1950 FIBA World Championship
The 1950 FIBA World Championship called the 1st World Basketball Championship – 1950, was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Buenos Aires, from October 22 to November 3, 1950. Ten nations participated in the inaugural tournament. All competition was held at Buenos Aires. Argentina claimed the gold medal, by beating the United States 64–50. FIBA determined the requirements to qualify for the World Championship as follows: the three best teams in the previous Summer Olympics basketball, the two best teams from South America and Asia, plus the host country. France and the United States were granted a place each, following their performances in the 1948 Summer Olympics held at London. Uruguay and Chile qualified as the top two teams in the 1949 South American Basketball Championship, Egypt, with the first place at EuroBasket 1949. Since no Asian teams were present due to travel difficulties, invitations were extended to Ecuador and Spain. Uruguay withdrew from the tournament as well, for political reasons.
Peru went instead. Egypt and Peru advance to the second preliminary phase. Ecuador and Yugoslavia advance to the first repass round. Argentina, Egypt and USA advance to the final round. Chile and France advance to the first repass round Peru and Spain advance to the second repass round. Chile and France advance to the second phase. Ecuador and Yugoslavia are relegated to the classification round. Chile and France advance to the final round. Peru and Spain are relegated to the classification round. Argentina: Óscar Furlong, Ricardo González, Pedro Bustos, Leopoldo Contarbio, Hugo del Vecchio, Vito Liva, Alberto López, Rubén Menini, Omar Monza, Raúl Pérez Varela, Juan Carlos Uder, Roberto Viau USA: John Stanich, Bob Fisher, Bryce Heffley, Tom Jaquet, Dan Kahler, John Langdon, Les Metzger, J. L. Parks, Jimmy Reese, Don Slocum, Blake Williams Chile: Rufino Bernedo, Pedro Araya, Eduardo Cordero, Mariano Fernández, Exequiel Figueroa, Juan José Gallo, Raúl López, Luis Enrique Marmentini, Juan Ostoic, Hernán Ramos, Marcos Sánchez, Víctor Mahana Brazil: Zenny de Azevedo "Algodão", Ruy de Freitas, Alfredo da Motta, Paulo Rodrigues Siqueira "Montanha", Hélio Marques Pereira "Godinho", Celso dos Santos, Plutão de Macedo, Sebastião Amorim Gimenez "Tiao", Thales Monteiro, Alexandre Gemignani, Milton Santos Marques "Miltinho", Ângelo Bonfietti "Angelim" Oscar Furlong John Stanich Rufino Bernedo Álvaro Salvadores Ricardo González Álvaro Salvadores 13.8 Fortunato Muñoz 13.2 Alfredo Arroyave 11.4 Óscar Furlong 11.2 Rufino Bernedo 10.8 Ricardo González 10.7 Eduardo Kucharski González 9.8 Hussein Kamel Montasser 8.8 Eduardo Fiestas 8.7 Alberto Fernández 8.2 FIBA official website EuroBasket.com FIBA Basketball World Cup Page Results FIBA World Championships History WC 1950 on FIBA.com
Israel national basketball team
The Israeli national basketball team is managed by the Israeli Basketball Association. Israel is ranked 37th in the world by FIBA and 14th in Europe; until now, Israel has participated in 34 international competitions and won a silver medal in EuroBasket 1979. Israel made their European championship tournament debut in the EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow, coming within a tie-breaker of taking the silver medal. In the preliminary round, the Israeli squad won their group by tie-breaker after being one of three teams to finish with a 3–1 record, they advanced to the final round, managing to defeat perennial power Czechoslovakia and taking revenge on Yugoslavia for their preliminary round loss. Their record in the final round was 4–3, putting them in a 4-way tie for second place behind the undefeated Soviet Union. Israel came out on the bottom of that tie-breaker. Israel's overall record of 7 wins and 4 losses included two wins by forfeit over Lebanon and Egypt, each of which had refused to play against Israel.
