2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
2019年FIBA篮球世界杯
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Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates31 August – 15 September
Teams32 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)8 (in 8 host cities)
2014
2023

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 18th tournament of the FIBA Basketball World Cup for men's national basketball teams. The tournament will be hosted in China and will mark a new era for the competition as described. Rescheduled from 2018 to 2019, this edition will be the first FIBA Basketball World Cup since 1967 that will not occur in the same year as the FIFA World Cup, but a year following the latter. Also, the group stage will expand from 24 to 32 teams. The top eight teams, including Japan as the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics (and the top two teams from each of the Americas and Europe; and the top team from each of Africa, Asia and Oceania) in this competition will qualify for the men's basketball event in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Both the Czech Republic and Montenegro will make their first appearances in the FIBA World Cup as debutants. While Poland makes its return to the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 1967.

Hosts selection[edit]

The whole bidding process started in April 2014. Bids from numerous nations were submitted. On 16 March 2015, it was confirmed that the World Cup will be staged in Asia, with China and Philippines as the final countries to be the basis for the selection of the host.[1][2] On 7 August 2015, it was announced that China won the bid against the Philippines and will host the upcoming World Cup.[3]

Voting results[edit]

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup bidding results
Nation Votes
 China 14
 Philippines 7

Venues[edit]

Beijing Nanjing
Wukesong Sport Center Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Games Sport Park
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 19,614
Multicoloured Wukesong Arena Facade (crop).jpg
Shanghai Wuhan
Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Wuhan Sports Center
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 11,700
Venues within Guangdong
Dongguan Foshan
Dongguan Basketball Center Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena
Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 14,700
Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center.jpg
Guangzhou Shenzhen
Guangzhou Gymnasium Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre
Capacity: 11,609 Capacity: 12,381
Guangzhou Gymnasium.JPG Shenzhen Bay Sports Center.jpg

Qualification[edit]

China as the hosts automatically qualified for the tournament. The continental championships were longer belong to the qualification system for the World Cup. Instead, two rounds of continental qualifying tournaments were held over two years.[4]

The first round of the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Africa qualifiers featured 16 teams each, whereas Europe had 32 teams. Division A teams were split in groups of four, to be held in a home-and-away round-robin. The top three teams in each groups advanced to round two, and the last placed teams played the best Division B teams to qualify for the next season's Division A.

In round two of the World Cup qualifiers, teams were split in groups of six, totaling four groups in Europe and two in the other qualifiers. Teams carried over the points from round one, and face another three teams again in a home-and-away round-robin. The best teams in each group qualified for the World Cup.

Starting 2019, no wild card selection was held, and the Olympic champions were not guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

The draw for the qualifiers was held on 7 May 2017 in Guangzhou.[5]

Montenegro and the Czech Republic will debut in the World Cup; Montenegro was formerly a part of Yugoslavia, and later, Serbia and Montenegro teams, while the Czech Republic was a part of the old Czechoslovakia. Poland is returning to the World Cup, after participating in 1967. Canada, China, Germany, Ivory Coast, Russia, and Tunisia are returning to the World Cup after missing out in 2014. Croatia, Egypt, Finland, Mexico, Slovenia, and Ukraine were the teams that participated in 2014 that did not qualify in 2019. Brazil and the United States qualified in 2019, continuing their streaks in participating in all World Cups.

Qualified teams[edit]

Format[edit]

The tournament will be played in three stages. During the first stage, the 32 qualified teams will be sorted into eight groups of four (A-H) and each team in a group will play the other three teams once. The top two teams from each group will then advance to the second group stage. In the second group stage, there will be four groups of four (I-L) made up of the teams that advanced from the first round, again playing each other once. The top two teams from groups I to L will qualify for the final knockout phase.[6]

Classification rounds will be revived after they were not held in 2014.[7] They were traditionally held in every World Championship/World Cup and were last seen in action in 2010.[8]

In total, 92 games will be played over a total of 16 days.

Draw[edit]

The draw took place on 16 March 2019 at Shenzhen Cultural Center in Shenzhen.[9]

Hosts China and the seven best qualified teams as per the February 2019 FIBA World Rankings were seeded in Pot 1, and China and USA were assigned to groups A and E, respectively. Teams in pots 1, 4, 5 and 8 were drawn into Groups A, C, E and G, and Teams in pots 2, 3, 6 and 7 were drawn into Groups B, D, F and H. Canada was moved from Pot 5 to Pot 6, switching places with Iran (the best ranked team from that pot) to avoid having two teams from the Americas in the same group.

