1998 FIBA World Championship

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1998 FIBA World Championship
Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα Καλαθοσφαίρισης Ανδρών 1998
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Tournament details
Host countryGreece
Dates29 July – 9 August
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Yugoslavia (1st title)
Runners-up Russia
Third place United States
Fourth place Greece
Tournament statistics
MVPFederal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga
Top scorerSpain Alberto Herreros
(17.9 points per game)
1994
2002

The 1998 FIBA World Championship was the 13th FIBA World Championship, an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation and hosted in 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 and Piraeus.

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 FR Yugoslavia, in their first participation after the breakup of Yugoslavia, defeating 64–62 Russia in the final.

Venues[edit]

Attica Greece
Marousi, Athens Neo Faliro, 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 sixteenthThirteenth place
 
      
 
2 August 1998
 
 
 Senegal55
 
3 August 1998
 
 Japan60
 
 Japan60
 
2 August 1998
 
 Nigeria70
 
 South Korea65
 
 
 Nigeria89
 
Fifteenth place
 
 
3 August 1998
 
 
 Senegal75
 
 
 South Korea72

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 twelfthNinth place
 
      
 
7 August 1998
 
 
 Puerto Rico64
 
8 August 1998
 
 Brazil76
 
 Brazil75
 
7 August 1998
 
 Australia79
 
 Canada71
 
 
 Australia88
 
Eleventh place
 
 
8 August 1998
 
 
 Puerto Rico92
 
 
 Canada81

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 place5th place
 
      
 
8 August 1998
 
 
 Lithuania71
 
9 August 1998
 
 Italy76
 
 Italy61
 
8 August 1998
 
 Spain64
 
 Argentina64
 
 
 Spain77
 
7th place
 
 
9 August 1998
 
 
 Lithuania77
 
 
 Argentina76

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-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
7 August 1998
 
 
 Russia82
 
8 August 1998
 
 Lithuania67
 
 Russia66
 
7 August 1998
 
 United States64
 
 Italy77
 
9 August 1998
 
 United States80
 
 Russia62
 
7 August 1998
 
 Yugoslavia64
 
 Yugoslavia70
 
8 August 1998
 
 Argentina62
 
 Yugoslavia78
 
7 August 1998
 
 Greece73 Third place
 
 Greece69
 
9 August 1998
 
 Spain62
 
 United States84
 
 
 Greece61
 

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
17:45
Greece  61–84  United States
Scoring by half: 27–48, 34–36
Pts: Papanikolaou 18
Rebs: Fasoulas 10
Asts: Fasoulas 3
Pts: Sasser 23
Rebs: Amaya 7
Asts: Hawkins 5
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall, Marousi, Athens
Attendance: 20,000
Referees: Bill Mildenhall (AUS), Romualdas Brazauskas (LTU)

Final[edit]

9 August
20:00
Yugoslavia  64–62  Russia
Scoring by half: 30–35, 34–27
Pts: Rebrača 16
Rebs: Rebrača 11
Asts: Bodiroga 2
Pts: Kudelin 14
Rebs: Kisurin 5
Asts: Kisurin 2
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall, Marousi, Athens
Attendance: 20,000
Referees: Reuven Virovnik (ISR), Juan Figueroa (PUR)

Awards[edit]

 1998 World Championship Winner 

Yugoslavia
Fourth 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
Lithuania Artūras Karnišovas 17.1
Australia Shane Heal 17.0
Australia Andrew Gaze 16.8
Puerto Rico José "Piculín" Ortiz 16.5
Japan Maikeru Takahashi 16.4
Russia Vasili Karasev 16.1
South Korea Seo Jang-hoon 15.2
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga 14.7

Final standings[edit]

1998 FIBA World Championship final rankings.
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998 USA Basketball Archived 10 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]