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The complete guide – UEFA Champions League Final Four Tournament 2019/20

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The final tournament of the UEFA Futsal Champions League 2019/20 starts today at 16:00 (CET) between Spanish team ElPozo Murcia FS and Russian club Tyumen. The second semi-finals start at 21:00 (CET) between Russian champion KPRF and host Barcelona.

The match for the third place and finals are scheduled for Sunday (11th October) at 16:00 (CET) and 20 (CET). The Final Four tournament will be played at Barcelona's Palau Blaugrana.

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KRPF

Interestingly, only Russian champion KPRF has played finals of their national league this season and, therefore, qualified for the next years' Champions League campaign. Three other participants must win the tournament if they want to participate in the next years' edition.

Russian Communist party's club defeated the other Russian semifinalist Tyumen in the national leagues' semi-finals and Gazprom Ugra in finals. KPRF won Russian national championship with nine wins in nine matches of the play-offs.

Their star players are Artyom Niyazov, goalkeeper Georgy Zamtaradze, naturalized Brazilians Romulo and Paulinho as well as two Spanish internationals, Raul Gomez and Lin.

It will be their first participation in the Champions League Final Four tournament. In fact, they reached semi-finals in their European debut!

“You never have favourites in a final four. All four clubs are here for a reason. So I'm quite sure no one will have an advantage. We are calmly preparing for the game while knowing the strength of our opponents. The fact that we already qualified for next season's Champions League will not make us relax. We want to show our best game. But I believe the chances are 50-50.", said KPRF's coach Besik Zoidze for the Uefa.com.

Barcelona

The best Russian team will face hosts Barcelona which surprisingly lost in Spanish league quarterfinals against Levante 2:3! Therefore Futsal Blaugrana must win the competition to qualify for the next edition.

Barca is a four-time Spanish champion (last title in 2019), two-time European champion (2012 and 2014) and have won 13 domestic cups!

It will be their seventh Final Four tournament, and if they win the title they will equal Playas de Castellon (Spain) and Dina Moscow (Russia) on the second place with three European titles (Inter Movistar has five).

Barca's star players are Brazilian pivot Ferrao (who won Futsal Planet Award for the best player in 2019) and 31-year-old Sergio Lozano. Barca also has several other Spain's national team players (Adolfo, Aicardo, Joselito…), besides Ferrao five more Brazilians (Matheus, Daniel, Dyego, Ximbinha and Marcenio), Russian national team player Esquerdinha and latest star-signing Portuguese international Andre Coelho who came from Benfica.

Barca is according to bookmakers the biggest favourite of the tournament.

"We are very privileged to play these finals. We are playing in Barcelona, we won’t have fans but we have been training well and we will see how the team does in an official competition after only one competitive game this season“, said Andreu Plaza, Barca coach, for the Uefa.com.

Tyumen

Just like KPRF, the Russian champion from 2019 Tyumen reached Final Four in their debut European season. They defeated KPRF in 2019 finals with 3-1 in victories and lost 0-3 against the same opponent in the last seasons' semi-finals.

Tyumen qualified for the Final Four after defeating current European champion Sporting in the Main round with 3:1.

Their best player is Artyom Antoshkin with six goals in the current campaign but he cannot play in semi-finals against ElPonzo due to yellow card suspension from the Elite round. Tyumen coach Nikolai Ivanov also can't count on the suspended Belarus international Sergei Krykun.

Therefore, the biggest burden will have to be borne by the Russian national team players such as Ivan Milovanov and Sergey Amrabovich as well as Brazilian internationals Leo, Bruno Tffy and Vilian.

"The situation in the world is very tough, and of course it had an effect on sport as well. What effect it had on us - only tomorrow will tell.", Said Ivanov for the Uefa.com.

El Pozo Murcia

Just like Barca, ElPozo surprisingly lost in the Spanish league quarterfinals against Palma Futsal (2:3). ElPozo Murcia is a five-time Spanish champion (last title in 2010) and has won 12 domestic cups.

Their biggest European result is playing finals in 2008 in Moscow when they lost against Russian club Viz-Sinara Yekaterinburg after the penalties. In the current campaign, they won the most difficult Elite round group topping the table in front of Italservice Pesaro, Benfica and host Kairat.

Besides the veteran Miguelin, one of the Murcia's biggest stars is coach Argentinian Diego Giustozzi who led Argentina to the 2016 FIFA World Cup victory defeating Russia in the finals.

This summer ElPozo brought several great players such as Alex Yepes (Spain), Rafa Santos (Brazil) and Paraguay captain Cholo Salas. Besides them, Murcia has notable players such as Leandro Altamirano (Argentina), Leo Santana (Brazil), two great goalkeepers Juanjo and Carlos Espindola and Brazilian pivot Felipe Paradynski who scored seven goals in the current campaign.

"Beating Sporting, last year’s winner makes Tyumen very dangerous. They have a typical Russian style with physically strong players and a very good mix of Brazilian players that give a calm quality to their game. We will have to neutralise their strengths and show our own.", said Giustozzi.

 

All matches will be streamed live on the UEFA.com which also published all the list of the official broadcast partners in all countries:

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