National team appearances in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

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Map of countries' best results
Graph of the best performances of each confederation on each tournament.

A total of 55 countries have made or will make at least one appearance in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in basketball.

African, European and teams from the Americas composed the first World Championship – Asian and Oceanian teams did not want to make a long trip to Argentina, the venue of the tournament. Egypt finished fifth in the inaugural world championship, the best finish by a team from Africa. An Asian team, the Philippines, made their debut on the second tournament, where they finished third, the best finish by an Asian team.

Australia was the first team from Oceania to participate in the tournament, on 1970. New Zealand was defeated in the 2002 bronze medal game, earning them a fourth place finish – the best finish by a team from Oceania.

European and teams from the Americas dominated the tournament, with teams from either confederation disputing the gold medal. Since 1986, there have been three all-European and four Europe-Americas finals. The worst finish by a European team since 1963 was second; for a team from the Americas, the worst all-time was third.

The tournament formats prior to the 1978 tournament were two round robin phases – teams were first divided into several groups, with the top teams from the group stage qualifying for the Final Group, where they play each other once. The team with the best record after the Final Group wins the gold medal, with ties broken by games played between tied teams. All tournaments after the 1978 tournament determined the world champion via a playoff – in 1978 and 1982, the top two teams from the final group squared off for the championship; since 1986, a single-elimination tournament has been used.

The national team with the most wins is the USA, with four. Although teams bearing the name of "Yugoslavia" have won five titles, FIBA used to consider the championships to have been won by two separate national teams. The first three were won by the team that represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The other two were won by a team representing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which FIBA treats as the predecessor of the current Serbia national team. Furthermore, a Yugoslav team was able to finish at least third from 1963 to 2002. Recently, FIBA allotted all of Yugoslavia's wins to Serbia, while the team has yet to place third or higher by that name.

The USA is the current World Champion, winning the gold medal game against Turkey at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Debut of teams[edit]

A total of 55 national teams have appeared in at least one FIBA Basketball World Cup in the history of the tournament through the 2014 competition. Each successive Basketball World Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time. Countries competing in their first Basketball World Cup are listed below by year.

Year Debutants Number
1950 Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Peru, Spain, United States, Yugoslavia[1] 10
1954 Canada, Taiwan[2] Israel, Paraguay, Philippines, Uruguay 6
1959 Bulgaria, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Soviet Union[3] 4
1963 Italy, Japan 2
1967 Poland 1
1970 Australia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia[4] South Korea, Panama 5
1974 Central African Republic 1
1978 China, Dominican Republic, Senegal 3
1982 Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire 2
1986 Angola, Greece, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, West Germany[5] 6
1990 Venezuela 1
1994 Croatia, Russia 2
1998 Lithuania, Nigeria, Serbia[1] 3
2002 Algeria, Lebanon, Turkey 3
2006 Qatar, Slovenia 2
2010 Iran, Jordan, Tunisia 3
2014 Finland, Ukraine 2
Total 56

With 56 national teams to have participated, the FIBA Basketball World Cup is the third most participated men's world championship, behind the FIFA World Cup (77) and the FIVB Volleyball World Championship (64), and ahead of the World Men's Handball Championship (48), the Rugby World Cup (25), the Cricket World Cup (20) and the World Baseball Classic (18).

Comprehensive team results[edit]

