- 16 European groups to compete for four World Cup locations
- Nazare, Portugal internet hosting the event
- Portugal go into qualifying as reigning world champions
The battle for Europe’s four allotted berths on the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 is already underway in Nazare, Portugal, the place the UEFA qualifying event is being held from 17 to 27 June. The high 5 groups from the preliminary spherical, which runs from 17 to 19 June in tandem with the Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL), will advance to the ultimate spherical, which begins on 21 June and wherein a complete of 16 groups will take part.
The high two groups from every group then advance to the quarter-finals, the winners of which qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™ with the hosts.
Group A: Portugal, Turkey, Ukraine, preliminary spherical group
Group B: Italy, Germany, preliminary spherical group, preliminary spherical group
Group C: Spain, Belarus, Poland, preliminary spherical group
Group D: Switzerland, France, Azerbaijan, preliminary spherical group
Venue: Nazare (Portugal)
Duration: 17 to 27 June
- 17-19 June: Preliminary spherical
- 21-23 June: Group stage
- 24 June: Matches for locations 9-16
- 25 June: Quarter-finals & matches for locations 9-16
- 26 June: Semi-finals & matches for locations 5-8
- 27 June: Finals & matches for locations 7/8; 5/6; 3/4
At stake: Four locations at Russia 2021
Portugal head into the event as one of many agency favourites, having been topped world champions at two of the final three editions (2015 and 2019). If that weren’t spectacular sufficient, they’ve additionally claimed the final two editions of the Euro Beach Soccer League. In Group B, Italy are strongly fancied after ending second to Portugal on the Beach Soccer World Cup in 2019. Prior to that, the Azzurri reached the semis twice in a row.
Switzerland are one other group to watch for, having graced the Beach Soccer World Cup 5 instances already. “Our goal is obviously to win the group. In the quarter-finals, there’ll be teams of a different calibre, but we don’t know yet from which group our opponents will come from for this round. We’ll be using tried and tested players and fortunately have Noel Ott back from injury, which will allow us to go with a full-strength attack,” mentioned nationwide group coach Angelo Schirinzi on the Swiss Federation web site. In dialog lately with FIFA.com forward of the European qualifiers, the coach mentioned: “With Switzerland, anything is possible, but I expect Portugal, Spain and Italy to secure their places in Russia.”
Spain will take confidence from their 5 EBSL crowns and would dearly love to style European glory once more. La Roja haven’t gained this event since 2006 – they subsequently misplaced the ultimate in 2014 and 2018 – however ought to by no means be written off.