Iran Draws Spain in FIBA World Cup of Basketball Group
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran will play powerhouse Spain in the group stage of this summer's World Cup of Basketball to be held in Spain.
Iran has been drawn in Group A along with giant Spain, European champion France, Serbia, Brazil, and Egypt.
Here are the full draw results, which split 24 teams into four groups of six teams. FIBA rankings for each team are in parentheses.
Group A: Spain (No. 2), France (No. 8), Brazil (No. 10), Serbia (No. 11), Iran (20), Egypt (46)
Group B: Argentina (No. 3), Greece (No. 5), Croatia (No. 16), Puerto Rico (No. 17), Philippines (No. 34), Senegal (No. 41)
Group C: United States (No. 1), Turkey (No. 7), New Zealand (No. 19), Dominican Republic (No. 26), Finland (No. 39), Ukraine (No. 45)
Group D: Lithuania (No. 4), Australia (No. 9), Slovenia (No. 13), Angola (No. 15), Mexico (No. 24), South Korea (no. 31)
The preliminary round will start on August 30 with each team playing the other five teams in its group once each.
The top four finishers from each group will advance to the final round, where the 16 remaining teams will play a typical bracket-style series of do-or-die games until a champion is crowned.
The final match will be played in Madrid on September 14.