More evenly contested than some of its predecessors, the sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup proved an engrossing event, ending with the tactically astute Russians deposing mighty Brazil.
Russia swept to glory at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2011, and picked up two prestigious individual honours too. FIFA.com reviews the end-of-tournament accolades.
In a much more even contest than their group stage encounter, Portugal overcame El Salvador 3-2 to ensure another FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup third-placed finish.
On the eve of his side’s date with destiny at Ravenna/Italy 2011, burly Russian defender Alexey Makarov spoke to FIFA.com about their strong suits: a solid line-up and confidence.
El Salvador and Portugal previously met in the group stage with the Iberians taking an 11-2 upperhand, but now the two sides meet again at Ravenna/Italy 2011 in the match for third place.
Brazil saw off classic rivals Portugal for the fourth time in five meetings, clinching a 4-1 victory at Ravenna/Italy 2011 to book a place in the Final alongside Russia.