Senegal

The past
Senegal will be competing at the showpiece event of beach soccer for the fourth time, having first appeared at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2007 in Brazil. After winning their group, they were beaten by France in the quarter-finals. A year later they were knocked out after finishing third in the group. After missing out on the 2009 finals, the Lions of Teranga were back in 2011 and again advanced to the round of the last eight, losing in a penalty shoot-out against Portugal.

The present
Having won the 2011 African qualifiers in Morocco, Senegal were again one of the favourites going into the tournament in El Jadida and the west Africans did not disappoint their fans as they comfortably won their group ahead of the hosts Morocco, saw off the strong Nigerians in the semi-finals and then comfortably beat Côte d'Ivoire in the final.

The future
Having coached the team at the three previous appearances at the World Cup finals coach Amadou Diop knows what to expect when he takes the side to Tahiti. Several of the players in the squad have also been ever-present in their country's previous campaigns, with goalkeeper Al Seyni Ndiaye, who won the Most Valuable Player award at the African qualifiers in Morocco, plus captain Ngalla Sylla and forward Pape Koukpaki the stalwarts in the side. Immediately after winning in Morocco, Diop started with his preparations for Tahiti 2013. "We refocused on Tahiti, and my team is good enough to play a major role." It seems unlikely that he will make many changes to the squad that brought the country their second victory in the African qualifiers. "I have players, who worked hard to achieve their success and they believe in themselves."