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World Championship: Group B preview

Updated: August 27, 2010, 1:15 PM ET
By Alfredo Berrios | ESPNDeportes.com

Group B presents two of the favorites to be in the final four of this world championship: Brazil and the United States.

The Brazilians are seen as the most complete team in the tournament, with all of their players currently in the NBA or on the European circuit. And although Team USA is not even a shadow of the team that clinched the gold medal in Beijing in 2008, the Americans are always dangerous, and more so in a tournament in which there is no clear-cut favorite due to the absence of many stellar players.

In this group, the likely Cinderella would be Iran, which qualified as a "local" team in the Asian region, while Croatia, a former powerhouse, will look to renew its past glories.

2010 FIBA World Championship previews: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D

2010 FIBA World Championship previews: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D

Alfredo Berrios is an editor for ESPNdeportes.com. Click here for his archives.

Alfredo R. Berrios covers NBA and is an editor for ESPNdeportes.com. He has been a sports journalist since 1976, covering basketball, baseball and boxing for different news media in Puerto Rico and the United States.