2018 Euro Beach Soccer League

2018 Euro Beach Soccer League
2018 EBSL composite logo.png
Composite image of the banner style logos used during the 2018 EBSL. At each regular season stage, the main EBSL banner is joined solely by the subtitle corresponding to that stage.
Tournament details
Host countriesAzerbaijan
Portugal
Russia
Belarus
Germany
Italy
Dates22 June – 9 September
Teams27 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (2nd title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place Portugal
Fourth place Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played89
Goals scored714 (8.02 per match)
2017
2019
2018 Euro Beach Soccer League is located in Europe
Stage 1, Baku
Stage 1,
Baku
Stage 3, Moscow
Stage 3, Moscow
Stage 2, Nazaré
Stage 2, Nazaré
Stage 4, Minsk
Stage 4, Minsk
Stage 5, Warnemünde
Stage 5, Warnemünde
Superfinal, Alghero
Superfinal, Alghero
Locations of the five stages and the Superfinal of the 2018 Euro Beach Soccer League

The 2018 Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL) was the 21st edition of the Euro Beach Soccer League, the annual, premier competition in European beach soccer contested between men's national teams. It was organised by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), in a league and play-off format.

This season, teams continued to take part in two divisions, the top tier (Division A) and the bottom tier (Division B). 12 teams continued to contest Division A, consisting of the top 11 finishers from last year plus Turkey who were promoted to the top tier. Whilst Division B accommodated 15 nations: 13 nations who did not gain promotion from last season, Georgia who made their debut, plus Greece who were relegated from the top tier at the end of last season. No nations returned after an absence from competing in recent years, however, the Netherlands, who had competed in the last two seasons, did not enter this year.

A total of five stages of fixtures were scheduled during the regular season. Each team from Division A played in two stages whilst each team in Division B played in one. At each stage the participating nations earned points for the overall league tables.

At the end of the regular season, according to the league tables, the eight best teams in Division A advanced to the post-season event, the Superfinal, to compete to become the winners of this year's EBSL. Meanwhile, the top seven teams in Division B (the four group winners and three best runners-up) and the team ranked bottom of Division A played in a different post-season event, the Promotion Final, to try to earn a spot in Division A next year.

The top scorer of the 2002 season,[1] Alan of Portugal, announced his retirement on 11 June;[2] Alan competed in all 20 EBSL seasons since the inaugural edition in 1998, meaning this year marked the first EBSL season in which he did not feature.

The league also acted as the qualification route to the 2019 European Games; the top six teams of the Superfinal plus the Promotion Final winners qualified to joint hosts Belarus.[3]

Germany, the defending Division A team in the Promotion Final, beat Romania in the final to win the event, therefore retaining their Division A status for next season. Russia were the defending champions but were knocked out of title-winning contention in the group stage of the Superfinal, ultimately finishing fourth in the post-season event, just the second time (the other 2005), that Russia failed to finish in the top three. The concluding match of the Superfinal was contested between Italy and Spain, who were looking to end 13 and 12-year waits since their last respective EBSL titles (2005 and 2006). Italy, on home sand, won the match on penalties to claim their second European title.[4]

Calendar and locationsEdit

The schedule was announced on 23 March.[5]

For the first time, Azerbaijan and Belarus hosted an EBSL regular season stage. It was also the first time since the 2013 season that no nations in Division B hosted a stage, only the second time this had occurred since divisions were introduced in 2002.

Phase Dates Country City Stage Divisions
Regular
season
22–24 June  Azerbaijan Baku Stage 1 A
6–8 July  Portugal Nazaré Stage 2 A B
20–22 July  Russia Moscow Stage 3 A B
3–5 August  Belarus Minsk Stage 4 A
24–26 August  Germany Warnemünde Stage 5 A B
Post-season/
Finals
6–9 September  Italy Alghero Superfinal A
Promotion Final B

TeamsEdit

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

The following teams have entered this season, in the following divisions (12 in Division A,[5] 15 in Division B[6]).

