Beach Soccer – Samba, Sand And Spectacular Goals
SAMBA, SAND AND SPECTACULAR GOALS
With Sugar Loaf Mountain as a stunning backdrop, Rio de Janeiro will be the perfect setting for the third FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the land of the samba from 2 to 11 November.
It has never been this exciting. It has never been this attractive. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is just around the corner and it promises to be another superlative event with Eric Cantona’s French team out for revenge, European league champions Portugal looking to finally claim the trophy and the reigning world champions and hostsBrazil determined to show their class again. But with Mexico, Russia, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates all in the running for the first time, four teams will have their hearts set on showing the beach soccer powerhouses a thing or two.
Beaches such as Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana have been playing host to the magic of beach soccer for the past 40 years, and with its own professional league, Brazil is widely recognised as the home of this thrilling branch of the game. Ever since the inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2005, beach soccer mania has taken hold of the rest of the world, as shown by the level of interest in the six confederations’ qualifying events. Beach soccer is all about summer, sun, sand and sport … but it is also about entertainment, action, excitement and atmosphere. Thrills and spills are guaranteed when stars like Spain’s Amarelle, Portugal’s Madjer and Brazil’s captain Junior Negao hit the beach.
“What’s happened in the last three years since the integration of beach soccer in the FIFA family has been fantastic. I don’t know if any other sport has ever made such rapid progress in such a short space of time – both on the pitch and in running the game. Beach soccer is now a fascinating combination of organised football and lifestyle,” said FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke. “What we saw in the qualifiers promises, once again, some superb action and some stunning goals on the Copacabana.”