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Kairat handed elite round derby
Friday, 18 October 2013 07:28
futsalwireKairat Almaty will start their title defence at home in a group involving compatriots Tulpar Karagandy while FC Barcelona have a tough task after the elite round draw was made.

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Kairat handed elite round derbyKairat Almaty will start their title defence at home in a group involving compatriotsTulpar Karagandy while FC Barcelona have a tough task after the elite round draw was made.

Read moreHolders Kairat Almaty will start their UEFA Futsal Cup title defence at home in a group containing compatriotsTulpar Karagandy after the elite round draw was made in Nyon.Related ItemsElite round lineup completeMarca pipped by newcomersTrio get elite chanceThree more go onGyr first throughSpain to play Czechs, CroatiaThe 12 teams that progressed from the six main round groups join the four highest-seeded clubs that were given byes Kairat, former winners MFK Dinamo and FC Barcelona, and 2011 runners-up Sporting Clube de Portugal in the four mini-tournaments between 19 and 24 November.

Kairat will stage their section, up against the two preliminary round survivors MFK VitEn Vitebsk and KMF Tango Sarajevo plus Tulpar, who are making their European debut as league runners-up behind Almaty last season.Barcelona, deposed as holders by Kairat in April, have a tough section hosted by Czech champions FK EP Chrudim and including City'US Trgu Mure and Lokomotiv Kharkiv, who respectively provide the bulk of the Romanian and Ukrainian national squads.

Dinamo have been assigned to Group B in Slovenia while Sporting stage Group D against Azerbaijan's Araz Naxivan, Hungary's Gyri ETO FC and CF Eindhoven.The four elite round winners will progress to the knockout finals in late April, with the hosts picked from among their number at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Bilbao on 12 December.Elite round drawGroup A: FC Barcelona (ESP), FK EP Chrudim (CZE)*, City'US Trgu Mure (ROU), Lokomotiv Kharkiv (UKR)Group B: MFK Dinamo (RUS), KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB), Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK), FC Litija (SVN)*Group C: Kairat Almaty (KAZ, holders)*, MFK VitEn Vitebsk (BLR), Tulpar Karagandy (KAZ), KMF Tango Sarajevo (BIH)Group D: Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)*, Gyri ETO FC (HUN), Araz Naxivan (AZE), CF Eindhoven (NED)*hosts