Brazil national basketball team

This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Brazil women's national basketball team.
Brazil Brazil
2016 Brazil men's Olympic basketball team
FIBA ranking 7 Increase 2
Joined FIBA 1935
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Brazilian Basketball Confederation
Coach Rubén Magnano
Olympic Games
Appearances 15
Medals Bronze: (1948, 1960, 1964)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 15
Medals Gold: (1959, 1963)
Silver: (1954, 1970)
Bronze: (1967, 1978)
FIBA Americas Championship
Appearances 17
Medals Gold: (1984, 1988, 2005, 2009)
Silver: (2001, 2011)
Bronze: (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997)
Pan American Games
Appearances 15
Medals Gold: (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)
Silver: (1963, 1983)
Bronze: (1951, 1955, 1959, 1975, 1979, 1995)

The Brazil national basketball team represents Brazil in FIBA's basketball competitions. The team is governed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Brasileira de Basketball), abbreviated as CBB.[1]
They have been a member of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) since 1935.

Brazil's basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas. It is the only team besides the United States that has appeared at every Basketball World Cup since it was first held in 1950.


First steps

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 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.[2]

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.[2]

The era Kanela

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 in a row (1951-1960). Born in Joao Pessoa (Paraíba) he had also coached football, rowing and water polo. In his youth, he had studied at a military college. His lengthy workouts alternated with authoritative teaching tone.[2]

Rise to a 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 London 1948 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.[2]

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.[2]

Before playing basketball, Amaury (who measured 1.91m) had practiced swimming, athletics and volleyball, which provided him with much athletic ability. He began his career at Center but later learned to play away from the basket. His partner Wlamir was another former track runner. Standing 1.85 m, Wlamir was a great shooter, had great ball handling skills and an 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.[2]

After three months of intense preparation in 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, European champions and Olympic silver medalist. Kanela had the following starting lineup: Amaury Pasos as playmaker, Wlamir Marques and the veteran 33-year old veteran Algodão as forwards; and Centers Edson Bispo and Waldemar Blatskauskas. For his 7-player rotation, Kanela played mostly his bench players forward Jatyr Schall and guard Pecente Fonseca. There were some minutes also for the young forward Carmo de Souza, and Rosa Branca, a juggler ball, who later received an offer to join the Harlem Globetrotters.[2]

Throughout its history, the team has won two World Championships (1959 and 1963), three bronze Olympic medals (in 1948, 1960 and 1964), four Americas Championships (1984, 1988, 2005 and 2009) and five Pan American Games (1971, 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007).

Later years

As in 2012, Brazil's top players included Anderson Varejão, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa, Nenê, Marcelinho Huertas, Alex Garcia, Guilherme Giovannoni and Marquinhos Vieira.

Competition results

Olympic Games

Summer Olympic Games Record
Year Position Pld W L
Germany 19369th place422
United Kingdom 1948Bronze medal871
Finland 19526th place844
Australia 19566th place734
Italy 1960Bronze medal871
Japan 1964Bronze medal963
Mexico 19684th place963
Germany 19727th place954
Canada 1976Did not participate
Soviet Union 19805th place743
United States 19849th place734
South Korea 19885th place853
Spain 19925th place844
United States 19966th place835
20002008Did not participate
United Kingdom 20125th place642
Brazil 20169th place523

FIBA World Cup

FIBA World Cup Record
Year Result Pld W L
Argentina 19504th place633
Brazil 1954Runner-up981
Chile 1959Champions972
Brazil 1963Champions660
Uruguay 19673rd place972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1970Runner-up972
Puerto Rico 19746th place1046
Philippines 19783rd place1082
Colombia 19828th place853
Spain 19864th place1284
Argentina 19905th place844
Canada 199411th place826
Greece 199810th place826
United States 20028th place945
Japan 200619th place514
Turkey 20109th place633
Spain 20146th place752
China 2019To Be Determined

Pan American Games

Pan American Games Record
Year Result Pld W L
Argentina 1951Bronze Medal633
Mexico 1955Bronze Medal541
United States 1959Bronze Medal642
Brazil 1963Silver Medal651
Canada 19677th place642
Colombia1971Gold Medal871
Mexico 1975Bronze Medal972
Puerto Rico 1979Bronze Medal945
Venezuela 1983Silver Medal853
United States 1987Gold Medal761
Cuba 19915th place761
Argentina 1995Bronze Medal752
Canada 1999Gold Medal541
Dominican Republic 2003Gold Medal550
Brazil 2007Gold Medal550
Mexico 20115th place422
Canada 2015Gold Medal550

