2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup

The 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup was the sixth edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the quadrennial international futsal championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It was the first tournament to use the term "World Cup". It was held between 30 September and 19 October 2008 in Brazil. It was the only Futsal World Cup to feature 20 teams.

2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup
Copa do Mundo de Futsal da FIFA Brasil 2008
2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
Dates30 September – 19 October
Teams20 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (4th title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place Italy
Fourth place Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played56
Goals scored387 (6.91 per match)
Attendance292,161 (5,217 per match)
Top scorer(s)Russia Pula (16 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Falcão
Best goalkeeperBrazil Tiago
Fair play award Spain
2004
2012

Brazil won the tournament for the fourth time. It was their first title since 1996.

Qualifying criteriaEdit

Qualified nationsEdit

Competition Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host Nation   1   Brazil
2008 AFC Futsal Championship 11–18 May 2008   Thailand 4   Iran
  Thailand
  Japan
  China
2008 African Futsal Championship 21–30 March 2008   Libya 2   Libya
  Egypt
2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship 2–8 June 2008   Guatemala 3   Guatemala
  Cuba
  United States
2008 Copa América de Futsal 23–28 June 2008   Uruguay 3   Uruguay
  Argentina
  Paraguay
2008 Oceanian Futsal Championship 8–14 June 2008   Fiji 1   Solomon Islands
UEFA Preliminary Competition 23 February – 16 April 2008 Groups 6   Spain
  Portugal
  Italy
  Russia
  Ukraine
  Czech Republic
TOTAL 20 Field is Finalized

VenuesEdit

Arena Maracanã Arena Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
Picture    
City Rio de Janeiro Brasília
Capacity 12,105 11,160

SquadsEdit

Each nation submitted a squad of 14 players, including two goalkeepers.

OfficialsEdit

First roundEdit

DrawEdit

The 20 teams were divided in four groups, each group with five teams. The draw was held on 10 July 2008 in Brasília, Brazil

Tie break ruleEdit

In case two or more teams are equal on points, their ranking is determined by the results of matches between the tied teams only. If there is still a tie after this, the ranking is determined by goals difference in all group matches.

Group AEdit

Group BEdit

Group CEdit

Group DEdit

Second roundEdit

Group EEdit

Group FEdit

Final roundEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
16 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
 
  Russia2
 
19 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
  Brazil 4
 
  Brazil (pen.) 2 (4)
 
16 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
  Spain 2 (3)
 
  Spain (a.e.t.) 3
 
 
  Italy 2
 
Third place
 
 
18 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
 
  Russia1
 
 
  Italy 2

Semi-finalsEdit

  Russia2 – 4  Brazil
  Spain3 – 2  Italy

Third place matchEdit

  Russia1 – 2  Italy

FinalEdit

  Brazil4 – 3  Spain

ChampionsEdit

 FIFA Futsal World Cup
2008 Winners 
 
Brazil
Fourth title

AwardsEdit

Golden Shoe winner Golden Ball winner Golden Gloves winner
  Pula   Falcão   Tiago
Silver Shoe winner Silver Ball winner Goal of the Tournament
  Falcão   Schumacher   José Rafael Gonzalez
Bronze Shoe winner Bronze Ball winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
  Lenísio   Tiago   Spain

Top goalscorersEdit

The top 10 scorers from the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup are as follows:

Rank Name Country Goals
1 Pula   Russia 16
2 Falcão   Brazil 15
3 Lenísio   Brazil 11
4 Schumacher   Brazil 10
Damir Khamadiev   Russia
6 Vladislav Shayakhmetov   Russia 9
7 Fabio Alcaraz   Paraguay 8
René Villalba   Paraguay
Sirilo   Russia
10 Fernando Grana   Italy 7
Dmitri Prudnikov   Russia
Fernandão   Spain

Final tournament rankingsEdit

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1   Brazil 9 8 1 0 64 8 +56 25
2   Spain 9 7 2 0 29 11 +18 23
3   Italy 9 5 1 3 25 18 +7 16
4   Russia 9 4 1 4 62 31 +31 13
5   Iran 7 4 2 1 24 19 +5 14 Eliminated in the second round
6   Argentina 7 3 3 1 19 12 +7 12
7   Paraguay 7 3 1 3 27 17 +10 10
8   Ukraine 7 3 1 3 21 21 0 10
9   Portugal 4 3 0 1 15 8 +7 9 Eliminated in the first round
10   Guatemala 4 2 0 2 14 9 +5 6
11   Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 11 18 −7 6
12   Japan 4 2 0 2 13 24 −11 6
13   Egypt 4 1 0 3 9 12 −3 3
14   Thailand 4 1 0 3 7 15 −8 3
15   Cuba 4 1 0 3 16 25 −9 3
16   Libya 4 0 1 3 7 14 −7 1
17   Uruguay 4 0 1 3 6 14 −8 1
18   United States 4 0 0 4 5 24 −19 0
19   China 4 0 0 4 5 25 −20 0
20   Solomon Islands 4 0 0 4 6 69 −63 0

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