FIBA Intercontinental Cup

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FIBA Intercontinental Cup
FIBA Intercontinental Cup logo.png
Organising bodyFIBA
Founded1965; 54 years ago (1965)
First season1965
CountryFIBA member countries
Number of teams4
Current championsGreece AEK (1st title)
(2019)
Most championshipsSpain Real Madrid (5 titles)
Websiteintercontinentalcup.basketball
2019 FIBA Intercontinental Cup

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup, also commonly referred to as the FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs, or the FIBA Club World Cup, is a professional basketball competition that is endorsed by FIBA World and the NBA. Historically, its purpose has been to gather the premier basketball clubs from each of the world's geographical zones, and to officially decide the best basketball club of the world, which is officially crowned as the world club champion. The World Cup for Clubs has been contended mainly by the champions of the continents and/or world geographical regions that are of the highest basketball levels.

The league champions of the NBA, which is considered the most prestigious club competition from the North American zone, currently decline participation. The NBA currently opts instead to send the champions from the NBA G League, which is its secondary club competition. While the league champions of the EuroLeague, which is considered Europe's most prestigious club competition, are not currently permitted to participate at the competition, due to the league's dispute with FIBA. In place of the EuroLeague champions, FIBA Europe instead sends the champions of their main club competition, the FIBA Champions League.

FIBA has in the past announced plans to expand the tournament to possibly include the champion teams from the FIBA Africa League, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Australian NBL, and possibly the NBA, at some point in the future.[1][2]

Format[edit]

From the 2013 edition of the tournament, through the 2015 edition of the tournament, the competition was played in either an aggregate score two-legged series, or in a single-game final format between two teams, that determined the official world club champion. Those two teams were the champions of Europe's most prestigious competition, the EuroLeague, and the champions of Latin America's premiere competition, the FIBA Americas League.

For the 2016 edition and 2017 edition, the champions of the FIBA Americas League, played against the champions of FIBA Europe's main club competition, FIBA Europe Cup (2016) and FIBA Europe's current top competition, the FIBA Champions League (2017), as EuroLeague clubs were no longer allowed to participate, by FIBA, due to FIBA's dispute with Euroleague Basketball.[3][4]

For the 2019 edition of the tournament, FIBA expanded the competition to include the NBA G League's champions, and also a tournament host club. The format was also thus changed to a four team final four format.[5]

History[edit]

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup competition was originally organized between the years 1966 and 1987. The tournament had its origins with a friendly test game in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965. The test game was contested by the winners of the South American Championship of Champions Clubs, the Brazilian club S.C. Corinthians Paulista, and the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) champions, the Spanish club Real Madrid. S.C. Corinthians Paulista won the test game, by a score of 118 to 109. After the success of the test tournament, the first official tournament took place in the year 1966.[6]

In 1973, the competition adopted the name FIBA Intercontinental Cup William Jones, to honour the secretary general of FIBA, William Jones. FIBA tried to rebirth the competition in 1996, by reorganizing the Intercontinental Cup into a best-of-three playoff tournament between the winners of the EuroLeague and the winners of the FIBA South American League (the champions of all of South America). After that tournament, however, the competition was not held until the 2013 competition.

In August 2013, an agreement reached between Euroleague Basketball Company, FIBA Americas, and FIBA World, allowed for the World Cup for Champion Clubs to be relaunched, and to be played between the EuroLeague champion and the FIBA Americas League champion.[7][8]

In 2016, the tournament changed format, with the EuroLeague champions no longer being allowed to compete at the tournament by FIBA, due to the EuroLeague's dispute with FIBA. In place of the EuroLeague champions, FIBA Europe began to send the champions of their top club competition, originally the FIBA Europe Cup, and later the FIBA Champions League, instead.[9][10] For the 2019 tournament, FIBA increased the competition's number of teams to four, by adding the NBA G League's champions, and also a tournament host club. The tournament was also reconfigured into a final four format.[11]

FIBA has also considered plans to expand the tournament at some point in the future, with plans to add the champion teams from the FIBA AfroLeague, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Australian NBL, and possibly the NBA.[12][13]

Names of the competition[edit]

Part of the official logo with the current competition name.
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1966–1980)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1981)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1982–1984)
  • FIBA Club World Cup: (1985–1987)
  • FIBA Intercontinental Cup (or FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs): (1996, 2013–present)
    • Since 1973, the tournament has also been named in Honor of Renato William Jones, so the tournament's full official names would be either FIBA Intercontinental Cup "William Jones", or FIBA Club World Cup "William Jones".
    • The tournament is also referred to as the FIBA Intercontinental Cup of Clubs, in order to avoid confusion with the 1972 FIBA Intercontinental Cup of National Teams.

