Quarter-final preview: Mes Sungun Varzaghan v FC EREM
Yogyakarta: Mes Sungun Varzaghan will be aiming to continue IR Iran’s proud record in the competition when they face FC EREM in the quarter-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Wednesday.
Iranian clubs have regularly made the last four since 2010 and have produced three champions - Fooland Mahan (2010), Giti Pasand Isfahan (2012) and Tasisat Daryaei (2015).
Mes Sungun topped their group with a perfect record after defeating Lebanon's Bank of Beirut 3-1 on Monday but head coach Hamid Bigham Tabrizi is confident ahead of their clash against FC EREM.
Yogyakarta: Head coach Haitham Abbas says Nafit Al Wasat will not be derailed by the expected partisan support for home side Vamos FC in their AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 quarter-final on Wednesday.
Nafit, the 2016 runners-up, opened their 2018 with a 1-1 draw against United Arab Emitares’ Al Dhafra but followed up with wins against Thai Son Nam (4-3) and Korea Republic’s Jeonju MAG (6-1) to top their group.
The Iraqi club have been impressive since making their debut in the competition three years ago and are dark horses to win the title this year.
Quarter-final Preview: Nagoya Oceans v Thai Son Nam
Yogyakarta: Head coach Pedro Costa believes Nagoya Oceans have what it takes to progress further in the competition when they face Vietnam powerhouse Thai Son Nam in the quarter-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Wednesday.
At stake for Nagoya is another title to their trophy cabinet and a chance to redeem themselves after missing last year’s edition in Ho Chi Minh City.
Nagoya finished top of Group A with a 100 percent record and only conceded one goal in their 6-1 win against Dalian Yuan Dynasty from a penalty and Costa is looking forward to facing his former coach Miguel Rodrigo.
Quarter-final preview: Bluewave Chonburi v Bank of Beirut
Yogyakarta: Defending champions Bluewave Chonburi will not underestimate Bank of Beirut when the two sides meet in the quarter-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Wednesday.
Bluewave remain unbeaten in the competition and boast a prolific scoring record of 21 goals, equalling Islamic Republic of Iran’s Mes Sungun Varzaghan in the group stage.
Despite being powered by established players Kristada Wongkaeo, Suphawut Thueanklang and Jirawat Sornwichian, head coach Rakphol Sainetngamwas is aware of the dangers in facing a strong side like Beirut in the quarter-finals.