A summary of the futsal week with some news from various corners of our world. The new U19 Futsal EURO, top signings in South America, a new competition in Africa and record-setting victories among the news from the week just past.
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U19 EURO dates confirmed
On 12 April, UEFA confirmed that the firs U19 Futsal Euro Cup will take place from 8 to 14 September. Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal, Russia and Ucraine are running to organize the tournament. The host will be elected on 27 Semptember of this year. Here are the dates of the various stages of the competition:
Qualifying draw: 1 November 2018
Preliminary round (if required): 21–26 January 2019
Main round: 26–31 March 2019
Final Tournament: 8–14 September 2019
Pescara players back home
Two futsal stars, formerly at Pescara, the Italian team that withdrew from the Serie A tournament, found a new club in their home countries. Leandro Cuzzolino, world cahmpion with Argentina, signed for Ferro Carril Oeste and debuted on 12 April in the Argentinian league (2-1 victory against River Plate). Paraguayan Javier Salas will play for Club Sport Colonial.
Kairat and Bank of Beirut, superchampions
Bank of Beirut Sporting Club won their second Lebanon Futsal League in a row. Founded in 2013, the club has always reached the final, winning four finals out of five. This year, they beat Louaize Club in a three-match series. The coach is Serbian Dejan Đedović.
Talking about consecutive titles, it’s 15 now for Kairat Almaty after sweeping FC Aktobe in four matches. It was their last league victory with coach Cacau on the bench.
Upcoming Futsal Uganda Cup announced
We already talked about the new-born Ugandan Super League. Well, on 10 April, our friends from the country of The Cranes also announced the first edicion of the Futsal Uganda Cup. Subscriptions are open to all teams (not only those already in the League). The tournament will start next May.
Belgium: Halle-Gooik wins the Cup
FP Halle-Gooik, with Spanish coach Juan Francisco Fuentes and players Gonzalo Galán and Fernandao, won the Belgian Cup final with Proos Lierse (5-0). It’s the third Cup victory for the club after those in 2015 and 2016.
Unprecedented final in Finland
The last two champions of the Finnish Futsal-liiga were knocked out in the playoff semifinals. Ilves Tampere, winner of five championships between 2010 and 2014, lost 3-0 their series against Kampuksen Dynamo. Sievi FS, defendig champion of the last three leagues, were beaten by Leijona in four games (3-1). This will be Leijona’s first league final.
Wattcell crowned Scottish champions
With their 8-5 victory against Polonia Dundee, Watcell FC won their second Scottish Super League trophy. The first title for the Edinburgh was in 2016.
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Author: Emanuele Risso (Twitter: @eman_risso)