The Malaga town of Alhaurín de la Torre will host the Futsal triangle between the senior men’s teams from Spain, Uzbekistan and Argentina, who will play the competition on August 19, 21 and 22 at the El Limón Pavilion and which will serve as a set-up for the World Cup in Lithuania next month.
For the first vice president and deputy for Education, Youth and Sports of the Malaga Provincial Council, Juan Carlos Maldonado, with this event they once again “position Malaga as the epicenter of world futsal thanks to the determined and joint commitment of the institutions to bring to the province a national and international elite sport “.
This competition will serve the participating teams in their preparation for the next Futsal World Cup, which will be held from September 12 to October 3 in Lithuania. It will be a high-level triangular format, since Argentina is the current world champion.
The tournament starts this Thursday, August 19, with the meeting between Spain and Uzbekistan, at 3:00 p.m. (Argentine time); On Saturday, August 21, it will be the turn of Uzbekistan and Argentina (3:00 p.m.) and the last match will be held on Sunday, August 22, between Spain and Argentina, also at 3:00 p.m.
Argentina played two games with Uzbekistan this year. Last February, in the capital of the Asian country, with two victories for the Albiceleste team by 1 to 0. Before, they had faced each other in an international tournament, in 2010, in Thailand, with a victory for Uzbekistan by 5 to 2. These matches They are the only three that both teams played against each other.
As for Spain, the record is in favor of the Europeans, who have surpassed Argentina in the seven games played. The last two were in February 2015, as part of the preparation for the 2016 World Cup Colombia, which would end up in the power of Argentina. There, Spain won 6-2 and 3-2.
The tournament will be played in a round of matches, all against all, according to the following schedule:
Thursday 19, 20 hs. Spain- Uzbekistan
Saturday 20, 20 hs. Uzbekistan – ARGENTINA
Sunday 21, 8 pm. Spain – ARGENTINA
The final ranking will be based on the points earned by each team based on three points awarded for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.
In addition, in all matches, at the end of the match, a shoot-out of five penalties per team will be held to be considered only in the event of a tie on points in the final classification.
If two are tied for points in the Tournament leaderboard, their leaderboard positions will be established according to the following criteria:
to. The highest goal difference resulting from all the matches played.
b. The highest number of goals scored in all the matches played.
c. If all of the above does not resolve the tie, the classification will be resolved by the result of the penalty shoot-out. Being the winning team of the penalty shootout between the two teams tied, the one that will be classified in the best place.
– Argentina National Team 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) August 19, 2021
How the preparation continues
After the triangle, the squad will travel to La Coruña, to face Japan in another friendly, on Tuesday, August 24, at 3:30 p.m. (Argentina time). After that series of three friendlies, Argentina will travel to Bilbao, where it will complete the work week.
Argentina will say goodbye to Spain to go to Holland, where it will face the local team (host of the next Eurocup) on Sunday 5 (at 1:00 p.m. in Argentina) and on Tuesday, September 7 (at 2:00 p.m. in Argentina) in the city of Roterdam. On September 10 it will arrive in Lithuania.
The squad of 17 players (one will be left out for the World Cup) that traveled is as follows
Archers: Lucas Farach (Kimberley AC) Nicolás Sarmiento (Real Betis Futsal -Spain-) Brian Steccato (San Lorenzo)
Last / Closings: Damián Stazzone (San Lorenzo) Pablo Taborda (Italservice Pesaro -Italia-) Maximiliano Rescia (Levante UD FS -Spain-)
At: Santiago Basile (CMB Futsal -Italia-) Lucas Bolo Alemany (San Lorenzo) Ángel Claudino (Palma Futsal -Spain-) Sebastián Corso (Industrias Santa Coloma -Spain-) Leandro Cuzzolino (Italservice Pesaro -Italia-) Matías Edelstein (Hebraica) Luciano Gauna (Peñíscola -Spain) Andrés Santos (Signor Prestito CMB -Italia-) Constantino Vaporaki (Meta Catania C5 -Italia-)
Pivotes: Cristian Borruto (Italservice Pesaro -Italia-) Alan Brandi (Jaén Paraíso Interior -Spain-)
Confirmed World Cup fixture
The National Team is already preparing in Buenos Aires for the World Cup that will be held this year in Lithuania, from September 12 to October 3.
On July 1, the World Cup group draw was held in Zurich and the first rivals of Argentina were defined, whom they will face in the Group Phase:
Before them, the team led by Lucuix will seek the classification to the next phase, in search of renewing the title it has held since Colombia 2016.