Almaty to stage UEFA Futsal Champions League finals

Almaty Arena will stage April's finals involving hosts Kairat, Barça, holders Inter FS and Sporting CP.

Almaty Arena ahead of the 2017 finals
Almaty Arena ahead of the 2017 finals ©UEFA.com

Almaty Arena in Kazakhstan will host the UEFA Futsal Champions League finals in April.

The decision was made by the UEFA Executive Committee, meeting in Dublin on Monday, with Kairat Almaty acting as hosts for a record third time in the first season of the rebranded competition. In the knockout event in late April, the hosts will be joined by Inter FS along with the team the holders beat in the last two finals under the former UEFA Futsal Cup branding, Sporting CP, plus Kairat's fellow two-time winners Barça.

2017 in Almaty: Inter beat Kairat in thriller
2017 in Almaty: Inter beat Kairat in thriller

Kairat previously staged the finals at Almaty Arena in 2017, when Inter overcame Kairat in the last four and Sporting in the decider, with an aggregate crowd of more than 28,000 watching the four matches. Almaty's Baluan Sholak Sport Palace was the venue in 2011, Sporting edging Kairat 3-2 in the semis, only to lose to Montesilvano of Italy in the final.

Other hosts since the introduction of the four-team finals have been Murcia (2007), Moscow (2008), Ekaterinburg (2009), Lisbon (2010 and 2015), Lleida (2012), Tbilisi (2013), Baku (2014), Guadalajara (2016) and Zaragoza (2018)

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