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FIBA International Christmas Tournament

FIBA International Christmas Tournament [1] also known as the Christmas Tournament (Torneo de Navidad) was an extinct men's basketball international friendly competition, at the club level (and in some editions with national teams), organized by FIBA at its first decades through the Commission of International Organizations [2] under the hand of Raimundo Saporta, club director and president of the International Commission of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and with the authorization and support of R. William Jones, its general secretary, so it had the officiality of FIBA in its first decades of life [3], being also the starting point of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, whose first edition appears in the history of this competition.[4][5]

FIBA International Christmas Tournament
SportBasketball
Founded1966
Inaugural season1966
No. of teams4
CountryFIBA members
ContinentEurope
Most recent
champion(s)
Spain Real Madrid
(26th title)
Most titlesSpain Real Madrid
(26 titles)

HistoryEdit

The competition was held for the first time in January 1966 with the name of FIBA Intercontinental Cup on the occasion of the inauguration of the new basketball venue of Real Madrid, the Pabellón de la Ciudad Deportiva (later called the "Raimundo Saporta Pavilion"). This edition also served as the starting point of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup (later known as the FIBA Club World Cup), whose results were valid for the first edition of the aforementioned competition of the highest basketball organism, and whose first trophy It was the same as the one used in the FIBA International Christmas Tournament until 1980.

The second edition of the Christmas Tournament was baptized at the time as Latin Cup, due to the origin of the participating teams (there was a competition called Latin Cup in 1953 that only had an edition, although the one of December 1966 counts as the second edition of the Christmas Tournament), and it was not until the third edition, in 1967, when the tournament was renamed by the popular and better-known FIBA International Tournament Christmas -Torneo de Navidad- (also known as the "Trophy Raimundo Saporta", and later "Memorial Fernando Martín", together with the denomination of Christmas Tournament, as well as "Philips Trophy" from its beginnings and El Corte Inglés from 1981 until the end of the 80s [6]) [4][5]. That is, FIBA organized, Philips put the money and Real Madrid yielded the field, with the approval and consent of the FEB [2]. As of 1981, Real Madrid, with the sponsorship of the English Court (until 1989, subsequently replacing other sponsors [7]), managed the tournament, 9 although their relations with FIBA continued, and proof of this is the constant presence, year after year, of the Christmas tournament that, despite what the fan can think, does not organize Real Madrid but the Committee of International Activities of the FIBA (proof of this is that the 1984 edition is within the Great Moments of the FIBA Basket) [3].

The tournament ended up acquiring a great importance, and he was attended by some of the most prestigious teams and combined at the time. Despite this, considered nowadays as a friendly competition, although the prestige of the twelve silver medals of the winner for the contenders was maximum, since until 1980 it had the official status and the protection of FIBA. However, the first edition of the International Christmas Tournament made the FIBA Intercontinental Basketball Cup officially emerge, a competition that "merengues" would win four times.

It could be said that the International Christmas Tournament, while it was under the auspices and organization of the FIBA (1966-1980), had a rank of para-official competition, that is, that it had an official rank or character (although it was not considered like this at present), but it worked as such at that time. For what was an international friendly competition of an official nature. Although from 1981 it was managed by Real Madrid, the Committee of International Activities of FIBA was behind it. In fact it was the starting point of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, and whose second edition of this tournament (called Copa Latina in that edition), already breaking away from the Intercontinental, continued under the organization and official FIBA in everything concerning the delivery of trophies and the FIBA emblem on the podium, as well as FIBA referees, but the fact that its last decades were largely managed by Real Madrid, because it gave the competition, for all intents and purposes, a friendly character, despite its weight, importance and notoriety, but above all due to the fact that its participants acceded by invitation (although in the FIBA Club World Cup as well). In short, the officiality of FIBA was languishing as of 1980 (despite the fact that FIBA and its committee were still behind the event, as attested by the presence, year after year, of FIBA referees [7]) and redefining itself in a friendly tournament (from 1980), although of great prestige for all tale meant and the international character of it.

ResultsEdit

The competition featured three different trophy models throughout its history. The first gold and granted by FIBA until 1980, the second granted by Real Madrid together with its sponsor El Corte Inglés during the time that the sponsorship lasted (1981-1989), and the third trophy model that granted Real Madrid during his last decades [8][9].

