FIBA Intercontinental Cup

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For the international basketball tournament named to William Jones, see William Jones Cup.
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016 FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Sport Basketball
Founded 1966
Inaugural season 1966
Claim to fame Official Club World Championship
No. of teams 2
Country FIBA members
Continent Europe, North America & South America
Most recent
champion(s)
Venezuela Guaros de Lara
(1st title)
Most titles Spain Real Madrid
(5 titles)
Level on pyramid 1st tier - Worldwide
Official website FIBA Intercontinental Cup

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup, commonly referred to as the FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs, or the FIBA Club World Cup, is a professional basketball competition endorsed by FIBA, FIBA Americas and Euroleague Basketball Company. Historically, its purpose has been to gather the premier basketball clubs from each of the world's geographical zones, and to officially decide the best club of the world, which is officially crowned as the world club champion. The World Cup for Clubs has been contended mainly by the champions of the continents and/or world geographical regions that are of the highest basketball levels.

The league champions of the NBA, which would be considered the top club from the North American zone, currently decline participation. Since the tournament began again with the 2013 edition, the tournament has been played in either an aggregate score two-legged series, or in a single-game final format, that determines the official world club champion.

Through 2015, the champions of Europe's top-tier level EuroLeague participated in the tournament. In 2016, the champions of Latin America's top-tier level FIBA Americas League, played against the champions of Europe's then 3rd-tier level FIBA Europe Cup (FIBA Europe Cup is currently the 4th-tier level European league).[1][2] This was due to the 2015–16 FIBA–Euroleague Basketball controversy, which resulted in FIBA not allowing the EuroLeague champions (EuroLeague is Europe's top-tier level league), who would normally represent Europe in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, to participate in any FIBA sanctioned events.

FIBA announced plans to expand the tournament to include the champion teams from the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the NBL (FIBA Oceania), and possibly the NBA in the future.[3][4]

History[edit]

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup competition was originally organized between the years 1966 and 1987. The tournament had its origins with a friendly test game in São Paulo in 1965. The test game was contested by the South American Club Championship champions Corinthians, and the FIBA European Champions Cup champions, Real Madrid. Corinthians won the test game by a score of 118 to 109. After the success of the test tournament, the first official tournament took place in the year 1966.[5]

In 1973, the competition adopted the name FIBA Intercontinental Cup William Jones, to honor the secretary general of FIBA, William Jones. FIBA tried to rebirth the competition in 1996, by reorganizing the Intercontinental Cup into a best-of-three playoff tournament between the winners of the EuroLeague and the winners of the South American League (the champions of all of South America). After that tournament however, the competition was succeeded by the McDonald's Championship, which preexisted and included NBA clubs. The McDonald's Championship however, was not an official tournament like the Intercontinental Cup.

In August 2013, an agreement reached between Euroleague Basketball Company, FIBA Americas, and FIBA, allowed for the World Cup for Champion Clubs to be relaunched, and to be played between the EuroLeague champion and the FIBA Americas League champion.[6][7] Later in 2013, it was announced that FIBA had plans to expand the tournament, adding the champion teams from the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the NBL (FIBA Oceania), and possibly the NBA.[8][9]

In 2016, the tournament changed format, with the champion of Europe's then 3rd-tier level league, the FIBA Europe Cup (FIBA Europe Cup is currently Europe's 4th-tier level league), representing Europe. From 2017 onward, the champions of Europe's current 3rd-tier level league, the Champions League, can represent Europe, rather than the champions of Europe's top-tier level league, the EuroLeague, which traditionally represented Europe in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.[10][11] This change was done because FIBA refused to allow the EuroLeague champions to participate in the tournament, due to the ongoing FIBA–Euroleague Basketball controversy.

Names of the competition[edit]

Part of the official logo with the current competition name.
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1966–1980)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1981)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1982–1984)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1985–1987)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1996, 2013–present)
    • Since 1973, the tournament has also been named in Honor of Renato William Jones, so the tournament's full official names would be either FIBA Intercontinental Cup "William Jones", or FIBA Club World Cup "William Jones".
    • The tournament is also referred to as the FIBA Intercontinental Cup of Clubs, in order to avoid confusion with the 1972 FIBA Intercontinental Cup of National Teams.

