Monday, May 16, 2005

 

France wins I World Cup of Beach Soccer

France won yesterday, May 15th, the first World Cup of Beach Soccer, played in Copacabana, Brazil.

Brazil won many World Championships of beach soccer; click here to read more.
However, this was the first time that FIFA endorsed this sport, and hence this was the first time that a World Cup was organized.

In the final match, France beat Portugal in the penalties decision, after a tie 3 x 3 in the match.
Brazil, which had been defeated by Portugal in the semi-final, won Japan and finished 3rd.
Brazil played with its full force, but was beaten by a better Portugal. Romário, who is about to retire from professional football, started his career as a beach player; he says that he is willing to play the coming editions.
Read report by o Globo about the I World Cup of Beach Soccer.

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