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The FIBA Basketball World Cup, known as the FIBA World Championship from 1950 through 2010, is a world basketball tournament for men's national teams held once every four years by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). After the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the tournament will move to a new four-year cycle to avoid conflict with the FIFA World Cup. To that end, no tournament will be held in 2018; the FIBA World Cup will resume in 2019.

The current champions are Spain. They defeated Argentina 95-75 in the 2019 tournament at the Cadillac Center in Beijing, China.

Tournaments

Year Hosts Gold Medal Game Bronze Medal Game Number of Teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1950  Argentina
Argentina
No playoffs
United States

Chile
No playoffs
Brazil
10
1954  Brazil
United States
No playoffs
Brazil

Philippines
No playoffs
France
12
1959  Chile
Brazil
No playoffs
United States

Chile
No playoffs

Formosa
13
1963  Brazil
Brazil
No playoffs
Yugoslavia

Soviet Union
No playoffs
United States
13
1967  Uruguay
Soviet Union
No playoffs
Yugoslavia

Brazil
No playoffs
United States
13
1970  Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
No playoffs
Brazil

Soviet Union
No playoffs
Italy
13
1974  Puerto Rico
Soviet Union
No playoffs
Yugoslavia

United States
No playoffs
Cuba
14
1978  Philippines
Yugoslavia
82–81
OT

Soviet Union

Brazil
86–85
Italy
14
1982  Colombia
Soviet Union
95–94
United States

Yugoslavia
119–117
Spain
13
1986  Spain
United States
87–85
Soviet Union

Yugoslavia
117–91
Brazil
24
1990  Argentina
Yugoslavia
92–75
Soviet Union

United States
107–105
OT

Puerto Rico
16
1994  Canada
United States
137–91
Russia

Croatia
78–60
Greece
16
1998  Greece
Yugoslavia
64–62
Russia

United States
84–61
Greece
16
2002  United States
Yugoslavia
84–77
OT

Argentina

Germany
117–94
New Zealand
16
2006  Japan
Spain
70–47
Greece

United States
96–81
Argentina
24
2010  Turkey
United States
81–64
Turkey

Lithuania
99–88
Serbia
24
2014  Spain
United States
129–92
Serbia

France
95–93
Lithuania
24
2019  China Future event Future event 32
2023  Philippines
 Japan
 Indonesia
Future event Future event 32

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