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The 1953 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1953, was the eighth FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. Seventeen national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) entered the competition. The competition was hosted by the Soviet Union, champions of EuroBasket 1951. Moscow was the location of the event.

EuroBasket 1953
Tournament details
Host countrySoviet Union
CityMoscow
Dates23 May – 4 June
Teams17
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (3rd title)
Runners-up Hungary
Third place France
Fourth place Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
MVPSoviet Union Anatoly Konev
Top scorerLebanon Ahmed Idlibi
(15.9 points per game)
1951
1955

Contents

ResultsEdit

First roundEdit

In the preliminary round, the 17 teams were split up into four groups. One of the groups had five teams, with the other three having four each. The top two teams in each group advanced to the final round, while the remaining nine teams were relegated to classification play.

Group AEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Czechoslovakia 6 3 0 202 107 +95
2.   Italy 5 2 1 186 134 +52
3.   Romania 4 1 2 148 146 +2
4.    Switzerland 3 0 3 101 250 −149
Czechoslovakia 59 – 43 Italy
Czechoslovakia 49 – 31 Romania
Czechoslovakia 94 – 33 Switzerland
Italy 61 – 43 Romania
Switzerland 32 – 82 Italy
Romania 74 – 36 Switzerland

Group BEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Egypt 6 3 0 223 125 +98
2.   France 5 2 1 199 151 +48
3.   West Germany 4 1 2 150 187 −37
4.   Sweden 3 0 3 96 205 −109
France 76 – 44 West Germany
France 58 – 74 Egypt
France 65 – 33 Sweden
West Germany 41 – 74 Egypt
Sweden 37 – 65 West Germany
Egypt 75 – 26 Sweden

Group CEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Soviet Union 6 3 0 241 99 +142
2.   Hungary 5 2 1 206 129 +77
3.   Belgium 4 1 2 122 151 −29
4.   Denmark 3 0 3 79 269 −190
Soviet Union 59 – 31 Belgium
Soviet Union 64 – 54 Hungary
Soviet Union 118 – 14 Denmark
Hungary 57 – 35 Belgium
Denmark 35 – 56 Belgium
Hungary 95 – 30 Denmark

Group DEdit

Lebanon's forfeit to Israel did not earn them the usual 1 standings point for a loss.

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Israel 7 3 1 178 141 +37
2.   Yugoslavia 7 3 1 218 170 +48
3.   Bulgaria 7 3 1 230 182 +48
4.   Finland 5 1 3 184 219 −35
5.   Lebanon 3 0 4 159 257 −98
Bulgaria 61 – 45 Finland
Yugoslavia 25 – 27 Bulgaria
Bulgaria 48 – 61 Israel
Lebanon 51 – 94 Bulgaria
Finland 37 – 41 Yugoslavia
Israel 60 – 36 Finland
Finland 66 – 57 Lebanon
Yugoslavia 57 – 55 Israel
Lebanon 51 – 95 Yugoslavia
Israel 2 – 0 (w/o) Lebanon

Classification round 1Edit

The first classification round was played in two round-robin groups. Teams advanced into the second classification round depending on their results in the first round—first and second place teams played in the 9–12 segment of classification round 2 while third and fourth place teams played for 13th to 16th places. The fifth place team (one group had 5 teams, the other had 4) received 17th place.

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Bulgaria 6 3 0 255 128 +127
2.    Switzerland 5 2 1 168 163 +5
3.   West Germany 4 1 2 145 164 −19
4.   Denmark 3 0 3 99 212 −113
Bulgaria 82 – 50 West Germany
Bulgaria 77 – 52 Switzerland
Bulgaria 96 – 26 Denmark
West Germany 44 – 51 Switzerland
Denmark 31 – 51 West Germany
Switzerland 65 – 42 Denmark

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Belgium 7 3 1 263 213 +50
2.   Finland 7 3 1 216 185 +31
3.   Romania 7 3 1 250 213 +37
4.   Lebanon 5 1 3 241 235 +6
5.   Sweden 4 0 4 156 280 −124
Romania 60 – 55 Belgium
Sweden 43 – 74 Romania
Romania 51 – 59 Finland
Lebanon 56 – 65 Romania
Belgium 75 – 38 Sweden
Finland 49 – 59 Belgium
Belgium 74 – 66 Lebanon
Sweden 32 – 55 Finland
Lebanon 76 – 43 Sweden
Finland 53 – 43 Lebanon

Classification round 2Edit

Classification 13–16Edit

West Germany 58 – 56 Lebanon
Romania 80 – 53 Denmark
Classification 15/16Edit
Lebanon 74 – 40 Denmark
Classification 13/14Edit
West Germany 59 – 69 Romania

Classification 9–12Edit

Bulgaria 57 – 45 Finland
Belgium 59 – 43 Switzerland
Classification 11/12Edit
Finland 45 – 51 Switzerland
Classification 9/10Edit
Bulgaria 71 – 52 Belgium

Final roundEdit

The final round was played as an 8-team round robin, with no further playoffs. Egypt's forfeit to Israel did not earn them a rankings point, and they had only 7 to Italy's 8 despite having the same records.

