The 18th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup was blown wide open after the USA were defeated by France in the round of eight. But that now feels like a distant memory as Spain and Argentina prepare to battle it out for the trophy and the title. And you're in the right place to discover how to get a Basketball World Cup live stream from your corner of the Earth.
The 2019 edition is taking place in China across eight different venues. While usually held every four years, there's been a bit of a longer wait for Basketball fans this time out, with the tournament delayed by a year, meaning it now falls out of sync with the FIFA World Cup for the first time. There's also a new expanded format, with 32 teams now taking part, up from the previous 24.
Two-time defending champions USA went into the tournament as clear favorites, but they suffered a shock (yet comprehensive) defeat at the hands of France. Having qualified for the 2010 Olympics, they'll be expecting much more success there with the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Anthony Davis all likely to throw their hats into the ring.
And to be fair, the chasing pack this time out has looked stronger than ever. Spain were tipped by many at the start to be genuine contenders and have safely made it through to final. While Argentina took out France in the other semi-final on Friday.
Beyond the tournament itself there's more at stake – the FIBA World Cup will this year act as qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, with seven of the twelve spots up for grabs (the top two finishers from both Europe and the Americas, along with the top one from each of Africa, Asia and Oceania).
If you want to know where you'll be able to watch all the action – it's ESPN+ if you're in the US – we'll tell you exactly where you can catch it online with our 2019 Basketball World Cup live stream guide below.
How to watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 from outside your country
Below we have a full rundown of your viewing options for the 2019 Basketball World Cup in different countries – check out how to watch in the US (where ESPN+ will be streaming the tournament in its entirety), the UK, Canada and Australia.
The problems start when you try to watch your domestic coverage online while out of the country. Give it a go and you'll quickly find your stream in geo-blocked.
That's super annoying, but not unavoidable. We've found that using a Virtual Private Network – or VPN – to be a handy solution. You select a server in your home country and then watch as if you were sat back at home on your couch.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 fixtures
Spain vs Australia – Friday, September 13 – Times TBD
Argentina vs France – Friday, September 13 – Times TBD
SF1 vs SF2 – Sunday, September 13 – 8pm local time (8am ET, 5am PT, 10pm AEST)
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