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Brazil, France, Spain, Portugal Advance to Beach Soccer Semifinals, U.S. Eliminated

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lateral3.jpg (5337 bytes)RIO DE JANEIRO (2-20-03) – Brazil, France, Spain and Portugal all posted victories in their final first round group matches in front of 6,000 spectators at Copacabana Beach to advance to the Feb. 22 semifinals of the IX Beach Soccer World Championships.

In the last match of group play, Spain earned a hard-fought 8:4 win over Italy. Spanish players were very focused in this match and the defense was very important in their game.

(Photo: Action at beach championships. Courtesy beachsoccer.com)

Two goals from Nico at the beginning of the third period were the key for Spain, which will meet France in the semifinals.

LINE-UPS:
Spain – Roberto, Eloy, Nico, Q.Setien, Amarelle
Subs – Javi, Luis.

Italy – Bozzini, D’Amico, Garlini, Ferrigno, Costacurta
Subs – Giusti, Fruzzetti, Pecchia

SCORERS SPAIN-ITALY:
Setien #9 01’00 – 1st period 1-0
Garlini #10 02’38 – 1st period 1-1
Eloy #5 06’22 – 1st period 2-1
Setien #9 10’16 – 1st period 3-1
Costacurta #13 02’52 – 2nd period 3-2
Amarelle #10 04’16 – 2nd period 4-2
Amarelle #10 09’33 – 2nd period 5-2
Fruzzetti #7 10’00 – 2nd period 5-3
Nico #6 01’22 – 3rd period 6-3
Nico #6 03’21 – 3rd period 7-3
Fruzzetti #7 09’25 – 3rd period 7-4
Javi #7 10’08 – 3rd period 8-4

REFEREES:
Elias Coelho (BRA) - 1ST
Carlo Wladimyr (BRA) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM AMARELLE (SPA):
"Italian players run, fight, work hard, don’t give space to us and have a good defense. It wasn’t easy. That’s why we are happy, because we could do a great job in defense and in attack as well and score many goals".

QUOTE FROM COSTACURTA (ITA):
"It was a hard game. The Spanish team is certainly stronger than our team. But the worst part for us was the referee’s actuation".

BRAZIL THUMPS U.S.
With the first place of the group for Brazil before the match, Brazilian players tried to score as many goals as possible and they did, thumping the U.S. 13:1.

The U.S. did not have any chance to qualify and tried to enjoy the match, but Brazil enjoyed it more with the biggest victory of the tournament.

The first period was enough for Brazil to decided the match with a 5-0 advantage. Now Brazil will face Portugal in the semifinals. It will be a fantastic match where Portugal will try to surprise Brazil like in the 2001 Beach Soccer World Championships.

LINE-UPS:
Brazil – Robertinho, Júnior Negão, Benjamin, Jorginho, Buru
Subs – Neném, Júlio César, Juninho, Pierre

U.S. – Pierre, Alex, Albuquerque, Francis, Alberto Lima
Subs – Josh, Benny

SCORERS BRAZIL-U.S.:
Jorginho #10 00’40 – 1st period 1-0
Jorginho #10 03’35 – 1st period 2-0
Júnior Negão #8 06’26 – 1st period 3-0
Benjamin #9 06’45 – 1st period 4-0
Neném #7 11’52 – 1st period 5-0
Neném #7 05’10 – 2nd period 6-0
Neném #7 07’25 – 2nd period 7-0
Neném #7 09’13 – 2nd period 8-0
Beto #11 09’15 – 2nd period 8-1
Benjamin #9 00’10 – 3rd period 9-1
Neném #7 08’32 – 3rd period 10-1
Juninho #3 09’07 – 3rd period 11-1
Neném #7 10’59 – 3rd period 12-1
Júlio César #6 11’45 – 3rd period 13-1

REFEREES:
Lakhdar Benchabane (FRA) - 1ST
José Luiz da Rosa (URU) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM NENÉM (BRA):
"I’m having my best time in 10 years as a beach soccer player. And I’m very happy for scoring six goals. For the next game, against Portugal, we will be humble again and play like we know how to do. We are in our land, in our city, and we need to impose ourselves".

QUOTE FROM JOSH (U.S.):
"Brazilian players have an unbelieveable speed and an amazing ability. I think no one in the world can beat them. It was a great experience for me playing against these fantastic guys".

PORTUGAL EDGES URUGUAY
Portugal started the match with the mission of beating Uruguay by 2 goals (3:1) of difference to qualify for the semifinals. It was a very closed match because both teams had chances to qualify, but in the third period Uruguay could not stay with the Portuguese, so Portugal will play one of the semifinals against Brazil in a very interesting match.

