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2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup fixtures, schedule and live channel

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup fixtures, schedule and live channel

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place from August 31th to September 15th in China.

What is FIBA Basketball World Cup?

FIBA World Cup formerly known as FIBA World Championship, was born in 1950 with the tournament taking place in Argentina. Argentina's basketball team - the host country became the first name to be crowned world champion. Since then, a total of 17 times this event took place.

World Championship basketball tournament usually takes place every four years. This time alone is the exception when it took place after the last FIBA Basketball World Cup 5 years ago. The reason is that the World Basketball League has eliminated the Olympic qualifiers and took the World Cup results to consider tickets for the Olympics.

Who is the king of FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The America basketball team crowned both the last FIBA Basketball World Cup and was the number one team in the tournament's history with 5 Gold medals, 3 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals. Under the US basketball team are the former Yugoslav basketball team and the former Soviet basketball team with 5 and 3 gold medals respectively.

How many teams compete in FIBA Basketball World Cup?

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be the largest scale tournament in history. There are 32 teams participating for the first time and 92 matches will take place within 16 days. This year's World Championship takes place in China, spread out in 8 different cities.

How is FIBA Basketball World Cup format of competition?

32 teams are divided equally into 8 match tables. Table A with the Chinese host team takes place in the capital of Beijing. Tables B, C and D will take place in Wuhan, Guangzhou and Foshan. The reigning American champion in Shanghai to compete in Group E. Nanjing, Shenzhen and Dongguan will host the F, G and H. tables.

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup fixtures, schedule and live channel

 Without Stephen Curry, the US basketball team is expected to become the first team to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup three times in a row

After 3 matches, the two lowest ranked teams in each group will continue to enter the 17-32 qualifying round, while the remaining 16 teams will continue to advance to the second round. From here, the two leading teams of each group will enter the Quarter-finals that take place in Dongguan and Shanghai. Semifinals and Finals take place in Beijing.

Reward for the strongest teams of FIBA Basketball World Cup

From this tournament, 7 teams will have a straight ticket to the Olympic 2020. Opportunities will be given to the best performing teams of 5 regions in Asia, Europe, America, Africa and Oceania (excluding Olympic Japan 2020) and teams with good achievements second place of Europe and America. Other teams will have to find opportunities in the qualifiers that take place next year.

What are the teams worth watching?

The US basketball team is expected to become the first team to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup three times in a row. Despite the absence of LeBron James, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant, coach Gregg Popovich still owns world-class stars like former MVP James Harden or Anthony Davis.

The Serbian basketball team is also the number one candidate to take down the defending champion. European representatives won the Bach medal of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 and 2016 Olympics. Aleksandar Djordjevic coaches seem to be the strongest team in the last 5 years with stars running in the NBA such as Nikola Jokic, Bogdan Bogdanovic or Nemanja Bjelica.

The Australian basketball team stopped at the eighth round in Spain five years ago, but it is possible to become a boxer of this year's tournament. They own up to 9 NBA players in the summon list. The most prominent was Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, the player who was named the best rookie in NBA 2018 and entered the 2019 All-star squad.