Javier Rodríguez Nebreda (born 26 March 1974), commonly known as Javi Rodríguez, is a Spanish futsal player currently playing...
AFC Futsal Finals
Who will be crowned Champions of Asia?
Today we will see the AFC Futsal Championships come to end, the final is between Thailand, who beat 10 time champions Iran in the semi final and Japan who have impressed throughout the tournament with disciplined displays.
Thailand will be on a high and are favourites to win after they pulled off a huge upset in the semi finals, beating champions Iran 5-4 in what was the best game of the tournament will certainly mean they will be starting the game full ofconfidence.
Japan’s form coming into the knockout stages has dipped with a nervy 1-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan. In the semi final they failed to capitalise on many chances which was similar to the game against Australia, although late on they scored 3 goals.
Japan Coach Miguel Rodrigo has declared Thailand favourites complimenting the way they play futsal, in speaking to AFC.com he said
They play spectacular futsal,” admitted the Spaniard following Japan’s win over Australia, in a match Rodrigo assessed as standing in stark contrast to Thailand’s epic encounter with Iran.
“The first semi-final was pure futsal and a very attractive game. That game shows why futsal is precious and deserves to be promoted. In Spain and Brazil there are regularly games like that and that is why you get 3000 spectators at the gymnasium.
“In the final Thailand are the favourites as they beat Iran and are playing very well and if we are to beat them then we need to improve vastly.
“Logically thinking nobody would have wanted to play Iran in the final. But because Thailand beat them then they are in the moment psychologically, technically and tactically.”
Whoever the victor today I am sure we will see a great final with deserving champions.
Let us know your predictions?