Draw on Saturday: German basketball team threatens World Cup duel with the US team
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Shenzhen (AP) - The German basketball players threatened at the World Cup in China a tough preliminary round group with defending USA.
The team of national coach Henrik Rödl is in the fifth of a total of eight pots before the draw on Saturday (11.30 clock / MEZ) in Shenzhen. This was announced by the World Federation FIBA.
With this, Germany will meet in its group of four on the USA, hosts China, Spain or France. In addition, it is against a team from Lostopf four (Puerto Rico, Turkey, Dominican Republic or Venezuela) and the weakest teams from pot eight (Japan, Jordan, Tunisia, Ivory Coast). The classification was based on the world ranking list, Germany is ranked 22nd here.
Should USA be the strongest opponent, Turkey would automatically be in the group due to regional assignments. As venues for the first phase of the tournament Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are possible for the German team to NBA star Dennis Schröder. The best two teams of each group reach the next round, where they continue in four groups of four. The World Cup will take place from 31st August to 15th September.