The numbers in parentheses show the European ranking of each team prior to the start of the season, out of 36 nations.[7]

Division AEdit

Division BEdit

Notes:
1. Promoted from Division B at the end of the 2017 season
2. Relegated from Division A at the end of the 2017 season
3. Teams making their debut

Stage 1 (Baku, 22–24 June)Edit

Matches are listed as local time in Baku, AZT (UTC+4).

All matches took place at the Baku Beach Arena,[8] part of the Flag Square cluster of the European Games Park in Sabail raion, with a capacity of 3,900.[9] The stadium previously hosted the beach soccer event at the 2015 European Games.[8]

There were no Division B fixtures during this stage.

Division AEdit

AwardsEdit

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches.[10]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Portugal Switzerland Dejan Stanković
Switzerland Noël Ott
6 goals Portugal Leo Martins Portugal Elinton Andrade

Stage 2 (Nazaré, 6–8 July)Edit

Praia de Nazaré

Matches are listed as local time in Nazaré, WEST (UTC+1)

All matches took place at the Estádio do Viveiro on Praia de Nazaré (Nazaré Beach),[11] in tandem with the hosting of the 2018 Women's Euro Beach Soccer Cup.

The stadium had recently been undergoing redevelopment, increasing its capacity from 1,600 to 2,200.[12] However, one part of the stadium was still awaiting upgrades,[13] meaning the new capacity figure was yet to be fully reached.

During this round, Bulgaria won a stage title for the first time (in either division).

Division AEdit

Key:   Group winners / (H) Hosts
Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts
1  Spain 3 1 1 1 0 15 10 +5 6
2  Ukraine 3 1 1 0 1 16 13 +3 5
3  Portugal (H) 3 1 0 0 2 12 12 0 3
4  Turkey 3 0 0 0 3 7 15 –8 0
6 July 2018 Turkey  3–5  Portugal
17:45 Demir 5'
Keskin 30', 35'
Report(ru) 3', 8', 26' Be Martins
19' Goncalves
35' Santos
Referee: Eduards Borisevics (Latvia)
6 July 2018 Spain  6–6 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)
 Ukraine
19:00 Suárez 4', 13'
Llorenç 8'
Chiky 19', 30'
Antonio 28'
Report(ru) 3' Pachev
19', 29' Borsuk
20', 24' Korniichuk
36' Shcherytsia
Referee: Christian Zimmermann (Switzerland)
Penalties
Llorenç soccer ball with check mark
Antonio soccer ball with check mark
Chiky soccer ball with check mark
soccer ball with red X Voitok
soccer ball with check mark Shcherytsia
soccer ball with check mark Glutskyi

7 July 2018 Spain  4–0  Turkey
15:15 Antonio 4'
Torres 22', 24'
Llorenç 36'
Report(ru) Referee: Torsten Guenther (Germany)
7 July 2018 Portugal  3–4  Ukraine
16:30 Goncalves 12'
Leo Martins 20'
Santos 33'
Report(ru) 8' Pachev
12' Voitok
16' Sydorenko
18' Korniichuk
Referee: Saverio Bottalico (Italy)

8 July 2018 Ukraine  6–4 (a.e.t.)  Turkey
16:30 Medved 8', 15', 37'
Sydorenko 31'
Borsuk 34'
Korniichuk 38'
Report(ru) 7', 14' Keskin
31', 32' Terzioglu
Referee: Saverio Bottalico (Italy)
8 July 2018 Portugal  4–5 (a.e.t.)  Spain
19:00 Coimbra 1', 26'
Goncalves 8'
Madjer 15'
Report(ru) 5', 8' Antonio
22', 25' Chiky
38' Llorenç
Referee: Christian Zimmermann (Switzerland)

Division BEdit

AwardsEdit

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[15]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Spain
(Division A)
 Bulgaria
(Division B)
Spain Antonio Mayor
Spain Chiky Ardil
Ukraine Oleksandr Korniichuk
Turkey Cem Keskin
4 goals Portugal Be Martins Ukraine Vitalii Sydorenko

Stage 3 (Moscow, 20–22 July)Edit

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

All matches took place at Yantar Beach Soccer Stadium in the district of Strogino,[16] with a capacity of 2,500.[17]

This was the eighth time Moscow hosted an EBSL event, drawing level with Marseille as the cities to host the most events in the league's history.

