Reigning champions Spain have been paired with Slovenia in today's European play-off draw in Switzerland for the 2004 FIFA World Futsal Championship.
The winners of the five play-off ties will all go on to represent UEFA at the finals in Chinese Taipei between 29 November and 19 December 2004. As well as the Spanish, Italy will be among the favourites to progress with Hungary standing in the way of the European champions.
Spain won the FIFA title in 2000 after a thrilling 4-3 final victory in Guatemala against Brazil. Javi Rodríguez, who is still very much part of Javier Lozano's lineup, scored the winning goal. Brazil won the previous three editions, in 1989, 1992 and 1996, which were held in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Spain respectively.
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