Spain: World Basketball Champion

The Spanish team is very happy to have won the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China. On this occasion, the team’s players made an effort and won for the second time in history, after 13 long years. Sergio Llull, Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio were some of the players who most surprised everyone at this World Cup, with unrivaled shots.

The Basketball World Cup, known from 1950 to 2010 as the Basketball World Championship, is an international competition between national teams that are part of FIBA, the International Basketball Federation. Generally, this basketball World Cup has been held every four years since 1950. However, starting with the 2019 World Cup in China, the cup will be held in odd years. This means that the next World Cup will be in 2023.

You already have the place, although in this case it will not be a single country, but several, the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. In other words, the matches will be held in different parts of the world, so that many people can enjoy these famous sporting events. It will be the first basketball cup to be held in 3 different countries.

Spain in the 2006 Japan Basketball World Cup

Spain was world champion in the 2006 Japan Cup, where they almost lost to Argentina in the semifinal. The score was 74 Argentina and 75 Spain, so they qualified for the final against Greece. This other team had just beaten the difficult United States team in the semifinals, but the Spanish team was not afraid and faced Greece with everything they had. In the end, Spain managed to win with a difference of 27 points.

In addition to this, it should be noted that the title of best player for Japan 2006 went to Pau Gasol, although he was unable to play in the final due to injury. This player also debuted in the NBA, where he has scored 20,000 points, becoming one of the 4 players with the most points and rebounds. On that list are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.

In addition to this, in the 2006 Japan World Cup the ideal quintet was made up of Theodoros Papaloukas, Carmelo Anthony, Manu Ginóbili, as well as the Spaniards Jorge Garbajosa and Pau Gasol.

In 2006 it was the first time that Spain won a gold medal in the FIBA ​​Cup. Greece took the silver medal and the United States faced Argentina to see who would get the bronze medal. In the end, the United States won, 96 to 81. Shooting guard Dwyane Wade, one of the best players in the NBA at that time, scored 32 points in the game, being the main responsible for the American victory.

China 2019: Basketball World Championship

In 2015, China was chosen to host the World Cup. The stadiums where the matches were held were the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai and the Wukesong Arena in Beijing. The World Cup final was held in the latter. Other stadiums where matches were held were the Dongguan Arena and the Canton Indoor Stadium.

This was the first edition of the cup that had 32 teams. Likewise, it was the third edition held in Asian territory, after the Philippines 1978 and Japan 2006.

Various teams stood out in this World Cup, including France, the United States, Australia, Argentina and, above all, Spain, which won its second World Cup after 13 years.

The United States was one of the most promising teams, as they had won the previous edition, but, although they played very well, they could not reach the semifinals, as they were defeated by France in the quarterfinals. This was not expected, because the United States had already won 5 tournaments, 3 Olympic games and 2 World Cups.

Later, France faced Argentina in the semifinals, losing by 14 points. Later, he faced Greece for third place, which he won, receiving the bronze medal.

This is how Argentina debuted in the final against Spain, a team that was also undefeated. The result of the scoreboard was 95 to 75 in favor of Spain and the most valuable player in the World Cup was Ricky Rubio. Likewise, we mention that the ideal quintet was made up of Bogdan Bogdanović, Evan Fournier, Luis Scola, in addition to the Spaniards Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio.

According to a large part of the fans, in the 2019 Basketball World Cup, Spain stood out more than ever. For example, Sergio Llull surprised us all with his perfect 3 shots, thanks to which the team beat Australia in the semi-finals.

Another aspect that we can mention about the 2019 China World Cup is its Molten BG5000 basketball, which was redesigned with the word “Final” for the exciting match between Spain and Argentina. 

Spain – Argentina, basketball with strategy

The final of the 2019 Basketball World Cup was quite entertaining, with an Argentine team that did not give up at any time, despite not overcoming the excellent shots of Ricky and Marc Gasol.

In this World Basketball Championship, Spain proved to be a very united team, making intelligent ball passes. Similarly, Argentina valued teamwork, so we cannot say that they played without strategies. In the game we could see how Facundo Campazzo tried to enter the area and many times the Spanish defense stopped him. Also, it was difficult for Spain with the 3 shots, maybe it was a unique game.

For this reason, when we think of the Spain-Argentina basketball game, modern basketball comes to mind, with new strategies to achieve victory. In fact, both teams gave their best at the 2019 World Cup in China.

The 2019 Basketball World Champions

At the 2019 World Cup in China, Koby Bryant hands the Spanish player Ricky Rubio the best player trophy and hugs him, a very moving image knowing that the former NBA star left this world months later.

Knowing the result of the final, the public celebrated with slogans and signs in the streets, among which “Spain, world basketball champion”, “World Champions” and “Long live Spain”.

Finally, we mention that among the basketball plans in Spain today is the preparation for the Tokyo 2022 Olympics.

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