EuroBasket 2009 Draw Countdown In Warsaw

07.11.2008

The elite of Europe's basketball world are gathered in Warsaw, Poland this weekend for the EuroBasket 2009 draw, to take place on Saturday, November 8.

Fifteen teams have already qualified for Europe's top basketball tournament while a sixteenth participating nation will be decided through the Additional Qualifying Round (AQR), next summer.

The organizers have invited foreign and local personalities to assist with the draw proceedings.

These include Kajetan Hądzelek, an honorary member of FIBA and an honorary president of the Polish Basketball Federation; Mieczysław Łopatka, Poland's top basketball player of the last 50 years; Agnieszka Wieszczek, a bronze medalist for Poland's wrestling team at the Beijing Olympics; Vlade Divac, one of Serbia's best known basketball players of all time and Poland veteran player Adam Wójcik.

The event will begin at 13:00 CET at the Capitol Theatre, Marszałkowska 100/102, Warsaw

A live stream of the event as it happens will be available on http://www.fibaeurope.com/.

EuroBasket 2009 will be organised from 7 to 20 September, in the Polish cities of Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw and Warsaw in the Preliminary Round, Bydgoszcz and Lodz in the Qualifying Round and Katowice for the Final Round.

The format of the competition remains the same as it was for EuroBasket 2007, with 16 teams divided in four groups of four for the first stage of competition, the Preliminary Round.

The Additional Qualifying Round, which will decide the last participant, will take place in August 2009.

The seedings for the draw are determined by the team's results in the latest official FIBA Europe competition. Teams from the same group of seeds cannot be drawn against each other.

Seeds A: Russia, Spain, Lithuania, Greece
Seeds B: Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey
Seeds C: Serbia, Poland, FYR of Macedonia, Latvia
Seeds D: Great Britain, Israel, Bulgaria, AQR Qualifier

EuroBasket 2009 Additional Qualifying Round

The six teams will be drawn into two Groups of three teams each, to meet in home and away games. The winners of the two groups meet in home and away games and the overall winner qualifies for EuroBasket 2009.

The seedings for the draw are determined by the team's results in the latest official FIBA Europe competition. Teams from the same group of seeds cannot be drawn against each other.

Seeds A: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Seeds B: Italy, Portugal
Seeds C: Finland, Belgium


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