Brazil national basketball team

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Brazil Brazil
2016 Brazil men's Olympic basketball team
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FIBA ranking 7 Increase 2
Joined FIBA 1935
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Brazilian Basketball Confederation
Coach Rubén Magnano
Olympic Games
Appearances 15
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (1948, 1960, 1964)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 15
Medals Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (1959, 1963)
Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: (1954, 1970)
Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Bronze: (1967, 1978)
FIBA Americas Championship
Appearances 17
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (1984, 1988, 2005, 2009)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (2001, 2011)
Bronze medal america.svg Bronze: (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997)
Pan American Games
Appearances 15
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (1963, 1983)
Bronze medal america.svg Bronze: (1951, 1955, 1959, 1975, 1979, 1995)
Uniforms
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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The Brazil national basketball team represents Brazil in FIBA's basketball competitions. The team is governed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Brasileira de Basketball), abbreviated as CBB.[1]
They have been a member of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) since 1935.

Brazil's basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas. It is the only team besides the United States that has appeared at every Basketball World Cup since it was first held in 1950.

History[edit]

First steps[edit]

Basketball was initially introduced to Brazil by Professor Augusto Shaw in 1896. In 1912, he began organizing the first state tournament and in 1922 the first national team made its debut at games against Argentina and Uruguay. As in the case of football, South America was initially ahead of the rest of the world and in 1930 held the first edition of the South American Championship. In that decade, Brazilian basketball was supported by professional football clubs, to include it as a new sports section, although amateur in nature. Later, these clubs became professional and supported the national team with world-class players.[2]

Initial success despite budget constraints[edit]

In the following years, Brazil became a regular at major international competitions. Its basketball squad participated in the first official basketball tournament at the Summer Olympics 1936 in Berlin. In 1939, the first continental championship was held in Rio de Janeiro. In the 40s, basketball was catching on more layers of society and left the elitist stigma. The sport received the ultimate accolade at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. There, against all odds, the team directed by Moacyr Daiuto (1915-1994) managed to achieve the bronze medal. The team recorded six straight wins until it stopped due to the semi-final defeat to France (33-43). In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Mexico (52-47). They managed to feature ten amateur players. The pre-Olympic Brazil concentration was very poor in resources. After its time-consuming journey to London, the team was astonishment when they saw how the U.S. team practiced: each player with a ball. Brazil only had two for the whole team.[2]

The era Kanela[edit]

One of the fundamental pillars of Brazilian basketball was the boldness of its coaches. The "father" of them all is Togo Renan Soares, "Kanela" (so nicknamed for his thick white hair). Working in the shadow of the giant football, Kanela (1906-1992) understood that basketball would add more followers if it could only offer new emotions. He aimed to get the influential media involved, so the game was conceived as a spectacle based on its dynamism and aesthetics. The formula worked. Besides the national team, he coached Flamengo which chained ten titles in a row (1951-1960). Born in Joao Pessoa (Paraíba) he had also coached football, rowing and water polo. In his youth, he had studied at a military college. His lengthy workouts alternated with authoritative teaching tone.[2]

Rise to a global dominance[edit]

The unstoppable rise of basketball was confirmed at the second World Championship in Rio (1954). The Brazilian team, coached by Kanela, reached the final undefeated and proclaimed runner-up after losing to the global hegemonic basketball power from the U.S. That Brazilian team was equipped with experienced players who won the bronze medal London 1948 and supported through the arrival of two young men. These young men were Amaury Pasos and Wlamir Marques, 18 and 17 years old, respectively. The bet of the visionary Kanela would give tremendous returns in later years.[2]

Ironically, the Brazilian player leap happened when the team was made up of willing and enthusiastic amateurs. These athletes, who were initiated into the game almost self-taught by imitation of American basketball players who had toured the country. The hard work of Kanela consisted of giving these players basic fundamentals and then lecture them on team concepts. Amaury and Wlamir were his most successful students. Especially their jump shots dazzled at the 54 FIBA World Cup. "Their scoring was smart and technically perfect." said the Brazilian journalist Fábio Balassiano.[2]

Before playing basketball, Amaury (who measured 1.91m) had practiced swimming, athletics and volleyball, which provided him with much athletic ability. He began his career at Center but later learned to play away from the basket. His partner Wlamir was another former track runner. Standing 1.85 m, Wlamir was a great shooter, had great ball handling skills and an enormous agility and jumping ability, which also helped him to become an excellent rebounder. Amaury and Wlamir fit well into Kanela's system: fast pace, quick transition, and full confidence in the outside shooters.[2]

