EuroBasket 1949

The 1949 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1949, was the sixth FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA. Seven national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took part in the competition. The competition was hosted by Egypt after the Soviet Union refused to host it, as was the Soviet's obligation as defending champion under FIBA Europe rules. Czechoslovakia, the silver medallist at EuroBasket 1947, had been the host that year, so was not asked to repeat hosting duties and those duties fell to bronze medallist Egypt.

EuroBasket 1949
Tournament details
Host countryEgypt
Dates15–22 May
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Egypt (1st title)
Runners-up France
Third place Greece
Fourth place Turkey
Tournament statistics
MVPTurkey Hüseyin Öztürk
Top scorerTurkey Hüseyin Öztürk
(19.3 points per game)

The event took place in Cairo, with travel difficulties cited by many nations as the reason for not competing. Only four of the seven competing teams were European.


The 1949 competition was in the same format as EuroBasket 1939. Each team played each of the other teams once. A win was worth 2 standings points, a loss worth 1. The rankings were based on those standing points.


Greece   46–28   Netherlands
Egypt   71–44   Syria
Lebanon   36–45   Greece
France   58–35   Netherlands
Netherlands   40–37   Syria
France   43–26   Lebanon
Greece   54–41   Turkey
France   47–33   Turkey
Lebanon   28–38   Syria
Netherlands   23–54   Egypt
France   41–36   Greece
Lebanon   30–57   Egypt
Syria   33–43   Turkey
Lebanon   22–34   Netherlands
Turkey   44–57   Egypt
Syria   45–49   Greece
Turkey   38–24   Netherlands
Egypt   50–39   Greece
France   56–22   Syria
Turkey   48–41   Lebanon
France   36–57   Egypt

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Final Result
1   Egypt 6 6 0 346 216 +130 12 Champion
2   France 6 5 1 281 199 +82 11 Runner-up
3   Greece 6 4 2 269 241 +28 10 Third Place
4   Turkey 6 3 3 247 256 −9 9
5   Netherlands 6 2 4 174 255 −81 8
6   Syria 6 1 5 219 287 −68 7
7   Lebanon 6 0 6 183 265 −82 6

 1949 FIBA EuroBasket champions 
1st title

Team rostersEdit

1. Egypt: Youssef Mohammed Abbas, Youssef Kamal Abouaouf, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Gabriel Armand "Gaby" Catafago, Nessim Salah el-Dine, Abdelrahman Hafez Ismail, Hussein Kamel Montasser, Mohammed Ali el-Rashidi, Wahid Chafik Saleh, Mohammed Mahmud Soliman, Albert Fahmy Tadros, Medhat Mohammed Youssef, (Team Captain: Ahmed Hassaan) (Coach: Carmine "Nello" Paratore)

2. France: André Buffière, Robert Busnel, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Maurice Desaymonnet, Louis Devoti, Jacques Favory, Fernand Guillou, Jean Perniceni, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Jean Swidzinski, André Vacheresse, Jacques Freimuller, Marc Quiblier (Coach: Robert Busnel)

3. Greece: Alekos Apostolidis, Stelios Arvanitis, Nikos Bournelos, Thanasis Kostopoulos, Ioannis Lambrou, Faidon Matthaiou, Nikos Nomikos, Missas Pantazopoulos, Nikos Skylakakis, Alekos Spanoudakis, Takis Taliadoros, Sokratis Apostolidis, Nikos Milas (Coach: Georgios Karatzopoulos)

4. Turkey: Hüseyin Öztürk, Samim Gorec, Avram Barokas, Vitali Benazus, Hasim Tankut, Ali Uras, Mehmet Ali Yalım, Tevfik Tankut, Sacit Selduz, Erdogan Partener, Ayduk Koray, Candas Tekeli

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