LINE-UPS:
Portugal – Zé Miguel, Pedro Jorge, Alan, Madjer, Hernani
Subs – Nathan, Pedro Jorge, Setemeio

Uruguay – Leandro, Miguel, Nico, Fabian, Topo
Subs – Pico, Chalo, Monse


SCORERS PORTUGAL-URUGUAY:
Alan #6 03’10 – 2nd period 1-0
Nico #9 09’33 – 2nd period 1-1
Alan #6 00’02 – 3rd period 2-1
Setemeio #10 10’28 – 3rd period 3-1

REFEREES:
Carlos Robles (CHI) - 1ST
Roberto Garbini (BRA) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM ALAN (POR):
"We get better every game, so I think we have the same chances to get to the final as all other teams qualified.Now our next match is against Brazil and it is always difficult playing against them, but it’s not impossible for us to win".

QUOTE FROM GERMAN (URU):
"Portugal was playing very defensive and we were not able to beat them. The referee prejudiced us".

FRANCE TOPS JAPAN
Three goals by Sciortine led France to a 7:2 victory over Japan. The French will now meet Spain in the semifinals.

LINE-UPS:
France – Barrabe, Ottavy, Marquet, Bonora, Sciortino
Subs – Samoun, Cantona, Jairzinho

Japan – Kato, Sato, Touma, Yoshii, Mochizuki
Subs – Matsubara, Kawakubo, Ramos


SCORERS FRANCE-JAPAN:
Mochizuki #11 02’32 – 1st period 0-1
Sciortino #20 06’20 – 2nd period 1-1
Jairzinho #12 08’25 – 2nd period 2-1
Sciortino #20 10’00 – 2nd period 3-1
Bonora #9 10’20 – 2nd period 4-1
Kawakubo #9 00’20 – 3rd period 4-2
Sciortino #20 00’21 – 3rd period 5-2
Cantona #7 04’23 – 3rd period 6-2
Bonora #9 06’38 – 3rd period 7-2

REFEREES:
Massimo Magrini (ITA) - 1ST
Antonio Buaiz (BRA) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM THIERRY OTTAVY (FRA):
"We didn’t know the Japanese team and we were surprised with it. We lost the first period, but then we started to win because we were more physically prepared. Now we just hope we don’t face Brazil on the semifinals".

QUOTE FROM JOSÉ CARLOS NICOTRA (JAP):
"Our players hadn’t time to practice and suffered with the tiredness and temperature. Despite this, they did a great job against Uruguay, which is the third best team in the world, and fight a lot against Portugal and France. It was an amazing experience for them. Now we all are going to cheer to Brazil".

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Italy, Portugal, Uruguay Post Victories At IX Beach Soccer World Championships, Italy Edges U.S.

From beachsoccer.com

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (2-19-03) - Portugal and Itay gained their first victories at the IX Beach Soccer World Championships, while Uruguay earned its second. The matches were held at Copacabana Beach in front of 2,000 spectators. Italy edged the U.S., 5:4.

The 2001 World Champion Portugal had to wait until the third period to solve the puzzle presented by Japan and ended with a 5:1 victory.

With this result, Japan has no chance to qualify for the semifinals, and Portugal will have to win against Uruguay in the last match on Feb. 20.

LINE-UPS:
Portugal – Zé Miguel, Pedro Jorge, Hernani, Alan, Madjer
Subs – Marinho, Belchior

Japan – Kato, Sato, Touma, Yoshi, Moshizuki
Subs – Yoshikawa, Kawakubo, Ramos

SCORERS PORTUGAL-JAPAN:
Alan #6 02’15 – 2nd period 1-0
Touma #8 06’08 – 2nd period 1-1
Madjer #7 06’10 – 2nd period 2-1
Madjer #7 01’31 – 3rd period 3-1
Madjer #7 07’09 – 3rd period 4-1
Madjer #7 11’55 – 3rd period 5-1

REFEREES:
Elias Coelho (BRA) - 1ST
Roberto Garbini (BRA) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM MADJER (POR):
"The Japanese are very strong and focused, so the first period was very difficult for us. Fortunately we played better the rest of the game and could win the match. Now its all or nothing. We have to win the next game".

QUOTE FROM KATO (JAP):
"The first period was good for us, but Portugal has a lot of tradition in beach soccer. We gave our best, but it wasn’t enough".


ITALY POST COMEBACK WIN OVER USA
Italy posted a 5:4 come-from-behind win over the U.S. In a very interesting match, Italy had to fight hard to obtain an essential victory and advance in the tournament.

