How to watch the Basketball FIBA World Cup in Australia: Boomers guide

Your guide to the schedule, broadcasters and rankings so you can stream all 92 matches of the FIBA World Cup.

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The 2019 edition of the Basketball FIBA World Cup is upon us, so fans of the Boomers and Team USA have plenty to look forward to over the next couple of weeks. The tournament is hosted by China and will take place from 31 August to 15 September. The Australian Boomers are in Group H alongside Lithuania, Canada and Senegal. And after defeating the mighty USA in a warm-up match, the Boomers are eyeing the prize. Here is everything you need to know about this huge basketball tournament.

What is the FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The FIBA Basketball World Cup is an international basketball competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). FIBA is the sport's global governing body. 2019 marks the 18th edition of the tournament and will see the group stage expanded from 24 to 32 teams.

Leading up to the tournament, the Boomers scored their first-ever win over Team USA at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. However, they wrapped up their preparations for the FIBA World Cup with a loss against Germany during their final warm-up game.

Team USA is the clear favourite to win this year, but that won't prevent us from rooting for the Boomers. If you're keen on doing the same, you'll be happy to know that all 92 games of the FIBA World Cup will be broadcast live into Australia.

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When does the FIBA Basketball World Cup start?

The Basketball World Cup begins at 5.30pm (AEST) on 31 August with a game between Angola and Serbia. The first game on many locals' radars will be Australia vs Canada on 1 September. Here is the next important game involving the Boomers:

  • Sunday, 15 September at 5.50pm: Australia vs France bronze medal play-off

Australia fall to Spain during the FIBA World Cup semi-finals

The Australian Boomers suffered a heartbreaking loss in a high profile basketball game and yet again, it was to Spain. On this occasion it took a double overtime thriller to decide the result. There were shades of the 2016 Rio Olympics game between the pair, when the referee called a dubious shooting foul against center Andrew Bogut with only 8 seconds to go with the Aussies up by a point.

Marc Gasol went to the charity stripe and drained both of his free throw attempts, which gave the Spaniards a one point lead. Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis called a timeout and drew up a play for the chance to win the game. After a scramble on the inbound, Patty Mills drew a foul and an opportunity to regain the lead.

It was on that critical possession that Australia will be left to rue what could have been. Mills hit his first attempt to tie it up, but missed the second. A half court heave from Ricky Rubio almost banked in on the buzzer to take it out.

Australia again looked to have done enough in the first extra time period, carrying a two point lead into the final four seconds. Then a case of deja vu hit as Gasol was infringed again, and stole both points resulting in another five minutes of play to decide a winner.

This was where Spain ran away with it, as poor shooting and continual turnovers tormented the Aussies. The man they call "Big Spain," Gasol, proved to be the point of difference, finishing with 33 points.

What did Andrew Bogut say at FIBA World Cup?

Andrew Bogut had some choice words for the match officials as the buzzer sounded, clearly frustrated by several officiating decisions. Bogust insuated that the officials were corrupt, rubbing his fingers together mid-game for all the world to see. He then continued after the game, yelling to reporting media; "We all know where FIBA's headquarters is. It's a f***ing disgrace. Cheating ass motherf***ers… Google where headquarters of f***ing FIBA is. It's a f***ing disgrace."

The Boomers will be deflated with the result, but can still make history, with a victory in the bronze medal game on Sunday evening against France. France fell to Argentina in the other semi final and will battle it out for third place. The Australians have already defeated the Frenchman once this tournament.

Australia vs France FIBA World Cup Bronze medal game TV Guide

Anything that you can do once, you can do again, right? That is what the Aussies will be hoping to replicate, to achieve a historic first ever medal for out national men's basketball team. The fact France lost the first contest between the two probably means Australia will be considered the favourites, despite being eight places behind on the world rankings (see below).

The Australia vs France basketball match is scheduled to tip off at 5:50 pm (AEST) on Sunday, 15 September. We have a detailed comparison below of your broadcast options, but here's a quick summary. Use the 14-day free Kayo Sports trial to see the action live or watch on demand. You'll also be able to catch the final for free, too.

A top three finish would still be a huge feat for the Boomers and will no doubt ensure this is considered a successful World Cup campaign. So be sure to cheer on the Boomers in Australia vs France on Sunday night.

Argentina vs Spain FIBA World Cup final TV Guide

We have detailed how Spain made the final, now we will shed some light on Argentina's run. Or you can jump straight to our Spain vs Argentina guide.

The Argentines have been brilliant all tournament long and dominated France throughout their semi final. Former NBA player Luis Scola must have stumbled across a time machine, as he has wound back the clock in China and could genuinely take out the MVP honors at 39 years young.

