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Tiago Polido announces futsal World Cup playoffs for FutsalFeed

Tiago Polido, a trophied Portuguese futsal coach makes his columnist debut for FutsalFeed.com.

Earlier this year, Mr Polido already made a few predictions for FutsalFeed before Futsal World Cup Qualifiers - check out how successful he was with his predictions!

This time around, Mr Polido announces the two Futsal World Cup qualifying playoff matches that await us these next few days: Serbia - Finland and Croatia - Czechia. Read his expertise in the continuation of the article.

First match-up is between Serbia and Finland. First match will be played this Friday in Serbia (18:00 local time), while the return leg awaits us on Tuesday in Finland (19:00 local time).

>>> Serbia vs Finland: The road to European play-off for the World Cup

Serbia: Historically, Serbia is a very difficult selection with a good mix of experienced players and young talent. They overcame Ukraine and France only losing to Spain, in the group stage. Composed of technically advanced players, Serbia will be a favorite in this play-off match-up, due to their experience, its physical prowess and technical level.

>>> New venue for Serbia - Finland clash (6 November)

Finland: Looking to make history and qualify for a world championship for the first time. Their latest results show us that this is a competitive and balanced Finland team in all phases of the game. They were competent to the point of leaving Italy and Belarus out of the Futsal World Cup and drawing with Portugal, who have already qualified. It is a growing team that has yet another surprise. The fact of playing the second game at home can be a great advantage to obtain the desired passport to Lithuania.

>>> Mićo Martić extended his contract with Finland futsal national team

Second match-up is between Croatia and Czech Republic. First match will be played this Saturday in Croatia (19:00 local time), while the return leg will take place on Tuesday in Czechia (18:10 local time).

>>> Croatia vs Czechia: The Road to playoffs for the World Cup!

Croatia: A generation at the height of its capabilities, which seeks to mirror all its talent and capacity. With many players playing abroad, in competitive championships, it elevates the competitive experience of its great figures like Dario Marinović, Franco Jelovčić and Tihomir Novak. In the group stage, they tied for the first place with Russia, which attests to their competitive and emotional maturity. It could be the last chance for some of these players to be present in a Futsal World Cup. From my point of view, they are favorites for qualifying.

>>> Croatia against Czechia without several notable players due to COVD-19?

>>> Croatia's coach Mato Stanković: We have problems with infected players, but we are not looking for alibies

Czech Republic: A team that was always competitive and that in the group stage proved to be at a good level, finishing tied with Kazakhstan for the first place. It will be a very balanced tie between two teams that know each other quite well.

 

>>> Czechia, Croatia, Serbia, Finland: Past achievements on Futsal World Cup

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Tiago Polido

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Tiago Polido

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Tiago Polido is a trophied Portuguese futsal coach. He won league and cup championships in Italy and Croatia. Currently working as a head coach of Kazma SC in Kuwait.