Debutants ISK Dina Moskva are aiming to win all three elite round Group B games against experienced Araz Naxçivan, Slov-Matic Bratislava and hosts FK EP Chrudim.
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Araz Naxçivan (AZE)
Having finished third for the second time in their history as finals hosts last season, Araz have changed strategy after Tino Pérez replaced Alesio as coach, switching from important talent to local players, other than Brazil-born Azerbaijan goalkeeper Laercio Buranello. Pérez, a two-time winner with Playas de Castellón FS and 2013 and 2014 runner-up at the FC Dynamo helm, said: "For now we put our faith in local players only but we can also strengthen with a couple of foreigners."
Main round: Bye
Key players: Laercio Buranello, Rizvan Farzaliyev, Rajab Farajzade
ISK Dina Moskva (RUS)
The dominant side in the 1990s, Dina won the Russian league for the first time in 14 years last summer and are now eager to win the UEFA FUtsal CUp at the first attempt. Several of their players have already done so at other clubs, not least goalkeeper Sergei Zuev, formerly of 2008 winners MFK Sinara Ekaterinburg. "There can be no weak teams in principle starting from the main round," Dina coach Andrei Yudin said. "Even more so in the elite round. But one thing is not up for discussion: our task is to win all the matches and qualify for the next stage."
Main round: FC Deva 4-2, MNK Alumnus Zagreb 8-3, Futsal Team Charleroi 5-1 (Group 3 winners)
Key players: Alemao, Carlinhos, Esquerdinha, Dmitri Prudnikov
Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK)
Although Slov-Matic missed out on their goal of nine main round points with a loss to Hungarian hosts MVFC Berettyóújfalu, the club still mourning their pioneering owner Martin Grendár reached s sixth consecutive elite round. "We advanced and this was our main goal," said coach Ján Janík. "I am glad we will be playing in the elite round in our neighbouring country. Pardubice is not so far from Slovakia. Araz will be favourites for our group, together with Dina Moskva. For us every single point will be valuable. We are looking forward to it."
Main round: FC APOEL Nicosia 5-1, Vegakameratene 3-0, MVFC Berettyóujfalu 1-5 (Group 6 runners-up)
Key players: Ladislav Mikita, Gabriel Bartošek, Peter Haľko
FK EP Chrudim (CZE, hosts)
The ten-time Czech championshave beaten Slov-Matic twice at this stage and also Araz in 2011/12, and Daniel's team have hopes of making the finals for the first time. They have injury worries over Dentinho and Roman Mareš, only just back in training and he and brother Michal Mareš prepare to face their former club Dina. Captain Lukáš Rešetár said: "Our group could be very tight, every detail might be decisive. As regards our ambitions, the opening game with Dina Moskva may reveal a lot. I believe we are capable of fighting for the qualification to the last game.“
Main round: FC Stalitsa Minsk 3-2, KMF Zelezarec Skopje 4-2, Sporting Paris 4-6 (Group 1 runners-up)
Key players: Lukáš Rešetár, Matěj Slováček, Michal Mareš, Max
Reporters: Oktay Atayev, Dmitri Rogovitski, Rastislav Hribik & Ondřej Zlámal