Wrap up of the futsal tournament in Brasil [Pics included]
Iran on the up, Argentina take bronze
Iran's path to the final was nothing short of extraordinary and confirmed their status as Asia's leading futsal nation. Despite a defeat against Slovenia, they finished top of Group B courtesy of wins over Paraguay and Uzbekistan. But the best was yet to come, as Hossein Shams' protégés proceeded to overpower Uruguay and Argentina in turn, before eventually coming unstuck against the host nation in the final.
"I must pay tribute to my players. We've drawn some important conclusions with a view to the challenges we'll be facing over the coming months," explained the Iranian technician after the final. The Iranians relied principally on the twin threat of Kazem Mohamadi (joint-second top scorer with 7 goals) and Ahmad Pariazar (four goals).