National team appearances in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

National team appearances in the FIBA Basketball World Cup are the number of appearances that individual country's basketball national teams have made at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. A total of 59 countries have made at least one appearance in the FIBA international senior men's basketball competition.

Map of countries' best results
Graph of the best performances of each confederation on each tournament.

African, European and teams from the Americas composed the first World Championship – Asian and Oceanian teams did not want to make a long trip to Argentina, the venue of the tournament. Egypt finished fifth in the inaugural world championship, the best finish by a team from Africa. An Asian team, the Philippines, made their debut on the second tournament, where they finished third, the best finish by an Asian team.

Australia was the first team from Oceania to participate in the tournament, in 1970. New Zealand was defeated in the 2002 bronze medal game, earning them a fourth-place finish, a position the Australian team equaled in 2019.

European and teams from the Americas dominated the tournament, with teams from either confederation disputing the gold medal. Since 1978, the first time a final was played, there have been five all-European and six Europe-Americas finals. The worst finish by a European team since 1963 was second; for a team from the Americas, the worst all-time was third.

The tournament formats prior to the 1978 tournament were two round robin phases – teams were first divided into several groups, with the top teams from the group stage qualifying for the Final Group, where they play each other once. The team with the best record after the Final Group wins the gold medal, with ties broken by games played between tied teams. All tournaments after the 1978 tournament determined the world champion via a playoff – in 1978 and 1982, the top two teams from the final group squared off for the championship; since 1986, a single-elimination tournament has been used.

The national team with the most wins is the USA, with five. Although teams bearing the name of "Yugoslavia" have won five titles, FIBA used to consider the championships to have been won by two national teams. The first three were won by the team that represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The other two were won by a team representing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which FIBA treats as the predecessor of the current Serbia national team. Furthermore, a Yugoslav team was able to finish at least third from 1963 to 2002.

Spain is the current World Champion, winning the gold medal game against Argentina at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Debut of teamsEdit

A total of 59 national teams have appeared in at least one FIBA Basketball World Cup in the history of the tournament through the 2019 competition, and at least 1 will debut in 2023. Each successive Basketball World Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time. Countries competing in their first Basketball World Cup are listed below by year.

Year Debutants Number
1950  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  [1] 10
1954  ,  ,[2]  ,  ,  ,   6
1959  ,  ,  ,  ,[3]   4
1963  ,   2
1967   1
1970  ,  ,  ,[4]  ,   5
1974   1
1978  ,  ,   3
1982  ,   2
1986  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  [5] 6
1990   1
1994  ,[1]  ,  ,  [3] 4
1998  ,[3]  ,  [1] 3
2002  ,  ,   3
2006  ,  [1] 2
2010  ,  ,  ,   4
2014  ,  [3] 2
2019  ,[4]  [1] 2
2023 -
Total 59

Tournament formatEdit

In deciphering the tables below, the tournament format per championship has to be accounted for.

Year Preliminary round (Group stage) Second round (Group stage) Final round (Knockout stage)
1950 Double elimination tournament of 10 teams Round robin of 6 teams None; second group stage determined final rankings
1954 Round robin of 4 groups with 3 teams each Round robin of 8 teams
1959 Round robin of 3 groups with 4 teams each Round robin of 7 teams
1963
1967
1970
1974 Round robin of 8 teams
1978 Round robin of 8 teams Single-game playoff of 2 teams
1982 Round robin of 7 teams
1986 Round robin of 4 groups with 6 teams each Round robin of 2 groups with 6 teams each Single-elimination tournament of 4 teams
1990 Round robin of 4 groups with 4 teams each Round robin of 2 groups with 4 teams each
1994
1998 Round robin of 2 groups with 6 teams each Single-elimination tournament of 8 teams
2002
2006 Round robin of 4 groups with 6 teams each None Single-elimination tournament of 16 teams
2010
2014
2019 Round robin of 8 groups with 4 teams each Round robin of 4 groups with 4 teams each Single elimination tournament of 8 teams
2023

Team resultsEdit

Legend:

