2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

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2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Coupe du monde de football de plage 2008
2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.svg
The official logo of the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 17–27 July 2008
Teams 16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (12th title)
Runners-up  Italy
Third place  Portugal
Fourth place  Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 258 (8.06 per match)
Attendance 176,500 (5,516 per match)
Top scorer(s) Portugal Madjer (13 goals)
Best player Spain Amarelle
Best goalkeeper Spain Roberto Valeiro
Fair play award  Russia
2007
2009

The 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was the fourth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, governed by FIFA. Previous editions before 2005 were not governed by FIFA and were held under the title Beach Soccer World Championships. Overall, this was the fourteenth edition of the World Cup since its establishment in 1995. It took place in Marseille, France, in the Plages du Prado. It was the first tournament to take place outside Brazil, from 17–27 July 2008. The winners of the tournament were Brazil, who won their third consecutive FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup title and their twelfth title overall.

Qualifying rounds[edit]

Africa[edit]

The qualifiers to determine the two African nations who would play in the World Cup took place in Durban, South Africa for the third year running between March 25 and March 30. Eight nations took part in the competition, all of whom participated in the 2007 Championship, which eventually saw Senegal claim their first title, qualifying for the second successive World Cup and which saw Cameroon finish in second place, also qualifying for the second time.

Asia[edit]

The Asian qualifiers took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the third time, between May 6 and May 10. The hosts, the United Arab Emirates qualified for the second time after beating Japan in the final of the championship, 4-3, for the second consecutive year. Iran beat China in the third place play off to claim the third berth at the World Cup for the third year in a row.

Europe[edit]

For the first time since the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers began in 2006, due to the large interest of European nations in beach soccer, UEFA held a tournament dedicated to World Cup qualification in Benidorm, Spain, between, May 11 and May 18, instead of allowing European nations to qualify to the World Cup through the Euro Beach Soccer League. Hosts Spain won the championship, with neighbours Portugal finishing second. Russia beat Italy in the third place play off, but regardless of the result, both teams qualified to the World Cup, along with the finalists.

North, Central American and Caribbean Zone[edit]

The North, Central America and the Caribbean Zone qualifiers took place between April 17 and April 19 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mexico and El Salvador were the two finalists, meaning they both qualified for the World Cup; Mexico for the second time and El Salvador for the first. Mexico defeated El Salvador in the final to win their first title.

South America[edit]

The South American qualifiers took place between April 23 and April 27, in the Argentinean capital, Buenos Aires. Brazil and hosts Argentina were the two finalists, meaning they both qualified for the World Cup. Brazil defeated Argentina in the final to win the title. Uruguay and Venezuela were knocked out in the semi finals and played each other in the third place play off. Uruguay beat Venezuela to claim the third berth at the World Cup.

Oceania[edit]

For the first and to date only time, no Oceanian qualifiers were held. The Oceania Football Confederation nominated the Solomon Islands as their representative in the World Cup, based on their results over the past two years, which showed that they were by far the strongest team in the confederation.

Hosts[edit]

France qualified automatically as the hosts.

Teams[edit]

These are the teams that qualified to the World Cup:

Players[edit]

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Venue[edit]

A stadium on the Plage du Prado in southern Marseille was used known as the Stade du Prado or the Stadium of the Beach in English. The stadium hosted all 32 matches.

Marseille
2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (France)
Stade du Prado
43°15′N 5°22′E / 43.250°N 5.367°E / 43.250; 5.367 (Stade du Prado)
Capacity: 7,000
Parc Balneaire du Prado à Marseille.jpg

Group stage[edit]

The 16 teams present at the finals in Brazil were split into 4 groups of 4 teams. Each team played the other 3 teams in its group in a round-robin format, with the top two teams advancing to the quarter finals. The quarter finals, semi finals and the final itself was played in the form of a knockout tournament.

All matches are listed as local time in Marsielle, (UTC+1)

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 France 3 1 1 1 15 14 1 5
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 17 12 5 5
 Senegal 3 1 1 1 16 14 2 5
 Iran 3 0 0 3 8 16 -8 0
  • Note: France, Uruguay and Senegal were involved in a tie-break situation and therefore their matches against Iran were ignored and the nations were ranked by their goal difference in the matches against each other. Despite France having the worst overall goal difference, they had the best goal difference between the three teams involved in the tie-break and therefore finished in first place. Uruguay, with an equal number of goals scored and conceded, against France and Senegal finished second, and Senegal with a negative goal difference of -1, finished third.

