FIBA Intercontinental Cup

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FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 FIBA Intercontinental Cup
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Sport Basketball
Founded 1966
Claim to fame Official Club World Championship
Inaugural season 1966
No. of teams 2
Country FIBA members
Continent Europe, North America & South America
Most recent champion(s) Brazil Flamengo (1st title)
Most titles Spain Real Madrid (4 titles)
Official website FIBA Intercontinental Cup

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup, commonly referred to as the FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs, or the FIBA Club World Cup, is a professional basketball competition endorsed by FIBA, FIBA Americas and Euroleague Basketball Company. Historically, its purpose has been to gather the premier basketball clubs from each of the world's geographical zones, and to officially decide the best club of the world, which is officially crowned as the world club champion. The World Cup for Clubs has been contended mainly by the champions of the continents and/or world geographical regions that are of the highest basketball levels.

Currently, the champions of the FIBA Americas League play against the champions of the Euroleague, in an aggregate score two-legged series that determines the official world club champion. The league champions of the NBA, which would be considered the top club from the North American zone, currently decline participation.

FIBA announced plans to expand the tournament to include the champion teams from the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the NBL (FIBA Oceania), and possibly the NBA, possibly as early as 2015.[1][2]

History[edit]

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup competition was originally organized between the years 1966 and 1987. The tournament had its origins with a friendly test game in São Paulo in 1965. The test game was contested by the South American Club Championship champions Corinthians, and the FIBA European Champions Cup champions, Real Madrid. Corinthians won the test game by a score of 118 to 109. After the success of the test tournament, the first official tournament took place in the year 1966.[3]

In 1973, the competition adopted the name FIBA Intercontinental Cup William Jones, to honor the secretary general of FIBA, William Jones. FIBA tried to rebirth the competition in 1996, by reorganizing the Intercontinental Cup into a best-of-three playoff tournament between the winners of the FIBA Euroleague (now called Euroleague Basketball) and the winners of the South American League (the champions of all of South America). After that tournament however, the competition was succeeded by the McDonald's Championship, which preexisted and included NBA clubs. The McDonald's Championship however, was not an official tournament like the Intercontinental Cup.

In August 2013, an agreement reached between Euroleague Basketball Company, FIBA Americas, and FIBA, allowed for the World Cup for Champion Clubs to be relaunched, and to be played between the Euroleague champion and the FIBA Americas League champion.[4][5] Later in 2013, it was announced that FIBA had plans to expand the tournament, possibly as early as the following year, adding the champion teams from the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the NBL (FIBA Oceania), and possibly the NBA.[6][7]

Names of the competition[edit]

  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1966–1980)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1981)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1982–1984)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1985–1995)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1996–Present)
    • Since 1973, the tournament has also been named in Honor of Renato William Jones, so the tournament's full official names would be either FIBA Intercontinental Cup "William Jones", or FIBA Club World Cup "William Jones".
    • The tournament is also referred to as the FIBA Intercontinental Cup of Clubs, in order to avoid confusion with the 1972 FIBA Intercontinental Cup of National Teams.

Title holders[edit]

Intercontinental Cup Finals[edit]

