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Exciting clashes in store in November on the Copacabana

The Official Draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006 in Rio de Janeiro took place today (Sunday, 27 August) at the conclusion of the European qualifying tournament at the Palm Beach Hotel in Marseilles, with the opening game on 2 November pitting Argentina against an African Zone representative. FIFA Director Jerome Valcke drew Poland, a team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone and Japan to go up against the host nation in the group round. The celebrities who attended the draw included the coach of defending champions France, Eric Cantona. FIFA Associations Committee member and president of the French Football Federation Jean-Pierre Escalettes and FIFA Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee member Joan Cuscó were also present.

For a complete match schedule, reactions from the team representatives and guests as well as video highlights of the draw, please visit the FIFA.com link below: http://www.fifa.com/en/comp/index/0,2442,BSWC2006,00.html?comp=BSWC&year=2006

The second FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will get into full swing in the land of samba on 2 November 2006 and spectators of this thrilling variation on association football will be in for a real treat judging by the line-up of teams. The 10-day tournament on the famous Copacabana Beach will feature the top 16 teams from across all six confederations, as detailed below:

ASIAN ZONE (3 slots): Bahrain, Japan, Iran AFRICAN ZONE (2 slots): TBC (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa will contest the regional qualifying tournament in Durban, South Africa, from 26 to 30 September). After the qualifying event, a draw will be performed in order to determine the position of the two qualified teams from the African Zone. NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN and CARIBBEAN ZONE (2 slots): TBC (Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and USA will contest the regional qualifying competition in Costa Rica from 13 to 17 September). After the qualifying event, a draw will be performed in order to determine the position of the two qualified teams from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone. SOUTH AMERICAN ZONE (host + 2 slots): Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay. OCEANIAN ZONE (1 slot): TBC (Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu to contest the regional qualifying competition in Tahiti from 1 to 3 September). EUROPEAN ZONE (5 slots) : France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain. Casting an eye forward to the final tournament itself, the official website for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006, FIFA.com , will once again offer the most extensive coverage of all the action from both the event itself and the remaining qualifying events, including video highlights full of fascinating action.