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National team appearances in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

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

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 58 countries have made, or will make, at least one appearance in the FIBA international senior men's basketball competition.

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 – the best finish by a team from Oceania.

European and teams from the Americas dominated the tournament, with teams from either confederation disputing the gold medal. Since 1986, there have been three all-European and four 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. Recently, FIBA allotted all of Yugoslavia's wins to Serbia, while the team has yet to place third or higher by that name.

The USA is the current World Champion, winning the gold medal game against Serbia at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Contents

Debut of teamsEdit

A total of 56 national teams have appeared in at least one FIBA Basketball World Cup in the history of the tournament through the 2014 competition. Two national teams will debut in 2019, 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 Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Peru, Spain, United States, Yugoslavia[1] 10
1954 Canada, Taiwan,[2] Israel, Paraguay, Philippines, Uruguay 6
1959 Bulgaria, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Soviet Union[3] 4
1963 Italy, Japan 2
1967 Poland 1
1970 Australia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia,[4] Panama, South Korea 5
1974 Central African Republic 1
1978 China, Dominican Republic, Senegal 3
1982 Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire 2
1986 Angola, Greece, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, West Germany[5] 6
1990 Venezuela 1
1994 Croatia[1], Russia[3] 2
1998 Lithuania[3], Nigeria, Serbia and Montenegro[1] 3
2002 Algeria, Lebanon, Turkey 3
2006 Qatar, Slovenia[1] 2
2010 Iran, Jordan, Tunisia 3
2014 Finland, Ukraine[3] 2
2019 Czech Republic[4], Montenegro[1] 2
2023 Indonesia 1
Total 59

Tournament formatEdit

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

Year Preliminary round Second round Final round
1950 Double elimination tournament of 10 teams None Round robin of 6 teams
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

Comprehensive team resultsEdit

Key:

  • R1: Preliminary round (group stage)
  • R2: Second round (group stage)
  • FR: Final round (group stage)
  • R16: Round of 16 (knockout stage)
  • QF: Quarter-finals (knockout stage)
  • SF: Semi-finals (knockout stage)
  • F: Finals (knockout stage)
Team 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)
2027
TBD
(32)
Total
  Algeria R1

15th

1
  Angola R1

13th

R1

13th

R1

16th

R1

11th

R16

9th

R16

15th

R1

17th

R1

27th

8
  Argentina FR

1st

R1

10th

R1

8th

FR

6th

R1

11th

R2

12th

R2

8th

R1

9th

QF

8th

F

2nd

SF

4th

QF

5th

R16

11th

F

2nd

14
  Australia R1

12th

R1

12th

FR

7th

QF

5th

R2

13th

R2

7th

R2

5th

R1

9th

R16

9th

R16

10th

R16

12th

SF

\4th

12
  Brazil FR

4th

FR

2nd

FR

1st

FR

1st

FR

3rd

FR

2nd

FR

6th

FR

3rd

R1

8th

SF

4th

R2

5th

R1

11th

R1

10th

QF

8th

R1

17th

R16

9th

QF

6th

R2

13th

18
  Bulgaria FR

7th

1
  Canada FR

7th

R1

12th

R1

11th

R1

10th

FR

8th

FR

6th

FR

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

FR

3rd

3
  China R1

11th

R1

12th

R2

9th

RD1

14th

R1

8th

R1

12th

R16

9th

R16

16th

R1

24th

9
  Chinese Taipei[2] FR

5th

FR

4th

2
  Colombia FR

7th

1
  Ivory Coast R1

13th

R1

13th

R1

21st

R1

29th

4
  Croatia SF

3rd

R16

14th

R16

10th

3
  Cuba R1

8th

FR

4th

R2

11th

R1

15th

4
  Czech Republic QF

6th

1
  Czechoslovakia[4] FR

6th

R1

10th

R1

9th

R1

10th

4
  Dominican Republic R1

12th

R16

13th

R2

16th

3
  Ecuador R1

8th

1
  Egypt FR

5th

R1

11th

R1

13th

R1

16th

R1

14th

R1

24th

6
Team 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)
2027
TBD
(32)
Total
  Finland R1

22nd

1
  France FR

6th

FR

4th

FR

5th

R1

13th

QF

5th

R16

13th

SF

3rd

SF

3rd

8
  Germany[5] R1

13th

R1

12th

SF

3rd

QF

8th

R1

17th

R1

18th

6
  Greece R2

10th

R2

6th

SF

4th

SF

4th

F

2nd

R16

11th

R16

9th

R2

11th

8
  Indonesia Q 1
  Iran R1

19th

R1

20th

R1

23rd

3
  Israel FR

8th

R2

7th

2
  Italy FR

7th

R1

9th

FR

4th

FR

4th

R2

6th

R2

9th

QF

6th

R16

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 QF

7th

QF

7th

SF

3rd

SF

4th

R2

9th

5
  Malaysia R1

13th

1
  Mexico R1

13th

R1

9th

R1

8th

R1

9th

R16

14th

5
  Montenegro R1

25th

1
  Netherlands R1

13th

1
  New Zealand R1

13th

SF

4th

R16

9th

R16

12th

R16

15th

R1

19th

6
  Nigeria R1

13th

R16

9th

R1

17th

3
Team 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)
2027
TBD
(32)
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 FR

3rd

R1

8th

R1

13th

FR

8th

R1

21st

R1

32nd

Q 6
  Poland FR

5th

QF

8th

2
  Puerto Rico FR

5th

FR

6th

R1

12th

FR

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 F

2nd

F

2nd

R1

10th

QF

7th

R2

12th

5
  Senegal R1

14th

R1

15th

R1

21st

R16

16th

R1

30th

5
  Serbia R16

9th

SF

4th

F

2nd

QF

5th

4
  Slovenia R16

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 FR

6th

FR

3rd

FR

1st

FR

3rd

F

1st

F

2nd

F

1st

F

2nd

F

2nd

9
  Spain 9th FR

5th

FR

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 R1

18th

1
  Uruguay FR

6th

R1

9th

R1

10th

FR

7th

FR

7th

R1

11th

R1

13th

7
  United States FR

2nd

FR

1st

FR

2nd

FR

4th

FR

4th

FR

5th

FR

3rd

FR

5th

F

2nd

F

1st

SF

3rd

F

1st

SF

3rd

QF

6th

SF

3rd

F

1st

F

1st

QF

7th

17
  Venezuela R1

11th

R1

14th

R1

21st

R2

14th

4
  Yugoslavia[1] R1

10th

R1

11th

2nd 2nd FR

1st

FR

2nd

F

1st

SF

3rd

SF

3rd

F

1st

F

1st

F

1st

12
Team 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)
2027
TBD
(32)
Total

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

Shown below are the sixteen national teams with the most appearances.

Team Number of appearances Record streak First appearance Most recent appearance Best result
  Brazil 17 17 1950 2014 Champions (1959, 1963)
  United States 17 17 1950 2014 Champions (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010, 2014)
  Argentina 13 8 1950 2014 Champions (1950)
  Canada 13 9 1954 2010 6th place (1978, 1982)
  Puerto Rico 13 8 1959 2014 4th place (1990)
  Yugoslavia 12 8 1950 2002 Champions (1970, 1978, 1990, 1998, 2002)
  Australia 11 8 1970 2014 5th place (1982, 1994)
  Spain 11 9 1950 2014 Champions (2006)
  Soviet Union 9 9 1959 1990 Champions (1967, 1974, 1982)
  China 9 5 1978 2019 8th place (1994)
  Italy 8 3 1963 2006 4th place (1970, 1978)
  Angola 7 4 1986 2014 9th place (2006)
  France 7 3 1950 2014 3rd place (2014)
  Greece 7 4 1986 2014 Runners-up (2006)
  South Korea 7 4 1970 2014 11th place (1970)
  Uruguay 7 5 1954 1986 6th place (1954)

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*
1950
  Argentina Champions† Final round
1954
  Brazil Runners-up‡ Final round
1959
  Chile Third place† Final round
1963
  Brazil Champions† Final round
1967
  Uruguay Seventh place Final round
1970
  Yugoslavia Champions† Final round
1974
  Puerto Rico Seventh place Final round
1978
  Philippines Eighth place Final round
1982
  Colombia Seventh place† Final round
1986
  Spain Fifth place‡ Final round
1990
  Argentina Eighth place Second round
1994
  Canada Seventh place Preliminary round
1998
  Greece Fourth place‡ Third place playoff
2002
  United States Sixth place Quarterfinals
2006
  Japan Seventeenth place Preliminary round
2010
  Turkey Runners-up† Final
2014
  Spain Fifth place Quarterfinals
2019
  China 24th Consolation round
2023
  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 f 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. ^ a b 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 c 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. ^ a b 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.

External linksEdit