Year Host City Champion Runner Up Final
1966
Details
Madrid Italy Varèse (Ignis) Brazil Corinthians 66-59
1967
Details
Varese, Naples & Rome United States Akron Wingfoots Italy Varèse (Ignis) 78-72
1968
Details
Philadelphia United States Akron Wingfoots Spain Real Madrid 105-73
1969
Details
Macon United States Akron Wingfoots Czechoslovakia Spartak ZJŠ Brno 84-71
1970
Details
Varese Italy Varèse (Ignis) Spain Real Madrid League
1973
Details
São Paulo Italy Varèse (Ignis) Brazil Sírio League
1974
Details
Mexico City United States Maryland Terrapins Italy Varèse (Ignis) League
1975
Details
Varese & Cantù Italy Cantù (Forst) Brazil Amazonas Franca League
1976
Details
Buenos Aires Spain Real Madrid Italy Varèse (Mobilgirgi) League
1977
Details
Madrid Spain Real Madrid Italy Varèse (Mobilgirgi) League
1978
Details
Buenos Aires Spain Real Madrid Argentina Obras Sanitarias League
1979
Details
São Paulo Brazil Sírio Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna League
1980
Details
Sarajevo Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Brazil AA Francana League
1981
Details
São Paulo Spain Real Madrid Brazil Sírio 109-83
1982
Details
Den Bosch, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Italy Cantù (Ford) Netherlands Den Bosch (Nashua) League
1983
Details
Buenos Aires Argentina Obras Sanitarias Italy Cantù (Jollycolombani) League
1984
Details
São Paulo Italy Virtus Roma (Banco di Roma) Argentina Obras Sanitarias League
1985
Details
Barcelona & Girona Spain FC Barcelona Brazil Monte Líbano 93-89
1986
Details
Buenos Aires Soviet Union Žalgiris Argentina Ferro Carril Oeste 84-78
1987
Details
Milan Italy Olimpia Milano (Tracer) Spain FC Barcelona 100-84
1996
Details
Rosario & Maroussi, Athens Greece Panathinaikos Argentina Olimpia Venado Tuerto Playoff
2013
Details
Barueri, São Paulo Greece Olympiacos Brazil Pinheiros (SKY) Playoff
2014
Details
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Flamengo Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Playoff

Titles by Club[edit]

Rank Club Champion Runner-up
1. Spain Real Madrid 4
1976, 1977, 1978, 1981
2
1968, 1970
2. Italy Varèse 3
1966, 1970, 1973
4
1967, 1974, 1976, 1977
3. United States Akron Wingfoots 3
1967, 1968, 1969
4. Italy Cantù 2
1975, 1982
1
1983
5. Brazil Sírio 1
1979
2
1973, 1981
6. Argentina Obras Sanitarias 1
1983
2
1978, 1984
7. Spain FC Barcelona 1
1985
1
1987
8. Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1
1980
1
2014
9. United States Maryland Terrapins 1
1974
10. Italy Virtus Roma 1
1984
11. Soviet Union Žalgiris 1
1986
12. Italy Olimpia Milano 1
1987
13. Greece Panathinaikos 1
1996
14. Greece Olympiacos 1
2013
15. Brazil Flamengo 1
2014
16. Brazil Franca 2
1975, 1980
17. Brazil Corinthians 1
1966
18. Czechoslovakia Spartak ZJŠ Brno 1
1969
19. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna 1
1979
20. Netherlands Den Bosch 1
1982
21. Brazil Monte Líbano 1
1985
22. Argentina Ferro Carril Oeste 1
1986
23. Argentina Olimpia Venado Tuerto 1
1996
24. Brazil Pinheiros 1
2013

Titles by Country[edit]

Rank Nation Champion Runner-up
1. Italy Italy 7
Varèse (3), Cantù (2), Virtus Roma (1), Olimpia Milano (1)
5
Varèse (4), Cantù (1)
2. Spain Spain 5
Real Madrid (4), FC Barcelona (1)
3
Real Madrid (2), FC Barcelona (1)
3. United States United States 4
Akron Wingfoots (3), Maryland Terrapins (1)
4. Brazil Brazil 2
Sírio (1), Flamengo (1)
7
Sírio (2), Franca (2), Corinthians (1), Monte Líbano (1), Pinheiros (1)
5. Greece Greece 2
Panathinaikos (1), Olympiacos (1)
6. Argentina Argentina 1
Obras Sanitarias (1)
4
Obras Sanitarias (2), Ferro Carril Oeste (1), Olimpia Venado Tuerto (1)
7. Israel Israel 1
Maccabi Tel Aviv (1)
1
Maccabi Tel Aviv (1)
8. Soviet Union Soviet Union 1
Žalgiris (1)
9. Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1
Spartak ZJŠ Brno (1)
10. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1
Bosna (1)
11. Netherlands Netherlands 1
Den Bosch (1)

