FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016™
September 10 - October 01

FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016™

FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016™

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Celebratory scenes as Argentina triumph

In the jubilant scenes that followed Argentina’s victory at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016, certain images stood out above all others. Among them was the sight of coach Diego Guistozzi being thrown into the air by his players, some of whom had been his team-mates only four years previously at Thailand 2012.

“Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine experiencing something like this at 38 years of age, and after only three years as a coach,” admitted Guistozzi who, despite being soaked with water from the celebrations, still found a moment to speak with FIFA.com. “I’m over the moon! Not so long ago, this was unimaginable. But little by little, we brought in the right people, the right ideas… Then we arrived in Colombia, we grew in confidence, and now we’re on top of the world. It’s impossible to put such an achievement into words.”

Another enduring image was that of a bewildered looking Fernando Wilhelm, heading up to collect his trophy as winner of the adidas Golden Ball. This 34-year-old veteran of four World Cups was to rejoin his team-mates before climbing the podium once more and, as captain, enjoying the privilege of being the first to hold the World Cup trophy aloft.

“I still don’t believe it, it’s like I can’t put it into words,” confessed Wilhelm, still wearing the No6 shirt, to FIFA.com. “Beforehand I was asked how I would celebrate if we won, but I didn’t even want to think about that because it was going to be so difficult. That idea was so engrained in me that, when the time ran out, I didn’t know what to do. It’s so huge, I’m overcome by it all.”

A little further away, and also waiting to collect the winner’s trophy, Maximiliano Rescia was seated next to Russia’s Brazilian-born star Robinho. “He told me that we deserved the title,” Rescia confided to FIFA.com. “Why did we win? Because we added technique and, above all, tactical know-how to our courage and heart. The arrival of Giustozzi was crucial,” added the 28 year-old midfielder.

Reactions and conclusionsGiustozzi himself then took the time to analyse the victory over a Russian team who, when the match seemed lost to them, scored two goals in 45 seconds to put themselves only one down with 19 seconds to play. “They focused on the physical side and individual skill, but we won as a team. We had the game under control, until nerves came into play towards the end. The climax was just the result of our nerves.”

Compared with his coach, Rescia offered a more visceral account of those final few moments. “When they scored the fourth goal I looked at the scoreboard, and I saw that there were still 19 seconds to go, and it felt like the ground was being pulled from beneath my feet. But then I focused again, because I knew that it was all that stood between me and glory.”

Wilhelm, meanwhile, saw things from a more rational perspective: “It just goes to show that, in this sport, anything can happen until the time runs out. In fact, if the last rebound had gone in rather than staying out, we may have been back at square one again. You could say we were a bit lucky, but any luck we did get we worked really hard for.”

So what now? “I just spoke about it with Taborda and Cuzzolino - we’ve been slugging away for 10 years now, so we could retire in peace! But over the coming days we’ll take stock of it all, and no doubt we’ll set new goals and targets moving ahead.”

Wilhelm was aware that any triumphalism could be dangerous. “In sport, you become a slave to results. Personally, I didn’t need this title to be proud of this team, I’ve been proud of it since we arrived in Colombia. More generally, I hope that futsal in Argentina benefits from this across the board. Now is the time to grow the sport.”

And although such a significant success was so fresh in the memory, Giustozzi could also still see the bigger picture. “The impact for us is big, but it’s a lot bigger for those in futsal who have it tougher than we do. There are a lot of people here - people who are not professionals, who don’t get seen - who were waiting for this message to prove that we could do it. And quite simply, we could.”