17 July 2008
16:15
Uruguay  6 – 1  Iran
Ricar Goal 2', Goal 7', Goal 21'
Martinez Goal 5'
Parrillo Goal 27'
Fabian Goal 30'
Report Goal 19' Davoudi
Stade du Prado
Referee: Spain Juan José Lopez Lopez



17 July 2008
19:15
France  5 – 5
(a.e.t)
(1 – 2 Pens)
 Senegal
Samoun Goal 15', Goal 35'
Basquaise Goal 20'
François Goal 27'
Pérez Goal 32'
Report Goal 1', Goal 31' Koukpaki
Goal 11' Mbengue
Goal 12' Dieng
Goal 16' Sylla
  Penalties  
Basquaise Penalty scored
François Penalty missed
1 – 2 Penalty scored Mbengue
Penalty scored Ndour
Stade du Prado
Referee: Hungary Istvan Meszaros



19 July 2008
14:45
Senegal  7 – 8
(a.e.t)
 Uruguay
Koukpaki Goal 14', Goal 15', Goal 26', Goal 38'
Sarr Goal 19'
Mbengue Goal 29'
Diagne Goal 30'
Report Goal 3', Goal 28' Martin
Goal 11' Parrillo
Goal 22' Miguel
Goal 26' Ricar
Goal 35', Goal 37' Matias
Goal 37' Pampero
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 4 000
Referee: Latvia Eduards Borisevics



19 July 2008
19:15
Iran  6 – 6
(a.e.t)
(1 – 2 Pens)
 France
Naderi Goal 6', Goal 36'
Abdollahi Goal 18'
Mesigar Goal 22', Goal 24'
Davoudi Goal 31'
Report Goal 9' (o.g.) Rahimi
Goal 10', Goal 11', Goal 13', Goal 37' Basquaise
Goal 13' Ottavy
  Penalties  
Dara Penalty scored
Davoudi Penalty missed
1 – 2 Penalty scored François
Penalty scored Pérez
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: Netherlands George Postma



21 July 2008
17:45
Senegal  4 – 1  Iran
Mbengue Goal 8'
Koukpaki Goal 18', Goal 33'
Diagne Goal 23'
Report Goal 25' Naderi
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: Brazil Alberto Moreira



21 July 2008
17:45
France  4 – 3  Uruguay
Samoun Goal 8', Goal 10'
Basquaise Goal 19', Goal 27'
Report Goal 26' Ricar
Goal 33' Parrillo
Goal 35' Oli
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: Costa Rica Erick Chavarria



Group B[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 3 2 1 0 26 10 16 8
 Italy 3 2 0 1 15 10 5 6
 Solomon Islands 3 1 0 2 14 23 -9 3
 El Salvador 3 0 0 3 6 18 -12 0

17 July 2008
14:45
Italy  7 – 4  Solomon Islands
Palmacci Goal 1'
Feudi Goal 2'
Corosiniti Goal 7', Goal 24'
Soria Goal 11'
Pasquali Goal 16'
Condorelli Goal 16'
Report Goal 2' Naka
Goal 14', Goal 16' Hosea
Goal 23' Muri
Stade du Prado
Referee: Uruguay Carlos Aguirregaray



17 July 2008
17:45
Portugal  8 – 2  El Salvador
Alan Goal 1'
Madjer Goal 13', Goal 17'
Hernani Goal 14'
Sousa Goal 15'
Torres Goal 21'
Belchior Goal 32', Goal 35'
Report Goal 6' Ruiz
Goal 6' Blanco
Stade du Prado
Referee: Japan Tasuku Onodera



19 July 2008
16:15
Solomon Islands  4 – 13  Portugal
Naka Goal 13', Goal 16', Goal 27'
Nee Goal 31'
Report Goal 2', Goal 15', Goal 16', Goal 17', Goal 24' Madjer
Goal 4', Goal 4', Goal 16', Goal 29' Alan
Goal 4' (o.g.) Omokirio
Goal 7', Goal 23', Goal 33', Belchior
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 5 200
Referee: United Arab Emirates Faisal Sallam



19 July 2008
17:45
El Salvador  1 – 4  Italy
Hernández Goal 26' Report Goal 5' Pasquali
Goal 17', Goal 20' Palmacci
Goal 24' Feudi
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 6 000
Referee: Brazil Alberto Moreira