In the following years, the squad emerged as a serious competitor that, at times challenged the world elite teams. Its major accomplishments remain its silver medal at the EuroBasket 1979 and its qualifications to the Basketball World Cup and the Summer Olympics. Israel's basketball program was honored when FIBA awarded the country hosting rights for preliminary round games of the official EuroBasket 2017. In the first round, Philippines defeated Israel, 57–47; the losers played each other, with Israel's second loss ejecting the nation from the tournament, with Greece defeating Israel, 54–52. Israel competed at the 1954 FIBA World Championship, marking the first time Israel competed at the FIBA World Championship; this was the second such competition, Israel was one of twelve teams to compete. Israel finished in 8th place overall. Group D Final roundAll teams play one game against each other for a total of seven games. RosterCoach: Jacob Saltiel Top scorers Israel competed at the 1986 FIBA World Championship, marking the second time Israel competed at the FIBA World Championship, the first time since 1954.
The 1986 FIBA Basketball World Cup was the 10th such competition. It consisted of 24 teams. Group B Semifinals - Group 1 5th–8th classification RosterCoach: Zvi Sherf Preliminary Round - Group B Championship RosterCoach: Shimon Shelah Amnon Avidan Tanhum Cohen-Mintz Igal Dar Gershon Dekel Offer Eshed Abraham Gutt David Kaminsky Zvi Lubezki Itshak Shachar Ami Shelef Haim Starkman Ilan Zohar Preliminary Round - Group A Championship RosterCoach: Shimon Shelah Dan Barzily Tanhum Cohen-Mintz Hillel Gilboa Ronald Green Hanan Keren Ivan Leshinsky Itamar Marzel Gabi Neumark Mike Schwarz Haim Starkman Gabi Teichner Mark Turenshine Preliminary Round - Group B Second Round - Group B Final round RosterCoach: Abraham Hemo Motti Aroesti Shamuel Avishar Miki Berkovich Tal Brody Jacob Eisner Hanan Keren Itamar Marzel Avigdor Moskowitz Shamuel Nachmias Shuki Schwarz Boaz Yanai Shmaryahu Zaslevsky Note: Red border indicates host nation Official roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification game against Serbia.
Other current notable players who played for the Israeli national team: Zvi Sherf – 1986–1987, 1993–1994 Muli Katzurin – 1997–2004 Zvi Sherf – 2005–2009 Arik Shivek – 2010–2013 Erez Edelstein – 2014–2017 Oded Kattash – 2017–present 1952 Olympic Games: finished 20th among 23 teams Avraham Schneor, Zachariah Ofri, Menachem Korman, Ralph Klein, Simon Schmukler, Reuven Fecher, Marcel Hefez, Daniel Levy, Alfred Cohen, Yehuda Wiener-Gafni, Dan Erez, Amos Lin, Eliahu Amiel Israel at the EuroBasket 1953: finished 5th among 17 teams Ralph Klein, Avraham Schneor, Zachariah Ofri, Daniel Levy, Menachem Korman, Alfred Cohen, David Heiblum, Simon Schmukler, Ernst Winer, Marcel Hefez, Mark Mimran, Haim Boksenbaum, Reuven Fecher 1954 World Championship: finished 19th among 2 teams Avraham Schneor, Zachariah Ofri, Daniel Moshe, Reuven Fecher, Alfred Cohen, Tavil Israel, Simon Shelah, Yehuda Gafni, Rafael Ram, Marcel Hefez, Azriel Luboshitz, Dan Erez 1959 EuroBasket:' finished 11th among 17 teams Ralph Klein, Avraham Schneor, Albert Hemmo, Haim Kastan, Amos Lin, David Tari, Jacob Edelist, Igal Volodarsky, David Kaminsky, Haim Hazan, Erez Lustig, Shabetai Ben-Bassat 1961 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 19 teams Tanhum Cohen-Mintz, Ralph Klein, Abraham Hoffman, Albert Hemmo, Haim Hazan, Erez Lustig, David Kaminsky, Ami Shelef, Offer Eshed, David Tari, Hanoch Barkon, Igal Volodarsky 1963 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams Tanhum Cohen-Mintz, Ralph Klein, Offer Eshed, Ami Shelef, Zvi Lubezki, Albert Hemmo, Abraham Gutt, Igal Volodarsky, Shlomo Ben-Zeev, Abraham Hoffman, Haim Hazan, Ilan Zeiger 1965 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams Tanhum Cohen-Mintz, Ralph Klein, Offer Eshed, Ami Shelef, Zvi Lubezki, Albert Hemmo, Abraham Gutt, Igal Volodarsky, Shlomo Ben-Zeev, Abraham Hoffman, Haim Hazan, Ilan Zeiger 1966 Asian Games: finished 1st among 11 teams Amnon Avidan, Tanhum Cohen-Mintz, Igal Dar, Gershon Dekel, Offer Eshed, Abraham Gutt, David Kaminsky, Zvi Lubezki, Itshak Shachar, Ami Shelef, Haim Starkman, Ilan Zohar 1967 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams Tanhum Cohen-Mintz, Offer Eshed, Gabi Teichner, Willie Wold, Shamuel Avishar, Igal Dar, Abraham Gutt, Gershon Dekel, David Kaminsky, Abraham Hoffman, Haim Starkman, Ilan Zohar 1969 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams Gabi Neumark, Gabi Teichner, Offer Eshed, Ivan Leshinsky, Giora Dori, Haim Baram, Mark Turenshine, Gershon D
