Angelo Schirinzi, Switzerland
We have only been training these last three months, and in cold temperatures. So now I’m happy (to have won) and we have 24 hours to regenerate. We have a young team and our road does not end with this World Cup. Our goal is within two years to create a top team and to compete with the best five in the world.
For me, wearing this flag is absolutely the best thing that can happen. I’m so happy that we can have this experience – especially given the professionals that we are facing. Our team is amateurs - we have only one player who is professional and the rest is amateur, so we train in the evening in Basel. We have lawyers, engineers - we have everything you know (on this team).
But I think with serious work, discipline and a good mentality, you can have anything. We have just had a good example of that with Switzerland winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Rashed Salem, Bahrain
We did our best, but Switzerland are a very tough team and it was just three or four mistakes that cost us the match. The coach prepared the team very well. It was individual mistakes that were the problem for us.
We know that after this loss it becomes harder for us, especially as we face Brazil next, but in soccer, in beach soccer anything can happen. We will play against Brazil as if it was our first match, so everything is still in our hands and is still possible. We promise our coach and our crowd that we will give even more in the games that follow.