2010 FIBA World Championship

The 16th World Basketball Championship for Men was held from August 28 to September 12, 2010 in Turkey. The tournament was organized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA ), Turkish Basketball Federation and the 2010 Organizing Committee. For the third time ( after 1986 and 2006) were 24 teams against each other. Defending champion was the Spanish national basketball team, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

The national basketball team of the United States was the fourth time world champion. The Argentine Luis Scola scored the most points with 244 points basket. To the Most Valuable Player (English " Most Valuable Player " ), short MVP, the American Kevin Durant was chosen.

  • 8.1 tournament tree 8.1.1 Places 5-8


To the alignment of the Basketball World Championship 2010 competed for the original seven associations or groupings of associations. Prior to the award attracted Australia and New Zealand, Italy, Puerto Rico, Russia and their applications back. For the award on December 5, 2004 thus three candidates were still to choice: the former Yugoslav Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia in a joint bid, France, and Turkey. Were entitled to vote 20 members of the Central Board of FIBA World Basketball Association. In the first round France eight, seven, Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia received four votes. In the second ballot, Turkey ten, France received nine votes. Turkey had already discharged the European Basketball Championship in 2001.


Five venues were selected in four cities as venues. Thus, the group stages were held in each of the city, while Istanbul hosted the knockout rounds.


The games were played under the official rules of the International Basketball Federation FIBA as at 1 October 2008. The adopted in April 2008, extensive rule changes that, among other things one further away from the basket three point line ( 6.75 m instead of 6.25 m ) and a rectangular zone provide under the basket ( instead of a trapezoid ), will only enter into force after the tournament. For the first time in a World Cup video evidence was used.


FIBA announced on 18 August 2010 that the following 40 referees would conduct the games of the World Cup:

  • Group A Morocco Samir Abaakil
  • Spain Juan Arteaga
  • Puerto Rico Aníbal José Carrión
  • Italy Guerrino Cerebuch
  • Brazil Marcos Fornies Benito
  • United States William Gene Kennedy
  • Latvia Oļegs Latiševs
  • China People's Republic of Long Sheng Qiao
  • France Eddie Viator
  • Group B Turkey Recep Ankaralı
  • Lithuania Romualdas Brazauskas
  • France David Chambom
  • Greece Christos Christodoulou
  • Japan Yuji Hirahara
  • Angola José Carlos Julio
  • Spain José Martín
  • Cuba José Hernán Melgarejo Pinto
  • Dominican Republic Reynaldo Antonio Mercedes Sánchez
  • Canada Stephen Seibel
  • Group C Serbia Ilija Belošević
  • Australia Scott Jason Butler
  • Lebanon Marwan Egho
  • Argentina Pablo Alberto Estévez
  • Kenya Vitalis Odhiambo Gode
  • Finland Carl Young fire
  • Brazil Cristiano Jesus Maranhão
  • Slovenia Saša Pukl
  • Portugal Fernando Rocha
  • Venezuela Héctor Sánchez
  • Group D Iran Heros Avanessian
  • Australia Michael Aylen
  • United States Anthony Dewayne Jordan
  • Croatia Srdjan Dožai
  • Argentina Juan José Fernández
  • Serbia Milivoje Jovcic
  • Italy Luigi Lamonica
  • Ukraine Borys Ryschyk
  • Puerto Rico Jorge Vázquez
  • Poland Jakub Zamoyski


Two participants were without qualifiers firmly: Turkey is automatically qualified as the host nation, the United States get a place at the World Cup for their gold medal in basketball at the 2008 Olympic Games A further 18 participants each top-ranked teams in the Continental Championships ( from Africa. 3 teams, America: 4, Asia: 3, Europe: 6 (see: Eurobasket 2009) and Oceania: 2). In addition, the FIBA awarded on 12 December 2009, four " wild cards " to Germany, Lithuania, Lebanon and Russia. On 15 December 2009, the qualified teams were distributed to the various preliminary round groups at an event in Istanbul by lot. This resulted in the following draw:

  • Angola Angola
  • Argentina Argentina
  • Australia Australia
  • Germany Germany
  • Jordan Jordan
  • Serbia Serbia
  • Brazil Brazil
  • Croatia Croatia
  • Iran Iran
  • Slovenia Slovenia
  • Tunisia Tunisia
  • United States United States
  • People's Republic of China People's Republic of China
  • Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
  • Greece Greece
  • Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
  • Russia Russia
  • Turkey Turkey
  • France France
  • Canada Canada
  • Lebanon Lebanon
  • Lithuania Lithuania
  • New Zealand New Zealand
  • Spain


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 1, the direct comparison 2 the basket quotient for the encounters between the tied teams ( with an odd number of teams the same point ) 3 the basket quotient for all encounters in the group 4 the lot about the placement.

After the preliminary round, each group in the knock-out 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


Group A - Kayseri

Group B - Istanbul

Group C - Ankara

Group D - İzmir

Knockout round

Tournament tree

Places 5-8

Second round


Small semi-finals


Game for 7th place

Match for 5th place

3rd Place Match


Final result


As the " Most Valuable Player " ( MVP ) of the tournament, the Americans Kevin Durant was excellent. Apart from him, the Serbian Miloš Teodosić, the Turk Hidayet Türkoğlu, Linas Kleiza of Lithuania and the Argentine Luis Scola were elected to the All- Tournament team.

Media coverage

For the German -speaking TV stations transferred Sport 1 22 matches live, including all meetings with participation of the German team as well as all co- matches from the quarter-finals. Worldwide, the World Cup was broadcast in 183 countries.


The Serbian coach Dušan Ivković brought in the interview after the match for third place between Serbia and Lithuania his displeasure with decisions of the arbitrator, in particular semi-final against the Turkish team expressed. As a consequence, he called for the senior officials of FIBA ​​, the Secretary-General Patrick Baumann as well as the Sports Director Lubomir Kotleba, to resign. Baumann himself described the 2010 World Cup, however, the conclusion as " the most successful basketball world championship in history."


As in the basketball world championship in 2006 and the Olympic Games 2008, the Molten GL7 was used as a pawn at the 2010 World Cup. The tournament mascot Bascat presented a Van cat dar. In the stands were made ​​popular by the Football World Cup 2010, controversial due to their volume Vuvuzelas strictly prohibited.