• Friday Aug 24, 2012

    Futsal draw puts Costa Rica with host Thais

    BANGKOK, Thailand - CONCACAF champion Costa Rica was placed with host Thailand, Ukraine and Paraguay for the first round of the Futsal World Cup at Friday's draw for the seventh edition of the tournament.

    Fellow CONCACAF side Guatemala was joined with Russia, the Solomon Islands and Colombia; Panama was put in with Spain, Iran and Morcco; while Mexico was drawn with Argentina, Italy and Australia for the November 1-18 event.

    The 24 qualified countries were divided into six, four-team groups. The top two in each will advance to the second round along with four third-place teams.

    This will be a third trip to the Futsal World Cup for both Costa Rica and Guatemala, with neither having advanced past the first round. Panama and Mexico will be making their debut appearances at the quadrennial championship.

    Futsal World Cup
    Draw Results
    Group A:
    Thailand, Costa Rica, Ukraine, Paraguay
    Group B: Spain, Iran, Panama, Morocco
    Group C: Brazil, Japan, Libya, Portugal
    Group D: Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Australia
    Group E: Egypt, Serbia, Czech Republic, Kuwait
    Group F: Russia, Solomon Islands, Guatemala, Colombia

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