Varejao and Brazil gave the Americans a scare in exhibition play.
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BRAZIL TEAM PREVIEWSquad reached the semifinals in seven of the first eight editions of the FIBA World Championship, but it's been 20 years since they made the semifinals. Ö They threw a scare at the U.S. in the China Basketball Challenge, losing 90-86.
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PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULEAugust 19: Brazil vs. Australia
August 20: Brazil vs. Qatar
August 22: Brazil vs. Turkey
August 23: Brazil vs. Greece
August 24: Brazil vs. Lithuania
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HISTORYMedals: Gold (2), Silver (2), Bronze (2)
Best Finish: Gold in 1959, 1963