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2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup 1st Round Games Announced

2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup 1st Round Games Announced

Host Panama opens tournament with game against Greece on October 1st. Defending champion USA takes on Japan one day later.

Panama City, Panama – The International Baseball Federation and the Local Organizing Committee of the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup have announced the match ups for the first round of the tournament. The 1st game will be played on October 1st, with the remainder of the first round of games to be played October 2nd across Panama.

Panama, the host team will open the tournament against Greece, a qualifier from the 2010 European Championship and participant of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The opening game will be held in Rod Carew Stadium, Panama City.

Pool A will also see Canada take on Puerto Rico, The USA take on Japan and Chinese Taipei match-up with the Netherlands.

Pool B will see Cuba battle Australia, a match-up of the 2004 Athens Olympic final, Korea Vs Venezuela, Nicaragua Vs Germany and finally Italy, the 2010 European Champion Vs the Dominican Republic the 2010 Americas Champion.

Tournament coverage will be available through www.ibaf.org and it is expected the full schedule will be announced in the coming days.

Group 1 Schedule:

Saturday October 1:
Greece vs Panama

Sunday October 2:
Canada vs Puerto Rico
USA vs Japan
Taiwan vs Netherlands

Monday October 3:
Japan vs Canada
Puerto Rico vs USA
Greece vs Netherlands
Panama vs Taiwan

Tusday October 4:
Netherlands vs Japan
Puerto Rico vs Panama
Canada vs Greece
USA vs Taiwan

Thursday October 6:
Puerto Rico vs Netherlands
Panama vs Japan
USA vs Greece
Taiwan vs Canada

Friday October 7:
Japan vs Taiwan
Panama vs Canada
Greece vs Puerto Rico
Netherlands vs USA

Saturday October 8:
Canada vs Netherlands
USA vs Panama
Taiwan vs Greece
Japan vs Puerto Rico

Sunday October 9:
Canada vs USA
Netherlands vs Panama
Japan vs Greece
Puerto Rico vs Taiwan

Group 2 Schedule:

Sunday October 2:
Cuba vs Australia
South Korea vs Venezuela
Nicaragua vs Germany
Italy vs Dominican Republic

Monday October 3:
Germany vs South Korea
Dominican Republic vs Cuba
Italy vs Australia
Venezuela vs Nicaragua

Tuesday October 4:
Australia vs South Korea
Nicaragua vs Italy
Dominican Republic vs Germany
Cuba vs Venezuela

Thursday October 6:
Australia vs Nicaragua
Germany vs Italy
South Korea vs Cuba
Dominican Republic vs Venezuela

Friday October 7:
Venezuela vs Germany
Cuba vs Italy
Nicaragua vs South Korea
Australia vs Dominican Republic

Saturday October 8:
Italy vs South Korea
Venezuela vs Australia
Germany vs Cuba
Dominican Republic vs Nicaragua

Sunday October 9:
Germany vs Australia
South Korea vs Dominican Republic
Italy vs Venezuela
Cuba vs Nicaragua

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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