2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
17th FIBA Basketball World Cup
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2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Tournament details
Host nation  Spain
Dates 30 August – 14 September
Teams 24 (from 213 federations)
Venues 6 (in 6 host cities)
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The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 17th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the tournament previously known as the FIBA World Championship.[1] To be hosted by Spain, it will be the last time the tournament will be held on the current four-year cycle. The next FIBA World Cup will be held five years later, in 2019, to reset the four-year-cycle on a different year than the FIFA World Cup.[2]

Countdown clock outside the FIBA headquarters in Mies, Switzerland as of June 2013.

The winner will automatically qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Host selection[edit]

FIBA opened the bidding process on 10 January 2008 and all the letters of intent were submitted on 30 April 2008.[3] Nine countries showed interest in hosting the event, as in order, they were Spain,[4] France,[5] Denmark,[6] Russia,[7] Saudi Arabia,[8] Qatar,[9] Italy,[10] Greece,[11] and China.[12]

Among the nine, only three were shortlisted by FIBA: China which would have hosted the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship later that year, Italy which last hosted a FIBA tournament in EuroBasket Women 2007, and FIBA EuroBasket 2007 hosts Spain.

On 23 May 2009, after voting by the FIBA Central Board in Geneva in which the Chinese and Spanish representatives abstained, China was the first to be eliminated in the first round of voting. In the final round, Arvydas Sabonis and Saša Djordjević announced that Spain won the hosting rights with eleven votes as opposed to Italy's eight.[13]

Venues[edit]

Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid will be the main venue, hosting the final and half of the matches in the final round. While no arenas from the 1986 FIBA World Championship will be reused, the current Madrid arena was built on the site of the original venue that was destroyed by fire in 2001, which was a venue used in 1986. Amongst venues used in FIBA EuroBasket 2007, the arenas in Granada, Seville and Madrid will be reused. One arena, the Gran Canaria Arena, is the only new venue, being built after the tournament was awarded to Spain. The other cities will host a group.

On 17 April 2010, Barcelona was added to the list of cities to hold games, bringing the total venues to six.[14] This will be Barcelona's first time being part of a major international event in basketball since the 1997 EuroBasket, in which the Palau Sant Jordi hosted the final stages.[14] Barcelona will host half of the games in the knockout stage, including a semifinal.

Below is a list of the confirmed venues which will be used to host games during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Connor Floor will be the official supplier of the basketball courts for each of the six sites.[15]

Iberian peninsula Madrid Barcelona Granada
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
Capacity: 15,500
Palau Sant Jordi
Capacity: 16,500
Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada
Capacity: 7,500
Palacio de Deportes (Madrid) 02.jpg Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona Catalonia 2.jpg Palacio de deportes de Granada.jpg
Barakaldo Seville Las Palmas
Bizkaia Arena
Capacity: 15,414
Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo
Capacity: 10,200
Gran Canaria Arena
Capacity: 11,500
Canary Islands Bizkaia Arena Supercopa España 2007.jpg SanPabloSevillaBasket-cropped.jpg Partido Basket Herbalife Gran Canaria - Unicaja ( 67- 65).jpg
Islas Canarias (real location) in Spain.svg

Qualification[edit]

Status of teams with the intent of participating in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
  Qualified
  Eliminated
  Did not enter
  Disqualified and suspended by FIBA
  Not a member of FIBA

There will be 24 teams taking part in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball. After the 2012 Olympics, the continental allocation for FIBA Americas was reduced by one when the United States won the Olympic tournament, automatically qualifying them for the 2014 World Cup.[16]

Qualified teams[edit]

As of 21 September 2013, twenty teams have already qualified for the final tournament in 2014. To complete the 24-team tournament, FIBA would announce the four wild cards after a meeting in Barcelona on 3 February 2014; they may announce an initial list of teams that would be considered after a Buenos Aires meeting on 23–24 November 2013.[17] The FIBA Central Board decided not to trim the list of wild card applicants on their Buenos Aires meeting, making all 15 teams eligible to be selected on the February meeting at Barcelona.[18]

On 1 February 2014, FIBA announced that it had allocated the wild cards to Brazil, Finland, Greece and Turkey.[19]

