The UEFA Futsal Cup elite round runs from Wednesday to Sunday, with holders Inter FS and former champions Kairat Almaty and Barcelona among those chasing four available finals spots.
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The four UEFA Futsal Cup finalists will be decided this week when the four elite round mini-tournaments are played.
- The four group winners progress to the knockout finals
- One of those qualifiers will host the finals on 19 or 20 and 21 or 22 April
Contenders: Barcelona (ESP), Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB), 't Knooppunt (NED), Pescara (ITA, hosts)
- Barcelona were champions in 2012 and 2014 and have never failed to get past the elite round in four attempts.
- Pescara, who reached the semi-finals in 2016, appointed Mario Patriarca as coach earlier this month, replacing Fulvio Colini.
- Ekonomac are in the elite round for a ninth time but have never made the finals.
- Debutants 't Knooppunt are the sole preliminary-round survivors.
Contenders: Sporting CP (POR, hosts), Dina Moskva (RUS), Nacional Zagreb (CRO), Halle-Gooik (BEL)
- Sporting were runners-up for a second time last season, having appeared in three other semi-finals.
- Dina, the dominant Russian and European side before the UEFA Futsal Cup's launch in 2001, made the finals on their only previous entry in 2015 – losing 8-3 to Sporting for third place in Lisbon.
- Nacional were the 18-goal top scorers in the main round.
- Halle-Gooik were the only team to keep three clean sheets in the main round.
Contenders: Stalitsa Minsk (BLR), Luparense (ITA), Kherson (UKR), Győr (HUN, hosts)
- Stalista topped their main round group ahead of former champions Kairat Almaty and FC Dynamo.
- Luparense, who beat Győr 5-0 in the main round, got to the semi-finals in 2009/10.
- Kherson, who are making their European debut, include in their squad Fumasa, a winner with Kairat in 2013.
- Győr are contesting the elite round for a sixth time.
Contenders: Inter FS (ESP, hosts), Kairat Almaty (KAZ), Braga/AAUM (POR), Deva (ROU)
- Holders Inter, who have won this competition a record four times, defeated Braga 4-1 in the main round.
- Kairat, winners in 2013 and 2015, lost to Inter in the 2009 and 2017 semis as well as the 2005/06 second qualifying round.
- Debutants Braga are the result of a 2007 joint venture between the football club and the University of Minho Students Association (AAUM).
- Deva are negotiating the elite round for the first time.