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2006 FIBA World Championship
15th FIBA World Championship
FIBA 2006 logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host nation Japan
Dates August 19 – September 3
Teams 24 (from 212 federations)
Venues (in 5 host cities)
Champions  Spain (1st title)
MVP Spain Pau Gasol
Tournament leaders
Players Teams
Points China Yao Ming (25.3)  United States (103.6)
Rebounds Venezuela Richard Lugo (11.4)  France (38.3)
Assists Argentina Pepe Sánchez (5.8)  United States (18.8)
Official website
2006 FIBA World Championship
2002
2010 >

The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan 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. Badtz-Maru, a fellow character of Hello Kitty from Japanese company Sanrio, was the official 2006 mascot.

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 different 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. Up to 2014, including the 2014 tournament, it has been the only tournament where neither Yugoslavia or the USA have reached the final.

Venues[edit]

Hamamatsu Sapporo
Hamamatsu Arena
Capacity: 5,100
Sapporo Arena
Capacity: 6,400
Hamamatsu Arena.jpg KITAYELL(1).jpg
Hiroshima Saitama Sendai
Hiroshima Green Arena
Capacity: 6,900
Saitama Super Arena
Capacity: 21,000
Sendai Gymnasium
Capacity: 6,100
Hiroshima Prefectural Sports Center 02.JPG Saitama Super Arena Night from Ground.jpg 2006-08-19 1442.jpg

Qualification[edit]

Squads[edit]

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

Competing nations[edit]

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 Argentina
France France
Lebanon Lebanon
Nigeria Nigeria
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro
Venezuela Venezuela

Angola Angola
Germany Germany
Japan Japan
New Zealand New Zealand
Panama Panama
Spain Spain

Australia Australia
Brazil Brazil
Greece Greece
Lithuania Lithuania
Qatar Qatar
Turkey Turkey

China China
Italy Italy
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Senegal Senegal
Slovenia Slovenia
United States 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 rounds[edit]

Group A (Sendai)[edit]

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

August 19, 2006

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

August 20, 2006

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

August 21, 2006

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

August 23, 2006

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

August 24, 2006

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

Group B (Hiroshima)[edit]

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

August 19, 2006

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

August 20, 2006

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

August 21, 2006

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

August 23, 2006

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

August 24, 2006

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

Group C (Hamamatsu)[edit]

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

August 19, 2006

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

August 20, 2006

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

August 22, 2006

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

August 23, 2006

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

August 24, 2006

Australia Australia 93–46 Qatar Qatar
Lithuania Lithuania 79–74 Brazil Brazil
Greece Greece 76–69 Turkey 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 United States 10 5 5 0 543 428 +115
Italy Italy 9 5 4 1 386 367 +19
Slovenia Slovenia 7 5 2 3 434 433 +1 1W–1L (167/160, 1.0438)
China China 7 5 2 3 424 455 −31 1W–1L (165/167, 0.9880)
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 7 5 2 3 432 440 −8 1W–1L (172/177, 0.9718)
Senegal Senegal 5 5 0 5 355 451 −96

August 19, 2006

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

August 20, 2006

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

August 22, 2006

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

August 23, 2006

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

August 24, 2006

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

Knockout stage (Saitama)[edit]

All times local (UTC +9)

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
August 26, 2006 – 10:00            
 Argentina Argentina  79
August 29, 2006 – 19:30
 New Zealand New Zealand  62  
 Argentina Argentina  83
August 26, 2006 – 17:00
   Turkey Turkey  58  
 Turkey Turkey  90
September 1, 2006 – 19:30
 Slovenia Slovenia  84  
 Argentina Argentina  74
August 26, 2006 – 20:00
   Spain Spain  75  
 Spain Spain  87
August 29, 2006 – 16:30
 Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro  75  
 Spain Spain  89
August 26, 2006 – 13:00
   Lithuania Lithuania  67  
 Italy Italy  68
September 3, 2006 – 19:30
 Lithuania Lithuania  71  
 Spain Spain  70
August 27, 2006 – 20:00
   Greece Greece  47
 Greece Greece  95
August 30, 2006 – 16:30
 China China  64  
 Greece Greece  73
August 27, 2006 – 17:00
   France France  56  
 France France  68
September 1, 2006 – 16:30
 Angola Angola  62  
 Greece Greece  101
August 27, 2006 – 13:00
   United States United States  95   Third place
 United States United States  113
August 30, 2006 – 19:30 September 2, 2006 – 19:30
 Australia Australia  73  
 United States United States  85  United States United States  96
August 27, 2006 – 10:00
   Germany Germany  65    Argentina Argentina  81
 Germany Germany  78
 Nigeria Nigeria  77  

