Did we really expect it to turn out any different? Brazil were the big winners at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio 2007. The hosts and title holders swept all before them, not only winning the tournament at a canter but also coming away with all of the other trophies on offer. As a result, the award ceremony after the Final turned into a veritable procession of smiling Auriverde.
If the entire Brazilian squad dazzled, one star shone even brighter than the others. Buru was on top form from beginning to end and took home the awards for best player and top scorer. He even had the pleasure of beating the winner of those two accolades last time around - Portugal's Madjer - in the quarter-finals.
adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball
adidas Golden Ball : Buru (BRA)
adidas Silver Ball : Madjer (POR)
adidas Bronze Ball : Morgan Plata (MEX)
The adidas Golden Ball, chosen by the media and awarded to the tournament's star player, was awarded to Buru of Brazil. Despite the fact that he was surrounded by incredible players, Buru stood out as the new king of the beach. "I am surprised I've won this title," he said. "When you play alongside the likes of Benjamin, Junior Negao, Sidney and Bruno, you expect them to get the award. I'm really touched by this, but the most important thing is the medal that I've got round my neck. We won this as a team."
Portugal's Madjer, the winner of the adidas Golden Ball at the past two FIFA World Cups, finished second in the voting. Even when his team were knocked out by Brazil in the quarter-finals, Madjer was the star of the show, scoring five of Portugal's seven goals. Madjer is capable of coming out with every trick in the book. He can dribble, shoot and has perfected the bicycle kick, but was slightly out of sorts during the group stages.
Morgan Plata, who was third in the voting, was one of the main reasons behind Mexico's excellent showing at the tournament. He came alive in the semi-final, scoring four of his team's five goals to help them into the Final.
adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Shoe
adidas Golden Shoe: Buru (BRA)
adidas Silver Shoe: Morgan Plata (MEX)
adidas Bronze Shoe: Bruno (BRA)
Not content with winning the Golden Ball, Buru added the adidas Golden Shoe to his trophy cabinet after finishing the tournament as top scorer. The Brazilian notched a grand total of ten goals, including a hat-trick, three braces and a goal in the Final. Mexico's Plata finished with a runners-up medal and another two awards to take home as a souvenir of his time in Rio. Along with the Bronze Ball, El Tri's leading scorer won the Silver Shoe for his nine goals in the tournament.
The third top scorer was also involved in the Final, with Brazil's Bruno finishing on eight goals and adding the Bronze Shoe to his winners' medal. His brace in the Final drew him level with Madjer, but the Brazilian edged ahead thanks to his two assists.
The beautiful game
Some people are never satisfied. Brazil may have won the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the adidas Golden Ball and the adidas Golden Shoe but they still wanted more! So to add to an already bulging trophy cabinet, the defending champions also won the FIFA Fair Play award. Proving that you can play beautiful football and still respect the laws of the game, Alexandre Soares' men were models of fair play through the tournament and follow on from France, who won the award in 2006, and Japan in 2005.