18 days to go! The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 is counting down to tip-off!
Recently, four teams to compete in Foshan, namely Serbia, Italy, Angola and Philippines released their player lists. Nikola Jokic, Danilo Gallinari and other famous basketball stars will show up in Foshan!
As a competitive team in the world basketball arena, Serbia is recognized as not only the strongest team in Group D, but also a strong contender for the championship. Besides famous NBA stars such as Jokic, Boban and Bogdanovic, the 18-man list also includes Radulica who played in CBA last season.
Among the 24-man list released by Italy, another popular team to compete in Foshan, there are NBA Gemini Belinelli and Gallinari. Most of the players played in the European League, and defender Della Valle is the team's top scorer in the European qualifiers.
As an old rival of China's men's basketball team in Asia, the Philippines has released a training list of 19 players in the World Cup, led by Clarkson of the NBA Cavaliers, and Blatche who has served in the CBA for many years was also selected.
The African team Angola is one of the teams that have least exposure, but its strength can not be underestimated from the 12-man list released by the team. Fernando, who has just been selected by the NBA Hawks this year, will become the team's super star, while Mingas, the "living fossil" of Angola that has participated in four games of World Cup, will again be included in the list. 40-year-old Mingas will also become one of the oldest players in this World Cup.
As the participating teams are actively preparing for the game, Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center that will undertake the game has also entered the final preparatory stage. The operation level of the venue has been fully recognized by FIBA. It is expected to be put into use on August 17, when the public can take the lead in experiencing the venue.
On August 3, Foshan Basketball House of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 was unveiled at Wanda Plaza, Nanhai. It will welcome the champion trophy, namely the Naismith Trophy in a global tour. The trophy will be exhibited from August 14 to 15 in some famous scenic spots in Foshan such as the Ancestral Temple, Xiqiao Mountain, Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, etc. And then it will return to the Basketball House on August 16 for exhibition.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be held from August 31 to September 15 in eight Chinese cities, namely Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Foshan and Dongguan. Foshan will hold ten games including Group D (the First Round), Italy, Serbia, Angola and Philippines, and Group I (the Second Round).