The road to Portugal
As tournament hosts, Portugal did not have to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Strengths and style
Portugal proudly boast some of today’s finest beach soccer players, Madjer being the obvious example having accumulated eight individual worldwide awards: three adidas Golden Boots (2005, 2006 and 2008), one adidas Silver Boot (2011), two adidas Golden Balls (2005 and 2006) and two adidas Silver Balls (2007 and 2009). The classy Belchior and rising star Jordan are also ones to watch.
Packed with quality, Portugal are one of the most technically proficient teams in the world, playing a stylish game replete with moments of sheer class.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Portugal has a long history in Beach Soccer but are still looking for their first World Cup triumph since the competition has been organised by FIFA. They were the only team that managed to break Brazil’s hegemony of the old Beach Soccer World Cup, winning the 2001 trophy, and since then Portugal have been close to lifting the Cup again on several occasions.
Portugal were runners-up in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2005, and finished third at Marseille 2008 and Dubai 2009. At Ravenna 2011 the Seleção reached the semi-finals where they lost to Brazil, with the consolation of achieving another podium finish after beating El Salvador in the play-off for third place. After missing out on the Tahiti 2013 tournament, the Portuguese are gunning to get back to the top of the sport.
What they said
“We have a winning mind-set and that is the most important thing. As tournament hosts, we are under heavy pressure to do well and we will give it our all live up to expectations,” Portugal coach Mario Narciso.