Serbia captures last EuroBasket bid for FIBA World Cup

Christof Koepsel

Serbia is the seventh and final European team to earn a bid from the 2013 EuroBasket tournament.

Serbia locked up the final 2013 EuroBasket bid to the 2014 FIBA World Cup Saturday, wrapping up international tournament season with just four spots left in next summer's big tournament. Serbia beat Italy Saturday, joining France, Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Spain  (the host country), as the European countries that have earned a bid to the World Cup.

Below is the full list of countries that have already qualified for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Nation How They Qualified World Ranking
Spain Host 2
United States 2012 Olympic champion 1
France 2013 EuroBasket 8
Slovenia 2013 EuroBasket 14
Croatia 2013 EuroBasket 16
Lithuania 2013 EuroBasket 5
Ukraine 2013 EuroBasket t-50
Serbia 2013 EuroBasket 12
Argentina 2013 FIBA Americas Championship 6
Dominican Republic 2013 FIBA Americas Championship 40
Mexico 2013 FIBA Americas Championship 33
Puerto Rico 2013 FIBA Americas Championship 17
Angola 2013 Afrobasket 21
Egypt 2013 Afrobasket 36
Senegal 2013 Afrobasket 37
Iran 2013 FIBA Asia Championship 32
Philippines 2013 FIBA Asia Championship 49
Korea 2013 FIBA Asia Championship 16
Australia 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship 4
New Zealand 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship 22

The qualification tournaments are all set, meaning the last four "wild card" spots are the only way for teams to qualify for the World Cup that aren't on the list above. The two-week tournament will start Aug. 30, 2014, when the United States will try to defend their title from 2010.

FIBA awards the four wild card spots, and can't select more than three teams from any international zone. How they actually determine who gets the Wild Card spots is something of a mystery. There's no explanation on FIBA's official "How Teams Qualify" page, and Wikipedia merely states that "FIBA is prohibited from selecting more than three teams from the same continental zone and to select teams that did not participate in qualifying either through choice or FIBA-mandated suspension." One would assume they pick the highest-ranked teams that haven't qualified -- hello, Greece -- but it looks like we'll have to wait to find out.

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