New coach, same old Spain

New Spain coach José Venancio picked up where Javier Lozano left off as as the European champions defeated Uzbekistan 5-0 and 12-0 in friendlies.

If there were any thoughts that Spain coach Javier Lozano's departure on the eve of November's UEFA European Futsal Championship would remove the continental and world title-holders' aura of invincibility, those seem to have diminished with comfortable wins against Uzbekistan.

Debut win
José Venancio was in charge for the first time since Lozano ended his trophy-laded 15-year reign to join the staff at Real Madrid CF, and he launched his reign with a 5-0 success in Caravaca de la Cruz. Daniel struck on nine and 22 minutes and Alvaro, Kike and Jordi Torras completed the scoring.

Twelve goals
The following night in Alcantarilla the tributes were to Javi Rodríguez, who in winning his 116th Spain cap moved one ahead of previous record holder Julio. And his team-mates ensured a memorable win as Spain triumphed 12-0, with four goals from Kike, two from Daniel and Torras and one each by Ortiz, Lin, Marcelo and Dani Salgado. Spain have now won eleven games in a row and are unbeaten in 22.

'Very positive'
Venancio said: "The friendlies have been very positive and I have to highlight the players' great mental approcach and the great team they showed. The victories couldn't have been better and this gives us confidence and enthusiasm for the future. We're well armed for the European Championship and we only have to perfect minor tactical details."

His team complete their finals warm-up in Slovenia on 29 and 30 October and against Kazakhstan in Castro Urdiales on 9 November. Eight days later they open their European title defence in Porto against Ukraine before taking on Serbia and the team they defeated in the 2005 final, Russia.