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AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019
29 Mar 2019

A warm welcome home for Asian champions Japan

Samurai Blue received at Nissan Stadium ahead of Japan’s Kirin Challenge Cup game against Colombia


On Friday 22nd March, Ruy Ramos and the Japanese beach soccer squad did something that doesn’t come naturally to them and put on shoes to step out onto a grass football pitch.

Having conquered the continent just days before, the beach soccer stars walked out to raucous applause to the packed Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, to parade their newly-claimed trophy.

The beach soccer heroes were welcomed ahead of Japan’s Kirin Challenge Cup game against Colombia, held at Nissan Stadium on Friday, after winning the AFC Championship for the first time in eight years!

In winning the AFC Beach Soccer Championships in Thailand, the Samurai Blue sealed a spot in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019, to be held in Paraguay later this year.

UAE, who finished the tournament in second, also qualify, as well as Oman who beat a plucky Palestine in the third-place play-off.

Ruy Ramos took the opportunity to address the crowd…

"We’ve conquered Asia for the first time in eight years! I believe that it is thanks to all of you that we have achieved this. Please continue to support the world of Japanese football."

Watch the full video on the Japanese Football Association Facebook page right here – Goosebumps alert!

 

 

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Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
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Lokomotiv LOK 3 2 0 1 25 15 10 6
Levante1 LUD 3 1 0 2 19 16 3 3
2019 alanya belediyespor ABS 3 1 0 2 15 30 -15 3
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Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Spartak logo copia web SPK 3 2 1 0 17 7 10 8
Braga SCB 3 2 0 1 18 13 5 6
Flamengo FLA 3 1 0 2 11 13 -2 3
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 3 0 0 3 8 21 -13 0
Play-off for 7th Place
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 4 - 8 ABS 2019 alanya belediyespor
Play-off for 5th Place
Levante1 LUD 7 - 2 GCZ Grasshopper club zurich
Flamengo FLA 6 - 5 ABS 2019 alanya belediyespor
Levante1 LUD 5 - 4 FLA Flamengo
Semi-finals
Tokyo verdy emblem 2020 TKV 2 - 7 SCB Braga
Spartak logo copia web SPK 3 - 1 LOK Lokomotiv
Play-off for 3rd place
Tokyo verdy emblem 2020 TKV 2 - 6 LOK Lokomotiv
Final
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