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Global Ambassadors Kobe Bryant and Yao Ming, American singer and songwriter Jason Derulo, and Chinese idol singer Yang Chaoyue led the draw ceremony.

After the draw, Group H, which includes Australia, Canada, Lithuania, and Senegal, was described as the "group of death".[10]

Groups A, C, E and G[edit]

Pot 1 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 8
 China (30) (hosts)(Group A)
 United States (1) (Group E)
 Spain (2)
 France (3)
 Puerto Rico (16)
 Turkey (17)
 Dominican Rep. (18)
 Venezuela (20)
 Germany (22)
 Czech Republic (24)
 Poland (25)
 Iran (27)
 Japan (48)
 Jordan (49)
 Tunisia (51)
 Ivory Coast (64)

Groups B, D, F and H[edit]

Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 6 Pot 7
 Serbia (4)
 Argentina (5)
 Lithuania (6)
 Greece (8)
 Russia (10)
 Australia (11)
 Brazil (12)
 Italy (13)
 Canada (23)
 Montenegro (28)
 Philippines (31)
 South Korea (32)
 Nigeria (33)
 Senegal (37)
 New Zealand (38)
 Angola (39)

Group phase[edit]

Group A[edit]

Venue: Cadillac Arena, Beijing

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2  Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4  China (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August 2019. Source: FIBA
(H) Host.
31 August 2019
Ivory Coast   China
Poland   Venezuela
2 September 2019
China   Poland
Venezuela   Ivory Coast
4 September 2019
Ivory Coast   Poland
Venezuela   China

Group B[edit]

Venue : Wuhan Gymnasium, Wuhan

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2  Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4  Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August 2019. Source: FIBA
31 August 2019
Argentina   South Korea
Russia   Nigeria
2 September 2019
Nigeria   Argentina
South Korea   Russia
4 September 2019
South Korea   Nigeria
Russia   Argentina

Group C[edit]

Venue: Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2  Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4  Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August 2019. Source: FIBA
31 August 2019
Iran   Puerto Rico
Spain   Tunisia
2 September 2019
Tunisia   Iran
Puerto Rico   Spain
4 September 2019
Puerto Rico   Tunisia
Spain   Iran

Group D[edit]

Venue: Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center, Foshan

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Angola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August 2019. Source: FIBA
31 August 2019
Philippines   Italy
Angola   Serbia
2 September 2019
Serbia   Philippines
Italy   Angola
4 September 2019
Italy   Serbia
Angola   Philippines

Group E[edit]

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2  Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 1 September 2019. Source: FIBA
1 September 2019
Czech Republic   United States
Turkey   Japan
3 September 2019
Japan   Czech Republic
United States   Turkey
5 September 2019
United States   Japan
Turkey   Czech Republic

Group F[edit]

Venue: Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium, Nanjing

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4  Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 1 September 2019. Source: FIBA
1 September 2019
New Zealand   Brazil
Greece   Montenegro
3 September 2019
Montenegro   New Zealand
Brazil   Greece
5 September 2019
Brazil   Montenegro
Greece   New Zealand

Group G[edit]

Venue: Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, Shenzhen

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4  Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 1 September 2019. Source: FIBA
1 September 2019
France   Germany
Dominican Republic   Jordan
3 September 2019
Jordan   France
Germany   Dominican Republic
5 September 2019
Germany   Jordan
Dominican Republic   France

Group H[edit]

Venue: Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Centre, Dongguan

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2  Senegal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Lithuania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th–32nd Classification
4  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 1 September 2019. Source: FIBA
1 September 2019
Senegal   Lithuania
Canada   Australia
3 September 2019
Lithuania   Canada
Australia   Senegal
5 September 2019
Canada   Senegal
Lithuania   Australia

Second round[edit]

Group I[edit]

Venue: Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center, Foshan

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 A1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group J[edit]

Venue: Wuhan Gymnasium, Wuhan

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group K[edit]

Venue: Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, Shenzhen

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group L[edit]

Venue: Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium, Nanjing

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 H1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 H2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: FIBA

17th–32nd Classification[edit]

Bottom 2 teams from each group in Round 1 will play in the Classification Round.[11]

Group M[edit]

Venue: Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group N[edit]

Venue: Cadillac Arena, Beijing

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group O[edit]

Venue: Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Centre, Dongguan

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group P[edit]

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 G4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 H3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 H4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Final phase[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
10 September – Dongguan
 
 
I1
 
13 September – Beijing
 
J2
 
 
 
11 September – Dongguan
 
 
 
K1
 
15 September – Beijing
 
L2
 
 
 
