2013 FIBA U19 World Championship
Country: Czech Republic
27 June - 07 July 2013
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As the official motto of the FIBA U19 World Championship says, the stars of tomorrow will come together in Prague this summer.
Past editions of the FIBA U19 World Championship have given us a great number of leading players in basketball - past, present and future.
The transition of going from the junior to the senior category usually ranks as one of the toughest moments in an athlete’s career. An event such as the upcoming tournament helps them bridge this gap.
In its 10 editions to date, the FIBA U19 World Championship has been star-studded, featuring some of the biggest names in international basketball including the likes of Pau Gasol, Andrei Kirilenko, Vince Carter, Andrew Bogut, Nicolas Batum, Vlade Divac, Arvydas Sabonis, Juan Carlos Navarro and Wang Zhizhi to mention a few.
The potential and popularity of this event - first staged in 1979 - made FIBA change from having it held every four years to every two years since 2007. This ensures that every generation of global basketball talent gets the chance to compete at the highest international level.
The 2013FIBA World U19 Championship will gather teams from 16 countries across FIBA’s continental zones, featuring the world’s best young players born in 1994 and after.
Europe will be represented by six teams - hosts Czech Republic, defending champions Lithuania, Croatia, Russia, Serbia and Spain. The USA, Brazil, Canada and Argentina will make up the Americas contingent, while Asia are represented by China, Korea and Iran. African teams Senegal and Ivory Coast along with Oceania representative Australia complete the line-up.