5Croatia welcomes Philippines back in the world stagehttps://img-1-3.sbostatic.com/en/cdn/cmsi/8762.jpg
Philippines is back in the world stage after 40 years, while the returning Croatians will try to surpass their round of 16 finish in 2010 here in FIBA World Cup. Although the paths that led these two teams here in the FIBA World Cup vary, they both share the same mission which is to win it all. Can 34th ranked Philippines shock Croatia, which is 16th in the world? Match is on August 30, 18:30(GMT+8).
Ukraine is the newest team in FIBA Basketball World Cup. In their debut against world no. 26 Dominican Republic, don't be fooled by their no. 45 ranking. The team have shown that they're not to be underestimated after a series of impressive friendlies, including won matches over France and Mexico. Dominican Republic, on the other hand, lost two of their last three matches heading towards the FIBA World Cup. Match is on August 30, 18:30(GMT+8).
Korea have always been one of the strongest forces in Asian basketball. They had discipline and a great preparation, sweeping the friendlies assigned to them, but all four against Asian teams though. When they face Angola - the 2013 FIBA Africa champions - will it be the same? Angola parade a veteran squad. Many members of the team played for Angola in the previous FIBA World Cup stagings. Match is on August 30 at 19:30 (GMT+8).
All the teams in Group A of the 2014 FIBA World Cup were part of the 2010 edition, except Egypt. The African country will start their campaign against Serbia, one of the few teams that bagged multiple gold medals in the competition's history. Beating Serbia will be a strong statement that Egypt can make, as a warning to the rest of the group. Can Egypt do it? Match is on August 30 at 21:30 (GMT+8).
Drawn in Group C along with Dominican Republic, Finland, Turkey, Ukraine and USA, New Zealand are in a good position to qualify for the round of 16 if they can secure key victories. Nenad Vucinic's side open their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain on August 30, 22:00 (GMT+8) against Turkey. Meeting for the first time in FIBA, can New Zealand beat the 2010 second best team Turkey and avoid being a pushover?