Argentina will compete for the first time in the Futsal World Cup in search of reconfirmation of the title they won in 2016

The national team squad is ready for the new challenge in Lithuania (Argentina)

The World Futsal Championship Lithuania 2021 It started on Sunday, after just one year of postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, as Argentina defended their first title at Colombia 2016.

Today at 2:00 PM the national team will start their title defense against the United States. the choice, With Matthias Lukwick as coach instead of Diego Gustuzzi (The coach who led the team to glory) is ranked in Group F and will play all three of its matches in Vilna, the capital of Lithuania. DirecTV Sports and Public TV broadcasts.

The team’s second commitment will be on Friday the 17th – again on the 14th – against Serbia, one of the European powers. The third and final match will be played on Monday 20 – at the same time – against Iran, the Asian champions and bronze-winner at Colombia 2016.

The team repeats several names for those who won the cup five years ago, such as Nicholas Sarmiento, Santiago Basile, Christian Boruto, Alain Brandi, Leandro Cozzolino and Damien Stazzoni.

Our country will have other representatives at the World Cup since then Maria Estefania Pinto and Dario Santamaria They will be part of the judging team.

Other groups consist of the following:

Group A: Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Group B: Guatemala, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Russia.

Group C: Portugal, Thailand, Morocco and Solomon Islands.

Group D: Czech Republic, Brazil, Vietnam and Panama.

Group E: Spain, Angola, Paraguay and Japan.

Cozulino celebrates the duel against Russia at the 2016 World Cup, hitting Argentina (AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO)
Cozulino celebrates the duel against Russia at the 2016 World Cup, hitting Argentina (AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO)

Argentina, first-time world champions at the edition that took place in Colombia five years ago, must take first and second places to qualify directly for the knockout stages or be one of the top four third places.

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And if he succeeds in playing in the first place, he will play on Thursday 23rd against the second group E, for which Spain was the favorite, and the winner of the 2000 and 2004 editions.

Should they finish second in Group F, the ‘Bicilieste’ will meet goalkeeper C as Portugal, the last European champions led by Ricardinho, who was named six times the best player in the world, will compete.

Should they finish third, Argentina could face the Group D winner, led by powerful and five-time champion Brazil, or leader C.

The round of 16 will take place between September 22 and 24, the quarterly rounds will be held on 26 and 27, and the semi-finals on 29 and 30.

The third-place play-off and Grand Final will be held on Sunday, October 3rd.

The new version of the ninth edition of the FIFA World Cup will be the application of VAR for the first time.

As in football, the two field referees will be able to use the video system in four incidents: goal or no-goal situations; criminal or non-criminal; Direct red cards and possible player identity confusion.

The difference is that Each coach has a VAR request every time and another in case of extension. If the request is favorable, DT retains the advantage of requesting VAR. Otherwise you will lose it.

On their way to Lithuania, the national team held a month-long pre-season in Spain and the Netherlands, with matches against Uzbekistan, Japan, Spain and the Netherlands on two occasions; With a record of four wins and a draw.

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Since capturing the World Cup in Colombia, Argentina have racked up 41 wins, 11 draws and 8 defeats in international matches.

List of Argentina that will be looking for two champions

Lucas Farrash (Kimberly AC), Nicolas Sarmiento (Real Betis futsal-Spain), Guido Mosinson (Boca Juniors), Santiago Basile (CMB Futsal-Italy), Lucas Polo Alemani (Italservice Pesaro-Italy) , Christian Borotto (Italservice Pizarro-Italy), Alain Brandi (Interior Gian Paraiso-Spain-), Angel Claudino (Palma Futsal-Spain-), Sebastian Corso (Industrias Santa Coloma -Spain-), Leandro Cozulino (Italservice Pizarro-) -Italy-), Matthias Edelstein (Hebrew), Maximiliano Rescia (Levante UD FS-Spain-), Andrés Santos (Signor Prestito CMB -Italy-), Damián Stazzone (San Lorenzo), Pablo Taborda (Italservice Pesaro -Italy-) and Constantino Vaporaki (Meta Catania C5 – Italy-).

With information from Telam

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