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Willy Hernangomez led Spain to the European title in September. ©AFP

The Belgian Lions are the global number 30. © BELGA

thumbnail: Willy Hernangomez led Spain to the European title in September.
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A historical fact in global basketball: America is no longer number 1 on the new FIBA ​​World Ranking. The Olympic champion must leave that honor to Spain! The Belgian Lions are in 30th place.

Patrick Ceulemans

It is the first time since the introduction of the ranking in 2010 that the Americans are not number 1. With 758.6 points, Spain scores slightly better than America. (757.5 points). Spain has been a world power in basketball for years. With superstars such as Pau and Marc Gasol, Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Llull, Juan Carloz Navarro, Ricky Rubio and Sergio Rodriguez, it achieved many successes. Also the new batch of talent. Spain became world champion at the 2019 World Cup, reached the quarterfinals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year and became European champion in September. At the European Championship, it lost one game: versus… the Belgian Lions.

America may have become Olympic champion in Japan, but went out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup and only finished 3rd at the America Cup 2022.

Belgian Lions thirtieth

The rest of the top ten remains unchanged with (in order) Australia (3rd), Argentina, France, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece and Italy sparkling in tenth place. The Belgian Lions lose one place and end up at number 30 with 385.5 points.

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