The identity of Europe's six FIFA Futsal World Cup contenders will become clearer over the next week after the first legs of the play-offs begin on Sunday.
Twelve teams won through from the qualifying round to move to within one two-legged tie of the finals in Brazil from 30 September to 19 October. UEFA's allocation in the expanded 20-nation finals has been increased by one to six, and two sides that did not make it in 2004 to Chinese Taipei are the first to start as former European champions Russia visit Belarus on Sunday.
Spain in action
Holders Spain welcome Bosnia-Herzegovina to Toledo on Tuesday while the same night Ukraine, who reached the second group stage four years ago, play a Hungary side keen to improve on their 11-0 aggregate defeat by Italy in the previous edition. The Azzurri, beaten in both the 2004 World Cup and 2007 UEFA European Futsal Championship finals by Spain, have a Wednesday date with Croatia while the Czech Republic hope for revenge for their 8-4 EURO loss to Romania and Portugal visit Slovenia the same night. The return ties are played from 12-16 April.
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