FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019™
November 21 - December 01

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019™

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019™

Final Tournament Standing

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Portugal and Europe dominant once more

  • European sides take top three places – a tournament first

  • Portugal claim second world title in four years

  • Italy and Russia complete the podium

After failing to grace the podium two years ago in the Bahamas, European teams were back with a bang at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019™, where Portugal took top honours followed by Italy and Russia.

Of the top three finishers at Bahamas 2017, two (Brazil and Tahiti) failed to reach the semis in Paraguay, while the third (Iran) did not even qualify for the tournament.

Brazil's quarter-final elimination was unquestionably one of the biggest surprises of the tournament, with the defending champions near universal favourites for the title.

Instead it was Portugal who went all the way to secure their second title in just four years. The difference on this occasion was that the driving force was no longer Madjer, Belchior or Alan, but the likes of Andrade, Jordan and the brothers Be and Leo Martins, who all came of age and formed the backbone of a team overflowing with experience.

"The key was to play the big games well," Jordan, one of three Portuguese players to receive individual awards, told FIFA.com.

Italy and Russia go close

Italy underlined their emergence as a beach soccer heavyweight by reaching the semi-finals for the third consecutive edition, progressing to the final on this occasion.

Despite the goalscoring prowess of Gori and Emmanuele Zurlo, the Azzurri still came up short, but the future looks promising – especially with the arrival of 19-year-old Josep Gentilin. "We'll have our revenge," Zurlo told FIFA.com.

After barely making it though the group stage, Russia then starred in two of the best games of this World Cup: their triumph over Brazil in the quarter-final followed by their narrow loss to Italy in the semis.

There is no denying that Russian beach soccer has again risen to power. After not qualifying for Bahamas 2017, three players who had not been in the squad for Portugal 2015 stood out: goalkeeper Maksim Chuzhkov and pivots Fedor Zemskov and Boris Nikonorov. As a youngster, Nikonorov admired the very team-mates he is now playing with.

ASUNCION, PARAGUAY - NOVEMBER 28: Ozu Moreira of Japan is challenged by Andres Laens of Uruguay during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019 quarterfinal match between Japan and Uruguay at Estadio Mundialista "Los Pynandi" on November 28, 2019 in Asuncion, Paraguay. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

More outstanding performers

Inspired by Player of the Tournament Ozu Moreira, Japan took Portugal all the way to penalties in the semi-finals. And while they also lost the play-off for third place to Russia, the country equalled their previous best performance at a World Cup from 2005.

Displaying good technique and physical strength, Senegal confirmed they have closed the gap on the top sides, although they will need to fine-tune the tactical side of things to go even further.

Tactical astuteness and youthful talent made Uruguay the surprise team of the tournament, pointing to a very promising future.

The same could be said of United Arab Emirates, who demonstrated remarkable progress despite not reaching the quarter-finals, and hosts Paraguay, who, but for the narrowest of group stage defeats, could themselves have been among the top eight.

🤔 Did you know?

  • Paraguay 2019 equalled Rio de Janeiro 2006 as the edition with the most goals scored: 286 in 32 games, 20 more than at Bahamas 2017.

  • 104 different players got on the scoresheet.

  • Portugal's Madjer, who announced this would be his final World Cup, scored one goal in this edition to take his tally 88 and sit comfortably on top of the all-time scorers list.

  • The Brazilian Bokinha scored the 2500th goal of the competition with his strike against Nigeria.

  • Brazil goalkeeper Mao played his 50th Beach Soccer World Cup match in Paraguay, more than any other player.

  • Gori of Italy was the top scorer for the second consecutive edition. Only Madjer had previously managed that feat (2005 and 2006).

  • The Brazilian Mauricinho scored the fastest goal of the tournament by finding the net after 43 seconds.

🔢 Final Standings

1 - Portugal [[flag-por-xs]] 2 - Italy [[flag-ita-xs]] 3 - Russia [[flag-rus-xs]] 4 - Japan [[flag-jpn-xs]]

🏆 Awards

🥇 adidas Golden Ball: Ozu Moreira [[flag-jpn-xs]] 🥈 adidas Silver Ball: Jordan [[flag-por-xs]] 🥉 adidas Bronze Ball: Be Martins [[flag-por-xs]] 🧤 adidas Golden Glove: Andrade [[flag-por-xs]] 👍🏽 Fair Play Award: Senegal [[flag-sen-xs]]

Read more about the award winners

⚽️ Top goalscorers

🥇 adidas Golden Scorer: Gori [[flag-ita-xs]] (16 goals) 🥈 adidas Silver Scorer: Emmanuele Zurlo [[flag-ita-xs]] (10 goals, 1 assist) 🥉 adidas Bronze Scorer: Fedor Zemskov [[flag-rus-xs]] (10 goals)

Complete goalscorers table

📊 Goals

  • 286 (8.94 per game)

Vote for the Goal of the Tournament

🏟 Venue

  • Los Pynandi World Cup Stadium

Discover more about the host country

MATCHES

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 29: Fedor Zemskov of Football Union of Russia celebrates following his team's victory in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 Final match between Football Union of Russia and Japan at Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Octavio Passos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 29: Dejan Stankovic of Switzerland celebrates with teammate Noel Ott after scoring their team's sixth goal during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 3rd Place match between Switzerland and Senegal at Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Octavio Passos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 28: Ibrahima Balde of Senegal battles for possession with Ozu Moreira of Japan  during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 Semi Final match between Japan and Senegal at Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Octavio Passos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 28: Glenn Hodel of Switzerland battles for possession with Dmitrii Shishin of Football Union Of Russia during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 Semi Final match between Football Union Of Russia and Switzerland at Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Octavio Passos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Switzerland's Tobias Steinemann and Exon Perdomo, of El Salvador, struggle for the ball during the Beach Soccer World Cup group stage match between El Salvador and Switzerland, in Moscow, Russia. Alexey Filippov / Sputnik Russia Beach Soccer World Cup El Salvador - Switzerland

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