10 September – Shanghai
 
 
 
J1
 
13 September – Beijing
 
I2
 
 
 
11 September – Shanghai
 
 Third place game
 
L1
 
15 September – Beijing
 
K2
 
 
 
 
 
 

5–8th classification[edit]

 
5–8th ClassificationFifth Place
 
      
 
12 September – Dongguan
 
 
Loser QF1
 
14 September – Beijing
 
Loser QF2
 
 
 
12 September – Shanghai
 
 
 
Loser QF3
 
 
Loser QF4
 
Seventh Place
 
 
14 September – Beijing
 
 
 
 
 
 

Final rankings[edit]

Final rankings of teams.
Qualify to the 2020 Summer Olympics via sub-zone rank
Qualify to the 2020 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Qualify to the 2020 Summer Olympics as host country
Rank Team Record Tie-breaker (points average)
1st, gold medalist(s)
2nd, silver medalist(s)
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
4
5th–8th classification
5
6
7
8
Rank 3 in Second Round groups
9
10
11
12
Rank 4 in Second Round groups
13
14
15
16
Rank 1 in 17th–32nd groups
17
18
19
20
Rank 2 in 17th–32nd groups
21
22
23
24
Rank 3 in 17th–32nd groups
25
26
27
28
Rank 4 in 17th–32nd groups
29
30
31
32

Media[edit]

The television rights holders by country or region are as follows:

Country/Region Broadcaster Ref.
 Australia Fox Sports [12]
 Canada DAZN [13]
 France Canal+ [14]
 Israel Sport 5 [15]
 Italy Sky Italia [16]
 United States ESPN [17]

Marketing[edit]

[edit]

The official logo of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup was officially unveiled on 21 March 2017 in a ceremony held in Shanghai. The logo's concept was inspired from the Beijing Opera where the actors symbolize concepts such as wisdom, persistence, power and perfection, which are prerequisite characteristics that the participating players of national team will need to exhibit "in order to succeed". The logo design was also inspired from the Chinese Dragon Dance, a cultural tradition depicting a story of two flying dragons battling over a shining pearl which is meant to parallel the competition of national teams for the Naismith Trophy. The logo was created Shanghai based agency Flagship.[18]

Sponsors[edit]

Infront China will become the exclusive marketing partner for the domestic commercial rights of FIBA Basketball World Cup China 2019, according to a strategic cooperation agreement officially announced between Infront China, a Wanda Sports company, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Organizing Committee for the competition. The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be staged across eight Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Foshan and Dongguan, from 31 August to 15 September 2019.[19]

Mascot[edit]

An international mascot design competition was organized with the winning mascot chosen by fans. Yan Xu's design, a Chinese Dragon-inspired named Son of Dreams, was announced to be the winning mascot on 18 April 2018. Son of Dreams was born in China on 8 August 2015 one day after China was announced as the host according to the mascot's fictional biography. The magical horns of the mascot is described as having the ability to give the dragon "the power to see in the future, envisioning plays and moves before they actually happen". He wears a red and blue uniform with the tournament's logo and high tops by China's top player Yao Ming. The mascot was chosen over other finalists Speed Tiger who was inspired by a Siberian tiger and QiuQiu (a.k.a. Little Lightning) who was inspired by a Chinese lion. The official mascot made his first public appearance on 28 June 2018 in Shenzhen.[20]

Ball[edit]

On 16 March 2019, FIBA revealed the official ball that would be used in the World Cup, Molten BG5000, designed by Molten.[21]

Issues and concerns[edit]

There are concerns from national federations that they will not be able to play the qualifiers with players from top professional leagues globally (the National Basketball Association and EuroLeague), which is possible with professional leagues operating in mid-year.[22]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019/competition-system/full.pdf
  12. ^ Logue, Matt (7 August 2017). "Fox Sports and FIBA enter landmark broadcast deal as Boomers, Opals get huge boost". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ "DAZN announces new partnership with FIBA Basketball". Perform Group. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  14. ^ "CANAL+ and FIBA extend long-standing partnership until 2021". Perform Group. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  15. ^ "New FIBA agreement sees The Sport Channel become Israel's home of international basketball". Perform Group. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
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  20. ^ "FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 unveils official fan-chosen mascot Son of Dreams".
  21. ^ "FIBA and Molten unveil next generation basketball, set for debut at World Cup in China". FIBA.com. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  22. ^ Basketball Mimics Soccer’s World Cup Qualifying (Minus the Stars) – Marc Stein, The New York Times, 22 November 2017

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