The 1950 FIBA World Championship, also called the 1st World Basketball Championship – 1950, was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 22 October to 3 November 1950. Ten nations participated in the inaugural tournament. All competition was held at the Luna Park, Buenos Aires. Argentina claimed the gold medal, by beating the United States 64–50.
FIBA determined the requirements to qualify for the World Championship as follows: the three best teams in the previous Olympic tournament (France, Brazil and the United States), the two best teams from South America (Uruguay and Chile, the top two teams in the 1949 South American Basketball Championship), Europe (Egypt, the winner of EuroBasket 1949) and Asia (South Korea), plus the host country (Argentina).
As South Korea withdrew due to travel difficulties, and Uruguay withdrew after being refused visas to enter Argentina, FIBA extended invitations to Ecuador, Yugoslavia, Spain and Peru.
- Egypt and Peru advance to the second preliminary phase.
- Ecuador and Yugoslavia advance to the first repass round.
- Argentina, Brazil, Egypt and USA advance to the final round.
- Chile and France advance to the first repass round
- Peru and Spain advance to the second repass round.
- Chile and France advance to the second phase.
- Ecuador and Yugoslavia are relegated to the classification round.
- Chile and France advance to the final round.
- Peru and Spain are relegated to the classification round.
|Yugoslavia refused to stand for the Spanish national anthem or play for political reasons. Spain was awarded the game on forfeit.|
| 1950 World Championship Winner
The Argentina squad that won their first World championship.
Source: FIBA archive
- Argentina: 8.Óscar Furlong, 11.Ricardo González, 3.Pedro Bustos, 5.Leopoldo Contarbio, 4.Hugo del Vecchio, 7.Vito Liva, 14.Alberto López, 10.Rubén Menini, 13.Omar Monza, 6.Raúl Pérez Varela, 12.Juan Carlos Uder, 9.Roberto Viau (Coach: Jorge Hugo Canavesi – Casimiro González Trilla])
- USA: 20.John Stanich, 66.Bob Fisher, 75.Bryce Heffley, 55.Thomas Jaquet, 33.Dan Kahler, 19.John Langdon, 40.Les Metzger, 44.J. L. Parks, 22.Jimmy Reese, 16.Don Slocum, 77.Blake Williams (Coach: Gordon Carpenter)
- Chile: Rufino Bernedo, Pedro Araya, Eduardo Cordero, Mariano Fernández, Exequiel Figueroa, Juan José Gallo, Raúl López, Luis Enrique Marmentini, Juan Ostoic, Hernán Ramos, Marcos Sánchez, Víctor Mahana (Coach: Kenneth Davidson)
- Brazil: 45.Zenny de Azevedo "Algodão", 46.Ruy de Freitas, 44.Alfredo da Motta, 48.Paulo Rodrigues Siqueira "Montanha", 42.Hélio Marques Pereira "Godinho", 46.Celso dos Santos, 47.Plutão de Macedo, 49.Sebastião Amorim Gimenez "Tiao", 50.Thales Monteiro, 51.Alexandre Gemignani, Milton Santos Marques "Miltinho", 53.Ângelo Bonfietti "Angelim" (Coach: Moacyr Brondi Daiuto)
- Álvaro Salvadores (Spain) 13.8
- Fortunato Muñoz (Ecuador) 13.2
- Alfredo Arroyave (Ecuador) 11.4
- Óscar Furlong (Argentina) 11.2
- Rufino Bernedo (Chile) 10.8
- Ricardo González (Argentina) 10.7
- Eduardo Kucharski González (Spain) 9.8
- Hussein Kamel Montasser (Egypt) 8.8
- Eduardo Fiestas (Peru) 8.7
- Alberto Fernández (Peru) 8.2