The 2023 World Cup qualifying draw ceremony took place today in Mies, Switzerland, at the headquarters of the International Federation. This edition will be held in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines, in Manila for the final phase. The France team were placed for the first phase in a group with Hungary, Montenegro and Portugal. It will be much more difficult in the second.

32 countries make up the European zone and the 12 best will qualify for the World Cup.

These European teams will qualify for the World Cup through six windows over 15 months. Qualifying runs from November 2021 to February 2023, with national teams playing home and away games in each of these windows.

There are 8 groups of 4 teams in the first phase and the first 3 of each group will qualify for the second phase. The 24 teams will then be divided into 4 groups of 6, and the first 3 of each group will qualify for the World Cup.

We can see that the France team will be deprived of its NBA (and G-League) and Euroleague players four times, and will be able to field them in June and August, which obviously distorts the competition. Coach Vincent Collet’s goal will be to count the players available for November and February, knowing that with ASVEL and Monaco, there are two teams in the Euroleague this season instead of one!

He was already our opponent for qualifying for EuroBasket 2019. Les Bleus won both matches, largely in France (85-66) and narrowly in Podgirica (71-73). Montégéno is of course the Yugoslav school, and it is not good to play them at home. The Montenegrins have won their 4 pre-qualifying matches but narrowly against Iceland (2). Best players: Marko Todoric (17.5 points) and Marko Radoncic (14.5) plus American leader Justin Cobbs (ex-Gravelines and Le Mans). Its star is Chicago Bulls pivot Nikola Vucevic (2.13m, 30), who is of course unavailable in winter.

A former stronghold of European basketball, but that was a long time ago. The Blues have not played the Hungarians since 2002. In February 2020, They had achieved a stroke of brilliance, on behalf of qualifying for EuroBasket 2022, by beating… Slovenia (77-75), obviously deprived of its stars, then Ukraine at home (60-62). And, strangely, on the return, they took a hard time against the same Ukraine, 63-97. His best player is Rosco Allen, who was born in Budapest but emigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He was playing last season in Japan.

From 1931 to 2007, France played Portugal 6 times and won as many victories. In the pre-qualifying for the World Cup, the Portuguese won 8 matches and lost 2 to Belarus and Sweden. They were also hooked by … Luxembourg (74-80), which is obviously not glorious. The one who stood out the most was Diego de Sousa Anjo Brito (12.4 points and 13.2 rating).

It will be necessary to store a maximum of points during this first phase, because during the second, the Blues will cross with three of group F, that is to say Lithuania, Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria. To see, of course, who will be available when playing Lithuanians and Czechs.

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