The 2006 FIBA World Championship was the 15th FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. The tournament was hosted by Japan and held from August 19 to September 3, 2006. It was co-organised by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Japan Basketball Association (JABBA) and the 2006 Organizing Committee.

2006 FIBA World Championship
2006年バスケットボール世界選手権
FIBA 2006 logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
DatesAugust 19 – September 3
Teams24
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (1st title)
Runners-up Greece
Third place United States
Fourth place Argentina
Tournament statistics
Games played80
MVPSpain Pau Gasol
Top scorerChina Yao Ming
(25.3 points per game)
2002
2010

For the first time since 1986, the World Championship was contested by 24 nations, eight more than in 2002. As a result, group rounds were conducted in four cities, with the knockout rounds being hosted by Saitama City.

The tournament was won by Spain, who, in the championship final, beat Greece, 70–47, to finish the tournament having won all nine games played. For Spain, it was a record breaking performance at the FIBA World Championship and something the country had never seen before. It was the first time Spain had won Gold in the FIBA World Championship along with it being the first time Spain had won a medal at the FIBA world championship. Pau Gasol also became the first Spaniard to win the MVP award. It was the first time a country has won all nine of its games since 1994 when the United States won all nine games and took the gold medal home. The bronze medal was won by the United States, who defeated Argentina, 96–81, in the third place game, after a crushing loss by Greece. Up to 2014, including the 2014 tournament, it has been the only tournament where neither Yugoslavia or the USA have reached the final.

Contents

VenuesEdit

QualificationEdit

SquadsEdit

At the start of tournament, all 24 participating countries had 12 players on their roster.

Competing nationsEdit

The following national teams competed:

 
Teams that entered qualification tournaments; Asia (purple), Africa (orange), Americas (green), Europe (blue) and Oceania (yellow) and automatic qualifiers (aqua)
Group A Group B Group C Group D

  Argentina
  France
  Lebanon
  Nigeria
  Serbia and Montenegro
  Venezuela

  Angola
  Germany
  Japan
  New Zealand
  Panama
  Spain

  Australia
  Brazil
  Greece
  Lithuania
  Qatar
  Turkey

  China
  Italy
  Puerto Rico
  Senegal
  Slovenia
  United States

 
Teams qualified

Japan qualified as the host country, and Italy, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Montenegro, and Turkey gained FIBA wild-card invitations.[1] Argentina qualified as the champion of the 2004 Olympics. The remaining 18 countries qualified through their continents' qualifying tournaments (six from Europe, four from the Americas, three from each of Asia and Africa and two from Oceania).

The draw for 2006 World Championship was held in Tokyo on 15 January 2006. In the preliminary rounds, Group A played at Sendai, Group B at Hiroshima, Group C at Hamamatsu and Group D at Sapporo. The Medal Rounds were played at Saitama.

Preliminary roundsEdit

Group A (Sendai)Edit

Team Pts Pld W L PF PA Diff First Tiebreaker
Classification for Tied Teams
  Argentina 10 5 5 0 464 339 +125
  France 8 5 3 2 353 329 +24
  Nigeria 7 5 2 3 371 393 −22 2W–0L
  Serbia and Montenegro 7 5 2 3 409 352 +57 1W–1L
  Lebanon 7 5 2 3 357 451 −94 0W–2L
  Venezuela 6 5 1 4 336 426 −90

August 19, 2006

Venezuela   72–82   Lebanon
Serbia and Montenegro   75–82   Nigeria
Argentina   80–70   France

August 20, 2006

Nigeria   77–84   Venezuela
Lebanon   72–107   Argentina
France   65–61   Serbia and Montenegro

August 21, 2006

Argentina   96–54   Venezuela
Serbia and Montenegro   104–57   Lebanon
France   64–53   Nigeria

August 23, 2006

Nigeria   64–98   Argentina
Venezuela   65–90   Serbia and Montenegro
Lebanon   74–73   France

August 24, 2006

Serbia and Montenegro   79–83   Argentina
Lebanon   72–95   Nigeria
France   81–61   Venezuela