1965 test tournament[edit]

The FIBA Intercontinental Cup unofficially began with the friendly competition of the 1965 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Test in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965. The game was played by the defending champions of the South American Club Championship, S.C. Corinthians Paulista, and the defending champions of the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague), Real Madrid. It was held at the Ginásio Poliesportivo Parque São Jorge. Corinthians won the game 118 to 109, with Wlamir Marques of S.C. Corinthians scoring 40 points in the game.[14] Due to the test tournament's great success (attendance for the game was 10,000[15]), the FIBA Intercontinental Cup was made an official annual tournament by FIBA. The first official FIBA Intercontinental Cup tournament was then held the following year.[16]

1972 special version[edit]

In 1972, FIBA held a 4 team tournament, featuring the Soviet Union national basketball team, the Polish national basketball team, the Brazilian national basketball team, and the NABL All-Stars Team, which participated in the place of Team USA. Although this tournament is not a part of the actual Club World Cup, it is still listed in the event's history as a special version of the tournament and counts as one of the editions, while the actual club competition was on hiatus between the years of 1970 and 1973.[17]

Results[edit]

Year Champions Second place Third place Fourth place Results / Notes
1965*
Details
Brazil
Corinthians
Spain
Real Madrid
N/A N/A 118–109
Unofficial test tournament
1966
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
Brazil
Corinthians
Spain
Real Madrid
United States
Chicago Jamaco Saints
Final: 66–59
3rd place game: 112–96
1967
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
Italy
Ignis Varese
Italy
Simmenthal Milano
Brazil
Corinthians
Final: 78–72
3rd place game: 90–89
1968
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
Spain
Real Madrid
Italy
Simmenthal Milano
Brazil
Botafogo
Final: 105–73
3rd place game: 82–54
1969
Details
United States
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
Czechoslovakia
Spartak ZJŠ Brno
Brazil
Sírio
Spain
Real Madrid
Final: 84–71
3rd place game: 72–60
1970
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
Spain
Real Madrid
Brazil
Corinthians
Czechoslovakia
Slavia VŠ Praha
Five team league stage
1972*
Details
United States
NABL All-Stars
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Brazil
Brazil
Poland
Poland
Four team league stage
1973
Details
Italy
Ignis Varese
Brazil
Sírio
Puerto Rico
Vaqueros de Bayamón
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Jugoplastika
Five team league stage
1974
Details
United States
Maryland Terrapins
Italy
Ignis Varese
Brazil
Vila Nova
Spain
Real Madrid
Six team league stage
1975
Details
Italy
Birra Forst Cantù
Brazil
Amazonas Franca
Spain
Real Madrid
United States
Penn Quakers
Six team league stage
1976
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Amazonas Franca
Six team league stage
1977
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Brazil
Atlética Francana
Six team league stage
1978
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Sírio
Italy
Mobilgirgi Varese
Five team league stage
1979
Details
Brazil
Sírio
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bosna
Italy
Emerson Varese
Puerto Rico
Piratas de Quebradillas
Five team league stage
1980
Details
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Brazil
Atlética Francana
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bosna
Spain
Real Madrid
Five team league stage
1981
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Brazil
Sírio
United States
Clemson Tigers
Brazil
Atlética Francana
Final: 109–83
3rd place game: 79–73
1982
Details
Italy
Ford Cantù
Netherlands
Nashua EBBC
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
United States
Air Force Falcons
Six team league stage
1983
Details
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Italy
Jollycolombani Cantù
Uruguay
Peñarol
Brazil
Monte Líbano
Six team league stage
1984
Details
Italy
Banco di Roma Virtus
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Sírio
Spain
FC Barcelona
Five team league stage
1985
Details
Spain
FC Barcelona
Brazil
Monte Líbano
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Argentina
San Andrés
Final: 93–89
3rd place game: 109–82
1986
Details
Soviet Union
Žalgiris
Argentina
Ferro Carril Oeste
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Brazil
Corinthians
Final: 84–78
3rd place game: 119–96
1987
Details
Italy
Tracer Milano
Spain
FC Barcelona
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cibona
Israel
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Final: 100–84
3rd place game: 106–96
1996
Details
Greece
Panathinaikos
Argentina
Olimpia
N/A N/A 2–1 play-off
83–89 / 83–78 / 101–76
2013
Details
Greece
Olympiacos
Brazil
Pinheiros Sky
N/A N/A 167–139
81–70 / 86–69
2014
Details
Brazil
Flamengo
Israel
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
N/A N/A 156–146
66–69 / 90–77
2015
Details
Spain
Real Madrid
Brazil
Bauru
N/A N/A 181–170
90–91 / 91–79
2016
Details
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
Germany
Fraport Skyliners
N/A N/A 74–69
2017
Details
Spain
Iberostar Tenerife
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
N/A N/A 76–71
2019
Details
Greece
AEK
Brazil
Flamengo
Argentina
San Lorenzo
United States
Austin Spurs
Final: 86–70
3rd place game: 77–59

