Brazil retained its beach soccer World Cup crown
Brazil, which has now won its fourth consecutive world title, was a class apart despite a gutsy performance from the Swiss.
Buru, Betinho and Andre scored a brace each while Sidney, Benjamin, Bueno and Daniel Souza were also on the scoresheet. Dejan Stankovic, Mo Jaeggy, Michael Rodrigues, Stephan Meier and Angelo Schirinzi grabbed replied for the Swiss, who finished runners-up at the 2009 European Championships.
Brazil opened the scoring through Andre who beat Nico Jung in the Swiss goal with a superb overhead kick. Betinho doubled the lead with a long-range effort and Buru added a third a little later.
The Swiss pulled one back through skipper Jaeggy, but Brazil restored its three-goal lead before the first break when Souza poked the ball home three seconds from time. Luckless Switzerland had a goal ruled out as the ball appeared to have crossed the line after the sounding of the hooter.
Buru scored his second with a powerful shot from a distance and Brazil captain Benjamin made it 6-1 from a free-kick before Andre and Betinho collected their second goals before the break.
The third session witnessed end-to-end football with both sides on the attack. The Swiss were the first to find the net with Meier beating substitute goalkeeper Alessandro with a volley.
Brazil hit back when Sidney converted from the spot, but the Swiss scored their third goal with a shot by Rodrigues from 10 metres. Brazil keeper Alessandro was beaten a third time in the half when Schirinzi headed home following a neat build up with Leu.
Stankovic's header at the end following a corner rounded off the scoring for Switzerland, but Bueno's thunderbolt of a free-hit gave substitute Swiss goalie Valentin Jaeggy no chance.
Portugal skipper Madjer led from the front in the third-place play-off, scoring seven times as his side demolished Uruguay 14-7. It was a repeat performance for the Portuguese, who finished third last year in Marseille, France.
The LOC of Dubai 2009 visits the Home of FIFA
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has said he will make every effort to attend the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai next month and said that he believes it will be a phenomenal tournament.
BRAZILIAN FIFA WORLD CUP 2009 Team
Hand, Alessandro and Wagner (goalkeepers);
Bueno, Daniel, Anderson, Dino Tambaú Betinho and Buru (defenders);
Sidney, Andrew, Edward, Fred, Bruno gleaming, Daniel Souza and Benjamin (strikers).
UAE expected to press home advantage
UAE expected to press home advantage
Fifa World Cup scheduled in the emirate from November 16
- The UAE beach soccer team take on Bahrain during a beach soccer match.
- Image Credit: Gulf News archive
Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai
During the meeting Cusco expressed thanks to Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and patron of the tournament.
U.S. Beach Soccer National Team At Training Camp
CHICAGO (March 30, 2009) - The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will head to Huntington Beach from April 2-5 for a training camp under new head coach Eddie Soto. Soto, who was a member of several U.S. youth national teams and the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team, took the helm of the team earlier this year.
Of the 18 players called into camp, 12 will be selected to participate at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2009 - CONCACAF Qualifier Puerto Vallarta from April 29-May 3 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The team will be vying for a spot at the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai from Nov. 16-22.
Soto's roster includes defender Zak Ibsen, who earned 15 full U.S. Men's National Team caps between 1992-98, and newcomer Gordan Kljestan, older brother of U.S. MNT midfielder Sacha Kljestan. The roster is stocked with U.S. Beach Soccer veterans, including 11 who participated in the 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship.
It will be the last time the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be held annually, switching to a two-year cycle with the next tournament being held in 2011.
Along with the U.S., Mexico, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica and El Salvador will be competing for a place at the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, with the draw to determine the two groups scheduled for April 22 in Puerto Vallarta.
U.S. Beach Soccer Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Luis Montañez (Hayward, Calif.), Sergio Valle (Tracy, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Benyam Astorga (Miami, Fla.), Francis Farberoff (Hollywood, Fla.), Giovanni Garcia (Miami, Fla.), Zak Ibsen (San Francisco, Calif.), Gordan Kljestan (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Jacob Long (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Austin Roman (Santa Monica, Calif.), Ronald Silva (Santa Monica, Calif.)
