1996 Beach Soccer World Championship

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1996 Beach Soccer World Championship
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates January 30 – February 4
Teams 8 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (2nd title)
Runners-up  Uruguay
Third place  Italy
Fourth place  United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 132 (8.25 per match)
Top scorer(s) Italy Altobelli (14 goals)
Best player Brazil Edinho
Best goalkeeper Brazil Paulo Sérgio
1995
1997

The 1996 Beach Soccer World Championship was the second edition of the Beach Soccer World Championships, the most prestigious competition in international beach soccer contested by men's national teams. It was organised by Brazilian sports agency Koch Tavares (one of the founding partners of Beach Soccer Worldwide), with the championships ultimately coming under the control of FIFA in 2005 and subsequently rebranded as the better known FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

The tournament again took place at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as it did during the maiden edition a year earlier.

Brazil successfully defended their title by beating Uruguay 3–0 in what was the lowest scoring final to date, to win their second World Championship. The Uruguayans remained the only side not to score in a World Cup final until Tahiti also failed to do so in 2017.

This edition is one of only two World Cups after the first (the other being 2003) when no matches went beyond regulation time.

Organisation[edit]

The organisation remained the same as the format established for the maiden event in the previous year; the eight participating nations competed in two groups of four teams in a round robin format. The top two teams progressed straight to the semi-finals from which point on the championship was played as a knock-out tournament until a winner was crowned with an additional match to determine third place.

The capacity of the arena used for this edition of the World Championships remained the same as in 1995, at 12,000 seats available for spectators.[1]

Teams[edit]

Africa, Asia and Oceania were unrepresented.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 24 5 +19 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 12 13 –1 3
3  Denmark 3 1 0 2 10 16 –6 3
4  Canada 3 1 0 2 12 24 –12 3


Uruguay 5–6 Canada
   
Brazil 7–1 Denmark
   

Uruguay 5–3 Denmark
   
Brazil 13–2 Canada
   

Denmark 6–4 Canada
   
Brazil 4–2 Uruguay
   

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 3 0 0 14 9 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Italy 3 2 0 1 14 9 +5 6
3  Russia 3 1 0 2 8 10 –2 3
4  Argentina 3 0 0 3 5 13 –8 0


United States 4–2 Argentina
   
Italy 5–1 Russia
   

Russia 4–1 Argentina
   
United States 6–4 Italy
   

Italy 5–2 Argentina
   
United States 4–3 Russia
   

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Uruguay 7–0 United States
   

Brazil 12–4 Italy
   

Third place play-off[edit]

Italy 4–3 United States
   

Final[edit]

Brazil 3–0 Uruguay
Zico Goal
Magal Goal
Neném Goal
Report  
Referee: Jose Roberto Wright

Winners[edit]

 1996 Beach Soccer World Championship
Champions 

Brazil
Second title

Awards[edit]

Top scorer
Italy Alessandro Altobelli
14 goals2
Best player
Brazil Edinho
Best goalkeeper
Brazil Paulo Sérgio
Other sources suggest 13 goals [1]

Final standings[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 A  Brazil 5 5 0 0 39 9 +30 15 Champions
2 A  Uruguay 5 2 0 3 19 16 +3 6 Runners-up
3 B  Italy 5 3 0 2 22 24 −2 9 Third place
4 B  United States 5 3 0 2 17 20 −3 9 Fourth place
5 B  Russia 3 1 0 2 8 10 −2 3 Eliminated in the
group stage
6 A  Denmark 3 1 0 2 10 16 −6 3
7 A  Canada 3 1 0 2 12 24 −12 3
8 B  Argentina 3 0 0 3 5 13 −8 0
Source: [2]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Beach Soccer". kochtavares.com.br. 1 February 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2017.