FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
- European qualifying occasion for Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 begins this week
- FIFA.com chats to Switzerland coach Angelo Schirinzi
- “Russia are joint-favourites for the World Cup, alongside Portugal and Brazil”
Football – or extra exactly beach soccer – dominates Angelo Schirinzi’s life.
For years, the Swiss nationwide has been one of many world’s main specialists on the self-discipline and has written a textbook on beach soccer approach and coaching. Schirinzi has additionally labored as a FIFA teacher for a few years in places everywhere in the world.
Whether in Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire, Solomon Islands, IR Iran, Tahiti or Oman, the 48-12 months-outdated is continually making an attempt to sustainably enhance beach soccer and drive its improvement. Presently, he’s on the helm of Russian beach soccer giants BSC Kristall, nationwide champions in two of the final three seasons.
“We’re mid-season right now and leading the way in the table. Last year, we triumphed at the Euro Winners Cup,” says the Swiss coach in an interview with FIFA.com carried out throughout a coaching break in St. Petersburg.
“Here in Russia the circumstances are merely good. We have among the highest participant from the Russia nationwide groups on our books, together with Dmitry Shishin and Kirill Romanov, in addition to among the finest gamers from South America and Europe.
“Fifteen years ago, Russia positioned itself strategically and very intelligently [with regard to beach soccer]. It identified this niche and invested directly. By 2005/06, the country already had a professional league built around some of the best players in the world. They saw an opportunity and took advantage of it, so I compliment them on that.”
Switzerland’s finest ever end – finalists in 2009
Hosting the Beach Soccer World Cup within the nation of the 2-time world champions (2011 and 2013) “is simply outstanding”, in accordance to the daddy of 4. “The World Cup is always the highlight of a player’s career.”
Schirinzi is talking from expertise, having been concerned in every of Switzerland’s Beach Soccer World Cup participation: in 2009 and 2011 (as participant-coach), in 2015 (participant) and in 2017 (coach). Twelve years in the past, he sensationally led the Swiss all the best way to the ultimate on their World Cup debut.
Today he continues to be their head coach and is hoping to spring one other shock at this 12 months’s version in Russia. First, nevertheless, there may be the non-inconsiderable matter of navigating the European qualifiers.
“For Switzerland, a World Cup qualification is all the time a shock. None of us are professionals however nonetheless we’re kind of ready to compete with the highest sides, which isn’t the norm.
“We must always take it to the very limit, something that has worked out well for us in recent times. In Europe there is very little to separate the top teams, so there is always some big team that misses out [on World Cup qualification].”
Asked for his tip for the forthcoming European qualifying occasion, he says: “With Switzerland, anything is possible, but I expect Portugal, Spain and Italy to secure their places in Russia.”
Who will comply with in Portugal’s footsteps?
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021™ will happen on the Luzhniki Olympic Complex from 19 to 29 August. Tickets will likely be out there after the draw on 8 July.
This would be the eleventh version of the event, the primary having taken place in Rio de Janeiro in 2005. The final staging was in 2019 in Asuncion (Paraguay), the place Portugal have been topped world champions for the second time with a 6-4 defeat of Italy within the ultimate.
“The World Cup in Russia will likely be one thing very particular. It’s a rustic with an enormous beach soccer scene and prime-class tournaments. The hosts are undoubtedly one of many favourites, together with defending champions Portugal and, in fact, Brazil. We Swiss will likely be doing every little thing doable to even be a part of it.
“Generally speaking, though, I think that national associations do too little to support beach soccer. There are too few professional structures in which to play, so there’s definitely a need for more action in that regard. My biggest dream would be to see a women’s beach soccer World Cup. That would be great.”