1950 FIBA World Championship

The first FIBA World Championship for Men was held from 22 October to 3 November 1950 in Argentina instead. The tournament was organized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA ). There were 10 teams against each other.

The Argentine national basketball team became world champion. Vice World Champion was the national basketball team of the United States. Third place went to the team from Chile.

  • 5.1 Phase 1
  • 5.2 Phase 2
  • 9.1 player with the most points
  • 9.2 Team of the Tournament


The FIBA Congress, which met for the Olympic Summer Games 1948 in London, decided to organize a World Basketball Championship for men every four years between the Olympics. Argentina agreed to host and as Buenos Aires hosted the first World Cup.


A center of Luna Park was chosen in Buenos Aires.


The FIBA put the number of teams to ten clear: the three best teams in the Summer Olympic Games in 1948, the two best teams from Asia, Europe and South America, plus the organizing country that was automatically qualified. For its rankings in the two years before staged in London Summer Olympics, the United States, France and Brazil qualified together with the organizing country Argentina. Uruguay, which had qualified through winning the South American Championship 1949, refused for political reasons, to cross the Río de la Plata. The Argentine government had in fact refused the press of Uruguay to grant visas. Since Brazil had already qualified through the Summer Olympic Games, Chile and Peru also moved on as third - and fourth-placed of the South American championship. Egypt qualified about the victory of the European Basketball Championships 1949 No Asian team wanted to make the long and expensive trip to Latin America, therefore, extended the FIBA the participants to Ecuador and two other teams from Europe. Spain and Yugoslavia. The teams were set as follows:

  • Egypt 1922 Egypt
  • Ecuador Ecuador
  • Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Peru Peru
  • Argentina Argentina
  • Brazil 1889 Brazil
  • Chile Chile
  • Spain 1945 Spain
  • France France
  • United States 48 United States
  • Uruguay Uruguay

Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, the participating nations were divided into two groups. While four teams had to enter in the first phase, the remaining six teams were allowed to begin until the second phase. Stand a game at the end of regulation time draw, so there was extension. The preliminary matches of the first and second phase were held on 22 and 23 October 1950.

First phase

The winners of the first phase came in the second phase, the losers came into the repechage.

2nd phase

The winners qualified for the finals, the loser had to the losers round.


The losers of the first round had the chance to stop by a victory in the hope the next round in the tournament. The losers of the first phase of the preliminaries had been going into Phase 1 of the repechage, while the losers of the second round of the preliminaries were allowed to enter only in the second phase of the repechage. The matches of the repechage of the first and second phase were held on 24 and 25 October 1950.

First phase

The winner came in the second phase of the repechage, the losers had in the classification round.

2nd phase

The winners qualified for the final round, the losers had in the classification round.

Classification round

The losers of the losers round played in the classification round for places 7 to 10 matches in the classification round were held from 27 to 30 October 1950.

Final round

The winners of the second phase of pre-and repechage qualified for the final round. Case of a tie in the final table certain direct comparison of the teams on the placement. Thereby found no decision instead, the goal average of the games among themselves was crucial. The games of the final round were held from October 27 to November 3, 1950.

Final result


Player with the most points

The Spaniard Álvaro Salvadores scored the most points basket of the tournament. In a total of four games Salvadores scoring average of 13.8 points.

Team of the Tournament

In addition to the Spaniards Álvaro Salvadores the American John Stanich, the Chilean Rufino Bernedo and the Argentinian Oscar Furlong and Ricardo Gonzalez were elected to the All- Tournament team.

Pictures of 1950 FIBA World Championship