The road to Portugal
Oman clinched only their second ever place at a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup thanks to their superb performance at the 2015 AFC Beach Soccer Championship. The Omanis kicked off by topping Group A with a trio of victories and followed that up with a victory against China PR in the quarter-finals before seeing off Lebanon in the last four. That set up a final appearance against two-time Asian champions Japan, but Oman edged the favourites on penalties to claim their maiden continental title.

Strengths and style
The Asian champions rely heavily on an experienced core of players who appeared at Ravenna 2011, such as captain Hani Al Dhabit and the talented Yahya Al Araimi, scorer of seven goals at the AFC Championship. This group also includes Jalal Al Sinani, Yaqoob Al Alawi, Is'haq Al Qasmi and goalkeeper Haitham Showan, the hero of the final against Japan after saving the last spot kick in the shoot-out. Portugal 2015 will also give spectators a good look at some promising youngsters, and not least Ghaith Sebeit, who also weighed in with seven goals at the continental finals.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Oman reached their first ever Beach Soccer World Cup by advancing to the semi-finals of the 2011 AFC Championship, but things did not go well for the Asian newcomers in Italy. They lost all three games – to Argentina, El Salvador and Portugal – and then missed out altogether on Tahiti 2013, meaning that coach Thalib Hilal and his charges will be desperate to learn from past failures when they arrive in Espinho in July.