1959 FIBA World Championship
The 1959 FIBA World Championship was the 3rd FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. It hosted by Chile from January 16 to 31, 1959. Amaury Antônio Pasos was named the MVP.
|Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto de 1959|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Brazil (1st title)|
|Top scorer||James Chen (20.1)|
The final stages were supposed to be held at the newly constructed Metropolitan Indoor Stadium, but because the venue was not finished in time the games were postponed by a year from the original date and moved outdoors to the Estadio Nacional de Chile, configured in a way that the games were seen by a crowd of 16,000. The United States was represented by the United States Air Force Team.
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
|Chile – advanced automatically to the final round as host|
- Preliminary round: Three groups of four teams play each other once; top two teams progress to the final round, bottom two teams relegated to classification round.
- Classification round:
- First round: Two groups of three teams (A1, B2, C1 and A2, B1, C2) play each other once.
- Second round: Top teams from each group play for eighth, second placers play for tenth, and last placers play for twelfth.
- Final round: All top two from preliminary round group play each other once. The team with the best record wins the championship.
|Qualified for the final round|
|United Arab Rep.||3||0||3||179||239||−60||3|
|Soviet Union||3||2||1||229||199||+30||5||1W-1L; 1.000|
|United Arab Rep.||2||1||1||136||148||−12||3|
The Soviet Union refusal to play Formosa in the final round led to their relegation to the last two places. If Soviet Union had played that match and defeated Formosa, they would have won the gold medal, but they refused to play because of the political status of the Republic of China, known as Formosa in the tournament and lost their chance to win the title.
|1959 World Championship Winner|
|11||United Arab Republic||1–5|