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Graph of the best performances of each confederation on each tournament.

A total of 51 countries have made at least one appearance in the FIBA World Championship in basketball.

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. 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, on 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 confederations disputing the gold medal. Since 1986, there were 3 all-European and 3 Europe-Americas finals.

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 - from 1978 to 1982 the top two teams from the final group squared off for the championship; from 1986 to 2006 a single-elimination tournament was used.

Teams from Yugoslavia have won the most number of World Championships, with five, three as the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, two as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 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 Greece at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

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Début of national teams

A total of 51 national teams have appeared in at least one World Championship with three more to appear for the first time in 2010.

Each successive World Championship has welcomed at least one team appearing for the first time as detailed below.

Year Débutants Number
1950  Argentina,  Brazil,  Chile,  Ecuador,  Egypt,
 France,  Peru,  Spain,  USA,  Yugoslavia
10
1954  Canada, Republic of China Formosa,  Israel,  Paraguay,  Philippines,  Uruguay 6
1959  Bulgaria,  Mexico,  Puerto Rico,  Soviet Union 4
1963  Italy,  Japan 2
1967  Poland 1
1970  Australia,  Cuba,  Czechoslovakia,  Korea,  Panama 5
1974  Central African Republic 1
1978  China,  Dominican Republic,  Senegal 3
1982  Colombia,  Ivory Coast 2
1986  Angola,  Greece,  Malaysia,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  West Germany 6
1990  Venezuela 1
1994  Croatia,  Russia 2
1998  Lithuania,  Nigeria,  Yugoslavia 3
2002  Algeria,  Lebanon,  Turkey 3
2006  Qatar,  Slovenia 2
2010  Iran,  Jordan,  Tunisia 3

Comprehensive team results in each World Championship

Team 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
Total
 Algeria 15th 1
 Angola 20th 13th 16th 11th 9th Q 6
 Argentina 1st 10th 8th 6th 11th 12th 8th 9th 8th 2nd 4th Q 12
 Australia 12th 12th 7th 5th 17th 7th 5th 9th 9th Q 10
 Brazil 4th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd 8th 4th 5th 11th 10th 8th 17th Q 16
 Bulgaria 7th 1
 Canada 7th 12th 11th 10th 8th 6th 6th 8th 11th 7th 12th 13th Q 13
 Central African Republic 14th 1
 Chile 3rd 10th 3rd 3
 China 11th 12th 9th 14th 8th 12th 9th Q 8
 Chinese Taipei* 5th 4th 2
 Colombia 7th 1
 Côte d'Ivoire 13th 23rd Q 3
 Croatia 3rd Q 2
 Cuba 8th 4th 11th 15th 4
 Czechoslovakia 6th 10th 9th 10th / / / / 4
 Dominican Republic 12th 1
 Ecuador 8th 1
Team 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
Total
 Egypt 5th 11th 13th 16th 14th 5
 France 6th 4th 5th 13th 5th Q 6
 Germany** 16th 12th 3rd 8th Q 5
 Greece 10th 6th 4th 4th 2nd Q 6
 Iran Q 1
 Israel 8th 7th 2
 Italy 7th 9th 4th 4th 6th 9th 6th 9th 8
 Japan 13th 11th 14th 17th 4
 Jordan Q 1
 Korea 11th 13th 22nd 15th 13th 16th 6
 Lebanon 16th 17th Q 3
 Lithuania 7th 7th Q 3
 Malaysia 24th 1
 Mexico 13th 9th 8th 9th 4
 Netherlands 14th 1
 New Zealand 21st 4th 9th Q 3
 Nigeria 13th 9th 2
 Panama 9th 9th 19th 21st 4
Team 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
2010
Turkey
(24)
Total
 Paraguay 9th 13th 2
 Peru 7th 12th 12th 10th 4
 Philippines 3rd 8th 13th 8th 4
 Poland 5th 1
 Puerto Rico 5th 6th 12th 7th 10th 15th 4th 6th 11th 7th 17th Q 12
 Qatar 21st 1
 Russia 2nd 2nd 10th Q 4
 Senegal 14th 15th 21st 3
 Serbia*** 1st 1st 9th Q 4
 Slovenia 9th Q 2
 Soviet Union 6th 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd / / / / 9
 Spain 9th 5th 4th 5th 10th 10th 5th 5th 1st Q 10
 Tunisia Q 1
 Turkey 9th 6th Q 3
 Uruguay 6th 9th 10th 7th 7th 11th 18th 7
 USA 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 4th 5th 3rd 5th 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 6th 3rd Q 16
 Venezuela 11th 14th 21st 3
 Yugoslavia**** 10th 11th 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st / / / / 10

Notes: *Previously competed as "Formosa".
**Previously competed as "West Germany".
***Previously competed as "FR Yugoslavia" and "Serbia and Montenegro".
****For continuation, see Serbia.

Ranking of teams by number of appearances

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

Team Number of appearances Record streak First appearance Most recent appearance Best result
 Brazil 16 16 1950 2010 Champions (1959, 1963)
 USA 16 16 1950 2010 Champions (1954, 1986, 1994)
 Argentina 12 7 1950 2010 Champions (1950)
 Canada 12 9 1954 2010 6th place (1978, 1982)
 Puerto Rico 12 7 1959 2010 4th place (1990)
 Australia 10 8 1970 2010 5th place (1982, 1994)
 Spain 10 8 1950 2010 Champions (2006)
 Yugoslavia 10 8 1950 1990 Champions (1970, 1978, 1990)
 Soviet Union 9 9 1959 1990 Champions (1967, 1974, 1982)
 China 8 5 1978 2010 8th place (1994)
 Italy 8 3 1963 2006 4th place (1970)
 Uruguay 7 5 1954 1986 Bronze medalists (1959)

Performance by confederation

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament.

Confederation 1950
Argentina
(10)
1954
Brazil
(12)
1959
Chile
(13)
1963
Brazil
(13)
1967
Uruguay
(13)
1970
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(13)
1974
Puerto Rico
(14)
1978
Philippines
(14)
1982
Colombia
(13)
1986
Spain
(24)
1990
Argentina
(16)
1994
Canada
(16)
1998
Greece
(16)
2002
United States
(16)
2006
Japan
(24)
FIBA Africa 5th -- 11th -- -- 13th 14th 14th 13th 13th 13th 14th 13th 15th 10th
FIBA Americas 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd
FIBA Asia -- 3rd 4th 13th 11th 11th 13th 8th 12th 9th 14th 13th 14th 12th 15th
FIBA Europe 6th 4th 6th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
FIBA Oceania -- -- -- -- -- 12th 12th 7th 5th 13th 7th 5th 9th 4th 13th

Notes

  • Teams that failed to qualify to the semifinal round at the 1986 championship were ranked tied for 13th.
  • Teams that finished 5th in their preliminary round groups at the 2006 championship were ranked tied for 17th.
  • Teams that finished 6th in their preliminary round groups at the 2006 championship were ranked tied for 21st.

References

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