FIBA World Championship
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31px 1959 FIBA World Championship
Sport Basketball
Founded 1950
Inaugural season 1950
No. of teams 10
Countries FIBA members
Continent FIBA (International)
Most recent
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States (1st title)
Most titles Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States (1 title)

The FIBA World Championship is an international basketball competition contested by the men's national basketball teams of FIBA. The competition is currently held on a four-year cycle which has been the case since the first edition in 1950.


The first international basketball competition was held in South America in 1930 and with Europe holding their first tournament in 1935 and the success of the two Olympic basketball tournaments it was decided that a World Cup edition would be agreed with Argentina being the host nation as they were the only country willing to take this massive risk. The first tournament would see a ten team tournament with the top three of the previous Olympics, the two best teams from South America, Europe and Asia. But with Asian teams not being entered, other teams were required to fill the entry list of ten teams. Argentina would take out the very first title after doing a five from five matches in the final round which did include a win over the United States to record the first championship.

The second edition of the tournament was held in Brazil with the United States taking out their first of many titles in the World Championship after they went unbeaten to take home the title with all of the wins being above 20 points. The Philippines and Fossoa created history by being the first countries from Asia to compete in the World Championship and for the Philippines, they became the first country from outside of the Americas to get a medal when they finished third in the final round.


Year Hosts Gold Medal Game Bronze Medal Game Number of Teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1950 Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg
No playoffs[1] Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
Flag of Chile.svg
No playoffs[1] Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
1954 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
No playoffs[1] Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
No playoffs[1] Flag of France.svg

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