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FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP TAHITI 2013
24 Sep 2013

Semi-finals in sight

Some favourites and some surprises headline the World Cup's second stage


source: fifa.com (http://www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup)


With the initial field of 16 now cut in half, the eight remaining sides at Tahiti 2013 are preparing to battle it out for a semi-final berth and move a step closer to becoming world champions. FIFA.com previews the round ahead.  

Match of the day
Argentina
- Tahiti, Wednesday 25 September, quarter-final, 17.30 (local time)

The hosts have made a very good impression with their group-stage performances, though it remains to be seen how their relative inexperience and the pressure of playing at home will affect them in the knockout phase. In that regard, the loss to Spain in their final group game, though a painful lesson, could also prove highly significant.

Experience is one thing Argentina will not be lacking. Although one of the three sides to have competed at every FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, La Albiceleste have yet to go beyond the quarters. Only time will tell if their slip-up against the Netherlands in their final group game was a mere blip or something more serious.

Other highlights
Defending champions Russia will start as clear favourites against quarter-final debutants Iran. The Sbornajaare on a run of ten successive victories and will be buoyed by their opponent?s poor record against European sides. In eight previous showdowns with teams from the Old Continent, Iran have managed just a solitary win: a 5-4 defeat of Spain at Brazil 2007 that was followed by another four consecutive defeats.

Brazil versus Japan is already something of a beach soccer classic, with the pair having squared off on four previous occasions. Indeed the fixture is the second-most common in the history of this competition, superseded only by Brazil-Portugal.

History is firmly on the side of the South Americans, however, their having won all four of the previous encounters with the east Asians. That said, Japan will take heart from Friday?s victory over Paraguay, a result that ended a run of ten straight defeats to South American opposition.

The quarter-finals will also have an all-Latin fixture with the meeting of Spain and El Salvador. A flawless group phase would appear to make the Europeans slight favourites, as would their victory ? a 7-3 triumph at Dubai 2009 ? in the only prior meeting of the sides in this event. The Central Americans will not be lacking in confidence, though, having twice prevailed 3-2 against La Roja in 2011 and 2012 friendlies.

Player to watch
Ozu Moreira
(JPN)
Here in Tahiti, the Japan captain has only enhanced his status as one of the stars of the sport. On top of his towering defensive displays, the 27-year-old has weighed in with three goals, including two in the defeat of Côte d'Ivoire that secured his side?s quarter-final berth. A nationalised Japanese of Brazilian birth, Moreira?s opponents in the last eight will be none other than A Seleção?

The stat
3 -Three is the number of teams through to the last-eight of Tahiti 2013 who were also present at the same stage two years ago in Ravenna. The trio are reigning champions Russia, four-time world championsBrazil, and El Salvador. Furthermore, there are two sides ? hosts Tahiti and Iran ? who will be competing in their first Beach Soccer World Cup quarter-final.

The words
?I?ve coached for many years in Brazil and Portugal, which means I know exactly what level we?re at. Moreover, we?ve already played Brazil at this tournament so my players have the confidence to face Russia,?Iran coach Marco Octavio ahead of his side?s meeting with the defending champions.

The schedule (local time)*
Brazil
- Japan (16.00)
Argentina
- Tahiti (17.30)
Spain
- El Salvador (19.00)
Russia
- Iran (20.30)

*All fixtures take place at Papeete?s To?ata Stadium.