The U.S. started fast with a surprising 2:0 advantage, but they made the mistake of not being patient, and the Italians recovered in a fantastic second period with 5 goals.

The last match between Italy and Spain will be pivotal, with the winner qualifying for the semifinals.

LINE-UPS:

Italy – Bozzini, Costacurta, Pecchia, Bellandrini, Garlini
Subs – Ferrigno, D’Amico, Fruzzetti

U.S. – Pierre, Josh, Benny, Adrian, Albuquerque
Subs –Alberto Lima, Francis, Chris, Ed

REFEREES:
José Luiz da Rosa (URU) - 1ST
Pinto Correia (POR) – 2ND

SCORERS ITALY-U.S.:
Albuquerque #9 02’27 – 1st period 0-1
Ed #8 07’16 – 1st period 0-2
Ferrigno #12 00’39 – 2nd period 1-2
Ferrigno #12 04’51 – 2nd period 2-2
D’Amico #4 07’00 – 2nd period 3-2
Fruzzetti #7 08’45 – 2nd period 4-2
Garlini #10 09’10 – 2nd period 5-2
Francis #10 05’56 – 3rd period 5-3
Alberto Lima #11 11’14 – 3rd period 5-4

QUOTE FROM D’AMICO (ITA):
"We thought it would be an easy game, but it was very hard. They made two goals at the first period and then we had to concentrate on the technical play we know how to do".

QUOTE FROM FRANCIS (U.S.):
"We started the game playing in the right way. But at the second period, we didn‘t follow what our coach taught us. In spite of being patient and guarantee the victory, we tried to make more goals. This was our mistake."


URUGUAY TOPS FRANCE
After defeating Portugal in the first match, France could not do the same against Uruguay as they fell 6:5.
The Uruguayans had to play a very tactic game and focusing especially on their defense. With the advantage of the first period Uruguay could dominate the rest of the match. Despite the French reaction in the third period it was too late for them. France will have to wait till the last match to qualify for the semifinals and Uruguay as well in a very interesting last match against Portugal.

LINE-UPS:
Uruguay – Leandro, Topo, Miguel, Nico, Fabian
Subs – Pico, Chalo, Monsi, Chueco, German

France – Olmeta, Edouard, Samoun, Marquet, Sciortino
Subs – Alicarte, Ottavy, Cantona, Jairzinho.


SCORERS URUGUAY-FRANCE:
Nico #9 0’17 – 1st period 1-0
Sciortino #20 0’32 – 1st period 1-1
Fabian #10 06’26 – 1st period 2-1
Pico #11 06’44 – 1st period 3-1
Jairzinho #12 03’58 – 2nd period 3-2
Chueco #4 09’09 – 2nd period 4-2
Nico #9 10’44 – 2nd period 5-2
Marquet #8 11’36 – 2nd period 5-3
German #3 11’39 – 2nd period 6-3
Samoun #5 01’14 – 3rd period 6-4
Cantona #7 04’16 – 3rd period 6-5

REFEREES:
Evaldo Wellington (BRA) - 1ST
Carlo Wladimyr (BRA) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM FABIAN (URU):
"We needed to use the brain because France is a very strong team. So we couldn’t play with the style we usually have."

QUOTE FROM ALICARTE (FRA):
"Both teams showed a good play. The only problem was the referee, that was not fair with the French team."

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Brazil Wins Again At IX Beach Soccer World Championships
France, Spain, Uruguay Also Post Victories

From beachsoccer.com

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (2-18-03) – Brazil got its second victory at the IX Beach Soccer World Championships with a 7:2 victory over Italy at the Copacabana Beach in front of 6,000 spectators.

They just need 21 seconds to score their first goal. Italy decided to change to a 3-1 defense, forcing Brazilian players to make long distance shots. Benjamin and Neném (5 goals together) created pressure and were reponsible for the uncertainty in the Italian defense.

With these two important victories against Spain and Italy, Brazil could be considered the strongest team in the tournament at the moment, which is no surprise to anyone.

STARTERS:
Brazil – Robertinho, Junior Negão, Benjamin, Jorginho, Buru
Subs – Juninho, Neném

Italy – Bozzini, Casarca, D´Amico, Fruzetti, Ferrigno

SCORERS BRAZIL-ITALY:
Junior Negão #8 0’21 – 1st period 1-0
Neném #7 10’03 – 1st period 2-0
Benjamin #9 04’43 – 2nd period 3-0
Benjamin #9 06’44 – 2nd period 4-0
Fruzzetti #7 06’47 – 2nd period 4-1
Benjamin #9 07’42 – 2nd period 5-1
D’Amico #4 09’21 – 2nd period 5-2
Neném #7 06’28 – 3rd period 6-2
Juninho #3 09’28 – 3rd period 7-2

REFEREES:
Pinto Correia (POR) - 1ST
Lakhdar Benchabane (FRA) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM BENJAMIN (BRA):
"We will grow more in this championship. We have much more to show. We are still making some mistakes, but we will improve our team. Today the sand was too heavy, which turned things bad to us. Anyway, we were expecting a tough game because Italy always has experienced players".

