Brazil 3 1 2 197 222 −25 4
 South Korea 3 0 3 191 261 −70 3
29 July
South Korea  56–97  Lithuania
29 July
United States  83–59  Brazil
30 July
Brazil  76–73  South Korea
30 July
Lithuania  84–82  United States
31 July
Brazil  62–66  Lithuania
31 July
South Korea  68–88  United States

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 225 211 +14 6
 Argentina 3 2 1 201 181 +20 5
 Australia 3 1 2 208 207 +1 4
 Nigeria 3 0 3 183 218 −35 3
29 July
Nigeria  68–80  Spain
29 July
Australia  62–66  Argentina
30 July
Argentina  68–51  Nigeria
30 July
Spain  77–76  Australia
31 July
Nigeria  64–70  Australia
31 July
Argentina  67–68 OT  Spain

Second round[edit]

Qualified for the final round
Qualified for the 9th–12th classification

First three teams in each group of the first group phase qualify to the second phase, creating two new groups of six teams. The final standings also take in account the results of previous round matches.

Group Ε[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Yugoslavia 5 4 1 387 312 +75 9 1–0
 Russia 5 4 1 372 330 +42 9 0–1
 Greece 5 3 2 317 322 −5 8 1–0
 Italy 5 3 2 319 327 −8 8 0–1
 Puerto Rico 5 1 4 360 386 −26 6
 Canada 5 0 5 349 427 −78 5
2 August
Yugoslavia  95–55  Canada
2 August
Russia  71–55  Italy
2 August
Puerto Rico  64–71  Greece
3 August
Canada  81–94  Puerto Rico
3 August
Italy  61–60  Yugoslavia
3 August
Greece  48–60  Russia
4 August
Russia  81–72  Canada
4 August
Puerto Rico  63–68  Italy
4 August
Yugoslavia  70–56  Greece

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 United States 5 4 1 423 368 +55 9 1–0
 Spain 5 4 1 377 361 +16 9 0–1
 Lithuania 5 3 2 375 376 −1 8
 Argentina 5 2 3 368 377 −9 7 1–0
 Australia 5 2 3 362 363 −1 7 0–1
 Brazil 5 0 5 323 383 −60 5
2 August
Australia  71–61  Lithuania
2 August
Argentina  74–87  United States
2 August
Spain  73–63  Brazil
3 August
Lithuania  84–75  Argentina
3 August
Brazil  63–75  Australia
3 August
United States  75–73  Spain
4 August
Spain  86–80 OT  Lithuania
4 August
Argentina  86–76  Brazil
4 August
Australia  78–96  United States

Classification round[edit]

13th–16th classification[edit]

Thirteenth to sixteenth Thirteenth place
2 August 1998
  Senegal  55  
  Japan  60  
 
3 August 1998
      Japan  60
    Nigeria  70
Fifteenth place
2 August 1998 3 August 1998
  South Korea  65   Senegal  75
  Nigeria  89     South Korea  72

Semifinals[edit]

2 August
Senegal  55–60  Japan
2 August
South Korea  65–89  Nigeria

15th place playoff[edit]

3 August
Senegal  75–72  South Korea

13th place playoff[edit]

3 August
Japan  60–70  Nigeria

9th–12th classification[edit]

Ninth to twelfth Ninth place
7 August 1998
  Puerto Rico  64  
  Brazil  76  
 
8 August 1998
      Brazil  75
    Australia  79
Eleventh place
7 August 1998 8 August 1998
  Canada  71   Puerto Rico  92
  Australia  88     Canada  81

Semifinals[edit]

7 August
Puerto Rico  64–76  Brazil
7 August
Australia  88–71  Canada

11th place playoff[edit]

8 August
Puerto Rico  92–81  Canada

9th place playoff[edit]

8 August
Brazil  75–79  Australia

5th–8th classification[edit]

5th–8th place 5th place
8 August 1998
  Lithuania  71  
  Italy  76  
 
9 August 1998
      Italy  61
    Spain  64
7th place
8 August 1998 9 August 1998
  Argentina  64   Lithuania  77
  Spain  77     Argentina  76

Semifinals[edit]

8 August
Argentina  64–77  Spain
8 August
Lithuania  71–76  Italy

7th place playoff[edit]

9 August
Argentina  76–77  Lithuania

5th place playoff[edit]

9 August
Spain  64–61  Italy

Final round[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
7 August 1998        
  Russia  82
8 August 1998
  Lithuania  67  
  Russia  66
7 August 1998
    United States  64  
  Italy  77
9 August 1998
  United States  80  
  Russia  62
7 August 1998
    Yugoslavia  64
  Yugoslavia  70
8 August 1998
  Argentina  62  
  Yugoslavia  78 Third place
7 August 1998
    Greece  73  
  Greece  69   United States  84
  Spain  62     Greece  61
9 August 1998

Quarterfinals[edit]

7 August
Yugoslavia  70–62  Argentina
7 August
Russia  82–67  Lithuania
7 August
United States  80–77  Italy
7 August
Spain  62–69  Greece

Semifinals[edit]

8 August
Yugoslavia  78–73 OT  Greece
8 August
Russia  66–64  United States

3rd place playoff[edit]

9 August
Greece  61–84  United States

Final[edit]

9 August
Yugoslavia  64–62  Russia

Awards[edit]

 1998 World Championship Winner 

Yugoslavia
First title
MVP
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Country Name Ppg
Spain Alberto Herreros 17.9
Nigeria Mohammed Acha 17.5
Australia Shane Heal 17.0
Australia Andrew Gaze 16.8
Russia Vasili Karasev 16.1
South Korea Seo Jang-Hoon 15.2

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team Record
1  Yugoslavia 8–1
2  Russia 7–2
3  United States 7–2
4  Greece 5–4
5  Spain 7–2
6  Italy 5–4
7  Lithuania 5–4
8  Argentina 3–6
9  Australia 5–3
10  Brazil 2–6
11  Puerto Rico 3–5
12  Canada 1–7
13  Nigeria 2–3
14  Japan 1–4
15  Senegal 1–4
16  South Korea 0–5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 1998 USA Basketball