Former champions face off
The last two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup winners come together in a semi-final destined to seduce the fans, but one which will send one of the hot favourites packing.
Brazil-France, Saturday 10 November, 11:00 (local time)
This encounter has all the hallmarks of a beach soccer classic, but in fact the two teams have never crossed paths in this competition. This first meeting could only be more significant if the title itself was on offer. As it is, the unlucky loser will have to make do with jostling for third place.
Few would bet on Brazil being that side after their spectacular quarter-final with Portugal ended in a 10-7 victory for the hosts. Their overall technical quality saw them through, with Buru particularly explosive, and the Seleção must be hoping their fanatical fans can provide the same level of support when they compete for a berth in 'their' final.
As for the French, they laboured to qualification in the group stage but just about managed to make their superior experience count against Senegal in the last eight. Pushed hard to the end, they completed a 6-3 win that constituted their first victory by more than a goal. Assuming confidence has risen since that meeting, Eric Cantona's men must now play the perfect match to overcome their Brazilian rivals.
Les Bleus welcome Jeremy Basquaise back from suspension but they will have to make do without Jean Saidou, who picked up an elbow injury against Senegal. The Brazilians are at full-strength, meanwhile.
This will be the third consecutive semi-final for both teams, but Brazil and France will be more concerned with who comes out on top in this, their first ever meeting in the tournament's history.
We need to improve our defensive strategy and stay focused. Keeping our concentration will be the key to our next couple of matches. Buru, Brazil player.