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Soviet Union 14 7 0 444 265 +179
2.   Hungary 11 4 3 375 282 +93
3.   France 11 4 3 391 374 +17
4.   Czechoslovakia 11 4 3 387 332 +55
5.   Israel 11 4 3 238 327 −89
6.   Yugoslavia 10 3 4 334 370 −36
7.   Italy 8 1 6 323 387 −64
8.   Egypt 7 1 6 271 426 −155
Israel 20 – 66 Hungary
Israel 25 – 75 Soviet Union
Israel 45 – 62 France
Israel 2 – 0 (w/o) Egypt
Israel 59 – 53 Czechoslovakia
Israel 47 – 42 Italy
Israel 40 – 29 Yugoslavia
Hungary 24 – 29 Soviet Union
France 50 – 39 Hungary
Hungary 89 – 50 Egypt
Czechoslovakia 44 – 39 Hungary
Hungary 49 – 38 Italy
Yugoslavia 51 – 69 Hungary
Soviet Union 80 – 51 France
Egypt 27 – 66 Soviet Union
Soviet Union 49 – 41 Czechoslovakia
Italy 54 – 88 Soviet Union
Soviet Union 57 – 43 Yugoslavia
France 73 – 62 Egypt
Czechoslovakia 55 – 47 France
France 52 – 54 Italy
Yugoslavia 39 – 56 France
Egypt 33 – 87 Czechoslovakia
Italy 51 – 60 Egypt
Egypt 39 – 58 Yugoslavia
Czechoslovakia 43 – 39 Italy
Yugoslavia 66 – 64 Czechoslovakia
Italy 45 – 48 Yugoslavia


 1953 FIBA EuroBasket Champions 
 
Soviet Union
3rd title

Final rankingsEdit

Team rostersEdit

1. Soviet Union: Otar Korkia, Stepas Butautas, Armenak Alachachian, Ilmar Kullam, Heino Kruus, Anatoly Konev, Aleksandr Moiseyev, Kazys Petkevičius, Justinas Lagunavičius, Yuri Ozerov, Algirdas Lauritėnas, Viktor Vlasov, Gunars Siliņš, Lev Reshetnikov (Coach: Konstantin Travin)

2. Hungary: János Greminger, Tibor Mezőfi, Tibor Zsíros, Laszlo Bánhegyi, Pál Bogár, György Bokor, Tibor Cselkó, Tibor Czinkán, Janos Hody, Laszlo Hody, Ede Komaromi, Péter Papp, Tibor Remay, János Simon (Coach: János Páder)

3. France: André Buffiere, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Jacques Freimuller, Claude Gallay, Robert Guillin, Roger Haudegand, Robert Monclar, Jean Perniceni, Bernard Planque, Marc Quiblier, Henry Rey, Justy Specker, André Vacheresse (Coach: Robert Busnel)

4. Czechoslovakia: Ivan Mrazek, Jiří Baumruk, Zdeněk Bobrovský, Miroslav Škeřík, Jaroslav Šíp, Jan Kozák, Zdeněk Rylich, Radoslav Sís, Jaroslav Tetiva, Jindřich Kinský, Lubomír Kolář, Rudolf Stanček, Eugen Horniak (Coach: Lubomír Dobrý)

5. Israel: Ralph Klein, Avraham Schneor, Zachariah Ofri, Daniel Levy, Menachem Korman, Alfred Cohen, David Heiblum, Simon Schmukler, Ernst Winer, Marcel Hefez, Mark Mimran, Haim Boksenbaum, Reuven Fecher (Coach: Jacob Saltiel)

6. Yugoslavia: Borko Jovanović, Mirko Marjanović, Milan Bjegojević, Đorđe Andrijašević, Ladislav Demšar, Borislav Stanković, Dragan Godžić, Aleksandar Gec, Aleksandar Blašković, Srđan Kalember, Vilmos Lóczi, Borislav Ćurčić, Lajos Engler (Coach: Nebojša Popović)

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