After three months of intense preparation in a Marine base, Brazil was presented at the 1959 FIBA World Championship in Chile as a candidate for the podium. In addition to the U.S. (with a team composed of air force players), a very tough opponent emerged that had been absent in the previous tournament: the Soviet Union, European champions and Olympic silver medalist. Kanela had the following starting lineup: Amaury Pasos as playmaker, Wlamir Marques and the veteran 33-year old veteran Algodão as forwards; and Centers Edson Bispo and Waldemar Blatkauskas. For his 7-player rotation, Kanela played mostly his bench players forward Jatyr Schall and guard Pecente Fonseca. There were some minutes also for the young forward Carmo de Souza, and Rosa Branca, a juggler ball, who later received an offer to join the Harlem Globetrotters.[2]

Throughout its history, the team has won two World Championships (1959 and 1963), three bronze Olympic medals (in 1948, 1960 and 1964), four Americas Championships (1984, 1988, 2005 and 2009) and five Pan American Games (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007).

Later years[edit]

As in 2012, Brazil's top players included Anderson Varejão, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa, Nenê, Marcelinho Huertas, Alex Garcia, Guilherme Giovannoni and Marquinhos Vieira.

Competition results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympic Games Record
Year Position Pld W L
Germany 1936 9th place 4 2 2
United Kingdom 1948 Bronze medal 8 7 1
Finland 1952 6th place 8 4 4
Australia 1956 6th place 7 3 4
Italy 1960 Bronze medal 8 7 1
Japan 1964 Bronze medal 9 6 3
Mexico 1968 4th place 9 6 3
Germany 1972 7th place 9 5 4
Canada 1976 Did not participate
Soviet Union 1980 5th place 7 4 3
United States 1984 9th place 7 3 4
South Korea 1988 5th place 8 5 3
Spain 1992 5th place 8 4 4
United States 1996 6th place 8 3 5
20002008 Did not participate
United Kingdom 2012 5th place 6 4 2
Brazil 2016 9th place 5 2 3
Total 111 65 46

FIBA World Cup[edit]

FIBA World Cup Record
Year Result Pld W L
Argentina 1950 4th place 6 3 3
Brazil 1954 Runner-up 9 8 1
Chile 1959 Champions 9 7 2
Brazil 1963 Champions 6 6 0
Uruguay 1967 3rd place 9 7 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1970 Runner-up 9 7 2
Puerto Rico 1974 6th place 10 4 6
Philippines 1978 3rd place 10 8 2
Colombia 1982 8th place 8 5 3
Spain 1986 4th place 12 8 4
Argentina 1990 5th place 8 4 4
Canada 1994 11th place 8 2 6
Greece 1998 10th place 8 2 6
United States 2002 8th place 9 4 5
Japan 2006 19th place 5 1 4
Turkey 2010 9th place 6 3 3
Spain 2014 6th place 7 5 2
China 2019 To Be Determined
Total 139 84 55

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games Record
Year Result Pld W L
Argentina 1951 Bronze Medal 6 3 3
Mexico 1955 Bronze Medal 5 4 1
United States 1959 Bronze Medal 6 4 2
Brazil 1963 Silver Medal 6 5 1
Canada 1967 7th place 6 4 2
Colombia1971 Gold Medal 8 7 1
Mexico 1975 Bronze Medal 9 7 2
Puerto Rico 1979 Bronze Medal 9 4 5
Venezuela 1983 Silver Medal 8 5 3
United States 1987 Gold Medal 7 6 1
Cuba 1991 5th place 7 6 1
Argentina 1995 Bronze Medal 7 5 2
Canada 1999 Gold Medal 5 4 1
Dominican Republic 2003 Gold Medal 5 5 0
Brazil 2007 Gold Medal 5 5 0
Mexico 2011 5th place 4 2 2
Canada 2015 Gold Medal 5 5 0
Total 103 76 27

FIBA Americas Championship[edit]