FIBA Europe is a zone within the International Basketball Federation which includes all 50 national European basketball federations. FIBA Europe is one of five Regions of FIBA and is responsible for controlling and developing the sport of basketball in Europe. Among many tasks, this includes promoting and directing international competition at the club and national team levels, as well as governing and appointing European international referees. FIBA Europe is an international federation whose membership consists of the national basketball federations of Europe, of which there are 50 members; the highest decision making body is the Board of FIBA Europe which consists of 25 persons elected by the National Federations. The Board of FIBA Europe meets twice a year and is the executive body which represents all 50 Federations that make up the membership of FIBA Europe. All 50 federations meet once a year at the General Assembly of FIBA Europe; the current Board members are: Until January 1, 2015, the position was titled as a Secretary General.
FIBA EuroBasket, the continental championship played every four years and biennially. Men's Women's FIBA European Championship for Small Countries FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, the continental championship for players aged fewer than 20 years played annually FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, the continental championship for players aged fewer than 18 years played annually FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, the continental championship for players aged fewer than 16 years played annually FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship for Women, the continental championship for women aged fewer than 20 years played annually FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship for Women, the continental championship for women aged fewer than 18 years played annually FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship for Women, the continental championship for women aged fewer than 16 years played annually FIBA Europe 3x3 Championships, the continental championship for men and women in 3x3 FIBA Europe Under-18 3x3 Championships, the continental championship for men and women aged fewer than 18 years in 3x3 Men's Basketball Champions League FIBA Europe CupWomen's EuroLeague Women, first-tier women's professional league EuroCup Women, second-tier women's professional league FIBA Europe SuperCup Women, contested between the winners of the two aforementioned women's leaguesNote: The men's EuroLeague and EuroCup are not operated by FIBA Europe, but rather by Euroleague Basketball.
Both competitions play under FIBA rules. EuroChallenge EuroCup Challenge Korać Cup Ronchetti Cup Saporta Cup SuproLeague This section shows the position of the men's national team of the FIBA Europe members, as of 26 February 2019. Monaco is the only member, not ranked as they did not play any FIBA competition in the last eight years. FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year Award FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year Award FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Award European national basketball league rankings FIBA Europe official website
AfroBasket 2011 was the 26th FIBA Africa Championship, played under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, the basketball sport governing body, the African zone thereof. At stake is the berth allocated to Africa in the 2012 Summer Olympics basketball tournament; the tournament was scheduled to be hosted by Côte d'Ivoire, with games to be played in Abidjan. However, in 2011 Madagascar was chosen as host replacement due to a political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. Tunisia won the title for the first time after defeating Angola 67–56 in the final. Côte d'Ivoire's selection as the host country was decided by the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Executive Committee, approved by the Central Board of FIBA Africa, announced in Abidjan on March 23, 2010. Côte d'Ivoire's bid was selected over bids from Nigeria. Madagascar was on hold as a backup host; this would have been the second time that Côte d'Ivoire has hosted the FIBA Africa Championship, after they won the tournament as hosts in 1985.
