Falcao tops in Taipei
Following a dramatic final at the FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004 and the medals ceremony for the top three teams, the now traditional FIFA individual honours presentation took centre stage.
One player reigned supreme: Brazil's Falcao claimed both the adidas Golden Ball as player of the tournament, and the adidas Golden Shoe as leading scorer on a magnificent 13 goals. Fellow countryman Indio finished second in the scoring roll of honour on 10 goals, while the Brazilian team collected the Fair Play Trophy.
World champions Spain added to their gold medal with two more awards: Javi Rodríguez picked up the Silver Ball as second-best player at the tournament, and team-mate Marcelo earned the Bronze Shoe for the third-best goals tally. Beaten finalists Italy were recognised with the Bronze Ball for Bacaro as third-best player at the event.
Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball for the outstanding players of the tournament
adidas Golden Ball - Falcao (BRA)
Supremely skilled Falcao claimed the top prize thanks to a prolific 13-goal record combined with some superbly entertaining futsal. The 27-year-old stamped his personality all over the championship with a string of spectacular goals, the finest a so-called 'Carretilha' against Thailand. The trick involves teeing up a volley with an artistic double back-heel manoeuvre before driving first-time into the net. Falcao might even have improved on his impressive tally but the uprights and bar denied him at critical moments, including in the crucial semi-final against Spain. He rounded off a stunning performance with another hat-trick in the third-place play-off against Argentina.
adidas Silver Ball - Javi Rodríguez (ESP)
Javi Rodríguez, one of the best-known names in world futsal, has now won a second world championship winners' medal in a row. The Barcelona-born 30-year-old, a fixture at Playas de Castellón in the Spanish league since 1997-98, now rates as a veteran of the national team. The dynamic wide man's qualities include lightning pace, unshakeable desire and a never-say-die attitude. He was a key figure as his side negotiated a tough second round against Czech Republic, Italy and Portugal, before turning in a match-winning display against the Italians in the Final.
adidas Bronze Ball - Bacaro (ITA)
The tall, elegant Vinicius Bacaro ended the tournament in the keeper's shirt. But this man spent most of his World Championship at the other end of the court. The AS Roma forward hit the net four times in Chinese Taipei - Italy's second in their 4-2 win over Paraguay in the first round and a hat-trick in the 7-4 win over Argentina in the semi-final. Throughout the two weeks he provided coach Alessandro Nuccorini with a pivot - a way to buy time, to hold the ball up front and bring others into play. Predominantly left-footed on the ball and possessing a fierce shot, Bacaro also worked unselfishly for his team chasing and harrying opponents when his team lost possession.
Golden, Silver and Bronze Shoe for the leading scorers in the tournament
adidas Golden Shoe - Falcao (BRA)
Falcao's 13-goal tally made him the undisputed goalscoring star at the World Championship. Going into the third place play-off, the leading scorer crown was a three-way shoot-out between Falcao, team-mate Indio and Spain marksman Marcelo, but the eventual winner's hat-trick in the final outing against Argentina saw him comfortably lay claim to the Golden Shoe. The 27-year-old stamped his personality all over the championship with a string of spectacular goals, the finest a so-called 'Carretilha' against Thailand. The trick involves teeing up a volley with an artistic double back-heel manoeuvre before driving first-time into the net.
adidas Silver Shoe - Indio (BRA)
Indio gave prolific team-mate Falcao a decent run for his money, but at the end of the day the Brazil number 9 had to be content with second place in the goalscoring ranking. Indio opened with a brace against Australia before finding the net against Thailand and the Czech Republic. He struck doubles against Ukraine and the USA, his brace against the Americans arriving in the dying stages of the match. The 32-year-old netted again in the third place play-off as he pounced on Tobias' copybook lay-off.
adidas Bronze Shoe - Marcelo (ESP)
Spain's 2004 World Championship triumph means a childhood dream has become reality for Marcelo Dos Reis Suarez, the Spanish number 14 who plays simply as Marcelo. The Brazil-born striker crowned an outstanding tournament with a superb second in the Final to set his side on the road to victory. The player, a new arrival at Spanish club Polaris World Cartagena this term, is a master of the unexpected. The 30-year-old opened the scoring in Spain's first match against Ukraine and repeated the feat in the win-or-bust second-round meeting with Portugal.
FIFA Fair Play trophy - Brazil
Brazil came up short in the race for the top prize, but the three-time Futsal World Champions scored a decisive victory in the fair play table. The Auriverde amassed 889 points, ahead of the USA on 857 and the Czech Republic on 834. The South Americans collected only four yellow cards and had no player sent off at the tournament. The fair play table is calculated on the number of yellow and red cards awarded against a team, but points are also awarded for behaviour towards the referees and opponents.