Spain win European Cup!
Spain beat Switzerland 6-4 in the Rome 2009 final to claim their second successive Euro Beach Soccer Cup crown. Amarelle (2), Beiro, Juanma, Cristian and Roman MVP Nico were on target for La Furia Roja, as they provided an enthralling climax to a memorable tournament at Circo Massimo. Goals from Schirinzi, Meier, Leu and even goalkeeper Nico provided a sizeable consolation against a dominant Spain, who again emerged as the kings of Europe. Hungary’s Beach Soccer future looks promising. The Hungarians showcased grit and tactical potential over the past three days at the Rome showdown and pulled off some impressive results against Europe’s Beach Soccer powerhouses. Nevertheless, the Portuguese exhausted a courageous effort from Hungary to win 7-5 in what proved a fitting 3rd and 4th place play-off. Though, despite the victory, the Portuguese have some brainstorming to do about how to concede fewer goals when disputing the European World Cup Qualifier in Castellón next month. Madjer & Co travel to the Spanish coastal city to book a ticket to the global competition for the fifth time in a row. With considerably more sweet than swagger, Russia beat France 8-4 and finish fifth at the Euro Beach Soccer Cup 2009. Less accomplished than was expected, the Russians can still return homewards satisfied as they made some great runs in Rome. Their secret is still the steady-as-a-rock physical condition they showcase whenever entering a beach soccer pitch. No prize for Pisarev’s troops at Circo Massimo, but nobody doubts the Russians will snatch one at the European World Cup Qualifier next month in Spanish Castellón. Poland battled to a 4-3 win over Italy, snatched 7th place in Rome, and pile up the pressure on the hosts as they face current world champion Brazil on Tuesday. The Azzurri are out of form and will need a serious physical and moral boost to make waves in Castellon to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. As complicated as it may seem, Giancarlo Magrini’s charges are served a first opportunity to stand up against Brazil, something almost impossible, they might need a miracle. Luckily Rome has known a couple in the past. Final standings: 1. Spain 2. Switzerland 3. Portugal 4. Hungary 5. Russia 6. France 7. Poland 8. Italy Individual Awards: MVP - Nico Alvarado Caporale (ESP) Best goalkeeper - Nico Jung (SUI) Top goal scorer - Madjer (POR) Complete results Fri 22.05.09 14:15 M1 Portugal 11 x 1 Poland 15:30 M2 Russia (4)3 x 3(5) Spain 16:45 M3 France 3 x 9 Switzerland 18:00 M4 Italy 2 x 5 Hungary Sat 23.05.09 14:15 M5 Poland 1 x 6 Russia 15:30 M8 Switzerland 6 x 1 Hungary 16:45 M6 Portugal 6 x 7 Spain 18:00 M7 France 3 x 1 Italy Sun 24.05.09 10:00 M10 Russia 8 x 4 France (5th/6th Play-off) 11:15 M11 Portugal 7 x 5 Hungary (3rd/4th Play-off) 16:45 M9 Poland 4 x 3 Italy (7th/8th Play-off) 18:00 M12 Spain 6 x 4 Switzerland (Final)