1998 Beach Soccer World Championships

The 1998 Beach Soccer World Championships was the fourth edition of the Beach Soccer World Championships, the most prestigious competition in international beach soccer contested by men's national teams until 2005, when the competition was then replaced by the second iteration of a world cup in beach soccer, the better known FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.[1] It was organised by Brazilian sports agency Koch Tavares (one of the founding partners of Beach Soccer Worldwide).

1998 Beach Soccer World Championships
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
DatesJanuary 18 – January 25
Teams10 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (4th title)
Runners-up France
Third place Uruguay
Fourth place Peru
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored216 (9 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Júnior (14 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Júnior
Best goalkeeperBrazil Paulo Sérgio
1997
1999

The tournament continued to take place at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the first time, the number of teams competing was raised, from eight to ten. This change saw the longest group stage until the world cup became a 16-team event in 2006.

Brazil, the three-time defending champions, successfully defended their title again to win their fourth World Championship by beating France 9–2 in the final. This was the first time a European nation appeared in the final of the World Championship.

OrganisationEdit

The number of teams competing this year was increased to ten which meant necessary alterations to the past organisational structure of the tournament.

The nations were split into two groups, just as in previous editions, however this time since ten nations were competing instead of eight, both groups consisted of five nations rather than four. The countries competed in a round robin format. The top two teams then progressed to the semi finals from which point onward the championship was played as a knock-out tournament until a winner was crowned, with an additional match to determine third place.

TeamsEdit

Africa, Asia and Oceania were unrepresented.

Notes:

1. Teams making their debut

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 4 4 0 0 38 6 +32 12 Advance to knockout stage
2   Peru 4 3 0 1 21 23 –2 9
3   Spain 4 2 0 2 17 22 –5 6
4   Argentina 4 1 0 3 13 19 –6 3
5   Italy 4 0 0 4 12 31 –19 0


Brazil  14–1  Italy
   
Argentina  4–5  Peru
   

Brazil  9–2  Peru
   
Spain  4–3  Italy
   

Peru  7–4  Italy
   
Spain  5–2  Argentina
   

Brazil  5–1  Argentina
   
Peru  7–6  Spain
   

Argentina  6–4  Italy
   
Brazil  10–2  Spain
   

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 4 3 0 1 17 15 +2 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Uruguay 4 2 0 2 15 17 –2 6
3   Portugal 4 2 0 2 22 13 +9 6
4   United States 4 2 0 2 13 14 –1 6
5   Chile 4 1 0 3 14 22 –8 3

Note:

  • Portugal, the United States and Uruguay were tied on 6 points each and one win against each other in their head-to-head records
  • Uruguay progressed based on having the best goal difference in the head-to-head results (URU +1, POR 0, USA –1)


Portugal  11–1  Chile
   
United States  4–2  Uruguay
   

Chile  5–1  Uruguay
   
France  4–3  United States
   

France  3–2  Portugal
   
United States  4–3  Chile
   

France  6–5  Chile
   
Uruguay  7–4  Portugal
   

Portugal  5–2  United States
   
Uruguay  5–4  France
   

Knockout stageEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

France  4–4 (a.e.t.)  Peru
   
Penalties
2–1

Brazil  5–1  Uruguay
   

Third place play-offEdit

Uruguay  6–3  Peru
   

FinalEdit

Brazil  9–2  France
Júnior   
Neném   
Magal   
Júnior Negão  
Renan  
Juninho  
Report   Jeannol
  Micciche

WinnersEdit

 1998 Beach Soccer World Championships
Champions 
 
Brazil
Fourth title

AwardsEdit

Top scorers
  Júnior
14 goals
Best player
  Júnior
Best goalkeeper
  Paulo Sérgio

Final standingsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W W+ L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 A   Brazil 6 6 0 0 52 9 +43 18 Champions
2 B   France 6 3 1 2 24 29 −5 11 Runners-up
3 B   Uruguay 6 3 0 3 22 25 −3 9 Third place
4 A   Peru 6 3 0 3 29 34 −5 9 Fourth place
5 B   Portugal 4 2 0 2 22 13 +9 6 Eliminated in the
group stage
6 A   Spain 4 2 0 2 17 22 −5 6
7 B   United States 4 2 0 2 13 14 −1 6
8 A   Argentina 4 1 0 3 13 19 −6 3
9 B   Chile 4 1 0 3 14 22 −8 3
10 A   Italy 4 0 0 4 12 31 −19 0
Source: [1]

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA launches first ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup". FIFA.com. 1 February 2005. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2020.