There are only a few days left until the start of the Basketball World Cup 2023. After the Spanish triumph in 2019, the national team travels to this tournament with a renewed roster and without its great star in the past competition: point guard Ricky Rubio, who recently resigned from the squad to focus on taking care of mental health of the. With the Catalan absent, the weight of ‘La Familia’ falls on two classics such as Sergio Llull and Rudy Fernández, and on the couple formed by the Hernangómez brothers. They will be accompanied by NBA players such as Santi Aldama and Usman Garuba, and complemented by such proven basketball players as Víctor Claver, Álex Abrines or Alberto Díaz.
Where is it played?
The 2023 World Cup will take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. The joint candidacy of these three countries is somewhat tarnished by the absence on the floor of one of the organizers, the Indonesian team, which failed to qualify for sporting merits after awarding two places to Filipinos and Japanese as hosts.
On the Japanese side, the basketball matches will be held at the Okinawa Stadium in the city and island of the same name, located in the south of the Japanese archipelago. The complex will host the matches of groups E, F and K and has the capacity to receive 10,000 spectators in its stands.
As for the Indonesian facilities, the Indonesia Arena will be the space in which the matches of groups H, L and G will be played (in which Spain is located together with Brazil, Iran and the Ivory Coast). Located in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, the venue has the capacity to accommodate 16,500 spectators.
The Philippines is the place where the most games will be played, and will host, among others, the match for third and fourth place and the grand final on September 10. The Asian country will distribute the matches between the cities of Pasay, Quezon City and Bocaue. In the first one stands the Mall of Asia Arena, which can hold up to 15,000 fans. In the second is the Araneta Coliseum, which also has the capacity to accommodate 15,000 spectators. In the third and last section stands the Philippine Arena, by far the stadium that can host the most people in the World Cup with a whopping 52,000 seats.