Brazil national basketball team
|FIBA ranking||7 2|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Americas|
|National federation||Brazilian Basketball Confederation|
|Medals||Bronze: (1948, 1960, 1964)|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Medals|| Gold: (1959, 1963)
Silver: (1954, 1970)
Bronze: (1967, 1978)
|FIBA Americas Championship|
|Medals|| Gold: (1984, 1988, 2005, 2009)
Silver: (2001, 2011)
Bronze: (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997)
|Pan American Games|
|Medals|| Gold: (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)
Silver: (1963, 1983)
Bronze: (1951, 1955, 1959, 1975, 1979, 1995)
The Brazil national basketball team is governed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Brasileira de Basketball), abbreviated as CBB.
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Competition results
- 3 Team
- 4 Kit
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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.
Initial success despite budget constraints
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.
The era Kanela
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.
Rise to a global dominance
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.
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.
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.
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 Blatskauskas. 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.
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).
|Summer Olympic Games Record|
|1976||Did not participate|
|2000–2008||Did not participate|
FIBA World Cup
|FIBA World Cup Record|
|2019||To Be Determined|
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games Record|
FIBA Americas Championship
|FIBA Americas Championship Record|
|2017||To Be Determined|
South American Championship
|South American Championship Record|
|1932||Did not participate|
|1943||Did not participate|
The following is the Brazil roster for the men's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Brazil men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
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", Julio Garavello "Julinho", 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)
- Brazil women's national basketball team
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- Da Silva, Gustavo, El pesado testigo de Óscar Schmidt, Perarnau Magazine, 26 July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015.(in Spanish)
- "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.
- "Cristiano Felicio to replace Anderson Varejao at Rio Olympics". CBS Sports. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- 2015 FIBA Americas Championship - Brazil, FIBA.com, Retrieved 1 October 2015.
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