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF — Knockout quarterfinals (1998–present)
  • R2 — Second round group (1950–1994)
  • WD — Withdrew
  • • — Did not qualify
  • × — Did not enter / disqualified
  •    — Hosts
Team 1950
 
1954
 
1959
 
1963
 
1967
 
1970
 
1974
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1994
 
1998
 
2002
 
2006
 
2010
 
2014
 
2019
 
2023
 
 
 
Total
  Algeria Part of France R1
15th
× 1
  Angola Part of Portugal R1
13th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
11th
R2
9th
R2
15th
R1
17th
R1
27th
8
  Argentina R2
1st
R1
10th
R1
8th
R2
6th
R1
11th
R2
12th
R2
8th
R1
9th
QF
8th
F
2nd
SF
4th
QF
5th
R2
11th
F
2nd
14
  Australia R1
12th
R1
12th
R2
7th
QF
5th
R1
13th
R2
7th
R2
5th
R1
9th
R2
9th
R2
10th
R2
12th
SF
4th
12
  Brazil R2
4th
R2
2nd
R2
1st
R2
1st
R2
3rd
R2
2nd
R2
6th
R2
3rd
R1
8th
SF
4th
R2
5th
R1
11th
R1
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
R2
9th
QF
6th
R2
13th
18
  Bulgaria R2
7th
1
  Canada R2
7th
R1
12th
R1
11th
R1
10th
R2
8th
R2
6th
R2
6th
R2
8th
R1
12th
R2
7th
R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
21st
14
  Central African Republic R1
14th
1
  Chile FR
3rd
R1
10th
R2
3rd
3
  China R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
9th
R1
14th
R1
8th
R1
12th
R2
9th
R2
16th
R1
24th
9
  Chinese Taipei[6]
  Formosa 1954, 1959
R2
5th
R2
4th
2
  Colombia R2
7th
× 1
  Croatia SF
3rd
R2
14th
R2
10th
3
  Cuba R1
8th
R2
4th
R2
11th
R1
15th
4
  Czech Republic Part of Czechoslovakia QF
6th
1
  Czechoslovakia[7] R2
6th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
10th
Does not exist 4
  Dominican Republic R1
12th
R2
13th
R2
16th
3
  Ecuador R1
8th
× × × 1
  Egypt
  United Arab Republic 1959, 1970
R2
5th
R1
11th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
14th
× R1
24th
6
Team 1950
 
1954
 
1959
 
1963
 
1967
 
1970
 
1974
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1994
 
1998
 
2002
 
2006
 
2010
 
2014
 
2019
 
2023
 
 
 
Total
  Finland × R1
22nd
1
  France R2
6th
R2
4th
R2
5th
R1
13th
QF
5th
R2
13th
SF
3rd
SF
3rd
8
  Germany[8]
  West Germany 1986
R1
13th
R1
12th
SF
3rd
QF
8th
R1
17th
R1
18th
6
  Greece R2
10th
R2
6th
SF
4th
SF
4th
F
2nd
R2
11th
R2
9th
R2
11th
8
  Ivory Coast R1
13th
R1
13th
R1
21st
R1
29th
  Iran R1
19th
R1
20th
R1
23rd
3
  Israel R2
8th
R2
7th
2
  Italy R2
7th
R1
9th
R2
4th
R2
4th
R2
6th
R2
9th
QF
6th
R2
9th
R2
10th
9
  Japan R1
13th
R1
11th
R1
14th
R1
17th
R1
31st
Q 6
  Jordan R1
23rd
R1
28th
2
  Lebanon R1
16th
R1
17th
R1
20th
3
  Lithuania Part of the Soviet Union QF
7th
QF
7th
SF
3rd
SF
4th
R2
9th
5
  Malaysia R1
13th
× 1
  Mexico R1
13th
R1
9th
R1
8th
R1
9th
R2
14th
5
  Montenegro Part of Yugoslavia Part of Serbia × R1
25th
1
  Netherlands R1
13th
× 1
  New Zealand R1
13th
SF
4th
R2
9th
R2
12th
R2
15th
R1
19th
6
  North Korea WD × × × × 0
  Nigeria R1
13th
R2
9th
R1
17th
3
Team 1950
 