Fifth through eighth place[edit]

Classification round Fifth place
August 31, 2006 – 16:30
 Turkey Turkey (OT)  95  
 Lithuania Lithuania  84  
 
September 2, 2006 – 16:30
     Turkey Turkey  56
   France France  64
Seventh place
August 31, 2006 – 19:30 September 3, 2006 – 16:30
 France France  75  Lithuania Lithuania  77
 Germany Germany  73    Germany Germany  62

Final[edit]

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, ultimately named the tournament's most valuable player, to injury in a semifinal match against Argentina.

Final rankings[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

 2006 World Championship Winner 

Spain
First title
Most Valuable Player
Spain Pau Gasol

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Top scorers (ppg)[edit]

  1. Yao Ming (China) 25.3
  2. Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) 23.2
  3. Pau Gasol (Spain) 21.25
  4. Carlos Arroyo (Puerto Rico) 21.2
  5. Larry Ayuso (Puerto Rico) 21.2
  6. Carmelo Anthony (USA) 19.8
  7. Dwyane Wade (USA) 19.2
  8. Fadi El Khatib (Lebanon) 18.8
  9. Igor Rakočević (Serbia and Montenegro) 18.3
  10. Tiago Splitter (Brazil) 16.4
  11. Darko Miličić (Serbia and Montenegro) 16.1
  12. Serkan Erdoğan (Turkey) 15.4

Referees[edit]

For the World Championship, FIBA selected 40 professional referees.

Group A
  • Japan Aibara, Nobuyasu
  • Iran Avanessian, Heros
  • Australia Aylen, Michael
  • Morocco Chlif, Abdellilah
  • Lithuania Dovidavičius, Virginijus
  • Italy Facchini, Fabio
  • Finland Jungebrand, Carl
  • United States Moore, Terry Matthew
  • Uruguay Trías Iglesias, Álvaro Darío
Group B
  • Mozambique Muhimua Joao, Abreu
  • Serbia and Montenegro Belošević, Ilija
  • Puerto Rico Carrión, José Aníbal
  • Argentina Chiti, Alejandro César
  • Lebanon Noujaim, Rabah
  • Ukraine Ryzhyk, Borys
  • Slovakia Sudek, Petr
  • France Viator, Eddie
  • China Yang Maogong
Group C
  • Spain Arteaga, Juan Carlos
  • Italy Cerebuch, Guerrino
  • Argentina Estévez, Pablo Alberto
  • Canada Homsy, Mike Amir
  • Dominican Republic Mercedes Sánchez, Reynaldo Antonio
  • Japan Miyatake, Yosuke
  • Croatia Muhvić, Dubravko
  • Slovenia Pukl, Saša
  • United States Rush, Eddie Fernanzo
  • Puerto Rico Vázquez, Jorge
Group D
  • Israel Bachar, Shmuel
  • Lithuania Brazauskas, Romualdas
  • Australia Butler, Scott Jason
  • Venezuela Delgado Casadiego, Daniel Alfredo
  • Japan Hirahara, Yuji
  • Serbia and Montenegro Jovčić, Milivoje
  • Brazil Maranho, Cristiano Jesus
  • Spain Martín Bertrán, José Antonio
  • Angola Simão, Domingos Francisco

Sponsorship[edit]

McDonald's

Notes[edit]

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