The 2012 Futsal World Cup has reached its peak, and the two most storied nations in the sport are set to face off in the finals: Spain and Brazil.
The two sides have each made strong runs to reach the finals in Thailand, and have done so with the flair one would expect from these two powerhouse countries.
The indoor sport may allow only five players on the pitch at the same time, but despite the smaller size, the fireworks have been there, and the final is set up to be a classic. Even the players think so (via FIFA.com).
“Games against Spain are always tough," Brazil's Gabriel said. "The final will be a classic. They have a great team and defend very well. Little details could be the decisive factors."
Date: Sunday, Nov. 18
Time: 7:30 p.m. local time
Location: Bangkok, Indoor Stadium Huamark
Live Stream: FIFA.com
Spain and Brazil were the two sides expected to reach the final, and each delivered during group play and in the run-up to the finals.
Spain is making its fifth finals appearance, and went largely unchallenged during group play, with its only real stumble coming against Russia in the quarterfinals.
Brazil is making yet another Futsal World Cup finals appearance and is looking for a record fifth title. The South American power had a little bit tougher run to the finals, but like Spain, it went without a loss during tournament play.
These are the only two teams ever to win a Futsal World Cup, and it should be an outstanding match between two potent sides.
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Fernandinho has always been a scoring threat for the Brazilians, and he's lived up to that promise this tournament. He's the tournament's second-leading scorer with seven goals, and has also set up his teammates with an equal number of assists.
His offensive flair and ability to create in space will be needed for Brazil to top the Spanish, and you can expect him to be at his best on Sunday.
The Spanish goalkeeper will be the key for Spain if it wants to slow down Brazil's potent attack. He's had a run of strong performances in this tournament and is capable of repeating it in this game.
Plus, he has the memory of a stinging finals loss in 2008 to motivate him. (via FIFA.com)
“There’s no doubt this gives us the chance for revenge for the last World Cup, an opportunity for us to set the record straight."
Both Spain and Brazil are playing at a high level at the moment, but the Spanish will be fueled by the four years of work they've put in to get back to this moment.
It will be close, but the Spaniards take it by a goal.
Spain 3 Brazil 2