World Cup 2023: update on the first qualified countries

Since Monday, and pending the last qualifying windows, scheduled for early next year, we already know the identity of 17 of the 32 countries that will compete in the World Cup 2023 (August 25 — September 10).

Currently, besides I’French team obviouslyeight European nations (out of twelve), six Oceano-Asian nations (out of eight), one American nation (out of seven) and one African nation (out of five) have thus validated their ticket for this World Cup, which will take place in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

Unsurprisingly, there are two of the three co-organizing countries, namely the Japan and the Philippines. L’Spain, defending champion and recently crowned at the Eurobasket against the Blues, will also be there. Same for the Sloveniathe GreeceI’GermanyI’Italythe Lithuaniathe Latvia and the Finland in Europe.

On the Oceania side, theAustralia (winner of the last Asia Cup) and the New Zealand will be there as often, while the China and the Lebanon will also represent Asia. On the other side of the globe, that is to say in America, the Canada will make the trip without surprise, with the Ivory Coast which is still waiting to be accompanied in the Africa zone.

On paper, and before Team USA qualifies, because the Americans only need one victory to do so, the line-up looks particularly enticing. With —potentially— players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Rudy Gobert, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Ben Simmons, Kristaps Porzingis, Andrew Wiggins, Lauri Markkanen, Domantas Sabonis, Jonas Valanciunas, Evan Fournier, Dennis Schröder, Paolo Banchero, RJ Barrett , Jordan Clarkson or even Franz Wagner and Rui Hachimura who will all be expected in Asia next summer…

Without forgetting the attraction Victor Wembanyama, who has already demonstrated his desire to participate in this World Cup.

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