Stunning shots from the sand
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Six matchdays and 24 games later, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Ravenna/Italy 2011 takes its first pause for breath this Wednesday, with the knockout stages set to kick off with Thursday’s quarter-final encounters.

For six days in a row, Ravenna has enjoyed sunshine, fans of every nationality living it up in the Stadio del Mare and, last but definitely not least, excitement and spectacular beach soccer action on the sands of the shores of the Adriatic Sea. has hand-picked the best images to sum up the group phase of this, the sixth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Check out the gallery on the right-hand side and enjoy!