1954
 
1959
 
1963
 
1967
 
1970
 
1974
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1994
 
1998
 
2002
 
2006
 
2010
 
2014
 
2019
 
2023
 
 
 
Total
  Panama R1
9th
R1
9th
R1
13th
R1
21st
× 4
  Paraguay R1
9th
R1
13th
× 2
  Peru R1
7th
R1
12th
R1
12th
R1
10th
× × × 4
  Philippines R2
3rd
R1
8th
WD R1
13th
R2
8th
WD × × R1
21st
R1
32nd
Q 6
  Poland R2
5th
QF
8th
2
  Puerto Rico R2
5th
R2
6th
R1
12th
R2
7th
F1
10th
R1
13th
SF
4th
R2
6th
R1
11th
QF
7th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
19th
R2
15th
14
  Qatar R1
21st
1
  Russia Part of the Soviet Union F
2nd
F
2nd
R1
10th
QF
7th
R2
12th
DQ 5
  Senegal R1
14th
R1
15th
R1
21st
R2
16th
R1
30th
5
  Serbia
  Serbia and Montenegro 2006
Part of Yugoslavia R2
9th
SF
4th
F
2nd
QF
5th
4
  Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia R2
9th
QF
8th
QF
7th
3
  South Korea R1
11th
R1
13th
R1
13th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
23rd
R1
26th
8
  Soviet Union R2
6th
R2
3rd
R2
1st
R2
3rd
R2
1st
F
2nd
F
1st
F
2nd
F
2nd
Does not exist 9
  Spain R1
9th
R2
5th
R2
4th
R2
5th
R1
10th
R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
5th
F
1st
QF
6th
QF
5th
F
1st
12
  Tunisia R1
24th
R1
20th
2
  Turkey R1
9th
QF
6th
F
2nd
QF
8th
R1
22nd
5
  Ukraine Part of the Soviet Union R1
18th
1
  United States R2
2nd
R2
1st
R2
2nd
R2
4th
R2
4th
R2
5th
R2
3rd
R2
5th
F
2nd
F
1st
SF
3rd
F
1st
SF
3rd
QF
6th
SF
3rd
F
1st
F
1st
QF
7th
18
  Uruguay R2
6th
R1
9th
R1
10th
R2
7th
R2
7th
R1
11th
R1
13th
7
  Venezuela R1
11th
R1
14th
R1
21st
R2
14th
4
  Yugoslavia[9]
  FR Yugoslavia 1998, 2002
R1
10th
R1
11th
R2
2nd
R2
2nd
R2
1st
R2
2nd
F
1st
SF
3rd
SF
3rd
F
1st
F
1st
F
1st
Does not exist 12
Total 10 12 13 13 13 13 14 14 13 24 16 16 16 16 24 24 24 32 32

Notes:

  • Teams that failed to qualify to the semifinal round at the 1986 championship were ranked tied for 13th.
  • In 2006, when the tournament expanded to 24 teams (four preliminary round groups of six teams each), teams that finished 5th in their preliminary round groups were ranked tied for 17th, while teams that finished 6th in their preliminary round groups were ranked tied for 21st. Teams eliminated in round of 16 were ranked tied for 9th.