1972 FIBA Intercontinental Cup of National Teams[edit]

In 1972, FIBA held a 4 team tournament, featuring the Soviet Union national basketball team, the Polish national basketball team, the Brazilian national basketball team, and the NABL All-Stars Team, which participated in the place of Team USA. Although this tournament is not a part of the actual Club World Cup, it is still listed in the event's history as a special version of the tournament, while the actual club competition was on hiatus between the years of 1970 and 1973.[8]

Year Host city Champion Runner-up 3rd Place 4th Place
1972
Details
Brazil São Paulo
United States NABL All-Stars Team
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Brazil Brazil
Poland Poland

Top Scorer of the decisive game[edit]

Year Top Scorer Club Points Scored
1966
Details
Italy Giovanni Gavagnin
Italy Varèse (Ignis)
20
1967
Details
Italy Tony Gennari
Italy Varèse (Ignis)
25
1968
Details
United States Miles Aiken
Spain Real Madrid
23
1969
Details
Czechoslovakia Jan Bobrovský
Czechoslovakia Spartak ZJŠ Brno
34
1970
Details
Czechoslovakia Jiří Zídek Sr.
Czechoslovakia Slavia Prague
20
1973
Details
NA
NA
NA
1974
Details
United States John Lucas II /
United States Bob Morse
United States Maryland Terrapins /
Italy Varèse (Ignis)
24
1975
Details
NA
NA
NA
1976
Details
Spain Rafael Rullán
Spain Real Madrid
23
1977
Details
United States Walter Szczerbiak Sr.
Spain Real Madrid
29
1979
Details
Brazil Oscar Schmidt
Brazil Sírio
42
1980
Details
United States Earl Williams
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
28
1981
Details
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mirza Delibašić
Spain Real Madrid
33
1982
Details
Italy Antonello Riva /
Netherlands Dan Cramer
Italy Cantù (Ford) /
Netherlands Den Bosch
22
1983
Details
NA
NA
NA
1984
Details
United States Ray Townsend
Italy Virtus Roma (Banco di Roma)
29
1985
Details
Spain Juan Antonio San Epifanio ("Epi")
Spain FC Barcelona
39
1986
Details
Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis
Soviet Union Žalgiris
26
1987
Details
United States Bob McAdoo
Italy Olimpia Milano (Tracer)
25
1996
Details
Argentina Jorge Racca
Argentina Olimpia Venado Tuerto
28
2013
Details
United States/Brazil Shamell Stallworth
Brazil Pinheiros (SKY)
27
2014
Details
United States Jeremy Pargo
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
28

MVP[edit]

Year MVP Club
1977
Details
United States Walter Szczerbiak Sr.
Spain Real Madrid
1987
Details
Spain Juan Antonio San Epifanio ("Epi")
Spain FC Barcelona
2013
Details
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis[9][10]
Greece Olympiacos
2014
Details
Argentina Nicolás Laprovíttola[11][12]
Brazil Flamengo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial (Portuguese).
  2. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental (Portuguese).
  3. ^ Basquetepinheirense Especial Mundial: O Mundial é nosso! (Portuguese).
  4. ^ FIBA - Intercontinental Cup of Clubs re-launched; FIBA, 5 August 2013
  5. ^ Euroleague.net Intercontinental Cup of clubs re-launched.
  6. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial (Portuguese).
  7. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental (Portuguese).
  8. ^ LinguaSport.com VI Intercontinental Cup (São Paulo 1972).
  9. ^ FoxSports.com O Herói e o Vilão de Olympiacos 86 x 69 Pinheiros, pelo Mundial de Clubes (Portuguese).
  10. ^ Gazetaesportiva.net Olympiacos bate Pinheiros e vence Copa Intercontinental (Portuguese).
  11. ^ Fla derruba o Maccabi e fatura o maior título de sua história no basquete (Portuguese).
  12. ^ Con Nicolás Laprovittola como MVP, Flamengo se consagró campeón Intercontinental (Spanish).

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