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The 2016 Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL) was the 19th edition of the annual, premier European competition in beach soccer contested between men's national teams, in a league and play-off format, taking place between 1 July and 28 August 2016.

2016 Euro Beach Soccer League
EBSL superfinal logo.png
Logo of the Superfinal of the 2016 EBSL
(A new style of logo was introduced for the 2016 season, replacing the old style in use since 2009.)
Tournament details
Host countriesRussia
Spain
Hungary
Italy
Dates1 July – 28 August 2016
Teams26 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Ukraine (1st title)
Runners-up Portugal
Third place Russia
Fourth place Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played84
Goals scored681 (8.11 per match)
2015
2017
2016 Euro Beach Soccer League is located in Europe
Stage 1, Moscow
Stage 1, Moscow
Stage 2, Sanxenxo
Stage 2, Sanxenxo
Stage 3, Siófok
Stage 3, Siófok
Superfinal, Catania
Superfinal, Catania
Locations of the three stages and the Superfinal of the 2016 Euro Beach Soccer League

This season a record 26 teams took part in two divisions. Twelve teams continued to contest Division A as in recent seasons, consisting of the top eleven finishers from the previous year plus Romania who were promoted. Whilst Division B was expanded to accommodate fourteen nations; those who did not gain promotion from the previous season, returning and debuting nations, plus Hungary who were relegated from the top tier.

This season there were three stages of fixtures. Each team from Division A played in two stages whilst each team from Division B played in one, earning points for the overall league tables.

At the end of the stages, according to the league tables, the eight best teams in Division A advanced to the Superfinal to compete to become the winners of this year's EBSL. Meanwhile, the top seven teams in Division B and the team ranked bottom of Division A played in the Promotion final to try to earn a spot in Division A next year.

Azerbaijan were promoted to Division A for the first time after beating Hungary in the Promotion Final who were looking to be promoted straight back up in their first season after relegation. Romania finished last in Division A and failed to defend their place in the Promotion Final and were therefore subsequently relegated straight back down to Division B having been promoted in 2015.

The Ukraine won the league after a strong performance in the Superfinal, despite only finishing sixth after the preliminary three stages were complete, claiming their first EBSL title, defeating defending champions Portugal in the final in a repeat of the previous season's title deciding match.

Calendar and LocationsEdit

Dates Country City Stage
1–3 July   Russia Moscow Stage 1
8–10 July   Spain Sanxenxo Stage 2
12–14 August   Hungary Siófok Stage 3
25–28 August   Italy Catania Superfinal and Promotion Final

TeamsEdit

 
  Competing in Division A
  Competing in Division B
  Competed in previous editions but not this year
  Never competed in the EBSL

The numbers in brackets show the European ranking of each team prior to the start of the league, out of 33 teams.[1]

Division AEdit

Division BEdit

Notes:

1. Teams making their debut

Stage 1 (Moscow, 1–3 July)Edit

Matches are listed as local time in Moscow, (UTC+3)

All matches took place at Yantar Stadium in the district of Strogino.

Division AEdit

AwardsEdit

Top scorer Best player Best goalkeeper
  Dejan Stankovic 10 goals   Kirill Romanov   Dona

Division BEdit

Stage 2 (Sanxenxo, 8–10 July)Edit

Matches are listed as local time in Sanxenxo, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at a purpose built stadium on Silgar Beach.[2]

Division AEdit

AwardsEdit

Top scorer Best player Best goalkeeper
  Noel Ott 5 goals   Miguel Santiso "Kuman"   Elinton Andrade

Division BEdit

Stage 3 (Siófok, 12–14 August)Edit

Matches are listed as local time in Siófok, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at Mlsz Beach Arena.

Division AEdit

AwardsEdit

Top scorer Best player Best goalkeeper
  Ihar Bryshtel 6 goals   Gabriele Gori   Valery Makarevich

Division BEdit

League TablesEdit

At stage completion

Ranking & tie-breaking criteria: Division A – 1. Points earned 2. Goal difference 3. Goals scored | Division B – 1. Highest group placement 2. Points earned 3. Goal difference 4. Goals scored 5. Results against 4th place team

Promotion Final (Catania, 25–28 August)Edit

Qualified teamsEdit

Teams in bold qualified as group winners. The team in italics attempted to retain their position in Division A, having finished bottom of the table.

Group StageEdit

Matches are listed as local time in Catania, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at the DomusBet Arena Beach Stadium with a capacity of 2 000.

