US SoccerUS Soccer

U.S. Futsal National Team Begins Second Stage of World Championships with Back-to-Back Matches vs. Argentina and Ukraine


Game Notes
U.S. vs. Argentina/U.S. vs. Ukraine
FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004
Taipei City, Taiwan
Nov. 27, 2004

-U.S. Futsal National Team Begins Second Stage of World Championship with Back-to-Back Matches
-Argentina Up First on Sunday
-Ukraine Follows on Monday;
-All Matches Availabe Via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker
-Galavision Tape Delay Broadcast Each Match

U.S. TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK MATCHES TO OPEN SECOND STAGE: The U.S. Futsal National Team will face Argentina and Ukraine on back-to-back days as the second group stage of the FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004 gets underway. The U.S. advanced as the second-place team in Group C, and will face Group D winner Argentina at 6 p.m. local/5 a.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 28 at the National Taiwan University New Gymnasium in Taipei City. One day later, it is back to the same venue as the U.S. faces Group A runner-up Ukraine at 8 p.m. local/7 a.m. ET on Nov. 29. The U.S. will then get an off day, and return to close out the second stage on Wednesday, Dec. 1 vs. Brazil at 6 p.m. local/5 a.m. ET. Follow all of the action live with ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The games will also be broadcast on tape delay back in the United States on Galavision.

U.S. Group F Schedule
Date Match    Venue; City    Local/ET
Nov. 28 Argentina vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Ukraine vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  Brazil vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.

GALAVISION CONTINUES COVERAGE OF U.S. FUTSAL TEAM: Galavision will continue its coverage of the U.S. Futsal National Team at the FIFA Futsal World Championship 2004. Galavision, which broadcast all three of the USA's Group C matches last week has announced the broadcast schedule for the Group F matches in which the U.S. will take part. The matches will be again showed on tape delay, with two airing on same-day delay.
Galavision Broadcast Schedule
Date Match   Tape Delay Airtime ET - CT - PT
Nov. 28 Argentina vs. USA 4 p.m. ET - 3 p.m. CT - 4 p.m. PT
Nov. 30 Ukraine vs. USA  10 p.m. ET - 9 p.m. CT - 10 p.m. PT
Dec. 1 Brazil vs. USA  10 p.m. ET - 9 p.m. CT - 10 p.m. PT

U.S. vs. ARGENTINA QUICK HITS:
- Argentina won Copa America in Paraguay in 2003, and therefore qualified as the South American champions. They topped Brazil in the semifinals of Copa America, their second straight victory over their biggest rival. They tied with hosts Paraguay  - an U.S. opponent at the world championship - to open the final phase, but crushed Uruguay in the final after getting past Brazil.
- Argentina is appearing in their fifth consecutive FIFA Futsal World Championship
- Fernando Wilhelm is Argentina's leading scorer with three goals, but all of them came on second penalties from the 10-meter spot in their final group match vs. Iran.
- Argentina topped Cuba 3-0 to open play at the 2004 World Championship. The U.S. tied Cuba 1-1 in group play at the CONCACAF futsal championship, and then topped Cuba 2-0 in the championship game.
- Head coach Fernando Larrañaga has been in his position since 1994, taking the national side to Spain 1996 and Guatemala 2000. At club level, he has worked with Independiente de Avellaneda and Boca Juniors. He also runs a grocery business in Buenos Aires
- The U.S. has a 2-1-1 record vs. Argentina. The two wins came at the 1989 and 1992 FIFA World Championships, where Larranaga was an assistant coach for Argentina. The last meeting came in 1998, with the U.S. tying Argentina 4-4 at a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, tournament. Brett Phillips and Sean Bowers both played in that game.
- Argentina allowed just one goal in their group matches, while scoring 10. Their toughest match was a 1-0 victory over Portugal, and then clinched the top spot in Group D with a 6-1 victory over Iran.
- Argentina is the only team the group with not previous semifinal experience. The U.S. finished second in 1992 and third in 1989, the Ukraine finished in fourth in 1996, and Brazil finished second in 2000 while winning the first three in 1989, 1992 and 1996.

Argentina Roster
Goalkeepers (2): 1-Javier Guisande (Boca Juniors), 12-Fernando Poggi (Argentinos Juniors)
Defenders (3): 2-Leandro Planas (Nepi-ITA), 4-Diego Giustozzi (Lobelle de Santiago-ESP), 5-Carlos Sanchez (Citta di Montesilvano-ITA)
Midfielders (3): 6-Gustavo Barbona (Raiano-ITA), 7-Fernando Wilhelm (River Plate), 11-Esteban Gonzalez (Racing Club)
Forwards (6): 3-Martin Enriquez (AABB-BRA), 8-Hernan Garcias (Nepi-ITA), 9-Rodrigo Petillo (Ponzio Pescara-ITA), 10-Marcelo Gimenez (Seep Luparense-ITA), 13-Pablo Ranieri (Arsignano Griffo-ITA), 14-Cristian Bresciani (Nepi-ITA)

