Format, Favorites, Les Bleues Opportunities, Calendar … What you need to know about competition in Australia

Thirteen months after taking the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics against Serbia (91-76), the French team begins this World Cup. Basketball, Thursday, September 22, 12:30 p.m., against Australia, the host country.

In Sydney, this World Cup (September 22-October 1) promises to be tough for the Blues, who are outsiders against favorite nations. France info: Sports It summarizes everything you need to know about the competition.

American favorite

Only four different teams have won the World Cup since its first edition in 1953. With ten titles, the United States clearly leads the dance ahead of the former Soviet Union (5 consecutive titles between 1959 and 1975), Brazil (1994) and Australia (2006). ) after each of them achieved the achievement once. France did no better than a bronze medal in Chile in 1953.

Three-time world champions and seven-time Olympic champions, the Americans share a run of 22 consecutive World Cup victories. So they are the most preferred. But with Britney Greiner, still imprisoned in Russia, absent, and a less experienced group, perhaps Cheryl Reeve’s players are (a little) less intimidating.

Australia, who reached the finals in 2018, have a lot to offer, especially with the support of their fans. Since the Olympic final in Tokyo, Japan has also entered a new dimension when China and Canada have remained very reliable teams.

In Europe, the French team with its inexperienced and very talented workforce can create a surprise, as does Belgium, who finished fourth and eliminated Les Bleues in the quarter-finals in 2018.

French coach Jean-Amy Toubani, during the friendly match between the French basketball team and Belgium, September 4, 2022 in Kortrijk.  (James Arthur Jekair/Belga via AFP)

Renewed French team

Since the Tokyo Olympics, the French team has undergone a facelift, aiming to showcase the 2024 Paris Games. Jean-Amy Taupan, who succeeded Valerie Garnier at the helm of Les Bleues, has called up a young group (average 25.6 years old) after several CEOs were injured including Captain Sandrine Groda. Two days before the first match, full-back Yohannes joined the loss camp, the victim of a thigh muscle injury during training. Lisa Berkani, Kendra Cherry, Anna Tadic, Marie-Yves Paget and Maminan Toure are participating in their first international tournament. A total of 12 players were called up, including Eliana Robert, who just won the WNBA title on Sunday with the Las Vegas Aces.

After three wins this summer against Bosnia and Herzegovina (87-52) and Belgium (74-55; 69-76), France lost their preparatory matches against Australia (88-92), then Japan (59-69). A mixed record for blues who intend to gain momentum.

Putting them in a “group of death” alongside Australia, Canada, Japan, Serbia and Mali, the French women’s first goal will be to reach the quarter-finals, regardless of their final standings. The medal dream will come later.

Figure: 2 sets and a key for Paris 2024

The twelve teams in the 19th World Cup are divided into two groups of six teams. The number of participating nations has increased from 16 to 12 compared to the previous editions. At the Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Superdome (21032 seats) and the State Sports Center (5,006 seats) will host all matches.

The top four teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals. The best two will be guaranteed to meet the third or fourth from the other group in the quarter-finals. A lottery will determine the final posters for the quarter-finals and the drawing of the final stage. The country that wins the 2022 World Cup will be a direct qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

blue calendar

September 22 (12:30 pm): Australia – France
September 23 (10 am): France – Canada
September 25 (6:30 am): Mali – France
September 26 (10 am): France – Japan
September 27 (9:30 am): Serbia-Japan

All France matches will be broadcast on beIN Sports 1.

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