21 July 2008
14:45
Portugal  5 – 4
(a.e.t)
 Italy
Belchior Goal 6', Goal 9', Goal 38'
Alan Goal 8'
Madjer Goal 32'
Report Goal 18' Esposito
Goal 22' Diego Maradona Jr
Goal 24' Soria
Goal 28' Platania
Stade du Prado Attendance: 5 000
Referee: Spain Juan José Lopez Lopez



21 July 2008
16:15
El Salvador  3 – 6  Solomon Islands
Ruiz Goal 13'
Ramírez Goal 24'
Hernández Goal 28'
Report Goal 5', Goal 13', Goal 16', Goal 23' Naka
Goal 28', Goal 35' Omo
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 3 800
Referee: China Zhiwei Geng



Group C[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 13 5 8 9
 Russia 3 2 0 1 12 5 7 6
 United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 12 14 -2 3
 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 4 17 -13 0

18 July 2008
14:45
Russia  3 – 5  Argentina
Leonov Goal 7'
Shaykov Goal 26'
Shishin Goal 27'
Report Goal 12' E.Hilaire
Goal 16', Goal 30', Goal 35' F.Hilaire
Goal 28' Minici
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 4 000
Referee: Netherlands George Postma



18 July 2008
14:45
United Arab Emirates  10 – 4  Cameroon
Alabadla Goal 1', Goal 17', Goal 19'
Almazam Goal 18'
Eyoum Goal 19' (o.g.)
Al Mesaabi Goal 27', Goal 32'
K.Albalooshi Goal 27'
Albloushi Goal 28'
I.Albalooshi Goal 28'
Report Goal 1' Yombi
Goal 8', Goal 18' Etame
Goal 20' Yopa
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 4 500
Referee: Costa Rica Erick Chavarria



20 July 2008
16:15
Argentina  5 – 2  United Arab Emirates
S.Hilaire Goal 5'
Leguizamon Goal 20', Goal 33'
F.Hilaire Goal 18', Goal 29'
Report Goal 10' Al Mesaabi
Goal 33' I.Albalooshi
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 4 500
Referee: France Sylvain Palhies



20 July 2008
17:45
Cameroon  0 – 4  Russia
Report Goal 8' (o.g.) Yombi
Goal 11' Khmara
Goal 20' Makarov
Goal 35' Shakmelyan
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 5 300
Referee: Italy Fabio Polito



22 July 2008
14:45
United Arab Emirates  0 – 5  Russia
Report Goal 6' Makarov
Goal 6', Goal 26' Shaykov
Goal 23' Shishin
Goal 27' Gorchinskiy
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 3 000
Referee: Hungary Istvan Meszaros



22 July 2008
16:15
Cameroon  0 – 3  Argentina
Report Goal 1', Goal 2', Goal 34' Minici
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 3 800
Referee: Japan Tasuku Onodera



Group D[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 18 4 14 9
 Spain 3 2 0 1 10 5 5 6
 Mexico 3 1 0 2 6 12 -6 3
 Japan 3 0 0 3 5 18 -13 0

18 July 2008
16:15
Mexico  4 – 3  Japan
Santoyo Goal 24'
Villalobos Goal 24', Goal 30'
Flores Goal 28'
Report Goal 1' Yoshii
Goal 24' Tabata
Goal 26' Uehara
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 4 000
Referee: Egypt Mohamed Morsi



18 July 2008
19:15
Brazil  3 – 2  Spain
Buru Goal 1', Goal 30'
Bruno Goal 21'
Report Goal 1', Goal 5' Amarelle
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 6 500
Referee: Italy Fabio Polito



20 July 2008
14:45
Spain  2 – 1  Mexico
Amarelle Goal 14'
Antonio Goal 25'
Report Goal 3' Flores
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 4 000
Referee: Lithuania Sergejus Slyva



20 July 2008
19:15
Japan  1 – 8  Brazil
Makino Goal 23' Report Goal 4', Goal 17' Júnior Negrão
Goal 12' Buru
Goal 15' Betinho
Goal 16' Benjamin
Goal 23' Bruno
Goal 31' Daniel
Goal 34' (o.g.) Yoshii
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: Costa Rica Erick Chavarria



22 July 2008
17:45
Spain  6 – 1  Japan
Amarelle Goal 15', Goal 19', Goal 26'
C.Torres Goal 15'
Nico Goal 20'
Alvarez Goal 33'
Report Goal 16' Uehara
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 5 000
Referee: Uruguay Carlos Aguirregaray



