1997 Beach Soccer World Championship

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1997 Beach Soccer World Championship
III Beach Soccer World Championships
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates January 14 – January 19
Teams 8 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (3rd title)
Runners-up  Uruguay
Third place  United States
Fourth place  Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 141 (8.81 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Júnior
Uruguay Venancio Ramos
(11 goals)
Best player Brazil Júnior
Best goalkeeper Brazil Paulo Sérgio
1996
1998

The 1997 Beach Soccer World Championship was the third 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.

For the third consecutive time, the tournament took place at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Hosts Brazil won the tournament for the third time in a row by beating Uruguay 5–2 in what was a repeat of the final in the previous edition. It was also the first and only time in the history of the tournament that no European nations finished in the top four.

Future champions France and Portugal both competed for the first time at this edition, as did the first Asian nation, Japan.

Organisation[edit]

The organisation remained the same as the format established during the championship's inception in 1995; 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 was scaled down from the 12,000 seats available in the two previous events, to 7,000 for this year's tournament.[1]

Teams[edit]

Africa 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 27 8 +19 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  United States 3 2 0 1 12 11 +1 6
3  Portugal 3 1 0 2 14 18 –4 3
4  Japan 3 0 0 3 5 21 –16 0


January 14, 1997
Brazil  12–3  Japan
   

January 14, 1997
United States  7–5  Portugal
   

January 15, 1997
Brazil  10–2  Portugal
   

January 15, 1997
United States  2–1  Japan
   

January 16, 1997
Brazil  5–3  United States
   

January 16, 1997
Portugal  7–1  Japan
   

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uruguay 3 2 0 1 16 15 +1 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Argentina 3 2 0 1 10 8 +2 6
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 12 11 +1 3
4  France 3 1 0 2 7 10 –3 3


January 14, 1997
Uruguay  5–4  Argentina
   

January 14, 1997
Italy  4–1  France
   

January 15, 1997
France  5–4  Uruguay
   

January 15, 1997
Argentina  3–2  Italy
   

January 16, 1997
Argentina  3–1  France
   

January 16, 1997
Uruguay  7–6  Italy
   

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

January 18, 1997
Uruguay  4–4 (a.e.t.)  United States
   
  Penalties  
2–1

January 18, 1997
Brazil  14–3  Argentina
   

Third place play-off[edit]

January 19, 1997
United States  5–1  Argentina
   

Final[edit]

January 19, 1997
Brazil  5–2  Uruguay
Júnior Goal 6'13'
Magal Goal ?'15'
Edinho Goal 19'
Report Goal 3'36' Ramos
Copacabana beach
Attendance: 7,000

Winners[edit]

 1997 Beach Soccer World Championship
Champions 

Brazil
Third title

Awards[edit]

Top scorers
Brazil Júnior Uruguay Venancio Ramos
11 goals
Best player
Brazil Júnior
Best goalkeeper
Brazil Paulo Sérgio

Final standings[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 B  Brazil 5 5 0 0 46 13 +33 15 Champions
2 A  Uruguay 5 2 1 2 22 24 −2 8 Runners-up
3 B  United States 5 3 0 2 21 16 +5 9 Third place
4 A  Argentina 5 2 0 3 14 27 −13 6 Fourth place
5 A  Italy 3 1 0 2 12 11 +1 3 Eliminated in the
group stage
6 B  Portugal 3 1 0 2 14 18 −4 3
7 A  France 3 1 0 2 7 11 −4 3
8 B  Japan 3 0 0 3 5 21 −16 0
Source: [1]

Sources[edit]

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