Thailand play Italy today (September 30, 2008)



TOR CHITTINAND

Thailand begin their campaign at the 2008 Futsal (five-a-side) World Cup against Italy in Rio de Janeiro today.

Although world number three Italy are heavy favourites, Thailand, who are ranked 13th, believe they can upset the Italians.

Thailand's Spanish coach Jose Maria Mendez said if his players play to their plan they can beat any side in the event.

Thailand manager Adisak Benjasiriwan said that Thailand were good enough to get at least a point against Italy.

Thailand, who will be playing in their third straight finals, aim to progress from Group B which also includes Portugal, Paraguay and the US. Three teams from each group advance to the second round.

Italy coach Alessandro Nuccorini said Thailand had improved a lot under the Spanish coach and his side must not underestimate them.

The match kicks off at 8.30pm (Thai time) and will be shown live on NBT (Channel 11)