Global Competitiveness
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Global Competitiveness

Born in Massachusetts, U.S. in 1891, basketball has rapidly spread worldwide, and for more than a century it has been led by the U.S. But times when international competition was predictable are over. The global competitiveness has been never bigger. Experts see almost 50 countries in the world that would be able to beat each other on any given day. To provide a reliable forecast who would reach the medal round in Turkey has become impossible. Not even the round of the last 16 could be predicted.

 



In the 1992 Olympics at Barcelona, the U.S. formed a national team consisting of top super star players of the NBA, the world's premier league of basketball, and won the gold medal, showing overwhelming strength. They fought for their honour as a team representing the home country of basketball and proved their true strength. The NBA exploded in popularity around the world and started to attract each nation's top players along which enhanced their policy of internationalization. Ironically this phenomenon resulted in the other countries raising their playing level and thus, the gap between the U.S. and the world has been closing.

Let's have a look at the history of the past 15 FIBA World Championships.

2006 SAITAMA, HAMAMATSU, SENDAI, SAPPORO, HIROSHIMA, JAPAN



2002 INDIANAPOLIS, USA



1998 ATHENS, GREECE



1994 TORONTO, HAMILTON, CANADA



1990 BUENOS AIRES, SANTA FE, ROSARIO, VILLA BALLESTA, CORDOBA, SALTA, ARGENTINA



1986 MADRID, BARCELONA, ZARAGOZA, FERROL, MALAGA, TENERIFE, SPAIN



1982 CALI, BOGOTA, MEDELLIN, BUCURAMA, CUCUTA, COLOMBIA



1978 MANILA, PHILIPPINES



1974 SAN JUAN, CAGUAS, PONCE, PUERTO RICO



1970 LJUBLJANA, YUGOSLAVIA



1967 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY



1963 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL



1959 SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE



1954 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL



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