2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Europe)

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The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification, for the FIBA Europe region, began in the summer of 2017 and concluded in February 2019. Contrary to previous years, no teams were automatically placed into the FIBA World Cup, so all FIBA Europe nations had to participate in qualifications.

Format

FIBA Europe hade been allocated twelve berths at the World Cup. In total 37 FIBA Europe teams were taking part in the qualification tournament. The qualification consisted of the following stages:

  • Pre-Qualifiers: 13 teams that did not participate in EuroBasket 2017 took part. Eight teams had qualified for the first round. The remaining five teams were eliminated from the World Cup qualification and transferred to the first pre-qualifying round of EuroBasket 2021 qualification.
  • First round: 24 teams that participated in EuroBasket 2017, and eight teams advanced from Pre-Qualifiers, were organised into eight groups of four. The top three teams of each group qualified for the second round. The remaining eight teams played at the second pre-qualifying round of EuroBasket 2021 qualification.
  • Second round: The top 24 teams from the first round were organised into four groups of six, with results carried over from the first round. The top three teams of each group qualified for the World Cup. All 24 participants of the second round, automatically qualified for the EuroBasket 2021 qualification.

Schedule

The schedule of the competition is expected to be as follows.

Stage Matchday Dates
Pre-Qualifiers Matchday 1 2 August 2017
Matchday 2 5 August 2017
Matchday 3 9 August 2017
Matchday 4 12 August 2017
Matchday 5 16 August 2017
Matchday 6 19 August 2017
First round Matchday 1 24 November 2017
Matchday 2 26–27 November 2017
Matchday 3 23 February 2018
Matchday 4 25–26 February 2018
Matchday 5 28–29 June 2018
Matchday 6 1–2 July 2018
Second round Matchday 1 13–14 September 2018
Matchday 2 16–17 September 2018
Matchday 3 29–30 November 2018
Matchday 4 2–3 December 2018
Matchday 5 21–22 February 2019
Matchday 6 24–25 February 2019

Pre-Qualifiers

Teams that did not manage or did not apply to make EuroBasket 2017 played in the pre-qualifiers round. 13 teams participated in four home-and-away round robin groups, from 2 to 19 August 2017. Armenia made its debut in FIBA international competitions, while teams such as Denmark, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Cyprus did not participate in 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup campaign. The draw to determine the groups was held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 10 December 2016.[1]

The top two teams from each group qualified for the First round, determining the last eight spots in Division A. The other five teams (the bottom two teams from Group A + the bottom team from Groups B, C, and D) have been eliminated from the FIBA Basketball World Cup, and played in Division B of EuroBasket 2021 qualifying, starting with the pre-qualifiers first round.

Seeding

Pre-qualifiers were drawn on 10 December 2016. Seeding was based on the EuroBasket 2017 qualification record.

Notes
  1. For teams finished higher than 4th place a group, results against 4th placed teams are discarded.
Pot 1
Team Pos
 Netherlands 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
 Estonia 3
 Belarus 4
Pot 2
Team Pos
 Austria 5
 Sweden 6
 Bulgaria 7
 Macedonia 8
Pot 3
Team Pos
 Slovakia 9
 Portugal 10
 Albania 11
 Kosovo 12
Pot 4
Team Pos
 Armenia 13

All times are local.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 6 4 2 476 447 +29 10[a] Advance to the first round
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6 4 2 502 465 +37 10[a]
3  Armenia 6 3 3 470 482 −12 9 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers first round
4  Slovakia 6 1 5 434 488 −54 7
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Sweden 2–0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–2

Group B

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 4 3 1 352 264 +88 7 Advance to the first round
2  Austria 4 3 1 326 264 +62 7
3  Albania 4 0 4 228 378 −150 4 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers first round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Group C

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Estonia 4 3 1 299 266 +33 7 Advance to the first round
2  Kosovo 4 2 2 271 300 −29 6
3  Macedonia 4 1 3 296 300 −4 5 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers first round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Group D

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Bulgaria 4 4 0 335 274 +61 8 Advance to the first round
2  Belarus 4 1 3 294 316 −22 5[a]
3  Portugal 4 1 3 290 329 −39 5[a] Advance to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers first round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Belarus 1–1, +2, Portugal 1–1, –2

First round

The 24 national teams that qualified for EuroBasket 2017, automatically qualified for this stage. They were joined by eight teams qualified through the Pre-Qualifiers. In total, 32 teams were divided into eight home-and-away round robin groups, of four teams. The allocation of teams from the first round was determined on 24 August 2017, with the only restriction of not drawing Serbia and Kosovo in the same group.[2][3]

Games were played during November 2017, February 2018, June 2018, and July 2018.[4] The top three teams from each group advanced to the Second round. The bottom team from each group was eliminated from the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and transferred to the Second Round of EuroBasket 2021.

Draw

There were two draws for the first round (group stage). The first one took place in Guangzhou on 6 May 2017 and involved only 24 teams directly qualified to this round as EuroBasket 2017 participants. The second draw was held in Munich on 24 August 2017, after Pre-Qualifiers was concluded and involved only 8 teams qualified from Pre-Qualifiers.

Seedings

Teams were seeded according to their performance at the latest FIBA Europe tournaments. They were divided into eight seeding pots by four teams. Pots 1 to 6 involved all EuroBasket 2017 participants and were determined using the same seedings as Eurobasket 2017. Pot 7 was reserved for the Pre-Qualifiers group winners and pot 8 for the runners-up. Teams in pots 1, 4, 5 and 8 were drawn to Groups A, C, E and G while teams in pots 2, 3, 6 and 7 were drawn to Groups B, D, F and H.

