2017 Euro Beach Soccer League

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2017 Euro Beach Soccer League
2017 EBSL stage 1 logo.png
2017 EBSL stage 2 logo.png
2017 EBSL stage 3 logo.png
2017 EBSL stage 4 logo.png
2017 EBSL stage 5 logo.png
2017 EBSL Superfinal logo.png
Logos of the five regular season stages and the Superfinal of the 2017 EBSL
Tournament details
Host countries Serbia
Portugal
Russia
Hungary
Germany
Italy
Dates 23 June – 17 September
Teams 27 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Russia (5th title)
Runners-up  Portugal
Third place  Italy
Fourth place  Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played 89
Goals scored 727 (8.17 per match)
2016
2018
2017 Euro Beach Soccer League is located in Europe
Stage 1, Belgrade
Stage 1, Belgrade
Stage 3, Moscow
Stage 3, Moscow
Stage 2, Nazaré
Stage 2, Nazaré
Stage 4, Siófok
Stage 4, Siófok
Stage 5, Warnemünde
Stage 5, Warnemünde
Superfinal, Terracina
Superfinal, Terracina
Locations of the five stages and the Superfinal of the 2017 Euro Beach Soccer League

The 2017 Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL) was the 20th edition of the annual, premier European competition in beach soccer contested between men's national teams, in a league and play-off format.

This season teams continued to take part in two divisions, the top tier (Division A) and the bottom tier (Division B). Twelve teams continued to contest Division A as in recent seasons, consisting of the top eleven finishers from last year plus Azerbaijan who were promoted to the top tier. Division B was been expanded to accommodate fifteen nations; the thirteen nations which did not gain promotion from last season, Lithuania who made their debut, plus Romania who were relegated from the top tier. No nations returned to the tournament after an absence from competing in recent years.

This season, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the competition, additional matches were scheduled for a total of five stages of fixtures during the regular season. Each team from Division A played in two stages whilst each team from Division B played in one stage. During each stage the participating nations earned points for the overall league tables.

At the end of the regular season stages, according to the league tables, the eight best teams in Division A advanced to the post-season Superfinal to compete directly to become the winners of this year's EBSL. Meanwhile, the top seven teams in Division B (the stage winners and best runners-up) and the team ranked bottom of Division A played in the Promotion Final to try to earn a spot in Division A next year.

Turkey were promoted to Division A after beating Estonia to claim the Promotion Final title. This sees Turkey return to the top flight for the first time since they were relegated from Division A in 2011. Greece finished last in Division A and failed to defend their place in the Promotion Final and were therefore subsequently relegated to Division B, ending their four-year run in the top tier.

Russia won the league after a strong performance in the Superfinal, claiming their fifth EBSL crown to tie for first with Spain and Portugal with the most titles in EBSL history. Defending champions Ukraine were knocked out of title-winning contention in the group stage of the Superfinal, ultimately finishing seventh in the post-season event.

Calendar and locations[edit]

Dates Country City Stage
23–25 June  Serbia Belgrade Stage 1
7–9 July  Portugal Nazaré Stage 2
28–30 July  Russia Moscow Stage 3
11–13 August  Hungary Siófok Stage 4
25–27 August  Germany Warnemünde Stage 5
14–17 September  Italy Terracina 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 following teams have entered this season, in the following divisions (12 in Division A, 15 in Division B).[1]

The numbers in brackets show the European ranking of each team prior to the start of the season, out of 36 nations.[2]

Division A[edit]

Division B[edit]

Notes:

1. Promoted from Division B at the end of the 2016 season
2. Relegated from Division A at the end of the 2016 season
3. Teams making their debut

Stage 1 (Belgrade, 23–25 June)[edit]

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

All matches took place at the National Beach Soccer Stadium at Ada Ciganlija, with a capacity of 2,500.[3]

Awards[edit]

The following were presented after the conclusion of final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[4]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Spain
(Division A)
 Estonia
(Division B)
Spain Llorenc Gomez
France Anthony Barbotti
4 goals Spain Llorenc Gomez France Lorenzo Dupin

Stage 2 (Nazaré, 7–9 July)[edit]

Stage 2 was originally scheduled to take place in Sanxenxo, Spain[5] but on 1 June, BSWW announced the stage was to be moved due to administrative issues, with Nazaré becoming the new host city due to having successfully hosted the 2017 Euro Winners Cup events, as well as being in close geographical proximity to the original hosts, Sanxenxo.[6]

There were no Division B fixtures during this stage.

