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Spain drawn against Czechs and Croatia

Holders Spain were pitted with recent semi-finalists Croatia and Czech Republic in the UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 draw while hosts Belgium will open the finals against Romania.

The UEFA Futsal EURO finals draw result is displayed on the big screen in Antwerp
The UEFA Futsal EURO finals draw result is displayed on the big screen in Antwerp ©UEFA.com

Spain will start their bid for a fifth straight European title against two recent semi-finalists following Friday's UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 draw in Antwerp.

In the ceremony – conducted at the Centrum Elzenveld by Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA competitions director, and former Belgian international footballer Marc Degryse – Spain were placed in Group D with Croatia, who made the semis on home soil last year but lost to the holders in 2014 qualifying, and 2010 bronze medallists the Czech Republic.

Hosts Belgium will open the finals on 28 January against Romania and are joined in Group A by two-time runners-up Ukraine. The last two beaten finalists, Russia and Portugal, are in Group B with the Netherlands, appearing for the first time since 2005. 

Italy, the only country other than Spain and Russia to have won the tournament, play Azerbaijan and Slovenia, with all three Group C teams having topped their main round sections to avoid the play-offs, from which Croatia, Romania, Ukraine and the Netherlands emerged last month.

The group stage will be held at the Lotto Arena between 28 January and 2 February before switching to the adjacent, larger Sportpaleis for the knockout phase over the following six days – for which the first two sides in each section qualify. All matches will be shown live on either Eurosport 1 or 2.

Group A:
Belgium (hosts), Ukraine, Romania

Group B: Russia, Portugal, Netherlands

Group C: Italy, Azerbaijan, Slovenia

Group D: Spain (holders), Czech Republic, Croatia

UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 match schedule
All times CET.
Tue 28 JanABEL v ROULotto Arena21.00
Tue 28 JanBRUS v NEDLotto Arena18.30
Wed 29 JanCITA v SVNLotto Arena20.45
Wed 29 JanDESP v CROLotto Arena18.30
Thu 30 JanAROU v UKRLotto Arena18.30
Thu 30 JanBNED v PORLotto Arena20.45
Fri 31 JanCSVN v AZELotto Arena20.45
Fri 31 JanDCRO v CZELotto Arena18.30
Sat 1 FebAUKR v BELLotto Arena20.45
Sat 1 FebBPOR v RUSLotto Arena18.30
Sun 2 FebCAZE v ITALotto Arena18.30
Sun 2 FebDCZE v ESPLotto Arena20.45
Mon 3 FebQF1Winner A v Runner-up BSportpaleis Arena18.00
Mon 3 FebQF2Runner-up A v Winner BSportpaleis Arena20.30
Tue 4 FebQF3Winner C v Runner-up DSportpaleis Arena18.00
Tue 4 FebQF4Runner-up C v Winner DSportpaleis Arena20.30
Thu 6 FebSF1QF1 v QF3Sportpaleis Arena18.00
Thu 6 FebSF2QF2 v QF4Sportpaleis Arena20.30
Sat 8 FebThird-placeLoser SF1 v Loser SF2Sportpaleis Arena18.00
Sat 8 FebFinalWinner SF1 v Winner SF2Sportpaleis Arena20.30