The 10th edition of one of the most anticipated beach soccer events will be held on Kite Beach once more, with the official draw taking place on the 12th of October
The Tecnotree Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup will return to Dubai in November to celebrate the 10th chapter of an amazing beach soccer story.
From 2 to 6 November, eight of the world’s top teams will be heading back to the stunning Kite Beach for this 10th edition of the most prestigious yearly event in the beach soccer calendar, jointly organized by Beach Soccer Worldwide and the Dubai Sports Council.
And the much-anticipated line-up? Here it is:
These eight beach soccer nations from across the globe will be organised into two groups at the official draw, which will take place on Tuesday 12 October at the Dubai Sports Council headquarters (live on BSWW official facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeachSoccerWorldwide/)
As is tradition, the two groups will play three days of round robin matches, followed by semi-finals and then the final on Saturday 6 November.
The award ceremony will then be shortly followed by the Beach Soccer Stars, where the top performers of the 2021 season will be recognised in the glittering gala.
Current champions Iran, after missing out on a place at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, will be keen to retain one of the sport’s top trophies in their eighth Intercontinental Cup appearance, a title which they have held since 2018.
As it stands, Iran, Brazil and newly-crowned world champions Russia share the titles of the previous nine editions, and the deadlock may be broken in the 2021 event, where Russia and Iran have the chance to claim a record fourth Intercontinental Cup.
Russia haven’t won the competition for six years, but the only team (alongside hosts UAE) to have competed in every edition of the Intercontinental Cup go into this event as world champions – just as they did in 2015…
Portugal head back to Dubai for the first time since they reached the final in 2017, where they were narrowly downed by Brazil, and Spain, finalists of the previous edition in 2019, will also land on the Arabian sand to try and become only the fourth team to ever win the prestigious title.
However, they will have to contend with the ever-improving beach soccer force that is Japan, who reached the final of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup just over a month ago, not to mention fellow Asian superpower, hosts UAE, who’s third-place finish in the previous edition gave them high hopes for their next chance at the title on home sand.
Two extremely competitive teams will compete the line-up: African Champions Senegal will make their appearance in Dubai following a historical FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in which they became the first ever African to reach the semi-finals, thus confirming they are ready to upset any beach soccer powerhouse in the globe.
Paraguay, who have been showing great beach soccer prowess during the last years to become one of the main references in the South American close a magnificent roster.
Who, if anyone, can dethrone Iran?