Angola

The two-time defending gold medallists at the AfroBasket, Angola will be making their debut at the FIBA World Championship for Women. The team competed in the London Olympic Games in 2012. With Nassecela Mauricio, MVP of AfroBasket 2011, the team is looking to make a statement on the world’s biggest stage.

Key Player: Nassecela Mauricio

Recent Success: 2 gold (2011, 2013) and 2 bronze (2007, 2009) medals at AfroBasket

FIBA Ranking: 20

www.fab-angola.com

 

   Australia

Ranked number two in the FIBA World Rankings, The Opals have their sights set on their second world title. Three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson is returning to form after battling injuries and Penny Taylor is hoping to end her national team career with a final triumph. Rising star Liz Cambage, the first woman to dunk in the Olympic Games, will be critical to their quest for gold.

Key Players: Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage, Penny Taylor

Follow On Twitter: @laurenej15, @ecambage

Recent Success: 1 gold (2006) and 2 bronze (2002, 1998) medals at World Championship, 3-time silver (2000, 2004, 2008) and 2-time bronze (2012, 1996) medallist at Olympics

FIBA Ranking: 2

www.basketball.net.au

 

   Belarus

Belarus’s will be participating in the FIBA World Championship for Women for the second time in 2014. After winning the European Championship Bronze Medal in 2007, the team has experienced more recent success as well, which it looks to continue at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Key Players: Anastasiya Verameyenka (plays for Fenerbahçe)

Recent Success: Bronze medal at EuroBasket 2007

FIBA Ranking: 10

www.bbf.by

 

   Brasil

As the host of the Olympic Games in 2016, Brazil is looking to build the foundation for success in the years to come. After back-to-back FIBA Americas Championship gold medals, the squad won bronze this year to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women. With world-class players, Brazil will step on the court trying to return to the World Championship podium for the first time since 1994, when it won gold.

Key Player: Erika de Souza

Recent Success: World Champion in 1994, 5-time Americas Champion (2011, 2009, 2003, 2001, 1997), 1 silver (1996) and 1 bronze (2000) medal at Olympics

FIBA Ranking: 7

www.cbb.com.br

 

   Canada

The Canadian Women's National Basketball Team won the silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women. In the history of the FIBA World Championship for Women the team has reached the podium twice, winning bronze in both 1979 and 1986.

Key Players: Miranda Ayim, Lizanne Murphy, Kimberley Smith, Natalie Achonwa

Follow On Twitter: @AyimWhoAyim, @LizzieMurph, @NatAchon

Recent Success: Americas Champion in 1995, 1 silver (2013), 7 bronze (2011, 2009, 2005, 2003, 1999, 1993) medals at Americas Championship

FIBA Ranking: 9

www.basketball.ca

 

   China

With 11 Asian Championship gold medals, China can match any team when it comes to continental success. The team finished the 2013 FIBA Asian Championship in third place and grabbed the last spot in the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Key Player: Nan Chen

Recent Success: 1 Olympic silver medal (1992), 1 World Championship silver medal (1994), 11 Asian Championship gold medals

FIBA Ranking: 8

www.sport.gov.cn

 

   Cuba

Cuba defeated Canada and became the surprise gold medallist at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women. The team also deprived Brazil of its third consecutive gold medal with a win in the semi-finals. The 1990 bronze medallists are looking to prove themselves on the world’s stage when they come to Turkey in September.

Key Players: Yamara Amargo, Oyanaisy Gelis

Recent Success: 1 World Championship bronze medal (1990), 4-time gold (2013, 2005, 1999, 1989), 4-time silver (2007, 2003, 2001, 1995) and 1 bronze (1997) medals at Americas Championship

FIBA Ranking: 14

 

   Czech Republic

At EuroBasket Women 2005, the Czech Republic went home with the gold medal. Playing before its home fans at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women the Czechs won silver. With a strong group of young stars, the team will arrive in Turkey looking to build on these successes.

Key Players: Petra Kulichova (plays for Beşiktaş), Eva Viteckova

Recent Success: 1 World Championship silver medal (2010), 1 gold (2005) and 1 silver (2003) medals at EuroBasket

FIBA Ranking: 5

www.cbf.cz

 

   France

France has high hopes for the FIBA World Championship for Women. At the 2012 Summer Olympics France won the silver medal.  They missed out on gold at EuroBasket Women 2013, falling to a talented Spanish squad in the finals. With a talented core of players, head coach Valerie Garnier’s squad bring intensity and depth to every game.