U.S. vs. UKRAINE QUICK HITS:
- The Ukraine finished as runner up at the 2003 European Championships to Italy by a 2-1 margin.
- To qualify for the Futsal World Championship, Ukraine eased past Kazakhstan and Andorra in qualifying Group 4 before a 7-2 aggregate victory over Belarus in the final playoff.
- 56-year-old head coach Gennady Lysenchuk leads Ukraine. He is best known as a former top player for domestic clubs Odessa and Dnjepropetrowsk early in the 1980s.
- Ukraine won a tight battle for second place in Group A, with a 5-4 victory over Egypt in their second match the deciding game. Their leading scorer is Ramis Mansurov with three goals in three games.
- Ukraine finished fourth at the 1996 FIFA Futsal World Championship, the last time the U.S. had appeared in the event.

Ukraine Roster
Goalkeepers: 1-Olexiy Popov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 12-Vasyl Sukhomlinov (Alexandr Kharkiv), 14-Kostyantyn Vlasenko (Enakievez Enakievo)
Defenders: 5-Oleg Shaytanov (Interkas Kyiv), 6-Ramis Mansurov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 7-Georgii Melnikov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 11- Fedir Pylypiv (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Midfielders: 3-Vitaliy Nesteruk (Energy Chernigov), 8-Olexandr Kosenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), 9-Vitaliy Brunko (Energy Lviv)
Forwards (4): 2-Sergiy Sytin (Shakhtar Donetsk), 4-Sergiy Koridze (Spartak Shelkovo-RUS), 10-Igor Moskvychov (Shakhtar Donetsk), 13-Artem Kovalyov (Alexandr Kharkiv)

Second Group Stage
Group F          Group E
Brazil               Spain
Argentina          Italy
Ukraine              Czech Republic 
United States    Portugal

Date Match    Venue; City    Local/ET
Nov. 28 Brazil vs. Ukraine  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 4 p.m. / 3 a.m.
Nov. 28 Argentina vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 28 Spain vs. Czech Rep.   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 4 p.m. / 3 a.m.
Nov. 28 Italy vs. Portugal  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Brazil vs. Argentina  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Ukraine vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Nov. 29 Spain vs. Italy   Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 29 Czech Rep. vs. Portugal  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  Brazil vs. United States National Taiwan University; Taipei City 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Dec. 1  Ukraine vs. Argentina  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Dec. 1  Spain vs. Portugal  Linkou Gymnasium; Tao Yuan County 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.
Dec. 1  Czech Rep. vs. Italy  National Taiwan University; Taipei City 8 p.m. / 7 a.m.


Final First Stage Standings/Results:
Group A
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ESP 3 3 0 0 9 19 0 +19
UKR 3 2 1 0 6 12 8 +4
EGY 3 1 2 0 3 16 12 +4
TPE 3 0 3 0 0 2 29 -27

Group A Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   
Nov. 21 Chinese Taipei 0, Egypt 12 
 Spain 2, Ukraine 0  
Nov. 23 Chinese Taipei 0, Spain 10 
 Egypt 4, Ukraine 5  
Nov. 25 Ukraine 7, Chinese Taipei 2 
 Egypt 0, Spain 7  

Group B Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
BRA 3 3 0 0 9 23 2 +21
CZE 3 2 1 0 6 8 5 +3
THA 3 1 2 0 3 5 13 -8
AUS 3 0 3 0 0 2 18 -16

Group B Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   
Nov. 22 Australia 0, Brazil 10  
 Czech Republic 2, Thailand 1 
Nov. 24 Australia 0, Czech Republic 5 
 Brazil 9, Thailand 1  
Nov. 26 Thailand 3, Australia 2  
 Brazil 4, Czech Republic 1

Group C Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ITA 3 3 0 0 9 15 5 +10
USA 3 1 1 1 4 7 8 -1
PAR 3 1 2 0 3 8 11 -3
JPN 3 0 2 1 1 5 11 -6

Group C Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result  
Nov. 21 Italy 6, USA 3  
 Paraguay 5, Japan 4 
Nov. 23 USA 3, Paraguay 1 
 Italy 5, Japan 0 
Nov. 25 USA 1, Japan 1  
 Paraguay 2, Italy 4 

Group D Standings
 GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
ARG 3 3 0 0 9 10 1 +9
POR 3 2 1 0 6 9 1 +8
IRN 2 1 1 0 3 9 13 -4
CUB 2 0 2 0 0 3 16 -13

Group D Schedule/Results
Date Match/Result   
Nov. 22 Iran 0, Portugal 4  
 Cuba 0, Argentina 3 
Nov. 24 Iran 8, Cuba 3  
 Portugal 0, Argentina 1
Nov. 26 Argentina 6, Iran 1
 Portugal 5, Cuba 0

×