Easy Draw for Greece in FIBA World Cup Qualifying
Greece were drawn with Great Britain, Israel, and a team to be announced for the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.
On Sunday, Greece found out their opponents for the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. The Episimi Agapimeni were drawn in Group H with Great Britain, Israel, and one other team that will qualify from the “Pre-Qualifier” tournament that will take place in August.
The 2019 edition of the FIBA World Cup will be the first one played under the new format that includes two qualifying rounds (and a pre qualifying tournament) before the final tournament takes place in China in 2019. The qualifying rounds mimic to some degree those in FIFA World Cup qualifying.
The first step in the qualifying process consists of the pre-qualifying tournament which will take place in August between Slovakia, Sweden, Bosnia, Armenia, Albania. Austria, Holland, Kosovo, FYROM, Estonia, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Belarus. Eight of these teams will advance to the first round of qualifying.
The first round of qualifying will include the 24 teams that took place in Eurobasket 2015 (automatic bye) and the eight teams from the prequalifying tournament. For Sunday’s draw, Greece were given a favorable seed (pot 2) due to their 5th place finish at Eurobasket 2015.
The first qualifying round will consist of 8 groups of 4 teams each, with the teams within a group playing the others twice, home and away, in three segments, November 2017, February 2018, and June 2018. After six games, the top three teams from each group will advance to the second and final round of qualifying. Greece were drawn in Group H with Great Britain, Israel, and a team from the pre-qualifying tournament.
In the second qualifying round, the 24 teams from the first qualifying round will be split into 4 groups of 6 teams. The results from the first qualifying round will carry over to the second qualifying round, however teams that met up in the first qualifying round will NOT play each other in the second qualifying round.
Greece’s Group H will be paired with the teams of Group G which consist of Serbia, Germany, Georgia, and a team from the pre-qualifying tournament (only top three will advance to the 2nd qualifying round). Similar to the first round, each team will play the others twice, home and away, with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. The second qualifying round will take place in three segments, September 2018, November 2018, and February 2019.
Greece’s draw for both the first and second qualifying rounds seems extremely easy on paper and the Galanolefki should have no trouble qualifying for the final tournament in China. If all goes well against Great Britain, Israel, and the the team to be announced, Greece and Serbia will likely fight for top spot in the second qualifying group.
GREECE'S SCHEDULE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING
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