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The 1959 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1959, was the eleventh FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. The tournament, which was hosted by Turkey, began on 21 May 1959 and concluded with the final on 31 May 1959. Seventeen national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) entered the competition. Mithat Paşa Stadium, Istanbul was the location of the event.

EuroBasket 1959
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Tournament details
Host countryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Dates21–31 May
Teams17
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (5th title)
Runners-up Czechoslovakia
Third place France
Fourth place Hungary
Tournament statistics
MVPSoviet Union Viktor Zubkov
Top scorerSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoj Korać
(28.1 points per game)
1957
1961

Soviet Union claimed their fifth EuroBasket title. Czechoslovakia captured the silver medal, and France captured the bronze.

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 other nine teams were relegated to classification play.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Czechoslovakia 3 3 0 260 160 +100 6
  Poland 3 2 1 184 197 −13 5
  Spain 3 1 2 177 189 −12 4
  Finland 3 0 3 147 222 −75 3
May 21
11:30
Finland   57–72   Poland
Scoring by half: 29–39, 28–33
Pts: Lampen (12) Pts: Nartowski (13)
May 22
18:00
Czechoslovakia   85–62   Spain
Scoring by half: 40–27, 45–35
Pts: Konvicka (19) Pts: Rodriguez (15)
May 23
18:00
Spain   57–43   Finland
Scoring by half: 27–22, 30–21
Pts: Rodriguez (19) Pts: Lampen (16)
May 24
18:00
Czechoslovakia   82–51   Poland
Scoring by half: 42–15, 40–36
Pts: Baumruk (22) Pts: Wichowski (9)
May 25
10:00
Czechoslovakia   93–47   Finland
Scoring by half: 49–23, 44–24
Pts: Konvicka (15) Pts: Lampen (20)
May 25
16:30
Poland   61–58 ()   Spain
Scoring by half: 28–28, 27–27 Overtime: 6–3
Pts: Pstrokonski (16) Pts: Martinez (22)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Bulgaria 3 2 1 218 208 +10 5
  Belgium 3 2 1 196 187 −9 5
  Yugoslavia 3 2 1 202 202 0 5
  Turkey 3 0 3 173 193 −20 3
May 21
21:30
Belgium   61–50   Turkey
Scoring by half: 22–28, 39–22
Pts: Aerts (20) Pts: Erim (15)
May 22
19:30
Bulgaria   80–72   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 42–35, 38–37
Pts: Radev (18) Pts: Kristancic (22)
May 23
21:00
Turkey   66–70   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 30–30, 36–40
Pts: Tezol (10) Pts: Korac (38)
May 24
16:30
Bulgaria   77–79   Belgium
Scoring by half: 39–46, 38–33
Pts: Atanasov (32) Pts: Steveniers (21)
May 25
18:00
Yugoslavia   60–56   Belgium
Scoring by half: 34–21, 26–35
Pts: Korac (26pts) Pts: Steveniers (20pts)
May 25
19:30
Bulgaria   62–57   Turkey
Scoring by half: 32–23, 30–34
Pts: Radev (21) Pts: Erim (13)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Soviet Union 4 4 0 316 173 +143 8
  France 4 3 1 252 228 +24 7
  Italy 4 2 2 250 233 +17 6
  Israel 4 1 3 145 216 −60 5
  East Germany 4 0 4 133 224 −124 4
May 21
18:00
Italy   74–59   Israel
Scoring by half: 30–30, 44–29
Pts: Pieri (19) Pts: Klein (14)
May 21
20:30
Soviet Union   80–48   France
Scoring by half: 42–23, 38–25
Pts: Zubkov (15) Pts: Baillet (7)
May 22
10:00
East Germany   37–87   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 20–43, 17–44
Pts: Kulik (9) Pts: Botchkarev (15)
May 22
21:00
France   77–66   Israel
Scoring by half: 29–31, 48–35
Pts: Mayeur (18) Pts: Klein (29)
May 23
10:00
Israel   79–67   East Germany
Scoring by half: 44–37, 35–30
Pts: Hemmo (23) Pts: Kulik (18)
May 23
19:30
France   50–47   Italy
Scoring by half: 22–24, 28–23
Pts: Lefebvre (12) Pts: Vianello (12)
May 24
11:30
Italy   85–65   East Germany
Scoring by half: 37–33, 48–32
Pts: Gavagnin (20) Pts: Kulik (21)
May 24
19:30
Soviet Union   90–44   Israel
Scoring by half: 44–25, 46–19
Pts: Botchkarev (17) Pts: Kastan (12)
May 25
11:30
France   77–35   East Germany
Scoring by half: 39–16, 38–19
Pts: Dorigo (13) Pts: Flau (11)
May 25
21:00
Soviet Union   59–44   Italy
Scoring by half: 26–15, 33–29
Pts: Valdmanis (17pts) Pts: Calebotta (17pts)