Group B (Hiroshima)Edit

Team Pts Pld W L PF PA Diff
  Spain 10 5 5 0 476 336 +140
  Germany 9 5 4 1 421 384 +37
  Angola 8 5 3 2 451 406 +45
  New Zealand 7 5 2 3 345 393 −48
  Japan 6 5 1 4 322 393 −71
  Panama 5 5 0 5 326 429 −103

August 19, 2006

Germany   81–70   Japan
Angola   83–70   Panama
Spain   86–70   New Zealand

August 20, 2006

Japan   62–87   Angola
New Zealand   56–80   Germany
Panama   57–101   Spain

August 21, 2006

Angola   95–73   New Zealand
Germany   71–92   Spain
Japan   78–61   Panama

August 23, 2006

Spain   93–83   Angola
Panama   63–81   Germany
New Zealand   60–57   Japan

August 24, 2006

Angola   103–108 (3OT)   Germany
New Zealand   86–75   Panama
Japan   55–104   Spain

Group C (Hamamatsu)Edit

Team Pts Pld W L PF PA Diff
  Greece 10 5 5 0 404 358 +46
  Turkey 9 5 4 1 370 358 +12
  Lithuania 8 5 3 2 413 353 +60
  Australia 7 5 2 3 370 349 +21
  Brazil 6 5 1 4 399 392 +7
  Qatar 5 5 0 5 310 456 −146

August 19, 2006

Brazil   77–83   Australia
Greece   84–64   Qatar
Turkey   76–74   Lithuania

August 20, 2006

Qatar   66–97   Brazil
Australia   68–76   Turkey
Lithuania   76–81(OT)   Greece

August 22, 2006

Lithuania   106–65   Qatar
Greece   72–69   Australia
Turkey   73–71   Brazil

August 23, 2006

Australia   57–78   Lithuania
Qatar   69–76   Turkey
Brazil   80–91   Greece

August 24, 2006

Australia   93–46   Qatar
Lithuania   79–74   Brazil
Greece   76–69   Turkey

Group D (Sapporo)Edit

Team Pts Pld W L PF PA Diff First Tiebreaker
Classification for Tied Teams
Second Tiebreaker
Basket Average for Tied Teams
  United States 10 5 5 0 543 428 +115
  Italy 9 5 4 1 386 367 +19
  Slovenia 7 5 2 3 434 433 +1 1W–1L (167/160, 1.0438)
  China 7 5 2 3 424 455 −31 1W–1L (165/167, 0.9880)
  Puerto Rico 7 5 2 3 432 440 −8 1W–1L (172/177, 0.9718)
  Senegal 5 5 0 5 355 451 −96

August 19, 2006

Puerto Rico   100–111   United States
Slovenia   96–79   Senegal
China   69–84   Italy

August 20, 2006

Senegal   79–88   Puerto Rico
Italy   80–76   Slovenia
United States   121–90   China

August 22, 2006

Puerto Rico   90–87 (OT)   China
Italy   64–56   Senegal
Slovenia   95–114   United States

August 23, 2006

Senegal   83–100   China
Puerto Rico   82–90   Slovenia
United States   94–85   Italy

August 24, 2006

Slovenia   77–78   China
Italy   73–72   Puerto Rico
United States   103–58   Senegal

Knockout stageEdit

All times are local (UTC +9).

Venue: Saitama Super Arena

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
August 26
 
 
  Argentina79
 
August 29
 
  New Zealand62
 
  Argentina83
 
August 26
 
  Turkey58
 
  Turkey90
 
September 1
 
  Slovenia84
 
  Argentina74
 
August 26
 
  Spain75
 
  Spain87
 
August 29
 
  Serbia and Montenegro75
 
  Spain89
 
August 26
 
  Lithuania67
 
  Italy68
 
September 3
 
  Lithuania71
 
  Spain70
 
August 27
 
  Greece47
 
  Greece95
 
August 30
 
  China64
 
  Greece73
 
August 27
 
  France56
 
  France68
 
September 1
 
  Angola62
 
  Greece101
 
August 27
 
  United States95 Third place
 
  United States113
 
August 30September 2
 
  Australia73
 
  United States85  United States96
 
August 27
 
  Germany65   Argentina81
 
  Germany78
 
 
  Nigeria77
 

Fifth through eighth placeEdit

 
Classification roundFifth place
 
      
 
