2016 Euro Beach Soccer League

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2016 Euro Beach Soccer League
EBSL superfinal logo.png
Logo of the Superfinal of the 2016 EBSL
(A new style of logo was introduced for the 2016 season, replacing the old style in use since 2009.)
Tournament details
Host countriesRussia
Spain
Hungary
Italy
Dates1 July – 28 August 2016
Teams26 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Ukraine (1st title)
Runners-up Portugal
Third place Russia
Fourth place Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played84
Goals scored681 (8.11 per match)
2015
2017
2016 Euro Beach Soccer League is located in Europe
Stage 1, Moscow
Stage 1, Moscow
Stage 2, Sanxenxo
Stage 2, Sanxenxo
Stage 3, Siófok
Stage 3, Siófok
Superfinal, Catania
Superfinal, Catania
Locations of the three stages and the Superfinal of the 2016 Euro Beach Soccer League

The 2016 Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL) was the 19th edition of the annual, premier European competition in beach soccer contested between men's national teams, in a league and play-off format, taking place between 1 July and 28 August 2016.

This season a record 26 teams took part in two divisions. Twelve teams continued to contest Division A as in recent seasons, consisting of the top eleven finishers from the previous year plus Romania who were promoted. Whilst Division B was expanded to accommodate fourteen nations; those who did not gain promotion from the previous season, returning and debuting nations, plus Hungary who were relegated from the top tier.

This season there were three stages of fixtures. Each team from Division A played in two stages whilst each team from Division B played in one, earning points for the overall league tables.

At the end of the stages, according to the league tables, the eight best teams in Division A advanced to the Superfinal to compete to become the winners of this year's EBSL. Meanwhile, the top seven teams in Division B and the team ranked bottom of Division A played in the Promotion final to try to earn a spot in Division A next year.

Azerbaijan were promoted to Division A for the first time after beating Hungary in the Promotion Final who were looking to be promoted straight back up in their first season after relegation. Romania finished last in Division A and failed to defend their place in the Promotion Final and were therefore subsequently relegated straight back down to Division B having been promoted in 2015.

The Ukraine won the league after a strong performance in the Superfinal, despite only finishing sixth after the preliminary three stages were complete, claiming their first EBSL title, defeating defending champions Portugal in the final in a repeat of the previous season's title deciding match.

Calendar and Locations[edit]

Dates Country City Stage
1–3 July  Russia Moscow Stage 1
8–10 July  Spain Sanxenxo Stage 2
12–14 August  Hungary Siófok Stage 3
25–28 August  Italy Catania Superfinal and Promotion Final

Teams[edit]

  Competing in Division A
  Competing in Division B
  Competed in previous editions but not this year
  Never competed in the EBSL

The numbers in brackets show the European ranking of each team prior to the start of the league, out of 33 teams.[1]

Division A[edit]

Division B[edit]

Notes:

1. Teams making their debut

Stage 1 (Moscow, 1–3 July)[edit]

Matches are listed as local time in Moscow, (UTC+3)

All matches took place at Yantar Stadium in the district of Strogino.

Division A[edit]

Awards[edit]

Top scorer Best player Best goalkeeper
Switzerland Dejan Stankovic 10 goals Russia Kirill Romanov Spain Dona

Division B[edit]

Stage 2 (Sanxenxo, 8–10 July)[edit]

Matches are listed as local time in Sanxenxo, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at a purpose built stadium on Silgar Beach.[2]

Division A[edit]

Awards[edit]

Top scorer Best player Best goalkeeper
Switzerland Noel Ott 5 goals Spain Miguel Santiso "Kuman" Portugal Elinton Andrade

Division B[edit]

Stage 3 (Siófok, 12–14 August)[edit]

Matches are listed as local time in Siófok, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at Mlsz Beach Arena.

Division A[edit]

Awards[edit]

Top scorer Best player Best goalkeeper
Belarus Ihar Bryshtel 6 goals Italy Gabriele Gori Belarus Valery Makarevich

Division B[edit]

League Tables[edit]

At stage completion

Ranking & tie-breaking criteria: Division A – 1. Points earned 2. Goal difference 3. Goals scored | Division B – 1. Highest group placement 2. Points earned 3. Goal difference 4. Goals scored 5. Results against 4th place team

Promotion Final (Catania, 25–28 August)[edit]

Qualified teams[edit]

Teams in bold qualified as group winners. The team in italics attempted to retain their position in Division A, having finished bottom of the table.

Group Stage[edit]

Matches are listed as local time in Catania, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at the DomusBet Arena Beach Stadium with a capacity of 2 000.

