Looking back at the 2019 FIBA World Cup format

For the first time ever, the FIBA World Cup format included a staggering 32 teams in the 2019 final phase. They came from FIBA’s five regions. In the end, the Marc Gasol-lead Spanish squad reigned supreme in China, beating out tournament surprise and fan-favorite Argentina to secure Spains's second World Cup title.

Looking back at the 2019 FIBA World Cup format

Isn’t 32 teams a bit too much? That depends on how you look at it. FIBA has 213 national federation members. Some simple math tells us that 15% of them qualified for the World Cup. That’s three out of every 20 teams. That percentage is on par with other similar international competitions, but low compared […]