Groups set for Russia 2021

8 Jul 2021
  • The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup draw has taken place

  • Tahiti-Spain and Brazil-Switzerland decorate the group stage

  • Russia 2021 will kick off on 19 August

The draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™ unfolded today at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. Record five-time champions Brazil will square off against Switzerland, whom they beat in a thrilling Dubai 2009 final, 2011 semi-finalists El Salvador and Belarus in a mouth-watering Group C.

Holders Portugal play Senegal, Uruguay and Oman in Group D, while Tahiti, the two-time runners-up, face an intriguing clash with Spain in Group B. United Arab Emirates and tournament newcomers Mozambique make up the pool. Hosts Football Union of Russia will kick off the tournament on 19 August against USA. The teams have Japan and Paraguay for company in Group A.

Result of the draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021

“It’s a really difficult group," said Brazil captain Bruno Xavier. "It’s certainly the toughest group. Belarus are a great side. Nico is an excellent coach and he knows Brazil very well. "Switzerland have been one of the toughest opponents for years, and El Salvador are another really strong side who did really well in qualifying. It’s wide open.” Switzerland coach Angelo Schirinzi added: "It is a very difficult group. We don’t have to discuss Brazil. Belarus and El Salvador are also top teams. "But it’s a World Cup, so it’s a big challenge. I’m really looking forward to the tournament.” Portugal legend Madjer, who helped conduct the draw, said: “It’s going to be a tough tournament. Portugal will face three national teams we know quite well because we played against them in previous World Cups. We hope to go through.”

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™ Official draw

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 Draw

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JULY 08: FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 draw at the Home of FIFA on July 8, 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/FIFA)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 Draw

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JULY 08: FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 draw at the Home of FIFA on July 8, 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/FIFA)

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is set to kick off on 19 August in Moscow. The champions will be crowned on 29 August. Russia 2021 will be the 11th edition of the competition and will be held in its entirety at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.

"If Beach Soccer is synonymous with one thing, it’s entertainment," said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. "A great atmosphere, an electric pace, stunning showmanship and plenty of thrilling action. "Combine this with the spectacular location of Moscow, our wonderful hosts, and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 promises to be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved."