Spain recapture FIBA Basketball World Cup title in China
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
BEIJING (China) - Spain completed their undefeated run at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China with a 95-75 victory against Argentina in the Final to capture the Naismith Trophy at the Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing.
Ricky Rubio paced the winners with 20 points while Marc Gasol added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Spaniards to their second World Cup title, repeating as champions after a 13-year break. Their first triumph also came on Asian soil in Japan.
It was also the second World Cup title for Gasol and Rudy Fernandez, who both were part of the title-winning team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2006.
Their second Asian triumph makes Spain one of a few countries to have won multiple World Cups, alongside Brazil, F.R. Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, United States and Yugoslavia.
For Argentina, their second-place finish in China is their best performance since 2002, when they also ended up second. They won the inaugural edition of the competition in 1950.
On hand to witness the Final and present the awards were FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Vice-President and FIBA President-elect Hamane Niang, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China Gou Zhongwen, Mayor of Beijing Chen Jining, members of the FIBA Central Board and Executive Committee, representatives of the eight host cities, and a plethora of stars, including FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Global Ambassadors Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant.
There was double joy for Ricky Rubio, who crowned an incredible tournament with another fine all-around display in the Final to claim the TISSOT Most Valuable Player award.
The 28-year-old point guard headlined the All-Star Five, which also included his teammate Marc Gasol, Argentina big man Luis Scola, France swingman Evan Fournier and Serbia shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.
In an exciting Third-Place Game, France came from behind in the second half to defeat Australia 67-59 for their second consecutive top three finish at the World Cup, having also finished third in 2014. Click here for the full game report.
Final Standings of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: 1. Spain 2. Argentina 3. France 4. Australia 5. Serbia 6. Czech Republic 7. USA 8. Poland 9. Lithuania 10. Italy 11. Greece 12. Russia 13. Brazil 14. Venezuela 15. Puerto Rico 16. Dominican Republic 17. Nigeria 18. Germany 19. New Zealand 20. Tunisia 21. Canada 22. Turkey 23. Iran 24. China 25. Montenegro 26. Korea 27. Angola 28. Jordan 29. Cote d'Ivoire 30. Senegal 31. Japan 32. Philippines
Argentina and Spain to play for the FIBA Basketball World Cup title in Beijing
SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
BEIJING (China) - The Final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be contested by Argentina and Spain, who took another step towards the Naismith Trophy by clearing their respective Semi-Final hurdles on Friday evening.
The Spanish return to the Final for the first time since their only previous appearance in 2006, when they lifted the World Cup trophy in Japan, while Argentina are now set to play in their first title game since the 2002 defeat to Yugoslavia.
Still unbeaten at the World Cup, Spain demonstrated their resilience and heart in a 95-88 double-overtime victory over Australia, erasing a double-digit deficit in regulation to hand the Boomers their first defeat of the tournament.
An incredible 33-point, 6-rebound and 4-assist performance by Marc Gasol and 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists from Ricky Rubio helped the Spanish outlast the Patty Mills-paced Australia.
After knocking out Serbia in the Quarter-Finals, Argentina continued their incredible World Cup run with an 80-66 victory against France in Beijing, with Luis Scola and Facundo Campazzo leading the way.
Winners of the inaugural edition of the World Cup in 1950, Argentina have put themselves in a position to recapture the title after the 69 years. They last played in the Final in 2002, coming up short against Yugoslavia.
The new FIBA Basketball World Cup champions will be crowned on Sunday, September 15 at the Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing. The title game is scheduled to tip off at 20:00 (GMT+8).
Meanwhile, Australia and France will look to bounce back after their Semi-Final defeats in the Third-Place Game, also set to take place on Sunday at 16:00 (GMT+8), and finish the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 on a high note.
Biggest-ever FIBA World Cup reaches record-breaking three billion people
OCTOBER 2, 2019
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 achieved record-breaking results with a TV audience reach of over 3 billion and generated a further 1.5 billion video views on social media ensuring the flagship event secured more global coverage than ever before.
An analysis of the World Cup, which with 32 participating teams was FIBA’s biggest yet, reflected in the record-breaking global engagement and the ever-increasing popularity of basketball globally.
FIBA teamed up with over 70 broadcast partners to deliver coverage in 190 territories, resulting in a total cumulative average TV audience increase of over 80% compared to the last World Cup in 2014. The final alone had a total global reach of 160 million. In Spain, with a market share of 46% for the final, over 10 million tuned in while 6.2 million watched the full game, making it the country’s most successful basketball game ever.
Chinese basketball fans were at the heart of the special atmosphere throughout the tournament, with the interest in the host nation resulting in the World Cup generating the two highest live ratings of the year on CCTV: China vs Poland with a total reach of 68 million, and China vs Korea with a total reach of 60 million. The most-watched games on Tencent were China vs Venezuela which generated 52 million live views and China vs Poland with 50 million people following live on Tencent.
FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said: "The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 has been the World Cup of a new era and of new records. On the court, players set new standards and off the court we saw our largest ever audience reach on TV and social media. These record statistics are more than just numbers, they tell the human story of how globally-loved basketball is. They demonstrate that more fans than ever are watching and engaging in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which has evolved into a successful major sporting event."
Engagement on social media was equally as impressive with the #FIBAWC and #WorldGotGame hashtags reaching 22 billion impressions and 535 million engagements. FIBA enjoyed considerable growth on its social media channels, with the Weibo FIBA and FIBA World Cup accounts combined experiencing over 200% growth to over 10 million fans. FIBA and World Cup social media channels now have more than 24 million fans.
The official FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 mobile app, presented by Tissot, was downloaded over two million times. Fans enjoyed a personalized experience, with the ability to follow favorite players and teams. The app also enabled fans to receive live statistics and watch video highlights of the most memorable moments. The app and the official website, available in 12 languages, had 146 million views throughout the World Cup combined.
On-site attendance at the World Cup marked another positive for FIBA, with total attendance for the event reaching close to 800,000 (794,951). The highest attendance of the tournament was 18,000 (USA vs Japan and USA vs Turkey in Shanghai). A total of 2,422 accredited media from 81 countries attended the World Cup, playing a significant role in the global coverage of the tournament.
Field set for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
MIES (Switzerland) - All 24 teams that will compete in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments have been confirmed following the conclusion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the release of an updated FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 produced seven directly qualified teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Japan received automatic qualification as the hosts of the event.
The four remaining places in the 12-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic field are reserved for the winners of each of the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, set to take place on June 23-28, 2020.
The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will include the 16 best-placed non-qualified teams from the FIBA Basketball World Cup and two highest-ranked countries per region in the FIBA World Ranking, presented by NIKE.
The ranking was updated to include the latest results from the World Cup.
Those teams are: Angola and Senegal (Africa), Mexico and Uruguay (Americas), China and Korea (Asia-Oceania), and Croatia and Slovenia (Europe).
The bidding process to host the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will begin soon.
The list of teams qualified for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments:
Angola Brazil Canada China Croatia Czech Republic Dominican Republic Germany Greece Italy Korea Lithuania Mexico New Zealand Poland Puerto Rico Russia Senegal Serbia Slovenia Tunisia Turkey Uruguay Venezuela
Spain close in on USA in the updated FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by NIKE
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
MIES (Switzerland) - The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by NIKE has been updated after the conclusion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, with USA maintaining their top-ranked status but the newly-crowned World Cup champions Spain closing in the gap.
There was significant movement at the top end of the ranking, with Australia (673.6) climbing to third place and leapfrogging the fourth-ranked Argentina (670.5) and fifth-placed France (665.4) in the process.
Coming into the World Cup as the #11 ranked team, Australia received extra points for beating higher-ranked teams in France and Lithuania en route to their best-ever performance at the flagship event.
As the ranking takes into account results from the past eight years, the Boomers also benefited from a great run of results in major tournaments with their fourth-place finish in China coming on the back of a Semi-Finals appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics and winning the FIBA Asia Cup in 2017.
World Cup runners-up Argentina also moved up a spot at the expense of France, whose overall point tally did increase at the World Cup, but not enough to compensate for the gains made by Australia and Argentina.
With results at the beginning of the eight-year period gradually having less bearing, the points France acquired from winning EuroBasket 2013 are now weighed at 25 percent, compared to 50 percent in the previous edition of the ranking.
Czech Republic (596.8) and Poland (583.0) were among the highest risers, with their strong showings at the World Cup reflecting in the newly-updated ranking. The Czechs climbed 14 places and are now 10th, while the Poles jumped to 13th place, having gained 12 positions.
The trajectory is also pointing up for some other World Cup participants, as Nigeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Japan, Cote d'Ivoire registered double-digit gains, while the countries losing ground were those not present at the 32-team tournament in China.
The latest edition of the ranking serves as the basis to determine the last eight teams to secure places in next year's FIBA Olympic Qualification Tournaments. In addition to the 16 teams that earned berths via the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the two top-ranked countries from each region in the ranking join the 24-team Olympic Qualification Tournament field.
Those teams are: Angola and Senegal (Africa), Mexico and Uruguay (Americas), China and Korea (Asia-Oceania), and Croatia and Slovenia (Europe).
