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Brazil national basketball team

The Brazil national basketball team is governed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Brasileira de Basketball), abbreviated as CBB.[1]
They have been a member of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) since 1935.

Brazil Brazil
2016 Brazil men's Olympic basketball team
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FIBA ranking 11 Steady (3 July 2018)
Joined FIBA 1935
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Brazilian Basketball Confederation
Coach Aleksandar Petrović
Olympic Games
Appearances 15
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (1948, 1960, 1964)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 17
Medals Gold Gold: (1959, 1963)
Silver Silver: (1954, 1970)
Bronze Bronze: (1967, 1978)
FIBA AmeriCup
Appearances 18
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (1984, 1988, 2005, 2009)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (2001, 2011)
Bronze medal america.svg Bronze: (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997)
Pan American Games
Appearances 15
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (1963, 1983)
Bronze medal america.svg Bronze: (1951, 1955, 1959, 1975, 1979, 1995)
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Team colours
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Brazil's basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas. It is the only team besides the United States that has appeared at every Basketball World Cup since it was first held in 1950.

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HistoryEdit

First stepsEdit

 
The Brazil team that competed at the 1934 South American Basketball Championship held in Argentina

Basketball was initially introduced to Brazil by Professor Augusto Shaw in 1896. In 1912, he began organizing the first state tournament and in 1922 the first national team made its debut at games against Argentina and Uruguay. As in the case of football, South America was initially ahead of the rest of the world and in 1930 held the first edition of the South American Championship. In that decade, Brazilian basketball was supported by professional football clubs, to include it as a new sports section, although amateur in nature. Later, these clubs became professional and supported the national team with world-class players.[2]

Initial success despite budget constraintsEdit

In the following years, Brazil became a regular at major international competitions. Its basketball squad participated in the first official basketball tournament at the Summer Olympics 1936 in Berlin. In 1939, the first continental championship was held in Rio de Janeiro. In the 40s, basketball was catching on more layers of society and left the elitist stigma. The sport received the ultimate accolade at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. There, against all odds, the team directed by Moacyr Daiuto (1915–1994) managed to achieve the bronze medal. The team recorded six straight wins until it stopped due to the semi-final defeat to France (33–43). In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Mexico (52–47). They managed to feature ten amateur players. The pre-Olympic Brazil concentration was very poor in resources. After its time-consuming journey to London, the team was astonishment when they saw how the U.S. team practiced: each player with a ball. Brazil only had two for the whole team.[2]

The era KanelaEdit

One of the fundamental pillars of Brazilian basketball was the boldness of its coaches. The "father" of them all is Togo Renan Soares, "Kanela" (so nicknamed for his thick white hair). Working in the shadow of the giant football, Kanela (1906–1992) understood that basketball would add more followers if it could only offer new emotions. He aimed to get the influential media involved, so the game was conceived as a spectacle based on its dynamism and aesthetics. The formula worked. Besides the national team, he coached Flamengo which chained ten titles in a row (1951–1960). Born in Joao Pessoa (Paraíba) he had also coached football, rowing and water polo. In his youth, he had studied at a military college. His lengthy workouts alternated with authoritative teaching tone.[2]

Rise to a global dominanceEdit

 
Brazil playing United States during the 5th Maccabiahin in Israel, 1957

The unstoppable rise of basketball was confirmed at the second World Championship in Rio (1954). The Brazilian team, coached by Kanela, reached the final undefeated and proclaimed runner-up after losing to the global hegemonic basketball power from the U.S. That Brazilian team was equipped with experienced players who won the bronze medal London 1948 and supported through the arrival of two young men. These young men were Amaury Pasos and Wlamir Marques, 18 and 17 years old, respectively. The bet of the visionary Kanela would give tremendous returns in later years.[2]

Ironically, the Brazilian player leap happened when the team was made up of willing and enthusiastic amateurs. These athletes, who were initiated into the game almost self-taught by imitation of American basketball players who had toured the country. The hard work of Kanela consisted of giving these players basic fundamentals and then lecture them on team concepts. Amaury and Wlamir were his most successful students. Especially their jump shots dazzled at the 54 FIBA World Cup. "Their scoring was smart and technically perfect." said the Brazilian journalist Fábio Balassiano.[2]