* Unofficial – the 1965 edition of the tournament was a test edition.
* National teams – the 1972 edition of the tournament was contested by national teams, rather than clubs.

Statistics[edit]

Titles by club[edit]

Rank Club Titles Winning years Runners-up Finalist years
1 Spain Real Madrid 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 2015 2 1968, 70
2 Italy Varese 3 1966, 1970, 1973 4 1967, 74, 76 77
3 United States Akron Wingfoots 3 1967, 1968, 1969
4 Italy Cantù 2 1975, 1982 1 1983
5 Brazil Sírio 1 1979 2 1973, 81
Argentina Obras Sanitarias 1 1983 2 1978, 84
7 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 1980 1 2014
Spain FC Barcelona 1 1985 1 1987
Brazil Flamengo 1 2014 1 2019
Venezuela Guaros de Lara 1 2016 1 2017
11 United States Maryland Terrapins 1 1974
Italy Virtus Roma 1 1984
Soviet Union Žalgiris 1 1986
Italy Olimpia Milano 1 1987
Greece Panathinaikos 1 1996
Greece Olympiacos 1 2013
Spain 1939 Canarias 1 2017
Greece AEK 1 2019
19 Brazil Franca 2 1975, 80
20 Brazil Corinthians 1 1966
Czechoslovakia Brno 1 1969
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna 1 1979
Netherlands EBBC 1 1982
Brazil Monte Líbano 1 1985
Argentina Ferro Carril Oeste 1 1986
Argentina Olimpia 1 1996
Brazil Pinheiros 1 2013
Brazil Bauru 1 2015
Germany Skyliners Frankfurt 1 2016
Total 27 27

Performance by national league (country)[edit]

Rank Country National League Titles Runners-up
1  Italy LBA 7 5
2  Spain Primera División / ACB 7 3
3  United States NABL3 4
NCAA Division I1
4  Greece GBL 3
5  Brazil CBB / NBB 2 9
6  Argentina CAC / LNB 1 4
7  Soviet Union Premier League 1 1
 Israel BSL 1 1
 Venezuela LPB 1 1
10  Czechoslovakia CSBL 1
 Yugoslavia FFL 1
 Netherlands DBL 1
 Germany BBL 1
Total 27 27

MVP awards[edit]

Finals top scorers[edit]