Title holders[edit]

Finals[edit]

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup unofficially began with a friendly test game in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965. The game was played by the defending champions of the South American Club Championship, Corinthians, and the defending champions of the FIBA European Champions Cup, Real Madrid. It was held at the Ginásio Principal. Corinthians won the game 118 to 109. Due to the test tournament's great success (attendance for the game was over 10,000), the FIBA Intercontinental Cup was made an official annual tournament by FIBA. The first official FIBA Intercontinental Cup tournament was then held the following year.[12]

Unofficial (1965)
Year Final
Champion Score Second place
1965
Details
Brazil
Corinthians
118–109 Spain
Real Madrid


Official (1966–present)
Year Final Third and fourth place
Champion Score Second place
1966
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
66–59 Brazil
Corinthians
Spain
Real Madrid
United States
Chicago Jamaco Saints
1967
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
78–72 Italy
Ignis Varese
Italy
Simmenthal Milano
Brazil
Corinthians
1968
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
105–73 Spain
Real Madrid
Italy
Simmenthal Milano
Brazil
Botafogo
1969
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
84–71 Czechoslovakia
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
Brazil
Sírio
Spain
Real Madrid
1970
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
League Spain
Real Madrid
Brazil
Corinthians
Czechoslovakia
Slavia VŠ Praha
1972
Details
United States
NABL All-Stars
League Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Brazil
Brazil
Poland
Poland
1973
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
League Brazil
Sírio
Puerto Rico
Vaqueros de Bayamón
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Jugoplastika
1974
Details
United States
Maryland Terrapins
League Italy
Ignis Varese
Brazil
Vila Nova
Spain
Real Madrid
1975
Details
Italy
Forst Cantù
League Brazil
Amazonas Franca
Spain
Real Madrid
United States
Penn Quakers
1976
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
League Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Amazonas Franca
1977
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
League Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Israel
Maccabi Elite
Brazil
Atlética Francana
1978
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
League Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Sírio
Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
1979
Details
Brazil
Sírio
League Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bosna
Italy
Emerson Varese
Puerto Rico
Piratas de Quebradillas
1980
Details
Israel
Maccabi Elite
League Brazil
Atlética Francana
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bosna
Spain
Real Madrid
1981
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
109–83 Brazil
Sírio
United States
Clemson Tigers
Brazil
Atlética Francana
1982
Details
Italy
Ford Cantù
League Netherlands
Nashua EBBC
Israel
Maccabi Elite
United States
Air Force Falcons
1983
Details
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
League Italy
Jollycolombani Cantù
Uruguay
Peñarol
Brazil
Monte Líbano
1984
Details
Italy
Banco di Roma Virtus
League Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Sírio
Spain
FC Barcelona
1985
Details
Spain
FC Barcelona
93–89 Brazil
Monte Líbano
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Argentina
San Andrés
1986
Details
Soviet Union
Žalgiris
84–78 Argentina
Ferro Carril Oeste
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Brazil
Corinthians
1987
Details
Italy
Tracer Milano
100–84 Spain
FC Barcelona
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Israel
Maccabi Elite
1996
Details
Greece
Panathinaikos
2–1 play-off
83–89 / 83–78 / 101–76
Argentina
Olimpia
N / A
2013
Details
Greece
Olympiacos
167–139
81–70 / 86–69
Brazil
Pinheiros Sky
2014
Details
Brazil
Flamengo
156–146
66–69 / 90–77
Israel
Maccabi Electra
2015
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
181–170
90–91 / 91–79
Brazil
Bauru
2016
Details
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
74–69 Germany
Fraport Skyliners

Titles by club[edit]

Rank Club Titles Runner-up Champion Years
1. Spain Real Madrid 5 2 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 2015
2. Italy Varese 3 4 1966, 1970, 1973
3. United States Akron Wingfoots 3 1967, 1968, 1969
4. Italy Cantù 2 1 1975, 1982
5. Brazil Sírio 1 2 1979
6. Argentina Obras Sanitarias 1 2 1983
7. Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 1 1980
8. Spain FC Barcelona 1 1 1985
9. United States Maryland Terrapins 1 1974
10. Italy Virtus Roma 1 1984
11. Soviet Union Žalgiris 1 1986
12. Italy Olimpia Milano 1 1987
13. Greece Panathinaikos 1 1996
14. Greece Olympiacos 1 2013
15. Brazil Flamengo 1 2014
16. Venezuela Guaros de Lara 1 2016
17. Brazil Franca 2
18. Brazil Corinthians 1
19. Czechoslovakia Brno 1
20. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna 1
21. Netherlands EBBC 1
22. Brazil Monte Líbano 1
23. Argentina Ferro Carril Oeste 1
24. Argentina Olimpia 1
25. Brazil Pinheiros 1
26. Brazil Bauru 1
27. Germany Skyliners Frankfurt 1

Titles by country[edit]