Team 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
2014
Spain
(24)
Total
 Algeria 15th 1
 Angola 20th 13th 16th 11th 9th 15th Q 7
 Argentina 1st 10th 8th 6th 11th 12th 8th 9th 8th 2nd 4th 5th Q 13
 Australia 12th 12th 7th 5th 13th 7th 5th 9th 9th 10th Q 11
 Brazil 4th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd 8th 4th 5th 11th 10th 8th 17th 9th Q 17
 Bulgaria 7th 1
 Canada 7th 12th 11th 10th 8th 6th 6th 8th 11th 7th 12th 13th 22nd 13
 Central African Republic 14th 1
 Chile 3rd 10th 3rd 3
 China 11th 12th 9th 14th 8th 12th 9th 16th 8
 Chinese Taipei[2] 5th 4th 2
 Colombia 7th 1
 Ivory Coast 13th 13th 21st 3
 Croatia 3rd 14th Q 3
 Cuba 8th 4th 11th 15th 4
 Czechoslovakia[4] 6th 10th 9th 10th 4
 Dominican Republic 12th Q 2
 Ecuador 8th 1
 Egypt 5th 11th 13th 16th 14th Q 6
Team 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
2014
Spain
(24)
Total
 Finland Q 1
 France 6th 4th 5th 13th 5th 13th Q 7
 Germany[5] 13th 12th 3rd 8th 17th 5
 Greece 10th 6th 4th 4th 2nd 11th Q 7
 Iran 19th Q 2
 Israel 8th 7th 2
 Italy 7th 9th 4th 4th 6th 9th 6th 9th 8
 Japan 13th 11th 14th 17th 4
 Jordan 23rd 1
 South Korea 11th 13th 13th 15th 13th 16th Q 7
 Lebanon 16th 17th 20th 3
 Lithuania 7th 7th 3rd Q 4
 Malaysia 13th 1
 Mexico 13th 9th 8th 9th Q 5
 Netherlands 13th 1
 New Zealand 13th 4th 9th 12th Q 5
 Nigeria 13th 9th 2
 Panama 9th 9th 13th 21st 4
Team 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
2014
Spain
(24)
Total
 Paraguay 9th 13th 2
 Peru 7th 12th 12th 10th 4
 Philippines 3rd 8th 13th 8th Q 5
 Poland 5th 1
 Puerto Rico 5th 6th 12th 7th 10th 13th 4th 6th 11th 7th 17th 18th Q 13
 Qatar 21st 1
 Russia 2nd 2nd 10th 7th 4
 Senegal 14th 15th 21st Q 4
 Serbia
 Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro
1st 1st 9th 4th Q 5
 Slovenia 9th 8th Q 3
 Soviet Union 6th 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 9
 Spain 9th 5th 4th 5th 10th 10th 5th 5th 1st 6th Q 11
 Tunisia 24th 1
 Turkey 9th 6th 2nd Q 4
 Ukraine Q 1
 Uruguay 6th 9th 10th 7th 7th 11th 13th 7
 United States 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 4th 5th 3rd 5th 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 6th 3rd 1st Q 17
 Venezuela 11th 14th 21st 3
 Yugoslavia[1] 10th 11th 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 10

Notes:

  • Teams that failed to qualify to the semifinal round at the 1986 championship were ranked tied for 13th.
  • In 2006, when the tournament expanded to 24 teams (four preliminary round groups of six teams each), teams that finished 5th in their preliminary round groups were ranked tied for 17th, while teams that finished 6th in their preliminary round groups were ranked tied for 21st.

Ranking of teams by number of appearances[edit]

Shown below are the twelve national teams with the most appearances.

Team Number of appearances Record streak First appearance Most recent appearance Best result
 Brazil 17 17 1950 2014 Champions (1959, 1963)
 United States 17 17 1950 2014 Champions (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010)
 Argentina 13 8 1950 2014 Champions (1950)
 Canada 12 9 1954 2010 6th place (1978, 1982)
 Puerto Rico 13 8 1959 2014 4th place (1990)
 Yugoslavia 10 8 1950 1990 Champions (1970, 1978, 1990)
 Australia 11 9 1970 2014 5th place (1982, 1994)
 Spain 11 9 1950 2014 Champions (2006)
 Soviet Union 9 9 1959 1990 Champions (1967, 1974, 1982)
 China 8 5 1978 2010 8th place (1994)
 Italy 8 3 1963 2006 4th place (1970)
 Uruguay 7 5 1954 1986 6th place (1954)

Performance of host nations[edit]

With only three wins in 16 occasions, the success rate of host nations winning the tournament is rather low at 19%, compared to the respective percentage in the FIFA World Cup which stands at 32% (6 out of 19). Yugoslavia was the last host to win, in 1970; the only other host to medal since then has been Turkey, silver medalist in 2010. Greece has been the only other host nation to finish fourth or better since 1970. From 1959 to 1982, the host qualified directly to the final round of the tournament, bypassing the preliminary round (group stage). The host's final rank in these years could not be worse than the number of teams in the final round (between six to eight). However, beginning in 1986, the host has competed in the preliminary round.