FIBA Americas Championship

FIBA Americas Championship Record
Year Result Pld W L
Puerto Rico 19804th place642
Brazil 1984Champions880
Uruguay 1988Champions871
Mexico 19893rd place871
United States 19923rd place651
Puerto Rico 19934th place743
Argentina 19953rd place1055
Uruguay 19973rd place963
Puerto Rico 19996th place835
Argentina 2001Runner-up1073
Puerto Rico 20037th place835
Dominican Republic 2005Champions1073
United States 20074th place1055
Puerto Rico 2009Champions1091
Argentina 2011Runner-up1082
Venezuela 20139th place404
Mexico 20159th place413
2017To Be Determined

South American Championship

South American Championship Record
Year Position Pld W L
Uruguay 19303rd Place624
Chile 1932Did not participate
Argentina 19344th place615
Brazil 1935Runner-up422
Chile 19373rd place835
Peru 19384th place413
Brazil 1939Champions431
Uruguay 19403rd place532
Argentina 19415th place514
Chile 19424th place422
Peru 1943Did not participate
Ecuador 1945Champions550
Brazil 1947Runner-up532
Paraguay 1949Runner-up532
Uruguay 1953Runner-up651
Colombia 19553rd place862
Chile 1958Champions770
Argentina 1960Champions660
Brazil 1961Champions770
Peru 1963Champions871
Argentina 1966Runner-up761
Paraguay 1968Champions761
Uruguay 1969Runner-up642
Uruguay 1971Champions761
Colombia 1973Champions770
Colombia 1976Runner-up651
Chile 1977Champions880
Argentina 1979Runner-up651
Uruguay 1981Runner-up541
Brazil 1983Champions660
Colombia 1985Champions770
Paraguay 19873rd place651
Ecuador 1989Champions550
Venezuela 1991Runner-up862
Brazil 1993Champions770
Uruguay 19953rd place761
Venezuela 19974th place752
Argentina 1999Champions660
Chile 2001Runner-up972
Uruguay 2003Champions660
Brazil 2004Runner-up651
Venezuela 2006Champions431
Chile 20084th place642
Colombia 2010Champions550
Argentina 20124th place532
Venezuela 20143rd place532


Current roster

The following is the Brazil roster for the men's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3]

Brazil men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PG 5 Neto, Raulzinho 24 – (1992-05-19)19 May 1992 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Utah Jazz United States
C 6 Felício, Cristiano 24 – (1992-07-07)7 July 1992 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Chicago Bulls United States
SG 8 Benite, Vitor 26 – (1990-02-20)20 February 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) UCAM Murcia Spain
PG 9 Huertas, Marcelinho 33 – (1983-05-25)25 May 1983 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Los Angeles Lakers United States
G/F 10 Garcia, Alex 36 – (1980-03-04)4 March 1980 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Bauru Brazil
F 12 Giovannoni, Guilherme 36 – (1980-06-02)2 June 1980 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Brasília Brazil
F/C 13 Nenê 33 – (1982-09-13)13 September 1982 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Washington Wizards United States
SF 14 Souza, Marquinhos 32 – (1984-05-31)31 May 1984 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Flamengo Brazil
SG 19 Barbosa, Leandro 33 – (1982-11-28)28 November 1982 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Golden State Warriors United States
F/C 23 Lima, Augusto 24 – (1991-09-17)17 September 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Real Madrid Spain
F/C 30 Hettsheimeir, Rafael 30 – (1986-06-16)16 June 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Bauru Brazil
PG 55 Luz, Rafael 24 – (1992-02-11)11 February 1992 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Flamengo Brazil
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 6 August 2016

On 27 July, Anderson Varejão left the squad due to injury and was replaced by Cristiano Felício.[4]

Past rosters

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1948 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 23 teams

Algodão, Ruy de Freitas, Affonso Évora, Alfredo da Motta, Marcus Vinicius Dias, Alexandre Gemignani, Nilton Pacheco de Oliveira, Guilherme Rodrigues, Joao Francisco Braz, Alberto Marson, Massinet Sorcinelli, Luiz Benvenuti (Coach: Moacyr Brondi Daiuto)

