Italy coach Roberto Menichelli looks back on his team's success at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014, the country's first title since 2003.
UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 review
In the first of a three-part series, UEFA.com looks back on an enthralling UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 tournament with contributions from the coaches of Portugal and winners Italy, as well as former Spain coach Javier Lozano.
Spain, Portugal look to future
Spain beat Portugal 8-4 for bronze but the deposed champions are already planning to get their title back in 2016. Pola gave his thoughts to UEFA.com with Portugal’s Pedro Costa also looking forward to forthcoming competition.
Champions Italy repay their fans' love
Italy claimed their second UEFA Futsal EURO title after an exceptional display condemned Russia to their second straight final loss. UEFA.com rounds up the reaction.
Robinho’s Russia joy
Scorer of Russia’s extra time winning goal, Robinho, told UEFA.com that victory against Spain in the semi-finals was “a beautiful moment” while Spain coach José Venancio López still vowed to end the tournament on a high with victory in the third place play-off.
Italy ‘heart’ sees them into final
Italy captain Gabriel Lima told UEFA.com that “heart, patience and intelligence” were the keys to his side’s 4-3 semi-final victory against Portugal at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014, while Joel Queirós admitted lapses in his side’s play were crucial to their defeat.
Spain 'outstanding’ in making final four
Spain's players hailed an almost perfect display in beating Slovenia 4-0, while their opponents are proud of their progress.
Relief for Italy after Croatia onslaught
Stefano Mammarella was glad Italy showed their mettle in a tight 2-1 quarter-final defeat of Croatia, whose keeper Ivo Jukić reflected on “good futsal” during the final tournament.
UEFA Futsal EURO group stage round-up
See the best moments from the group stage at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 with spectacular goals including top scorer Eder Lima's acrobatic equaliser for Russia against Portugal.
Ricardinho’s Portugal delight
Portugal star Ricardinho paid tribute to his team’s “amazing fans” after their 2-1 quarter-final victory against Ukraine, whose Denys Ovsyannikov admitted “individual skill decided the outcome”.
Russia joy after 6-0 win
Russia’s Vladislav Shayakhmetov told UEFA.com that the fact his team ‘converted their chances’ was key to their quarter-final victory against Romania, whose coach Nelu Stancea vowed that his team will ‘learn from the lessons’ of UEFA Futsal EURO 2014.
Spain confidence growing after Czech win
Spain’s Rafael Usín told UEFA.com that the defending champions are “very confident” and “want to do something important” after they made it into the quarter-finals with an 8-1 success to eliminate the Czech Republic, whose coach Tomáš Neumann was left to look ahead to a “very good” future.
Victory calms Italy nerves
Italy coach Roberto Menichelli told UEFA.com that his team was "more serene" after a 7-0 win against Azerbaijan secured their path in the quarter-finals, while the defeated side's Biro Jade admitted they "couldn't imagine" such a loss.
Tsypun celebrates Ukraine progress
Ukraine keeper Kryrylo Tsypun emphasised that a “team effort” was needed to help his team advance as group winners following a 0-0 draw with Belgium, for whom Ahmed Sabati rued missed chances but remained proud of the hosts’ display.
Russia and Portugal look ahead after draw
Eder Lima hit a superb equaliser to earn Russia a 4-4 draw and top spot in Group B, but he was frustrated to concede four goals and Portugal captain Arnaldo Pereira told UEFA.com that the focus was on the quarter-finals after their progression.
Azerbaijan delight after 7-6 win
Azerbaijan captain Vitaliy Borisov said his team "left their hearts on the pitch" as they fought out a dramatic win against Slovenia, whose Gašper Vrhovec said his side could "practically smell victory".
Capar: Belief earned Croatia draw
Flying goalkeeper Matija Capar told UEFA.com that it was an “incredible feeling” after his dramatic equaliser to earn Croatia a point against the Czech Republic that keeps their hopes of qualifying from Group D alive, while Roman Mareš remained upbeat and vowed his side will “enjoy” their crunch meeting with Spain.
Coelho’s ‘dream’ double
Portugal’s Bruno Coelho told UEFA.com it was a “dream come true” to score twice at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014, as his goals helped his team to a 5-0 victory against the Netherlands to secure qualification, while their eliminated opponents remained upbeat about a tournament that “showed they can compete”.
Sorokin brothers combine in Ukraine success
Dmytro Sorokin spoke to UEFA.com after combining with his brother Oleksandr to score the only goal as Ukraine defeated a Romanian team that still progressed, leaving Marian Șotărcă with mixed emotions.
Slovenia joy after Italy win
Slovenia coach Andrej Dobovičnik told UEFA.com that "spirit and heart" were key to his team's dramatic 3-2 victory against Italy at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014, while a stunned Marco Ercolessi said he hopes his side show "the real Italy" next time.