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1   Hungary 3 3 0 0 0 19 11 +8 9 Advance to final
2   Estonia 3 1 0 1 1 10 10 0 4 Classification matches
3   Romania 3 1 0 0 2 16 15 +1 3
4   Moldova 3 0 0 0 3 9 18 –9 0

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1   Azerbaijan 3 3 0 0 0 12 4 +8 9 Advance to final
2   England 3 1 0 0 2 10 7 +3 3 Classification matches
3   Turkey 3 1 0 0 2 10 12 –2 3
4   Czech Republic 3 1 0 0 2 6 15 –9 3

Play-offsEdit

Seventh place play-offEdit

Moldova  2–3  Czech Republic
Ignat   7'34' Report(ru)   1' (p) Salak
  6' Kovarik
  22' Vyhnal

Fifth place play-offEdit

Romania  4–8  Turkey
Maciuca   ?'?'?'
Tanase   ?'
Report(ru)   ?' Keskin
  ?' Terzioglu
  ?'?' Sinç
  ?'?' Anzafioglu
  ?'?' Yesilirmak

Third place play-offEdit

Estonia  2–4  England
Minlibajev   7'
Truusalu   29'
Report(ru)   18' Temple
  24' (pen.) Clarke
  26' Day
  27' Bowes
Referee: Christian Zimmermann (Switzerland)

Promotion play-off finalEdit

Hungary  5–5 (a.e.t.)  Azerbaijan
Besenyei   6'18'36'36'
Csoszanszki   6'
Report(ru)   6'26' Allahguliyev
  25' Aliyev
  31'35' Mammadov
Penalties
Sebestyen  
Csoszanszki  
Szentes-Biro  
Rutai  
Berkes  
3–4   Sultanov
  Zeynalov
  Nazarov
  Baghirov
  Mammadov
Referee: Lukasz Ostrowski (Poland)

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Qualification
1   Azerbaijan Promoted to 2017 EBSL Division A
2   Hungary Remain in Division B
3   England
4   Estonia
5   Turkey
6   Romania Relegated to 2017 EBSL Division B
7   Czech Republic Remain in Division B
8   Moldova
Italics: team from Division A

Superfinal (Catania, 25–28 August)Edit

Qualified TeamsEdit

Group StageEdit

Matches are listed as local time in Catania, (UTC+2)

All matches took place at the DomusBet Arena Beach Stadium with a capacity of 2 000.

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1   Ukraine 3 3 0 0 0 16 10 +6 9 Advance to final
2   Spain 3 1 1 0 1 14 11 +3 5 Classification matches
3   Belarus 3 1 0 0 2 13 10 +3 3
4   Germany 3 0 0 0 3 5 17 –12 0

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1   Portugal 3 2 0 0 1 13 12 +1 6 Advance to final
2   Russia 3 1 1 0 1 11 8 +3 5 Classification matches
3   Italy 3 1 0 0 2 14 15 –1 3
4    Switzerland 3 0 0 1 2 13 16 –3 1

Play-offsEdit

Seventh place play-offEdit

Germany  2–8   Switzerland
Schmitt   10'
Beqiri   23'
Report(ru)   12' Spaccarotella
  13'14' Ott
  18' Shirinzi
  19' Stankovic
  30' Wittlin
  33' Mo Jäggy
  36' Hodel

Fifth place play-offEdit

Belarus  5–2  Italy
Bryshtel   5'
Samsonov   8'30'35'
Bokach   33'
Report(ru)   29' Frainetti
  30' Palmacci
Referee: Antonio Joaquim Pereira Almeida (Portugal)

Third place play-offEdit

Spain  7–8  Russia
Gomez   7'24'
Juanma   16'
Molina   17'30'
Ardil   19'
Carrera Tracisto  22'
Report(ru)   9' Nikonorov
  9'25' Peremitin
  12' Shkarin
  16' Makarov
  17' Shishin
  19'28' Aksenov
Referee: Ingilab Mammadov (Azerbaijan)

Superfinal matchEdit

Ukraine  2–1  Portugal
Zborovskyi   25'
Medved   26'
Report(ru)   8' Santos
Referee: Gionni Matticoli (Italy)


 2016 Euro Beach Soccer League
Champions 
 
Ukraine
First title

AwardsEdit

Top scorer
  Paolo Palmacci (8 goals)
Best player
  Bê Martins
Best goalkeeper
  Vitaliy Sydorenko

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Notes
1   Ukraine Champions
2   Portugal Runners-up
3   Russia Third place
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