FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 Facing Challenges A Few Months Out
Russia will host the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup from Aug. 19-29. The qualifying matches have yet to be played. In some countries, the curfew and lockdowns are still in force due to Covid-19 and the global health crisis.
The million-dollar question: Will there or won't there be a beach soccer World Cup this summer in Europe? I would say: It all depends on the pandemic, its consequences and the accumulation of international sports events that have been postponed since 2020.
For sports lovers, other top-level international sporting events and tournaments will be held this coming summer. Copa America, UEFA Euro 2020, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tour de France (cycling), Wimbledon (tennis) and the U.S. Open (tennis), among others.
The audience, coverage and fans of beach soccer have grown lately. We are no longer those three or four fans who enjoy watching Brazil on the beach making beautiful moves (“jogo bonito”), dribbles and scoring goals against rivals. In addition, it is becoming less difficult for us to understand why national teams such as Russia or Portugal have such a good performance playing on the beach. Likewise, we are extremely happy to see that teams like Peru, Tahiti, Mexico or Switzerland, so-called "weak teams," have conquered second place in beach soccer World Cups.
Brazil has won the Beach Soccer Worldwide World Cup nine times and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup five times. Portugal, the current champion, has two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup titles and one Beach Soccer Worldwide Cup title. Russia, the host country of the next World Cup, has two FIFA Beach World Cup championships and France one FIFA World Cup title.
All set for the 2021 Beach World Cup in Russia. Well, at least that is what we all believe. Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean still do not have teams qualified for the World Cup.
Some soccer confederations, such as the European and Asian confederations, do not even have scheduled dates for qualifying matches. Meanwhile, their counterparts of South America or Africa have tentative dates, but nothing official yet.
We will probably enjoy the Beach Soccer World Cup if everything goes according to what is expected, vaccines do their job, people become aware, wear protective masks and keep their distance.
After all, beach soccer is very unique and attractive. Teams move quickly from court to court. The game is interrupted less frequently than in normal soccer. The aerial game is vital when it comes to playing and shooting at goal. The players are acrobats, they perform great and fascinating shows with their somersaults on the sand, and many high-quality goals are scored.
We hope to see those beach soccer stars again this year. Júnior from Brazil in the 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2000 World Cups, Nemén from Portugal in 2002 or the Russian Leonov in 2011. As for the so-called: Pichichi (top scorer), with the most goals scored in Beach Soccer World Cups, let's not forget the “lethal” Madjer, with 21 goals in 2006, the Italian Gori and the Swiss Stankovic with 16 goals in 2019 and 2009 respectively or the Brazilian André with 14 goals in the 2014 World Cup.