FORWARDS (8): Jevin Albuquerque (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Ryan Futagaki (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Yuri Morales (San Francisco, Calif.), Joshua Nolz (Virginia Beach, Va.), Brendon Taguinod (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Raphael Xexeo (Lawndale, Calif.)
Pictures taken by Jeff Sundy attending US Beach Soccer National Team Training Camp in Huntington Beach California.
Brazil win FIFA 2008 Beach Soccer World Cup
Their counterparts in the traditional form of the game may boast a tally of five wins from 18 FIFA World Cups™, but Brazil's beach soccer team would shudder at such figures. Winners of three out of four FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups, the Auriverde left yet another stamp on the history of the discipline, despite looking far less imperious on Prado beach than in years gone by.
"This evening we are all full of joy," said coach Alexandre Soares, speaking to FIFA.com. "But very soon we will have to get back on to the pitch and work hard. Our opponents have progressed so much that it will be more and more difficult to defend this trophy."
That admission to difficult days applied less to the final, however, in which Italy added some respectability to the scoreline by clawing back to within two goals a few moments before the end. Crowds totalling nearly 180,000 were none the less enchanted by Soares and his Seleção, who for once did not merely depend on one or two thrilling talents. Players like Daniel, Sidney and Andre proved excellent additions to a mix already rich with the likes of Benjamin, Buru and Bruno.
Squad depth also served the Azzurri well, with Giancarlo Magrini's men featuring no real stars but profiting from an unrivalled sense of unity. The Italians put together a historic campaign that saw them qualify from the group stage for the first time before finishing the tournament as runners-up.
Amarelle, a star among stars
Given real impetus by young prospects such as Massimiliano Esposito, Giuseppe Soria and Stefano Spada, and with older heads Roberto Pasquali and Simone Feudi there to guide them, Italy ought to have an exciting future ahead of them.
Occupying third place after the sand settled in Marseille, Portugal can reflect on some brilliant performances that perhaps deserved greater reward. "Technically, we were a lot better than we have been in the past," Selecção das Quinas trainer Ze Miguel told FIFA.com. "I'm certain we'll be able to win this cup very soon."
As long as they have Madjer in their ranks, the Portuguese could well prove their coach right. The goalscorer supreme won his third adidas Golden Shoe in four editions of the tournament, and was ably backed up by Belchior - adidas Bronze Ball and adidas Bronze Shoe winner, and a mouth-watering new find.
Spain fielded a jewel of their own in Amarelle, who walked away with the adidas Golden Ball and adidas Silver Shoe. He and his colleagues left the competition heartbroken, though, having seen their bid collapse suddenly with a place in the final theirs for the taking. "I knew my team was capable of great things," commented Spanish coach Joaquin Alonso. "Next year I hope to find two or three great players to take the pressure off Amarelle from time to time. That will make us a lot stronger."
Standards on the rise
In general terms, the quality of play on offer was of a noticeably higher standard than last time out, continuing the upward trend that has been evident each year since 2005. Brazil's troubled route to glory was sufficient evidence of that on its own, with Italy providing courageous opposition in the showpiece match, Portugal proving unlucky in the last four and even Russia coming close to upending the beach soccer kings in the quarter-finals.
Still spurred on by veteran campaigner Nikolai Pisarev, the FIFA Fair Play award winners made great strides as an attacking force this year, courtesy of clinical finisher Egor Shaykov. Assuming they can remain as rigorous and solid as they were here, they could well spring a number of surprises in tournaments to come.
The same could be said of Argentina too. Typically seen as astute tacticians, the Albiceleste now pose a more rounded threat thanks to the contributions of effective attacking duo Federico Hilaire and Facundo Minici.
France lacked exactly that, meanwhile, falling short due to an over-reliance on the form of Jeremy Basquaise and Didier Saumon. Eric Cantona's troops will take a long time to recover after failing to meet expectations on home soil, but the seeds of a bright future appear to be present in youngsters David Martinon, Steeven Octavia and, above all, Romain Tossem.