Event Date Location Berths Qualified
Host nation 23 May 2009 Switzerland Geneva 1  Spain
2012 Olympics 29 July–12 August 2012 United Kingdom London 1  United States
2013 FIBA Africa Championship 20–31 August 2013 Ivory Coast Abidjan 3  Angola
 Egypt
 Senegal
2013 FIBA Americas Championship 30 August–11 September 2013 Venezuela Caracas 4  Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 Argentina
 Dominican Republic
2013 FIBA Asia Championship 1–11 August 2013 Philippines Manila 3  Iran
 Philippines
 South Korea
FIBA EuroBasket 2013 4–22 September 2013  Slovenia 6  France
 Lithuania
 Croatia
 Slovenia
 Ukraine
 Serbia
2013 FIBA Oceania Championship 14–18 August 2013 New Zealand Auckland
Australia Canberra
2  Australia
 New Zealand
Wild cards 1 February 2014 Spain Barcelona 4  Brazil
 Finland
 Greece
 Turkey
TOTAL 24

Suspension of Senegal[edit]

On the FIBA Central Board meeting in Buenos Aires, FIBA suspended the basketball federations of Guatemala, Morocco and Senegal indefinitely "due to their inability to properly function as the governing body for basketball in their respective countries."[20] The Senegalese federation was suspended reportedly due to age fabrication in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Men and for Women; the Senegalese federation was dissolved as a result.[21] On 2 February, FIBA lifted the suspension on the Senegalese federation after they complied with all of the requirements imposed by the FIBA, clearing the way for the participation of its national team in the tournament.[19]

Rule and format changes[edit]

This will be the first time the new expanded free throw lane, the restricted arc, and extended three point line (6.6 m [21' 8"] from the basket at the corners; 6.75 m [22' 1.75"] elsewhere) take effect in the tournament.

The final round will be held in two arenas: in the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid and Palau Sant Jordi, as opposed to a singular arena in 2010. Also, the ordering of the round of 16 match-ups were changed. In 2010, a team from Group A or B can meet a team from Group C or D as early in the quarterfinals, and cannot meet their groupmates until the semifinals. In 2014, teams from Groups A and B are in one half of the bracket and will play in Madrid, while teams from Groups C and D are in the other half and will play in Barcelona; teams from Groups A and B won't meet teams from Group C or D until the final or third-place playoff, and can meet their groupmates as early as the quarterfinals.

In 2010, the round of 16 games were held in a span of four days, or two matches per day; in 2014, there would be four games per day, and the round of 16 will be done in two days. From the semifinals onward, unlike in 2010 where the semifinals were held in one day, and the third-place playoff and the final on the next day, the semifinals in 2014 will be held on two days, followed by the third-place playoff the next day, and the final on the day after, or one game per day. Finally, the classification round for 5th place was also eliminated.

Draw[edit]

The draw was held on 3 February 2014 at 19:00 CET at the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona.[22] On 2 February, FIBA released the pots on how the teams would be drawn. "Pot 1" included the top 4 teams in the FIBA World Rankings for men, while the other pots were grouped on geographical and sporting criteria.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

 Argentina (3)
 Lithuania (4)
 Spain (2)
 United States (1)

 Angola (15)
 Egypt (46)
 Senegal (41)
 Finland (39)

 Iran (20)
 South Korea (31)
 Philippines (34)
 New Zealand (19)

 Croatia (16)
 Serbia (11)
 Slovenia (13)
 Ukraine (45)

 Brazil (10)
 Dominican Republic (26)
 Mexico (24)
 Puerto Rico (17)

 Australia (9)
 France (8)
 Greece (5)
 Turkey (7)

There were no restrictions in drawing teams from pots except for the following:

  • Spain and the United States, as the top 2 teams, were to be placed on opposite sides of the bracket for knockout play. As a result, Spain went to Group A and the USA to Group C. The other teams in the pot would thus be drawn to either Group B or D.
  • Finland could not be placed in a group that already had a European team; therefore they could only be placed in the group containing the USA or Argentina.
  • Australia could not be placed in a group that already contained New Zealand, and thus had to be placed in a group that already had two European teams.