Rank Country Titles Runners-up
1. Italy Italy 7 5
2. Spain Spain 6 3
3. United States United States 5
4. Brazil Brazil 2 8
5. Greece Greece 2
6. Argentina Argentina 1 4
7. Israel Israel 1 1
8. Soviet Union Soviet Union 1
9. Venezuela Venezuela 1
10. Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1
11. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1
12. Netherlands Netherlands 1
13. Germany Germany 1

Top scorers of the decisive game[edit]

Season Top Scorer Club Points Scored
1966 Italy Giovanni Gavagnin Italy Ignis Varese 20
1967 Italy Tony Gennari Italy Ignis Varese 25
1968 United States Miles Aiken Spain Real Madrid 23
1969 Czechoslovakia Jan Bobrovský Czechoslovakia Spartak ZJŠ Brno 34
1970 Czechoslovakia Jiří Zídek Sr. Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 20
1973 Mexico Arturo Guerrero Brazil Sírio 26
1974 United States John Lucas II & United States Bob Morse United States Maryland Terrapins & Italy Ignis Varese 24
1975 Spain Wayne Brabender Spain Real Madrid 24
1976 Spain Rafael Rullán Spain Real Madrid 23
1977 United States Walter Szczerbiak Sr. Spain Real Madrid 29
1978 United States John Coughran Spain Real Madrid 26
1979 Brazil Oscar Schmidt Brazil Sírio 42
1980 United States Earl Williams Israel Maccabi Elite 28
1981 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mirza Delibašić Spain Real Madrid 33
1982 Italy Antonello Riva & Netherlands Dan Cramer Italy Ford Cantù & Netherlands Nashua EBBC 22
1983 Brazil Julio Garavello Brazil Sírio 35
1984 United States Ray Townsend Italy Banco di Roma Virtus 29
1985 Spain Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" Spain FC Barcelona 39
1986 Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis Soviet Union Žalgiris 26
1987 United States Bob McAdoo Italy Tracer Milano 25
1996 Argentina Jorge Racca Argentina Olimpia 28
2013 United States Brazil Shamell Stallworth Brazil Pinheiros Sky 27
2014 United States Jeremy Pargo Israel Maccabi Electra 28
2015 Brazil Ricardo Fischer Brazil Bauru 26
2016 United States Zach Graham Venezuela Guaros de Lara 19

MVP awards[edit]

Year MVP Club Ref.
1977 United States Walter Szczerbiak Sr. Spain Real Madrid
1987 Spain Epi Spain FC Barcelona
2013 Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Greece Olympiacos
[13][14]
2014 Argentina Nicolás Laprovíttola Brazil Flamengo
[15][16]
2015 Spain Sergio Llull Spain Real Madrid
2016
United States Zach Graham Venezuela Guaros de Lara
[17]

1972 special version[edit]

In 1972, FIBA held a 4 team tournament, featuring the Soviet Union national basketball team, the Polish national basketball team, the Brazilian national basketball team, and the NABL All-Stars Team, which participated in the place of Team USA. Although this tournament is not a part of the actual Club World Cup, it is still listed in the event's history as a special version of the tournament, while the actual club competition was on hiatus between the years of 1970 and 1973.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fraport Skyliners to host Guaros de Lara in FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
  2. ^ Fraport to represent Europe in the Intercontinental cup.
  3. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial. (Portuguese)
  4. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Basquetepinheirense Especial Mundial: O Mundial é nosso!. (Portuguese)
  6. ^ FIBA - Intercontinental Cup of Clubs re-launched; FIBA, 5 August 2013
  7. ^ Euroleague.net Intercontinental Cup of clubs re-launched.
  8. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial. (Portuguese)
  9. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (Portuguese)
  10. ^ Fraport Skyliners to host Guaros de Lara in FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
  11. ^ Fraport to represent Europe in the Intercontinental cup.
  12. ^ Basquetepinheirense Especial Mundial: O Mundial é nosso!. (Portuguese)
  13. ^ FoxSports.com O Herói e o Vilão de Olympiacos 86 x 69 Pinheiros, pelo Mundial de Clubes. (Portuguese)
  14. ^ Gazetaesportiva.net Olympiacos bate Pinheiros e vence Copa Intercontinental. (Portuguese)
  15. ^ Fla derruba o Maccabi e fatura o maior título de sua história no basquete. (Portuguese)
  16. ^ Con Nicolás Laprovittola como MVP, Flamengo se consagró campeón Intercontinental. (Spanish)
  17. ^ "Guaros de Lara win Intercontinental Cup, 74-69 vs Skyliners Frankfurt". Sportando.com. 18 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  18. ^ LinguaSport.com VI Intercontinental Cup (São Paulo 1972).

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