Argentina debuted with an impressive 11-0 win against the United States, in the first step of defending their futsal world champion title
Author of four goals in that opening day, pivot Alan Brandi, born in Spain, of Argentine parents and nationalized, was one of the sure weapons of the National Team at the beginning of the road to the Cup in Lithuania.
The 2016 world champion in Colombia, at the start of his second World Cup tournament, already has eight goals in his personal account.
The official AFA site spoke with him about the Argentine debut in Lithuania and what they expect, in the second match of Group F, this Friday against Serbia, from 14 in Argentina.
-Alan, did you imagine this start of the championship in Lithuania?
– No, not really, one never knows how the debut could be, a priori the United States the less tough rival of this “group of death” but we know that it is always difficult to debut in a competition like the World Cup so we are very happy Because of how it happened, because of the win and the feelings we got, because I think it will be important and the number of goals can also be essential for the final classification.
– Argentina National Team 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) September 16, 2021
-You also had to open the match with your first two goals, how did you feel about the match?
-I felt very good, it was a joy to “release” and so fast, because before entering the field one feels the nerves of the debut and that is why it was good and it was important that we start with the score in favor because, sometimes, when the ball does not enter and the minutes pass, the games tend to get complicated. We know that we have the responsibility to carry the weight of the game and to win, so it was good to start winning and it helped us to have confidence for what follows.
-They work a lot every game with the coaching staff, in training sessions and in the video analysis room. How did they do it in this case?
We studied the US because we didn’t know it much, we hadn’t faced it in a long time, but we saw the video, the type of individual defense they use and where we could hurt them, both in the game and in the stopped ball, and I think we did. Well, we did what we worked on and it is also a satisfaction to know that what is worked and seen in the video later comes out.
– Argentina National Team 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) September 16, 2021
-So, the game that the US proposed was the one you expected?
-Well, we knew they were quite a physical rival, in that sense we were inferior, but tactically superior, so we had to take the initiative and, as I said before, we had worked on different aspects of their individual defense to hurt them and I think from the beginning. We insisted on that in the first minute and in several of the goals it was reflected what we worked on in the week and the days before the game.
-What predominated in the goals, the individualities, the prepared plays?
– There was everything, in my goals there was a lot of stopped ball and prepared plays, the first comes from a rejection of the goalkeeper, Matías (Lucuix, the coach) had told us to be attentive to rejections and “second plays” then (the goal) occurs in a play where Ángel (Claudino) gives me the overlap, we kick and, in the rejection, I was able to convert, then I remember Titi’s goal, which was a genius (hat to the goalkeeper and definition of the head) and I think there was everything, so happy, we used all the game variants and scored goals in different ways.
-Yesterday and this morning it was time to relax and enjoy, attend to the media and the requirements of social networks, but in the afternoon, was it to start thinking about the next game?
-Yes, it was living those first moments with joy, because we have been preparing the World Cup for a long time, it was two months waiting for the debut and doing it with this result and these sensations are pleasant, but we are clear that the World Cups do not give time to enjoy anything We don’t even think much about what happened, we know that on Friday we already have a very tough game against Serbia and then another one the same against Iran, so we take the opportunity to rest but from the afternoon we have already started to prepare for the game against Serbia because we know that it will be hard .
-Have you seen anything of them?
-We haven’t had the opportunity to see their videos yet, but we do know that they come from very good games with world powers and with very good results, in fact, in the preseason, with Brazil, they tied one game and lost the other by the minimum, so we know that it is going to be a very demanding match so we have to work, trust the group and hope to come out with a positive result.
The next matches of the team led by Matías Lucuix in the group stage will also be in the Lithuanian capital, on September 17 against Serbia and on September 20 against Iran (both at 14 in Argentina).
Kazakhstan 6-1 Costa Rica
Lithuania 1-2 Venezuela
Costa Rica 0 – Venezuela 1
Lithuania 0 – Kazakhstan 3
Russia 9-0 Egypt
Uzbekistan 4-5 Guatemala
Egypt 6 – Guatemala 3
Uzbekistan 2 – Russia 4
Morocco 6-Solomon Islands 0
Portugal 4-Thailand 1
Brazil 9- Vietnam 1
Czech Republic 5- Panama 1
Angola 4- Japan 8
Spain 4- Paraguay 0
Iran 3-Serbia 2
Argentina 11- United States 0
Fixture Thursday, September 16
Solomon Islands – Portugal, Kaunas
Brazil -Czech Republic, Kaunas
Panama – Vietnam, Klaipeda
Thailand – Morocco, Klaipeda
La Albiceleste, champion of the 2016 edition that took place in Colombia, starts its ninth participation in a World Cup after having led the South American Qualifier of Brazil 2020.
In preparation for the World Cup event, the National Team held a month-long preseason in Spain and the Netherlands where they beat Uzbekistan (3-1), drew with Spain (4-4), beat Japan (2-1) and defeated in two opportunities to the Netherlands (3-1 and 4-2).
The squad of 16 players that will represent Argentina in the 2021 World Cup in Lithuania:
Archers: Lucas Farach (Kimberley AC); Nicolás Sarmiento (Real Betis Futsal -Spain-) and Guido Monsenson (Boca Juniors)
Last / Closings: Damian Stazzone (San Lorenzo); Pablo Taborda (Italservice Pesaro -Italia-);
At: Santiago Basile (CMB Futsal -Italy-); Lucas Bolo Alemany (San Lorenzo); Ángel Claudino (Palma Futsal -Spain-); Sebastián Corso (Industrias Santa Coloma -Spain-); Leandro Cuzzolino (Italservice Pesaro -Italy-); Matías Edelstein (Hebraica); Andrés Santos (Signor Prestito CMB -Italia-) and Constantino Vaporaki (Meta Catania C5 -Italia-).
Pivots: Cristian Borruto (Italservice Pesaro -Italia-) and Alan Brandi (Jaén Paraíso Interior -Spain-)