Spain begins its path to the 2023 World Cup with the idea of revalidating the title it won in China in 2019. To reach the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, the three venues chosen to take the championship, again in Asia, the teams must comply with the usual qualifying phase by continents that is framed in the FIBA Windows that are played in the middle of the club calendar.
The qualifiers start now, in November 2021, and will end in February 2023. For Europe there will be a total of 12 places.
There will be two parts: the first groups and those that will advance to a second round. In the first half there will be 32 teams divided into eight groups of four teams each and the best three will advance to the second half, in which they will be mixed with other qualifiers. In the decisive section they will have the victories, defeats and point differential of the previous part, it is cumulative. In this final phase there are four groups of six in which three of each also qualify.
In the case of Spain, those of Scariolo will coexist in a group with Georgia, Ukraine and North Macedonia. The best three of the G, this one, will go directly to group L, already in the second round, where they will face the three best of the group in which are Italy, Russia, Iceland and the Netherlands. It will be important to pass the first phase looser as it is simpler and then not have a problem with classic teams like the Italian or the Russian, which can give anyone a scare.
In 2023 the World Cup draw will take place with the qualifiers (March 6) and the tournament itself, which will begin on August 25 and end on September 10.
Spain is the current defending champion, who has already won twice (2006), after beating Argentina in the final played two years ago at the Wukesong Arena. If nothing goes wrong, Sergio Scariolo will continue to captaining the ship until this tournament even though he now has occupation in the Virtus as head coach.
A: Serbia, Slovakia, Belgium, Latvia.
B: Belarus, Greece, Turkey, Great Britain.
C: Croatia, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia.
D: Israel, Germany, Estonia, Poland.
E: France, Portugal, Hungary, Montenegro.
F: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic.
G: Spain, Georgia, Ukraine, North Macedonia.
H: Italy, Russia, Iceland, the Netherlands.
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