Bob Morse was the FIBA Intercontinental Cup Finals' Top Scorer in 1974.
Arvydas Sabonis was the FIBA Intercontinental Cup Finals' Top Scorer in 1986.
Bob McAdoo was the FIBA Intercontinental Cup Finals' Top Scorer in 1987.
Year Finals top scorer Club Points scored Ref.
1965* Brazil Wlamir Marques Brazil Corinthians 40
[20][21][22]
1966 Italy Giovanni Gavagnin Italy Ignis Varese 20
[23][24]
1967 Italy Tony Gennari Italy Ignis Varese 25
[25][26]
1968 United States Miles Aiken Spain Real Madrid 23
[27][28]
1969 Czechoslovakia Jan Bobrovský Czechoslovakia Spartak ZJŠ Brno 34
[29][30]
1970 Czechoslovakia Jiří Zídek Sr. Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 20
[31][32]
1972* Brazil Roberto "Robertão" José Corrêa Brazil Brazil 20
[33]
1973 Mexico Arturo Guerrero Brazil Sírio 26
[34][35]
1974 United States John Lucas II & United States Bob Morse United States Maryland Terrapins & Italy Ignis Varese 24
[36][37]
1975 Spain Wayne Brabender Spain Real Madrid 24
[38][39]
1976 Spain Rafael Rullán Spain Real Madrid 23
[40][41]
1977 United States Walter Szczerbiak Sr. Spain Real Madrid 29
[42][43]
1978 United States John Coughran Spain Real Madrid 26
[44][45]
1979 Brazil Oscar Schmidt Brazil Sírio 42
[46][47][48]
1980 United States Earl Williams Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 28
[49][50]
1981 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mirza Delibašić Spain Real Madrid 33
[51][52]
1982 Italy Antonello Riva & Netherlands Dan Cramer Italy Ford Cantù & Netherlands Nashua EBBC 22
[53][54]
1983 Italy Antonello Riva Italy Jollycolombani Cantù 28
[55][56]
1984 United States Ray Townsend Italy Banco di Roma Virtus 29
[57][58]
1985 Spain Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" Spain FC Barcelona 39
[59][60]
1986 Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis Soviet Union Žalgiris 26
[61][62][63]
1987 United States Bob McAdoo Italy Tracer Milano 25
[64][65]
1996 Argentina Jorge Racca Argentina Olimpia 28
[66]
2013 United States Shamell Stallworth Brazil Pinheiros Sky 27
[67][68][69]
2014 United States Jeremy Pargo Israel Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 28
[70][71]
2015 Brazil Ricardo Fischer Brazil Bauru 26
[72][73]
2016 United States Zach Graham Venezuela Guaros de Lara 19
[74][75][76]
2017 United States Mario Little Venezuela Guaros de Lara 23
[77][78][79][80]
2019 United States North Macedonia Jordan Theodore Greece AEK 22
[81]

* Unofficial – the 1965 edition of the tournament was a test edition.
* National teams – the 1972 edition of the tournament was contested by national teams, rather than clubs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial. Archived 2019-01-17 at the Wayback Machine (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Fraport Skyliners to host Guaros de Lara in FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
  4. ^ Fraport to represent Europe in the Intercontinental cup.
  5. ^ La FIBA Intercontinental Cup ritorna al formato Final Four (in Italian).
  6. ^ Basquetepinheirense Especial Mundial: O Mundial é nosso!. (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ FIBA - Intercontinental Cup of Clubs re-launched; FIBA, 5 August 2013
  8. ^ Euroleague.net Intercontinental Cup of clubs re-launched.
  9. ^ Fraport Skyliners to host Guaros de Lara in FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
  10. ^ Fraport to represent Europe in the Intercontinental cup.
  11. ^ FIBA Intercontinental Cup to reportedly go back to a Final Four format.
  12. ^ Esportes.Opovobr Com Copa Intercontinental, Fiba ensaia Campeonato Mundial. Archived 2019-01-17 at the Wayback Machine (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Estadao.com Pinheiros e Olympiacos começam a disputar o título da Intercontinental. (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Elite do basquete brasileiro retorna ao Corinthians depois de 16 temporadas (in Portuguese).
  15. ^ Corinthians 118 x 109 Real Madrid-ESP (1965) (in Portuguese).
  16. ^ Basquetepinheirense Especial Mundial: O Mundial é nosso!. (in Portuguese)
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  67. ^ Olympiacos Piraeus win the 2013 FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
  68. ^ 2013 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Box Score.
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  70. ^ 2014 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Box Score.
  71. ^ FINAL (SECOND LEG) TOP SCORER: Jeremy Pargo (28).
  72. ^ 2015 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Box Score.
  73. ^ FINAL (SECOND LEG) TOP SCORER: Ricardo Fischer (26).
  74. ^ Venezuela campeón de la Copa Intercontinental de clubes de la FIBA (in Spanish).
  75. ^ Guaros de Lara crowned 2016 FIBA Intercontinental Cup champions.
  76. ^ FINAL TOP SCORER: Zach Graham (19).
  77. ^ Iberostar Tenerife wins 2017 Intercontinental Cup.
  78. ^ Iberostar Tenerife crowned 2017 Intercontinental Cup champions.
  79. ^ 2017 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Box Score.
  80. ^ FINAL TOP SCORER: Mario Little (23).
  81. ^ Final Score 86 70 Rio de Janeiro (BRA).

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