Posted on October 24, 2012
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama are in their final preparations for FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Thailand from Nov. 1-18) in Thailand.
CONCACAF champion Costa Rica has traveled to Spain for three friendly matches. The Ticos recorded 5-3 victory over local club Carnicer Torrejón. Luis Alejandro Paniagua scored twice. The Ticos were to meet Spain on Wednesday and close out the following day against local-side Caja Segovia on Thursday.
Guatemala, who has played the most internationals of any CONCACAF team over the last four years, swept Malaysia in a two-game series at the Panasonic Sports Complex in Shah Alam. In Friday’s opener, Edgar Ernesto Santizo scored twice for the Chapines. Allan Josue Aguilar, Manuel Aristondo, Jaime Estuardo De Leon, Jose Rafael Gonzalez, Billy Joel Pineda and Miguel Angel Santizo each had a goal en route to an 8-2 triumph.
The Guatemalans added a 4-3 win. Humberto Armando Escobar led the way with two goals and De Leon and Walter Alejandro Enriquez each added a goal.
Mexico, which will make its Futsal World Cup debut, recently traveled to Spain for five games against local teams. Ramon Raya’s team opened up with a 3-3 draw with Bargas on Thursday before registering a 2-1 win over Inter Movistar on Sunday. El Tri also overcame Navagalamella, 9-6, on Monday behind a hat-trick by Carlos Ramirez. Mexico will complete its trip with matches against Escuela Javier Limones FS on Wednesday and Brihuega FS on Thursday.
Panama, which also will make its first appearance at the FIFA tournament, will train in Malaysia. The Central Americans will face the home side in a friendly on Thursday, before traveling to Thailand. The Canaleros, coached by Agustin Campuzano, will face Thailand in two friendlies on Saturday and Monday before meeting the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Visit CONCACAF.com for further updates on the Futsal World Cup.
Categories: Caribbean, Central America, CONCACAF, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, North America, Panama
Tags: Canaleros, CONCACAF, El Tri, FIFA Futsal World Cup, Los Chapines, Tico