FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021
Today, Friday 4 June 2021 is strictly 100 days to the kick-off of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™.
This essential milestone is a vital step on the trail to the 53 matches that may get underway on 12 September within the three host cities in Lithuania. The 24 groups came upon on Tuesday 1 June which teams they had been in, and who their first opponents can be en route to the ultimate, to be held on 3 October. Will Argentina have the opportunity to defend the crown they gained in Colombia or will a brand new champion ascend to the summit of world futsal in Kaunas? On this special occasion, we run via a few of the foremost info and figures forward of the forthcoming Futsal World Cup.
The host nation
Lithuania aren’t simply internet hosting however really participating in a Futsal World Cup for the primary time. We spoke with nationwide futsal crew captain Justinas Zagurskas in regards to the World Cup particularly and futsal generally.
The three host cities
After the FIFA inspection and together with the native organising committee, it was Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipeda that had been chosen as venues for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™ – the primary ever FIFA match to be held in Lithuania.
“The architecture in the centres of our three host cities is remarkable. There will also be brand new modern arenas for the fans, where the atmosphere promises to be something special – we’re used to watching sporting events here in arenas. Basketball is very popular here and the matches are always played in front of packed crowds. I’m sure that we can expect the same for the World Cup.”
The brand attracts its inspiration initially from Lithuania’s pure treasures and technical experience. The base is a gorgeous inexperienced panorama surrounded by the leaves of the oak tree that symbolises power and which has been revered in Lithuanian mythology for centuries. The theme of nature, underlining the significance of conservation in Lithuania, is developed through the oak via fields and meadows within the colors of the nation’s flag. The higher a part of the emblem displays the trendy know-how of the nation. A futsal pitch borne by lasers remembers the nation’s achievements within the fields of science and know-how.
Ivartito the mascot represents each the match and the game – a job he fulfils with ardour and openness. His pleasant manner makes him the proper crew-mate, and his identify – which comes from the Lithuanian phrase for aim ((*100*)) – is in fact a reference to the thrill and the objectives that characterise futsal. The stork has been the nationwide chook of Lithuania since 1973 and is an emblem of the ecological selection and pure great thing about the nation. Storks are additionally seen as bearers of fine fortune and peace.
The street to glory
The 24 groups have been divided up into six teams of 4 groups. Hosts Lithuania are in Group A and can get the match underway on 12 September within the Kaunas Arena towards Venezuela, who’re additionally participating within the match for the primary time. Defending champions Argentina discover themselves in Group F, with their first match coming towards USA in Vilnius. Five-time winners Brazil (whose final trophy got here in 2012) are in Group D and face Vietnam of their opener in Klaipeda.
The defending champions
Five years in the past in Colombia, Argentina gained their first FIFA Futsal World Cup, the Albiceleste defeating Russia 5-4 within the ultimate. Prior to that, solely Brazil (report-holders with 5 titles) and Spain (two titles) had ever gained the match. We spoke to Argentina’s No.10 Constantino Vaporaki, who scored the winner within the ultimate, in regards to the results that the World Cup win had on the nation.
“Futsal has made great progress in Argentina. You can see it at league level – the matches are of higher quality, there is greater intensity and the teams can compete on equal terms in international competitions.”
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For the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™, FIFA has launched the “FIFA Futsal WC 2021 Challenge” app, which is able to allow soccer followers and avid gamers to expertise each minute of the enjoyable and fascination of an important futsal match on the planet through their cell gadgets.
Do you need to be a part of the match? Apply to be a volunteer!
We are actively wanting for volunteers for the match from 12 September to 3 October 2021 within the cities of Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipeda.
We are wanting for volunteers to work in varied departments, together with accreditation, spectator service, transport and volunteer administration. No expertise mandatory, all are welcome. Go to the FIFA Volunteer Platform to discover out extra in regards to the completely different roles.
We look ahead to receiving your utility.