Ranking of teams by number of appearancesEdit

Team App Record
streak
Active
streak
Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
  Brazil 18 18 18 1950 2019 Champions (1959, 1963*)
  United States 18 18 18 1950 2019 Champions (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010, 2014)
  Canada 14 9 1 1954 2019 6th (1978, 1982)
  Argentina 14 9 9 1950 2019 Champions (1950*)
  Puerto Rico 14 9 9 1959 2019 Fourth place (1990)
  Australia 12 8 4 1970 2019 Fourth place (2019)
  Spain 12 10 10 1950 2019 Champions (2006, 2019)
  Yugoslavia 10 8 -- 1950 1990 Champions (1970*, 1978, 1990)
  Soviet Union 9 9 -- 1959 1990 Champions (1967, 1974, 1982)
  Italy 9 3 1 1963 2019 Fourth place (1970, 1978)
  China 9 5 1 1978 2019 8th (1994)
  South Korea 8 4 2 1970 2019 11th (1970)
  France 8 4 4 1950 2019 Third place (2014, 2019)
  Greece 8 4 4 1986 2019 Runners-up (2006)
  Angola 8 5 5 1986 2019 9th (2006)
  Uruguay 7 5 0 1954 1986 6th (1954)
  Egypt 6 2 0 1950 2014 5th (1950)
  Philippines 6 2 2 1954 2019 Third place (1954)
  Germany 6 3 1 1986 2019 Third place (2002)
  New Zealand 6 5 5 1986 2019 Fourth place (2002)
  Mexico 5 3 0 1959 2014 8th (1967)
  Japan 5 2 1 1963 2019 11th (1967)
  Russia 5 3 1 1994 2019 Runners-up (1994, 1998)
  Senegal 5 2 2 1978 2019 14th (1978)
  Lithuania 5 4 4 1998 2019 Third place (2010)
  Turkey 5 5 5 2002 2019 Runners-up (2010*)
  Cuba 4 2 0 1970 1994 Fourth place (1974)
  Czechoslovakia 4 4 -- 1970 1982 6th (1970)
  Peru 4 2 0 1950 1967 7th (1950)
  Panama 4 2 0 1970 2006 9th (1970, 1982)
  Ivory Coast 4 2 1 1982 2019 13th (1982, 1986)
  Venezuela 4 2 1 1990 2019 11th (1990)
  Chile 3 3 0 1950 1959 Third place(1950, 1959)
  Serbia and Montenegro 3 3 -- 1998 2006 Champions (1998, 2002)
  Lebanon 3 3 0 2002 2010 16th (2010)
  Croatia 3 2 0 1994 2014 Third place (1994)
  Slovenia 3 3 0 2006 2014 7th (2014)
  Nigeria 3 1 1 1998 2019 9th (2006)
  Dominican Republic 3 2 2 1978 2019 12th (1978)
  Iran 3 3 3 2010 2019 19th (2010)
  Serbia 3 3 3 2010 2019 Runners-up (2014)
  Chinese Taipei 2 2 0 1954 1959 Fourth place (1959)
  Paraguay 2 1 0 1954 1967 9th (1954)
  Israel 2 1 0 1954 1986 7th (1986)
  Poland 2 1 1 1967 2019 5th (1967)
  Jordan 2 1 1 2010 2019 23rd (2010)
  Tunisia 2 1 1 2010 2019 20th (2019)
  Ecuador 1 1 0 1950 1950 8th (1950)
  Bulgaria 1 1 0 1959 1959 7th (1959)
  Central African Republic 1 1 0 1974 1974 14th (1974)
  Colombia 1 1 0 1982 1982 7th (1982*)
  Malaysia 1 1 0 1986 1986 13th (1986)
  Netherlands 1 1 0 1986 1986 13th (1986)
  Algeria 1 1 0 2002 2002 15th (2002)
  Qatar 1 1 0 2006 2006 21st (2006)
  Finland 1 1 0 2014 2014 22nd (2014)
  Ukraine 1 1 0 2014 2014 18th (2014)
  Czech Republic 1 1 1 2019 2019 6th (2019)
  Montenegro 1 1 1 2019 2019 25th (2019)

Overall won/lost recordsEdit

Team App Played Won Lost %
  United States 18 158 129 29 .816
  Brazil 18 144 87 57 .604
  Spain 12 100 71 29 .710
  Soviet Union 9 80 66 14 .825
  Argentina 14 112 65 47 .580
  Yugoslavia 10 78 58 20 .744
  Italy 9 74 43 31 .581
  Puerto Rico 14 98 40 58 .408
  Australia 12 93 40 53 .430
  Canada 14 107 39 68 .364
  Greece 8 61 36 25 .590
  France 8 63 34 29 .540
  Lithuania 5 41 27 14 .659
  Russia 5 39 25 14 .641
  Germany 6 41 24 17 .585
  Turkey 5 38 24 14 .632
  Cuba 4 35 18 17 .514
  China 9 63 17 46 .270
  Uruguay 7 50 17 33 .340
  Mexico 5 35 17 18 .486
  Czechoslovakia 4 30 17 13 .567
  Serbia 3 26 17 9 .654
  Serbia and Montenegro 3 24 17 7 .708
  Angola 8 51 15 36 .294
  New Zealand 6 37 15 22 .405
  Philippines 6 40 13 27 .325
  Slovenia 3 22 12 10 .545
  Croatia 3 20 12 8 .600
  South Korea 8 51 10 41 .196
  Peru 4 27 10 17 .370
  Panama 4 25 9 16 .360
  Chile 3 19 9 10 .474
  Venezuela 4 23 8 15 .348
  Poland 2 17 8 9 .471
  Chinese Taipei 2 18 7 11 .389
  Israel 2 18 7 11 .389
  Nigeria 3 16 7 9 .438
  Egypt 6 42 6 36 .143
  Dominican Republic 3 18 6 12 .333
  Japan 5 31 5 26 .161
  Bulgaria 1 9 5 4 .556
  Senegal 5 28 4 24 .143
  Iran 3 15 4 11 .267
  Czech Republic 1 8 4 4 .500
  Lebanon 3 15 3 12 .200
  Paraguay 2 13 3 10 .231
  Tunisia 2 10 3 7 .300
  Ecuador 1 5 2 3 .400
  Netherlands 1 5 2 3 .400
  Ukraine 1 5 2 3 .400
  Ivory Coast 4 22 1 21 .045
  Jordan 2 10 1 9 .100
  Algeria 1 5 1 4 .200
  Finland 1 5 1 4 .200
  Montenegro 1 5 1 4 .200
  Central African Republic 1 7 0 7 .000
  Colombia 1 6 0 6 .000
  Malaysia 1 5 0 5 .000
  Qatar 1 5 0 5 .000

Performance of host nationsEdit

With only three wins in 16 occasions, the success rate of host nations winning the tournament is rather low at 19%, compared to the respective percentage in the FIFA World Cup which stands at 32% (6 out of 19). Yugoslavia was the last host to win, in 1970; the only other host to medal since then has been Turkey, silver medalist in 2010. Greece has been the only other host nation to finish fourth or better since 1970. From 1959 to 1982, the host qualified directly to the final round of the tournament, bypassing the preliminary round (group stage). The host's final rank in these years could not be worse than the number of teams in the final round (between six and eight). However, beginning in 1986, the host has competed in the preliminary round.

A "†" denotes that is the best performance of the team, a "‡" denotes it is the best performance of the team at the time of the competition.

Year Host nation(s) Finish Last round*
  Argentina Champions† Final round
  Brazil Runners-up‡ Final round
  Chile Third place† Final round
  Brazil Champions† Final round
  Uruguay Seventh place Final round
  Yugoslavia Champions† Final round
  Puerto Rico Seventh place Final round
  Philippines Eighth place Final round
  Colombia Seventh place† Final round
  Spain Fifth place‡ Final round
  Argentina Eighth place Second round
  Canada Seventh place Preliminary round
  Greece Fourth place‡ Third place playoff
  United States Sixth place Quarter-finals
  Japan Seventeenth place Preliminary round
  Turkey Runners-up† Final
  Spain Fifth place Quarter-finals
  China 24th place Preliminary round
  Philippines TBD TBD
  Japan TBD TBD
  Indonesia TBD TBD

*excluding classification rounds.

Performance by confederationEdit

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament. Note that most confederations did not exist until up to the 1960s, and that FIBA assigned teams to a specific continent when there were no confederations yet.

Confederation 1950
 
(10)
1954
 
(12)
1959
 
(13)
1963
 
(13)
1967
 
(13)
1970
 
(13)
1974
 
(14)
1978
 
(14)
1982
 
(13)
1986
 
(24)
1990
 
(16)
1994
 
(16)
1998
 
(16)
2002
 
(16)
2006
 
(24)
2010
 
(24)
2014
 
(24)
2019
 
(32)
2023
 
 
 
(32)
FIBA Africa 5th 11th 13th 14th 14th 13th 13th 13th 14th 13th 15th 9th 15th 16th 17th TBD
FIBA Americas 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd TBD
FIBA Asia 3rd 4th 13th 11th 11th 13th 8th 12th 9th 14th 8th 14th 12th 9th 16th 20th 23rd TBD
FIBA Europe 6th 4th 6th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st TBD
FIBA Oceania 12th 12th 7th 5th 13th 7th 5th 9th 4th 9th 10th 12th 4th TBD

Number of teams by confederationEdit

This is a summary of the total number of participating teams by confederation in each tournament. The number of teams in the confederation of a host federation is boldfaced.