Group DEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Romania 3 3 0 210 149 +61 6
  Hungary 3 2 1 254 153 +101 5
  Iran 3 1 2 145 216 −71 4
  Austria 3 0 3 133 224 −91 3
May 21
10:00
Hungary   109–48   Iran
Scoring by half: 50–23, 59–25
Pts: Banhegyi (17) Pts: Agakuzik (13)
May 22
11:30
Romania   83–48   Austria
Scoring by half: 33–21, 50–27
Pts: Novacek (19) Pts: Ledl (13)
May 23
11:30
Austria   43–92   Hungary
Scoring by half: 23–36, 20–56
Pts: Havlicek (9) Pts: Gabanyi (14)
May 23
16:30
Iran   48–65   Romania
Scoring by half: 19–31, 29–34
Pts: Solbi (12) Pts: Folbert (18)
May 24
10:00
Austria   42–49   Iran
Scoring by half: 26–18, 16–31
Pts: Privoznik (17) Pts: Meshun (11)
May 25
19:30
Romania   62–53   Hungary
Scoring by half: 28–25, 34–28
Pts: Novacek (24) Pts: Bencze (17)

Classification round 1Edit

The first classification round was played in three round-robin groups. The first place from each group advanced to the second round to define the 9th–11th places, the second from each group, the 12th–14th and the remaining teams, the 14–17th places in the final standings.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Yugoslavia 2 2 0 175 119 +119 4
  East Germany 2 1 1 122 145 −23 3
  Austria 2 0 2 108 141 −71 2
May 26
20:00
Yugoslavia   80–58   Austria
Scoring by half: 32–29, 48–29
Pts: Korac (32) Pts: Privoznik (24)
May 27
8:30
East Germany   61–95   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 25–43, 36–52
Pts: Flau (14) Pts: Korac (21)
May 28
8:30
East Germany   61–50   Austria
Scoring by half: 33–25, 28–25
Pts: Flau (18) Pts: Privoznik (15)

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Italy 2 2 0 138 100 +38 4
  Turkey 2 1 1 108 123 −15 3
  Spain 2 0 2 95 118 −23 2
May 26
19:30
Turkey   53–50   Spain
Scoring by half: 25–21, 28–29
Pts: Buyukaycan (25) Pts: Martinez (12)
May 27
17:30
Turkey   55–73   Italy
Scoring by half: 25–39, 30–34
Pts: Buyukaycan (10) Pts: Alesini (22)
May 28
11:30
Italy   65–45   Spain
Scoring by half: 25–19, 40–26
Pts: Alesini (20) Pts: Martinez (10)

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Israel 2 2 0 124 98 +26 4
  Finland 2 1 1 124 93 +31 3
  Iran 2 0 2 137 118 −57 2
May 26
21:00
Israel   56–55   Finland
Scoring by half: 26–29, 30–26
Pts: Hemmo (15) Pts: Lampen (17)
May 27
11:30
Iran   37–69   Finland
Scoring by half: 19–32, 18–37
Pts: Meshun (9) Pts: Lampen (18)
May 28
10:00
Israel   68–43   Iran
Scoring by half: 35–11, 33–32
Pts: Ben-Bassat (12) Pts: Meshun (12)

Classification round 2Edit

Group 1 (9th–11th Place)Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Yugoslavia 2 2 0 150 130 +20 4
  Italy 2 1 1 151 134 +17 3
  Israel 2 0 2 110 147 −37 2
May 29
11:30
Italy   76–78   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 29–36, 47–42
Pts: Calebotta (20) Pts: Korac (32)
May 30
11:30
Yugoslavia   72–54   Israel
Scoring by half: 28–29, 44–25
Pts: Korac (27) Pts: Klein (19)
May 31
10:00
Italy   75–56   Israel
Scoring by half: 34–33, 41–23
Pts: Alesini (20) Pts: Klein (19)

Group 2 (12th–14th Place)Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Turkey 2 2 0 116 110 +6 4
  Finland 2 1 1 117 111 +6 3
  East Germany 2 0 2 102 114 +12 2
May 29
16:00
Turkey   54–53   East Germany
Scoring by half: 31–29, 23–24
Pts: Buyukaycan (16) Pts: Flau (14)
May 30
10:00
East Germany   49–60   Finland
Scoring by half: 23–34, 26–26
Pts: Flau (17) Pts: Lampen (31)
May 31
16:30
Turkey   62–57   Finland
Scoring by half: 27–22, 35–35
Pts: Uyguc (17) Pts: Kuusela (22)

Group 3 (15th–17th Place)Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Spain 2 2 0 135 75 +60 4
  Austria 2 1 1 93 113 −20 3
  Iran 2 0 2 91 131 −40 2
May 29
8:30
Spain   64–33   Austria
Scoring by half: 32–14, 32–19
Pts: Rodriguez (14) Pts: Ledl (7)
May 30
8:30
Austria   60–49   Iran
Scoring by half: 34–27, 26–22
Pts: Doppes (18) Pts: Meshun (19)
May 31
8:30
Spain   71–42   Iran
Scoring by half: 28–16, 43–26
Pts: Parra (20) Pts: Vaizi (9)

