the USA and others

The 2022 Basketball World Cup, which begins on Thursday September 22 and will end on Saturday 1er October 2022 will bring together 12 teams from 5 continents. Triple title holder, the USA are once again the big favorite to go and glean an 11th gold medal. Find all the information on the Basketball World Cup winners.

Basketball World Cup winners: look back at the 2018 edition with the crowning of the Americans

Arrived in the status of favorites after their coronation in Rio 2 years earlier, the United States did not disappoint by reigning over the competition during the two weeks of competition. The Americans, in the wake of Breanna Stewart (MVP of the competition) and Brittney Griner, dominated their opponents with disconcerting ease (+ 20 points average difference). Neither China, nor Belgium, nor Australia of Liz Cambage (top scorer of the competition) could put in difficulty Team USA. A deserved coronation, so much American domination over international basketball. On the French side, it was a disappointment, with elimination in the quarter-finals against Belgium. Will we see the same scenario again for the 2022 edition? Answer on Saturday 1er October 2022!

USA undefeated since 2006

Winner of the 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions, the United States continues to be alone on the basketball planet. Winners of the last 3 basketball world cups, the Americans have also been Olympic champions since 1996. An unchallenged reign over women’s basketball which only wavered in 2006, during the world championships disputed in Brazil and which saw Russia eliminate the USA during the semi-finals. Since then, there have been 20 wins in a row in this competition… Suffice to say that the Americans, with A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray, only come to Australia for the gold and nothing else.

Can Australia emulate 2006?

World champions in 2006, the Australians would like to repeat their feat, which is more in front of their public. The Opals, already carried by their historic player Lauren Jackson, the competition’s top scorer, and Penny Taylor, MVP of the tournament, had climbed for the first time in their history on the top step of an international competition. Even if the current generation seems less talented, but supported by the public, the Australian team will seek to hang a second title on its list, after its silver medal in 2018.

France has little success in the World Cup

If the tricolors are at the party during the European championships with several consecutive finals, the same cannot be said for international meetings. With only one medal on the clock, it was in 1953 during the first edition, the French team is struggling to shine in this competition. Quarter-finalist in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions, this stage of the competition appears like a glass ceiling that will have to be broken during this basketball world cup in Australia. Even with the absence of several executives, the probability of having to wait 4 more years is high.

Spain, the big absentee

It was the immense sensation of the last Eurobasket disputed in 2021 in Spain, the non-qualification of the Spaniards for the 2022 basketball world cup. At home and favorite for the title, the defending champions had been eliminated to general surprise in the quarter final before cracking again during the classification matches, which were qualifiers for this world. Medalists in the last 3 editions (bronze in 2010 and 2018, silver in 2014), the Iberians will miss this international meeting and open the possibility of obtaining a medal for the other teams.

Russia as a historical actress

Excluded following the invasion in Ukraine, Russia, and a few decades before the USSR, were major players in the basketball world cups. The former Soviet bloc indeed dominated the basketball world in the 1960s and 1970s with 5 consecutive titles (1959, 1964, 1967, 1971 and 1975). Then following the dissolution of the bloc, Russia took over but without success with 3 consecutive finals between 1998 and 2006. If Russian basketball has been in decline in recent years, it is nonetheless a stronghold.

The winners since 1990

1990 : 1.USA, 2.Yugoslavia, 3.Cuba

1994 : 1.Brazil, 2.China, 3.USA

1998 : 1.USA, 2.Russia, 3.Australia

2002 : 1.USA, 2.Russia, 3.Australia

2006 : 1.Australia, 2.Russia, 3.USA

2010 : 1.USA, 2.Czech Rep., 3.Spain

2014 : 1.USA, 2.Spain, 3.Australia

2018 : 1.USA, 2.Australia, 3.Spain

The USA, the most successful team in the World Cup

  1. USA 10 titles
  2. USSR 6 titles
  3. Australia 1 title
  4. Brazil 1 title


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