Division A[edit]

Matches are listed as local time in Nazaré, WEST (UTC+1)

All matches took place at the Estádio do Viveiro at the Praia de Nazaré, in tandem with the hosting of the 2017 Women's Euro Beach Soccer Cup. The arena has a capacity of 1,600.[7]

Awards[edit]

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches.[8]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Portugal Switzerland Dejan Stanković 7 goals Portugal Madjer Portugal Elinton Andrade

Stage 3 (Moscow, 28–30 July)[edit]

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

All matches took place at Yantar Beach Soccer Stadium in the district of Strogino,[9] with a capacity of 2,500 seats.[10]

Awards[edit]

The following were presented after the conclusion of final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[11]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Russia
(Division A)
 Turkey
(Division B)
Belarus Ihar Bryshtel 6 goals Russia Aleksey Makarov Russia Maksim Chuzhkov

Stage 4 (Siófok, 11–13 August)[edit]

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

All matches took place at the Mlsz Beach Aréna at Nagystrand,[12] with a capacity of 1,500.[13]

Awards[edit]

The following were presented after the conclusion of final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[14]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Portugal
(Division A)
 Hungary
(Division B)
Poland Pawel Friszkemut
Azerbaijan Sabir Allahguliyev
Belarus Ihar Bryshtel
4 goals Portugal Jordan Santos Belarus Valery Makarevich

Stage 5 (Warnemünde, 25–27 August)[edit]

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

All matches took place at the purpose built DFB Beachsoccer Arena,[15] at the site of the Sport & Beach Arena on Warnemünde Beach,[16] with a capacity of 1,500 seats.[17]

Awards[edit]

The following were presented after the conclusion of final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[18]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Ukraine
(Division A)
 England
(Division B)
Italy Michele Di Palma
Ukraine Maksym Voitok
Azerbaijan Amid Nazarov
Germany Sascha Weirauch
3 goals Ukraine Roman Pachev Germany Toni Muller

League tables[edit]

At stage completion

Ranking & tie-breaking criteria: Division A – 1. Points earned 2. Goal difference 3. Goals scored | Division B – 1. Points (avg.) earned 2. Highest stage placement 3. Goal difference 4. Goals scored.

Promotion Final (Terracina, 14–17 September)[edit]

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams in bold have qualified as group winners. The team in italics will attempt to retain their position in Division A, having finished bottom of the table.

Group stage[edit]

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

All matches took place at the Beach Arena "Carlo Guarnieri", at Spiaggia di Levante[19] with a capacity of around 2,500.[20]

Play-off stage[edit]

Seventh place play-off[edit]

17 September 2017
08:30
Romania  3–5  Moldova
Petru Goal 18'32'
Florea Goal 26'
Report(ru) Goal 5'7'8' Eremia
Goal 9' Negara
Goal 35' Podlesnov

Referee: Gionni Matticoli (Italy)

Fifth place play-off[edit]

17 September 2017
09:45
Bulgaria  3–5  England
Filipov Goal 18'
Lozanov Goal 18'
Djambazov Goal 24'
Report(ru) Goal 5' Clarke
Goal 9' Love
Goal 17' O'Rourke
Goal 18'33' Younie

Referee: Raúl Martín González Francés (Spain)

Third place play-off[edit]

17 September 2017
13:45
Greece  1–3  Hungary
Triantafyllidis Goal 11' Report(ru) Goal 3' Berkes
Goal 11'18' (p) Genczler

Referee: Jude Amin Utulu (Malta)

Promotion play-off final[edit]

17 September 2017
15:00
Estonia  2–4  Turkey
Lepik Goal 27'
Kigaste Goal 33'
Report(ru) Goal 10'11' Yasin
Goal 15' Anzafioglu
Goal 17' Keskin

Referee: Giuseppe Sicurella (Italy)

Final standings[edit]

Pos Team Qualification
1  Turkey Promoted to 2018 EBSL Division A
2  Estonia Remain in Division B
3  Hungary
4  Greece Relegated to 2018 EBSL Division B
5  England Remain in Division B
6  Bulgaria
7  Moldova
8  Romania
Italics: team from Division A

Superfinal (Terracina, 14–17 September)[edit]

Levante Beach in Terracina (far right), the venue of the Superfinal and Promotion Final

Qualified teams[edit]

The top eight teams from Division A, as per the league table, qualified for the Superfinal.

