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  • Writer's pictureChristos Davos

Cybet's top 10: The biggest countries in the World Cup

Germany won the World Cup in basketball for the first time in its history and joined the closed club of countries that have achieved it since 1950, when the competition began until today. In the top 10 are the countries that have added to their portfolio the most medals in the history of the World Basketball Championships and are the most successful teams in the history of the institution.

10. In tenth place is France who reached the medal position twice, as they finished third and the minor final twice, namely in 2014 and 2019 where they beat Argentina and Serbia respectively.

8-9. One place higher are Greece and Turkey, who came within a "breath" of conquering the basketball "Everest", however, they could not celebrate as both were defeated in the final. Specifically, in the 2006 final in Saitama, Japan, Greece lost 70-47 as Panagiotis Giannakis's players ran out of energy after the victory over the USA in the semi-finals. In 2010, Turkey was defeated 81-64 in Istanbul by the USA.

7. Germany "climbed" to seventh place, which with its victory over Serbia in yesterday's final won the event for the first time, however, in 2002 it was in the minor final where it beat New Zealand 117-94.

6 One place higher is Argentina, which has been in the final of the tournament three times in its history. However, out of the three times, only once did he celebrate winning the trophy, and more specifically in the distant 1950 in Buenos Aires in the first event that was held. In 2002 and 2019, Argentina were defeated in the finals by both Yugoslavia and Spain respectively.

5. In fifth place with the most conquests in the history of the World Championships is Spain. "Fourias Rojas" in the last 20 years brought great honors both at the European and World level, with the result that both times they reached the final they celebrated the victory. In 2006 against Greece and in 2019 against Argentina.

4. Brazil. Brazil is in fourth place with two wins, two lost finals and two third places. In particular, the Seleção celebrated winning the trophy in 1959 and 1963, in 1954 and 1970 it was defeated in the final and in 1967 and 1978 it won the third place of the institution.

3. One place higher is the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union topped the competition three times in 1967, 1974 and 1982. In 1978, 1982 and 1986 it finished second and in 1963 and 1970 it finished third.

2. In second place on the list is Yugoslavia/Serbia. Yugoslavia has won the World Cup five times, five times it was in second place in the institution, which happened in yesterday's final where it was defeated as Serbia, and twice more it won third place.

1. At the top is the USA. In the past they have also been called the "Dream Team" as a result of which they have celebrated five World Championship victories, three times they have been in the final and have been defeated, while they have also finished in third place four times where they won the bronze medal, as a result they count 12 winning medals in basketball World Cups.



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