Celeste struggle with fatigue
How Uruguay must be wishing they could say likewise. Finalists and bronze medallists in the previous two editions, the South Americans could only reach the quarter-finals in Marseille. Ricar, Parrillo and Pampero remain exceptional competitors, but they often seemed to tire dramatically in the latter stages of games.
They at least survived the group phase, however, despite Senegal probably deserving to progress from Group A more than any other side. With Al Seyni Ndiaye still performing miracles between the posts, the Lions of Teranga brought real vibrancy to the festivities and would have advanced to the last eight for the second time in succession had they not lost to the Uruguayans in extra-time. In Pape Koukpaki they also possess a exquisitely skilled striker, but he will have to improve his finishing if he is to be classed alongside the best in the business.
Mexico's Morgan Plata belonged to that elite club last year and has since left the sands behind him to pursue a career in the traditional form of the game. In his absence, El Tri Playero had little to recommend them, and less than a year after reaching the final in Rio de Janeiro, Ramon Raya's charges failed to grace the knockout phase.
See you in Dubai!
The United Arab Emirates must also improve if they are to provide tough opposition as hosts next year, and the list of teams who need to make major strides ahead of Dubai 2009 ought to be extended to include Cameroon, Iran, Japan, Solomon Islands and El Salvador.
Neutrals may be hoping to see a few more goals when the competition moves to the Middle East, but if Marseille 2008 was the least prolific of the four FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups so far, that had a lot to do with the excellent standard of goalkeeping. Aside from Spain's Roberto Valeiro, winner of the inaugural adidas Golden Glove, Russia's Andrey Bukhlitskiy, Marcelo Salgueiro of Argentina and El Salvador's Luis Rodas all left a memorable impression on the Mediterranean coast.
For all those reasons, the competition's first voyage beyond Brazilian shores must go down as a remarkable success. Little by little, it has forced its way into the reckoning as one of the most significant events in the sporting calendar since its inception four years ago - to that extent that the growing army of beach soccer enthusiasts can hardly wait to watch the world's finest talents reconvene in Dubai a year from now.
Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, United Arab Emirates, Spain, France, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Solomon Islands, El Salvador, Senegal, Uruguay
1 - Brazil
2 - Italy
3 - Portugal
4 - Spain
259, or an average of 8.09 per match
Madjer (POR), 13
Amarelle (ESP), 11
Belchior (POR), 10
US National Beach Soccer Team in CONCACAF
|U.S. Beach Soccer Falls to Mexico, Eliminated from FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for First Time|
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (April 19, 2007) -- The U.S. Beach Soccer Team fell to Mexico, 2-1, in the third and final game of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. Brandon Farberoff scored for the U.S. in the second period, but the U.S. could not overcome a first-period deficit.
The U.S. started off strong at the tournament in Puerto Vallarta with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica, but could not keep their momentum going, falling to El Salvador in a 6-5 upset, and to Mexico to close out their campaign.
The two losses were enough to keep the team out of the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time in the event's four-year history. El Salvador and Mexico will represent CONCACAF at the tournament.
U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Schedule
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 17 Costa Rica 7-2 W Albuquerque (2), Chimienti (2), Morales, Taguinod, Silva
April 18 El Salvador 5-6 L Chimienti, Albuquerque, Astorga (2), Taguinod
April 19 Mexico 1-2 L Farberoff
U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Schedule
Date Match up/Result
April 17 USA 7, Costa Rica 2
April 17 Mexico 4, El Salvador 2
April 18 El Salvador 6, USA 5
April 18 Mexico 7, Costa Rica 0
April 19 El Salvador 4, Costa Rica 3
April 19 Mexico 2, USA 1
U.S. 2008 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Standings
U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bayard Elfvin (Newark, N.J.), Luis Montanez (Hayward, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Benyam Astorga (Miami, Fla.), Francis Farberoff (Miami Beach, Fla.), Jacob Long (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Austin Roman (Santa Monica, Calif.), Ronald Silva (Los Angeles, Calif.), Brendon Taguinod (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Jevin Albuquerque (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Anthony Chimienti (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Yuri Morales (San Francisco, Calif.), Joshua Nolz (Virginia Beach, Va.)