Group stage[edit]

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

All matches took place at the Beach Arena "Carlo Guarnieri", at Spiaggia di Levante[19] with a capacity of around 2,500.[20]

Play-off stage[edit]

Seventh place play-off[edit]

17 September 2017
11:00
Poland  4–4 (a.e.t.)  Ukraine
Ziober Goal 1'
Jesionowski Goal 14'
Friszkemut Goal 27'
Kubiak Goal 30'
Report(ru) Goal 6'8'11' Zborovsky
Goal 14' Voitok
  Penalties  
Depta Penalty missed
Gak Penalty scored
Jesionowski Penalty missed
1–2 Penalty scored Voitok
Penalty scored Panteleichuk

Referee: Eduards Borisevičs (Latvia)

Fifth place play-off[edit]

17 September 2017
12:25
Switzerland   6–4  Belarus
Ott Goal 5'27'
Hodl Goal 9' (p)
Ostgen Goal 9'
Stankovic Goal 15'36'
Report(ru) Goal 5' Hapon
Goal 9' Bryshtel
Goal 15' Savich
Goal 32' Chaikouski

Referee: Alfredo Pavone (Italy)

Third place play-off[edit]

17 September 2017
16:10
Spain  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Gomez Goal 9'
Chiky Goal 23'
Report(ru) Goal 2' Marinai
Goal 6' Palmacci
  Penalties  
Gomez Penalty missed
Mayor Penalty missed
0–2 Penalty scored Marinai
Penalty scored Corosiniti

Referee: Antonio Pereira Almeida (Portugal)

Superfinal match[edit]

17 September 2017
17:30
Portugal  1–3  Russia
Santos Goal 36' Report(ru) Goal 9' Krasheninnikov
Goal 12'22' Paporotnyi

Referee: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (Lithuania)

Awards[edit]

Winners trophy[edit]

 2017 Euro Beach Soccer League
Champions 

Russia
Fifth title

Individual awards[edit]

Awarded for feats achieved in the Superfinal only[21]

Top scorer
Switzerland Noel Ott
9 goals
Best player
Russia Artur Paporotnyi
Best goalkeeper
Russia Maksim Chuzkhov

Final standings[edit]

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

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

The following tables list the top 10 scorers in each division including goals scored in both the regular and post season events. Note there is no award presented for these season-encompassing scoring feats, the tables are for statistical purposes only. Scoring awards were bestowed per stage, with the primary award that which was presented in the Superfinal.

Assists[edit]

The following tables list the top five assistants in each division including assists provided in both the regular and post season events.

Source

Note: The source of these assists stats does not explain what system was used to determine the award of an assist. The total no. of assists recorded is 270 but 727 goals were scored. The discrepancy of the source not recording an assist for every goal scored may be due to a system in use such as FIFAs assists system - (regardless of who made the final pass to the scorer, no assist is awarded when the scorer ultimately lays the goal on for him/herself via a dribble, solo run etc, scores after intercepting an opponent's pass etc.). However since the system in use is not explained, note that assists may simply of gone undocumented.

Discipline[edit]

The following table lists the players and teams who received the most penalties for disciplinary infringements in each division in both the regular and post season events.

Category Div. Player(s) # Team(s) #
Most yellow cards YC A Switzerland Dejan Stanković
Poland Konrad Kubiak
Italy Gabriele Gori
4   Switzerland 18
B Serbia Nikola Valentić
Serbia Vojislav Trajkovic
Estonia Ragnar Rump
Bulgaria Pavel Adamov
Bulgaria Martin Velikov
Bulgaria Stanislav Dzhambazov
Hungary Richard Patocs
Bulgaria Filip Filipov
Romania Bogdan Ciocanel
Moldova Victor Iordachi
Turkey Semíh Türkmen
Romania Gabriel Dobre
Bulgaria Kaloyan Tsvetkov
Lithuania Viktor Bartosevic
2  Bulgaria 13
Second yellow cards Yellow cardYellow cardRed card A Portugal Bruno Torres
Russia Anton Shkarin
1  Portugal
 Russia
1
B Denmark Dan Storm 1  Denmark 1
Straight red cards Red card A Switzerland Tobias Steinemann 1   Switzerland 1
B Turkey Erkan Anzafioglu
Lithuania Aivaras Meškinis
England Taylor Humm
Moldova Leonid Podlesnov
1  Turkey
 Lithuania
 England
 Moldova
1

Source

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