Before playing basketball, Amaury (who measured 1.91m) had practiced swimming, athletics and volleyball, which provided him with much athletic ability. He began his career at Center but later learned to play away from the basket. His partner Wlamir was another former track runner. Standing 1.85 m, Wlamir was a great shooter, had great ball handling skills and an enormous agility and jumping ability, which also helped him to become an excellent rebounder. Amaury and Wlamir fit well into Kanela's system: fast pace, quick transition, and full confidence in the outside shooters.[2]

After three months of intense preparation in a Marine base, Brazil was presented at the 1959 FIBA World Championship in Chile as a candidate for the podium. In addition to the U.S. (with a team composed of air force players), a very tough opponent emerged that had been absent in the previous tournament: the Soviet Union, European champions and Olympic silver medalist. Kanela had the following starting lineup: Amaury Pasos as playmaker, Wlamir Marques and the veteran 33-year old veteran Algodão as forwards; and Centers Edson Bispo and Waldemar Blatskauskas. For his 7-player rotation, Kanela played mostly his bench players forward Jatyr Schall and guard Pecente Fonseca. There were some minutes also for the young forward Carmo de Souza, and Rosa Branca, a juggler ball, who later received an offer to join the Harlem Globetrotters.[2]

Throughout its history, the team has won two World Championships (1959 and 1963), three bronze Olympic medals (in 1948, 1960 and 1964), four Americas Championships (1984, 1988, 2005 and 2009) and six Pan American Games (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015).

Later yearsEdit

As in 2012, Brazil's top players included Anderson Varejão, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa, Nenê, Marcelinho Huertas, Alex Garcia, Guilherme Giovannoni and Marquinhos Vieira.

Brazil has five NBA players in 2018: Bruno Caboclo (Sacramento Kings), Cristiano Felício (Chicago Bulls), Nenê (Houston Rockets), Raulzinho Neto (Utah Jazz) and Lucas Nogueira (Toronto Raptors).

Competition resultsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Summer Olympic Games Record
Year Position Pld W L
  1936 9th place 4 2 2
  1948 Bronze medal 8 7 1
  1952 6th place 8 4 4
  1956 6th place 7 3 4
  1960 Bronze medal 8 7 1
  1964 Bronze medal 9 6 3
  1968 4th place 9 6 3
  1972 7th place 9 5 4
  1976 Did not qualify
  1980 5th place 7 4 3
  1984 9th place 7 3 4
  1988 5th place 8 5 3
  1992 5th place 8 4 4
  1996 6th place 8 3 5
20002008 Did not qualify
  2012 5th place 6 4 2
  2016 9th place 5 2 3
Total 111 65 46

FIBA World CupEdit

FIBA World Cup Record
Year Result Pld W L
  1950 4th place 6 3 3
  1954 Runner-up 9 8 1
  1959 Champions 9 7 2
  1963 Champions 6 6 0
  1967 3rd place 9 7 2
  1970 Runner-up 9 7 2
  1974 6th place 10 4 6
  1978 3rd place 10 8 2
  1982 8th place 8 5 3
  1986 4th place 12 8 4
  1990 5th place 8 4 4
  1994 11th place 8 2 6
  1998 10th place 8 2 6
  2002 8th place 9 4 5
  2006 19th place 5 1 4
  2010 9th place 6 3 3
  2014 6th place 7 5 2
  2019 TBD
 
 
  2023
TBD
Total 139 84 55

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games Record
Year Result Pld W L
  1951 Bronze Medal 6 3 3
  1955 Bronze Medal 5 4 1
  1959 Bronze Medal 6 4 2
  1963 Silver Medal 6 5 1
  1967 7th place 6 4 2
 1971 Gold Medal 8 7 1
  1975 Bronze Medal 9 7 2
  1979 Bronze Medal 9 4 5
  1983 Silver Medal 8 5 3
  1987 Gold Medal 7 6 1
  1991 5th place 7 6 1
  1995 Bronze Medal 7 5 2
  1999 Gold Medal 5 4 1
  2003 Gold Medal 5 5 0
  2007 Gold Medal 5 5 0
  2011 5th place 4 2 2
  2015 Gold Medal 5 5 0
  2019 Did not qualify
Total 103 76 27

