The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 ended with Russia retaining the title, the last act in a tournament that has also seen a string of memorable individual performances. Standing tallest of all was Brazil’s Bruno Xavier, the only player in the competition to make off with two awards.
FIFA.com rounds up who won what at Tahiti 2013.
adidas Golden Ball and adidas Silver Scorer: Bruno Xavier (Brazil)
Having endured a very long wait for his Beach Soccer World Cup debut, the 29-year-old Brazilian wing made up for lost time by enjoying a superlative tournament and walking away with the award for its best player. His haul of ten goals also made him the second-highest scorer at Tahiti 2013, underlining his value to A Canarinha in their run to third place.
adidas Silver Ball: Ozu Moreira (Japan)
Also appearing in the competition for the first time, the Brazilian-born naturalised defender was outstanding as Japan deservedly reached the last eight. Oozing class and elegance, the tall 27-year-old skipper shone in attack as well as defence, helping himself to four goals in all.
adidas Bronze Ball: Raimana Li Fung Kuee (Tahiti)
The 28-year-old wing man was one of the sensations of the tournament, proving a fearless and athletic presence in the host team’s electrifying front line and chipping in with six goals, just one fewer than the tournament’s third-highest scorer. If his performances on home sand are anything to go by, he is definitely one to watch in the future.
adidas Golden Scorer: Dimitrii Shishin (Russia)
Now 27, the wing was in a class of his own when it came to goalscoring at Tahiti 2013. Shishin hit the back of the net in every single game and struck 11 goals in all, four of them from free-kicks. In this his fifth Beach Soccer World Cup, the free-scoring Russian came of age, making a crucial contribution to his side’s successful title defence.
adidas Bronze Scorer: Agustin Ruiz (El Salvador)
Picking up where Frank Velasquez left off at Ravenna 2011, Agustin Ruiz had the El Salvador flag flying high again, repeating his team-mate’s feat of winning the adidas Bronze Scorer award. The high point of Ruiz’s excellent tournament came in the group match against Solomon Islands, when he became only the sixth player in the tournament’s history to hit five goals in a single game. Not surprisingly, he is now the CONCACAF Zone’s leading marksman in the competition.
adidas Golden Glove: Dona (Spain)
The 31-year-old custodian was one of the architects of Spain’s memorable performance at Tahiti 2013, pulling off especially vital saves in the quarter-final against El Salvador and the semis against Brazil. Appearing in his fourth world finals, Dona confirmed his status as Spain’s No1 and one of the squad’s senior figures.
FIFA Fair Play award: Russia
Richly deserved, this accolade is the icing on the cake for a side that has been exemplary in every sense of the word.