On April 26, 2011, it was announced that Madagascar would host the tournament in its capital Antananarivo after the political unrest in Côte d'Ivoire put them irreparably behind schedule in outfitting their arenas. Participants were sixteen national basketball teams among the 53 FIBA Africa members, determined through qualification processes before the final tournament; these teams included the host nation, the top four sides at the FIBA Africa Championship 2009 in Libya and the top twelve sides at the 2009 Zone preliminary basketball competitions. Because the qualification process doubles as qualification for the 2010 All-Africa Games, all African nations competed in qualifying, including those that have qualified for the tournament; the following national teams have secured qualification: FIBA Africa debuted a revised format at the 2009 championship. As of August 2010, FIBA Africa has given no indication that this formation will change for the 2011 event: The teams were divided into four groups for the preliminary round.
Round robin for the preliminary round. From there on a knockout system was used until the final. All Times are UTC+3 All Times are in Local Time UTC+3 Marouan Kechrid Carlos Morais Ime Udoka Makrem Ben Romdhane Salah Mejri 2011 FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup Official Website
Estonia men's national basketball team
The Estonia men's national basketball team represents Estonia in international basketball and is controlled by the Estonian Basketball Association. Estonia first competed internationally at the 1936 Summer Olympics; the team has made five appearances at the European Basketball Championship, the EuroBasket, with best results coming from 1937 and 1939, when the team finished in fifth place. Estonia joined FIBA on 23 November 1934. Coached by Herbert Niiler, Estonia first competed internationally at the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Berlin, the first Olympic tournament to hold basketball as an official medal event. Estonia played in the opening match of the tournament, defeating France 34–29; the team lost the subsequent second round match against the United States 28–52, but passed the consolation round and faced the Philippines in the third round, losing 22–39. Estonia participated in the EuroBasket 1937; the team won their first game against Egypt 44–15, but failed to advance past the group stage after suffering a 15–20 defeat against Lithuania and a 20–30 defeat against Italy.
Estonia placed fifth in the final rankings after defeating Czechoslovakia 30–20 and Latvia 41–19. The EuroBasket 1939 used a different format from the previous championship, with eight teams facing off in a round-robin tournament. Estonia finished the tournament with a 4 -- another fifth place. Heino Veskila was the tournament's scoring leader with 16.7 points per game. In 1940, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union and the team was disbanded. After the restoration of independence, the Estonian Basketball Association rejoined FIBA in 1991; the team competed in the EuroBasket 1993, held in Germany. Despite missing star players Martin Müürsepp and Tiit Sokk, the team, coached by Jaak Salumets won their group in the preliminary round, finishing ahead of hosts and eventual champions Germany and Belgium. In the second round, Estonia finished third in their group and advanced to the quarter-finals, where the team lost to Russia 61–82 and was knocked out. In the classification rounds, Estonia defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 99–91 and lost to Spain 80–119, finishing the championship in sixth place with a 6–5 record.
Aivar Kuusmaa was the team's scoring leader with 19.9 points per game. Estonia participated in the EuroBasket 2001, held in Turkey. Coached by Üllar Kerde, Estonia lost all three preliminary round matches against Germany and Croatia, failing to advance past the group stage and finishing the championship with a disappointing 0–3 record and a 14th place. Martin Müürsepp led the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game, while Margus Metstak made 6.0 rebounds per game, Rauno Pehka and Tanel Tein averaged 2.7 assists per game. After 2001, Estonia failed to qualify for another major basketball tournament for 14 years; the team competed in the FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Division B tournament. Coached by Tiit Sokk, Estonia qualified for the EuroBasket 2015, with preliminary round matches held in Riga, Latvia. Estonia's first two performances were poor as the team suffered heavy defeats in games against Czech Republic and Belgium. However, the team bounced back with a 78–71 victory against Ukraine, their first EuroBasket victory since 1993.
