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FIBA World Cup Schedule – Latin America Well Represented

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The 2014 FIBA World Basketball Cup will have five countries from Latin American that will be participating in the upcoming tournament in Spain. That is a respectable number from a part of the world that has usually been associated more with soccer and not basketball.

The games will begin on August 30 with the preliminary round and they will conclude with the finals on September 13 and 14. The winner of the World Cup will automatically qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Now imagine this: Brazil wins the World Basketball Cup and they play at home in the 2016 Olympics as World Champions.  After being embarrassed at home in the Soccer World Cup what would be the reaction to them emerging as champs of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Hey remember the 2004 Olympics in Athens Greece? Here is a quote from CNN.com:

ATHENS, Greece — The USA basketball ‘dream team’ was humiliated 92-73 by the minnows of Puerto Rico on Sunday in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history.

2004 Olympics Carlos Arroyo scored 23 points to help lead Puerto Rico over USA in the biggest upset ever. (Photo courtesy of Photobucket.com)

So you see anything can happen. I’m sure that thought has crossed many minds in Brazil.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

WHICH OF THE FIVE LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES WILL MAKE IT TO THE FINALS?

2014 FIBA Basketball Groups
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Brazil Argentina Dominican Republic Angola
Egypt Croatia Finland Australia
France Greece New Zealand Korea
Iran Philippines Turkey Lithuania
Serbia Puerto Rico Ukraine Mexico
Spain Senegal United States Slovenia

FIBA.com

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Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer’s as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.