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Big names enter futsal reckoning

Published: Tuesday 18 September 2007, 1.39CET
The UEFA Futsal Cup Elite round draw is made on Tuesday with the chance to get into April's final four the goal as the top four seeds enter the competition.
Published: Tuesday 18 September 2007, 1.39CET

Big names enter futsal reckoning

The UEFA Futsal Cup Elite round draw is made on Tuesday with the chance to get into April's final four the goal as the top four seeds enter the competition.
The UEFA Futsal Cup Elite round draw is made at 13.00CET on Tuesday in Nyon with the chance to get into the second final four event the goal.

Seeded teams
Joining the 12 teams through from last week's Main round are the top four seeds - holders MFK Dinamo Moskva, their Russian rivals MFK Viz-Sinara Ekaterinburg, Spanish champions ElPozo Murcia FS and Kairat Almaty. Each of these teams will be placed in different groups, with two of the others to contain one Main round winner and two runners-up, and the remaining pair to have two first-place finishers and one club who ended in second. Teams who were in the same Main round group cannot meet. Among the clubs to have come through the last stage are two sides that began in August's Preliminary round - Hapoel Ironi Rishon Lezion, who ended Israel's three-year absence from the competition, and Montenegro's first entrants KMF Municipium Casino Pljevlja.

Four hosts
Ekaterinburg, Luparense Calcio A5, FK Era-Pack Chrudim and Clearex Chorzów have been picked as mini-tournament hosts and they will be kept apart in the draw, though that does not effect their overall seeding. The four groups will be played in the period 13-21 October, and the first-placed teams will progress to the final four from 24-26 April, with the hosts to be picked from the qualifying quartet to follow in the footsteps of Murcia, who staged the new-look event last season.

2007/08 UEFA Futsal Cup Elite round entrants:

Seeds (bye to Elite round)
MFK Dinamo Moskva (RUS)
ElPozo Murcia FS (ESP)
MFK Viz-Sinara Ekaterinburg (RUS)*
Kairat Almaty (KAZ)

Main round winners
Group 1: Hapoel Ironi Rishon Lezion (ISR)
Group 2: SL Benfica (POR)
Group 3: Luparense Calcio A5 (ITA)*
Group 4: Futsal Topsport Antwerpen (BEL)
Group 5: HMNK Gospić (CRO)
Group 6: FK Era-Pack Chrudim (CZE)*

Main round runners-up
Group 1: Clearex Chorzów (POL)*
Group 2: SK Energia (UKR)
Group 3: Slov-Matic Fofo Bratislava (SVK)
Group 4: KMF Municipium Casino Pljevlja (MNE)
Group 5: CIP Deva (ROU)
Group 6: KMF Marbo Beograd (SRB)

*Elite round hosts

Last updated: 18/09/07 13.40CET

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