QUOTE FROM FRUZZETTI (ITA):
"The referee helped the Brazilian team, which is a strong team and doesn’t need this kind of support. Its players have a better rithym than us on the sand. But we hope we can improve that for the next matches".

FRANCE STUNS 2001 CHAMPION PORTUGAL
The crowd of 6,000 at the Copacabana Beach saw France stun the 2001 Beach Soccer Champions Portugal 8:6 in the tournament opener for both teams. It was a very interesting game and Portugal still has chances to qualify for the semifinals.

STARTERS:
France – Olmeta, Edouard, Marquet, Bonora, Sciortino
Sub – Ottavy

Portugal – Zé Miguel, Pedro Jorge, Hernani, Alan, Madjer
Subs – Belchior, Samoun

SCORERS PORTUGAL-FRANCE:
Madjer #7 3’08 – 1st period 1-0
Hernani #3 8’30 – 1st period 2-0
Bonora #9 10’39 – 1st period 2-1
Edouard #4 11’01 – 1st period 2-2
Ottavy #9 0’42 – 2nd period 2-3
Sciortino #20 1’04 – 2nd period 2-4
Ottavy #3 1’40 – 2nd period 2-5
Belchior #10 6’22 – 2nd period 3-5
Madjer #7 10’10 – 2nd period 4-5
Sciortino #20 4’42 – 3rd period 4-6
Samoun #5 7’34 – 3rd period 4-7
Alan #6 10’22 – 3rd period 5-7
Samoun #5 11’36 – 3rd period 5-8
Hernani #3 11’54 – 3rd period 6-8

REFEREES:
Carlos Robles (CHI) - 1ST
Massimo Magrini (ITA) – 2ND

QUOTE FROM MARQUET (FRA):
"It was a very difficult game. Portugal did a lot of preassure during the first period and kept it for the whole game. We defended well and our goal keeper (Olmeta) was almost perfect. Now we want to keep the enthusiasm and get to the semifinals".

QUOTE FROM BELCHIOR (BRA):
"Our defense was not working. The first game is always very complicated. But nothing is lost. We still have the chance to pass and we’re going for it. All we have to do is to win the next match, and we are prepared to do it".

URUGUAY TOPS JAPAN 2:1
Uruguay began its participation with a hard-fought 2:1 win over Japan. They made an effort in the first period to take an advantage of 2-0. Despite showing a lack of mutual understanding of its players Japan almost tied the match in the third period.

STARTERS:
Uruguay – Leandro, Topo, Miguel, Nico, Fabian
Sub – German

Japan – Kato, Sato, Touma, Yoshii, Mochizuki

SCORERS URUGUAY-JAPAN:
Fabian #10 0’20 – 1st period 1-0
German #3 7’05 – 1st period 2-0
Mochizuki #11 6’56 – 3st period 2-1

QUOTE FROM FABIAN (URU):
"It was a difficult game. But I think we could handle it well. We planned to save energy in this first round, because the next one is more important".

QUOTE FROM RUY RAMOS (JAPAN CAPTAIN):
"To win, I think we needed more experience and strenght in the legs. To get worst, most of the players have known each other in the airport, before coming here. But anyway they weren’t afraid, they’ve faced the other team. Of course I’m not taking off Uruguay’s merit. Its players did a great job".

REFEREES:
Antonio Buaiz (BRA) – 1ST
João Alberto (BRA) – 2ND

SPAIN EARNS FIRST TOURNAMENT VICTORY IN 8:3 EDGE OVER USA
After the defeat against Brazil in the opening match, Spain has shown its recovery in the World Championship beating the U.S.A. 8:3 in front of 4,200 fans at the Copacabana Beach.

Spain has played well as a team, but the most outstanding player was Amarelle who scored 3 goals.
The key of match was the first period when Spain scored 6 goals in 9 minutes and everything was completely resoluted with an advantage of 6:0.

STARTERS:
Spain – Roberto, Eloy, Nico, Q.Setien, Amarelle
Subs – Busti, David, Eloy

USA – Pierre Cazassus, Benyam Phillipe Astorga, Jevin Lee Albuquerque, Francis Faberroff, Carlos Alberto Lima.