Semi-Final roundEdit

The Semi-Final round consisted of two round-robin groups, where the top two from each one advanced to the Final Round to decide the first four places in the final standings, and the remaining teams, the 5th–8th places.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Soviet Union 3 3 0 213 179 +34 6
  Hungary 3 2 1 190 177 +13 5
  Bulgaria 3 1 2 181 190 −9 4
  Poland 3 0 3 172 210 −38 3
May 27
16:00
Soviet Union   78–59   Poland
Scoring by half: 28–23, 50–36
Pts: Krouminch (18) Pts: Wichowski (14)
May 27
20:30
Bulgaria   52–67   Hungary
Scoring by half: 22–33, 30–34
Pts: Rashkov (11) Pts: Simon (24)
May 28
17:30
Hungary   63–56   Poland
Scoring by half: 29–32, 34–24
Pts: Gabanyi (22) Pts: Wichowski (24)
May 28
20:30
Soviet Union   66–60   Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 34–38, 32–22
Pts: Krouminch (28) Pts: Mirchev (22)
May 29
17:30
Bulgaria   69–57   Poland
Scoring by half: 33–29, 36–28
Pts: Ilov (20) Pts: Wichowski (14)
May 29
20:30
Hungary   60–69   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 27–36, 33–33
Pts: Banhegyi (11) Pts: Zubkov (22)

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  France 3 3 0 179 164 +15 6
  Czechoslovakia 3 2 1 191 160 +31 5
  Belgium 3 1 2 191 218 −27 4
  Romania 3 0 3 187 206 −19 3
May 27
10:00
Czechoslovakia   76–49   Belgium
Scoring by half: 45–31, 31–18
Pts: Tetiva (23) Pts: Loridon (14)
May 27
19:00
Romania   52–61   France
Scoring by half: 26–29, 26–32
Pts: Nedef (18) Pts: Mayeur (16)
May 28
16:00
Belgium   63–66   France
Scoring by half: 23–36, 40–30
Pts: Steveniers (22) Pts: Dorigo (13)
May 28
19:00
Romania   59–66   Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 33–31, 26–35
Pts: Novacek (20) Pts: Tetiva (19)
May 29
10:00
Romania   76–79 ()   Belgium
Scoring by half: 30–39, 40–31 Overtime: 6–9
Pts: Nedef (21) Pts: Eygel (18)
May 29
19:00
France   52–49   Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 20–26, 32–23
Pts: Dorigo (20) Pts: Lukasik (11)

Final roundEdit

  • Two groups of four teams determined the 1st–8th places. Results from matches between teams that shared a group in Semi-Final round where carried over to this round (i.e. USSR vs. Hungary, France vs. Czechoslovakia, etc.).

Group 1 (1st–4th Place)Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Soviet Union 3 3 0 240 204 +36 6
  Czechoslovakia 3 1 2 192 196 −4 4
  France 3 1 2 184 199 −15 4
  Hungary 3 1 2 183 200 −17 4
May 30
19:00
France   60–62   Hungary
Scoring by half: 24–36, 36–26
Pts: Mayeur (21) Pts: Banhegyi (19)
May 30
20:30
Soviet Union   83–72   Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 40–38, 43–34
Pts: Valdmanis (19) Pts: Baumruk (19)
May 31
18:00
Hungary   61–71   Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 21–32, 40–39
Pts: Bencze (10) Pts: Baumruk (23)
May 31
19:45
Soviet Union   88–72   France
Scoring by half: 37–30, 51–42
Pts: Krouminch (32) Pts: Lefebvre (16)

Group 2 (5th–8th Place)Edit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Bulgaria 3 3 0 194 158 +36 6
  Poland 3 1 2 198 203 −5 5
  Belgium 3 1 2 196 222 −26 4
  Romania 3 1 2 194 199 −5 3
May 30
16:00
Bulgaria   53–52   Romania
Scoring by half: 24–28, 29–24
Pts: Mirchev (10) Pts: Novacek (19)
May 30
17:30
Poland   74–68   Belgium
Scoring by half: 37–31, 37–37
Pts: Nartowski (14) Pts: Steveniers (20)
May 31
11:30
Poland   67–66   Romania
Scoring by half: 35–34, 32–32
Pts: Pawlak (17) Pts: Novacek (29)
May 31
15:00
Bulgaria   72–49   Belgium
Scoring by half: 34–31, 38–18
Pts: Radev (17) Pts: Aerts (17)


 1959 FIBA EuroBasket Champions 
 
Soviet Union
5th title

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team
    Soviet Union
    Czechoslovakia
    France
4.   Hungary
5.   Bulgaria
6.   Poland
7.   Belgium
8.   Romania
9.   Yugoslavia
10.   Italy
11.   Israel
12.   Turkey
13.   Finland
14.   East Germany
15.   Spain
16.   Austria
17.   Iran

Team rostersEdit