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The WBC

BasketDudes teams belong to the WBC (World Basketball Clubs), an international federation of basketball clubs that has been growing non-stop and currently hosts the largest number of basketball clubs in the world. This is its story.

By 1949 basketball had become very popular around the world. The restrictions enforced in order to take part in official competitions provoked intense internal debates in the heart of official federations. Upon not reaching a satisfactory agreement, a small delegation of representatives broke away, together with some important executives from important basketball teams, and between them they set up an ambitious competition project for clubs at international level.

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At first it was called the BCAA (Basket Clubs Alternative Association), but it later became the World Basketball Clubs (WBC) to show its commitment to the sport at international level.

The start of the schism arose due to the federations making it difficult to accept new clubs and officially recognize different competitions in many countries. The differences in the rules and the format of the competition, whilst not difficult to follow, ended up being rejected because of the threat that they posed to the status of traditional clubs and federations when the World Basketball Championship in Buenos Aires was just about to start.

The split was disrupting, but it was carried out cleanly, and today the relationship between the WBC and the rest of the federations and universities runs very smoothly, with transfers from one side to the other, and a good possibility of setting up an interclubs double world title sometime in the next few years.

The WBC formally organized itself and was later founded in Geneva (Switzerland) on January 14, 1950. The first few competitions between the WBC clubs were not easy, given that the majority of players and teams preferred to carry out their activity under the supervision of the Official Federation. In spite of this, there were some schools and clubs who could not find their place in the traditional model (whether it be due to method, capacity for inversion or commercial interest) and they started to establish themselves and to organize a simple competition that gradually generated great interest for the public.

The first president of the organization was the industrialist Ritsmon Berdley. Mister Berdley had made a fortune in the postwar period manufacturing twisted pair telephone cables. At 72 years of age, to the disappointment of his inheritors, he decided to donate a large part of his fortune to promoting the expansion of the WBC. This converted the game and its prizes in something rather more significant, which aroused the interest of players, clubs and the public.

The first 15 teams, called "Legends", competed in territorial leagues, and once every other year they entered an International Championship: the World Basket Club Finals, where the top 8 teams played.

From these teams emerged players such as Ray "Breakback" Smith, Andrei Shurik, the Turkish Orham Deniz (co-founder of the Kinky Beco Escola) and the mythical Bon "Metal" Scott, as well as trainers as great as the Russian Pavel "Wewon" Vyacheslav. Some of these legendary sportsmen founded specific schools and styles, schools which have given us some extraordinary players.

By 1972, the WBC had over 200 teams in 8 leagues. Today, it is the championship with the most affiliated clubs in the world.

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