FIBA Americas Championship Record
Year Result Pld W L
Puerto Rico 1980 4th place 6 4 2
Brazil 1984 Champions 8 8 0
Uruguay 1988 Champions 8 7 1
Mexico 1989 3rd place 8 7 1
United States 1992 3rd place 6 5 1
Puerto Rico 1993 4th place 7 4 3
Argentina 1995 3rd place 10 5 5
Uruguay 1997 3rd place 9 6 3
Puerto Rico 1999 6th place 8 3 5
Argentina 2001 Runner-up 10 7 3
Puerto Rico 2003 7th place 8 3 5
Dominican Republic 2005 Champions 10 7 3
United States 2007 4th place 10 5 5
Puerto Rico 2009 Champions 10 9 1
Argentina 2011 Runner-up 10 8 2
Venezuela 2013 9th place 4 0 4
Mexico 2015 9th place 4 1 3
2017 To Be Determined
Total 136 89 47

South American Championship[edit]

South American Championship Record
Year Position Pld W L
Uruguay 1930 3rd Place 6 2 4
Chile 1932 Did not participate
Argentina 1934 4th place 6 1 5
Brazil 1935 Runner-up 4 2 2
Chile 1937 3rd place 8 3 5
Peru 1938 4th place 4 1 3
Brazil 1939 Champions 4 3 1
Uruguay 1940 3rd place 5 3 2
Argentina 1941 5th place 5 1 4
Chile 1942 4th place 4 2 2
Peru 1943 Did not participate
Ecuador 1945 Champions 5 5 0
Brazil 1947 Runner-up 5 3 2
Paraguay 1949 Runner-up 5 3 2
Uruguay 1953 Runner-up 6 5 1
Colombia 1955 3rd place 8 6 2
Chile 1958 Champions 7 7 0
Argentina 1960 Champions 6 6 0
Brazil 1961 Champions 7 7 0
Peru 1963 Champions 8 7 1
Argentina 1966 Runner-up 7 6 1
Paraguay 1968 Champions 7 6 1
Uruguay 1969 Runner-up 6 4 2
Uruguay 1971 Champions 7 6 1
Colombia 1973 Champions 7 7 0
Colombia 1976 Runner-up 6 5 1
Chile 1977 Champions 8 8 0
Argentina 1979 Runner-up 6 5 1
Uruguay 1981 Runner-up 5 4 1
Brazil 1983 Champions 6 6 0
Colombia 1985 Champions 7 7 0
Paraguay 1987 3rd place 6 5 1
Ecuador 1989 Champions 5 5 0
Venezuela 1991 Runner-up 8 6 2
Brazil 1993 Champions 7 7 0
Uruguay 1995 3rd place 7 6 1
Venezuela 1997 4th place 7 5 2
Argentina 1999 Champions 6 6 0
Chile 2001 Runner-up 9 7 2
Uruguay 2003 Champions 6 6 0
Brazil 2004 Runner-up 6 5 1
Venezuela 2006 Champions 4 3 1
Chile 2008 4th place 6 4 2
Colombia 2010 Champions 5 5 0
Argentina 2012 4th place 5 3 2
Venezuela 2014 3rd place 5 3 2
Total 265 207 58

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Brazil roster for the men's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3]

Brazil men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PG 5 Neto, Raulzinho 24 – (1992-05-19)19 May 1992 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Utah Jazz United States
C 6 Felício, Cristiano 24 – (1992-07-07)7 July 1992 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Chicago Bulls United States
SG 8 Benite, Vitor 26 – (1990-02-20)20 February 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) UCAM Murcia Spain
PG 9 Huertas, Marcelinho 33 – (1983-05-25)25 May 1983 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Los Angeles Lakers United States
G/F 10 Garcia, Alex 36 – (1980-03-04)4 March 1980 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Bauru Brazil
F 12 Giovannoni, Guilherme 36 – (1980-06-02)2 June 1980 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Brasília Brazil
F/C 13 Nenê 33 – (1982-09-13)13 September 1982 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Washington Wizards United States
SF 14 Souza, Marquinhos 32 – (1984-05-31)31 May 1984 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Flamengo Brazil
SG 19 Barbosa, Leandro 33 – (1982-11-28)28 November 1982 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Golden State Warriors United States
F/C 23 Lima, Augusto 24 – (1991-09-17)17 September 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Real Madrid Spain
F/C 30 Hettsheimeir, Rafael 30 – (1986-06-16)16 June 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Bauru Brazil
PG 55 Luz, Rafael 24 – (1992-02-11)11 February 1992 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Flamengo Brazil
Head coach
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    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 6 August 2016