SCORERS SPAIN-USA:
Amarelle #10 1’05 – 1st period 1-0
Nico #6 2’02 – 1st period 2-0
Busti #4 5’18 – 1st period 3-0
Eloy #5 6’05 – 1st period 4-0
Q. Setien #9 7’38 – 1st period 5-0
David #8 10’02 – 1st period 6-0
Faberroff #10 7’00 – 2nd period 6-1
Amarelle #10 8’53 – 2nd period 7-1
Faberroff #10 6’08 – 3rd period 7-2
Alberto Lima #11 6’44 – 3rd period 7-3
Amarelle #11 6’46 – 3rd period 8-3

REFEREES:
Elias Coelho (BRA) – 1ST
Evaldo Wellington (BRA) – 2ND


QUOTE FROM AMARELLE (SPA):
"We conquered the victory in the first period. The Americans were a little lost and then we could open a six goals advantage. For the second period, they got back stronger and then we started playing a little defensive. For the next game we’re going to play stronger to defeat Italy on Thursday".

QUOTE FROM FRANCIS (U.S.A):

"I think we lost because we didn’t get in the game. The team was totally lost and the Spanish played very well. From the second period till the end of the game we played better, but it was too late for us".

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Brazil Opens IX Beach Soccer World Championship with 6-3 Win over Spain

From beachsoccer.com

RIO DE JANEIRO (2-16-03) - Defending champion and host Brazil opened the IX Beach Soccer World Championship with a 6:3 victory over Spain at the Copacabana Beach in front of 6,000 spectators.

Spain began the match pressing a lot and scoring the first goal, but Brazilian players were very focused and their defense was solid. They were playing a counter-attack game and Junior Negão scored two goals to give the advantage to Brazil. Negão was very happy with his team performance and happy as well to score three goals.

"The team has played very well," he said. "We’re used to this weather conditions and it helped us. We hope to keep this level during all the tournament.”

The second period was amazing. The temperature of 42 ºC (107 ºF) seemed not to be a obstacle for the Brazilians, who showed good movement, but Spain fought hard to tie the game at 2:2. Then Brazil took advantage with goals from Buru, Neném and Benjamin to win the match.

Spain scored a goal in the third period, but it was too late and the Brazilian victory was guaranteed with the third goal of Junior Negão and with a final score of 6-3 for Brazil. It was a good match to start the championship.


REFEREES:
Carlos Robles (CHI) – 1ST
José Luiz da Rosa (URU) – 2ND

SCORERS BRAZIL-SPAIN
Nico #6 4’47 – 1st period 0-1
Junior Negão #8 8’03 – 1st period 1-1
Junior Negão #8 10’9 – 1st period 2-1
Eloy #5 1’09 – 2nd period 2-2
Buru #11 3’15 – 2nd period 3-2
Nenem #7 7’05 – 2nd period 4-2
Benjamin #9 9’59 – 2nd period 5-2
Eloy #5 3’15 – 3rd period 5-3
Junior Negão #8 8’33 – 3rd period 6-3


QUOTE FROM JUNIOR NEGÃO (BRA)

"At the beginning of the match, Spanish made some pressure, but we were very focused and played very well. It was a very nice game. Fortunately I could score three times and I’m very happy to help the team getting the victory".

QUOTE FROM JOAQUIN ALONSO (COACH ESP)
"We started playing well, our team was very good at the beginning, but Brazil is the strongest team of the Championship and we couldn’t stop them. We hope to make a better game against U.S.A. next Tuesday".

IX Beach Soccer World Championship
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Feb. 16-23, 2003

Group A (GP, W-L-T, GF:GA, PTS)

Brazil (1, 1-0-0, 6:3, 3)
Spain (1, 0-1-0, 3:6, 0)
USA (-,-,-,-)
Italy (-,-,-,-)

Group B (GP, W-L-T, GF:GA, PTS)
Portugal (-,-,-,-)
Uruguay (-,-,-,-)
France (-,-,-,-)
Japan (-,-,-,-)

Feb. 16
Brazil - Spain, 6:3

Feb. 18

Spain vs. USA
Uruguay vs. Japan
Portugal vs. France
Brazil vs. Italy

Feb. 19
France vs. Uruguay
USA vs. Italy
Portugal vs. Japan

Feb. 20
Japan vs. France
Italy vs. Spain
Portugal vs. Uruguay
Brazil vs. USA

Feb. 22
Semifinals
Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-up
Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-up

Feb. 23

Third Place – Semifinal Losers
Final – Semifinal Winners

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