2006 FIBA World Championship

The 15th World Basketball Championship for Men found from 19 August to 3 September 2006 in Japan. The tournament was the International Basketball Federation (FIBA ), the aligned Japan Basketball Association ( JABBA ) and the 2006 Organizing Committee. For the first time since the World Basketball Championship In 1986, 24 instead of the current 16 teams.

The Spanish national basketball team became the first world champion. Vice world champion Greece. The third place went to the United States. The German Dirk Nowitzki scored the most points with 209 points basket. To the Most Valuable Player (English " Most Valuable Player " ), short- MVP, Spaniard Pau Gasol was selected.

  • 6.1 mode
  • 6.2 tournament tree 6.2.1 Places 5-8
  • 8.1 Most valuable player
  • 8.2 Team of the Tournament
  • 9.1 Most points
  • 9.2 Most points per game


Four venues were selected in four cities as venues. Thus, the group stages were held in each town a while Saitama hosted the knockout rounds.


The Japanese National Basketball Team qualified automatically as hosts. Italy, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Montenegro and Turkey were re-nominated by a wildcard by FIBA ​​. The qualified teams were distributed to the various preliminary groups on January 15, 2006 by lot. This resulted in the following draw:

  • Argentina Argentina
  • France France
  • Lebanon Lebanon
  • Nigeria Nigeria
  • Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro
  • Venezuela Venezuela
  • Angola Angola
  • Germany Germany
  • Japan Japan
  • New Zealand New Zealand
  • Panama Panama
  • Spain
  • Australia Australia
  • Brazil Brazil
  • Greece Greece
  • Qatar Qatar
  • Lithuania Lithuania
  • Turkey Turkey
  • People's Republic of China People's Republic of China
  • Italy Italy
  • Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
  • Senegal Senegal
  • Slovenia Slovenia
  • United States United States


The FIBA selected for the tournament following 40 professional referees from:

  • Japan Aibara, Nobuyasu
  • Iran Avanessian, Heros
  • Australia Aylen, Michael
  • Morocco Chlif, Abdellilah
  • Lithuania Dovidavicius, Virginijus
  • Italy Facchini, Fabio
  • Finland fire boy, Carl
  • United States Moore, Terry Matthew
  • Uruguay Trias Iglesias, Álvaro Darío
  • Serbia and Montenegro Belosevic, Ilija
  • Puerto Rico Carrión, José Aníbal
  • Argentina Chiti, Alejandro César
  • Lebanon Noujaim, Rabah
  • Ryzhyk Ukraine, Borys
  • Slovakia Sudek, Petr
  • France Viator, Eddie
  • People's Republic of China Yang Maogong
  • Spain Arteaga, Juan Carlos
  • Italy Cerebuch, Guerrino
  • Argentina Estévez, Pablo Alberto
  • Canada Homsy, Mike Amir
  • Dominican Republic Mercedes Sanchez, Reynaldo Antonio
  • Japan Miyatake, Yosuke
  • Croatia Muhvic, Dubravko
  • Slovenia Pukl, Saša
  • United States Rush, Eddie Fernanzo
  • Puerto Rico Vázquez, Jorge
  • Israel Bachar, Shmuel
  • Lithuania Brazauskas, Romualdas
  • Australia Butler, Jason Scott
  • Venezuela Casadiego Delgado, Daniel Alfredo
  • Japan Hirahara, Yuji
  • Serbia and Montenegro Jovcic, Milivoje
  • Brazil Maranhão, Cristiano Jesus
  • Spain Martín Bertran, José Antonio
  • Angola Simão, Domingos Francisco


In the preliminary round, six teams played in four groups against each other. 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 four highest point totals of each group qualified for the knockout stages. Decided case of a tie

About the placement.

After the preliminary round, each group in the knockout system, the four best teams competed against each other. In the second round the group winners played against the fourth-placed and the second - to the third-ranked of the other group the same tableau half ( A / B, C / D). In the quarterfinals, it came to the intersection of the two panel halves, so that teams within the preliminary round group could meet again in the semifinals at the earliest. From the quarter- finals excreted teams also played in placement games.

Preliminary round


The preliminary matches in Groups A to D were held from 19 to 24 August 2006. The top four teams in each group reached the final round. The remaining teams dropped out.

Group A - Sendai

Group B - Hiroshima

Group C - Hamamatsu

Group D - Sapporo

Final round

The final round matches were played on 26 August to 3 September 2006.


After the preliminary competition, qualified the first four teams in each group for the final round. The losers of the second round games left, while the winner advanced to the quarterfinals. Subsequently, both the winners of the quarter finals met in the semifinals each other, and the losers in the "small semi-finals ." The winners of the semi-finals to the finals, the loser in the match for 3rd place, the winner of the " small semifinal " played for 5th place, the losers to 7th place

Tournament tree

All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST )

Places 5-8

Second round


Small semi-finals


Game for 7th place

Match for 5th place

3rd Place Match


Final result


Most valuable player

As a Most Valuable Player of the tournament was the Spaniard Pau Gasol was excellent, even though he could not play due to an injury in the victorious final game against Greece. He retired in the semifinal against Argentina a break in the left foot. In a total of eight games, Gasol scored an average of 21.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.4 blocks per game. He had a hit rate of 63.1 % (65 of 103 ) from the field and 66.7 % (40 of 60) from the free throw line.

Team of the Tournament

In addition to the Spaniard Pau Gasol His teammate Jorge Garbajosa, the American Carmelo Anthony, the Argentinian Emanuel Ginóbili and the Greek Theodoros Papaloukas was voted into the All -Tournament team.


In the total of 80 games 12,518 points were scored. There were 2,136 assists and 430 blocked throws.

Most points

Most points per game


Selected games, especially the broadcast with German participation and some games of the knockout rounds were broadcast live by the German television station DSF Sport. Commented the games were alternately by Frank Buschmann and Michael grains, but from the broadcast center in Munich and not directly from Japan.

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