August 31
 
 
  Turkey (OT)95
 
September 2
 
  Lithuania84
 
  Turkey56
 
August 31
 
  France64
 
  France75
 
 
  Germany73
 
Seventh place
 
 
September 3
 
 
  Lithuania77
 
 
  Germany62

FinalEdit

September 3, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Greece   47–70   Spain
Scoring by quarter: 12–18, 11–25, 11–11, 13–16
Pts: Michail Kakiouzis 17
Rebs: Michail Kakiouzis 9
Asts: Papaloukas, Diamantidis 3 each
Pts: Garbajosa, Navarro 20 each
Rebs: Carlos Jiménez 11
Asts: Garbajosa, Berni Rodríguez 4 each
Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
Attendance: 18,500
 
Scene from the final
 
Spain's Gold Medal ceremony

Since the inaugural competition one of the two teams competing for the title had been either the USA or Yugoslavia. After the latter's breakup, a Former Yugoslav Republic, Serbia, has taken its place in the final. The 2006 final was the first (and only, up to 2014) in which none of these two teams competed. The final was an unexpectedly one-sided affair, with Spain dominating from the beginning and limiting Greece to just 47 points, fewer than the Greeks had scored in any single game in the tournament, and less than half what Greece had scored against the USA in the semifinals. Spain won despite having lost power forward Pau Gasol, who was ultimately named the tournament's most valuable player, to injury in a semifinal match against Argentina.

Final rankingsEdit

 
2006 FIBA World Championship final rankings.
  • Teams that were eliminated at the round of 16 are officially tied for 9th.
  • Teams that were 5th at their preliminary rounds are officially tied for 17th.
  • Teams that were 6th at their preliminary rounds are officially tied for 21st.
Rank Team Record
1   Spain 9–0
2   Greece 8–1
3   United States 8–1
4   Argentina 7–2
5   France 6–3
6   Turkey 6–3
7   Lithuania 5–4
8   Germany 5–4
9   Angola 3–3
  Australia 2–4
  China 2–4
  Italy 4–2
  New Zealand 2–4
  Nigeria 2–4
  Serbia and Montenegro 2–4
  Slovenia 2–4
17   Brazil 1–4
  Japan 1–4
  Lebanon 2–3
  Puerto Rico 2–3
21   Panama 0–5
  Qatar 0–5
  Senegal 0–5
  Venezuela 1–4

AwardsEdit

Leading scorersEdit

No. Player Team PPG
1
Yao Ming   China
25.3
2
Dirk Nowitzki   Germany
23.2
3
Pau Gasol   Spain
21.3
4
Carlos Arroyo   Puerto Rico
21.2
5
Larry Ayuso   Puerto Rico
21.2

RefereesEdit

For the World Championship, FIBA selected 40 professional referees.

Group A
  •   Aibara, Nobuyasu
  •   Avanessian, Heros
  •   Aylen, Michael
  •   Chlif, Abdellilah
  •   Dovidavičius, Virginijus
  •   Facchini, Fabio
  •   Jungebrand, Carl
  •   Moore, Terry Matthew
  •   Trías Iglesias, Álvaro Darío
Group B
  •   Muhimua Joao, Abreu
  •   Belošević, Ilija
  •   Carrión, José Aníbal
  •   Chiti, Alejandro César
  •   Noujaim, Rabah
  •   Ryzhyk, Borys
  •   Sudek, Petr
  •   Viator, Eddie
  •   Yang Maogong
Group C
  •   Arteaga, Juan Carlos
  •   Cerebuch, Guerrino
  •   Estévez, Pablo Alberto
  •   Homsy, Mike Amir
  •   Mercedes Sánchez, Reynaldo Antonio
  •   Miyatake, Yosuke
  •   Muhvić, Dubravko
  •   Pukl, Saša
  •   Rush, Eddie Fernanzo
  •   Vázquez, Jorge
Group D
  •   Bachar, Shmuel
  •   Brazauskas, Romualdas
  •   Butler, Scott Jason
  •   Delgado Casadiego, Daniel Alfredo
  •   Hirahara, Yuji
  •   Jovčić, Milivoje
  •   Maranho, Cristiano Jesus
  •   Martín Bertrán, José Antonio
  •   Simão, Domingos Francisco

SponsorshipEdit

McDonald's

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit