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The 1998 FIBA World Championship was the 13th FIBA World Championship, an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation and hosted in Greece from 29 July to 9 August 1998. The tournament was contested by 16 nations and the matches were played in two venues in Athens and Piraeus.

1998 FIBA World Championship
Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα Καλαθοσφαίρισης Ανδρών 1998
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Tournament details
Host countryGreece
Dates29 July – 9 August
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Yugoslavia (1st title)
Runners-up Russia
Third place United States
Fourth place Greece
Tournament statistics
MVPFederal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga
Top scorerSpain Alberto Herreros
(17.9 points per game)
1994
2002

Because of the National Basketball Association lockout and unlike the previous championship, the USA Basketball Association was unable to send a team comprised from NBA players, thus causing the American national team roster to be comprised out of professional basketball players playing in Europe and two college players.[1] The tournament was won by FR Yugoslavia, in their first participation after the breakup of Yugoslavia, defeating 64–62 Russia in the final.

Contents

VenuesEdit

SquadsEdit

Competing nationsEdit

 
Competing teams

Greece and the United States qualified automatically, the first because of its status as host country, and the latter due to earning a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The remaining places were secured according to the different continental tournaments held in 1997.

Preliminary roundEdit

Qualified for the second round groups I and II
Qualified for the second round groups III and IV

The top three teams in each group advance to the second round, into either Group E or F. The fourth place team in each group moves onto the 13th–16th classification.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Greece 3 3 0 210 185 +25 6
  Italy 3 2 1 211 199 +12 5
  Canada 3 1 2 211 214 −3 4
  Senegal 3 0 3 180 214 −34 3

Group ΒEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Yugoslavia 3 3 0 261 194 +67 6
  Russia 3 2 1 243 213 +30 5
  Puerto Rico 3 1 2 217 223 −6 4
  Japan 3 0 3 169 260 −91 3
30 July
Russia   74–82 (OT)   Yugoslavia

Group CEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Lithuania 3 3 0 247 200 +47 6
  United States 3 2 1 253 205 +48 5
  Brazil 3 1 2 197 222 −25 4
  South Korea 3 0 3 191 261 −70 3

Group DEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Spain 3 3 0 225 211 +14 6
  Argentina 3 2 1 201 181 +20 5
  Australia 3 1 2 208 207 +1 4
  Nigeria 3 0 3 183 218 −35 3
31 July
Argentina   67–68 (OT)   Spain

Second roundEdit

Qualified for the final round
Qualified for the 9th–12th classification

First three teams in each group of the first group phase qualify to the second phase, creating two new groups of six teams. The final standings also take in account the results of previous round matches.

Group ΕEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
  Yugoslavia 5 4 1 387 312 +75 9 1–0
  Russia 5 4 1 372 330 +42 9 0–1
  Greece 5 3 2 317 322 −5 8 1–0
  Italy 5 3 2 319 327 −8 8 0–1
  Puerto Rico 5 1 4 360 386 −26 6
  Canada 5 0 5 349 427 −78 5

Group FEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
  United States 5 4 1 423 368 +55 9 1–0
  Spain 5 4 1 377 361 +16 9 0–1
  Lithuania 5 3 2 375 376 −1 8
  Argentina 5 2 3 368 377 −9 7 1–0
  Australia 5 2 3 362 363 −1 7 0–1
  Brazil 5 0 5 323 383 −60 5
4 August
Spain   86–80 (OT)   Lithuania

Classification roundEdit

13th–16th classificationEdit

 
Thirteenth to sixteenthThirteenth place
 
      
 
2 August 1998
 
 
  Senegal55
 
3 August 1998
 
  Japan60
 
  Japan60
 
2 August 1998
 
  Nigeria70
 
  South Korea65
 
 
  Nigeria89
 
Fifteenth place
 
 
3 August 1998
 
 
  Senegal75
 
 
  South Korea72

SemifinalsEdit

15th place playoffEdit

13th place playoffEdit

9th–12th classificationEdit

 
Ninth to twelfthNinth place
 
      
 
7 August 1998
 
 
  Puerto Rico64
 
8 August 1998
 
  Brazil76
 
  Brazil75
 
7 August 1998
 
  Australia79
 
  Canada71
 
 
  Australia88
 
Eleventh place
 
 
8 August 1998
 
 
  Puerto Rico92
 
 
  Canada81

SemifinalsEdit

11th place playoffEdit

9th place playoffEdit

5th–8th classificationEdit

 
5th–8th place5th place
 
      
 
8 August 1998
 
 
  Lithuania71
 
9 August 1998
 
  Italy76
 
  Italy61
 
8 August 1998
 
  Spain64
 
  Argentina64
 
 
  Spain77
 
7th place
 
 
9 August 1998
 
 
  Lithuania77
 
 
  Argentina76

SemifinalsEdit

7th place playoffEdit

5th place playoffEdit

Final roundEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
7 August 1998
 
 
  Russia82
 
8 August 1998
 
  Lithuania67
 
  Russia66
 
7 August 1998
 
  United States64
 
  Italy77
 
9 August 1998
 
  United States80
 
  Russia62
 
7 August 1998
 
  Yugoslavia64
 
  Yugoslavia70
 
8 August 1998
 
  Argentina62
 
  Yugoslavia78
 
7 August 1998
 
  Greece73 Third place
 
  Greece69
 
9 August 1998
 
  Spain62
 
  United States84
 
 
  Greece61
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

8 August
Yugoslavia   78–73 (OT)   Greece

3rd place playoffEdit

9 August
17:45
Greece   61–84   United States
Scoring by half: 27–48, 34–36
Pts: Papanikolaou 18
Rebs: Fasoulas 10
Asts: Fasoulas 3
Pts: Sasser 23
Rebs: Amaya 7
Asts: Hawkins 5
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall, Marousi, Athens
Attendance: 20,000
Referees: Bill Mildenhall (AUS), Romualdas Brazauskas (LTU)

FinalEdit

9 August
20:00
Yugoslavia   64–62   Russia
Scoring by half: 30–35, 34–27
Pts: Rebrača 16
Rebs: Rebrača 11
Asts: Bodiroga 2
Pts: Kudelin 14
Rebs: Kisurin 5
Asts: Kisurin 2
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall, Marousi, Athens
Attendance: 20,000
Referees: Reuven Virovnik (ISR), Juan Figueroa (PUR)

AwardsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Final standingsEdit

 
1998 FIBA World Championship final rankings.
Rank Team Record
1   Yugoslavia 8–1
2   Russia 7–2
3   United States 7–2
4   Greece 5–4
5   Spain 7–2
6   Italy 5–4
7   Lithuania 5–4
8   Argentina 3–6
9   Australia 5–3
10   Brazil 2–6
11   Puerto Rico 3–5
12   Canada 1–7
13   Nigeria 2–3
14   Japan 1–4
15   Senegal 1–4
16   South Korea 0–5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1998 USA Basketball Archived 10 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit