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The FIBA Intercontinental Cup, also commonly referred to as the FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs, or the FIBA Club World Cup, is a professional basketball competition that is endorsed by FIBA World and the NBA. Historically, its purpose has been to gather the premier basketball clubs from each of the world's geographical zones, and to officially decide the best basketball club of the world, which is officially crowned as the world club champion. The World Cup for Clubs has been contended mainly by the champions of the continents and/or world geographical regions that are of the highest basketball levels.

FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Founded1965 (test tournament)
CountryFIBA members
Number of teams4
Current championsGreece AEK
(1st title)
Most championshipsSpain Real Madrid
(5 titles)
WebsiteFIBA Intercontinental Cup
2019 FIBA Intercontinental Cup

The league champions of the NBA, which is considered the most prestigious club competition from the North American zone, currently decline participation. The NBA currently opts instead to send the champions from the NBA G League, which is its secondary club competition. While the league champions of the EuroLeague, which is considered Europe's most prestigious club competition, are not currently permitted to participate at the competition, due to the league's dispute with FIBA. In place of the EuroLeague champions, FIBA Europe instead sends the champions of their main club competition, the FIBA Champions League.

FIBA has in the past announced plans to expand the tournament to possibly include the champion teams from the FIBA Africa League, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Australian NBL, and possibly the NBA, at some point in the future.[1][2]

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FormatEdit

From the 2013 edition of the tournament, through the 2015 edition of the tournament, the competition was played in either an aggregate score two-legged series, or in a single-game final format between two teams, that determined the official world club champion. Those two teams were the champions of Europe's most prestigious competition, the EuroLeague, and the champions of Latin America's premiere competition, the FIBA Americas League.

For the 2016 edition and 2017 edition, the champions of the FIBA Americas League, played against the champions of FIBA Europe's main club competition, FIBA Europe Cup (2016) and FIBA Europe's current top competition, the FIBA Champions League (2017), as EuroLeague clubs were no longer allowed to participate, by FIBA, due to FIBA's dispute with Euroleague Basketball.[3][4]

For the 2019 edition of the tournament, FIBA expanded the competition to include the NBA G League's champions, and also a tournament host club. The format was also thus changed to a four team final four format.[5]

HistoryEdit

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup competition was originally organized between the years 1966 and 1987. The tournament had its origins with a friendly test game in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965. The test game was contested by the winners of the South American Championship of Champions Clubs, the Brazilian club S.C. Corinthians Paulista, and the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) champions, the Spanish club Real Madrid. S.C. Corinthians Paulista won the test game, by a score of 118 to 109. After the success of the test tournament, the first official tournament took place in the year 1966.[6]

In 1973, the competition adopted the name FIBA Intercontinental Cup William Jones, to honour the secretary general of FIBA, William Jones. FIBA tried to rebirth the competition in 1996, by reorganizing the Intercontinental Cup into a best-of-three playoff tournament between the winners of the EuroLeague and the winners of the FIBA South American League (the champions of all of South America). After that tournament, however, the competition was not held until the 2013 competition.

In August 2013, an agreement reached between Euroleague Basketball Company, FIBA Americas, and FIBA World, allowed for the World Cup for Champion Clubs to be relaunched, and to be played between the EuroLeague champion and the FIBA Americas League champion.[7][8]

In 2016, the tournament changed format, with the EuroLeague champions no longer being allowed to compete at the tournament by FIBA, due to the EuroLeague's dispute with FIBA. In place of the EuroLeague champions, FIBA Europe began to send the champions of their top club competition, originally the FIBA Europe Cup, and later the FIBA Champions League, instead.[9][10] For the 2019 tournament, FIBA increased the competition's number of teams to four, by adding the NBA G League's champions, and also a tournament host club. The tournament was also reconfigured into a final four format.[11]

FIBA has also considered plans to expand the tournament at some point in the future, with plans to add the champion teams from the FIBA AfroLeague, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Australian NBL, and possibly the NBA.[12][13]

Names of the competitionEdit

 
Part of the official logo with the current competition name.
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1966–1980)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1981)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1982–1984)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1985–1987)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1996, 2013–present)
    • Since 1973, the tournament has also been named in Honor of Renato William Jones, so the tournament's full official names would be either FIBA Intercontinental Cup "William Jones", or FIBA Club World Cup "William Jones".
    • The tournament is also referred to as the FIBA Intercontinental Cup of Clubs, in order to avoid confusion with the 1972 FIBA Intercontinental Cup of National Teams.

1965 test tournamentEdit

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup unofficially began with the friendly competition of the 1965 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Test in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965. The game was played by the defending champions of the South American Club Championship, S.C. Corinthians Paulista, and the defending champions of the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague), Real Madrid. It was held at the Ginásio Poliesportivo Parque São Jorge. Corinthians won the game 118 to 109, with Wlamir Marques of S.C. Corinthians scoring 40 points in the game.[14] Due to the test tournament's great success (attendance for the game was 10,000[15]), the FIBA Intercontinental Cup was made an official annual tournament by FIBA. The first official FIBA Intercontinental Cup tournament was then held the following year.[16]

1972 special versionEdit

In 1972, FIBA held a 4 team tournament, featuring the Soviet Union national basketball team, the Polish national basketball team, the Brazilian national basketball team, and the NABL All-Stars Team, which participated in the place of Team USA. Although this tournament is not a part of the actual Club World Cup, it is still listed in the event's history as a special version of the tournament and counts as one of the editions, while the actual club competition was on hiatus between the years of 1970 and 1973.[17]

ResultsEdit

Year Champions Second place Third place Fourth place Results / Notes
1965*
Details
 
Corinthians
 
Real Madrid
N/A N/A 118–109
Unofficial test tournament
1966
Details
 
Ignis Varese
 
Corinthians
 
Real Madrid
 
Chicago Jamaco Saints
Final: 66–59
3rd place game: 112–96
1967
Details
 
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
 
Ignis Varese
 
Simmenthal Milano
 
Corinthians
Final: 78–72
3rd place game: 90–89
1968
Details
 
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
 
Real Madrid
 
Simmenthal Milano
 
Botafogo
Final: 105–73
3rd place game: 82–54
1969
Details
 
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
 
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
 
Sírio
 
Real Madrid
Final: 84–71
3rd place game: 72–60
1970
Details
 
Ignis Varese
 
Real Madrid
 
Corinthians
 
Slavia VŠ Praha
Five team league stage
1972*
Details
 
NABL All-Stars
 
Soviet Union
 
Brazil
 
Poland
Four team league stage
1973
Details
 
Ignis Varese
 
Sírio
 
Vaqueros de Bayamón
 
Jugoplastika
Five team league stage
1974
Details
 
Maryland Terrapins
 
Ignis Varese
 
Vila Nova
 
Real Madrid
Six team league stage
1975
Details
 
Birra Forst Cantù
 
Amazonas Franca
 
Real Madrid
 
Penn Quakers
Six team league stage
1976
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Mobilgirgi Varese
 
Obras Sanitarias
 
Amazonas Franca
Six team league stage
1977
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Mobilgirgi Varese
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
 
Atlética Francana
Six team league stage
1978
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Obras Sanitarias
 
Sírio
 
Mobilgirgi Varese
Five team league stage
1979
Details
 
Sírio
 
Bosna
 
Emerson Varese
 
Piratas de Quebradillas
Five team league stage
1980
Details
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
 
Atlética Francana
 
Bosna
 
Real Madrid
Five team league stage
1981
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Sírio
 
Clemson Tigers
 
Atlética Francana
Final: 109–83
3rd place game: 79–73
1982
Details
 
Ford Cantù
 
Nashua EBBC
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
 
Air Force Falcons
Six team league stage
1983
Details
 
Obras Sanitarias
 
Jollycolombani Cantù
 
Peñarol
 
Monte Líbano
Six team league stage
1984
Details
 
Banco di Roma Virtus
 
Obras Sanitarias
 
Sírio
 
FC Barcelona
Five team league stage
1985
Details
 
FC Barcelona
 
Monte Líbano
 
Cibona
 
San Andrés
Final: 93–89
3rd place game: 109–82
1986
Details
 
Žalgiris
 
Ferro Carril Oeste
 
Cibona
 
Corinthians
Final: 84–78
3rd place game: 119–96
1987
Details
 
Tracer Milano
 
FC Barcelona
 
Cibona
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Final: 100–84
3rd place game: 106–96
1996
Details
 
Panathinaikos
 
Olimpia
N/A N/A 2–1 play-off
83–89 / 83–78 / 101–76
2013
Details
 
Olympiacos
 
Pinheiros Sky
N/A N/A 167–139
81–70 / 86–69
2014
Details
 
Flamengo
 
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
N/A N/A 156–146
66–69 / 90–77
2015
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Bauru
N/A N/A 181–170
90–91 / 91–79
2016
Details
 
Guaros de Lara
 
Fraport Skyliners
N/A N/A 74–69
2017
Details
 
Iberostar Tenerife
 
Guaros de Lara
N/A N/A 76–71
2019
Details
 
AEK
 
Flamengo
 
San Lorenzo
 
Austin Spurs
Final: 86–70
3rd place game: 77–59

* Unofficial – the 1965 edition of the tournament was a test edition.
* National teams – the 1972 edition of the tournament was contested by national teams, rather than clubs.

StatisticsEdit

Titles by clubEdit

Rank Club Titles Winning years Runners-up Finalist years
1   Real Madrid 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 2015 2 1968, 70
2   Varese 3 1966, 1970, 1973 4 1967, 74, 76 77
3   Akron Wingfoots 3 1967, 1968, 1969
4   Cantù 2 1975, 1982 1 1983
5   Sírio 1 1979 2 1973, 81
  Obras Sanitarias 1 1983 2 1978, 84
7   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 1980 1 2014
  FC Barcelona 1 1985 1 1987
  Flamengo 1 2014 1 2019
  Guaros de Lara 1 2016 1 2017
11   Maryland Terrapins 1 1974
  Virtus Roma 1 1984
  Žalgiris 1 1986
  Olimpia Milano 1 1987
  Panathinaikos 1 1996
  Olympiacos 1 2013
  1939 Canarias 1 2017
  AEK 1 2019
19   Franca 2 1975, 80
20   Corinthians 1 1966
  Brno 1 1969
  Bosna 1 1979
  EBBC 1 1982
  Monte Líbano 1 1985
  Ferro Carril Oeste 1 1986
  Olimpia 1 1996
  Pinheiros 1 2013
  Bauru 1 2015
  Skyliners Frankfurt 1 2016
Total 27 27

Performance by national league (country)Edit

Rank Country National League Titles Runners-up
1   Italy LBA 7 5
2   Spain Primera División / ACB 7 3
3   United States NABL3 4
NCAA Division I1
4   Greece GBL 3
5   Brazil CBB / NBB 2 9
6   Argentina CAC / LNB 1 4
7   Soviet Union Premier League 1 1
  Israel BSL 1 1
  Venezuela LPB 1 1
10   Czechoslovakia CSBL 1
  Yugoslavia FFL 1
  Netherlands DBL 1
  Germany BBL 1
Total 27 27

MVP awardsEdit

Finals top scorersEdit

 
Bob Morse was the FIBA Intercontinental Cup Finals' Top Scorer in 1974.
 
Arvydas Sabonis was the FIBA Intercontinental Cup Finals' Top Scorer in 1986.
 
Bob McAdoo was the FIBA Intercontinental Cup Finals' Top Scorer in 1987.
Year Finals top scorer Club Points scored Ref.
1965*   Wlamir Marques   Corinthians 40
[20][21][22]
1966   Giovanni Gavagnin   Ignis Varese 20
[23][24]
1967   Tony Gennari   Ignis Varese 25
[25][26]
1968   Miles Aiken   Real Madrid 23
[27][28]
1969   Jan Bobrovský   Spartak ZJŠ Brno 34
[29][30]
1970   Jiří Zídek Sr.   Slavia VŠ Praha 20
[31][32]
1972*   Roberto "Robertão" José Corrêa   Brazil 20
[33]
1973   Arturo Guerrero   Sírio 26
[34][35]
1974   John Lucas II &   Bob Morse   Maryland Terrapins &   Ignis Varese 24
[36][37]
1975   Wayne Brabender   Real Madrid 24
[38][39]
1976   Rafael Rullán   Real Madrid 23
[40][41]
1977   Walter Szczerbiak Sr.   Real Madrid 29
[42][43]
1978   John Coughran   Real Madrid 26
[44][45]
1979   Oscar Schmidt   Sírio 42
[46]
[47][48]
1980   Earl Williams   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 28
[49][50]
1981   Mirza Delibašić   Real Madrid 33
[51][52]
1982   Antonello Riva &   Dan Cramer   Ford Cantù &   Nashua EBBC 22
[53][54]
1983   Antonello Riva   Jollycolombani Cantù 28
[55][56]
1984   Ray Townsend   Banco di Roma Virtus 29
[57][58]
1985   Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi"   FC Barcelona 39
[59][60]
1986   Arvydas Sabonis   Žalgiris 26
[61]
[62][63]
1987   Bob McAdoo   Tracer Milano 25
[64][65]
1996   Jorge Racca   Olimpia 28
[66]
2013   Shamell Stallworth   Pinheiros Sky 27
[67][68]
[69]
2014   Jeremy Pargo   Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 28
[70][71]
2015   Ricardo Fischer   Bauru 26
[72][73]
2016   Zach Graham   Guaros de Lara 19
[74][75][76]
2017   Mario Little   Guaros de Lara 23
[77][78][79][80]
2019     Jordan Theodore   AEK 22
[81]

* Unofficial – the 1965 edition of the tournament was a test edition.
* National teams – the 1972 edition of the tournament was contested by national teams, rather than clubs.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial. (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Fraport Skyliners to host Guaros de Lara in FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
  4. ^ Fraport to represent Europe in the Intercontinental cup.
  5. ^ La FIBA Intercontinental Cup ritorna al formato Final Four (in Italian).
  6. ^ Basquetepinheirense Especial Mundial: O Mundial é nosso!. (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ FIBA - Intercontinental Cup of Clubs re-launched; FIBA, 5 August 2013
  8. ^ Euroleague.net Intercontinental Cup of clubs re-launched.
  9. ^ Fraport Skyliners to host Guaros de Lara in FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
  10. ^ Fraport to represent Europe in the Intercontinental cup.
  11. ^ FIBA Intercontinental Cup to reportedly go back to a Final Four format.
  12. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial. (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Elite do basquete brasileiro retorna ao Corinthians depois de 16 temporadas (in Portuguese).
  15. ^ Corinthians 118 x 109 Real Madrid-ESP (1965) (in Portuguese).
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  67. ^ Olympiacos Piraeus win the 2013 FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
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  70. ^ 2014 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Box Score.
  71. ^ FINAL (SECOND LEG) TOP SCORER: Jeremy Pargo (28).
  72. ^ 2015 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Box Score.
  73. ^ FINAL (SECOND LEG) TOP SCORER: Ricardo Fischer (26).
  74. ^ Venezuela campeón de la Copa Intercontinental de clubes de la FIBA (in Spanish).
  75. ^ Guaros de Lara crowned 2016 FIBA Intercontinental Cup champions.
  76. ^ FINAL TOP SCORER: Zach Graham (19).
  77. ^ Iberostar Tenerife wins 2017 Intercontinental Cup.
  78. ^ Iberostar Tenerife crowned 2017 Intercontinental Cup champions.
  79. ^ 2017 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Box Score.
  80. ^ FINAL TOP SCORER: Mario Little (23).
  81. ^ Final Score 86 70 Rio de Janeiro (BRA).

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