Ubiratan Pereira Maciel
Ubiratan Pereira Maciel.jpg
Maciel, as a member of Trianon Clube, in 1972.
Personal information
Born(1944-01-18)January 18, 1944
São Paulo, Brazil
DiedJuly 17, 2002(2002-07-17) (aged 58)
Brasilia, Brazil
Listed height6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m)
Listed weight212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
Playing career1960–1982
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1960–1961Clube Espéria
1972Trianon Clube
1978–1982São José dos Campos
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player
Representing  Brazil
Men's Basketball
Summer Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Tokyo Team
FIBA World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1963 Brazil Team
Silver medal – second place 1970 Yugoslavia Team
Bronze medal – third place 1967 Uruguay Team
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Philippines Team
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1963 São Paulo Team
Bronze medal – third place 1975 Mexico City Team
Bronze medal – third place 1979 San Juan Team
FIBA South American Championship
Gold medal – first place 1963 Lima Team
Gold medal – first place 1968 Asunción Team
Gold medal – first place 1971 Montevideo Team
Gold medal – first place 1973 Bogotá Team
Gold medal – first place 1977 Valdivia Team

Ubiratan "Bira" Pereira Maciel, commonly known as Bira Maciel, or simply Bira (January 18, 1944 – July 17, 2002), was a professional basketball player from Brazil. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil. At a height of 1.99 m (6' 612") tall,[1] he played at the center position. He is often regarded as the best Brazilian center of all time.[2][3] He was nicknamed "O Rei" (English: "The King").

Club career

Maciel won the top-tier level club league in Brazil, the Brazilian Basketball Championship, 5 times, in the years 1965, 1966, 1969, 1977, and 1981.

National team career

With the senior Brazilian national basketball team, Maciel won a total of 8 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, FIBA World Cup, and Pan American Games.

Ubiratan Pereira Maciel played at 5 FIBA World Cups: (1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, and 1978). He totaled 41 games played and 474 points scored during those competitions, and he won a gold medal at the 1963 tournament in Brazil.[4][5][6]

Post-playing career

Maciel was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was awarded the FIBA Order of Merit in 1994. In 2009, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, as a player. On April 5, 2010, Maciel was announced as a member of the 2010 induction class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a player, and was formally inducted on August 13.[7]


  1. ^ HALL OF FAMERS Ubiratan Pereira (Brazil) Height: 199cm (6'6") Position: Center.
  2. ^ Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, 58, Dies; Best Center in the History of Brazilian Basketball.
  3. ^ A lenda do Cavalo de Aço (in Portuguese).
  4. ^ "Fiba archive players". fiba.com.
  5. ^ "Fiba archive players Maciel Pereira". fiba.com.
  6. ^ "Squads 1963". linguasport.com.
  7. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2010" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 2010-04-05. Archived from the original on 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-04-06.