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2006 FIBA World Championship

2006 FIBA World Championship
15th FIBA World Championship
Official logo of the 2006 FIBA World Championship
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 Pau Gasol
Tournament leaders
Players Teams
Points Yao Ming (25.3)  United States (103.6)
Rebounds Richard Lugo (11.4)  France (38.3)
Assists Pepe Sánchez (5.8)  United States (18.8)
Official website
2006 FIBA World Championship
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The 2006 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. 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 its Former Yugoslav Republic of Serbia) nor the USA have reached the final.

Contents

  • Venues 1
  • Squads 2
  • Competing nations 3
  • Preliminary rounds 4
    • Group A (Sendai) 4.1
    • Group B (Hiroshima) 4.2
    • Group C (Hamamatsu) 4.3
    • Group D (Sapporo) 4.4
  • Knockout stage (Saitama) 5
    • Fifth through eighth place 5.1
    • Final 5.2
  • Final rankings 6
  • Awards 7
    • All-Tournament Team 7.1
  • Top scorers (ppg) 8
  • Referees 9
  • Sponsorship 10
  • Notes 11
  • External links 12

Venues

Hamamatsu Sapporo
Hamamatsu Arena
Capacity: 5,100
Sapporo Arena
Capacity: 6,400
Hiroshima Saitama Sendai
Hiroshima Green Arena
Capacity: 6,900
Saitama Super Arena
Capacity: 21,000
Sendai Gymnasium
Capacity: 6,100

Squads

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

Competing nations

The following national teams competed:

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 that entered qualification tournaments; Asia (purple), Africa (orange), Americas (green), Europe (blue) and Oceania (yellow) and automatic qualifiers (aqua)
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

Group A (Sendai)

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)

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)

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)

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 stage (Saitama)

All times local (UTC +9)

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

Fifth through eighth place

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

Final

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 (exhibiting possible fatigue from its previous game with the U.S.) 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

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

 2006 World Championship Winner 

Spain
First title
Most Valuable Player
Pau Gasol

All-Tournament Team

Top scorers (ppg)

  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

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

Sponsorship

McDonald's

Notes

  1. ^ Press Release no. 38: ITA, PUR, YUG and TUR receive Wild Cards

External links

  • FIBA World Championship 2006 official website
  • FIBA World Championship 2006 – unofficial blog
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