Countries with the Most FIBA Basketball World Cup Titles and Appearances

The United States Wins Its Fifth FIBA Basketball World Cup In 2014

The United States Wins Its Fifth FIBA Basketball World Cup In 2014

The USA wins again! – but probably not as often as you’d expect over time. The Americans do have the most (newly-named) FIBA Basketball World Cup titles.  It was called the FIBA World Championship until the last go-round in 2010, which the States also won.

But the U.S. didn’t win as recently as 1998 (Serbia, no NBA players), 2002 (Serbia) or even 2006 (Spain!).

Hard to believe looking at this year’s domination, but there is competition out there, or at least has been until very, very recently recently.

The first World Championship was held in 1950, and won by Argentina. NBA players were not eligible until 1994.

The USSR and Yugoslavia have won three championships apiece, but if you include Serbia’s under the Yugoslavian umbrella, that would be five, tying the U.S.

In a second list below, find every single country that has participated in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. There are 56 of them, sorted by those with the most appearances.

2014 participants are noted in green bold.

MOST FIBA WORLD CUP TITLES

  COUNTRY FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP TITLES YEARS
1. USA 5 1954, 1986, 1994, 2010, 2014
2. Soviet Union 3 1967, 1974, 1982
2. Yugoslavia 3 1970, 1978, 1990
4. Brazil 2 1959, 1963
4. Serbia 2 1998, 2002
6. Argentina 1 1950
6. Spain 1 2006

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MOST FIBA WORLD CUP APPEARANCES

  COUNTRY FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP APPEARANCES YEARS
1. Brazil 17 All Years
1. United States 17 All Years
3. Argentina 13 1950, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
3. Canada 13 1954, 1959, 1963, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010
3. Puerto Rico 13 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
6. Australia 11 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
6. Spain 11 1950, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
8. Yugoslavia 10 1950, 1954, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
9. Soviet Union 9 1959, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
10. China 8 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010
10. Italy 8 1963, 1967, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2006
12. Angola 7 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. France 7 1950, 1954, 1963, 1986, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. Greece 7 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. South Korea 7 1970, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014
12. Uruguay 7 1954, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1982, 1986
17. Egypt 6 1950, 1959, 1970, 1990, 1994, 2014
18. Germany 5 1986, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010
18. Mexico 5 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 2014
18. New Zealand 5 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
18. Phillipines 5 1954, 1959, 1974, 1978, 2014
18. Serbia 5 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
23. Cuba 4 1970, 1974, 1986, 1994
23. Czechoslovakia 4 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982
23. Japan 4 1963, 1967, 1998, 2006
23. Lithuania 4 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
23. Panama 4 1970, 1982, 1986, 2006
23. Peru 4 1950, 1954, 1963, 1967
23. Russia 4 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010
23. Senegal 4 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014
23. Turkey 4 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
32. Chile 3 1950, 1954, 1959
32. Ivory Coast 3 1982, 1986, 2010
32. Croatia 3 1994, 2010, 2014
32. Lebanon 3 2002, 2006, 2010
32. Slovenia 3 2006, 2010, 2014
32. Venezuela 3 1990, 2002, 2006
38. Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 2 1954, 1959
38. Dominican Republic 2 1978, 2014
38. Iran 2 2010, 2014
38. Israel 2 1954, 1986
38. Nigeria 2 1998, 2006
38. Paraguay 2 1954, 1967
44. Algeria 1 2002
44. Bulgaria 1 1959
44. Central African Republic 1 1974
44. Colombia 1 1982
44. Ecuador 1 1950
44. Finland 1 2014
44. Jordan 1 2010
44. Malaysia 1 1986
44. Netherlands 1 1986
44. Poland 1 1967
44. Qatar 1 2006
44. Tunisia 1 2010
44. Ukraine 1 2014

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Sports List of the Day

The 20 Most Dominant Seasons for a Running Back: Yards Per Game

O.J. Simpson Was The Player Of The Year In 1973, After Posting 143.1 Yards Per Game

O.J. Simpson Was The Player Of The Year In 1973, After Posting 143.1 Yards Per Game

It’s not just passing offense that has been exploding through the past two decades. It’s all offense, including running.

Using yards per game as the metric, 10 of the top 20 dominant seasons for a running back came in 1994 or later – and six of those in the 2000’s.

But the all-time greatest seasons – four of the top five – came before all that.

O.J. Simpson killed it in 1973, running for 143.1 yards per game – the most cut-through, dominant season ever for a running back, and by a big margin, too.

Ten yards away sits Jim Brown in second at 133.1 YPG. From Brown down to Chris Johnson in 12th is only a range of about eight yards.

Classic RBs Walter Payton and Eric Dickerson join Simpson, Brown and Adrian Peterson (fifth) as the only backs to mark over 130 yards per game in a season.

That would make for one great fantasy year, wouldn’t it?

RUNNING BACK YARDS PER GAME SEASON TEAM
1. O.J. Simpson 143.1 1973 Buffalo Bills
2. Jim Brown 133.1 1963 Cleveland Browns
3. Walter Payton 132.3 1977 Chicago Bears
4. Eric Dickerson 131.6 1984 Los Angeles Rams
5. Adrian Peterson 131.1 2012 Minnesota Vikings
6. O.J. Simpson 129.8 1975 Buffalo Bills
7. Jamal Lewis 129.1 2003 Baltimore Ravens
8. Earl Campbell 128.9 1980 Houston Oilers
9. Barry Sanders 128.3 1997 Detroit Lions
10. Jim Brown 127.3 1958 Cleveland Browns
11. Terrell Davis 125.5 1998 Denver Broncos
12. Chris Johnson 125.4 2009 Tennessee Titans
13. Clinton Portis 122.4 2003 Denver Broncos
14. Barry Sanders 117.7 1994 Detroit Lions
14. Ahman Green 117.7 2003 Green Bay Packers
16. Shaun Alexander 117.5 2005 Seattle Seahawks
17. Terrell Davis 116.7 1997 Denver Broncos
18. Tiki Barber 116.3 2005 New York Giants
19. Ricky Williams 115.8 2002 Miami Dolphins
20. Jamal Anderson 115.4 1998 Atlanta Falcons
20. Priest Holmes 115.4 2002 Kansas City Chiefs

Photo: moonsbooksonline.com

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