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Interviú back on top

In 2005 the UEFA Futsal Cup went outside Spain for the first time. Twelve months later it was back as Boomerang Interviú regained the trophy.
Interviú back on top
Interviú regained the trophy in Moscow ©LNFS

Interviú back on top

In 2005 the UEFA Futsal Cup went outside Spain for the first time. Twelve months later it was back as Boomerang Interviú regained the trophy.

In 2005 the UEFA Futsal Cup went outside Spain for the first time. Twelve months later it was back as Boomerang Interviú regained the trophy.

The first qualifying round threw up few upsets, with the victors including Cristal Noir MB Morlanwelz, the Belgian runners-up given entry due to Action 21 Charleroi's 2004/05 UEFA Futsal Cup success. However, the second qualifying round was slightly altered, with the top two teams from each round now going through to a new semi-final stage.

SL Benfica, who had topped a second qualifying round pool at home two seasons ago to reach the final, staged Group A but were denied an opening victory when Kairat Almaty striker Yuriy Butrin's hat-trick secured a 3-3 draw. Interviú, who had won the trophy at the Pavilhão do SL Benfica in 2004, won 11-0 against Morlanwelz with seven players on target. Interviú then beat Kairat 5-2, and that secured first place in the group as Benfica drew 1-1 with Morlanwelz.

Under the new system, second place still mattered and Kairat put themselves in a great position as they came from behind to defeat Morlanwelz 5-1. Benfica could still have pipped them with a win in their 2004 final rematch and André Lima and Pica Pau gave the hosts a 2-0 lead after five minutes. But Schumacher and Joan hit back for Interviú before the break and Marquinho and Andreu added further goals to secure a 4-2 win which gave Kairat the first UEFA semi-final for any representatives from Kazakhstan.

Charleroi travelled to Belgrade for Group B and the first day produced two surprise results as the holders lost 4-1 to FC Shakhtar Donetsk and 2005 runners-up MFK Dinamo Moskva were held 4-4 by hosts KMF Marbo Beograd, who led at the break thanks to a Predrag Rajić hat-trick. Shakhtar continued their good run by again winning 4-1 the next day against Beograd to ensure a semi-final place and that was soon out of grasp for Charleroi as Dinamo took revenge for their dramatic two-legged defeat the year before with a 5-3 victory, having trailed 2-0 early on. A Sirilo goal six minutes from time against Shakhtar ensured Dinamo secured first place with a 1-0 win; Charleroi's defence ended with a 3-2 win against Beograd.

Played over two legs, the semi-finals proved successful for the group winners, as Dinamo won 3-0 in Almaty and 5-2 at home against Kairat while Interviú beat Shakhtar 6-1 in Donetsk and 5-3 in Spain. Like two years before against Charleroi, Interviú staged the first leg of the final and Gabriel gave them a fifth-minute lead, though Sirilo soon equalised and Pelé Junior cancelled out a Schumacher goal. However, in the 18th minute Daniel and Schumacher edged Interviú in front and Marquinho increased the lead midway through the second half before Schumacher completed his hat-trick.

In the 2005 final Dinamo had overturned a first-leg deficit to force extra time against Charleroi, but they had a tougher task on their hands now. Sirilo struck eight minutes into the return but Julio equalised and Daniel's strike early in the second half seemed to have settled matters. But in the last four minutes, Joan, Konstantin Maevski and Tatu took Dinamo to within one strike of an away goals victory only for Neto to then secure a 9-7 aggregate success for Interviú, who now equalled Playas de Castellón FS's mark of two UEFA Futsal Cup victories.

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