FIBA Intercontinental Cup

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FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 FIBA Intercontinental Cup
SportBasketball
Founded1966
Inaugural season1966
Claim to fameOfficial Club World Championship
No. of teams2
CountryFIBA members
ContinentEurope, North America & South America
Most recent
champion(s)
Spain Iberostar Tenerife
(1st title)
Most titlesSpain Real Madrid
(5 titles)
Level on pyramid1st tier - Worldwide
Official websiteFIBA 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 honour 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.[citation needed] 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]

Year Champions Second place Third place Fourth place Results / Notes
1965
Details
Brazil
Corinthians
Spain
Real Madrid
N/A N/A 118–109
Unofficial test tournament
1966
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
Brazil
Corinthians
Spain
Real Madrid
United States
Chicago Jamaco Saints
Final: 66–59
3rd place game: 112–96
1967
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
Italy
Ignis Varese
Italy
Simmenthal Milano
Brazil
Corinthians
Final: 78–72
3rd place game: 90–89
1968
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
Spain
Real Madrid
Italy
Simmenthal Milano
Brazil
Botafogo
Final: 105–73
3rd place game: 82–54
1969
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
Czechoslovakia
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
Brazil
Sírio
Spain
Real Madrid
Final: 84–71
3rd place game: 72–60
1970
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
Spain
Real Madrid
Brazil
Corinthians
Czechoslovakia
Slavia VŠ Praha
Five team league stage
1972
Details
United States
NABL All-Stars
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Brazil
Brazil
Poland
Poland
Four team league stage
1973
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
Brazil
Sírio
Puerto Rico
Vaqueros de Bayamón
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Jugoplastika
Five team league stage
1974
Details
United States
Maryland Terrapins
Italy
Ignis Varese
Brazil
Vila Nova
Spain
Real Madrid
Six team league stage
1975
Details
Italy
Birra Forst Cantù
Brazil
Amazonas Franca
Spain
Real Madrid
United States
Penn Quakers
Six team league stage
1976
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Amazonas Franca
Six team league stage
1977
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Brazil
Atlética Francana
Six team league stage
1978
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Sírio
Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Five team league stage
1979
Details
Brazil
Sírio
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bosna
Italy
Emerson Varese
Puerto Rico
Piratas de Quebradillas
Five team league stage
1980
Details
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Brazil
Atlética Francana
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bosna
Spain
Real Madrid
Five team league stage
1981
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Brazil
Sírio
United States
Clemson Tigers
Brazil
Atlética Francana
Final: 109–83
3rd place game: 79–73
1982
Details
Italy
Ford Cantù
Netherlands
Nashua EBBC
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
United States
Air Force Falcons
Six team league stage
1983
Details
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Italy
Jollycolombani Cantù
Uruguay
Peñarol
Brazil
Monte Líbano
Six team league stage
1984
Details
Italy
Banco di Roma Virtus
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Sírio
Spain
FC Barcelona
Five team league stage
1985
Details
Spain
FC Barcelona
Brazil
Monte Líbano
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Argentina
San Andrés
Final: 93–89
3rd place game: 109–82
1986
Details
Soviet Union
Žalgiris
Argentina
Ferro Carril Oeste
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Brazil
Corinthians
Final: 84–78
3rd place game: 119–96
1987
Details
Italy
Tracer Milano
Spain
FC Barcelona
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Final: 100–84
3rd place game: 106–96
1996
Details
Greece
Panathinaikos
Argentina
Olimpia
N/A N/A 2–1 play-off
83–89 / 83–78 / 101–76
2013
Details
Greece
Olympiacos
Brazil
Pinheiros Sky
N/A N/A 167–139
81–70 / 86–69
2014
Details
Brazil
Flamengo
Israel
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
N/A N/A 156–146
66–69 / 90–77
2015
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Brazil
Bauru
N/A N/A 181–170
90–91 / 91–79
2016
Details
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
Germany
Fraport Skyliners
N/A N/A 74–69
2017
Details
Spain
Iberostar Tenerife
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
N/A N/A 76–71

Titles by club[edit]

Rank Club Titles Runners-up Championship 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. Venezuela Guaros de Lara 1 1 2016
10. United States Maryland Terrapins 1 1974
11. Italy Virtus Roma 1 1984
12. Lithuania Žalgiris 1 1986
13. Italy Olimpia Milano 1 1987
14. Greece Panathinaikos 1 1996
15. Greece Olympiacos 1 2013
16. Brazil Flamengo 1 2014
17. Spain 1939 Canarias 1 2017
18. Brazil Franca 2
19. Brazil Corinthians 1
20. Czechoslovakia Brno 1
21. Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosna 1
22. Netherlands EBBC 1
23. Brazil Monte Líbano 1
24. Argentina Ferro Carril Oeste 1
25. Argentina Olimpia 1
26. Brazil Pinheiros 1
27. Brazil Bauru 1
28. Germany Skyliners Frankfurt 1

Titles by country[edit]

Rank Country Titles Runners-up
1. Italy Italy 7 5
2. Spain Spain 7 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. Venezuela Venezuela 1 1
9. Soviet Union Soviet Union 1 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]

Year 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 Tel Aviv 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 Tel Aviv 28
2015 Brazil Ricardo Fischer Brazil Bauru 26
2016 United States Zach Graham Venezuela Guaros de Lara 19
2017 United States Mario Little Venezuela Guaros de Lara 23

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. (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Basquetepinheirense Especial Mundial: O Mundial é nosso!. (in 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. (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (in 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!. (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ FoxSports.com O Herói e o Vilão de Olympiacos 86 x 69 Pinheiros, pelo Mundial de Clubes. (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Gazetaesportiva.net Olympiacos bate Pinheiros e vence Copa Intercontinental. (in Portuguese)
  15. ^ Fla derruba o Maccabi e fatura o maior título de sua história no basquete. (in Portuguese)
  16. ^ Con Nicolás Laprovittola como MVP, Flamengo se consagró campeón Intercontinental. (in 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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