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2014 FIBA World Cup Preview: Team Brazil

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Mar 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) between plays against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 103-94. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Brazil enters the FIBA World Cup as the 10th place team in the FIBA rankings, despite their somewhat embarrassing performance in the 2013 Tournament of the Americas, where they finished winless in four games.  Normally, this would have been the end of their World Cup hopes, as the TOA is the qualifying tournament for North and South American nations. However, for the final time in 2014, FIBA has four “Wild Card” selections to fill out the tournament field. Brazil received one of these bids, along with Finland, Greece and Turkey.

Results in more recent competition have also disappointed. Brazil took home a 3rd-place finish in the 2014 South American championships after dropping the semi-final to Venezuela by one point, 66-65.

Drawn into the extremely competitive Group A along with hosts Spain, Egypt, France, Iran and Serbia, Brazil will play their preliminary matches in Granada on the following schedule:

  • Sat. Aug 30 vs. France
  • Sun Aug 31 vs. Iran
  • Mon Sept 1 vs. Spain
  • Wed Sept 3 vs. Serbia
  • Thu Sept 4 vs. Egypt
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