Euro Beach Soccer Cup

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Euro Beach Soccer Cup
Euro Beach Soccer Cup logo.jpg
Founded 1998
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 8
Current champions  Portugal
(7th title)
Most successful team(s)  Portugal (7 titles)
Website EBSC
2016 Euro Beach Soccer Cup

The Euro Beach Soccer Cup (Euro BS Cup or EBSC) is a biennial (previously annual) beach soccer competition contested between European men's national teams, organised by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). Having started in 1998 as the European Pro Beach Soccer Championships, the tournament's prestige is held in being one of the very oldest and longest running beach soccer competitions in Europe and the world.

Historically, the top eight ranking teams from the previous Euro Beach Soccer League qualified to contest the cup, hence the similar naming, with the first edition in 1998 starting off the back of the first EBSL season earlier in the year, making it one of beach soccer's main prestigious tournaments. However, due to saturation in the calendar in recent years, the once major championship has been somewhat back-benched. The participating teams are not always the best ranked as in the past (notably in 2008 and 2014), with entry requirements being more lax/down to invitation, and the tournament has been moved to every two years, the last annual edition coming in 2010.

Portugal are the most successful team and the current champions, having won the tournament for the seventh time in 2016 having failed to win since 2006.

The cup is played as a straight knock-out tournament, other than in the 1998, 2008 and 2014 editions when a group stage was used first before a set of knock-out rounds.

Results[edit]

Year Location Final Third place play-off Awards
Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Top Scorer Best Player Best Goalkeeper
1998
Details
Italy Siracusa, Italy
Portugal
3–2
Spain

Italy
11–4
Germany
Portugal Alan Portugal Alan Switzerland Gruter
1999
Details
Spain Alicante, Spain
Spain
6–2
Portugal

France
8–7
Italy
2001
Details
Spain Maspalomas, Spain
Portugal
4–3
Spain

Italy
5–4
Germany
Italy Bruschini Portugal Madjer Spain Roberto Valeiro
2002
Details
Spain Barcelona, Spain
Portugal
2–1
Spain

France
9–6
Italy
Spain Amarelle Portugal Madjer Germany Rollmann
2003
Details
Belgium Liège, Belgium
Portugal
6–3
France

Spain
6–3
Germany
Italy Massimo Agostini Portugal Hernani Madruga France Claude Barrabe
2004
Details
Portugal Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal
8–3
Spain

Italy
9–9 a.e.t.
(4–3) pen.

France
Portugal Madjer Portugal Madjer Portugal João Carlos
2005
Details
Russia Moscow, Russia
Switzerland
4–3
Russia

Portugal
5–4
Ukraine
Italy Pasquale Carotenuto Russia Andrey Bukhlitskiy Switzerland Nico Jung
2006
Details
Italy Naples, Italy
Portugal
9–8
France

Italy
6–4
Switzerland
Italy Pasquale Carotenuto Italy Pasquale Carotenuto France Christophe Eggimann
2007
Details
Spain Tarragona, Spain
Ukraine
3–0
France

Portugal
2–1
Switzerland
Switzerland Dejan Stankovic France Jérémy Basquaise Ukraine Volodymyr Hladchenko
2008
Details
Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
Spain
2–0
Switzerland

Azerbaijan
4–3
Norway
Switzerland Dejan Stankovic Spain Nico Spain Roberto Valeiro
2009
Details
Italy Rome, Italy
Spain
6–4
Switzerland

Portugal
7–5
Hungary
Portugal Madjer Spain Nico Switzerland Nico Jung
2010
Details
Italy Rome, Italy
Russia
6–4
Portugal

Italy
5–4
Spain
Portugal Madjer Russia Ilya Leonov Russia Andrey Bukhlitskiy
2012
Details
Russia Moscow, Russia
Russia
4–2
Portugal

Switzerland
5–4
Italy
Portugal Madjer
Switzerland Dejan Stankovic
Italy Giuseppe Soria
Russia Alexey Makarov Russia Andrey Bukhlitskiy
2014
Details
Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
Spain
8–6
Switzerland

Russia
7–4
Greece
Switzerland Noel Ott Spain Juanma Hungary Dávid Ficsór
2016
Details
Serbia Belgrade, Serbia
Portugal
6–3
Italy

Russia
8–0
Hungary
Italy Gabriele Gori Portugal Elinton Andrade Portugal Elinton Andrade

Successful national teams[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Appearances /15
 Portugal 7 (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2016) 3 (1999, 2010, 2012) 3 (2005, 2007, 2009) - 13
 Spain 4 (1999, 2008, 2009, 2014) 4 (1998, 2001, 2002, 2004) 1 (2003) 1 (2010) 15
 Russia 2 (2010, 2012) 1 (2005) 2 (2014, 2016) - 6
  Switzerland 1 (2005) 3 (2008, 2009, 2014) 1 (2012) 2 (2006, 2007) 14
 Ukraine 1 (2007) - - 1 (2005) 3
 France - 3 (2003, 2006, 2007) 2 (1999, 2002) 1 (2004) 12
 Italy - 1 (2016) 5 (1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2010) 3 (1999, 2002, 2012) 14
 Azerbaijan - - 1 (2008) - 2
 Germany - - - 3 (1998, 2001, 2003) 5
 Hungary - - - 2 (2009, 2016) 5
 Greece - - - 1 (2014) 5
 Norway - - - 1 (2008) 2

Appearances[edit]

These are the nations who have appeared in the Euro Beach Soccer Cup since 1998.

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th − Fifth place
  • 6th − Sixth place
  • 7th − Seventh place
  • 8th − Eighth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals or seventh/eighth place
  • R1 – Round 1 (group stage)
  • • – Did not play
  • •• – Qualified but withdrew
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    – Hosts
1998
Italy
(7)
1999
Spain
(4)
2001
Spain
(8)
2002
Spain
(8)
2003
Belgium
(8)
2004
Portugal
(8)
2005
Russia
(8)
2006
Italy
(8)
2007
Spain
(8)
2008
Azerbaijan
(6)
2009
Italy
(8)
2010
Italy
(8)
2012
Russia
(8)
2014
Azerbaijan
(6)
2016
Serbia
(8)
Total Appearances
 Azerbaijan 3rd 6th 2
 Austria QF QF 2
 Belgium 5th QF QF 3
 England 5th 5th 6th 3
 France R1 4th QF 3rd 2nd 4th QF 2nd 2nd 6th QF QF 13
 Germany 4th 4th 6th 4th QF 5
 Greece QF 4th 2
 Hungary 6th 4th QF 5th 4th 4
 Ireland QF 1
 Italy 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 6th 3rd 6th 3rd QF 5th QF 3rd 4th 2nd 14
 Netherlands QF 1
 Norway 6th 4th 2
 Poland 5th QF 6th 5th 4
 Portugal 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 13
 Romania QF 1
 Russia 2nd 5th 1st 1st 3rd 3rd 6
 Serbia 1 R1 8th 2
 Spain 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th 5th 6th 1st 1st 4th 6th 1st 7th 15
  Switzerland R1 QF QF QF QF 1st 4th 4th 2nd 2nd 5th 3rd 2nd 6th 14
 Turkey QF 1
 Ukraine 4th 1st 5th 3
1 Includes one appearance as Yugoslavia

See also[edit]