2019 FIBA World Cup final standings, results: Spain sinks Argentina for title; Team USA eliminated in quarterfinals

The 2019 FIBA World Cup has officially concluded as Spain beat Argentina to take home the gold. France won over Australia on Sunday as well to earn bronze, while Serbia defeated the Czech Republic to earn fifth place. Rounding out the top eight was Team USA in seventh place and Poland in eighth. 

The results were not nearly what the world expected. Team USA and Serbia were considered heavy favorites coming into the tournament, yet neither even reached the semifinals. Argentina, meanwhile, went on a Cinderella run to the gold medal game despite most of its best players having recently retired. These teams will all have another shot against one another at next summer's Olympics, but for now, Spain and Argentina stand atop the basketball world. 

This year, the tournament took place in China, which meant that games were played at unusual hours for American viewers. So for the sake of clarity, let's dive into how the tournament worked, when the games were played, and what the results mean for these teams moving forward. 

Teams that qualified for 2020 Olympics through FIBA World Cup

A total of 12 teams will participate in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Japan is automatically qualified for the Summer Olympics as the host nation, and seven of those 11 remaining spots were filled at 2019 FIBA World Cup. 

  • FIBA Europe: Spain and France (Two best-ranked teams from the region)
  • FIBA Americas: United States and Argentina (Two best-ranked teams from the region)
  • FIBA Africa: Nigeria (Best-ranked team from the region) 
  • FIBA Asia: Iran (Best-ranked team from the region) 
  • FIBA Oceania: Australia (Best-ranked team from the region) 

Four tickets still need to be punched for Tokyo 2020

Only four spots remain available after the World Cup. Those spots will be given to four out of 24 teams that participate in four separate wild card-qualifying tournaments. The teams compromising those tournaments will be the top 16 remaining teams by FIBA ranking as well as two select teams from each FIBA region, excluding FIBA Oceania (which consists of only two teams to begin with). 

Among the most notable teams who will need to earn their place at the Olympics this way are Serbia, Canada, Lithuania, Greece, Russia, Italy, Croatia and Brazil. Serbia, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist and No. 4 ranked team in the world by FIBA, should be viewed as a heavy favorite to reach the tournament. With a full roster, Canada would have the most NBA talent at the event, and Lithuania is currently ranked sixth in the world, so it should be in good shape as well. Otherwise, the tournament will be a free-for-all with a number of qualified teams battling for Olympic bids. 


Gold-medal game

Sunday, Sept. 15

  • Spain 95, Argentina 75

Bronze-medal game

Sunday, Sept. 15 

  • France 67, Australia 59

Semifinals

Friday, Sept. 13 

  • Spain 95, Australia 88
  • Argentina 80, France 66

Consolation games

Thursday, Sept. 12

  • Serbia 94, United States 89
  • Czech Republic 94, Poland 84 

Saturday, Sept. 14

  • Team USA 87, Poland 74
  • Serbia 90, Czech Republic 81

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Sept. 10

  • Argentina 97, Serbia 87
  • Spain 90, Poland 78

Wednesday, Sept. 11 

  • France 89, Team USA 79
  • Australia 82, Czech Republic 70

Second-round results

The groups for the second group stage are determined by the results for the first round. The top two teams from Groups A and B share Group I, Groups C and D share group J, Groups E and F share group K and Groups G and H share Group L. Once the groupings have been determined, each team plays the two teams in their group that they have not yet faced once. The top two teams from each new group advance to the single-elimination knockout stage. 

Group I standings and schedule

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Argentina

5

0

93

10

Poland

4

1

10

9

Russia

3

2

15

8

Venezuela

2

3

-11

7

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Friday, Sept. 6
Argentina 87, Venezuela 67
Poland 79, Russia 74

Sunday, Sept. 8 
Argentina 91, Poland 65
Russia 69, Venezuela 60

Group J standings and schedule

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Spain

5

0

76

10

Serbia

4

1

151

9

Italy

3

2

60

8

Puerto Rico

2

2

-53

7

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Friday, Sept. 6
Serbia 90, Puerto Rico 47
Spain 67, Italy 60

Sunday, Sept. 8 
Italy 94, Puerto Rico 89
Spain 81, Serbia 69

Group K standings and schedule

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USA

5

0

91

10

Czech Republic

3

2

22

8

Greece

3

2

21

8

Brazil

3

2

-18

8

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Sept. 7 
Czech Republic 93, Brazil 71
USA 69, Greece 53