Scola put the team on his back last time out scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Argentina vs Spain will follow a few hours after Australia vs France on September 15. It's sure to be a great battle of international basketball between the European and South American powerhouses. Why not use the 14-day free Kayo Sports trial to watch both games on Sunday, Argentina vs Spain will start at 10:00 pm (AEST), September 15.

Team USA lose again

Serbia manhandled the United States, handing consecutive losses to the Americans. The result means that Team USA will end with its worst ever finish at a World Cup. One game still remains for the USA; the stakes are a seventh place finish. USA vs Poland will start September 14 at 6:00 pm (AEST).

How to watch the 2019 Basketball FIBA World Cup in Australia

All 92 games of the FIBA World Cup will be available on Kayo Sports, both live and on demand. Additionally, Foxtel will broadcast highlight games, including every match that involves the Boomers and Team USA. Here are all the options available for those looking forward to tuning in.


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Stream the FIBA World Cup live with Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports is the only place where you can catch all 92 games of the FIBA World Cup, both live and on demand. A Basic subscription for the platform costs $25 a month and lets you watch on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription costs $35 a month and supports three simultaneous streams. The service offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world. This includes NBA, WNBA, NBL, and U17 and U19 FIBA World Cups. Plus, it comes with a host of unique features that make it a viewing wonderland for basketball fans.

Users can watch up to four matches at once on the same screen using SplitView. This will be particularly useful during the FIBA World Cup, as a lot of the games take place simultaneously. If you would like to focus your attention on only one, not to worry – every game will also be available on demand. So, you can enjoy them on your own schedule. Just make sure to use the No Spoilers setting to hide the scores. Or, tune in for Kayo Minis, condensed versions of key match-ups that deliver the goods in less than 20 minutes.

If you jump in late for a game, you can stream from Live or start at the beginning with the From Start feature. Also, fans can warm up to the action with a series of documentaries and official films, which are already available on the platform. You can read more about the service, the great interface and other features in our comprehensive Kayo Sports review.

Watching the Boomers on Kayo Sports is available via the web for PC or Mac, or you can download the app to your smartphone or tablet and watch on the go. If you prefer the big screen, the service is compatible with Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Telstra TV. New subscribers get a 14-day free trial.

Watch the Boomers World Cup challenge with Foxtel IQ

Foxtel IQ subscribers can add the Sports channel pack and watch highlight games from the FIBA World Cup on Fox Sports. This includes every Australian Boomers and Team USA game. Plus, all games will also be available as a FOX Mini highlight package. Fans can watch on TV or stream the action to their laptop or mobile device with Foxtel Go. The app is free for all Foxtel IQ subscribers.

The Sports channel pack from Foxtel is generally priced at $29 a month, on top of the base $29 Entertainment pack. Besides access to 18 sports channels, subscribers get the iQ4, the telco's most advanced set-top box. It enables you to record live TV and enjoy content in crisp 4K quality. You will have to pay an extra $10 a month to enjoy the Foxtel HD experience, but Foxtel IQ deals are always available. You will likely be able to save big on fees or score a discount if you're looking to bundle multiple channel packs.

Streaming basketball live with Foxtel Now

Alternatively, basketball fans can also stream FIBA World Cup games with Foxtel Now. The online service lets you watch Foxtel channels live, so you'll be able to enjoy all the FIBA coverage on offer. You will need the Sports pack to do so, which costs $29 a month. It's a Premium pack though, so you also need to subscribe to Essentials to be able to add Sports to your subscription. Essentials offers a variety of Pop and Lifestyle channels for $25 a month. As a result, the total price of your Foxtel Now subscription with Sports will be at least $54 a month.

Foxtel Now is compatible with PCs/Macs, or you can download the app to your smartphone/tablet. If you want to watch on TV, the platform also works with Sony Android TVs, Airplay/Chromecast, PS4, Telstra TV and the Foxtel Now Box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial.

How to watch Boomers World Cup replays?

If you're playing catch up or simply want to relive any game from the Basketball World Cup, your best bet is Kayo Sports. Every game is available on-demand, allowing you to go back and live stream all the Boomers World Cup games at your leisure.

How to watch NBA in Australia

Besides the FIBA World Cup, Kayo Sports also offers extensive basketball coverage, including an average of seven NBA games live per week during the regular season and selected postseason coverage. Every game of the Eastern & Western Conference Finals, plus every game of the NBA Finals, is available live on the platform. Additionally, subscribers can also watch the NBA Draft, the NBL and live coverage of all the big games from the 2019 NBA Summer League. With many Boomers running around in the NBA, this is all great news.

