August 1, 2021

Spain Plays The Premundial On Saturday Against Russia

The National Team fell to Serbia in the quarterfinals (71-64), but the Eurobasket is not over yet for them: There is another final against Russia this Saturday (15:00, Tdp). A match that will be the key to the World Cup in Australia next year. If Spain wins, it will finish among the six best of the Eurobasket and will have a place in the February World Cup; if he loses, he will have no plans for next summer.

The defeat of the first day against Belarus (52-51) has been very expensive for the National Team. First, because the mighty Serbia was the rival in the quarterfinals; and secondly, because he will have to play you a place for Australia with the fearsome Russia, which was about to leave Belgium out of the semifinals.

For Spain it would be a great ‘stick’ to stay out of the world event next year. The Selection, which was bronze in the 2010 and 2018 World Cups and silver in 2014, he has not missed this appointment since Malaysia in 1990: he has seven championships in a row in which he has never dropped from eighth place (Australia 94 and Brazil 2006).

The format of the Australian World Cup

FIBA changed the qualifying format for the World Cup. The host (Australia) and the champion of the Tokyo Olympic Games (except surprise USA) will have a fixed place. The other 10 tickets will be decided in four World Cup tournaments, to be played in February next year. It will be the same as the Pre-Olympic: four groups of four teams each (including the Olympic champion and Australia). The worst of each of them are eliminated (provided they are not the host and the Olympic champion) and the rest are classified.

Continental tournaments are the key to obtaining a place in the Premundial. The best six will go from the Eurobasket (they already have their place secured France, Serbia, Belarus and Belgium). The last two will be for Bosnia or Sweden and for Spain or Russia. The best four will go from the FIBA ​​Americas tournament and from Asiabasket (Australia and New Zealand are included in this one) and from Africa, the champion and runner-up.