The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by NIKE, will next be updated following February's Continental Cup Qualifiers. It takes into consideration rating points of games played in top official FIBA competitions and their Qualifiers over the course of an eight-year period.
Newly appointed Central Board convene for the first time in Beijing
SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
BEIJING (China) - FIBA's Central Board convened today for its first meeting of the 2019-2023 term of office under the leadership of newly-elected President Hamane Niang in Beijing. Various key appointments were made to complete the composition of the Board.
Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner of the NBA, will keep his position as representative of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A new Central Board was recently appointed during the XXI FIBA Congress, held at the end of last month in Beijing. 13 members were announced, along with a new President, Treasurer and the Secretary General. Today the Central Board co-opted two new members to join them, Yao Ming (China) and Manuel V. Pangilinan (Philippines). FIBA's Central Board now counts 25 members in total.
The Central Board also appointed members to the Executive Committee. In addition to the ex officio members FIBA President Hamane Niang, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and FIBA Treasurer Ingo Weiss, the Presidents of FIBA's five regions, Anibal Manave of Africa, Carol Callan of the Americas, Sheikh Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani of Asia, Turgay Demirel of Europe and Burton Shipley of Oceania, will be joined by: Carmen Tocala (Romania), Richard Carrion (Puerto Rico, co-opted) and Mark Tatum (USA, co-opted).
The Central Board meeting proceeded with the appointment of three FIBA Vice-Presidents: Sheikh Saud Al-Thani (Qatar), Turgay Demirel (Turkey) and Burton Shipley (New Zealand).
The Central Board proposed to appoint newly named FIBA's Honorary President, Horacio Muratore as new President of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF). The IBF board will confirm the appointment of the new President and the new members.
The Central Board also reappointed Patrick Hunt (Australia) as the President of the World Basketball Coaches Association (WABC).
Other key appointments were made during the meeting included the appointment of the Commissions and judicial bodies that included the Appeals’ Panel and the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal.
Dirk Nowitzki appointed Chair of the FIBA Players Commission for 2019-2023 term
SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
BEIJING (China) - Former German national team and NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki has been appointed as Chair of the Players Commission on Saturday at the first FIBA Central Board meeting for the new term. With this appointment, he also becomes a member of the 25-member FIBA Central Board.
Nowitzki has had an illustrious playing career for Germany and consistently was a star performer at numerous FIBA tournaments for more than 15 years. He led his country to its best-ever result at a FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2002, finishing in third place, the nation's only podium finish at the world level. He also led Germany's run to the Final of FIBA EuroBasket in 2005, finishing in second place.
In 2011, after leading the Dallas Mavericks to a first-ever NBA championship, he returned to the German national team at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He would go on to make his final appearance for his country in the 2015 edition of Europe's biggest basketball competition, playing on home soil in the German capital of Berlin.
FIBA Secretary General, Andreas Zagklis said, "Dirk is one of the greatest players to have ever played basketball, and is highly respected worldwide. He has had an exceptional career both with the NBA and with his national team and will bring with him a huge amount of experience and knowledge. He is the perfect person for this position and we look forward to working closely with him over the next term of office."
Upon being appointed Chair of the Players Commission, Dirk Nowitzki said, "I feel honored to have been given this opportunity and I am looking forward to representing players within FIBA and bringing their voices to the table where decisions are made. I am excited to take on this new role and work alongside both active and retired players around the world to ensure players interests are heard to continue the development of our beloved sport."
In 2014, FIBA announced the creation of the first-ever Players Commission that would represent the interests of the sport's main actors. This was implemented as part of the improvements made to FIBA's governance and in line with the ongoing efforts to include stakeholders in the decision-making process. Vlade Divac was appointed as the first Chairman for the 2014-2019 term. This commission is made up of 14 members and the Chairman serves on the 25 member FIBA Central Board.
The members of FIBA's Players' Commission have been named for this new term and are:
Dirk Nowitzki (GER), Chair
Jenni Screen (AUS), Dep. Chair
Maria Paula Goncalves da Silva (BRA)
Ilona Korstin (RUS)
Hachetou Maiga Ba (MLI)
Raffaella Masciadri (ITA)
Yegor Mescheriakov (BLR)
Marko Milic (SLO)
Hanno Mottola (FIN)
Kirk Penney (NZL)
Yuko Oga (JPN)
Amaya Valdemoro (ESP)
Nikos Zisis (GRE)
Mathieu Faye (SEN)
Dejan Majstorovic (SRB – 3x3)
Marie-Eve Paget (FRA – 3x3)
Los basquetbolistas más populares de la Copa Mundial de Baloncesto 2019 en Instagram
Apuestas-deportivas analizó las cuentas de Instagram de los 384 basquetbolistas participantes en el Mundial de Baloncesto 2019
La selección española con más de dos millones de seguidores es el tercer equipo más popular en la red social
Los basquetbolistas sudamericanos son los más activos en Instagram
Viena, 13 de septiembre de 2019 – La empresa Apuestas-deportivas (www.apuestas-deportivas.es) ha analizado las cuentas de Instagram de los 384 basquetbolistas participantes en la Copa Mundial de Baloncesto 2019: Más que 35.5 millones usuarios siguen las cuentas de los deportistas. La selección española que jugará la final en China es de las más seguidas en esta red social.