FIBA AmeriCupEdit

FIBA Americas Championship Record
Year Result Pld W L
  1980 4th place 6 4 2
  1984 Champions 8 8 0
  1988 Champions 8 7 1
  1989 3rd place 8 7 1
  1992 3rd place 6 5 1
  1993 4th place 7 4 3
  1995 3rd place 10 5 5
  1997 3rd place 9 6 3
  1999 6th place 8 3 5
  2001 Runner-up 10 7 3
  2003 7th place 8 3 5
  2005 Champions 10 7 3
  2007 4th place 10 5 5
  2009 Champions 10 9 1
  2011 Runner-up 10 8 2
  2013 9th place 4 0 4
  2015 9th place 4 1 3
    2017 10th place 3 1 2
Total 139 90 49

South American ChampionshipEdit

South American Championship Record
Year Position Pld W L
  1930 3rd Place 6 2 4
  1932 Did not participate
  1934 4th place 6 1 5
  1935 Runner-up 4 2 2
  1937 3rd place 8 3 5
  1938 4th place 4 1 3
  1939 Champions 4 3 1
  1940 3rd place 5 3 2
  1941 5th place 5 1 4
  1942 4th place 4 2 2
  1943 Did not participate
  1945 Champions 5 5 0
  1947 Runner-up 5 3 2
  1949 Runner-up 5 3 2
  1953 Runner-up 6 5 1
  1955 3rd place 8 6 2
  1958 Champions 7 7 0
  1960 Champions 6 6 0
  1961 Champions 7 7 0
  1963 Champions 8 7 1
  1966 Runner-up 7 6 1
  1968 Champions 7 6 1
  1969 Runner-up 6 4 2
  1971 Champions 7 6 1
  1973 Champions 7 7 0
  1976 Runner-up 6 5 1
  1977 Champions 8 8 0
  1979 Runner-up 6 5 1
  1981 Runner-up 5 4 1
  1983 Champions 6 6 0
  1985 Champions 7 7 0
  1987 3rd place 6 5 1
  1989 Champions 5 5 0
  1991 Runner-up 8 6 2
  1993 Champions 7 7 0
  1995 3rd place 7 6 1
  1997 4th place 7 5 2
  1999 Champions 6 6 0
  2001 Runner-up 9 7 2
  2003 Champions 6 6 0
  2004 Runner-up 6 5 1
  2006 Champions 4 3 1
  2008 4th place 6 4 2
  2010 Champions 5 5 0
  2012 4th place 5 3 2
  2014 3rd place 5 3 2
  2016 Runner-up 6 4 2
Total 271 211 60

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

The roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Americas) games against Canada on September 13 2018 and Virgin Islands on September 16 2018.[3]

Brazil men's national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG Huertas, Marcelo 35 – (1983-05-25)25 May 1983 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Baskonia  
PG dos Santos, Yago 19 – (1999-03-09)9 March 1999 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Paulistano  
PG Fischer, Ricardo 27 – (1991-05-16)16 May 1991 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Corinthians  
SG Barbosa, Leandro 35 – (1982-11-28)28 November 1982 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
SG Benite, Vitor 28 – (1990-02-20)20 February 1990 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Cedevita  
SG Louzada, Marcos 19 – (1999-07-02)2 July 1999 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Franca  
SF Meindl, Leonardo 25 – (1993-03-20)20 March 1993 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Paulistano  
SF Luz, Jhonatan 31 – (1987-02-10)10 February 1987 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Flamengo  
PF Dias, Lucas 23 – (1995-07-06)6 July 1995 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Franca  
PF de Souza, Rafael 30 – (1988-06-03)3 June 1988 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Flamengo  
C Hettsheimeir, Rafael 32 – (1986-06-16)16 June 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Franca  
C Varejão, Anderson 35 – (1982-09-28)28 September 1982 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Flamengo  
C Lima, Augusto 26 – (1991-09-17)17 September 1991 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Cedevita  
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  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on September 13, 2018

- Rafael Hettsheimeir (foot) is injured and was cut.

