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16 May 2017

The road to a perfect World Cup

by Gilberto Costa, Brazil National Coach


Gilberto Costa is Brazil National Coach


Many people have asked me what it takes to rally a team after a very hard defeat and then go on to win all the games you play for two years, culminating in them being one of the most consistent FIFA Beach Soccer World Champions ever.

And there is only one word that can sum it up: work. Simply work, work and more work.

I am extremely proud to be the coach of an incredible group of sportsmen whose talent and belief led to the highest possible honour in beach soccer, and I am even more honoured to see how we managed to do it, with a clear goal, an eye-catching style, and lots and lots of professionalism both on and off the pitch.

Winning the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is not something that comes from fortune, luck or fate. Of course, as in any sport, you need always a bit of luck when the ball is in the air, but it is hard work, mentality and focus that gets you the wins on a consistent basis. 

It is all about pushing yourself to the max on the training ground so that you make it to the ball before your opponent. It is concentration and self-confidence that enables you to make decisions that split second faster.   

To reach a physical and mental state that grants you the possibility of beating the best teams in the world you need to train hard and study a lot. 

There is no other formula. You need to work to achieve the best version of yourself so that you’re not overpowered by any of the hugely talented teams on the sand. Because, trust me, you’re only ever one careless game from a defeat.

So, if we want to fight to retain our title in 2019, and believe me we do, as a team we need to start planning and working now. 

All that we have done so far will mean nothing if we relax and take our foot off the gas. We need to make 2017 the beginning of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 journey if we want to keep making history. 

Having had a taste of it, it’s something we want to experience again.

RESULTS & SCHEDULE
May 13, 2019 - May 19, 2019
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Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Mexico MEX 3 3 0 0 16 6 10 9
Guatemala GUA 3 2 0 1 10 10 0 6
Costarica CRC 3 1 0 2 13 15 -2 3
Jamaica JAM 3 0 0 3 5 13 -8 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Panama PAN 3 3 0 0 20 5 15 9
Trinidada   tobago TRI 3 2 0 1 16 6 10 6
Us virgin islands VIR 3 1 0 2 11 21 -10 3
Turks and caicos TCA 3 0 0 3 7 22 -15 0
Group Stage - Group C
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Usa USA 3 3 0 0 28 5 23 9
Bahamas BAH 3 2 0 1 21 9 12 6
Antigua and barbuda ATG 3 1 0 2 15 22 -7 3
Bonaire. Bonaire 3 0 0 3 7 35 -28 0
Group Stage - Group D
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Elsalvador SLV 3 3 0 0 23 6 17 9
France GLP 3 1 1 1 11 17 -6 4
Guya0001 GUY 3 1 0 2 10 13 -3 3
Belize BLZ 3 0 0 3 9 17 -8 0
Play-off for 15th Place
Play-off for 13th Place
Play-off for 11th Place
Play-off for 9th Place
Play-off for 7th Place
Play-off for 5th Place
Quarter-finals
Elsalvador SLV 8 - 4 BAH Bahamas
Usa USA 5 - 1 GLP France
Panama PAN 6 - 4 GUA Guatemala
Mexico MEX 5 - 4 TRI Trinidada   tobago
Semi-finals
Usa USA 3 - 3 (5 - 4) (PSO) SLV Elsalvador
Mexico MEX 3 - 0 PAN Panama
Play-off for 3rd place
Panama PAN 3 - 8 SLV Elsalvador
Final
Mexico MEX 6 - 2 USA Usa
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