The same content is available through Foxtel IQ and Foxtel Now, as long as you subscribe to the Sports Package. Since games are broadcast on ESPN, you can tune in with Fetch TV with the Vibe channel pack as well. Or, you can get a subscription to NBA League Pass.

Boomers World Cup squad

No Player Position Age Height Club
2 Sobey, Nathan PG 29 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Brisbane Bullets
3 Gliddon, Cameron SG 30 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Brisbane Bullets
4 Goulding, Chris SG 30 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Melbourne United
5 Mills, Patty G 31 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
6 Bogut, Andrew C 34 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Sydney Kings/Golden State Warriors (NBA)
7 Ingles, Joe SF 31 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Utah Jazz (NBA)
8 Dellavedova, Matthew PG 28 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
11 Kay, Nick PF 27 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Perth Wildcats
12 Baynes, Aron C 32 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Phoenix Suns (NBA)
20 Barlow, David F 35 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Melbourne United
34 Landale, Jock PF 23 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Žalgiris Kaunas
55 Creek, Mitch SF 27 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) South East Melbourne Phoenix

Spain FIBA World Cup squad

No Player Position Age Height Club
1 Colom, Quino PG 30 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Valencia Basket
9 Rubio, Ricky PG 28 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Phoenix Suns (NBA)
23 Llull, Sergio PG 31 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Real Madrid
5 Fernandez, Rudy SG 34 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Real Madrid
8 Ribas, Pau SG 32 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) FC Barcelona
10 Claver, Victor PF 31 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) FC Barcelona
22 Rabaseda, Xavi SF 30 1.98 m (6ft 6 in) Herbalife Gran Canaria
33 Beiran, Javier SF 32 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Herbalife Gran Canaria
18 Oriola, Pierre PF 26 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) FC Barcelona
41 Hernangomez, Jauncho SF 23 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Denver Nuggets (NBA)
13 Gasol, Marc C 34 2. 16 m (7 ft 1 in) Toronto Raptors (NBA)
14 Hernangomez, Willy C 25 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Charlotte Hornets (NBA)

What group were the Boomers and Team USA in?

The Boomers was placed in Group H for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, alongside Lithuania, Senagal and Canada. Meanwhile, Team USA was up against Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey.

Men's FIBA Basketball World Rankings

Below your will find the Men's Basketball World Rankings as they stood at the beginning of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. There are four zones; Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe. Australia sits in Asia.

