1963 FIBA World Championship

The 1963 FIBA World Championship was the 4th FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's national teams. The competition was hosted by Brazil from 12 to 25 May 1963.

1963 FIBA World Championship
FIBA Campeonato Mundial de Basquetebol Masculino de 1963
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
Dates12–25 May
Officially opened byJoão Goulart
Teams13 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (2nd title)
Runners-up  Yugoslavia
Third place  Soviet Union
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Games played54
MVPBrazil Wlamir Marques
Top scorerPeru Ricardo Duarte
(23.1 points per game)
1959
1967

The Philippines was originally awarded the right to host the tournament, but FIBA rescinded this after the Filipino immigration officials refused to grant visas to players from communist countries.

Brazil, the defending champion and a previous host, re-host the championship from 12 to 25 May 1963, and won the first back to back title with just six games, seeding the well-rested host team in the final round only.

Background

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The Philippines was supposed to host the FIBA World Championship in 1962 but FIBA revoked hosting rights after the government of then President Diosdado Macapagal, refused to grant visas to players and officials of socialists countries including Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.[1][2]

The FIBA World Championship was held in 1963 in Brazil.

Competing nations

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Event Date Location Berths Qualified
Original host nation 0   Philippines
1959 FIBA World Championship/host nation 16–31 January 1959   Chile 1   Brazil
1960 Summer Olympics 26 August–10 September 1960   Rome 1   United States
EuroBasket 1961 29 April–8 May 1961   Beograd 3   Soviet Union
  Yugoslavia
  France
South American Basketball Championship 1961 20–30 April 1961   Rio de Janeiro 3   Peru
  Uruguay
  Argentina
Wild cards 5   Canada
  Mexico
  Puerto Rico
  Italy
  Japan

Suspension

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FIBA suspended the original host country, the Philippines, after Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the country.

Brazil, being the defending champion and a previous host, managed to re-host the championship.

Later, the Philippines, despite being the Asian champion, were forced to play in a pre-Olympic tournament in order to qualify for the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Competition format

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  • 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: All bottom two teams from preliminary round group play each other once. The team with the best record is ranked eighth; the worst is ranked 13th.
  • Final round: All top two teams from preliminary round group, the 1960 Olympic champion, and the host team play each other once. The team with the best record wins the championship.

Preliminary round

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Group A

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Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Soviet Union 3 3 0 222 177 +45 6 Final round
2   France 3 2 1 200 181 +19 5
3   Uruguay 3 1 2 195 214 −19 4 Classification round
4   Canada 3 0 3 158 203 −45 3
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
12 May
France   64–54   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 19-25, 45-29
12 May
Soviet Union   58–45   Canada
Scoring by half: 27-24, 31-21
13 May
Canada   56–66   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 27-25, 29-41
13 May
France   57–70   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 30-28, 27-42
14 May
Canada   57–79   France
Scoring by half: 25-28, 32-51
14 May
Uruguay   75–94   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 30-39, 45-55

Group B

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Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Yugoslavia 3 3 0 262 208 +54 6 Final round
2   Puerto Rico 3 2 1 234 212 +22 5
3   Japan 3 1 2 198 231 −33 4 Classification round
4   Peru 3 0 3 181 224 −43 3
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
12 May
Yugoslavia   84–67   Peru
Scoring by half: 30-42, 54-25
12 May
Puerto Rico   86–65   Japan
Scoring by half: 33-33, 53-32
13 May
Puerto Rico   70–64   Peru
Scoring by half: 45-33, 25-31
13 May
Japan   63–95   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 24-37, 39-58
14 May
Peru   50–70   Japan
Scoring by half: 17-41, 33-29
14 May
Puerto Rico   78–83   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 35-42, 43-41

Group C

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Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 3 0 256 202 +54 6 Final round
2   Italy 3 2 1 258 242 +16 5
3   Mexico 3 1 2 240 260 −20 4 Classification round
4   Argentina 3 0 3 206 256 −50 3
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
12 May
United States   88–74   Mexico
Scoring by half: 41-42, 47-32
12 May
Italy   91–73   Argentina
Scoring by half: 42-34, 49-39
13 May
Mexico   82–90   Italy
Scoring by half: 44-36, 38-54
13 May
Argentina   51–81   United States
Scoring by half: 26-43, 25-38
14 May
Mexico   84–82   Argentina
Scoring by half: 42-53, 42-29
14 May
United States   87–77   Italy
Scoring by half: 42-34, 45-43

