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Araz awarded Futsal Cup in Baku

Araz Naxçivan will stage Azerbaijan's first UEFA final tournament at Baku's Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Complex in April – hosting Kairat Almaty, FC Barcelona and MFK Dinamo.

Araz will challenge three past winners for the cup
Araz will challenge three past winners for the cup ©Getty Images

Araz Naxçivan will host the UEFA Futsal Cup finals in Baku, with the last four on Thursday 24 April and the decider two days later.

The decision was taken at Thursday's UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Bilbao. Araz have the honour of hosting Azerbaijan's first UEFA final tournament of any description at the 2,200-seater Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Complex. Built in 2009, the arena has staged volleyball, taekwondo, boxing, basketball and futsal internationals.

In the knockout finals in April, Araz will be joined by the other three UEFA Futsal Cup elite round winners – holders Kairat Almaty and former champions FC Barcelona and MFK Dinamo of Russia, with the draw to be made in the spring. Araz follow in the footsteps of previous host clubs Iberia Star Tbilisi, Barcelona (in Lleida), Kairat, SL Benfica, MFK Sinara Ekaterinburg, Dinamo and ElPozo Murcia FS; prior to 2007, the final was a two-legged affair.