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EuroBasket
Current season, competition or edition:
31px EuroBasket 1955
Founded 1935
Inaugural season 1935
No. of teams 14
Countries FIBA Europe member associations
Continent 23px FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
23x15px Soviet Union
Most titles 23x15px Lithuania
23x15px Soviet Union (2 titles)

EuroBasket, previously referred to as the European Basketball Championship, is the main basketball competition contested biennially by the men's national teams governed by FIBA Europe, the European zone within the International Basketball Federation. The championship was first held in 1935.

History

The first EuroBasket competition was held in Switzerland in 1935 which was held in Switzerland as FIBA was created in that country only three years earlier. In the first competition, Spain and Portugal had to play in a qualifier to see who would make it into the main draw. In the end, Switzerland would take out there only EuroBasket to date when they defeated Spain 24-22 in the final. The next two competitions would see Lithuania take out the trophy in an eight-team competition.

After the Second World War, the competition saw the rise of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia which first appeared in 1947 with the Soviet Union taking out the title in Czechoslovakia. The next edition saw the only edition that was played outside of Europe with Egypt hosting and coming runner-up to the French who would take out the title. 1951 would see the competition expand to an eighteen team competition with no less than four debuting in the competition. After two round of group stage matches, the final would see the Soviet Union take out the title as they defeated Czechoslovakia in the final by only three points. The Soviet Union would win the following tournament on their home court winning every single game in the progress.

Champions

Year Host (Final phase/game) Gold medal game Bronze medal game Number of teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1935 Switzerland Geneva Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
24–22 Flag of Spain (1931–1939).svg
Spain
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
22–16 30x27px
Latvia
10
1937 23x15px Riga 30x27px
Lithuania
31-19 30x27px
Poland
30x27px
Estonia
41–21 30x27px
Latvia
8
1939 23x15px Kaunas 30x27px
Lithuania
No playoffs 30x27px
Latvia
30x27px
Estonia
No playoffs 30x27px
Poland
8
1946 Switzerland Geneva Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
35–28 Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
40–32 Flag of France.svg
France
10
1947 Czechoslovakia Prague 30x27px
Soviet Union
64-35 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
52–41 Flag of Egypt (1922–1958).svg
Egypt
14
1949 Egypt Cairo Flag of France.svg
France
No playoffs Flag of Egypt (1922–1958).svg
Egypt
30x27px
Greece
No playoffs 30x27px
Turkey
7
1951 France Paris 30x27px
Soviet Union
45-42 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of France.svg
France
No playoffs Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Bulgaria
18
1953 23x15px Moscow 30x27px
Soviet Union
No playoffs Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg
Hungary
No playoffs Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg
Yugoslavia
17

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