Classification round

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Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
8   Argentina 5 4 1 449 414 +35 9
9   Mexico 5 3 2 389 364 +25 8[a]
10   Uruguay 5 3 2 376 372 +4 8[a]
11   Canada 5 3 2 365 375 −10 8[a]
12   Peru 5 2 3 362 367 −5 7
13   Japan 5 0 5 377 426 −49 5
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head record: Mexico 1–1 (1.07 GAvg), Uruguay 1–1 (1.01 GAvg), Canada 1–1 (0.92 GAvg)
16 May
Argentina   88–86   Mexico
Scoring by half: 41-40, 47-46
16 May
Peru   66–59 (OT)   Canada
Scoring by half: 32-24, 20-28 Overtime: 14-7
17 May
Japan   63–79   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 30-42, 33-37
17 May
Peru   57–72   Mexico
Scoring by half: 27-34, 30-38
18 May
Argentina   103–85   Japan
Scoring by half: 58-39, 45-46
18 May
Canada   73–71   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 34-30, 39-41
19 May
Peru   66–67   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 34-29, 32-38
20 May
Canada   82–77   Argentina
Scoring by half: 51-34, 31-43
20 May
Mexico   71–70   Japan
Scoring by half: 35-36, 36-34
21 May
Peru   95–85   Japan
Scoring by half: 53-46, 42-39
21 May
Argentina   97–83   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 46-45, 51-38
22 May
Peru   78–84 (OT)   Argentina
Scoring by half: 38-36, 37-39 Overtime: 3-9
22 May
Mexico   87–73   Canada
Scoring by half: 38-32, 49-41
23 May
Japan   74–78   Canada
Scoring by half: 41-42, 33-36
23 May
Uruguay   76–73   Mexico
Scoring by half: 42-33, 34-40

Final round

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Yugoslavia's Radivoj Korać versus USA's Ed Smallwood in the Final round. Yugoslavia won the contest 75–73.
Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1   Brazil (C, H) 6 6 0 485 411 +74 12
2   Yugoslavia 6 5 1 472 424 +48 11
3   Soviet Union 6 4 2 426 399 +27 10
4   United States 6 3 3 498 433 +65 9
5   France 6 2 4 369 438 −69 8
6   Puerto Rico 6 1 5 366 426 −60 7
7   Italy 6 0 6 407 492 −85 6
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
(C) Champions; (H) Hosts
16 May
Soviet Union   58–48   France
Scoring by half: 25-23, 33-25
16 May
United States   73–75   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 32-30, 41-45
16 May
Brazil   62–55   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 25-27, 37-28
17 May
Yugoslavia   73–57   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 34-32, 39-25
17 May
United States   81–61   France
Scoring by half: 36-35, 45-26
17 May
Brazil   81–62   Italy
Scoring by half: 40-24, 41-38
18 May
Puerto Rico   60–67   France
Scoring by half: 27-28, 33-39
18 May
Yugoslavia   85–74   Italy
Scoring by half: 34-36, 51-38
18 May
United States   74–75   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 40-34, 34-41
20 May
France   67–63   Italy
Scoring by half: 30-24, 37-39
20 May
Yugoslavia   71–90   Brazil
Scoring by half: 27-51, 44-39
21 May
Puerto Rico   55–64   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 18-29, 37-35
21 May
France   63–77   Brazil
Scoring by half: 31-38, 32-39
22 May
Italy   63–83   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 28-48, 35-35
22 May
Puerto Rico   64–88   United States
Scoring by half: 26-33, 38-55
23 May
Italy   73–101   United States
Scoring by half: 28-59, 45-42
23 May
Soviet Union   79–90   Brazil
Scoring by half: 42-43, 37-47
24 May
Italy   72–75   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 31-42, 41-33
24 May
France   63–99   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33-46, 30-53
25 May
Soviet Union   67–69   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 28-34, 39-35
25 May
Brazil   85–81   United States
Scoring by half: 39-39, 46-42

Awards

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 1963 World Championship winner 
 
Brazil
Second title
Most Valuable Player
  Wlamir Marques

Final standings

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Rank Team Record
1   Brazil 6–0
2   Yugoslavia 8–1
3   Soviet Union 7–2
4   United States 6–3
5   France 4–5
6   Puerto Rico 3–6
7   Italy 2–7
8   Argentina 4–4
9   Mexico 4–4
10   Uruguay 4–4
11   Canada 3–5
12   Peru 2–6
13   Japan 1–7
  Philippines Suspended

All-Tournament Team

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Top scorers (ppg)

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  1. Ricardo Duarte (Peru) 23.1
  2. Aleksander Petrov (USSR) 17.6
  3. Luis Enrique Grajeda (Mexico) 17.5
  4. Radivoj Korać (Yugoslavia) 16.8
  5. Maxime Dorigo (France) 16.8
  6. Alfredo Tulli (Argentina) 16.1
  7. Alberto Desimone (Argentina) 16
  8. Rafael Valle (Puerto Rico) 15.8
  9. Nemanja Đurić (Yugoslavia) 14.6
  10. Paolo Vittori (Italy) 14.3

References

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  1. ^ Ramirez, Bert (4 August 2014). "Looking back: The 1978 World Basketball Championship in Manila (Part I)". Rappler. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ "A roundup of the sports information of the week". Sports Illustrated. 17 December 1962. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
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