The 2023 Basketball World Cup is coming to an end. The two teams beat out the rest and will compete for World Cup glory on Philippine soil. Germany and Serbia will compete for the title in a fully European final after a long time.
The past three editions of the tournament have featured continental clashes between the Americas and Europe, with the United States defeating opponents from the Old World twice (Turkey, 2010 and Spain, 2014) and Spain defeating South America once (Argentina, 2019). .
The two European teams have not faced each other in the FIBA World Cup finals since Spain defeated Greece 70-47 in Japan in 2006.
Spain dominates the Asian lands
The team led by Jose Vicente “Pep” Hernandez does not know defeat, but they cannot count on their top star Pau Gasol, who was injured in the semi-final against Argentina , which means a heavy loss for the Spanish team. On the other hand, the Greek team eliminated the favorite US team and will compete for the World Cup gold medal for the first time.
Gasol’s absence has provided Spain with a level of basketball both defensively and offensively, and they have successfully used Juan Carlos Navarro, Jorge Garbajosa, Rudy Rodriguez, Names like Jose Manuel Calderon and Felipe Guins came to impose their game.
In the end, Spain won by 23 points. Although Gasol did not participate in the final, he won the Most Valuable Player Award for his outstanding performance throughout the game.
Germany vs Serbia: high-level showdown
In this tournament, the top two spots will be occupied by European teams, who will field two American teams that are considered favorites, while the finals predicted by many experts and fans will be held this Sunday in Manila, USA, and Canada.
Led by Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jovic, Serbia will take on the Balkans offensive in order to counter the Germans. Dennis Schroeder and the Wagner brothers Moritz and Franz had to play their best basketball to win.
Whatever the outcome, however, Europe will welcome its new World Cup champions on Philippine soil on Sunday in a showdown between two teams seeking glory and lifting the Naismith Trophy.