Finals schedule: Almaty Arena
Semi-finals: Friday 28 April
Ugra Yugorsk (RUS, holders) v Sporting CP (POR): 14:00CEST (18:00 local time)
Inter FS (ESP) v Kairat Almaty (KAZ, hosts): 16:30CEST (20:30 local time)
Finals day: Sunday 30 April
Third-place play-off: 13:00CEST (17:00 local time)
Final: 15:30CEST (19:30 local time)
UGRA v SPORTING CP
Ugra Yugorsk (RUS)
Finals appearances since 2007: 1 (2016)
Best performance: winners (2016)
Elite round: Hamburg Panthers 4-0, Araz Naxçivan 4-0, Nacional Zagreb 5-1 (Group B winners)
Top scorer: Eder Lima 3
Key players: Vladislav Shayakhmetov, Caio, Eder Lima
Domestic: Russian regular season leaders
• The team from the central Russian city claimed their first league title in 2015 with victory against Dynamo to earn a European debut, and after ousting holders Kairat in the elite round they triumphed in the final against Inter in Guadalajara. The only one of their 11 European fixtures that they have not won was last season's semi-final against Benfica, where they needed penalties, and they have scored 65 goals in those games, including 16 for Russian international Eder Lima.
Sporting CP (POR)
Finals appearances since 2007: 3 (2011, 2012, 2015)
Best performance: runners-up 2011
Top scorer: Diogo 8
Key players: Alex Merlim, Diogo, Fortino
Domestic: Portuguese regular season winners
• The only club to reach the finals having not received a seeding bye to the elite round, Sporting once again profited from home advantage at that latter stage. It was at the same Pavilhão Multiusos Odivelas that they had beaten Murcia in 2010/11 and Inter in 2014/15, not to mention come back from three down to draw 5-5 with Iberia Star Tbilisi in 2011/12. This time, it was FC Dynamo whom Sporting held in their elite round decider at Odivelas to go through on goal difference, and now they have another chance to emulate Lisbon neighbours Benfica's 2010 success.
INTER v KAIRAT
Inter FS (ESP)
Finals appearances since 2007: 4 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2016)
Best performance: winners 2004, 2006, 2009
Elite round: EP Chrudim 2-0, Ekonomac Kragujavec 8-1, Brezje Maribor 3-1 (Group C winners)
Top scorers: Borja, David Pazon, Pola, Ricardinho 2
Key players: Ortiz, Ricardinho, Pola
Domestic: Spanish regular season winners
• The sole three-time European champions, Inter lost to Dynamo in the last minute of the decider in the first modern four-team final tournament of 2007. They have since featured in three finals, winning in 2009 but succumbing to Benfica a year later and Ugra last term. The Spaniards are now back level with Dynamo on a record six final-match appearances. They have strengthened this season with Brazilian Bruno Taffy while Ricardinho's star continues to rise. They topped the Spanish regular season table for a record fourth year in a row.
Kairat Almaty (KAZ)
Finals appearances since 2007: 6 (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Best performance: winners 2013, 2015
Elite round: Real Rieti 3-2, Feniks 6-0, Nikars Riga 4-1 (Group A winners)
Top scorer: Divanei 7
Key players: Higuita, Divanei, Douglas
Domestic: Kazakhstan champions
• Eliminated by Ugra in the elite round last year, Kairat are in the semi-finals for the seventh time since 2006 (and eighth overall). Much of the team are familiar from past victories, as well as Kazakhstan's debut run to the UEFA Futsal EURO 2016 semi-finals, with both squads having been coached by Cacau. Goalkeeper Higuita's ability to play outfield gives the Almaty side a unique edge and they recently won their 14th straight Kazakhstan title.
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