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CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01: Fernando Wilhelm of Argentina poses with the winners trophy during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Final match between Russia and Argentina at the Coliseo el Pueblo Stadiumon October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01:  Eder Lima of Russia scores the opening goal during the FIFA Futsal World Cup final between Russia and Argentina at Coliseo el Pueblo on October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia.  (Photo by Jan Kruger - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01: Diego Giustozzi the coach of Argentina is thrown in the air by his team during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Final match between Russia and Argentina at the Coliseo el Pueblo Stadiumon October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01: Fernando Wilhelm, captain of Argentina poses with the trophy after victory during the FIFA Futsal World Cup final between Russia and Argentina at Coliseo el Pueblo on October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Jan Kruger - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01: Ricardinho (L) of Portugal controls the ball in front of Mahdi Javid (R) of Iran during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Third Place Play off match between Iran and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01: Miguel Castro (L) of Portugal conducts the ball next to Hossein Tayebi (R) of Iran during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Third Place Play off match between Iran and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Ricardinho of Portugal conducts the ball during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Third Place Play off match between Iran and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01: FIFA President Gianni Infantino (C) looks on as the National Anthems are played before the FIFA Futsal World Cup Third Place Play off match between Iran and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Sergey Abramov of Russia takes a selfie with spectators after the FIFA Futsal World Cup Group B match between Thailand and Russia at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout stadium on September 10, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia.  (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BUCARAMANGA, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Goalkeeper Nicolas Sarmiento #1 of Argentina is congratulated by fellow keeper Guido Mosenson after their 1-0 Group E match win against Kazakhstan in the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup on September 12, 2016 in Bucaramanga, Colombia.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Danil Davydov (L) and Dmitry Lyskov (R) of Russia arrive at the dressing room before the FIFA Futsal World Cup Group B match between Egypt and Russia at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout stadium on September 13, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia.
BUCARAMANGA, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristian Borruto #9 of Argentina takes a selfie photo with fans after Group E match play between Argentina and the Solomon Islands in the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup at Coliseo Bicentenario on September 15, 2016 in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Argentina defeated Solomon Islands 7-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Cristian Borruto (L) of Argentina scores the opening goal during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Argentina and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on September 28, 2016 in Cali, Colombia.  (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Ricardinho, captain of Portugal and his team pose for a team picture during the FIFA Futsal World Cup semi-final match between Argentina and Portugal at Coliseo el Pueblo on September 28, 2016 in Cali, Colombia.  (Photo by Jan Kruger - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Damian Stazzone of Argentina celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Argentina and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on September 28, 2016 in Cali, Colombia.  (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Alan Brandi (2nd L) of Argentina plays the ball past Joao Matos (L) of Portugal during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Argentina and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on September 28, 2016 in Cali, Colombia.  (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Vladislav Shayakhmetov (C) of Russia celebrates next to his teammates Sergey Abramov (L) and Dmitry Lyskov (2nd L) after scoring his team's third goal during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Iran and Russia at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout stadium on September 27, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia.  (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Ahmad Esmaeilpour (C) of Iran controls the ball between Danil Davydov (L) and Eder Lima (R) of Russia during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Iran and Russia at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout stadium on September 27, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  General view of play during the FIFA Futsal World Cup semi-final match between Iran and Russia at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout on September 27, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia.  (Photo by Jan Kruger - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Ahmad Esmaeilpour of Iran gives his thumb up before the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Iran and Russia at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout stadium on September 27, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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CALI, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 01: Eder Lima of Russia scores the opening goal during the FIFA Futsal World Cup final between Russia and Argentina at Coliseo el Pueblo on October 1, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Jan Kruger - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Vladislav Shayakhmetov (L) of Russia shoots on goal and scores his team's third goal during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Iran and Russia at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout stadium on September 27, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Alamiro Vaporaki (R) of Argentina shoots the ball next to Ibrahim Eika (L) of Egypt during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Quarter-Final match between Argentina and Egypt at Coliseo Ivan de Bedout stadium on September 25, 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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BUCARAMANGA, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Goalkeeper Alireza Samimi #2 and Hamid Ahmadi #5 of Iran look to defend Falcao #12 of Brazil as he tries for a bicycle kick during round of 16 match play in the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup at Coliseo Bicentenario on September 21, 2016 in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Brazil and Iran played to a 4-4 draw after full-time. Iran went on to defeat Brazil 3-2 on penalty kicks.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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CALI, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Rivillos of Spain celebrates scoring during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Quarter-Final match between Russia and Spain at the Coliseo el Pueblo Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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