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September 08, 2020 - September 13, 2020
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Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Sportingportugal SCP 2 2 0 0 10 1 9 6
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 2 2 0 0 9 5 4 6
Arturmusic ARM 1 1 0 0 12 3 9 3
Marseille MAR 2 1 0 1 8 9 -1 3
Rostockerrobben RSR 2 1 0 1 8 6 2 3
Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22 DUS 2 1 0 1 7 7 0 3
Bsc krylya sovetov KSV 1 1 0 0 5 4 1 3
Emblema nazarenos GDON 2 0 1 1 7 11 -4 1
Untitled design 12.40.36 NTB 2 0 0 2 8 13 -5 0
Shmanapoli web NPL 2 0 0 2 6 11 -5 0
Logotipo sotao web SOT 1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0
Logo MLN 1 0 0 1 3 12 -9 0
Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Logotipo sotao web SOT 2 2 0 0 11 4 7 6
Untitled design 12.40.36 NTB 2 1 0 1 9 11 -2 3
Marseille MAR 2 0 0 2 4 9 -5 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Braga SCB 3 3 0 0 33 3 30 9
Arturmusic ARM 3 2 0 1 30 13 17 6
Cartel waterloo %28bel%29 WAT 3 1 0 2 5 33 -28 3
Portsmouth ladies bs PBS 3 0 0 3 3 22 -19 0
Group Stage - Group C
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Sportingportugal SCP 3 2 1 0 19 10 9 8
Shmanapoli web NPL 3 1 1 1 15 17 -2 5
Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22 DUS 3 1 0 2 16 17 -1 3
Logotorrejon TJN 3 0 0 3 11 17 -6 0
Group Stage - Group D
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Kristall KRS 2 2 0 0 16 2 14 6
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 2 1 0 1 13 9 4 3
Cs olimpia   stels %28mda%29 CSO 2 0 0 2 3 21 -18 0
Group Stage - Group E
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 3 3 0 0 18 6 12 9
Emblema nazarenos GDON 3 2 0 1 10 13 -3 6
Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.47 BEM 3 0 1 2 13 17 -4 2
Sigla web ACS 3 0 0 3 9 14 -5 0
Group Stage - Group F
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Logo MUN 3 3 0 0 24 7 17 9
Bsc krylya sovetov KSV 3 2 0 1 15 7 8 6
Logo grap copia web ADP 3 1 0 2 11 17 -6 3
Fc vybor VYB 3 0 0 3 5 24 -19 0
Group Stage - Group G
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Logo MLN 3 2 1 0 14 7 7 7
Rostockerrobben RSR 3 2 0 1 19 13 6 6
Cs djoker DJO 3 1 0 2 12 13 -1 3
Untitled design %281%29 SOT-B 3 0 0 3 13 25 -12 0
Round of 16
Logotipo sotao web SOT 4 - 2 GDON Emblema nazarenos
Logo MUN 9 - 3 NTB Untitled design 12.40.36
Logo MLN 6 - 4 GCZ Grasshopper club zurich
Kristall KRS 7 - 1 MAR Marseille
Sportingportugal SCP 3 - 6 KSV Bsc krylya sovetov
Braga SCB 9 - 1 DUS Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22
Arturmusic ARM 8 - 1 RSR Rostockerrobben
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 9 - 6 NPL Shmanapoli web
Play-off for 15th Place
Shmanapoli web NPL 0 - 3 NTB Untitled design 12.40.36
Play-off for 13th Place
Marseille MAR 4 - 6 DUS Screen shot 2020 09 05 at 09.27.22
Play-off for 11th Place
Rostockerrobben RSR 6 - 8 (AET) GDON Emblema nazarenos
Play-off for 9th Place
Grasshopper club zurich GCZ 3 - 5 SCP Sportingportugal
Play-off for 7th Place
Logo MLN 5 - 7 SOT Logotipo sotao web
Play-off for 5th Place
Arturmusic ARM 11 - 5 KSV Bsc krylya sovetov
Quarter-finals
Logotipo sotao web SOT 2 - 3 MUN Logo
Kristall KRS 13 - 3 MLN Logo
Braga SCB 6 - 0 KSV Bsc krylya sovetov
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 7 - 7 (3 - 1) (PSO) ARM Arturmusic
Semi-finals
Braga SCB 6 - 3 MUN Logo
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 0 - 8 KRS Kristall
Play-off for 3rd place
Escudo futbol playa marbella 2017 final MARB 6 - 7 MUN Logo
Final
Kristall KRS 3 - 3 (1 - 0) (PSO) SCB Braga
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