Basketball: The World Cup draw was announced, Lithuania is the favorite in group D


Spain_2014_FIBA_Basketball_World_Cup_logoThe FIBA Basketball world cup will take place in Spain and will start on August 30th. Meanwhile, the draw of the matches took place on Monday evening at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona. The draw has four groups in which every group six teams that will compete for the tickets to the next round.

Group A will play in Granada. This group is the most interesting since that there will play the former world champions Spain and the European champions France. Beside those, Serbia, Brazil, Egypt and Iran will try to get the tickets to the second round.

In Group B that will play in Seville, Argentina and Greece will fight for the leadership in the group. Senegal, Puerto Rico, Croatia and Philippines will try to do the work for the first two tougher.

Group C will compete in Bilbao. This group promises to be interesting and who missed the FIBA World Cup finals in Turkey 2010 will be able to see those teams again fighting each other already in the group stage. Turkey will try to revenge the home loss to the Americans 81-64 four years ago. The other members of the group are Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Finland and New Zealand.

The favorite for the first place in Group D that will play in Gran Canaria is the only Baltic member – Lithuania. Lithuania, that finished the last World Cup at the third place and won the silver medals at the last EuroBasket, will compete against Slovenia, Angola, Korea, Australia, and Mexico.

Beside the four cities where the Group Stage will be played, Barcelona and Madrid will also host games. The semifinals and the final match will take place in Madrid.

Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel

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