Key Players: Isabelle Yacoubou (plays for Fenerbahçe), Céline Dumerc, Sandrine Gruda

Follow On Twitter: @shaqoubou, @capsule19, @Sandrine_Gruda

Recent Success: 1 Olympic silver medal (2012), 2 gold (2009, 2001), 4 silver (2013, 1999, 1993, 1970) and 1 bronze medals (2011) at EuroBasket

FIBA Ranking: 4

www.ffbb.com

 

   Japan

Japan made history at the 2013 FIBA Asian Championship for Women, winning their second gold medal after a 43-year drought. The team has won one silver medal in their FIBA World Championship for Women history, back in 1975. With the talented Yuko Oga, they are looking to make their mark in front of the world.

Key Player: Yuko Oga

Recent Success: 2-time Asian Champions (2013, 1970)

FIBA Ranking: 17

www.japanbasketball.jp

 

   Korea

The Asian powerhouse has won a record 12 gold medals at the FIBA Asia Championship for Women over the years. They have also won two silver medals at the FIBA World Championship for Women, in 1967 and 1979. The squad’s three-point shooting will be critical to its hopes to advance deep into the tournament.

Key Player: Jung Eun Kim

Recent Success: 12 times Asian Champions, 3 Asian Games Gold Medals

FIBA Ranking: 11

www.koreaabasketball.or.kr

 

   Mozambique

2014 will be the first time for Mozambique participating in the FIBA World Championship for Women. The team is the defending silver medallist at the FIBA Africa Championship for Women. With veteran guard Deolinda Ngulela, 1.90m forward Deolinda Gimo and exciting frontcourt talent Leia Dongue, no team can afford to take Mozambique lightly.

Key Player: Deolinda Ngulela

Recent Success: 3 African Championship silver medals (2013, 2003, 1986)

FIBA Ranking: 38

 

   Serbia

Serbia’s trip to EuroBasket 2013 ended with a fourth-place finish. With coach Marina Maljkovic, sisters Ana ve Milica Dabovic and the talented forward Jelena Milovanovic, the team is aiming for the podium and looking to burnish its international reputation.

Key Players: Jelena Milovanovic

Recent Success: 4th place at EuroBasket Women 2013

FIBA Ranking: 29

www.kss.rs

 

   Spain

Since 1994, Spain has been one of the world’s most competitive teams and has recently become a perennial medal contender. The Spaniards returned home from EuroBasket 2013 with gold. With Sancho Lyttle, the MVP of EuroBasket 2013, and playmaker Alba Torrens, this squad is a bona fide medal contender. Spain will be looking to get back to the podium after winning bronze four years ago.

Key Players: Alba Torrens (plays for Galatasaray Odebank), Sancho Lyttle (plays for Galatasaray Odebank), Silvia Dominguez

Follow On Twitter: @sdominguez6

Recent Success: 1 World Championship bronze medal (2010), 2 gold (2013, 1993), 1 silver (2007) and 4 bronze (2009, 2005, 2003, 2001) medals at EuroBasket

FIBA Ranking: 6

www.feb.es

 

   Turkey

As the host of the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, expectations are high for Turkey. Since 2005 Turkey has made an impressive rise through the global ranks. The team won the silver medal at EuroBasket 2011. They won bronze at EuroBasket 2013 by beating Serbia. This veteran squad will be making its tournament debut at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, and they will have the benefit of playing before passionate home fans.

Key Players: Nevriye Yılmaz, Birsel Vardalı, Işıl Alben

Follow On Twitter: @birsel_vardarli, @isilalben10

Recent Success: 1 silver (2011) and 1 bronze (2013) medal at EuroBasket, 5th place at London 2012 Olympics

FIBA Ranking: 13

www.tbf.org.tr

 

   USA

The United States is undoubtedly the dominant team in international basketball, adding a chapter to the history books with every passing tournament. The team, which did not lose a match between 1994 and 2006, has won 8 World Championship gold medals. It will be looking for its ninth in Turkey, and any team that wants a gold medal will have to go through the Americans.

Key Players: Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker, Semione Augustus, Angel McCoughtry

Follow On Twitter: @DianaTaurasi, @Candace_Parker, @seimoneaugustus, @angel_35

Recent Success: 7 Olympic gold medals, 8 World Championship gold medals, 2 Americas Championship gold medals

FIBA Ranking: 1

www.usab.com