|FIBA ranking||11 1 (2 March 2021)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Americas|
|National federation||Brazilian Basketball Confederation|
|Medals||Bronze: (1948, 1960, 1964)|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Medals|| Gold: (1959, 1963)|
Silver: (1954, 1970)
Bronze: (1967, 1978)
|Medals|| Gold: (1984, 1988, 2005, 2009)|
Silver: (2001, 2011)
Bronze: (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997)
|Pan American Games|
|Medals|| Gold: (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)|
Silver: (1963, 1983)
Bronze: (1951, 1955, 1959, 1975, 1979, 1995)
The Brazil national basketball team is governed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Brasileira de Basketball), abbreviated as CBB.
They have been a member of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA), since 1935. Brazil's national basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas. It is the only team besides the United States, that has appeared at every FIBA Basketball World Cup, since it was first held in 1950.
Throughout its history, the Brazilian national team has won two FIBA World Cup gold medals (1959 and 1963), three Summer Olympic Games bronze medals (in 1948, 1960 and 1964), four FIBA AmeriCup gold medals (1984, 1988, 2005 and 2009), and six Pan American Games gold medals (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015).
Basketball was initially introduced to Brazil by Professor Augusto Shaw in 1896. In 1912, he began organizing the first state tournament and in 1922 the first national team made its debut at games against Argentina and Uruguay. As in the case of football, South America was initially ahead of the rest of the world and in 1930 held the first edition of the FIBA South American Championship. In that decade, Brazilian basketball was supported by professional football clubs, to include it as a new sports section, although amateur in nature. Later, these clubs became professional and supported the national team with world-class players.
Initial success despite budget constraints
In the following years, Brazil became a regular at major international competitions. Its basketball squad participated in the first official basketball tournament at the Summer Olympics 1936 in Berlin. In 1939, the first continental championship was held in Rio de Janeiro. In the 40s, basketball was catching on more layers of society and left the elitist stigma. The sport received the ultimate accolade at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. There, against all odds, the team directed by Moacyr Daiuto (1915–1994) managed to achieve the bronze medal. The team recorded six straight wins until it stopped due to the semi-final defeat to France (33–43). In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Mexico (52–47). They managed to feature ten amateur players. The pre-Olympic Brazil concentration was very poor in resources. After its time-consuming journey to London, the team was astonishment when they saw how the U.S. team practiced: each player with a ball. Brazil only had two for the whole team.
The Kanela era
One of the fundamental pillars of Brazilian basketball was the boldness of its coaches. The "father" of them all is Togo Renan Soares, "Kanela" (so nicknamed for his thick white hair). Working in the shadow of the giant football, Kanela (1906–1992) understood that basketball would add more followers if it could only offer new emotions. He aimed to get the influential media involved, so the game was conceived as a spectacle based on its dynamism and aesthetics. The formula worked. Besides the national team, he coached Flamengo which chained ten titles Rio de Janeiro State Championships in a row (1951–1960). Born in Joao Pessoa (Paraíba), he also coached football, rowing and water polo. In his youth, he studied at a military college. His lengthy workouts alternated with authoritative teaching tone.
Rise to global dominance
The unstoppable rise of basketball was confirmed at the second World Championship in Rio (1954). The Brazilian team, coached by Kanela, reached the final undefeated and proclaimed runner-up after losing to the global hegemonic basketball power from the U.S. That Brazilian team was equipped with experienced players who won the bronze medal at the 1948 London Summer Olympic Games, and supported through the arrival of two young men. These young men were Amaury Pasos and Wlamir Marques, 18 and 17 years old, respectively. The bet of the visionary Kanela would give tremendous returns in later years.
Ironically, the Brazilian player leap happened when the team was made up of willing and enthusiastic amateurs. These athletes, who were initiated into the game almost self-taught by imitation of American basketball players who had toured the country. The hard work of Kanela consisted of giving these players basic fundamentals and then lecture them on team concepts. Amaury and Wlamir were his most successful students. Especially their jump shots dazzled at the 54 FIBA World Cup. "Their scoring was smart and technically perfect." said the Brazilian journalist Fábio Balassiano.
