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Champions enter as elite round starts
Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:17
futsalwireThe four finalists will be decided over the next week as the elite round is played with holders Kairat Almaty and former champions FC Barcelona and MFK Dinamo entering.

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Champions enter as elite round startsThe four finalists will be decided over the next week as the elite round is played with holders Kairat Almaty and former champions FC Barcelona and MFK Dinamo entering.

Read moreThe four UEFA Futsal Cup finalists will be decided over the next week as the elite round is played with holders Kairat Almaty and former champions FC Barcelona and MFK Dinamo entering.Related ItemsElite round lineup completeMarca pipped by newcomersTrio get elite chanceThree more go onGyr first throughSpain to play Czechs, CroatiaAll 12 teams that progressed from the six main round groups join the four highest-seeded clubs who were given byes Kairat, Dinamo, Barcelona and 2011 runners-up Sporting Clube de Portugal in the four mini-tournaments that will each produce one side for the finals in late April.

Barcelona, deposed as holders by Kairat in April, kick off the action on Wednesday against Lokomotiv Kharkiv in Group A, after which Czech hosts FK EP Chrudim play Romania's City'US Trgu Mure.Also on Wednesday, Dinamo runners-up for the last two years start in Group B against Slov-Matic Bratislava in Slovenia, where home team FC Litija take on Serbia's KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac.

Both these groups continue on Thursday and end on Saturday, while the other mini-tournaments run a day later.That includes Group C, staged by Kairat, who are up against Kazakhstani compatriots Tulpar Karagandy, but first face KMF Tango Sarajevo and Belarusian side MFK VitEn Vitebsk, the only two survivors from the initial preliminary round.

Group D is held by Sporting, who tackle Hungary's Gyri ETO FC, CF Eindhoven and Azerbaijan's former semi-finalistsAraz NaxivanThe hosts for the knockout finals in April will be picked from the four qualifiers at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Bilbao on 12 December.Elite roundGroup A (2023 November): FC Barcelona (ESP), FK EP Chrudim (CZE)*, City'US Trgu Mure (ROU), Lokomotiv Kharkiv (UKR)Group B (2023 November): MFK Dinamo (RUS), KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB), Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK), FC Litija (SVN)*Group C (2124 November): Kairat Almaty (KAZ, holders)*, MFK VitEn Vitebsk (BLR), Tulpar Karagandy (KAZ), KMF Tango Sarajevo (BIH)Group D (2124 November): Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)*, Gyri ETO FC (HUN), Araz Naxivan (AZE), CF Eindhoven (NED)*hosts