Pot 1
Team
 Spain
 Lithuania
 France
 Serbia
Pot 2
Team
 Greece
 Italy
 Czech Republic
 Latvia
Pot 3
Team
 Croatia
 Israel
 Turkey
 Finland
Pot 4
Team
 Russia
 Slovenia
 Hungary
 Georgia
Pot 5
Team
 Germany
 Belgium
 Poland
 Montenegro
Pot 6
Team
 Iceland
 Great Britain
 Ukraine
 Romania
Pot 7
Team
 Sweden
 Netherlands
 Estonia
 Bulgaria
Pot 8
Team
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Austria
 Kosovo
 Belarus

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 6 6 0 497 431 +66 12 Advance to the second round
2  Montenegro 6 3 3 454 443 +11 9
3  Slovenia 6 2 4 484 492 −8 8
4  Belarus 6 1 5 445 514 −69 7 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Group B

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Turkey 6 4 2 437 389 +48 10[a] Advance to the second round
2  Latvia 6 4 2 477 453 +24 10[a]
3  Ukraine 6 3 3 440 450 −10 9
4  Sweden 6 1 5 398 460 −62 7 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Turkey 1–1, +3, Latvia 1–1, –3

Group C

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Lithuania 6 6 0 512 352 +160 12 Advance to the second round
2  Poland 6 3 3 436 410 +26 9[a]
3  Hungary 6 3 3 414 421 −7 9[a]
4  Kosovo 6 0 6 384 563 −179 6 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Poland 1–1, +3; Hungary 1–1, –3

Group D

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 6 4 2 474 405 +69 10 Advance to the second round
2  Netherlands 6 3 3 434 416 +18 9[a]
3  Croatia 6 3 3 431 419 +12 9[a]
4  Romania 6 2 4 368 467 −99 8 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Netherlands 1–1, +3; Croatia 1–1, –3

Group E

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  France 6 6 0 479 377 +102 12 Advance to the second round
2  Russia 6 3 3 458 428 +30 9
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6 2 4 400 481 −81 8
4  Belgium 6 1 5 392 443 −51 7 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Group F

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Czech Republic 6 5 1 464 425 +39 11 Advance to the second round
2  Finland 6 3 3 453 449 +4 9
3  Bulgaria 6 2 4 466 476 −10 8[a]
4  Iceland 6 2 4 463 496 −33 8[a] Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Bulgaria 2–0; Iceland 0–2

Group G

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 6 6 0 508 414 +94 12 Advance to the second round
2  Serbia 6 4 2 514 449 +65 10
3  Georgia 6 2 4 460 495 −35 8
4  Austria 6 0 6 394 518 −124 6 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Group H

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Greece 6 6 0 513 432 +81 12 Advance to the second round
2  Israel 6 3 3 438 458 −20 9
3  Estonia 6 2 4 415 459 −44 8
4  Great Britain 6 1 5 440 457 −17 7 Relegated to the EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers second round
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

Second round

The top three teams from each group, from the previous round, were grouped with three top teams from another group. It was composed of four new, home-and-away, round robin groups of six teams. All results from the first round were carried over to the second round. Games were played in September 2018, November 2018, and February 2019. The top three teams from each group qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Group I

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 12 10 2 927 848 +79 22 Qualification to the FIBA Basketball World Cup
2  Turkey 12 8 4 874 805 +69 20
3  Montenegro 12 7 5 918 901 +17 19[a]
4  Latvia 12 7 5 943 914 +29 19[a] Qualification to the EuroBasket Qualifiers
5  Ukraine 12 5 7 909 892 +17 17
6  Slovenia 12 3 9 908 988 −80 15
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Montenegro 1–1, +3 PD; Latvia 1–1, –3 PD
Possible problem: 40 total wins != 32 total losses
Possible problem: 5479 total for != 5348 total against

Group J

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Lithuania 12 11 1 999 802 +197 23 Qualification to the FIBA Basketball World Cup
2  Italy 12 8 4 940 836 +104 20[a]
3  Poland 12 8 4 958 886 +72 20[a]
4  Hungary 12 6 6 836 849 −13 18 Qualification to the EuroBasket Qualifiers
5  Croatia 12 4 8 858 891 −33 16
6  Netherlands 12 3 9 895 944 −49 15
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Italy 1–1, +3 PD; Poland 1–1, –3 PD
Possible problem: 40 total wins != 32 total losses
Possible problem: 5486 total for != 5208 total against

Group K

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  France 12 10 2 937 778 +159 22 Qualification to the FIBA Basketball World Cup
2  Russia 12 8 4 966 853 +113 20[a]
3  Czech Republic 12 8 4 890 889 +1 20[a]
4  Finland 12 6 6 913 927 −14 18 Qualification to the EuroBasket Qualifiers
5  Bulgaria 12 4 8 882 971 −89 16
6  Bosnia and Herzegovina 12 3 9 871 957 −86 15
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Russia 1–1, +18 PD; Czech Republic 1–1, –18 PD
Possible problem: 39 total wins != 33 total losses
Possible problem: 5459 total for != 5375 total against

Group L

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Greece 12 11 1 972 880 +92 23 Qualification to the FIBA Basketball World Cup
2  Germany 12 9 3 1017 867 +150 21
3  Serbia 12 7 5 993 875 +118 19
4  Georgia 12 5 7 927 968 −41 17[a] Qualification to the EuroBasket Qualifiers
5  Israel 12 5 7 925 974 −49 17[a]
6  Estonia 12 4 8 821 950 −129 16
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b