1954 World Championship: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Algodão, Alfredo da Motta, Thales Monteiro, Hélio Marques Pereira, Ângelo Bonfietti "Angelim", Almir Nelson de Almeida, Wilson Bombarda, Mário Jorge da Fonseca, Mayr Facci, José Henrique de Carli, Jamil Gedeao, Fausto Sucena Rasga (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1956 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 15 teams

1959 World Championship: finished 1st among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Algodão, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Otto Nóbrega, Waldyr Geraldo Boccardo, Pedro Vicente da Fonseca "Pecente", José Maciel Senra "Zezinho", Fernando Pereira de Freitas "Fernando Brobro" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1960 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Amaury Pasos, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Algodão, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Antonio Salvador Sucar, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Moyses Blas, Waldyr Geraldo Boccardo, Fernando Pereira de Freitas "Fernando Brobro" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1963 World Championship: finished 1st among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Waldemar Blatskauskas, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", Antonio Salvador Sucar, Luis Claudio Menon, Friedrich Wilhelm Braun "Fritz", Victor Mirshawka, Benedito Cicero Tortelli "Paulista" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1964 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Edson Bispo dos Santos, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Antonio Salvador Sucar, Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", José Edvar Simões, Victor Mirshawka, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Friedrich Wilhelm Braun "Fritz" (Coach: Renato Brito Cunha)

1967 World Championship: finished 3rd among 13 teams

Amaury Pasos, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Jatyr Eduardo Schall, Antonio Salvador Sucar, Hélio Rubens Garcia, José Edvar Simoes, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Luis Claudio Menon, José Luiz Olaio Neto, Cesar Sebba, Emil Rached (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1970 World Championship: finished 2nd among 13 teams

Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Wlamir Marques, Carlos Domingos Massoni "Mosquito", Carmo de Souza "Rosa Branca", José Edvar Simões, Luiz Claudio Menon, Hélio Rubens Garcia, Sérgio Toledo Machado "Sérgio Macarrão", Marcos Antonio Abdalla Leite "Marquinhos", José Luis Olaio Neto, José Aparecido dos Santos, Pedro César Ferrer Cardoso "Pedrinho" (Coach: Togo Renan Soares "Kanela")

1978 World Championship: finished 3rd among 14 teams

Oscar Schmidt, Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, Marcel de Souza, Hélio Rubens Garcia, Marcos Antonio Abdalla Leite "Marquinhos", Adilson de Freitas Nascimento, Milton Setrini Júnior "Carioquinha", Roberto José Correa "Robertão", Gilson Trindade de Jesus, Eduardo Agra, Marcelo Vido, Fausto Giannechini (Coach: Ary Ventura Vidal)

2009 FIBA Americas Championship: finished 1st among 10 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Duda Machado, 6 – Diego Pinheiro, 7 – Olivinha, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – João Paulo Batista, 14 – Jonathan Tavernari, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Moncho Monsalve)

2011 FIBA Americas Championship: finished 2nd among 10 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Nezinho dos Santos, 6 – Rafael Luz, 7 – Augusto Lima, 8 – Vitor Benite, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Alex Garcia, 11 – Rafael Hettsheimeir, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Caio Torres, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

2012 Olympic Games: finished 5th among 12 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Raulzinho, 6 – Caio Torres, 7 – Larry Taylor, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Nenê, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

2014 FIBA World Cup: finished 6th among 24 teams

4 – Marcelinho Machado, 5 – Raulzinho, 6 – Rafael Hettsheimeir, 7 – Larry Taylor, 8 – Alex Garcia, 9 – Marcelinho Huertas, 10 – Leandro Barbosa, 11 – Anderson Varejão, 12 – Guilherme Giovannoni, 13 – Nenê, 14 – Marcus Vinicius, 15 – Tiago Splitter (Coach: Rubén Magnano)

Head coaches



2015, 2016: Nike[5]

2015: Bradesco[5]

See also


  1. FIBA National Federations – Brazil,, accessed 18 July 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Da Silva, Gustavo, El pesado testigo de Óscar Schmidt, Perarnau Magazine, 26 July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015.(Spanish)
  3. "Definida a Seleção Brasileira para os Jogos Rio 2016" [The Brazilian national team set for the Rio 2016 Games]. Brazilian Basketball Confederation. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  4. "Cristiano Felicio to replace Anderson Varejao at Rio Olympics". CBS Sports. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. 1 2 2015 FIBA Americas Championship - Brazil,, Retrieved 1 October 2015.
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