1954 FIBA World Championship

The 2nd FIBA World Championship for Men was held from October 22 to November 5, 1954 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil instead. The tournament was organized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA ). There were 12 teams against each other.

The national basketball team of the United States was a world champion. Vice World Champion was the Brazilian national basketball team. Third place went to the team from the Philippines.

  • 7.1 player with the most points
  • 7.2 Team of the Tournament


As a venue the Ginásio do Maracanazinho was elected in Rio de Janeiro.


The teams were set as follows:

  • Brazil 1889 Brazil
  • Paraguay Paraguay 1954
  • Philippines 1944 Philippines
  • Canada 1921 Canada
  • Peru Peru
  • United States 48 United States
  • France France
  • Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Uruguay Uruguay
  • Chile Chile
  • Israel Israel
  • China Republic of China Republic

Preliminary round


The preliminary matches in Groups A to D were held from 23 to 26 October 1954. The winner of the match was awarded two points, the loser one point. Stand a game at the end of regulation time draw, so there was extension. The best two teams of each group reached the final round. The third-placed team in each group reached the classification round of games for the places 9 to 12

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Classification round

The classification round was held from 29 October to 4 November 1954. In the classification round, the third-placed teams from the preliminary round groups played for places 9 to 12

Final round

The final round was held from October 27 to November 5, 1954. For the final round, the respective first and second placed teams from the preliminary round groups qualified. 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.

Final result


Player with the most points

The Uruguayan Oscar Moglia scored 168 points, the most points basket of the tournament. In a total of nine games Moglia scoring average 18.6 points.

Team of the Tournament

In addition to the Uruguayan Oscar Moglia of Americans Kirby Minter, the Filipinos Carlos Loyzaga and the Brazilian Zenny de Azevedo were elected to the All- Tournament Team ( " Algodão " ) and Wlamir Marques.