EuroBasket 1955

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FIBA EuroBasket 1955
9th FIBA European Basketball Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Hungary
Dates 7–19 June
Teams 18
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  Hungary (1st title)
MVP Hungary János Greminger
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Czechoslovakia Miroslav Škeřik (19.1)  Soviet Union (82.7)
Official website
EuroBasket 1955 (archive)
1953
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The 1955 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1955, was the ninth FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. Eighteen national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) entered the competition. The competition was hosted by Hungary, silver medal winners of EuroBasket 1953. Budapest was the location of the event.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

In the preliminary round, the 18 teams were split up into four groups. Two of the groups had five teams each, with the other two having four each. The top two teams in each group advanced to the final round, while the other ten teams were relegated to classification play.

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Poland 8 4 0 346 213 +133
2.  Yugoslavia 7 3 1 270 220 +50
3.  France 6 2 2 261 203 +58
4.  Austria 5 1 3 236 268 −32
5.  England 4 0 4 195 404 −209
France 72 – 56 Austria
Poland 69 – 64 Yugoslavia
Poland 80 – 50 Austria
England 50 – 97 France
England 44 – 140 Poland
Yugoslavia 68 – 61 OT Austria
Yugoslavia 98 – 53 England
France 55 – 57 Poland
Austria 69 – 48 England
France 37 – 40 Yugoslavia

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Hungary 6 3 0 235 171 +64
2.  Italy 5 2 1 232 197 +35
3.  Turkey 4 1 2 201 218 −17
4.  Finland 3 0 3 183 265 −82
Italy 86 – 63 Turkey
Hungary 94 – 58 Finland
Finland 66 – 83 Turkey
Hungary 75 – 58 Italy
Italy 88 – 59 Finland
Turkey 55 – 66 Hungary

Group C[edit]

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Soviet Union 8 4 0 372 179 +193
2.  Romania 7 3 1 280 210 +70
3.  Switzerland 6 2 2 233 252 −19
4.  Sweden 5 1 3 189 314 −125
5.  Luxembourg 4 0 4 179 298 −119
Sweden 52 – 72 Switzerland
Luxembourg 36 – 103 Soviet Union
Sweden 54 – 53 Luxembourg
Romania 63 – 79 Soviet Union
Switzerland 73 – 50 Luxembourg
Romania 86 – 52 Sweden
Soviet Union 103 – 31 Sweden
Switzerland 39 – 63 Romania
Romania 68 – 40 Luxembourg
Soviet Union 87 – 49 Switzerland

Group D[edit]

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Czechoslovakia 6 3 0 286 161 +125
2.  Bulgaria 5 2 1 272 160 +112
3.  West Germany 4 1 2 171 246 −75
4.  Denmark 3 0 3 97 259 −162
Bulgaria 107 – 33 Denmark
West Germany 65 – 113 Czechoslovakia
Bulgaria 97 – 54 West Germany
Czechoslovakia 100 – 28 Denmark
Denmark 36 – 52 West Germany
Czechoslovakia 73 – 68 Bulgaria

Classification round 1[edit]

The first classification round was played in two round-robin groups. Teams advanced into the second classification round depending on their results in the first round—first and second place teams played in the 9–12 segment of classification round 2 while third and fourth place teams played for 13th to 16th places. The fifth place teams played one game against each other for 17th and 18th places.

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Finland 8 4 0 279 203 +76
2.  England 6 2 2 220 262 −42
3.  Switzerland 6 2 2 194 199 −5
4.  Austria 5 1 3 184 213 −29
5.  West Germany 5 1 3 196 196 0
West Germany 67 – 50 England
Finland 55 – 49 Austria
West Germany 53 – 65 Finland
Switzerland 65 – 41 Austria
England 60 – 94 Finland
Switzerland 35 – 34 West Germany
England 59 – 53 Switzerland
Austria 46 – 42 West Germany
Austria 48 – 51 England
Finland 65 – 41 Switzerland

Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  France 8 4 0 314 130 +184
2.  Turkey 7 3 1 279 188 +91
3.  Luxembourg 6 2 2 200 246 −46
4.  Sweden 5 1 3 192 277 −85
5.  Denmark 4 0 4 131 275 −144
Turkey 72 – 59 Luxembourg
Denmark 41 – 51 Sweden
France 84 – 36 Sweden
Turkey 82 – 33 Denmark
Luxembourg 46 – 31 Denmark
France 50 – 38 Turkey
Sweden 46 – 87 Turkey
Luxembourg 30 – 84 France
Sweden 59 – 65 Luxembourg
Denmark 26 – 96 France

Classification round 2[edit]

Classification 17/18[edit]

West Germany 51 – 49 Denmark

Classification 13–16[edit]

Luxembourg 55 – 80 Austria
Switzerland 54 – 43 Sweden
Classification 15/16[edit]
Luxembourg 56 – 52 Sweden
Classification 13/14[edit]
Austria 52 – 47 Switzerland

Classification 9–12[edit]

France 103 – 55 England
Finland 55 – 54 Turkey
Classification 11/12[edit]
Turkey 77 – 54 England
Classification 9/10[edit]
Finland 48 – 65 France

Final round[edit]

The final round was played as an 8-team round robin, with no further playoffs.

