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The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifier draw

By: Liam Close 15 May 2009 15:57:42

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifier draw

15.05.2009 The stage is set and it is almost time for curtain up! A total of 28 European teams discovered the hurdles they must overcome to reach the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai today when the Official draw of the European Qualifying event took place in Castellon’s town hall. It proved to be a memorable ceremony, decorated by the presence of some iconic figures from within the sport and the host city, providing a foretaste of the magical tournament that Spanish Castellon promises to deliver. BSWW Head of Competitions Josep Ponset conducted proceedings as politicians, Castellon sport icons, Beach Soccer promoters from accros Europe and the local sports press looked on in earnest to see which teams Draw Assistants Julio Salinas (former FC Barcelona, Spain striker), Alberto Fabra Part (Mayor Castellon) and Rocío Bernal (Official Sponsor Crocs representative) guided into the respective qualifying pools. The 28 European hopefuls were allotted to seven groups of four in which they will round robin. The seven first and second placed teams in each group, and the best two third placed teams, end up in the round of 16. The teams that reach the quarter finals will each play a match that is worth as much as a final, as the four victors book places in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2009 Dubai. The four losers go into a further series of play-offs to determine which nation snatches the last ticket to the global showpiece. Despite knowing the results of the draw, the tournament’s official match schedule is only expected to be released next week. The seven groups of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2009 Qualifier Castellon were drawn as follows: GROUP A A1 SPAIN A2 CZECH REPUBLIC A3 ROMANIA A4 LATVIA GROUP B B1 PORTUGAL B2 GERMANY B3 AUSTRIA B4 AZERBAIJAN GROUP C C1 RUSSIA C2 ENGLAND C3 ANDORRA C4 KAZAKHSTAN GROUP D D1 ITALY D2 UKRAINE D3 ESTONIA D4 BULGARIA GROUP E E1 FRANCE E2 GREECE E3 TURKEY E4 SLOVAKIA GROUP F F1 SWITZERLAND F2 HUNGARY F3 NETHERLANDS F4 ISRAEL GROUP G G1 POLAND G2 NORWAY G3 BELARUS G4 BELGIUM


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