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A history of the Basketball World Championships (Mundobasket) [1950-2006]

19 August, 2010

an infograph showing the teams that have participated in the Basketball World Championships (Mundobasket) [1950-2006]

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In less than ten days the 16th Basketball World Championship will ‘kick-off’ in Turkey.

In this graph we present the teams who have participated in the Basketball World Championships (Mundobasket) [1950-2006]. For each team we present: the total number of times and in which years they have participated, in which continent/Fiba zone they belong (colour coded) and if they participate in the 2010 Championship in Turkey (orange box). There is also a little graph depicting how many of this year’s participating teams participated in the 2006 Mundobasket, a map of the world presenting the countries who have hosted the championship through the years and finally a pie graph showing the winners so far.

Brazil and the USA are the only two teams who have participated in all the championships. Most of the teams either belong to the European (blue colour) Fiba’s (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) zone or to the Americas’ (red colour) one. 17 out of the 24 teams of the 2010 Mundobasket have participated in the 2006 one. It’s the first time for Iran, Jordan and Tunisia to participate.

A map of the world showing all the countries who have hosted the Basketball World Championship (Mundobasket) [1950-2010]

Hosting wise, 10 of the championships have been held in Americas; 3 in Europe and 2 in Asia. Africa and Oceania have not hosted the event yet.

As for the winners, Yugoslavia is leading with 5 cups followed by the Soviet Union and the USA (both 3). Quite interestingly, all the winners have participated in the championships in or before 1959; in fact with the exception of the Soviet Union (their first participation was in 1959) ALL the other winners so far, participated in the first championship in 1950.

The table below is another representation of the teams, the Mundobaskets they have participated and the position they finished in. It also shows the total number of the teams participated in each championship. It was 10 in 1950 (the year it all started) and it is 24 teams nowadays.

Team/Year

SUM
’50

’54

’59

’63

’67

’70

’74

’78

’82

’86

’90

’94

’98

2002

’06

’10

Algeria 1 15
Angola 5 13-24 13 16 11 9-16
Argentina 11 1 10 8 6 11 12 8 9 8 2 4
Australia 9 12 12 7 5 13-24 7 5 9 9-16
Brazil 15 4 2 1 1 3 2 6 3 8 4 5 11 10 8 17-20
Bulgaria 1 4
Canada 12 7 12 11 10 8 6 6 8 12 7 12 13
Central African Republic 1 14
Chile 3 3 10 3
China 7 11 12 9 14 8 12 9-16
Colombia 1 7
Côte d’Ivoire 2 13 13-24
Croatia 1 3
Cuba 4 8 4 11 15
Czechoslovakia 4 6 10 9 10
Dominican Republic 1 12
Ecuador 1 8
Egypt 3 5 16 14
Formosa (Taiwan) 2 5 5
France 5 6 4 5 13-24 5
Team/Year

SUM
’50

’54

’59

’63

’67

’70

’74

’78

’82

’86

’90

’94

’98

2002

’06

’10

Germany 4 13-24 12 3 8
Greece 5 10 6 4 4 2
Iran 0
Israel 2 8 7
Italy 8 7 9 4 4 6 9 6 9-16
Japan 4 13 11 14 17-20
Jordan 0
Korea 6 11 13 13-24 15 13 16
Lebanon 2 16 17-20
Lithuania 2 7 7
Malaysia 1 13-24
Mexico 4 13 9 8 9
Netherlands 1 13-24
New Zealand 3 13-24 4 9-16
Nigeria 2 13 9-16
Panama 4 9 9 13-24 21-24
Paraguay 2 9 13
Peru 4 7 12 12 10
Philippines 4 3 8 13 8
Poland 1 5
Puerto Rico 11 7 6 12 7 10 13-24 4 6 11 7 17-20
Quatar 1 21-24
Russia 3 2 2 10
Team/Year

SUM
’50

’54

’59

’63

’67

’70

’74

’78

’82

’86

’90

’94

’98

2002

’06

’10

Senegal 3 14 15 21-24
Serbia* 1 9-16
Slovenia 1 9-16
Soviet Union 9 6 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 2
Spain 9 10 5 4 5 10 10 5 5 1
Tunisia 0
Turkey 2 9 6
United Arab Republic 2 11 13
Uruguay 7 6 9 10 7 7 11 13-24
USA 15 2 1 2 4 4 5 3 5 2 1 3 1 3 6 3
Venezuela 3 11 14 21-24
Yugoslavia 12 9 11 2 2 1 2 1 3 3 1 1 1
Team/Year

SUM
’50

’54

’59

’63

’67

’70

’74

’78

’82

’86

’90

’94

’98

2002

’06

’10

TOTAL 10 12 13 13 13 13 14 14 13 24 16 16 16 16 24 24

*Serbia participated as ‘Serbia & Montenegro’ in 2006

Source:

FIBA

FIBA.com

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 August, 2010 9:12 pm

    Well Done. The visuals make the data much easier to digest.

  2. SGL permalink
    30 August, 2010 3:30 pm

    Yugoslavia what a team, want an amazing team. A team with no opponent! Dražen Petrović, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Predrag Danilović and Žarko Paspalj, A team like that will never play again. Ever!

    “The Canadians invented it, the Yugoslavs perfected it”

  3. Mark permalink
    13 September, 2010 6:04 pm

    You mean the Canadians invented it and the Americans perfected it. Four World championships and 13 Olympic golds(14 if you count the stolen medal of 1972).

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