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01 Sep 2017
Beach soccer was at its captivating best in Warnemünde
By Bernd Barutta, Head of Beach Soccer at the DFB
Bernd Barutta is Head of Beach Soccer at the DFB
The Euro Beach Soccer League stage in Warnemünde last weekend was a weekend that will live long in the memory.
The town, the fans, the players and everyone involved in the organisation of the event are still buzzing with how it went. Clear skies, bright sunshine and a packed-out stadium in one of the most popular beach resorts in Germany - not to mention the high-quality action on show. It was beach soccer in a nutshell.
This first ever Euro Beach Soccer League event in Germany demonstrated, in short, how fascinating the sport can be. The professionalism of the teams and the high-octane spectacle on display ensured the fans an exciting combination they all enjoyed tremendously.
Despite Germany’s results leaving something to be desired, their performances against seasoned, experienced nations such as Italy and Ukraine showed that the team is progressing well and are not far away from being at the very top level of continental beach soccer.
That is precisely what we will look to target now. The DFB believes in beach soccer in a big way and this is why we have been working thoroughly on its development in our country, with five National Championships played to date. These events over the past few years have turned Warnemünde into a real heartland of German beach soccer, and enabled the possibility to harvest new talent for the 'Beach Mannschaft'.
But that’s not all we’re looking to achieve. Within the DFB's plans, there is also a framework for the development of both youth and women’s championships as well as our ultimate dream of hosting the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
We are really looking forward to making these plans a reality and we will give everything to make sure they come to fruition.