The next game saw. In the final group phase game, Estonia played against Latvia, losing 64–75 and failing to advance to the knockout stage. Estonia finished the championship in 20th place with a 1–4 record. Gregor Arbet was the team's scoring leader with 11.6 points per game, while Siim-Sander Vene averaged 6.4 rebounds and Sten Sokk contributed 4.2 assists per game. Roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification. Estonia women's national basketball team Official website Estonian Basketball Association website FIBA Profile
Egyptian revolution of 2011
The Egyptian revolution of 2011 known as the January 25 Revolution, started on 25 January 2011 and spread across Egypt. The date was set by various youth groups to coincide with the annual Egyptian "Police holiday" as a statement against increasing police brutality during the last few years of Mubarak's presidency, it consisted of demonstrations, occupations of plazas, non-violent civil resistance, acts of civil disobedience and strikes. Millions of protesters from a range of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Violent clashes between security forces and protesters resulted in at least 846 people killed and over 6,000 injured. Protesters retaliated by burning over 90 police stations across the country; the Egyptian protesters' grievances focused on legal and political issues, including police brutality, state-of-emergency laws, lack of political freedom, civil liberty, freedom of speech, high unemployment, food-price inflation and low wages.
The protesters' primary demands were the end of Mubarak regime and emergency law, Strikes by labour unions added to the pressure on government officials. During the uprising, the capital Cairo was described as "a war zone" and the port city of Suez saw frequent violent clashes. Protesters defied a government-imposed curfew, impossible to enforce by the police and military. Egypt's Central Security Forces, loyal to Mubarak, were replaced by military troops. In the chaos, there was looting by rioters, instigated by plainclothes police officers. In response, watch groups were organized by civilian vigilantes to protect their neighborhoods. On 11 February 2011, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak resigned as president, turning power over to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces; the military junta, headed by effective head of state Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, announced on 13 February that the constitution is suspended, both houses of parliament dissolved and the military would govern for six months.
The previous cabinet, including Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, would serve as a caretaker government until a new one was formed. After the revolution against Mubarak and a period of rule by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the Muslim Brotherhood took power in Egypt through a series of popular elections, with Egyptians electing Islamist Mohamed Morsi to the presidency in June 2012. However, Morsi government encountered fierce opposition after his attempt to pass an Islamic-leaning constitution. Morsi issued a temporary presidential decree that raised his decisions over judicial review to enable the passing of the constitution, it sparked general outrage from secularists and members of the military, mass protests broke out against his rule on 28 June 2013. On 3 July 2013, Morsi was deposed by a coup d'état led by the minister of defense, General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as millions of Egyptians took to the streets in support of early elections. El-Sisi went on to become Egypt's president by popular election in 2014.
In Egypt and other parts of the Arab world, the protests and governmental changes are known as the 25 January Revolution, Freedom Revolution or Rage Revolution, the Youth Revolution, Lotus Revolution or White Revolution. Hosni Mubarak became President of Egypt after the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981. Mubarak's National Democratic Party maintained one-party rule under a continual state of emergency, his government received support from the West and aid from the United States by its suppression of Islamic militants and peace with Israel. Mubarak was compared to an Egyptian pharaoh by the media and some critics, due to his authoritarian rule, he was in the 30th year of his reign. Mubarak's younger son was expected to succeed his father as the next president of Egypt in 2000. Gamal began receiving attention from the Egyptian media, since there were no other heirs to the presidency. Bashar al-Assad's rise to power in Syria in June 2000, hours after Hafez al-Assad's death, sparked debate in the Egyptian press about the prospects for a similar scenario in Cairo.
During the years after Mubarak's 2005 re-election, several left- and right-wing political groups expressed opposition to the inheritance of power, demanded reforms and asked for a multi-candidate election. In 2006, with opposition increasing, Daily News Egypt reported an online campaign initiative demanding that Gamal reduce his power; the campaign said, "President Mubarak and his son denied the possibility of. However, in reality they did the opposite, including amending the constitution to make sure that Gamal will be the only unchallenged candidate."During the decade, public perception grew that Gamal would succeed his father. He wielded increasing power as NDP deputy secretary general and chair of the party's policy committee. Analysts described Mubarak's last decade in power as "the age of Gamal Mubarak". With his father's health declining and no appointed vice-president, Gamal was considered Egypt's de facto president by some. Although Gamal and Hosni Mubarak denied an inheritance of power, Gamal could be elected.
