1959 FIBA World Championship

The 1959 FIBA World Championship was the 3rd FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. It hosted by Chile from January 16 to 31, 1959. Amaury Antônio Pasos was named the MVP.

The hosting cities for the competition were Antofagasta, Concepción, Temuco, Valparaíso, with the final stages being held at the capital of Santiago.

The final stages were supposed to be held at the newly constructed Metropolitan Indoor Stadium, but because the venue was not finished in time the games were postponed by a year from the original date and moved outdoors to the Estadio Nacional de Chile, configured in a way that the games were seen by a crowd of 16,000. The United States was represented by the United States Air Force Team.

1959 FIBA World Championship
Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto de 1959
Tournament details
Host countryChile
Dates16–31 January
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Chile
Fourth place Formosa
Tournament statistics
MVPBrazil Amaury Pasos
Top scorerTaiwan James T. L. Chen (20.1)

Competing nations

Group A Group B Group C

 United Arab Rep.
 United States

 Soviet Union

 Puerto Rico

 Chile – advanced automatically to the final round as host

Competition format

  • Preliminary round: Three groups of four teams play each other once; top two teams progress to the final round, bottom two teams relegated to classification round.
  • Classification round:
    • First round: Two groups of three teams (A1, B2, C1 and A2, B1, C2) play each other once.
    • Second round: Top teams from each group play for eighth, second placers play for tenth, and last placers play for twelfth.
  • Final round: All top two from preliminary round group play each other once. The team with the best record wins the championship.

Preliminary round

Qualified for the final round

Group A

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 3 3 0 271 204 +67 6
 Formosa 3 2 1 207 209 −2 5
 Argentina 3 1 2 197 202 −5 4
 United Arab Rep. 3 0 3 179 239 −60 3
January 16
United States  81–73  Argentina
January 16
Formosa  71–69  United Arab Rep.
January 17
Argentina  65–52  United Arab Rep.
January 17
United States  81–73  Formosa
January 18
Argentina  59–63  Formosa
January 18
United Arab Rep.  58–103  United States

Group B

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Brazil 3 2 1 211 175 +36 5 1W-1L; 1.064
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 229 199 +30 5 1W-1L; 1.000
 Canada 3 2 1 169 174 −5 5 1W-1L; 0.935
 Mexico 3 0 3 173 234 −61 3  
January 16
Canada  52–69  Brazil
January 16
Soviet Union  73–64  Mexico
January 17
Canada  54–51  Mexico
January 17
Soviet Union  73–64  Brazil
January 18
Canada  63–54  Soviet Union
January 18
Mexico  50–78  Brazil

Group C

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Bulgaria 3 3 0 217 174 +43 6
 Puerto Rico 3 2 1 209 194 +15 5
 Philippines 3 1 2 192 220 −28 4
 Uruguay 3 0 3 181 211 −30 3
January 16
Philippines  68–59  Uruguay
January 16
Bulgaria  67–55  Puerto Rico
January 17
Uruguay  64–78  Puerto Rico
January 17
Bulgaria  85–61  Philippines
January 18
Puerto Rico  76–63  Philippines
January 18
Bulgaria  65–58  Uruguay

Classification round

Group D

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Philippines 2 2 0 145 120 +25 4
 United Arab Rep. 2 1 1 136 148 −12 3
 Canada 2 0 2 124 137 −13 2
January 21
Philippines  66–65  United Arab Rep.
January 22
Canada  69–71  United Arab Rep.
January 23
Canada  65–79  Philippines

Group E

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Uruguay 2 2 0 105 95 +10 4
 Argentina 2 1 1 123 117 +6 3
 Mexico 2 0 2 113 129 −16 2
January 21
Argentina  48–51  Uruguay
January 22
Mexico  47–54  Uruguay
January 23
Argentina  75–66  Mexico

Second round

January 25
12th place
Canada  64–56  Mexico
January 25
10th place
United Arab Rep.  59–61  Argentina
January 25
8th place
Philippines  78–70  Uruguay

Final round

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Brazil 6 5 1 472 382 +90 11  
 United States 6 4 2 370 378 −8 10  
 Chile 6 2 4 393 444 −51 8 86–85
 Formosa 6 2 4 315 350 −35 8 85–86
 Puerto Rico 6 1 5 397 471 −74 7  
 Soviet Union P 6 5 1 365 264 +101 11  
 Bulgaria P 6 2 4 315 338 −23 8  

P The Soviet Union and Bulgaria were relegated to sixth and seventh place respectively in the final round after they refused to play against Formosa for political reasons.

20 January
Chile  86–85  Formosa
21 January
Puerto Rico  55–84  Soviet Union
21 January
Bulgaria  58–63  United States
22 January
Brazil  94–76  Formosa
22 January
Chile  83–71  Puerto Rico
23 January
Brazil  62–53  Bulgaria
23 January
United States  54–53  Puerto Rico
24 January
Brazil  63–66  Soviet Union
24 January
Bulgaria  76–71  Chile
26 January
Formosa  69–85  United States
26 January
Bulgaria  58–78  Soviet Union
27 January
Formosa  81–85  Puerto Rico
27 January
Chile  49–75  Soviet Union
28 January
Brazil  99–71  Puerto Rico
28 January
United States  37–62  Soviet Union
29 January
Bulgaria  70–62  Puerto Rico
29 January
Chile  55–64  United States
30 January
Formosa  2–0  Soviet Union
30 January
Brazil  81–67  United States
31 January
Bulgaria  0–2  Formosa
31 January
Brazil  73–49  Chile