Rank Country Zone Zone Rank Current Points
1 USA Americas 1 793.7
2 Spain Europe 1 703.4
3 France Europe 2 650.2
4 Serbia Europe 3 645.4
5 Argentina Americas 2 626.5
6 Lithuania Europe 4 623
7 Slovenia Europe 5 621.9
8 Greece Europe 6 602.2
9 Croatia Europe 7 582.9
10 Russia Europe 8 525.3
11 Australia Boomers Asia 1 515
12 Brazil Americas 3 510.4
13 Italy Europe 9 492.9
14 Mexico Americas 4 489.9
15 Latvia Europe 10 464.9
16 Puerto Rico Americas 5 458.7
17 Turkey Europe 11 444.1
18 Dominican Republic Americas 6 434.8
19 Ukraine Europe 12 425.2
20 Venezuela Americas 7 410.1
21 Finland Europe 13 406
22 Germany Europe 14 402.5
23 Canada Americas 8 400.2
24 Czech Republic Europe 15 368
25 Poland Europe 16 365.2
26 Georgia Europe 17 354
27 Iran Asia 2 349.5
28 Montenegro Europe 18 325.1
29 Belgium Europe 19 321.6
30 China Asia 3 317.9
31 Philippines Asia 4 317.6
32 Korea Asia 5 300
33 Nigeria Africa 1 296
34 Uruguay Americas 9 285
35 Israel Europe 20 283.2
36 Hungary Europe 21 275.1
37 Senegal Africa 2 269.4
38 New Zealand Asia 6 267.3
39 Angola Africa 3 262.5
40 Bosnia and Herzegovina Europe 22 259.8
41 Netherlands Europe 23 251.5
42 North Macedonia Europe 24 248
43 Panama Americas 10 246.6
44 Great Britain Europe 25 241.4
45 Estonia Europe 26 237.2
46 Virgin Islands Americas 11 235.2
47 Bulgaria Europe 27 231
48 Japan Asia 7 230.6
49 Jordan Asia 8 223.3
50 Iceland Europe 28 214.4
51 Tunisia Africa 4 206.3
52 Egypt Africa 5 194.2
53 Lebanon Asia 9 191.3
54 Sweden Europe 29 189.1
55 Austria Europe 30 185.9
56 Belarus Europe 31 179.9
57 Chinese Taipei Asia 10 175.5
58 Cameroon Africa 6 165.2
59 Bahamas Americas 12 164.7
60 Morocco Africa 7 155.8
61 Romania Europe 32 153.3
62 Portugal Europe 33 149.8
63 Qatar Asia 11 148.8
64 Cote d'Ivoire Africa 8 140.2
65 Switzerland Europe 34 138.6
66 Cuba Americas 13 137.3
67 India Asia 12 133.6
68 Mali Africa 9 132.5
69 Denmark Europe 35 131.8
70 Kazakhstan Asia 13 129.1
71 CAF Africa 10 128.7
72 Jamaica Americas 14 125.8
73 Chile Americas 15 123.6
74 Antigua Americas 16 123
75 Slovakia Europe 36 121.6
76 Paraguay Americas 17 121
77 Guam Asia 14 120.3
78 Armenia Europe 37 115.6
79 Colombia Americas 18 115.5
80 Iraq Asia 15 115.5
81 Andorra Europe 38 113.6
82 Dem.Rep. of Congo Africa 11 113.5
83 Mozambique Africa 12 113.2
84 Malta Europe 39 111.8
85 Indonesia Asia 16 110.7
86 Barbados Americas 19 109.9
87 Rwanda Africa 13 109.7
88 Norway Europe 40 107.1
89 Syria Asia 17 105.2
90 Kosovo Europe 41 104.8
91 Cape Verde Africa 14 104.5
92 Palestine Asia 18 103.8
93 Cyprus Europe 42 101.7
94 Costa Rica Americas 20 101.1
95 Algeria Africa 15 100.1
96 Tahiti Asia 19 99.8
97 Luxembourg Europe 43 98.4
98 Uganda Africa 16 97.4
99 Chad Africa 17 96.7
100 Bermuda Americas 21 96.1
101 Hong Kong Asia 20 94.9
102 Thailand Asia 21 93.6
103 Azerbaijan Europe 44 93.6
104 Saudi Arabia Asia 22 92.6
105 St.Vincent and the Grenadines Americas 22 92.3
106 Ireland Europe 45 92.2
107 Singapore Asia 23 89.7
108 Guyana Americas 23 89.5
109 Suriname Americas 24 88.2
110 Honduras Americas 25 88.1
111 Nicaragua Americas 26 86.5
112 Bahrain Asia 24 86
113 Malaysia Asia 25 84.2
114 Albania Europe 46 81.4
115 British Virgin Islands Americas 27 81
116 San Marino Europe 47 76.1
117 Sri Lanka Asia 26 75.9
118 Grenada Americas 28 75.2
119 El Salvador Americas 29 74.8
120 UAE Asia 27 73
121 South Africa Africa 18 72.9
122 Guinea Africa 19 71.4
123 Samoa Asia 28 71.4
124 South Sudan Africa 20 70.3
125 Cayman Islands Americas 30 69.5
126 Ecuador Americas 31 68.8
127 Gabon Africa 21 68.1
128 Moldova Europe 48 66.6
129 Bolivia Americas 32 65.6
130 Burkina Faso Africa 22 62
131 Kenya Africa 23 60.5
132 Montserrat Americas 33 60.4
133 Zimbabwe Africa 24 60.1
134 Seychelles Africa 25 56.8
135 Burundi Africa 26 56.6
136 Uzbekistan Asia 29 54.9
137 Vietnam Asia 30 54.6
138 Kuwait Asia 31 54
139 Madagascar Africa 27 53.1
140 Tonga Asia 32 52.9
141 Maldives Asia 33 52.1
142 Zambia Africa 28 51.5
143 Benin Africa 29 51.3
144 Bangladesh Asia 34 50.5
145 Bhutan Asia 35 48.2
146 Botswana Africa 30 47.6
147 Gibraltar Europe 49 47.1
148 Guatemala Americas 34 46.8
149 Somalia Africa 31 46.8
150 American Samoa Asia 36 46.5
151 Peru Americas 35 46.3
152 Macau Asia 37 44.9
153 Haiti Americas 36 44.9
154 Brunei Darussalam Asia 38 43.5
155 St. Lucia Americas 37 41.7
156 Tanzania Africa 32 41.1
157 Togo Africa 33 40.4
158 Nepal Asia 39 40.3
159 Mauritania Africa 34 36.8
160 Oman Asia 40 36.5
161 Fiji Asia 41 31.3
162 Cambodia Asia 42 30.7
163 Libya Africa 35 29.9
164 Myanmar Asia 43 28.7
165 Cook Islands Asia 44 22.9

Image Source: FIBA website

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