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Friendly draw…, in the first phase

Friendly draw..., in the first phase

Brazilnumber 13 in the ranking FIBA, Iran (22) and Ivory Coast (42) will be Spain’s first three rivals in the group stage of the World Cup 2023 of basketball, that the selection trained by Sergio Scariolo will play in the indonesian sand of jakarta. Yeah Spainwho defends the title, is among the two best in the group Gsomething foreseeable after a friendly draw, will meet the first two of the tough group H, in which they are Canada15 in the ranking FIBA, France (5), Latvia (29) and Lebanon (43). The matches of the second phase will also be played in jakarta. If Spain is also capable of overcoming that second group of four, it will fly to Manila to play the final phase, from the quarterfinals forward, in the Mall of Asia. Spain will debut on Saturday the 26th against the Ivory Coast. On Monday, August 28, they will play against Brazil; and on the 30th, against Iran.

On the horizon of the Selection, USA, great favorite for the title, does not appear at least until the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, the Spanish team would direct them to the first of groups E and F, which are played in Okinawa. That is, the objective of the National Team will be to finish first in its first two groups and avoid, perhaps, the Slovenia of Doncic. However, the crossing in the quarterfinals if the Selection agrees seems very hard (Slovenia, Germany, Australia…).

For the rest, the draw left the mOrb of the confrontation between the United States and the Greece of Antetokoumpo (group C) and not much else. The host Philippines will be seen with Italy, Angola and Dominican Republic in group A and the Serbian of Djokic was lucky: those of Pesic will be measured against Sudan, China and Puerto Rico. Lithuania, this time, did not have the bad luck of China 2019. They will face Egypt, Mexico and Montenegro.

It should be remembered that the FIBA Central Board decided for logistical reasons that the Philippine Arenaa field with capacity for 50,000 fans that was one of the great claims of this world, will not finally host the final phase of the tournament, only two games of the first phase to be able to break the public attendance record in a basketball World Cup. “The road between Metro Manila and the Philippines Arena has hosted various events resulting in unwanted traffic situations. Despite the improvements made, the FIBA ​​Central Board has concluded that the venue was not going to have the desired level for a final phase of the World Cup,” the organization explained.

The draw was held at the Araneta Coliseum with the presence of only one of the three tournament ambassadors (louis scola went to Manila; not like that Pau Gasol and Carmelo Anthony). Yes, there was Dirk Nowitzki, a member of the FIBA ​​Central Board, and international artists such as Saweetie, Sarah Geronimo and Billy Crawford. Jorge Garbajosa, president of the FEB, handed over the Naismith trophy for world champion with the hope that it will only be provisionally.

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