FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013™
September 19 - September 28

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013™

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013™

Final Tournament Standing

About

New World delivers new highs on sand

Ultimately, this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup produced the same outcome as two years ago in Ravenna, with Russia retaining their crown. Tahiti 2013, however, will be remembered for numerous reasons, all of them positive.

It was, first and foremost, a milestone moment for Oceanian football, with the tournament being the inaugural FIFA event conducted in a Pacific Island nation. Tahiti, to its lasting credit, delivered a hugely successful and smoothly run event backed by sell-out crowds on each matchday. Tahiti also set a new high watermark on the pitch, with the Tiki Toa becoming the only current OFC member to reach the semi-finals of a FIFA tournament.

Top-four’s journey Though the record books will show Russia were again victors, they were pushed all the way throughout the tournament. Twice they had single-goal victories, while they trailed Tahiti with three minutes remaining of a momentous semi-final. Perhaps empowered by their victory two years ago, there was a sense that winning the tournament was always very much in Russia’s grasp. Dmitrii Shishin’s last-gasp goal in the final secured him the adidas Golden Scorer at the expense of Brazil’s Bruno Xavier, and further evidence that the stars were aligned for Russia.

Spain returned to the world stage after a five-year absence in style, perhaps proving Europe’s strength in depth. Though they lost heavily in the final, the Iberians impressed en route, winning all their group matches.

Brazil, representing the spiritual home of beach soccer, will be disappointed with third, having missed the final for the first time since 2005. However the four-time winners can take solace in Bruno Xavier being named the adidas Golden Ball winner.

It was, however, Tahiti that were the darlings of both the local and international audience. Playing with flair and verve, the Tiki Toa would not have been out of place on the winners’ dais. Under renowned Swiss coach Angelo Schirinzi, they stunned South American champions Argentina with a remarkable 6-1 quarter-final scoreline, led Russia until the dying minutes, and took Brazil to penalties.

Global feel, tight margins Tahiti 2013 proved that beach soccer is a discipline in which the traditional lesser lights can shine. Solomon Islands were in touching distance of making it a unique Oceania double in the knockout stage, while El Salvador - led by the dynamic shooting of adidas Bronze Scorer Agustin Ruiz - were worthy quarter-finalists.

The last eight featured teams from five different confederations. Asian representatives notably impressed with Iran and Japan only narrowly squeezed out of a semi-final berth.

Tight and competitive matches were a recurring theme throughout the tournament, and numerous matches were ultimately decided by the vagaries of the sand-based game. And the scope for further growth in many corners of the globe is enormous. “We have huge potential to be a dominant team in beach soccer,” USA coach Eddie Soto told FIFA.com. “I have been in this sport for 20 years and it is an ideal sport for America.”

Elsewhere, the on-pitch action was noteworthy for an increased level of team structure and tactical sophistication. “Nowadays everyone has a tactical system,” said Technical Study Group member Ramon Raya. “They know all about the opponents, know where their weak spots are and how to defend themselves.”

adidas Golden Ball Award Golden Ball – Bruno Xavier (Brazil) Silver Ball – Ozu Moreira (Japan) Bronze Ball – Raimana Li Fung Kuee (Tahiti)

adidas Golden Scorer Award Golden Scorer – Dmitrii Shishin, (Russia, 11 goals) Silver Scorer – Bruno Xavier (Brazil, 10) Bronze Scorer – Agustin Ruiz (El Salvador, 8)

adidas Golden Glove Award Dona (Spain)

Fair Play Trophy Russia

Final Positions  1 - Russia 2 - Spain 3 - Brazil 4 - Tahiti 5 - Argentina 6 - El Salvador 7 - Japan 8 - Iran 9 - Paraguay 10 - USA 11 - Solomon Islands 12 - Ukraine 13 - Senegal 14 - Netherlands 15 - United Arab Emirates 16 - Côte d'Ivoire

MATCHES

Tournament News

PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Playes from Brazil and Tahiti are seen after the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Thrid Place Match between Brazil and Tahiti at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 28, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Raimoana Bennet of Tahití performs a scissors kick during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Thrid Place Match at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 28, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia. (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Mao of Brazils makes a save during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Thrid Place Match at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 28, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia. (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Heimanu Taiarui of Tahiti and Bruno of Brazil are seen after the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Thrid Place Match
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Antonio of Spain celebrates victory in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Brazil at the Tahua To'ata Stadium on September 27, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Nico of Spain (L) watches as his shot bounces over goalkeeper Mao of Brazil and into the goal during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Brazil at the Tahua To'ata Stadium on September 27, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Nico of Spain scores the winning goal during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Brazil at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 27, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Juanma of Spain celebrates with team-mate Llorenc after scoring during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Brazil at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 27, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Volunteers at Tahiti 2013 (picture Massimo Colombini)
Volunteers at Tahiti 2013
Volunteers at Tahiti 2013
Volunteers at Tahiti 2013 (picture Massimo Colombini)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Dancers entertain the crowd at the break during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Group C match between Senegal and Ukraine at the Tahua To'ata stadium  on September 18, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Dancing girls perform during the break of the  FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Group C match between Brazil and Iran at the To'ata Stadium on September 18, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Dancers perform during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Group B match between Solomon Islands and Argentina at the To'ata Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Tournament News

PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Bruno Xavier of Brazil slots home his team's first goal despite the efforts of Antonio (3) and goalkeeper Dona of Spain during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Brazil at the Tahua To'ata Stadium on September 27, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA Beach-Soccer-Weltmeisterschaft Tahiti 2013

Unbelievable Spanish winner denies Brazil

9 Apr 2014

PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Bueno of Brazil view the ball with Teva Zaveroni of Tahití stadium during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Thrid Place Match between Brazil and Tahiti at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 28, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA Beach-Soccer-Weltmeisterschaft Tahiti 2013

Tahitians, Brazilians serve up beach feast

9 Apr 2014

PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Egor Eremeev of Russia is challenged by Patrick Tepa of Tahiti during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Semi Final match between Russia and Tahiti at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 27, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA Beach-Soccer-Weltmeisterschaft Tahiti 2013

Brave Tahitians outlasted by Russia

9 Apr 2014

PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Bueno of Brazil scores the winning goal as Keisuke Matsuda of Japan tries to challenge during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Quarter Final match between Brazil and Japan at the Tahua To'ata Stadium on September 25, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA Beach-Soccer-Weltmeisterschaft Tahiti 2013

Japan push Brazil to dramatic ending

3 Apr 2014

PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Raul Merida of Spain shoots as Agustin Ruiz of El Salvador looks on during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 Quarter Final match between Spain and El Salvador at the Tahua To'ata stadium on September 25, 2013 in Papeete, French Polynesia.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA Beach-Soccer-Weltmeisterschaft Tahiti 2013

Brilliant bicycle winner for Spain

3 Apr 2014