Beach Soccer Pitch Opened
FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich boast state-of-the-art playing facilities including a beach soccer pitch that was officially opened by Joseph S. Blatter on 17 August. Brazil and Switzerland then played an exhibition match in front of a throng of media representatives and most of FIFA’s staff members. Beach soccer pioneer Angelo Schirinzi, the coach of the Swiss beach soccer team, was on hand to commentate on the spectacular overhead kicks and volleys. After the match, the players all enjoyed a barbeque together. Schirinzi was impressed with the new sand pitch in the hills overlooking Zurich, describing it as “simply fantastic”.