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Hungary 13 6 1 514 427 +87
2.  Czechoslovakia 12 5 2 533 447 +86
3.  Soviet Union 12 5 2 538 467 +71
4.  Bulgaria 11 4 3 483 465 +18
5.  Poland 10 3 4 461 516 −55
6.  Italy 9 2 5 434 510 −76
7.  Romania 9 2 5 473 516 −43
8.  Yugoslavia 8 1 6 397 485 −88
Poland 56 – 69 Romania
Bulgaria 84 – 66 Yugoslavia
Hungary 65 – 75 Czechoslovakia
Italy 48 – 54 Soviet Union
Czechoslovakia 49 – 52 Yugoslavia
Romania 70 – 73 OT Italy
Soviet Union 82 – 62 Bulgaria
Hungary 98 – 66 Poland

After two rounds of the round robin, the Soviet Union was the only team still undefeated. Poland had lost both of their games, and the other six teams were 1–1.

Bulgaria 73 – 46 Romania
Italy 65 – 81 Hungary
Poland 72 – 68 Czechoslovakia
Yugoslavia 52 – 75 Soviet Union

The Soviet team remained undefeated with an easy win over Yugoslavia, while Bulgaria and Hungary followed closely at 2–1 as the other 5 teams trailed at 1–2.

Romania 93 – 68 Yugoslavia
Czechoslovakia 81 – 74 Soviet Union
Hungary 69 – 59 Bulgaria
Poland 67 – 59 Italy

Ending the Soviet Union's undefeated streak that had spanned 32 games and was into its 4th tournament, Czechoslovakia won 81–74 to bump the Soviet Union to 3–1, tied with a Hungarian team it had yet to face in direct competition in the final round.

Bulgaria 62 – 57 Poland
Yugoslavia 34 – 48 Hungary
Italy 48 – 96 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union 84 – 66 Romania

The Soviet Union and Hungary each won their fifth-round games, moving up to 4–1 apiece with two games left. The sixth round would pit the two against each other, however, so the tie for the lead of the group was about to be broken. Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia remained close behind at 3–2, followed by Romania and Poland at 2–3. Yugoslavia and Italy brought up the rear with 1–4 records.

Poland 67 – 59 Yugoslavia
Czechoslovakia 91 – 69 Romania
Soviet Union 68 – 82 Hungary
Italy 72 – 76 Bulgaria

The host Hungarian team dealt the Soviet Union its second loss in Eurobasket history. The Soviets were for the first time no longer in control of their own destiny—the Hungarians had taken lead of the group and the Soviets could not directly take it back. They were now in a three-way tie for second place with Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia.

Yugoslavia 66 – 69 Italy
Soviet Union 101 – 76 Poland
Bulgaria 67 – 73 Czechoslovakia
Hungary 71 – 60 Romania

Hungary's defeat of Romania clinched the gold medal for the hosts, who were the only 6–1 team in the final round. The Soviets and Czechoslovakia both finished at 5–2, with Czechoslovakia taking the silver medal and the Soviet Union, three-time gold medal winners, finished with a bronze medal.


 1955 FIBA European Champions 

Hungary
1st title

Final rankings[edit]

  1.  Hungary
  2.  Czechoslovakia
  3.  Soviet Union
  4.  Bulgaria
  5.  Poland
  6.  Italy
  7.  Romania
  8.  Yugoslavia
  9.  France
  10.  Finland
  11.  Turkey
  12.  England
  13.  Austria
  14.  Switzerland
  15.  Luxembourg
  16.  Sweden
  17.  West Germany
  18.  Denmark

Team rosters[edit]

1. Hungary: János Greminger, Tibor Mezőfi, László Tóth, Tibor Zsíros, László Bánhegyi, János Hódi, László Hódi, Pál Bogár, Péter Papp, János Simon, Tibor Czinkán, Tibor Cselkó, János Dallos, János Bencze (Coach: János Páder)

2. Czechoslovakia: Ivan Mrázek, Jiří Baumruk, Zdeněk Bobrovský, Miroslav Škeřik, Jan Kozák, Jaroslav Šíp, Radoslav Sís, Zdenĕk Rylich, Dušan Lukašik, Jaroslav Tetiva, Lubomír Kolář, Jiří Matoušek, Milan Merkl, Eugen Horniak (Coach: Josef Fleischlinger)

3. Soviet Union: Otar Korkia, Anatoly Konev, Aleksandr Moiseyev, Mikhail Semyonov, Arkady Bochkaryov, Yuri Ozerov, Kazys Petkevičius, Algirdas Lauritėnas, Gunārs Siliņš, Vladimir Torban, Viktor Vlasov, Stasys Stonkus, Mart Laga, Lev Reshetnikov (Coach: Konstantin Travin)

4. Bulgaria: Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Ilija Mirchev, Vladimir Ganchev, Konstantin Totev, Tsvjatko Barchovski, Gencho Rashkov, Metodi Tomovski, Vasil Manchenko, Emanuil Gjaurov, Anton Kuzov, Todor Rajkov, Ljubomir Panov, Bobev (Coach: Bozhidar Takev)

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