On 27 July, Anderson Varejão left the squad due to injury and was replaced by Cristiano Felício.[4]

Past rosters[edit]

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1948 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 23 teams

Algodão, Ruy de Freitas, Affonso Évora, Alfredo da Motta, Marcus Vinicius Dias, Alexandre Gemignani, Nilton Pacheco de Oliveira, Guilherme Rodrigues, Joao Francisco Braz, Alberto Marson, Massinet Sorcinelli, Luiz Benvenuti (Coach: Moacyr Brondi Daiuto)

1954 World Championship: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Algodão, Alfredo da Motta, Thales Monteiro, Hélio Marques Pereira, Ângelo Bonfietti "Angelim", Almir Nelson de Almeida, Wilson Bombarda, Mário Jorge da Fonseca, Mayr Facci, José Henrique de Carli, Jamil Gedeao, Fausto Sucena Rasga (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1956 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 15 teams

1959 World Championship: finished 1st among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Algodão, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Otto Nóbrega, Waldyr Geraldo Boccardo, Pedro Vicente da Fonseca "Pecente", José Maciel Senra "Zezinho", Fernando Pereira de Freitas "Fernando Brobro" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1960 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Algodão, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Antonio Salvador Sucar, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Moyses Blas, Waldyr Geraldo Boccardo, Fernando Pereira de Freitas "Fernando Brobro" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1963 World Championship: finished 1st among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Antonio Salvador Sucar, Luis Claudio Menon, Friedrich Wilhelm Braun "Fritz", Victor Mirshawka, Benedito Cicero Tortelli "Paulista" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1964 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Antonio Salvador Sucar, Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", José Edvar Simões, Victor Mirshawka, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Friedrich Wilhelm Braun "Fritz" (Coach: Renato Brito Cunha)

1967 World Championship: finished 3rd among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Antonio Salvador Sucar, Hélio Rubens Garcia, José Edvar Simoes, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Luis Claudio Menon, José Luiz Olaio Neto, Cesar Sebba, Emil Rached (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1970 World Championship: finished 2nd among 13 teams

Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", José Edvar Simões, Luiz Claudio Menon, Hélio Rubens Garcia, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Marcos Antonio Abdalla Leite "Marquinhos", José Luis Olaio Neto, José Aparecido dos Santos, Pedro César Ferrer Cardoso "Pedrinho" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1978 World Championship: finished 3rd among 14 teams

Oscar Schmidt, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Marcel de Souza, Hélio Rubens Garcia, Marcos Antonio Abdalla Leite "Marquinhos", Adilson de Freitas Nascimento, Milton Setrini Júnior "Carioquinha", Roberto José Correa "Robertão", Gilson Trindade de Jesus, Eduardo Agra, Marcelo Vido, Fausto Giannechini (Coach: Ary Ventura Vidal)

2009 FIBA Americas Championship: finished 1st among 10 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Duda Machado, 6 – Diego Pinheiro, 7 – Olivinha, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – João Paulo Batista, 14 – Jonathan Tavernari, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Moncho Monsalve)

2011 FIBA Americas Championship: finished 2nd among 10 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Nezinho dos Santos, 6 – Rafael Luz, 7 – Augusto Lima, 8 – Vitor Benite, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Alex Garcia, 11 – Rafael Hettsheimeir, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Caio Torres, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

2012 Olympic Games: finished 5th among 12 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Raulzinho, 6 – Caio Torres, 7 – Larry Taylor, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Nenê, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

2014 FIBA World Cup: finished 6th among 24 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Raulzinho, 6 – Rafael Hettsheimeir, 7 – Larry Taylor, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Nenê, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

Head coaches[edit]

Kit[edit]

Manufacturer[edit]

2015, 2016: Nike[5]

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2015: Bradesco[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIBA National Federations – Brazil, fiba.com, accessed 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Da Silva, Gustavo, El pesado testigo de Óscar Schmidt, Perarnau Magazine, 26 July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015.(Spanish)
  3. ^ "Definida a Seleção Brasileira para os Jogos Rio 2016" [The Brazilian national team set for the Rio 2016 Games]. Brazilian Basketball Confederation. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cristiano Felicio to replace Anderson Varejao at Rio Olympics". CBS Sports. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b 2015 FIBA Americas Championship - Brazil, FIBA.com, Retrieved 1 October 2015.

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