Por­tu­gal are up first for Whites

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The UAE will open their 2017 Beach Soc­cer Intercontinental Cup cam­paign against Euro­pean heavy­weights Por­tu­gal at the tour­na­ment’s swanky new home at Marasi Busi­ness Bay, hop­ing to get off to a good start as they bid to make the knock­out stages of the tour­na­ment for the first time in four years.

The sev­enth edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion is to be held from Oc­to­ber 31-Novem­ber 4. Each pre­vi­ous run­ning was held at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Marine Club.

Hosts UAE – who lost all group­stage matches in 2016 – will be hop­ing to make amends after last year’s worst-ever fin­ish of sev­enth when they take on 2015 World Cup win­ners Por­tu­gal in the sec­ond match of the opening day.

Drawn in a tough Group A, the Whites will face fa­mil­iar foes Egypt on day two be­fore tak­ing on reign­ing global champions Brazil on the fi­nal day of group matches – with a knock­out berth po­ten­tially at stake.

The semi-fi­nals are sched­uled for Fri­day, while the fi­nal and the playoffs will take place on Saturday.

Shift­ing sands: UAE (white).

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