Basketball in Spain

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Basketball in Spain

Spains achievments in Basketball specifically the FIBA world Championship is remarkably amazing. In the early years of the FIBA World Championship, Spain struggled to establish a steady presence as a competitor. Between 1950 and 1970, the team only qualified once.Beginning in 1974 Spain developed into a serious competitor and regularly finished among the tournament’s top performers for years to come. At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the Spanish team finally achieved the ultimate victory, the greatest success in its history. They won Gold medal on the said tournament.

FIBA World Championship

Spain and Basketball

The womens team won the Eurobasket in 1993. Then in 1994 they qualified for the FIBA world champioship for the first time. Since then the team has qaulified for every world championship. Overall, Spain finished 8th in Australia, and two consecutive 5th in Germany and China, and 8th in Brazil 2006. The Femal Spanish team is ranked number five in the ranking of FIBA.At the EuroBasket Women, besides the gold in 1993, the Spanish selection won silver in 2007 and three consecutive bronze medals in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Then at the Mediterranean games Spain won gold in 1991 and bronze in the years 1993, 2001, and 2005.

The first game in the history selection was in 1935. In this game Spain played Portugal. Spain finished in second and was able to qaulify for the 1936 olympics. Then they disappeared for about twenty years and then came back. They played in the 1959 tournament in Turkey and finished 15th. They slowly worked there way up the ranks and appeared six more times on the podium bestween 1959 and 2007. They thought that Spain would be the first national team to win the eurobasket but fell short and lost to Russia 59-60. Spain took silver. Spain has one nine Eurobasket metals: one gold, six silver, and two bronze. They won in 2009.

Eurobasket Mens

Basketball in Spain is at an all-time high, thanks to the recent success of the Spanish National team and their gold medal victory in the 2006 FIBA World Championships. The Spanish ACB is one of the major European basketball leagues and has produced several players currently playing in the NBA; notably Pau Gasol and his younger brother Marc Gasol, Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez. The Spain women's national basketball team represents Spain in international basketball competitions for women. The team has participated in the FIBA World Championship for Women since 1994.


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