2001 Beach Soccer World Championship

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2001 Beach Soccer World Championship
VII Beach Soccer World Championships 2001
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates 11 – 18 February
Teams 12 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Portugal (1st title)
Runners-up  France
Third place  Argentina
Fourth place  Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played 20
Goals scored 144 (7.2 per match)
Top scorer(s) Portugal Alan (10 goals)
Best player Portugal Hernâni
Best goalkeeper France Pascal Olmeta
2000
2002

The 2001 Beach Soccer World Championship was the seventh edition of the Beach Soccer World Championships, the most prestigious competition in international beach soccer contested by men's national teams, organised by Koch Tavares in a supervising partnership with the newly formed Beach Soccer Worldwide, which ultimately came under the control of FIFA in 2005 and subsequently rebranded as the better known FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

For the first time since its establishment in 1995, the tournament took place outside of Rio de Janeiro, namely at the Costa do Sauipe complex, in the state of Bahia, north of Salvador.

It was also the first time that hosts Brazil did not win the championships, finishing in fourth, as Portugal beat France in the final to claim their first title.

Organisation[edit]

The championships continued to consist of twelve teams who were split into four groups of three with the top two from each group advancing to the quarter finals.

Teams[edit]

The highest finishing European teams in the 2000 Euro Beach Soccer League and the best performing South and North American teams in the Americas' series of events qualified for the World Cup.[1] Other nations received invites.

Asia, Africa and Oceania were unrepresented.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 2 2 0 0 21 3 6 6
 Italy 2 1 0 1 4 13 3 3
 Germany 2 0 0 2 5 14 0 0


February 11, 2001
Brazil  10–3  Germany
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 13, 2001
Brazil  11–0  Italy
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 14, 2001
Italy  4–2  Germany
   
Costa do Sauipe

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 France 2 2 0 0 12 6 6 6
 Peru 2 1 0 1 8 10 3 3
 Venezuela 2 0 0 2 7 11 0 0


February 12, 2001
Peru  5–4  Venezuela
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 13, 2001
France  6–3  Venezuela
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 14, 2001
Peru  3–6  France
   
Costa do Sauipe

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 2 2 0 0 9 3 6 6
 United States 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 3
 Uruguay 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0


February 12, 2001
United States  3–0  Uruguay
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 13, 2001
United States  2–4  Portugal
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 14, 2001
Portugal  5–1  Uruguay
   
Costa do Sauipe

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 6
 Spain 2 1 0 1 2 4 2 3
 Turkey 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0


February 12, 2001
Spain  2–1  Turkey
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 13, 2001
Argentina  3–0  Turkey
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 14, 2001
Argentina  3–0  Spain
   
Costa do Sauipe

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter finals[edit]

February 16, 2001
France  5–4  Italy
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 16, 2001
Argentina  5–1  United States
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 16, 2001
Portugal  1–0  Spain
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 16, 2001
Brazil  7–1  Peru
   
Costa do Sauipe

Semi-finals[edit]

February 17, 2001
Portugal  6–5 (a.e.t.)  Brazil
   
Costa do Sauipe

February 17, 2001
France  6–5  Argentina
   
Costa do Sauipe

Third place play-off[edit]

February 18, 2001
Argentina  6–5  Brazil
   
Costa do Sauipe

Final[edit]

February 18, 2001
Portugal  9–3  France
   
Costa do Sauipe

Winners[edit]

 2001 Beach Soccer World Championship 

Portugal
First title

Awards[edit]

Top scorer
Portugal Alan
10 goals
Best player
Portugal Hernani
Best goalkeeper
France Pascal Olmeta

Final standings[edit]

Position Team
1 Portugal Portugal
2 France France
3 Argentina Argentina
4 Brazil Brazil
5 United States United States
6 Spain Spain
7 Peru Peru
8 Italy Italy
9 Venezuela Venezuela
10 Turkey Turkey
11 Uruguay Uruguay
12 Germany Germany

References[edit]