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30 Nov 2018

Iran are November’s Movers of the Month

Intercontinental victors Iran up to second in the world and close the gap on Brazil


Following a remarkable campaign in the Huawei Intercontinental Cup in Dubai, Iran take Portugal’s place to move into second position in the beach soccer world rankings, at the same time claiming the November Movers of the Month title.

Marco Octavio’s men cruised through the group stages in the UAE, seeing off competition from three-time winners Russia, the team that they would eventually meet in the final and who also ended Brazil’s 66-game unbeaten streak.

Iran topped the group with nine points, saw off Egypt in the semi-final and then handed a 4-2 defeat to Russia in the final to repeat their 2013 success in Dubai. They gaining 162 points to take them above Portugal and just one behind world champions Brazil.

The Russians also move up one place in the rankings, into fourth position, reclaiming the spot that Italy took from them after winning the Euro Beach Soccer League in September.

Del Duca’s Azzurri slip back into fifth position, while Portugal also drop by one into third.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the USA moved up by an impressive eight places, leapfrogging teams such as Argentina, Nigeria and Belarus, as a result of their best ever finish (fifth place) in the Huawei Intercontinental Cup.

There were few big drops down the table this month, but China, Vietnam and Uzbekistan slid down a few places as a result of a period of inactivity.

Congratulations to Iran! Can they close the gap on Brazil even further? 

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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 3 - 2 MAR Morocco
Final
Nigeria NIG 1 - 6 SEN Senegal
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