Confederation 1950
 
(10)
1954
 
(12)
1959
 
(13)
1963
 
(13)
1967
 
(13)
1970
 
(13)
1974
 
(14)
1978
 
(14)
1982
 
(13)
1986
 
(24)
1990
 
(16)
1994
 
(16)
1998
 
(16)
2002
 
(16)
2006
 
(24)
2010
 
(24)
2014
 
(24)
2019
 
(32)
2023
 
 
 
(32)
FIBA Africa 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 5 5
FIBA Americas 6 7 8 8 8 6 6 5 6 8 6 6 5 6 6 5 6 7 7
FIBA Asia 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 1 3 2 2 2 2 4 4 3 6 6–8
FIBA Europe 3 3 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 9 5 5 6 5 9 10 10 12 12
FIBA Oceania 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 0–2

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified ten times under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup by the secession of many of its constituent republics in 1992. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified twice in 1998 and 2002 as Yugoslavia and in 2006 as Serbia and Montenegro after a name change in 2003. FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro are considered the predecessors of the current Serbia team by FIBA; the latter competed for the first time as Serbia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. These teams along with the other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the original Yugoslavia (Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and North Macedonia) are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also compete separately after independence in 2006.
  2. ^ The national basketball team of the Republic of China competed twice in the FIBA World Championship, both times as Formosa, but since 1960 the team had changed their name to compete as Taiwan in international competitions. Since 1985, they have competed under the name Chinese Taipei.
  3. ^ a b c d The Soviet Union qualified nine times prior to being dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIBA does not consider any of these nations as the successor team of the Soviet Union.
  4. ^ a b Czechoslovakia qualified four times prior to being divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. FIBA does not consider any of these nations as the successor team of Czechoslovakia.
  5. ^ The German Basketball Association (DBB, for Deutscher Basketball Bund) has continuously existed as a national governing body since joining FIBA in 1934, during the Nazi era in Germany, After World War II, the DBB became the governing body for West Germany, and then became the governing body for reunified Germany in 1990. During the division of Germany, East Germany fielded a team of its own before re-joining West Germany and the DBB upon reunification. Thus, FIBA considers Germany and West Germany as one entity and officially attributes all results of the DBB team since 1934 to Germany. Germany competed in their first FIBA World Championship in 1986 as West Germany and in 1994 for the first time as Reunited Germany.
  6. ^ The national basketball team of the Republic of China competed twice in the FIBA World Championship, both times as Formosa, but since 1960 the team had changed their name to compete as Taiwan in international competitions. Since 1985, they have competed under the name Chinese Taipei.
  7. ^ Czechoslovakia qualified four times prior to being divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. FIBA does not consider any of these nations as the successor team of Czechoslovakia.
  8. ^ The German Basketball Association (DBB, for Deutscher Basketball Bund) has continuously existed as a national governing body since joining FIBA in 1934, during the Nazi era in Germany, After World War II, the DBB became the governing body for West Germany, and then became the governing body for reunified Germany in 1990. During the division of Germany, East Germany fielded a team of its own before re-joining West Germany and the DBB upon reunification. Thus, FIBA considers Germany and West Germany as one entity and officially attributes all results of the DBB team since 1934 to Germany. Germany competed in their first FIBA World Championship in 1986 as West Germany and in 1994 for the first time as Germany.
  9. ^ The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified ten times under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup by the secession of many of its constituent republics in 1992. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified twice in 1998 and 2002 as Yugoslavia and in 2006 as Serbia and Montenegro after a name change in 2003. FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro are considered the predecessors of the current Serbia team by FIBA; the latter competed for the first time as Serbia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. These teams along with the other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the original Yugoslavia (Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and North Macedonia) are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also compete separately after independence in 2006.

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