Group C (Magvassy Hall): Kairat Almaty (KAZ, holders), Ugra Yugorsk (RUS), EP Chrudim (CZE), Győr (HUN)*
• The four elite round group winners progress to the knockout finals which one of them will host in late April.
• Two groups will contain one top-ranked team, two group winners and one runner-up; the other two will consist of one top-ranked side, one group winner and two runners-up.
Debutants Lidselmash Lida have become the first team to qualify from the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round, while a winner-takes-all encounter is scheduled for the final day in Group F after FC Grand Pro Varna and FS Ilves Tampere made it two wins out of two.
The UEFA Futsal Cup comprises three group stages and a four-team final tournament.
Grand Pro Varna and Ilves Tampere prevailed 4-1 and 5-3 respectively against Cardiff City FC, who had goalkeeper Lee Jones sent off early in the second half, and Ibra Göteborg. Ilves Tampere were 4-1 to the good within 12 minutes, and while their Swedish opponents closed to within a goal, Antti Teittinen's second of the match late on gave them breathing space. The pool concludes on Saturday.
• Group C appears far from easy for Kairat, who have come through this round six times in the nine seasons since the format was introduced – and beat Tulpar 6-2 and 6-1 last week. Debutants Ugra took the Russian title from FC Dynamo last term and their squad includes internationals Eder Lima, Robinho and Vladislav Shayakhmetov among others. Chrudim have regularly come close to qualifying for the finals in recent campaigns while Győr are also full of elite round know-how.
The Bangalore Football Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, which hosts mainly football matches. It was a venue in three editions of the I-League, the top-tier football league in the country and the home of Bengaluru FC for one season when they won the I-League trophy on their first attempt.
Main roundThe preliminary round winners join all but the four highest-ranked entrants excused the previous stage. They are drawn into six groups of four, staged as one-venue mini-tournaments, with the top two teams going through.
Preliminary roundDepending on the number of entrants, the lower-ranked nations are drawn into three or four-team mini-tournaments played at the start of the season. Each mini-tournament is staged by one of the clubs and each team plays each other once with the group winners progressing.
Group 6: Araz Naxçivan (AZE), CF Eindhoven (NED), ETO FC Győr (HUN)*, winner preliminary round Group C
Group G, which opened with victories for KMF Zelezarec Skopje and KF Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje, continues tomorrow while Group A concludes. The winners of each group advance to the main round early next month, with the draw already made.
• There will be three tiers of seeds: the four top-ranked sides given byes to this round; main round group winners; and main round group runners-up.
• Group D seeds Benfica, the 2010 winners, have twice beaten Ekonomac at this stage and occupy the summit of the tough Portuguese league, in which they dethroned 2015 UEFA Futsal Cup finals hosts Sporting CP last season. Bratislava, too, are fixtures in the elite round while Lokomotiv Kharkiv feature many players from what is a strong Ukrainian national squad.
Group B (Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday; Giovanni Paolo II): Tulpar Karagandy (KAZ), Pescara (ITA)*, FP Halle-Gooik (BEL), KMF Zelezarec Skopje (MKD)
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Preview• Group A hosts Inter, the sole three-time winners of this competition, are in fine form, leading the way in Spain following a 3-1 win against Barcelona on 24 October, with Ricardinho scoring freely. For the other three sides, this is a first elite round appearance – including for debutants Dobovec, the only club in the group not currently top of their league.
Main round group winners: Ugra Yugorsk (RUS), Benfica (POR), Pescara (ITA)*, Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK)*, EP Chrudim (CZE), Lidselmash (BLR)
Group C (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; Magvassy Hall): Kairat Almaty (KAZ, holders), Ugra Yugorsk (RUS), FK EP Chrudim (CZE), Győri ETO FC (HUN)*
• The four hosts will be drawn separately so there is one team in each group, while retaining their respective seedings.
Group B (Giovanni Paolo II): Tulpar Karagandy (KAZ), Pescara (ITA)*, Halle-Gooik (BEL), Zelezarec Skopje (MKD)
Group 2: KMF Ekonomac Kragyjevac (SRB), Nikars Riga (LVA)*, winner preliminary round Group E, winner preliminary round Group G
Bye to elite round (9-14 October)FC Barcelona (ESP, holders), SL Benfica (POR), Murcia FS (ESP), Kairat Almaty (KAZ)
The groupsGroup A (Thursday, Friday & Sunday; Torrejón de Ardoz): Inter FS (ESP)*, Lidselmash Lida (BLR), Kremlin Bicêtre United (FRA), KMN Dobovec (SVN)
Twenty-four hours after beating mini-tournament hosts København Futsal 6-1, Belarusian side Lidselmash Lida were involved in a somewhat closer contest, coming from behind to defeat Helvécia Futsal London 2-1 courtesy of Anton Gusakov's 38th-minute strike.
Group 4: Iberia Star Tbilisi (GEO), Athina '90 (GRE), FC Litija (SVN)*, winner preliminary round Group D
The final I-League match to be played at the stadium was between Bengaluru FC and Pune on 28 March 2014. The match ended 1–1 with Anthony D'Souza scoring the final goal at the stadium. Overall, the average home attendance for Bengaluru FC at the stadium was 7,500.
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Group A (Torrejón de Ardoz ): Inter FS (ESP)*, Lidselmash Lida (BLR), Kremlin Bicêtre United (FRA), Dobovec (SVN)
On 5 December 2013 it was officially announced by FIFA that India would be the hosts of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the countries first FIFA international competition. It was also announced that Bangalore would be among the choices for being a host city for the tournament. In March 2014 it was announced that at the end of the 2013–14 I-League season the stadium would be demolished and then a new stadium would be built on that exact spot.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
Top-ranked teams: Kairat Almaty (KAZ, holders), Inter FS (ESP)*, Tulpar Karagandy (KAZ), Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB)
Group D (Zimný štadión): Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB), Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK)*, SL Benfica (POR), Lokomotiv Kharkiv (UKR)
FinalsThe four-team finals are held over a weekend in late April and hosted by one of the qualifiers. The tournament is played as a knockout with the semi-finals followed two days later by the final and third-place play-off. If the third-place match is level after 40 minutes it goes straight to penalties, in the other games ten minutes of extra time will be played.
• The 12 teams that came through the main round join the four sides given byes to this stage.
• Four teams have been pre-selected as hosts and will be drawn separately:Inter FS (ESP) – Torrejón de Ardoz Pescara (ITA) – Giovanni Paolo II Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK) – Zimný štadión Győr (HUN) – Magvassy Hall
Group 5: MFK Dinamo Moskva (RUS), MNK Split (CRO)*, Lidselmash Lida (BLR)
Group D (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; Zimný štadión): KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB), Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK)*, SL Benfica (POR), Lokomotiv Kharkiv (UKR)
In 2006 the AFC Youth Championship was held at the stadium partially.
Paris Sporting Club also have a 100% record, although they too are not yet assured of progression. The French outfit were 18-2 victors against Scotland's FC Santos, Diniz Pinheiro top-scoring with six, and face Futsal Topsport Antwerpen in their final Group D fixture on Saturday, when a point will be enough.