After a team's group was drawn, another draw followed to determine their position in the group, and consequently, the order of games to be played. In this draw, there were four pots, "Pot A" to "Pot D", each corresponding to each preliminary round group, containing six numbers; here, the pot corresponding to the drawn group of a team was drawn to determine its position in the order of games, such as "A1" to "A6", for Group A teams. Finally, after the groupings and order of games were determined, FIBA assigned one group to each preliminary round host city.[23][24]

Former Spanish international Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Croatia's Dino Rađa, José Ortiz of Puerto Rico and Angolan Jean-Jacques Conceição assisted in the draw.[24]

Group A, which included European champions France, hosts Spain, and traditional powerhouse Serbia has been labeled as the "group of death".[25] The Americans, meanwhile, avoided the "bracket of death" of Groups A and B by landing in Group C, setting up a rematch of the 2010 final against Turkey, which were selected as wild cards, and a possible late knockout match-up against European runners-up Lithuania.[26]

Squads[edit]

Each team has a roster of 12 players; a team may opt to have one naturalized player from its roster. The final rosters shall be finalized at the team managers' meeting at the night prior to the first game. The final roster of 12 players per team must be taken from a list of at most 24 players submitted to FIBA two months before the beginning of the championship.

Preliminary round[edit]

Current rankings of teams.

How teams are ranked:

  1. Highest number of points earned, with each game result having a corresponding point:
    • Win: 2 points
    • Loss: 1 point
    • Loss by default: 1 point, with a final score of 2–0 for the opponents of the defaulting team if the latter team is not trailing or if the score is tied, or the score at the time of stoppage if they are trailing.
    • Loss by forfeit: 0 points, with a final score of 20–0 for the opponents of the forfeiting team.
  2. Head-to-head record via points system above
  3. Goal average on games among tied teams
  4. Goal average on all group games
  5. Drawing of lots
Qualified to the Final Round

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Egypt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 August 2014
Egypt   Serbia Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
France   Brazil Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Iran   Spain Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
31 August 2014
Serbia   France Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Brazil   Iran Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Spain   Egypt Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
1 September 2014
Iran   Serbia Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
France   Egypt Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Brazil   Spain Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
3 September 2014
Egypt   Iran Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Serbia   Brazil Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Spain   France Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
4 September 2014
Brazil   Egypt Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Iran   France Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada
Serbia   Spain Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Granada

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Senegal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 August 2014
Croatia   Philippines Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Puerto Rico   Argentina Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Greece   Senegal Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
31 August 2014
Argentina   Croatia Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Senegal   Puerto Rico Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Philippines   Greece Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
1 September 2014
Croatia   Senegal Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Argentina   Philippines Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Puerto Rico   Greece Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
3 September 2014
Philippines   Puerto Rico Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Senegal   Argentina Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Greece   Croatia Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
4 September 2014
Senegal   Philippines Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Croatia   Puerto Rico Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville
Argentina   Greece Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 August 2014
Ukraine   Dominican Republic Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
New Zealand   Turkey Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
United States   Finland Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
31 August 2014
Dominican Republic   New Zealand Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Finland   Ukraine Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Turkey   United States Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
2 September 2014
Ukraine   Turkey Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
United States   New Zealand Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Finland   Dominican Republic Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
3 September 2014
New Zealand   Ukraine Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Turkey   Finland Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Dominican Republic   United States Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
4 September 2014
Finland   New Zealand Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Ukraine   United States Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Turkey   Dominican Republic Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Lithuania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Angola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 August 2014
Angola   South Korea Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Australia   Slovenia Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Mexico   Lithuania Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
31 August 2014
South Korea   Australia Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Slovenia   Mexico Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Lithuania   Angola Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
2 September 2014
Angola   Mexico Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Australia   Lithuania Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
South Korea   Slovenia Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
3 September 2014
Mexico   Australia Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Slovenia   Angola Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Lithuania   South Korea Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
4 September 2014
Australia   Angola Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
South Korea   Mexico Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas
Lithuania   Slovenia Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas

Final round[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
6 September – Madrid            
 A1  
10 September – Madrid
 B4    
   