Before playing basketball, Amaury, who measured 1.91 m (6'3") tall, had practiced swimming, athletics and volleyball, which provided him with much athletic ability. Amaury began his career playing as a typical center and power forward, but he later learned to play away from the basket, and to play as a play maker. His partner, Wlamir, was another former track runner. Standing 1.85 m (6'1") tall, Wlamir was a great shooter, had great ball handling skills, and enormous agility and jumping ability, which also helped him to become an excellent rebounder. Amaury and Wlamir fit well into Kanela's system: fast pace, quick transition, and full confidence in the outside shooters.
After three months of intense preparation at a Marine base, Brazil was presented at the 1959 FIBA World Championship in Chile, as a candidate for the podium. In addition to the U.S. (with a team composed of air force players), a very tough opponent emerged that had been absent in the previous tournament: the Soviet Union, the 1957 EuroBasket champions and 1956 Summer Olympics silver medalists. Kanela had the following starting lineup: Amaury Pasos as play maker, Wlamir Marques and the 33-year old veteran, Algodão, as wings; and Waldemar Blatskauskas and Edson Bispo at power forward and center. To complete his 7-player rotation, Kanela mostly played his bench players, small forward Jatyr Schall and point guard Pecente Fonseca. There were some minutes also for the young forward Rosa Branca, who was a great ball handler, and who later received an offer to join the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 2012, Brazil's top players included: Anderson Varejão, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa, Nenê, Marcelinho Huertas, Alex Garcia, Guilherme Giovannoni, Marcelinho Machado, and Marquinhos Vieira. Brazil has four NBA players in 2019: Bruno Caboclo (Memphis Grizzlies), Cristiano Felício (Chicago Bulls), Nenê (Houston Rockets) and Raulzinho Neto (Philadelphia 76ers).
|Summer Olympic Games Record|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|2000–2008||Did not qualify|
FIBA World Cup
|FIBA World Cup Record|
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games Record|
|2019||Did not qualify|
|FIBA AmeriCup Record|
FIBA South American Championship
|FIBA South American Championship Record|
|1932||Did not participate|
|1943||Did not participate|
|Brazil men's national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Anderson Varejão||Cristiano Felício||Augusto Lima|
|PF||Bruno Caboclo||Marquinhos Vieira|
|SF||Alex Garcia||Didi Louzada|
|SG||Leandro Barbosa||Vítor Benite|
|PG||Marcelo Huertas||Rafa Luz||Yago dos Santos|
Other current players:
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- Fred Charles Brown: 1930
- Ângelo Mônaco: 1934, 1940
- Arthur Silva Araújo: 1935
- Arno Frank: 1936, 1939
- Jayme da Costa Chacon: 1937–1938
- José Vaz: 1941
- Octacílio de Souza Braga: 1942–1947
- Moacyr Brondi Daiuto: 1948, 1950
- José Simões Henriques: 1949, 1953, 1955
- Togo "Kanela" Renan Soares: 1951, 1954, 1957–63, 1967, 1970–71
- Manoel Pitanga: 1952
- Ruy de Freitas: 1955
- Mário Amândio Duarte: 1956
- Renato Brito Cunha: 1964–1965, 1968, 1983–84
- Ary Ventura Vidal: 1966, 1977–79, 1985–88, 1995–96
- Édson Bispo: 1967, 1971–76
- José Fernandes Tude Sobrinho: 1969
- Pedro "Pedroca" Murilla Fuentes: 1972
- Cláudio Mortari: 1980–81
- José Edvar Simões: 1982–83
- Hélio Rubens Garcia: 1989–1990, 1997–2002
- José Medalha: 1991–92
- Ênio Ângelo Vecchi: 1993–94
- Lula Ferreira: 2003–2007
- Moncho Monsalve: 2008–2010
- Paulo Teixeira Sampaio: 2008
- João Marcelo Leite: 2010
- / Rubén Magnano: 2010–2016
- Gustavo Conti: 2012, 2016
- José Neto: 2014
- César Guidetti: 2017
- Aleksandar Petrović: 2017– (current head coach)
- Brazil men's national 3x3 team
- Brazil national under-19 basketball team
- Brazil national under-17 basketball team
- Brazil women's national basketball team
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