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27 Aug 2018
EBSL: final regular phase standings
Spain ends as the best team of the regular phase, with Germany doomed to defend their Division A place in the Promotion Final
The regular phase of the Euro Beach Soccer League is over, and the list of teams that get to fight for the European Crown in the coming Superfinal in Alghero is defined.
Likewise, we also got to know what are the teams competing for a Division A berth in the Promotion Final.
Spain ended atop of the table in the top division of the continental league, thanks to their perfect performance over the season, without losing a single game. Russia, with just one defeat (precisely against Spain) comes second, followed by Belarus, Portugal, Ukraine and Switzerland.
Italy sits in seventh position (although their berth was secured as the hosts of the EBSL Superfinal, and Azerbaijan grasped the last ticket, thanks two their two wins (over Germany and Poland). Precisely, Germany failed to bag any points, and will need to fight in the Promotion Final to skip relegation to Division B.
The coming Superfinal will have Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Azerbaijan in Group 1, with Italy, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in Group 2.
This is how the EBSL - Division A standings are after the five stages of the regular phase:
1. SPAIN - 15 points (+14 g/a)
2. RUSSIA - 14 points (+14 g/a)
3. BELARUS - 13 points (+10 g/a)
4. PORTUGAL - 12 points (+9 g/a)
5. UKRAINE - 12 points (+5 g/a)
6. SWITZERLAND - 9 points (+15 g/a)
7. ITALY - 9 points (+3 g/a)
8. AZERBAIJAN - 6 points (-12 g/a)
9. FRANCE - 3 points (-9 g/a)
10. POLAND - 3 points (-12 g/a)
11. TURKEY - 3 points (-14 g/a)
12. GERMANY - 0 points (-12 g/a)
DIVISION B standings
In Division B, the standings are divided between the different positions the teams ended in at the stage each of them played , as the qualification system for the Promotion Final is slightly different.
It is worth remembering that according to the Regulations of the EBSL 2018 Article (F), the champions of each group from DIV-B will qualify for the Promotion Final in Italy. Four (4) teams will qualify directly as champions of their respective groups and, to complete the seven (7) team line-up, the three (3) best second place teams will also qualify.
After the last stage in Warnemünde, England, Bulgaria Kazakhstan and Romania will be in the Promotion Final as the champions of each stage, together with Hungarry, Norway and Moldova, the three best second-ranked sides. Germany will be the team from Division A battling with them to skip relegation.
1st placed teams:
1. ENGLAND - 6 points (+5 g/a)
2. BULGARIA - 6 points (+5 g/a)
3. KAZAKHSTAN - 6 points +5 (g/a)
4. ROMANIA - 4 points (+2 g/a)
2nd placed teams:
1. HUNGARY - 3 points (+2 g/a)
2. NORWAY - 3 points (0 g/a)
3. MOLDOVA - 2 points (0 g/)
4. SERBIA - 2 points (0 g/a)
3rd placed teams
1. ESTONIA - 0 points (-2 g/a)
2. CZECH REPUBLIC - 0 points (-5 g/a)
3. GREECE - 0 points (-5 g/a)
4. DENMARK - 0 points (-7 g/a)
4th placed teams
1. LITHUANIA - 0 points (-8 g/a)
2. ANDORRA - 0 points (-24 g/a)
3. GEORGIA - 0 points (-10 g/a)
Consequently, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Moldova go in Group 1, with England, Bulgaria, Norway and Romania drawn into group 2.