I'd say beating Kairat was a huge confident booster in the elite round, because it was our first game. After that win we were confident in our qualification. As for the final four – it's a completely different tournament. All four teams are really strong and anyone can win in the end. Our opponents will give 100% just like we will, so it's completely unpredictable.
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.
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.
Russian futsal Superleague (Russian Чемпионат России по мини-футболу (Суперлига)) is the premier professional futsal league in Russia. It was founded in 1991. The Super League, which is played under UEFA rules, currently consists of 14 teams, including teams like Dina Moskva, 3-times European club championship an Intercontinental Cup winner, Dinamo Moskva, UEFA Futsal Cup 2006–07 winner and Viz-Sinara Ekaterinburg, UEFA Futsal Cup 2007–08 winner.
UEFA Futsal Cup hosts Inter FS will take on Pescara while 2010 winners Benfica face Ugra Yugorsk after the draw was made for the semi-finals.
Full profiles of the four finalistsThe second semi-final and the final will be live on Eurosport with further coverage tbc
Preliminary round: byeMain round: Centar Sarajevo 8-2, Grand Pro Varna 9-2, Dobovec 6-1 (Group 2 winners)Elite round: Ekonomac Kragujavec 3-0, Slov-Matic Bratislava 4-5, Lokomotiv Kharkiv 2-0 (Group D winners)
Semi-finals: Friday 22 AprilUgra Yugorsk (RUS) v Benfica (POR): 17.30CETPescara (ITA) v Inter FS (ESP): 20.30CET
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The UEFA Futsal Cup comprises three group stages and a four-team final tournament.
Gazprom-Ugra Yugorsk (Russian: Мини-футбольный клуб Газпром-Югра) is a futsal club based in Yugorsk, Russia. It was founded in 1992. Today Ugra Yugorsk is competing in the Russian Super League. In the 2014/2015 season, Yugra won its first trophy there. A season later they won the prestigious UEFA Futsal Cup, defeating Inter Movistar in the final.
Ugra Yugorsk (RUS)Finals appearances since 2007: debut seasonBest performance: debut season
Top scorer: Eder Lima 13Key players: Vladislav Shayakhmetov, Robinho, Eder Lima
Robinho won it as well! Those two are great players with a lot of experience. During our first games in the competition they tried to convince us we didn't have to be nervous. Although I think it's only natural to be nervous as it is our first time in the competition. At the same time all our players know our strengths and weaknesses. We know our level and we know what we have to do in order to get the result.
Today, on April 2, in Khanty-Mansiysk, at the flood plain of river Gornaya, the fourth “Ugra Ski Marathon” took place. Toni Livers from Switzerland won the 50 km free style race among male athletes.
Preliminary round: byeMain round: Kremlin Bicêtre United 5-0, APOEL 4-3, Georgians Tbilisi 3-0 (Group 1 winners)Elite round: Kairat Almaty 5-2, EP Chrudim 4-1, Győr 5-4 (Group C winners)
It was very special. I was deeply in shock, in a good sense of course. The emotions were very similar to the ones I felt after winning the European Under-21 title in 2008. I was very happy, but somehow that feeling didn't last for long. Already the next day we were joking that we have to start preparing for the next season to defend our title. But still it was a huge satisfaction. We worked so hard for it and our supporters deserved that success.
There is also the possibility of a rematch of the 2004 and 2010 finals, Inter having beaten Benfica in the first of those deciders before losing in Lisbon six years later. The draw took place on the Vicente Calderón pitch at half-time of Tuesday's Atlético Madrid v PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League match, and featured Atleti great Adelardo and Ricardinho of Inter and Portugal.
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.
Elite roundThe 12 teams progressing from the main round join the four top seeds and are drawn into four groups of four teams. The winners of the one-venue mini-tournaments in late autumn progress to the finals.
2015 was a terrific year for you, with your goals leading Ugra to the title. Describe the moment when Ugra lifted trophy as Russian champions for the first time?
• Benfica reached the final on debut in 2004 but lost 7-5 on aggregate to Inter. They had revenge at the same stage in 2010 when they defeated Inter 3-2 after extra time in Lisbon; since then Ricardinho has left Benfica and is now with the Spanish champions.
Pescara (ITA)Finals appearances since 2007: debut seasonBest performance: debut season
It was a terrific achievement beating champions Kairat in the elite round. How much confidence does that give you ahead of the semi-finals?
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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.
Preliminary round: byeMain round: byeElite round: Dobovec 8-0, Kremlin Bicêtre United 10-2. Lidselmash Lida 4-2 (Group A winners)
The team from the central Russian city claimed their first league title last summer with victory against former UEFA Futsal Cup winners FC Dynamo to earn a European debut.
On October 28, Ivan gradually started to pull his armies back to Kremenets for winter quarters. Akhmat waited for reinforcements until November 11 and then turned south. Among other reasons for Akhmat's retreat was the possible threat of Crimean, Nogai or other attacks on his unprotected home base, a common problem in nomadic warfare. As Nikolai Karamzin wrote in his "History of Russian State", "It should have been an odd image: two armies ran away from each other, not pursued by anyone".
Inter FS (ESP)Finals appearances since 2007: 3 (2007, 2009, 2010) Best performance: winners 2004, 2006, 2009
Inter, the competition's only three-time winners, will stage the finals at Palacio Multiusos de Guadalajara and they play in the second semi-final on 22 April against Pescara, who have reached the last four on debut. That is also the case for Russia's Ugra, opening the finals against Benfica.
Semi-finals: Friday 22 AprilUgra Yugorsk (RUS) v Benfica (POR) 17.30CETPescara (ITA) v Inter FS (ESP) 20.30CET
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Top scorer: Rogerio Da Silva 10Key players: Rogerio Da Silva, Mauro Canal, Marco Ercolessi
Top scorer: Alessandro Patias 9Key players: Juanjo, Bruno Coelho, Alessandro Patias
• The team from the central Russian city claimed their first league title last summer with victory against former UEFA Futsal Cup winners FC Dynamo to earn a European debut. Their impressive 5-2 defeat of holders Kairat Almaty in their first elite round game was key to their perfect qualification, in which they scored 44 goals. Eder Lima got 13 and leads the way as competition top scorer, just as the Russian international did at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014.
The 2015/16 UEFA Futsal Cup final tournament will be played in late April and hosted by Inter FS in Spain, with Benfica, Pescara and Urga Yugorsk also taking part.
• For the first time none of the previous season's four finalists have qualified again• Inter will stage the tournament at the Palacio Multiusos de Guadalajara, selected as the venue on 11 December 2015
Your team-mate Vladislav Shayakhmetov won the UEFA Futsal Cup with Sinara Ekaterinburg in 2008 – so although Ugra are in their first season you have players who have been there before. How can his experience help Ugra?