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Spain drawn against Czechs and Croatia
Friday, 04 October 2013 07:49
futsalwireHolders Spain were pitted with recent semi-finalists Croatia and Czech Republic in the UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 draw while hosts Belgium will open the finals against Romania.

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Holders Spain were pitted with recent semi-finalists Croatia and Czech Republic in the UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 draw while hosts Belgium will open the finals against Romania.

by Paul Safferfrom Antwerp E-mail Print The UEFA Futsal EURO finals draw result is displayed on the big screen in Antwerp UEFA.com ? Trending now More Headlines Latest? Spain to play Czechs, Croatia Belgium getting into shape Spain, Italy, Slovenia impress Play-off celebrations Draw seedings confirmed More news Published: Friday 4 October 2013, 14.49CETSpain drawn against Czechs and CroatiaHolders Spain were pitted with recent semi-finalists Croatia and Czech Republic in the UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 draw while hosts Belgium will open the finals against Romania.

Read moreSpain will start their bid for a fifth straight European title against two recent semi-finalists following Friday's UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 draw in Antwerp.In the ceremony conducted at the Centrum Elzenveld by Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA competitions director, and former Belgian international footballer Marc Degryse Spain were placed in Group D with Croatia, who made the semis on home soil last year but lost to the holders in 2014 qualifying, and 2010 bronze medallists the Czech Republic.Related ItemsBelgium getting into shapeSpain, Italy, Slovenia impressPlay-off celebrationsLineup set amid dramaMarinovi takes controlHome teams edge winsQualifiers enjoy their featsWarm-up schedule/resultsVenue guide: AntwerpThree more go onGyr first throughHosts Belgium will open the finals on 28 January against Romania and are joined in Group A by two-time runners-up Ukraine.

The last two beaten finalists, Russia and Portugal, are in Group B with the Netherlands, appearing for the first time since 2005.Italy, the only country other than Spain and Russia to have won the tournament, play Azerbaijan and Slovenia, with all three Group C teams having topped their main round sections to avoid the play-offs, from which Croatia, Romania, Ukraine and the Netherlands emerged last month.The group stage will be held at the Lotto Arena between 28 January and 2 February before switching to the adjacent, larger Sportpaleis for the knockout phase over the following six days for which the first two sides in each section qualify.DrawGroup A: Belgium (hosts), Ukraine, RomaniaGroup B: Russia, Portugal, NetherlandsGroup C: Italy, Azerbaijan, SloveniaGroup D: Spain (holders), Czech Republic, CroatiaUEFA Futsal EURO 2014 provisional match scheduleKick-off times, Eurosport coverage and order of games each day tbcDateGp/StageMatchVenueKOTue 28 JanABEL v ROULotto ArenatbcTue 28 JanBRUS v NEDLotto ArenatbcWed 29 JanCITA v SVNLotto ArenatbcWed 29 JanDESP v CROLotto ArenatbcThu 30 JanAROU v UKRLotto ArenatbcThu 30 JanBNED v PORLotto ArenatbcFri 31 JanCSVN v AZELotto ArenatbcFri 31 JanDCRO v CZELotto ArenatbcSat 1 FebAUKR v BELLotto ArenatbcSat 1 FebBPOR v RUSLotto ArenatbcSun 2 FebCAZE v ITALotto ArenatbcSun 2 FebDCZE v ESPLotto ArenatbcMon 3 FebQF1Winner A v Runner-up BSportpaleis ArenatbcMon 3 FebQF2Runner-up A v Winner BSportpaleis ArenatbcTue 4 FebQF3Winner C v Runner-up DSportpaleis ArenatbcTue 4 FebQF4Runner-up C v Winner DSportpaleis ArenatbcThu 6 FebSF1QF1 v QF3Sportpaleis ArenatbcThu 6 FebSF2QF2 v QF4Sportpaleis ArenatbcSat 8 FebThird-placeLoser SF1 v Loser SF2Sportpaleis ArenatbcSat 8 FebFinalWinner SF1 v Winner SF2Sportpaleis Arenatbc UEFA.com