Head coachesEdit

Past rostersEdit

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1948 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 23 teams

Algodão, Ruy de Freitas, Affonso Évora, Alfredo da Motta, Marcus Vinicius Dias, Alexandre Gemignani, Nilton Pacheco de Oliveira, Guilherme Rodrigues, Joao Francisco Braz, Alberto Marson, Massinet Sorcinelli, Luiz Benvenuti (Coach: Moacyr Brondi Daiuto)

1954 World Championship: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Algodão, Alfredo da Motta, Thales Monteiro, Hélio Marques Pereira, Ângelo Bonfietti "Angelim", Almir Nelson de Almeida, Wilson Bombarda, Mário Jorge da Fonseca, Mayr Facci, José Henrique de Carli, Jamil Gedeao, Fausto Sucena Rasga (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1956 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 15 teams

1959 World Championship: finished 1st among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Algodão, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Otto Nóbrega, Waldyr Geraldo Boccardo, Pedro Vicente da Fonseca "Pecente", José Maciel Senra "Zezinho", Fernando Pereira de Freitas "Fernando Brobro" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1960 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Algodão, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Antonio Salvador Sucar, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Moyses Blas, Waldyr Geraldo Boccardo, Fernando Pereira de Freitas "Fernando Brobro" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1963 World Championship: finished 1st among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Antonio Salvador Sucar, Luis Claudio Menon, Friedrich Wilhelm Braun "Fritz", Victor Mirshawka, Benedito Cicero Tortelli "Paulista" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1964 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Antonio Salvador Sucar, Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", José Edvar Simões, Victor Mirshawka, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Friedrich Wilhelm Braun "Fritz" (Coach: Renato Brito Cunha)

1967 World Championship: finished 3rd among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Antonio Salvador Sucar, Hélio Rubens Garcia, José Edvar Simoes, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Luis Claudio Menon, José Luiz Olaio Neto, Cesar Sebba, Emil Rached (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1970 World Championship: finished 2nd among 13 teams

Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", José Edvar Simões, Luiz Claudio Menon, Hélio Rubens Garcia, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Marcos Antonio Abdalla Leite "Marquinhos", José Luis Olaio Neto, José Aparecido dos Santos, Pedro César Ferrer Cardoso "Pedrinho" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1978 World Championship: finished 3rd among 14 teams

Oscar Schmidt, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Marcel de Souza, Hélio Rubens Garcia, Marcos Antonio Abdalla Leite "Marquinhos", Adilson, Milton Setrini Júnior "Carioquinha", Julio Garavello "Julinho", Roberto José Correa "Robertão", Gilson Trindade de Jesus, Eduardo Agra, Marcelo Vido, Fausto Giannechini (Coach: Ary Ventura Vidal)

2009 FIBA Americas Championship: finished 1st among 10 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Duda Machado, 6 – Diego Pinheiro, 7 – Olivinha, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – João Paulo Batista, 14 – Jonathan Tavernari, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Moncho Monsalve)

2011 FIBA Americas Championship: finished 2nd among 10 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Nezinho dos Santos, 6 – Rafael Luz, 7 – Augusto Lima, 8 – Vitor Benite, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Alex Garcia, 11 – Rafael Hettsheimeir, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Caio Torres, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

2012 Olympic Games: finished 5th among 12 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Raulzinho, 6 – Caio Torres, 7 – Larry Taylor, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Nenê, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

2014 FIBA World Cup: finished 6th among 24 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Raulzinho, 6 – Rafael Hettsheimeir, 7 – Larry Taylor, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Nenê, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

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ManufacturerEdit

2015–: Nike[4]

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2015–2016: Bradesco
2017: Motorola[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIBA National Federations – Brazil, fiba.com, accessed 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Da Silva, Gustavo, El pesado testigo de Óscar Schmidt, Perarnau Magazine, 26 July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015.(in Spanish)
  3. ^ [1], "CBB Basquete Brasil", 23 August 2018 (in Portuguese).
  4. ^ a b [2], FIBA.basketball, 28 November 2017.

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