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Premier Futsal League: 5 factors that will influence the semifinals

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The six marquee players pose with Mr.Britto

After a breathtaking matchday of Futsal on Thursday, we have made it to the all-important semi-finals of the Premier Futsal League. In the first game, it was Goa who prevailed against Bengaluru after a comfortable 3-0 victory in front of the gleeful home fans. The second game would prove to be a nail-biter as Kochi edged out a draw in the dying seconds of the game to send Chennai tumbling out of the tournament. 

With the two semi-finals set to take place this evening, we expect some fantastic Futsal. However, two teams will be exiting the tournament after tonight’s games while two others will battle it out tomorrow in the Final game of the tournament.

Here are some of the major factors that could influence the semi-finals and determine who makes it to the finals. 

#1 The importance of controlling individual stars

2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup Golden Boot winner Pula plays for Kolkata 5s

The Premier Futsal League has managed to attract some of the world’s finest Futsal players. Brazilians Vampeta and Chaguinha who play for Goa 5s and Kochi 5s respectively, Russia’s Pula who plays for Kolkata 5s and Italian Adriano Foglia who plays for Mumbai 5s are some of the biggest stars for the remaining four teams in the Premier Futsal. 

Each of the aforementioned stars have been few of the standout players for their respective teams in the tournament. Kolkata’s Pula has been giving the green light to be himself on the pitch as the Russian has played at different positions being Kolkata’s highest goal scorer in the group stages.

Mumbai’s Foglia has been their best player and also a great mentor to the Indian youngsters as he willingly steps back into the defence to let the Indians get some time up front.

Chaguinha, on the other hand has resorted to the role of playing second fiddle to Kochi’s Moraes who has scored most of his goals through a Chaguinha assist. Meanwhile, Vampeta has been Goa’s playmaker of sorts as he has been in the centre of almost every attack that the team has made.

Chennai and Bengaluru are teams that could not manage to control their big stars which see’s them knocked out. 

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