El equipo español entre los más populares
De los 32 países participantes, el equipo estadounidense con casi 10 millones de followers cuenta con el mayor número de seguidores. El segundo lugar lo ocupa el equipo de Grecia con 7 millones de seguidores. El equipo español, finalista de la Copa de Baloncesto 2019, se ubica en el tercer lugar con más de dos millones de followers. Brasil y Alemania, con 1.6 y 1.5 millones de seguidores respectivamente, ocupan el cuarto y quinto lugar.
Los basquetbolistas del Mundial más populares en Instagram
El basquetbolista de este Mundial con más seguidores es el griego Giannis Antetokounmpo y cuenta con 6 millones de seguidores. Los americanos Donovan Mitchell (2.6 millones), Jayson Tatum (2.5 millones) y Kemba Walker (1.4 millones ) ocupan del segundo al cuarto lugar y el alemán Dennis Schröder con 1.38 millones completa el top 5 de los más populares en Instagram.
En cuanto a la selección finalista, el basquetbolista Ricky Rubio con 538 mil followers es el español más popular en esta red social.
Los basquetbolistas sudamericanos los más activos en Instagram
Ya sean momentos en familia, viajes o vivencias en la cancha, los deportistas sudamericanos son los más activos en Instagram. El equipo venezolano ha realizado 769 publicaciones y el jugador más activo de este Mundial es el ala-pívot Luis Bethelmy. Los brasileños han realizado un total de 658 publicaciones y el equipo español con 581 publicaciones es también de los más activos en esta red social.
Class of 2019 inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame today in Beijing
AUGUST 30, 2019
BEIJING (China) – The Class of 2019 was officially inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame today during a ceremony held in Beijing, as part of the XXI FIBA Congress.
11 world-class basketball personalities, eight players and three coaches, were recognized in the ceremony held at the Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel.
FIBA President Horacio Muratore said, "We are very proud to welcome all of these great basketball personalities into FIBA's Hall of Fame. Their contributions on and off the court have helped impact our sport in the most positive way imaginable. Through their achievements, dedication and countless efforts, they have also assisted basketball’s growth across the world. My sincere congratulations go to them all for receiving this well-deserved honor."
The Class of 2019 is made up of:
Ms Janeth Arcain from Brazil Ms Margo Dydek (posthumously) from Poland Mr Atanas Golomeev from Bulgaria Ms Natália Hejková from Slovakia Mr Zuoyun Mou (posthumously) from China Mr Alonzo Mourning from the USA Mr Fabricio Oberto from Argentina Mr José "Piculín" Ortiz from Puerto Rico Mr Bogdan Tanjević from Montenegro Mr Mohsen Medhat Warda from Egypt Mr Jiří Zídek from the Czech Republic
The ceremony was attended by Janeth Arcain, Atanas Golomeev, Alonzo Mourning, Fabricio Oberto, Jose "Piculin" Ortiz, Mohsen Medhat Warda, Natalia Hejkova and Bogdan Tanjevic.
Jan Zidek attended the ceremony for his father Jiri Zidek, who was unable to attend. Margo Dydek was represented by her sister Katarzyna Dydek and her family, and Mou Zuoyun was represented by his daughter Mou Yili.
Upon receiving the first Hall of Fame Award for 2019 Janeth Arcain said, "This is a unique and magnificent moment for me. I came from a poor background in Brazil with no expectations, but basketball formed my life. I would like to thank FIBA for this recognition and for allowing me to be with the best athletes in the world, in the Hall of Fame Class of 2019."
Alonzo Mourning said during the ceremony, "This has been an amazing journey and I am very proud to be part of such an amazing game that has stretched across so many borders and affected so many lives, around the globe. I had no idea that a round ball could produce endless opportunities for me. I salute my fellow honourees here today. It really is an accolade to be associated with such an esteemed and respected group of professionals."
The FIBA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2019 is available on YouTube.