2006 Basketball World Championship | Wikipedia audio article

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The 2006 FIBA World Championship was the 15th
FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men’s teams. The tournament was hosted by Japan and held
from August 19 to September 3, 2006. It was co-organised by the International Basketball
Federation (FIBA), Japan Basketball Association (JABBA) and the 2006 Organizing Committee. For the first time since 1986, the World Championship
was contested by 24 nations, eight more than in 2002. As a result, group rounds were conducted in
four cities, with the knockout rounds being hosted by Saitama City. The tournament was won by Spain, who, in the
championship final, beat Greece, 70–47, to finish the tournament having won all nine
games played. For Spain, it was a record breaking performance
at the FIBA World Championship and something the country had never seen before. It was the first time Spain had won Gold in
the FIBA World Championship along with it being the first time Spain had won a medal
at the FIBA world championship. Pau Gasol also became the first Spaniard to
win the MVP award. It was the first time a country has won all
nine of its games since 1994 when the United States won all nine games and took the gold
medal home. The bronze medal was won by the United States,
who defeated Argentina, 96–81, in the third place game, after a crushing loss by Greece. Up to 2014, including the 2014 tournament,
it has been the only tournament where neither Yugoslavia or the USA have reached the final.==Venues====Qualification====Squads==At the start of tournament, all 24 participating
countries had 12 players on their roster.==Competing nations==
The following national teams competed: Japan qualified as the host country, and Italy,
Puerto Rico, Serbia and Montenegro, and Turkey gained FIBA wild-card invitations. Argentina qualified as the champion of the
2004 Olympics. The remaining 18 countries qualified through
their continents’ qualifying tournaments (six from Europe, four from the Americas, three
from each of Asia and Africa and two from Oceania). The draw for 2006 World Championship was held
in Tokyo on 15 January 2006. In the preliminary rounds, Group A played
at Sendai, Group B at Hiroshima, Group C at Hamamatsu and Group D at Sapporo. The Medal Rounds were played at Saitama.==Preliminary rounds=====Group A (Sendai)===
August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 21, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006===Group B (Hiroshima)===
August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 21, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006===Group C (Hamamatsu)===
August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 22, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006===Group D (Sapporo)===
August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 22, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006==Knockout stage==
All times are local (UTC +9).Venue: Saitama Super Arena===Fifth through eighth place======Final===Since the inaugural competition one of the
two teams competing for the title had been either the USA or Yugoslavia. After the latter’s breakup, a Former Yugoslav
Republic, Serbia, has taken its place in the final. The 2006 final was the first (and only, up
to 2014) in which none of these two teams competed. The final was an unexpectedly one-sided affair,
with Spain dominating from the beginning and limiting Greece to just 47 points, fewer than
the Greeks had scored in any single game in the tournament, and less than half what Greece
had scored against the USA in the semifinals. Spain won despite having lost power forward
Pau Gasol, who was ultimately named the tournament’s most valuable player, to injury in a semifinal
match against Argentina.==Final rankings==Teams that were eliminated at the round of
16 are officially tied for 9th. Teams that were 5th at their preliminary rounds
are officially tied for 17th. Teams that were 6th at their preliminary rounds
are officially tied for 21st.==Awards=====All-Tournament Team===Pau Gasol
Jorge Garbajosa Carmelo Anthony
Manu Ginóbili Theodoros Papaloukas==Leading scorers====Referees==
For the World Championship, FIBA selected 40 professional referees.==Sponsorship==
• McDonald’s

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