However, after the January–February 2011 protest Gamal Mubarak said that he would not run for president in the 2011 ele
Italy national basketball team
The Italian national basketball team is administered by the Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro. Italy has won 2 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals at the EuroBasket, 2 silver medals at the Summer Olympics. Italy has participated at 37 EuroBaskets, 8 World Cups, 11 Summer Olympic Games. Italy is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Basketball, has one of the world's longest basketball traditions; the first match of the Italian national basketball team was played on 4 April 1926 in Milan, it ended with a victory over France by 23–17. Italy's first participation in the Olympic Games was at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, placing seventh out of twenty-one teams. At the EuroBasket 1937 Italy placed second behind Lithuania, after being beaten by just one point in the final game; the silver medal was repeated at EuroBasket 1946. Following the end of World War II the Azzurri went through difficult times and not only failed to qualify for two Summer Olympics and three consecutive world championships but struggled in Europe as well.
This was reflected at the technical level with the alternation of several head coaches within only a few years. Of special importance was Italy's decision not to compete at the EuroBasket 1949, to mourn for the victims of the Superga air disaster, it was the first time. In 1957 as Nello Paratore took the head coach position Italy made only slight improvements from the previous decade. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome Italy showed its most impressive performance to this point where it placed fourth, only behind USA, USSR and Brazil. Curiously, the organizational expenses of the Olympics in Rome resulted in the decision not to participate in the EuroBasket 1961. In 1969, Giancarlo Primo became Italy's coach. Under his leadership Italian national team grew stronger, claiming a place among the world's best teams. Under Primo, the Azzuri won two European bronze medals and earned two fourth places at FIBA World Championship. Further, Italy finished fourth at the 1972 Summer Olympics where it lost the match for third place to Cuba by only one point.
Among the leading players of the national team were the young Meneghin, Marzorati and Bariviera. In 1979 Sandro Gamba replaced Primo, leading Italy to its biggest triumphs till then: a silver at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, a gold at EuroBasket 1983 in Nantes, a bronze at the EuroBasket 1985 in Stuttgart; as in the years before, Meneghin and Villalta were the cornerstones of the team, complemented by players such as Riva and Brunamonti. This episode in time stands out to this day as the most successful in the history of the Italian national team. Following these outstanding accomplishments was another period of crisis, first under Coach Valerio Bianchini, another six years of modest success where the biggest accomplishment was silver at the EuroBasket 1991 in Rome, called to end Ettore Messina, who took over in 1992. In the same year Enrico Vinci stepped down as President of the Italian Basketball Federation after 16 years; the place was taken over by Giovanni Petrucci. Ettore Messina became Italy's coach in 1992.
This medal was the main accomplishment of coach Messina, who served the team for five years and failed to qualify for the Olympic Games and the World Championship. A great disappointment was suffered at the 1998 FIBA World Championship in Athens when a team with Fučka, Myers and Meneghin was believed to aspire to the podium but only finished sixth. Bogdan Tanjević replaced Messina, leading Italy to the triumph at EuroBasket 1999, the first gold medal in 16 years; the second gold medal at a European Basketball Championship arrived after beating Spain in the final game. After a ninth place at EuroBasket 2001, held in Turkey, Carlo Recalcati was called to replace Tanjević. Recalcati could count on Italy's top talents Gregor Fučka and Carlton Myers, as well as valuable contributors such as Basile and Chiacig. At EuroBasket 2003, Italy showed a strong performances and defeated Germany and Greece but was kicked out by Spain in the semifinals; the victory against France in the bronze medal game guaranteed the team's qualification at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Italy was stopped only in the final game by Argentina. Most important, this silver seemed to be worth much more than that of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow where several top teams, including the United States and Canada were absent for a boycott. Since the Azzurri experienced years of only skimpy satisfaction: after the Summer Olympics in Greece, the team collected three ninth places, two at the EuroBasket and one at the 2006 World Cup. Subsequently, the team failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, for the 2009 EuroBasket and the World Championship the following year. Despite the increasing internationalization of the NBA and a steady presence of Italian players, the national team performed poorly in these years; the reasons for this phenomenon are simple: low contribution of NBA athletes, ageing guards and the lack of young talent. The reason for the seeming lack of talent were caused by the difficulty that Italian talents had in the national championships Serie A. There, they faced strong competition from American and European players.
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