6 September – Madrid
       
 B2  
12 September – Madrid
 A3    
   
7 September – Madrid
       
 B1  
10 September – Madrid
 A4    
   
7 September – Madrid
       
 A2  
14 September – Madrid
 B3    
   
6 September – Barcelona
     
 C1  
9 September – Barcelona
 D4    
   
6 September – Barcelona
       
 D2  
11 September – Barcelona
 C3    
   
7 September – Barcelona
        Third place
 D1  
9 September – Barcelona 13 September – Madrid
 C4    
       
7 September – Barcelona
           
 C2  
 D3    

Round of 16[edit]

6 September 2014
A3 vs. B2
6 September 2014
A1 vs. B4
6 September 2014
C3 vs. D2
6 September 2014
C1 vs. D4
7 September 2014
A4 vs. B1
7 September 2014
A2 vs. B3
7 September 2014
C4 vs. D1
7 September 2014
C2 vs. D3

Quarterfinals[edit]

9 September 2014
WEF5 vs. WEF6
9 September 2014
WEF7 vs. WEF8
10 September 2014
WEF1 vs. WEF2
10 September 2014
WEF3 vs. WEF4

Semifinals[edit]

11 September 2014
21:00
WQF1 vs. WQF2
12 September 2014
22:00
WQF3 vs. WQF4

Third place playoff[edit]

13 September 2014
18:00
LSF1 vs. LSF2

Final[edit]

14 September 2014
21:00
WSF1 vs. WSF2

Marketing[edit]

Road show and trophy tour[edit]

A tour of the Naismith Trophy is currently being held to promote the event, and is scheduled to end at early August. The trophy was on display at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans in February, then the tour visited several countries in Latin America, Europe and the Philippines from April to mid-July.[27] Prior to this, FIBA and the Spanish Basketball Federation held a road show that ran from 2012 to 2014 visiting key Spanish cities, with the some of the final stops being the host cities, and at Ljubljana, Slovenia during FIBA EuroBasket 2013.[28]

Ball[edit]

On 30 January, FIBA revealed the official ball that will be used in the World Cup. Designed by Molten, it "will be the first time ever a custom designed basketball has been developed exclusively for an individual event".[29]

Mascots[edit]

On 31 January, FIBA revealed the mascots of the World Cup: Olé and Hop. Olé and Hop's name came from the word "alley-oop"; they are directly inspired from the 2014 World Cup logo, and will have a tour of host cities leading up to the championship.[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2012/11/11/hoops-world-cup/1697399/
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  5. ^ "PR N°10 – France, 2nd candidate interested in hosting the 2014 FIBA World Champ". FIBA.com. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  6. ^ "PR N°11 – Denmark, 3rd candidate interested in hosting the 2014 FIBA World Champ". FIBA.com. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
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  9. ^ "PR N°22 – Qatar, 6th candidate interested in hosting the 2014 FIBA World Champ". FIBA.com. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  10. ^ "PR N°24 – Italy, 7th candidate interested in hosting the 2014 FIBA World Champ". FIBA.com. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
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  15. ^ Connor Sport Court International to provide courts for 2014 FIBA World Cup 
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  18. ^ "PR N°25 - Addition of two NFs, new competition system for youth events headline Central Board". FIBA. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  19. ^ a b "PR N°4 - Brazil, Finland, Greece and Turkey awarded wild cards for Spain 2014". FIBA.com. 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  20. ^ "PR N°25 - Addition of two NFs, new competition system for youth events headline Central Board". FIBA.com. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
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  22. ^ "Official draw headlines exciting week on Road to Spain 2014". FIBA.com. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  23. ^ "PR N°5 - Procedure for Official Draw of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup". FIBA. 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  24. ^ a b "PR N°6 - Draw results for 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup". FIBA. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  25. ^ "2014 World Cup Groups Revealed". FIBA Europe. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  26. ^ Stein, Marc (2014-02-04). "Team USA's 2014 off to great start". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  27. ^ "Trophy Tour hits the road to promote 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup". FIBA.com. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  28. ^ "Road Show 2014". FIBA.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  29. ^ "PR N°2 - Official Ball of 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup unveiled". FIBA.com. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  30. ^ "PR N°2 - Olé and Hop - two hands as Official Mascots of Spain 2014, presented by Beko". FIBA.com. 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 

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