Kaunas: Asia might be represented by 5 groups on the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 with the continent’s representatives decided to make an affect.
To be performed throughout three venues, the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 will see Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Vietnam carrying Asia’s problem.
The six group winners and runners-up, along with the 4 greatest third-placed groups will advance to the Spherical of 16. Be part of the-AFC.com as we preview the Asian groups aiming for glory within the September 12-October 3 FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021.
Uzbekistan – Group B
Making their second look on the FIFA Futsal World Cup, Uzbekistan are focusing on a spot within the knockout rounds after their debut look in 2016 led to group stage elimination.
The expertise gained taking part in towards the world’s greatest within the 2016 version helped the squad develop and Uzbekistan will compete in Lithuania 2021 assured of holding their very own in a bunch they really feel they’ve a robust likelihood of advancing from.
Historical past: 1st earlier look – 2016 (Group Stage); AFC Futsal Asian Cup: Runners-up 2001, 2006, 2010, 2016
Latest Kind: 2W, 3L (friendlies) – Portugal (3-1), Angola (5-3), Spain (0-1, 0-1), Argentina (1-3)
Gamers to Watch: Dilshod Rakhmatov, Davron Choriev, Artur Yunusov
Challengers: Guatemala (Sept 12), RFU (Sept 15), Egypt (Sept 18)
Thailand – Group C
Thailand have been a powerhouse in ASEAN for the final twenty years and might be making their sixth look on the FIFA Futsal World Cup, having reached the Spherical of 16 in 2012 and 2016.
Rising star Muhammad Osamanmusa might very nicely be the final touch to an already spectacular Thailand assault which boasts Suphawut Thueanklang and captain Kritsada Wongkaeo, who’re desirous to make an affect at Lithuania 2021.
Historical past: 5 earlier appearances – 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016; 14-time AFF Futsal Championship winners
Latest Kind – 4W, 1L (friendlies): Uzbekistan (4-3), Egypt (3-2), Oman (7-0), Chile (6-1), IR Iran (1-5)
Gamers to Watch: Suphawut Thueanklang, Muhammad Osamanmusa, Kritsada Wongkaeo
Challengers: Portugal (Sept 13), Morocco (Sept 16), Solomon Islands (Sept 19)
Vietnam – Group D
Vietnam will make up for his or her inexperience with combating spirit once they seem of their second FIFA Futsal World Cup, having edged Lebanon on away objectives following a 1-1 combination rating within the playoff.
Vietnam are decided to show a degree in Lithuania 2021 with the goal of bettering their 2016 achievement of reaching the Spherical of 16.
The opening fixture might be a litmus take a look at for Pham Minh Giang’s facet, who face two-time World Cup winners Brazil, earlier than taking up Panama and twice quarter-finalists Czech Republic.
Historical past – 1 earlier look: 2016
Latest Kind – 1W, 2D, 2L, friendlies, WCQ: Iraq (2-1), Lebanon (0-0), (1-1), Japan (0-1), Spain (0-4)
Gamers to Watch: Tran Van Vu, Tran Thai Huy, Nguyen Minh Tri
Challengers: Brazil (Sept 13), Panama (Sept 16), Czech Republic (Sept 19)
Japan – Group E
Japan might be making their return to the FIFA Futsal World Cup after lacking out on the 2016 version. The Samurai Blue are one in every of simply two groups to have lifted the AFC Futsal Championship trophy – the opposite being Islamic Republic of Iran – and might be hoping to make a mark on the world stage of their fifth look.
Head coach Bruno Garcia and his fees are bidding to surpass the Spherical of 16 achievement of 2012 however will first have to see off Group E challengers Angola, Paraguay and two-time world champions Spain.
Historical past: 4 earlier appearances – 1989, 2004, 2008, 2012; 3-time AFC Futsal Asian Cup Champions – 2006, 2012, 2014
Latest Kind – 1W, 1D, 3L (friendlies): Vietnam (1-0), Venezuela (2-2), Portugal (2-3), Argentina (1-2), Spain (0-2)
Gamers to Watch: Rafael Henmi, Ryosuke Nishitani, Ryuta Hoshi
Challengers: Angola (Sept 14), Spain (Sept 17), Paraguay (Sept 20)
IR Iran – Group F
Islamic Republic of Iran will enter their eighth FIFA Futsal World Cup marketing campaign as real challengers, having lifted the AFC Futsal Championship trophy 12 occasions. The Iranians made historical past in 2016 by ending third, the all time achievement by an Asian crew, and head coach Mohammed Nazemosharia is aiming for the title in Lithuania 2021.
Nazemosharia has retained a lot of the 2016 squad with the likes of Mahdi Javid, Hossein Tayebi and captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh – a four-time AFC Futsal Participant of the Yr – main the cost with defending champions Argentina the hardest hurdle.
Historical past: 7 earlier appearances – 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016; 12-time Asian champions
Latest Kind – 3W: Thailand (5-1), Belarus (8-2, 5-1)
Gamers to Watch: Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh, Mahdi Javid, Hossein Tayebi
Challengers: Serbia (Sept 14), USA (Sept 17), Argentina (Sept 20)
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