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We were drawn in the group of death and weren’t the favourites to qualify. In our group we had Santiago; who finished 5thin Spain last year, Kazma; who featured a team wholly of Portuguese players including four that won the UEFA Futsal Cup with Benfica, and Chonburi; the Thai champions who are led by Spanish coach Pulpis.
Overall the tournament was a great success and received a lot of attention. I think in the future it can become a very important event in the futsal calendar. Plans are already been made for a second edition with rumours of even better quality teams and doubling the prize money to $200,000 for the winner. It would be great for the sport to have an annual tournament where the best club teams from around the world participate to be crowned world champions. I hope to be there in 2014!