Monday, Sept. 9 
Greece 84, Czech Republic 77   
USA 89, Brazil 73

Group L standings and schedule

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Australia

5

0

42

10

France

4

1

78

9

Lithuania

3

2

88

8

Dominican Republic

2

3

-53

7

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Sept. 7
France 78, Lithuania 75
Australia 82, Dominican Republic 76

Monday, Sept. 9
Australia 100, France 98
Lithuania 74, Dominican Republic 55


First-round results

The tournament began with 32 teams divided into eight groups. Each team within each group played each other once. The top two teams from each group advanced into the second group stage. If multiple teams finish tied with identical records, then the first tiebreaker is their head-to-head record against one another in the tournament, and if that doesn't settle the tie, then point differential against one another, followed by overall point differential, are used next. 

Group A standings and schedule

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Poland

3

0

31

6

China

1

2

-1

4

Venezuela

2

1

18

5

Ivory Coast

0

3

-48

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Poland 80, Venezuela 69
China 70, Ivory Coast 55

Monday, Sept. 2
Venezuela 87, Ivory Coast 71
Poland 79, China 76   

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Poland 80, Ivory Coast 63
Venezuela 72, China 59  

Group B standings and schedule

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Argentina

3

0

47

6

Russia

2

1

11

5

Nigeria

1

2

24

4

South Korea

0

3

-82

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Russia 82, Nigeria 77
Argentina 95, South Korea 69

Monday, Sept. 2
Argentina 94, Nigeria 81
Russia 87, South Korea 73  

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Nigeria 108, South Korea 66
Argentina 69, Russia 61

Group C standings and schedule

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Spain

3

0

57

6

Puerto Rico

2

1

-5

5

Tunisia

1

2

-30

4

Iran

0

3

-22

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Puerto Rico 83, Iran 81
Spain 101, Tunisia 62

Monday, Sept. 2
Tunisia 79, Iran 67
Spain 73, Puerto Rico 63

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Puerto Rico 67, Tunisia 64
Spain 73, Iran 65

Group D standings and schedule

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Serbia

3

0

120

6

Italy

2

1

62

5

Angola

1

2

-74

4

Philippines

0

3

-108

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Saturday, Aug. 31
Serbia 105, Angola 59
Italy 108, Philippines 62

Monday, Sept. 2
Italy 92, Angola 61
Serbia 126, Philippines 67 

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Angola 84, Philippines 81
Serbia 92, Italy 77 

Group E standings and schedule

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United States

3

0

75

6

Czech Republic

2

1

7

5

Turkey

1

1

3

4

Japan

0

2

-85

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Turkey 86, Japan 67
United States 88, Czech Republic 67

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Czech Republic 89, Japan 76 
United States 93, Turkey 92 (OT)

Thursday, Sept. 5
Czech Republic 91, Turkey 73
United States 98, Japan 45

Group F standings and schedule

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Brazil

3

0

20

6

Greece

2

1

30

5

New Zealand

1

2

-4

4

Montenegro

0

3

-46

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Brazil 102, New Zealand 94
Greece 85, Montenegro, 60

Tuesday, Sept. 3
New Zealand 93, Montenegro 83  
Brazil 79, Greece 78

Thursday, Sept. 5
Brazil 84, Montenegro 73 
Greece 103, New Zealand 97

Group G standings and schedule

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France

3

0

77

6

Dominican Republic

2

1

-28

5

Germany

1

2

28

4

Jordan

0

3

-77

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Dominican Republic 80, Jordan 76
France 78, Germany 74

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Dominican Republic 70, Germany 68
France 103, Jordan 64

Thursday, Sept. 5
Germany 96, Jordan 62 
France 90, Dominican Republic 56

Group H standings and schedule

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Australia

3

0

34

6

Lithuania

2

1

72

5

Canada

1

2

-17

4

Senegal

0

3

-89

3

(All times are U.S./Eastern)  

Sunday, Sept. 1
Australia 108, Canada 92
Lithuania 101, Senegal 47

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Australia 81, Senegal 68   
Lithuania 92, Canada 69     

Thursday, Sept. 5
Canada 82, Senegal 60  
Australia 87, Lithuania 82

Sam Quinn joined CBS sports as a basketball writer in 2019. Prior to that, he wrote for 247Sports and Bleacher Report. He is a New York native and NYU graduate who also has roots in Florida and California. Full Bio

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