France and Greece move up the FIBA World Rankings
By the Eurohoops team / email@example.com
February’s World Cup qualifying windows shaped the latest edition of the FIBA Men’s World Ranking and the biggest change in the Top 20 rankings was France’s rise over Slovenia to 4th place .
France ended their February run with two wins over Portugal to seal their ticket to the second round of Qualifiers and swapped places with Slovenia who lost 0-2 to Finland in the recent window.
Besides the Blues, Greece overtook Italy for 9th place in the table, having swept Turkey in two games, while Brazil moved up to 14th place.
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The second window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers presented many exciting scenarios as national teams around the world continue their battles for a place in the 32-team field at next year’s show. will take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.
The results of the Qualifiers led to some changes in the latest FIBA Men’s World Ranking, presented by Nike, across all continents. In Europe, France, Greece, Iceland and Georgia are on the rise; South Sudan, DR Congo and Senegal in Africa; Brazil in the Americas; Kazakhstan and Lebanon in Asia.
France back in the top 4
The latest qualifying window for the 2023 World Cup has brought movement into the top five. France swapped places with Slovenia, dropping from 5th to 4th place after their two wins against Portugal – 94-56 at home and 69-56 in Portugal. These two victories ensured the qualification of the Blues for the second round of the European Qualifiers. Slovenia have lost twice to Finland, 86-76 away and 83-79 at home.
The other change in the top 10 saw Greece overtake Italy for 9th place. The Greeks picked up two wins over Turkey – 72-71 at home and 76-67 in Istanbul – while Italy suffered a 107-105 double defeat in Iceland before bouncing back to a 95-87 win at home against the Northern Europeans. .
Iceland’s historic victory over the Italians saw them move up two places to No.44 – Georgia, the other major European nation, moving up two places to No.36 after beating North Macedonia two occasions.
Brazil is progressing
South America’s second-best team Brazil jumped one place to 14th place after beating Uruguay 85-66 and Colombia 119-73 – both home games – to win also ensure a place in the second round.
In Asia, Kazakhstan had a solid window with wins in Iran (73-69) and Bahrain (95-48) to reach the second round with a 4-0 mark and move up two places in the world rankings at 68. Lebanon moved up one place. up to 54 after a 74-63 loss in Jordan and an 81-68 victory in Saudi Arabia.
South Sudan is a rising force
The biggest player in the men’s world rankings was South Sudan, who made their World Cup Qualifiers debut with wins over Rwanda (68-56), FIBA champions Tunisia (72-64) AfroBasket 2021, and Cameroon (74-68) in the window played in Senegal. This performance saw South Sudan jump six places to 76th place. DR Congo also jumped several places, climbing two places to 79th after beating Kenya 66-56 and Senegal 62-57 before losing 62-51 to Egypt.