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National Teams 29/06/2018, 09.51

13 more teams advance to Second Round of World Cup Qualifiers

Official statement from FIBA

National Teams
The number of known teams for the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers grew from 23 to 36 after 13 national sides from across Americas, Asia and Europe secured their places on Thursday, when the third window got underway.

Hungary, Korea, Latvia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine and Virgin Islands clinched places in the Second Round of the Qualifiers for China 2019.

They join Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Venezuela, Uruguay and USA who all guaranteed their places in the next phase during the February window.

Results of all games from the First Round carry over to the Second Round. Therefore, every team needs to win as many games as possible.

Here is how things stand:

Group A: New Zealand, China and Korea through to Second Round; Hong Kong eliminated.
Group C: Jordan, Lebanon and Syria through to Second Round; India eliminated.
Click here to see how teams clinch spots or stay in the hunt for the Second Round of the Asian Qualifiers.

Group A: Panama through to the Second Round; Paraguay eliminated
Group C: Puerto Rico through to the Second Round; Cuba eliminated
Group D: Virgin Islands through to the Second Round; Bahamas eliminated
Click here to see how teams clinch spots or stay in the hunt for the Second Round of the Americas Qualifiers.

Group A: Spain, Slovenia and Montenegro through to Second Round; Belarus eliminated.
Group B: Turkey, Ukraine and Latvia through to Second Round; Sweden eliminated.
Group C: Lithuania, Hungary and Poland through to Second Round; Kosovo eliminated.
Group D: Italy and Netherlands through to Second Round; they will be joined by the winner of Sunday's game Romania v Croatia.
Group H: Greece through to Second Round; if Estonia beat Great Britain on Friday, Israel and Estonia advance; if Great Britain win that game, the last two remaining spots will be decided by the outcomes of Monday's games, Estonia v Greece and Great Britain v Israel.
Click here to see how teams clinch spots or stay in the hunt for the Second Round of the European Qualifiers.

In the case of the African Qualifiers, no team is yet to advance to the Second Round as they all have 3 more games each to play.

Out of the 80 teams from across the globe taking part in the First Round of the Qualifiers, the top 60 advance to the Second Round, which will consist of three windows in September and November 2018 and February 2019.

The 31 best teams will join hosts China at the first-ever 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup, taking place from August 31-September 15, 2019.
O. Cauchi

O. Cauchi

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