22 July 2008
16:15
Brazil  7 – 1  Mexico
Benjamin Goal 1', Goal 19', Goal 33'
Andre Goal 7'
Bruno Goal 23'
Bueno Goal 29'
Betinho Goal 32'
Report Goal 20' Alvarado
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 6 000
Referee: Netherlands George Postma

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
24 July 2008        
  France  2
26 July 2008
  Italy  5  
  Italy (pens)  4 (1)
24 July 2008
    Spain  4 (0)  
  Argentina  0
27 July 2008
  Spain  2  
  Italy  3
24 July 2008
    Brazil  5
  Portugal  6
26 July 2008
  Uruguay  3  
  Portugal  4 Third place
24 July 2008
    Brazil  5  
  Brazil  6   Spain  4
  Russia  4     Portugal  5
27 July 2008

Quarter finals[edit]

24 July 2008
19:15
France  2 – 5  Italy
Samoun Goal 22'
François Goal 32'
Report Goal 1' Esposito
Goal 1', Goal 10' Feudi
Goal 22' Condorelli
Goal 22' Palmacci
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: Brazil Alberto Moreira



24 July 2008
14:45
Portugal  6 – 3  Uruguay
Belchior Goal 7', Goal 29'
Sousa Goal 10'
Madjer Goal 14'
Bilro Goal 25'
Coco Goal 28' (o.g.)
Report Goal 14', Goal 31' Fabian
Goal 23' Martin
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 6 000
Referee: Spain Juan José Lopez Lopez



24 July 2008
16:15
Argentina  0 – 2  Spain
Report Goal 1', Goal 33' Nico
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 6 500
Referee: Hungary Istvan Meszaros



24 July 2008
17:45
Brazil  6 – 4  Russia
Buru Goal 4'
Bruno Goal 10'
Daniel Goal 18', Goal 27', Goal 29'
Benjamin Goal 33'
Report Goal 3', Goal 30' Shaykov
Goal 4' Shishin
Goal 17' Leonov
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: France Sylvain Palhies



Semi finals[edit]

26 July 2008
19:00
Italy  4 – 4
(a.e.t)
(1 – 0 Pens)
 Spain
Esposito Goal 4'
Feudi Goal 5'
Pasquali Goal 24', Goal 34'
Report Goal 2', Goal 34' Amarelle
Goal 12' Alvarez
Goal 23' J.Torres
  Penalties  
Esposito Penalty scored 1 – 0 Penalty missed Amarelle
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: Netherlands George Postma



26 July 2008
17:30
Portugal  4 – 5  Brazil
Madjer Goal 12'
Belchior Goal 16'
Torres Goal 23'
Alan Goal 25'
Report Goal 10', Goal 24', Goal 28' Andre
Goal 16' Benjamin
Goal 34' Bruno
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 6 000
Referee: Uruguay Carlos Aguirregaray



Third place play off[edit]

27 July 2008
17:30
Spain  4 – 5  Portugal
Amarelle Goal 7', Goal 23', Goal 25'
Nico Goal 34'
Report Goal 2', Goal 25', Goal 27' Madjer
Goal 12' Bilro
Goal 29' Torres
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 6 500
Referee: Costa Rica Erick Chavarria



Final[edit]

27 July 2008
19:00
Italy  3 – 5  Brazil
Palmacci Goal 29'
Pasquali Goal 33'
Diego Maradona Jr Goal 34'
Report Goal 8', Goal 14' Bruno
Goal 21', Goal 23' Sydney
Goal 28' Andre
Stade du Prado
Attendance: 7 000
Referee: Hungary Istvan Meszaros

Winners[edit]

 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Winners 

Brazil
Third (12th overall) title

Awards[edit]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Spain Amarelle Brazil Benjamin Portugal Belchior
Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
Portugal Madjer Spain Amarelle Portugal Belchior
13 goals 11 goals 10 goals
Golden Glove
Spain Roberto Valerio
FIFA Fair Play Award
 Russia

Top scorers[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Position Team
1  Brazil
2  Italy
3  Portugal
4  Spain
5  Argentina
6  Russia
7  Uruguay
8  France
9  Senegal
10  United Arab Emirates
11  Mexico
12  Solomon Islands
13  Iran
14  El Salvador
15  Japan
16  Cameroon

References[edit]

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