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1  Hungary 3 3 0 0 0 19 11 +8 9 Advance to final
2  Estonia 3 1 0 1 1 10 10 0 4 Classification matches
3  Romania 3 1 0 0 2 16 15 +1 3
4  Moldova 3 0 0 0 3 9 18 –9 0

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1  Azerbaijan 3 3 0 0 0 12 4 +8 9 Advance to final
2  England 3 1 0 0 2 10 7 +3 3 Classification matches
3  Turkey 3 1 0 0 2 10 12 –2 3
4  Czech Republic 3 1 0 0 2 6 15 –9 3

Play-offs[edit]

Seventh place play-off[edit]

Moldova 2–3 Czech Republic
Ignat Goal 7'34' Report(ru) Goal 1' (p) Salak
Goal 6' Kovarik
Goal 22' Vyhnal

Fifth place play-off[edit]

Romania 4–8 Turkey
Maciuca Goal ?'?'?'
Tanase Goal ?'
Report(ru) Goal ?' Keskin
Goal ?' Terzioglu
Goal ?'?' Sinç
Goal ?'?' Anzafioglu
Goal ?'?' Yesilirmak

Third place play-off[edit]

Estonia 2–4 England
Minlibajev Goal 7'
Truusalu Goal 29'
Report(ru) Goal 18' Temple
Goal 24' (pen.) Clarke
Goal 26' Day
Goal 27' Bowes
Referee: Christian Zimmermann (Switzerland)

Promotion play-off final[edit]

Hungary 5–5 (a.e.t.) Azerbaijan
Besenyei Goal 6'18'36'36'
Csoszanszki Goal 6'
Report(ru) Goal 6'26' Allahguliyev
Goal 25' Aliyev
Goal 31'35' Mammadov
Penalties
Sebestyen Penalty scored
Csoszanszki Penalty scored
Szentes-Biro Penalty scored
Rutai Penalty missed
Berkes Penalty missed
3–4 Penalty scored Sultanov
Penalty scored Zeynalov
Penalty scored Nazarov
Penalty missed Baghirov
Penalty scored Mammadov
Referee: Lukasz Ostrowski (Poland)

Final standings[edit]

Pos Team Qualification
1  Azerbaijan Promoted to 2017 EBSL Division A
2  Hungary Remain in Division B
3  England
4  Estonia
5  Turkey
6  Romania Relegated to 2017 EBSL Division B
7  Czech Republic Remain in Division B
8  Moldova
Italics: team from Division A

Superfinal (Catania, 25–28 August)[edit]

Qualified Teams[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

Matches are listed as local time in Catania, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at the DomusBet Arena Beach Stadium with a capacity of 2 000.

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1  Ukraine 3 3 0 0 0 16 10 +6 9 Advance to final
2  Spain 3 1 1 0 1 14 11 +3 5 Classification matches
3  Belarus 3 1 0 0 2 13 10 +3 3
4  Germany 3 0 0 0 3 5 17 –12 0

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1  Portugal 3 2 0 0 1 13 12 +1 6 Advance to final
2  Russia 3 1 1 0 1 11 8 +3 5 Classification matches
3  Italy 3 1 0 0 2 14 15 –1 3
4   Switzerland 3 0 0 1 2 13 16 –3 1

Play-offs[edit]

Seventh place play-off[edit]

Germany 2–8  Switzerland
Schmitt Goal 10'
Beqiri Goal 23'
Report(ru) Goal 12' Spaccarotella
Goal 13'14' Ott
Goal 18' Shirinzi
Goal 19' Stankovic
Goal 30' Wittlin
Goal 33' Mo Jäggy
Goal 36' Hodel

Fifth place play-off[edit]

Belarus 5–2 Italy
Bryshtel Goal 5'
Samsonov Goal 8'30'35'
Bokach Goal 33'
Report(ru) Goal 29' Frainetti
Goal 30' Palmacci
Referee: Antonio Joaquim Pereira Almeida (Portugal)

Third place play-off[edit]

Spain 7–8 Russia
Gomez Goal 7'24'
Juanma Goal 16'
Molina Goal 17'30'
Ardil Goal 19'
Carrera TracistoGoal 22'
Report(ru) Goal 9' Nikonorov
Goal 9'25' Peremitin
Goal 12' Shkarin
Goal 16' Makarov
Goal 17' Shishin
Goal 19'28' Aksenov
Referee: Ingilab Mammadov (Azerbaijan)

Superfinal match[edit]

Ukraine 2–1 Portugal
Zborovskyi Goal 25'
Medved Goal 26'
Report(ru) Goal 8' Santos
Referee: Gionni Matticoli (Italy)


 2016 Euro Beach Soccer League
Champions 

Ukraine
First title

Awards[edit]

Top scorer
Italy Paolo Palmacci (8 goals)
Best player
Portugal Bê Martins
Best goalkeeper
Ukraine Vitaliy Sydorenko

Final standings[edit]

Pos Team Notes
1  Ukraine Champions
2  Portugal Runners-up
3  Russia Third place
4  Spain
5  Belarus
6  Italy
7   Switzerland
8  Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European ranking". beachsoccer.com. 1 July 2016. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Sanxenxo se prepara para acoger la Euro Beach Soccer League". futgal.es (in Spanish). 3 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Euro Beach Soccer League standings updated". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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