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16 May 2017

The road to a perfect World Cup

by Gilberto Costa, Brazil National Coach


Gilberto Costa is Brazil National Coach


Many people have asked me what it takes to rally a team after a very hard defeat and then go on to win all the games you play for two years, culminating in them being one of the most consistent FIFA Beach Soccer World Champions ever.

And there is only one word that can sum it up: work. Simply work, work and more work.

I am extremely proud to be the coach of an incredible group of sportsmen whose talent and belief led to the highest possible honour in beach soccer, and I am even more honoured to see how we managed to do it, with a clear goal, an eye-catching style, and lots and lots of professionalism both on and off the pitch.

Winning the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is not something that comes from fortune, luck or fate. Of course, as in any sport, you need always a bit of luck when the ball is in the air, but it is hard work, mentality and focus that gets you the wins on a consistent basis. 

It is all about pushing yourself to the max on the training ground so that you make it to the ball before your opponent. It is concentration and self-confidence that enables you to make decisions that split second faster.   

To reach a physical and mental state that grants you the possibility of beating the best teams in the world you need to train hard and study a lot. 

There is no other formula. You need to work to achieve the best version of yourself so that you’re not overpowered by any of the hugely talented teams on the sand. Because, trust me, you’re only ever one careless game from a defeat.

So, if we want to fight to retain our title in 2019, and believe me we do, as a team we need to start planning and working now. 

All that we have done so far will mean nothing if we relax and take our foot off the gas. We need to make 2017 the beginning of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 journey if we want to keep making history. 

Having had a taste of it, it’s something we want to experience again.

RESULTS & SCHEDULE
December 08, 2018 - December 14, 2018
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Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Egypt EGY 3 3 0 0 20 6 14 9
Morocco MAR 3 2 0 1 12 14 -2 6
Madagascar MAD 3 1 0 2 10 13 -3 3
Coted ivoire CIV 3 0 0 3 10 19 -9 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Senegal SEN 3 2 1 0 26 7 19 7
Nigeria NIG 3 2 0 1 14 9 5 6
Lbya0001 LBY 3 1 0 2 9 18 -9 3
Tanz0001 TAZ 3 0 0 3 6 21 -15 0
Play-off for 7th Place
Tanz0001 TAZ 6 - 5 (AET) LBY Lbya0001
Play-off for 5th Place
Madagascar MAD 5 - 2 TAZ Tanz0001
Lbya0001 LBY 3 - 6 CIV Coted ivoire
Madagascar MAD 9 - 8 (AET) CIV Coted ivoire
Semi-finals
Egypt EGY 6 - 7 NIG Nigeria
Senegal SEN 7 - 2 MAR Morocco
Play-off for 3rd place
Egypt EGY 0 - 0 MAR Morocco
Final
Nigeria NIG 0 - 0 SEN Senegal
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