Year Champions Second place Third place Fourth place Results / Notes
1966
Details
 
Ignis Varese
 
Corinthians
 
Real Madrid
 
Chicago Jamaco Saints
Final: 66–59
3rd place game: 112–96
1966
Details
 
Simmenthal Milano
 
Real Madrid
 
ASVEL
 
Benfica
Four team league stage.
1967
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Juventud Kalso
 
Victoria Melbourne
 
River Plate
Four team league stage.
1968
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Uruguay
 
Meralco Reddy Kilowatts
 
Picadero
Four team league stage.
1969
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Panama
 
Buenos Aires Selection
 
Juventud Nerva
Four team league stage.
1970
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Juventud Nerva
 
Gimnasia y Esgrima
 
Puerto Rico
Four team league stage.
1971
Details
 
North Carolina Tar Heels
 
Real Madrid
 
Juventud Schweppes
 
Unión Española
Four team league stage.
1972
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Palmeiras
 
Virginia Cavaliers
 
Estudiantes Monteverde
Four team league stage.
1973
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Puerto Rico
 
Juventud Schweppes
 
Obras Sanitarias
Four team league stage.
1974
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
North Carolina Tar Heels
 
Cuba
 
Estudiantes Monteverde
Four team league stage.
1975
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Palmeiras
 
Arizona State Sun Devils
 
Estudiantes Monteverde
Four team league stage.
1976
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Tennessee Volunteers
 
Cavigal Nice
 
Africa Selection
Four team league stage.
1977
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Australia
 
Defensor Sporting
 
Bradley Braves
Four team league stage.
1978
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Joventut Freixenet
 
Czechoslovakia
 
Obras Sanitarias
Four team league stage.
1979
Details
 
Soviet Union
 
Real Madrid
 
Athletes in Action
 
Joventut Freixenet
Four team league stage.
1980
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Cotonificio
 
Sírio
 
Partizan
Four team league stage.
1981
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Marlboro All-Stars
 
Inmobanco
 
Israel
Four team league stage.
1982
Details
 
Inmobanco
 
Real Madrid
 
Marlboro All-Stars
 
Minas
Four team league stage.
1983
Details
 
Soviet Union
 
Real Madrid
 
New York All-Stars
 
Cuba
Four team league stage.
1984
Details
 
Soviet Union
 
Real Madrid
 
Cheiw All-Stars
 
Yugoslavia
Four team league stage.
1985
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Yugoslavia
 
Monte Líbano
 
Golden State All-Stars
Four team league stage.
1986
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Yugoslavia
 
Brazil
 
Winston All-Stars
Four team league stage.
1987
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Soviet Union
 
Greece
 
Argentina
Four team league stage.
1988
Details
 
Yugoslavia
 
Real Madrid
 
Soviet Union
 
Monte Líbano
Four team league stage.
1989
Details
 
Jugoplastika
 
Real Madrid
 
Aris
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Four team league stage.
1990
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Pop 84
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
 
Limoges CSP
Four team league stage.
1991
Details
 
Real Madrid Asegurator
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
 
Australia
 
Benetton Treviso
Four team league stage.
1992
Details
 
Estudiantes Argentaria
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Cibona
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Four team league stage.
1993
Details
 
Brazil All-Stars
 
Stefanel Trieste
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Estudiantes Argentaria
Four team league stage.
1994
Details
 
Yugoslavia
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Moscow Selection
 
São Paulo All-Stars
Four team league stage.
1995
Details
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Australia
 
Rio Claro
 
Cuba
Four team league stage.
1996
Details
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Olympiacos
 
Efes Pilsen
 
Scavolini Pesaro
Four team league stage.
1997
Details
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Italy
 
Brazil
 
Nea Zealand
Four team league stage.
1998
Details
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Partizan
 
Union Olimpija
Final: 84–77
3rd place game: 66–62
1999
Details
 
Panathinaikos
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
Partizan
 
Zadar
Final: 78–77
3rd place game: 76–74
2000
Details
 
Real Madrid Teka
 
São Paulo All-Stars
N/A N/A Final: 111–83
2001
Details
 
Ural Great Perm
 
Real Madrid
N/A N/A Final: 80–69
2002
Details
 
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
 
Real Madrid
N/A N/A Final: 87–71
2003
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Ülker
N/A N/A Final: 86–78
2004
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Telemar Rio de Janeiro
N/A N/A Final: 85–69
2006
Details
 
Real Madrid
 
Lietuvos rytas
N/A N/A Final: 88–78

ReferencesEdit

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