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European Cup 2024 will be held in Germany. Several teams are typically considered strong contenders for the European Cup (UEFA Euro 2024). These teams are often determined by their recent performances, squad strength, and historical success in international competitions. Here are some of the usual suspects:

France: The current World Cup champions often have a strong squad and a history of performing well in major tournaments.

England: They reached the final of the 2022 World Cup and have a talented squad that includes young stars and experienced players.

Belgium: With a golden generation of players like Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, Belgium consistently ranks among the top teams in Europe.

Portugal: The defending European champions boast Cristiano Ronaldo and a skilled supporting cast, making them formidable opponents.

Germany: Always a force in international football, Germany's blend of youth and experience makes them a perennial contender.

Spain: Known for their possession-based style of play and a rich history of success in international competitions.

Italy: The reigning European champions have a strong squad and tactical prowess that makes them a threat in any tournament.

Netherlands: After a period of rebuilding, the Netherlands have returned with a talented young generation that promises to challenge the best.

Croatia: Semi-finalists in the 2018 World Cup, Croatia has a resilient team led by Luka Modrić and other experienced players.

Denmark: They impressed at Euro 2020 and have a cohesive team with a mix of solid defense and creative attacking play.

Of course, football is unpredictable, and there could be surprises from other teams as well. The Euro 2024 promises to be an exciting tournament with intense competition among these top contenders.

Brazil and Spain are considered to be the most successful countries in futsal. Brazil has won the FIFA Futsal World Cup five times (in 1989, 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012) and finished as runners-up twice, while Spain has won the tournament twice (in 2000 and 2004) and finished as runners-up three times.

In addition to their success in the World Cup, Brazil has won the South American Futsal Championship 12 times and the Futsal Confederations Cup 4 times. Spain has also won the UEFA Futsal Championship (also known as the European Futsal Championship) 7 times and the Intercontinental Futsal Cup 5 times.

Other successful countries in futsal include Italy, Russia, Argentina, and Portugal, all of which have won major international tournaments and have consistently been among the top-ranked teams in the world.

Welcome to world of Futsal

Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor soccer, it is played on a hard court surface marked by lines; walls or boards are not used. It is played with a smaller, harder, lower-bounce ball than football.  The surface, ball and rules favour ball control and passing in small spaces. The game emphasizes control, improvisation, creativity and technique.

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