2003 Euro Beach Soccer Cup

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2003 Euro Beach Soccer Cup
Tournament details
Host country Spain
Dates 18 April - 20 April 2003
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Portugal (4th title)
Runners-up  France
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 142 (11.83 per match)
2002
2004

The 2003 Euro Beach Soccer Cup was the fifth Euro Beach Soccer Cup. Held in April 2003, it was one of Europe's two major beach soccer championships at the time in Liège, Belgium. Portugal won the championship, claiming their third successive title and fourth overall, with France finishing second. This was the first time the final was not between Portugal and Spain since the tournament was established in 1998. Spain beat Germany in the third place play off to finish third and fourth respectively. This was the first time the host nation had not featured in the top four places.

Eight teams participated in the tournament who played in a straightforward knockout tournament, starting with the quarter finals, with extra matches deciding the nations who finished in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place.[1]

Participating nations[edit]

Matches[edit]

Main tournament[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
18 April 2003        
  Belgium  5
19 April 2003
  Germany (pen.)  5  
  Germany  4
18 April 2003
    Portugal  5  
  Portugal  8
20 April 2003
  Switzerland  0  
  Portugal  6
18 April 2003
    France  3
  France  12
19 April 2003
  Austria  1  
  France (a.e.t.)  5 Third place
18 April 2003
    Spain  4  
  Spain  11   Spain  6
  Italy  7     Germany  3
20 April 2003

Fifth to eighth place deciding matches[edit]

The following matches took place between the losing nations in the quarter finals to determine the final standings of the nations finishing in fifth to eighth place. The semi finals occurred on the same day of the semi finals of the main tournament and the play offs took place on the day of the final.

Fifth to eighth place semi finals Fifth place play off
           
QF1  Belgium 8
QF2  Switzerland 4
 Belgium 7
 Italy 6
QF3  Austria 5
QF4  Italy 11

Winners[edit]

 2003 Euro Beach Soccer Cup
Winners: 

Portugal
Fourth title

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team
1  Portugal
2  France
3  Spain
4  Germany
5  Belgium
6  Italy
7  Switzerland
8  Austria

References[edit]