 1959 World Championship Winner 

First title

Final ranking

Rank Team Record
1  Brazil 7–2
2  United States 7–2
3  Chile 2–4
4  Formosa 4–5
5  Puerto Rico 3–6
6  Soviet Union 7–2
7  Bulgaria 5–4
8  Philippines 4–2
9  Uruguay 2–4
10  Argentina 3–3
11  United Arab Republic 1–5
12  Canada 3–3
13  Mexico 0–6

Top scorers (points per game)

  1. James T. L. Chen (Formosa) 20.1
  2. Juan "Pachin" Vicens (Puerto Rico) 19.7
  3. Wlamir Marques (Brazil) 18.6
  4. Jerry Vayda (USA) 18
  5. Lio Jin Ron (Formosa) 16.7
  6. Dick Welsh (USA) 16.4
  7. Viktor Radev (Bulgaria) 15.25
  8. Amaury Pasos (Brazil) 15.22
  9. Jose Angel Cestero (Puerto Rico) 14.3
  10. Evelio Droz (Puerto Rico) 13.7

All-Tournament team



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External links

1959 FIBA World Championship for Women

The 1958 FIBA World Championship for Women was the third FIBA World Championship for Women basketball championship held by FIBA. It was held in the Soviet Union between 10 October and 18 October 1959. Eight national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA, the sport's governing body. The city of Moscow hosted the tournament. The Soviet Union won its first title after finishing in first place in round-robin group. The United States were the defending champions, but did not participate in the tournament.

Bulgaria national basketball team

The Bulgarian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Bulgaria in all international competitions.

Their achievements range from winning the Balkan Championship in 1950, to earning Runners-Up at the 1957 Euro Basket Championship. Other successes came with the team reaching the Quarter-Finals at the 1952 Summer Olympics, 1956 Summer Olympics and the 1959 FIBA World Championship.

Bulgaria women's national basketball team

The Bulgarian women's national basketball team achievements range from winning the Balkan Championship in 1960, to winning the 1958 Euro Basket Championship. Other successes came with the team finishing as Runners-Up at the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1959 FIBA World Championship for Women. The team has several members playing their professional basketball in the United States WNBA.

Canada men's national basketball team

The Canadian men's national basketball team is currently ranked 23rd by FIBA. Athletes for this team are selected by Canada Basketball. The team's head coach is Jay Triano and its general manager is Steve Nash, both former captains of the national team.

In nine Olympic appearances, Canada has only won one medal in basketball – a silver at the 1936 Games in Berlin. The team finished fourth in 1976 and 1984. Canada has won six medals at the FIBA AmeriCup – two silver medals in 1980 and 1999, as well as four bronze medals in 1984, 1988, 2001, and 2015. The team also won its first medal at the Pan American Games, a silver medal, in 2015.

Canada won its only gold medal at a university-level tournament, the 1983 Summer Universiade, which the country hosted in Edmonton, Alberta.

Chen Tsu-li

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Chile national basketball team

The Chile national basketball team is controlled by the Federación de Básquetbol de Chile. It is affiliated to FIBA, under the zone confederation of FIBA Americas.

In the 1950s, Chile had one of the finest national basketball teams in the world. In recent years, the Chilean national team primarily competes at the regional level, at the FIBA South American Championship.

Chinese Taipei men's national basketball team

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Chinese Taipei's fourth-place finish at the 1959 FIBA World Championship is the second best finish of an Asian team at the World Championship, only behind the Philippines' third-place finish at the 1954 FIBA World Championship.

Ed Ocampo

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Eduardo Lim

Eduardo C. Lim (1930–2002), also known as Eddie Lim, is a former basketball player like fellow San Beda Red Lions and Hall of Famers Carlos Loyzaga and Antonio Genato. He was a formidable guard who earned the moniker "Stonewall" from legendary sportscaster Willie Hernandez. He sparked San Beda to the NCAA championships in 1951-52 and the National Open tournament, also in 1952. In the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association, Lim played a key role for multi-titled YCO that won the National Open crown a record seven straight time under coaches Leo Prieto and the late Tito Eduque.

Lim, a two-time Olympian, played on two Asian Games gold medal teams in 1954 and 1958. He saw action for the Philippine selection that finished ninth at the 1959 FIBA World Championship in Chile. A hard-nosed guard, Lim led San Beda to back-to-back NCAA titles as a collegian. After hanging up his sneakers, Lim went on to become a successful businessman, chairman of the Makati Stock Exchange, and since 1995, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Jatyr Eduardo Schall

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Juan "Pachín" Vicéns

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Loreto Carbonell

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Luis Salvadores Salvi

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Luzhniki Palace of Sports

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Peter Mullins

Peter Mullins (9 July 1926 – 13 April 2012) was an Australian decathlete. He competed in the decathlon at the 1948 Summer Olympics. As a basketball player, he represented Canada at the 1959 FIBA World Championship. In 1963, became the head coach of UBC’s basketball team. By his 1982 retirement he had become the school’s longest-serving basketball coach and had captured the Western Canadian and Canadian university championships seven (1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, and 1975) and two (1970 and 1972) times respectively. On the national level he coached Canada’s 1970 basketball entry to the World Student Games. Although he remained with UBC as a teacher and counselor for several more years, he retired to Australia and died in April 2012 following a fall that broke his hip. He was made a member of the BC Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy is awarded annually by Canadian Interuniversity Sport to the men’s basketball rookie of the year.

Tomás Nido

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Venezuela national basketball team

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Waldemar Blatskauskas

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Host bids
Brazil squad 1959 FIBA World Championship - Gold medal
International men's basketball

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