Barça play KPRF and Murcia meet Tyumen in the semi-finals..
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The UEFA Futsal Champions League finalists Barça, KPRF, Murcia FS and Tyumen have discovered their fate after the draw, made by Aleksandr Hleb at the Belarus Olympic Committee headquarters in Minsk. This is the first time the finals are being held in a ‘neutral’ country rather than being hosted by the home nation of one of the contenders.
2020 finals: Minsk Arena
Third-place play-off and final to follow two days later
Best performance: winners (2012, 2014)
Finals appearances: 2012 winners (hosts), 2013 third place, 2014 winners, 2015 runners-up, 2018 third place, 2019 third place
Top scorers: Mario Rivillos, Daniel Shiraishi 5
- In their seventh finals under the four-team format introduced in 2006/07, one off Kairat Almaty’s record.
- Hoping to become only the second three-time winners after Spanish rivals Inter FS (who have five titles).
- Beat Murcia 3-2 in an epic five-game final series to win their first Spanish title in six years last season.
- Sergio Lozano was in the Barça teams in 2012 and 2014, joined in the latter by Aicardo. Daniel Shiraishi (2017 and 2018) and Rivillos (2017) both won with Inter, Marcênio was a 2016 victor with Ugra Yugorsk while Juanjo was in the Murcia team that reached the 2008 final. Ferrao is a former Tyumen player and Esquerdinha was first brought to Europe in 2006 by Murcia but both are currently injured, hence the signing in January of Ximbinha.
Best performance: debut season
Top scorer: Paulinho 6
- Beat Murcia 6-5 in the main round: Paulinho got a hat-trick while Artem Niyasov scored a last-minute winner.
- In their first main round game, and European debut, the Moscow side defeated two-time winners and 2019 runners-up Kairat 3-0.
- Their squad includes Lin, who won this competition with Barça in 2012 (scoring in the final) and 2014, and Artem Niyazov, part of the Ugra team that took the title on debut in 2016. Romulo and Aleksandr Fukin have been runners-up with FC Dynamo.
- Paulinho will miss the finals through injury.
Murcia FS (ESP)
Best performance: runners-up (2008)
Finals appearances: 2007 third place (hosts), 2008 runners-up
Top scorer: Felipe Paradynski 7
- Back in Europe for the first time since 2012/13; their last finals appearance was a penalty shoot-out defeat by Sinara Ekaterinburg in the 2008 decider in Moscow.
- Have met Barça twice so far this season, losing 4-3 in the Spanish Super Cup in September and 2-1 away in the league in December. They were meant to meet again on 25 April in Murcia before reaching these finals.
- Leo Santana was a winner in 2013 with Kairat, for who he took bronze in 2011; the same position he finished in 2018 and 2019 with Barça (with who Marc Tolrá took 2013 bronze).
- Coach Diego Giustozzi led Argentina to victory in the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Best performance: debut season
Top scorer: Artem Antoshkin 6
- Reached the finals with a 3-1 defeat of holders Sporting CP, only the third time the defending champions have been eliminated in the elite round under the current format.
- Won their first Russian title last season by beating KPRF 3-1 in the best-of-five series, though lost twice at home to their fellow European debutants in December (they are scheduled to visit their rivals for the return double-head the week before these finals in April).
- Bruno Taffy was part of the Inter side that won this tournament in 2018.