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So the road for basketball teams to the current Olympic host runs through the previous Olympic host.

The groups are:

Group A

Greece

Brazil

Lebanon

Group B

Germany

New Zealand

Cape Verde

Group C

Canada

Slovenia

Korea

Group D

Puerto Rico

Croatia

Cameroon

I hope Canada, Germany and Greece qualify but I think it will be Puerto Rico, Germany and Greece.

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I won't be able to watch it because I'll be on holiday, but Greece should qualify: runner-up at the World Championships where only the winner (Spain :P) qualified, and fourth at the European Championships where the winner (Russia) and the runner-up (Spain) qualified but Spain was already qualified, so the bronze medal winner (Lithuania) took the spot. Is that bad luck?

Well, Germany has a great team and should have no problems on qualifying. But the third team could be Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Croatia or even Slovenia.

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The Tall Blacks are, despite the international pedigree they now have, undersized to make serious inroads in the qualification tournament.

My picks: Greece, Germany, and Canada

Puerto Rico could do it, but they are not the team they were a few years back, starting with 2006.

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I won't be able to watch it because I'll be on holiday, but Greece should qualify: runner-up at the World Championships where only the winner (Spain :P) qualified, and fourth at the European Championships where the winner (Russia) and the runner-up (Spain) qualified but Spain was already qualified, so the bronze medal winner (Lithuania) took the spot. Is that bad luck?

Well, Germany has a great team and should have no problems on qualifying. But the third team could be Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Croatia or even Slovenia.

Not to mention the match in Japan, GRE 101 - USA 95

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Went to a game Friday, Germany vs Canada. 84-74

Germany did well with its defense, but still needs a little work as a team.

Canada was playing strong, but then lost it completely in the second half.

I would like to see some of the Athens games. Anyone know if Eurosport is showing any of them.

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Went to a game Friday, Germany vs Canada. 84-74

Germany did well with its defense, but still needs a little work as a team.

Canada was playing strong, but then lost it completely in the second half.

I would like to see some of the Athens games. Anyone know if Eurosport is showing any of them.

The 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament is broadcasted by the following channels:

Americas

Argentina - TYC Sports

Brazil - ESPN, Sport TV, Bandeirantes Sport, Sport Interactivo

Canada - The Score

Puerto Rico - CaribeVision/Channel 24

Venezuela - Telesur

Asia

Indonesia - First Media

Japan - JSport

Korea - MBC/ESPN

Philippines - Solar Entertainment

Middle East/North Africa

Algeria - Al Jazeera Sport

Chad - Al Jazeera Sport

Djibouti - Al Jazeera Sport

Egypt - Al Jazeera Sport

Libya - Al Jazeera Sport

Tunisia - Al Jazeera Sport

Morocco - Al Jazeera Sport

Jordan - Al Jazeera Sport

Lebanon - Al Jazeera Sport

Mauritania - Al Jazeera Sport

Bahrain - Al Jazeera Sport

Saudi Arabia - Al Jazeera Sport

Oman - Al Jazeera Sport

Qatar - Al Jazeera Sport

Somalia - Al Jazeera Sport

Syria - Al Jazeera Sport

United Arab Emirates - Al Jazeera Sport

Yemen - Al Jazeera Sport

Sudan - Al Jazeera Sport

Iraq - Al Jazeera Sport

Iran - Al Jazeera Sport

Kuwait - Al Jazeera Sport

Palestine including Gaza Strip - Al Jazeera Sport

Europe

Austria - DSF

Cyprus - Lumiere TV

France - Ma Chaine Sport

Germany - DSF

Greece - ERT

Israel - The Sport Channel

Liechtenstein - DSF

Luxembourg - DSF

Romania - Boom Sport One

Slovenia - RTV SLO, Sport TV

Switzerland - DSF

Turkey - NTV

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New Zealand are out.... Not a real suprise to be honest but o well...

This is the first time since 1996 that New Zealand wont be represented in the basketball competition for men!

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Of course I cross my fingers for Germany today!!!

Germany has beaten Puerto Rico 96-82 and will play against USA, Spain, Greece, Angola and China.

The other group: Croatia, Russia, Lithuania, Australia, Iran and Argentina

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1. . Composition of groups:

Group A: Argentina, Australia, Croatia, Iran, Lithuania and Russia

Group B: Angola, China, Germany, Greece, Spain and USA

2. Preliminary Round:

10th August 2008:

Game 7 (9:00 hours): Russia vs. Iran

Game 8 (11:15 hours): Germany vs. Angola

Game 9 (14:30 hours): Spain vs. Greece

Game 10 (16:45 hours): Lithuania vs. Argentina

Game 11 (20:00 hours): Australia vs. Croatia

Game 12 (22:15 hours): USA vs. China

12th August 2008:

Game 19 (9:00 hours): Iran vs. Lithuania

Game 20 (11:15 hours): Croatia vs. Russia

Game 21 (14:30 hours): Greece vs. Germany

Game 22 (16:45 hours): China vs. Spain

Game 23 (20:00 hours): Angola vs. USA

Game 24 (22:15 hours): Argentina vs. Australia

14th August 2008:

Game 31 (9:00 hours): Germany vs. Spain

Game 32 (11:15 hours): Australia vs. Iran

Game 33 (14:30 hours): Angola vs. China

Game 34 (16:45 hours): Lithuania vs. Russia

Game 35 (20:00 hours): USA vs. Greece

Game 36 (22:15 hours): Argentina vs. Croatia

16th August 2008:

Game 43 (9:00 hours): Greece vs. Angola

Game 44 (11:15 hours): Russia vs. Australia

Game 45 (14:30 hours): Croatia vs. Lithuania

Game 46 (16:45 hours): Iran vs. Argentina

Game 47 (20:00 hours): China vs. Germany

Game 48 (22:15 hours): Spain vs. USA

18th August 2008:

Game 55 (9:00 hours): Iran vs. Croatia

Game 56 (11:15 hours): Australia vs. Lithuania

Game 57 (14:30 hours): Greece vs. China

Game 58 (16:45 hours): Angola vs. Spain

Game 59 (20:00 hours): USA vs. Germany

Game 60 (22:15 hours): Argentina vs. Russia

3. Quarter-Finals:

The information below shows only who will be playing whom in accordance with the final standings after the Preliminary Round.

20th August 2008:

Game 65: B2 vs. A3

Game 66: A1 vs. B4

Game 67: A2 vs. B3

Game 68: B1 vs. A4

The exact game number and time for the four Quarter-Finals will be known at the latest on the evening of 18th August. The games of the Quarter-Finals will be played at 14:30, 16:45, 20:00 and 22:15 hours.

4. Semi-Finals:

22nd August 2008:

Game 71: Winner 65 vs. Winner 66

Game 72: Winner 67 vs. Winner 68

The exact game number and time for the two Semi-Finals will be known at the latest on the evening of 20th August. The games of the Semi-Finals will be played at 20:00 hours and 22:15 hours.

5. Finals:

24th August 2008:

Game 75 (12:00 hours): Loser 71 vs. Loser 72 (3 - 4)

Game 76 (14:30 hours): Winner 71 vs. Winner 72 (1 - 2)

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I'm surprised the Germany had to go into a third place match just to get a spot into Beijing. I thought they'll go in winning their semi.

Anyway, many congrats to them, and this will boost German basketball's profile even further. :D

I can take solace that I picked two of the three right. Pity for Canada (more on that later)...

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