A "†" denotes that is the best performance of the team, a "‡" denotes it is the best performance of the team at the time of the competition.

Year Host nation Finish Last round*
1950
 Argentina Champions† Final round
1954
 Brazil Runners-up‡ Final round
1959
 Chile Third place† Final round
1963
 Brazil Champions† Final round
1967
 Uruguay Seventh place Final round
1970
 Yugoslavia Champions† Final round
1974
 Puerto Rico Seventh place Final round
1978
 Philippines Eighth place Final round
1982
 Colombia Seventh place† Final round
1986
 Spain Fifth place‡ Final round
1990
 Argentina Eighth place Second round
1994
 Canada Seventh place Preliminary round
1998
 Greece Fourth place‡ Third place playoff
2002
 United States Sixth place Quarterfinals
2006
 Japan Seventeenth place Preliminary round
2010
 Turkey Runners-up† Final
2014
 Spain TBD

*excluding classification rounds.

Performance by confederation[edit]

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament. Note that most confederations did not exist until up to the 1960s, and that FIBA assigned teams to a specific continent when there were no confederations yet.

Confederation 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
FIBA Africa 5th 11th 13th 14th 14th 13th 13th 13th 14th 13th 15th 9th 15th
FIBA Americas 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st
FIBA Asia 3rd 4th 13th 11th 11th 13th 8th 12th 9th 14th 13th 14th 12th 9th 16th
FIBA Europe 6th 4th 6th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
FIBA Oceania 12th 12th 7th 5th 13th 7th 5th 9th 4th 9th 10th

Number of teams by confederation[edit]

This is a summary of the total number of participating teams by confederation in each tournament. Confederation of the host federation is boldfaced.

Confederation 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
2014
Spain
(24)
FIBA Africa 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
FIBA Americas 6 7 8 8 8 6 6 5 6 8 6 6 5 6 6 5 6
FIBA Asia 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 1 3 2 2 2 2 4 4 3
FIBA Europe 3 3 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 9 5 5 6 5 9 10 10
FIBA Oceania 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified ten times under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup by the secession of many of its constituent republics in 1992. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified twice in 1998 and 2002 as Yugoslavia and in 2006 as Serbia and Montenegro after a name change in 2003. FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro are considered the predecessors of the current Serbia team by FIBA; the latter competed for the first time as Serbia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. These teams along with the other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the original Yugoslavia (Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia) are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also compete separately after independence in 2006.
  2. ^ a b The national basketball team of the Republic of China competed twice in the FIBA World Championship, both times as Formosa, but since 1960 the team had changed their name to compete as Taiwan in international competitions. Since 1985, they have competed under the name Chinese Taipei.
  3. ^ The Soviet Union qualified nine times prior to being dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIBA does not consider any of these nations as the successor team of the Soviet Union.
  4. ^ a b Czechoslovakia qualified four times prior to being divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. FIBA does not consider any of these nations as the successor team of Czechoslovakia.
  5. ^ a b The German Basketball Association (DBB, for Deutscher Basketball Bund) has continuously existed as a national governing body since joining FIBA in 1934, during the Nazi era in Germany, After World War II, the DBB became the governing body for West Germany, and then became the governing body for reunified Germany in 1990. During the division of Germany, East Germany fielded a team of its own before re-joining West Germany and the DBB upon reunification. Thus, FIBA considers Germany and West Germany as one entity and officially attributes all results of the DBB team since 1934 to Germany. Germany competed in their first FIBA World Championship in 1986 as West Germany and in 1994 for the first time as Germany.

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