Brazil beat Italy, win record-breaking sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup title in UAE - GulfToday

Brazil beat Italy, win record-breaking sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup title in UAE


Gianni Infantino hands over the trophy to Brazil players during the presentation ceremony at the Dubai Design District on Sunday.

Brazil reign supreme again! The Samba Boys secured their record-breaking sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup title at UAE 2024, defeating Italy 6-4 in a thrilling final at the Dubai Design District.

Dominating the second half after a close 2-2 draw in the first, the world's number one team showcased their mastery on the sand.

Led by the dazzling Rodrigo, the 2023 best player in the world, Brazil shone with three goals from his foot. Teammates Bruno Xavier and Brendo added their names to the scoresheet, while an own goal from Italy's Genao sealed their fate.

This historic victory marks Brazil's unwavering dominance in beach soccer, solidifying their position as the most decorated team in the sport's history.

Iran bag bronze

Earlier, Iran's commendable display at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup UAE 2024 in Dubai culminated in a resounding 6-1 victory over Belarus, securing them the bronze medal.

From the very outset, Ali Mirshekari capitalised on an overhead kick deflection and Movahed Mohammadpour added an acrobatic effort of his own to establish a quick 2-goal lead.

This bronze medal marks Iran's second consecutive third-place finish in major tournaments, following their success at Bahamas 2017. Belarus, meanwhile, can be proud of their best-ever performance at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

UAEFA President congratulates winners

In a statement following the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup UAE 2024, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA), extended his congratulations to the Brazilian national team on their record-breaking sixth World Cup title.

He lauded the exceptional display of skill and sportsmanship showcased by both Brazil and Italy throughout the tournament, culminating in a thrilling final match. The enthusiastic and engaged crowd, Sheikh Hamdan noted, served as a testament to the event's success and the growing popularity of beach soccer globally.

Sheikh Hamdan expressed his sincere appreciation to the Supreme Organising Committee, led by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, for their unwavering dedication and meticulous planning in delivering a world-class event.

He emphasised how the Committee's efforts further cemented the UAE's position as a leading global hub for football, equipped to successfully host any major tournament.

He also commended FIFA for its collaborative spirit and seamless partnership with local committees, resulting in an event that garnered widespread acclaim for its creativity and innovation. Sheikh Hamdan expressed his gratitude to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his personal commitment and support for the development of beach soccer worldwide.

Recognising the pivotal role of the Dubai Sports Council, Sheikh Hamdan highlighted their proven track record of organising successful beach soccer events, including the Continental Cup Championship and the World Cup Dubai 2009.

He also acknowledged the invaluable contributions of local institutions and their tireless efforts in ensuring every aspect of the tournament ran smoothly, providing exceptional support to all participating delegations. He emphasized how these efforts contribute to fostering positive international relations and showcasing the UAE's progress, social harmony, and diverse cultural fabric.

Finally, Sheikh Hamdan acknowledged the remarkable public turnout that added vibrancy and energy to the event, and expressed his profound appreciation for the dedication of the volunteers who played a vital role in ensuring its success.


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