Group G (13-16 August): AC Omonia Nicosia (CYP)*, Eerebuni Yerevan (ARM), Paris Sporting Club (FRA), KF Flamurtari Vlora (ALB)
Group E (14-17 August): ETO FC Györ (HUN), Helvecia Futsal London (ENG), Stella Rossa Vienna (AUT)*, FC Anzhi Tallinn (EST)
Pivljanin rose quickly in the hajduk ranks; in 1664 and 1665 he was mentioned simply as "Bajo hajduk" in Ragusan documents, but by 1666 he was referred to as a "buljubaša" (captain), and by 1668 as a "viši (higher) harambaša" (bandit leader).
Over in Cyprus, hosts AC Omonia Nicosia face first-time entrants Paris Sporting Club after Armenian team Eerebuni Yerevan take on Albanian outfit KF Flamurtari Vlora in Group G. Those mini-tournaments will end next Tuesday by which time all but one of the remaining sections will have begun, the exception Group F in Skopje which runs from 18 to 21 August. Kicking off on Tuesday will be Group B in Geneva which features the first Welsh entrants, The New Saints FC.
Preliminary round groupsGroup A (15-18 August): FS Ilves Tampere (FIN), KMF Bajo Pivljanin (MNE), SD Croatia Berlin (GER), Perth Saltires (SCO)*
Group F (18-21 August): CF Eindhoven (NED), KMF Zelezarec Skopje (MKD)*, Excess RP Bidnija (MLT), Istanbul Üniversitesi SK (TUR)
In all, 28 clubs from the record entry of 49 will be in action between 13 and 21 August, with the seven group winners to progress to join 17 others in the main round next month. Very first to kick off will be Denmark's BGA Futsal and Icelandic debutants Fjölnir in Group D, where Bulgarian hosts MFC Varna and Norwegian newcomers Vegakameratene meet later.
Group D (13-16 August): MFC Varna (BUL)*, BGA Futsal (DEN), Vegakameratene (NOR), Fjölnir (ISL)
The Cretan War is considered an "epical period of Serb history". Vuk Karadžić (1787–1864), the Serbian philologist and linguist, recorded several poems which mention Pivljanin which he published in his folklore collections. The poems fall into what is known as the "hajduk epic cycle".
Venice entered into an alliance with Austria and declared war on the Ottomans in the spring of 1684. When hostilities began, Pivljanin was again in active Venetian service, finally returning to the Bay of Kotor.
There are many epic poems and stories about his life. Metropolitan Petar II Petrović-Njegoš included a eulogy to him in The Mountain Wreath (1847). Serbian Orthodox priest and historian Ilarion Ruvarac (1832–1905) called him a "glorious knight".
According to the epic poem Sa šta Pivljanin Bajo ode u uskoke collected by Vuk Karadžić, written in the form of a confessional monologue of Pivljanin, he left Piva and became a hajduk (bandit) after he murdered Asan-aga Kopčić, an Ottoman leader in Piva who had assaulted him. With Limun, another trader, he led a band of 30 hajduks.
The 2011/12 UEFA Futsal Cup kicks off on Saturday with the first two of seven preliminary round groups getting under way in Bulgaria and Cyprus.
Group B (16-19 August): FK Nautara Kaunas (LTU), EID Futsal (IRL), Geneva Futsal (SUI)*, The New Saints FC (WAL)
Group C (15-18 August): SC Tornado Chisinau (MDA), KMF Leotar Trebinje (BIH)*, Falcão FC Stockholm (SWE), FC Encamp (AND)
The village of Bajovo Polje ("Bajo's field") was named after Bajo Pivljanin, it is said, after he killed his first Turk at the field. The poet Vukašin Gagović used the alias Bajo Pivljanin. A Yugoslav Partisan battalion was named after him. There are streets in Belgrade, Podgorica, Cetinje, Nikšić, Subotica, Banja Luka and Bijeljina named after him, as well as a Montenegrin futsal club, KMF Bajo Pivljanin.
The top two in each main round group will progress to the elite round draw on 11 October, where they will join the four highest-ranked clubs: holders ASD Città di Montesilvano C/5, 2011 runners-up Sporting Clube de Portugal and the last two bronze medallists, Kairat Almaty and Araz Naxçivan. The elite round is played from 12 to 20 November and will decide the four teams that will compete in the finals next April.
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The hajduks, who were Ottoman subjects, were recruited by the Republic of Venice as guerilla forces to co-operate in the defence of the Venetian–Ottoman frontier in Dalmatia during the Cretan War (1645–69). They crossed into Venetian territory from which they conducted raids into Ottoman-controlled lands.
For the main round, running from 24 September to 2 October, the draw has already been made. The winners of Group F will progress to a mini-tournament containing 2007 champions MFK Dinamo Moskva, while whoever tops Group C out of hosts KMF Leotar Trebinje, SC Tornado Chisinau, Falcão FC Stockholm and FC Encamp will be among the first UEFA Futsal Cup opponents for FC Barcelona.