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UEFA Futsal Cup semi-final preview

Published: Monday 20 April 2015, 15.16CET
Holders FC Barcelona take on hosts Sporting Clube de Portugal after Kairat Almaty play debutants ISK Dina Moskva in Friday's sell-out semi-final at Lisbon's Meo Arena.
by Paul Saffer
UEFA Futsal Cup semi-final preview
Kairat clinched a 12th straight title last week ©Erlen Abulmanov

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  • João Matos (Sporting CP)
 
Published: Monday 20 April 2015, 15.16CET

UEFA Futsal Cup semi-final preview

Holders FC Barcelona take on hosts Sporting Clube de Portugal after Kairat Almaty play debutants ISK Dina Moskva in Friday's sell-out semi-final at Lisbon's Meo Arena.

The UEFA Futsal Cup finals kick off on Friday with tickets long sold-out for the event at Lisbon's Meo Arena.

A competition record crowd of around 10,500 is expected when hosts Sporting Clube de Portugal tackle holders FC Barcelona after debutants ISK Dina Moskva take on 2013 winners Kairat Almaty for a place in Sunday's final. With every team having a 100% record in the tournament this season, UEFA.com has the lowdown on the finalists.

Schedule
Semi-finals: Friday
(KO times CET, local time is 1 hour behind)
20.00CET: ISK Dina Moskva (RUS) v Kairat Almaty (KAZ)
22.30CET: FC Barcelona (ESP, holders) v Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR, hosts)

Third place play-off: 16.00CET, Sunday
Final: 18.30CET, Sunday

©Pavel Jiřík

Dina have enjoyed their debut

ISK Dina Moskva (RUS)
Formed: 1991
UEFA Futsal Cup best performance: debut

Road to finals
Main round: FC Deva 4-2, MNK Alumnus Zagreb 8-3, Futsal Team Charleroi 5-1 (Group 3 winners)
Elite round: FK EP Chrudim 3-0, Araz Naxçivan 5-4, Slov-Matic Bratislava 4-1 (Group B winners)
Top scorer: Dmitri Prudnikov 8
Key players: Alemao, Carlinhos, Esquerdinha, Dmitri Prudnikov

Domestic form
Last results: 4-2 & 5-5 v MFK KPRF (h)
League position: 3rd  (top 8 to play-offs)

• This may be Dina's UEFA debut but in the 1990s they landed seven straight Russian championships and three unofficial European cups.
• They have taken straight to this competition, the only non-seeds to win their elite round group.
• Among their squad are former UEFA Futsal Cup winners Sergei Zuev, Dmitri Prudnikov, Damir Khamadiyev and Alemao.

©Takhir Sasykov

Kairat's summer signing Igor

Kairat Almaty (KAZ)
Formed: 2001
UEFA Futsal Cup best performance: winners 2013

Road to finals
Elite round:  FK Nikars Riga 11-2, Sporting Club de Paris 11-7, KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac 6-3 (Group D winners)
Top scorer: Divanei 4, Leo 4
Key players: Dinmukhambet Suleimenov, Higuita, Joan, Alexandre

Domestic form
Weekend result: W6-4/W5-3 v Tulpar Karagandy (h)
League position: 1st: Champions

• Kairat are in the semi-finals for a seventh time, though their sole last-four victory came against Barcelona in Tbilisi 2013 (when MFK Dinamo were dispatched in the final).
• They lost the title in Baku last term but have since signed Brazil's Jé and Igor, a two-time winner with Barcelona.
• Their elite round goal tally of 28 was twice as high as any other group winner.
• Kairat won their 12th straight league title on Friday after two wins against nearest rivals Tulpar, who will now hope the Almaty side triumph in Lisbon to allow them into the 2015/16 UEFA Futsal Cup as well.

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FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)
Formed:
1899 (club), 1986 (futsal team)
UEFA Futsal Cup best performance: winners (2012, 2014)

Road to finals
Elite round: MVFC Berettyóújfalu 4-1, Baku United FC 5-1, Lokomotiv Kharkiv 5-0 (Group D winners)
Top scorer: Wilde 4
Key players: Aicardo, Paco Sedano, Sergio Lozano, Wilde

Domestic form
Last result:
W7-5 v Montesinos Jumilla (a)
League position: 2nd (top 8 to play-offs)

• Barcelona have lifted the title on two of their three entries, beating Sporting in their debut semi-final of 2012.
• Reclaiming the crown last spring, they strengthened by signing Rafa Usín, Batería and Dyego.
• After topping their elite round group at home, they now aim to match Inter FS's record of three titles.

Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
Formed: 1906 (club), 1989 (futsal team)
UEFA Futsal Cup best performance: runners-up 2011

Road to finals
Elite round:
Futsal Team Charleroi 5-3, FC Grand Pro Varna 8-2, Inter FS 1-0 (Group A winners)
Top scorer: Fabio Lima 4
Key players: Pedro Cary, Paulinho, Caio Japa, Alex

Domestic form
Last result: D4-4 v Fundão (a)
League position: 3rd (top 8 to play-offs)

• The hosts of the first eight-team finals in 2002, Sporting also reached the 2011 and 2012 semis.
• In 2011 they overcame Kairat in Almaty (though they could not emulate 2010 winners SL Benfica in the final), then 12 months later they fell to hosts Barcelona.
• Their 1-0 defeat of three-time champions Inter was the standout result of the elite round.

Last updated: 04/06/15 2.33CET

Related information

http://www.uefa.com/futsalcup/news/newsid=2235086.html#uefa+futsal+cup+semi+final+preview