Thai national team ready for 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup


BANGKOK, Oct 3 — Thailand Futsal team manager Teerachai Wuthithum said the Thai national team is ready for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Thailand next month, and all matches will be broadcast live on MCOT’s Modernine TV.

MCOT president Anek Permwongseni and Adamas Incorporation Chairman Krisada Hutaserani told a press conference that they would jointly broadcast the tournament to be held November 1-18 in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima.

MCOT’s Modernine TV will do live broadcasts of 26 tournament matches, while Adamas Incorporation which operates T Chanel will broadcast a similar number of matches.

Meanwhile Mr Teerachai said that the Thais would be able to cheer Thai team at their home which would boost morale for the players.

He said Thai team is ready to make history at the tournament.

The team has trained together for nearly two months and are well prepared and looking forward to the tournament, he said.

Thailand will face Costa Rica, Ukraine and Paraguay in Group A.

Holders Brazil are in Group C along with Japan, Libya and Portugal, while Spain, considered the top challengers, will take on Iran, Panama and Morocco in Group B.

The four venues are the Bangkok Futsal Arena, Indoor Stadium and Nimibut Stadium in Bangkok and Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The top two teams of each of the six groups plus the four best third-place teams advance to the knockout stage of the 24-team tournament.

Thailand have played in three finals but have not yet got past the first round.