During this round, Kazakhstan won an EBSL stage title for the first time (in either division).

AwardsEdit

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[18]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Russia
(Division A)
 Kazakhstan
(Division B)
Switzerland Noël Ott 7 goals Russia Dmitry Shishin Russia Maxim Chuzhkov

Stage 4 (Minsk, 3–5 August)Edit

Matches are listed as local time in Minsk, FET (UTC+3).

All matches took place at the National Beach Soccer Stadium, part of the Olympic Sports Complex in Pyershamayski District,[19] with a capacity of 1,300.[20]

With construction beginning on 8 June, the stadium was a newbuild, commissioned specifically for the purpose of hosting the beach soccer event at the 2019 European Games; this stage was organised to take place in Minsk to serve as test event for the new venue ahead of the upcoming games.[19]

There were no Division B fixtures during this stage; this contributes to the fact this was the first stage to feature just four teams since the Moscow stage of the 2013 season.

Division AEdit

Key:   Group winners / (H) Hosts
Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts
1  Belarus (H) 3 1 2 0 0 20 13 +7 7
2  Italy 3 2 0 0 1 16 10 +6 6
3  Turkey 3 1 0 0 2 13 19 –6 3
4  Poland 3 0 0 0 3 15 22 –7 0
3 August 2018 Italy  8–4  Poland
17:15 Gori 2', 14', 31'
Frainetti 7', 36'
Palazzolo 10'
Marinai 21'
Corosiniti 36'
Report(ru) 2' Gac
10', 25' Pozniak
36' Friszkemut
Referee: Mikhail Prokharav (Belarus)
3 August 2018 Belarus  9–4  Turkey
18:30 Kanstantsinau 2'
Bokach 9', 14'
Bryshtel 9', 23'
Chaikouski 10'
Savich 26'
Samsonov 17'
Miranovich 24'
Report(ru) 18', 33' Semih
24' (p) Yasin
27' Baris
Referee: Vitaliy Levchenko (Russia)

4 August 2018 Turkey  0–3  Italy
17:15 Report(ru) 2' (p) Palazzolo
30' Ramacciotti
31' Zurlo
Referee: Vitaliy Levchenko (Russia)
4 August 2018 Belarus  5–4 (a.e.t.)  Poland
18:30 Savich 14' (p), 25', 31'
Samsonov 23'
Kanstantsinau 38'
Report(ru) 5' Pozniak
16' Madani
17' Friszkemut
24' (p) Depta
Referee: Jurijs Ivusins (Latvia)

5 August 2018 Poland  7–9  Turkey
17:15 Gac 9'
Jesionowski 9', 16', 35', 36'
Pozniak 12', 19'
Report(ru) 1', 2', 25', 28' Baris
5' Yesilirmak
12', 16', 30' Keskin
19' Semih
Referee: Mikhail Prokharav (Belarus)
5 August 2018 Italy  5–6 (a.e.t.)  Belarus
18:30 Zurlo 1', 8'
Marinai 7'
Palazzolo 9'
Ramacciotti 35'
Report(ru) 8' (o.g.) Ramacciotti
14', 16', 21' (p) Savich
27' Bokach
37' Bryshtel
Referee: Vitaliy Levchenko (Russia)

AwardsEdit

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches.[21]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Belarus Belarus Ilia Savich 7 goals Belarus Ihar Bryshtel Italy Simone Del Mestre

Stage 5 (Warnemünde, 24–26 August)Edit

Warnemünde Beach; site of the arena (right)

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

All matches took place on the site of the Sport & Beach Arena on Warnemünde Beach,[22] at the purpose built DFB Beachsoccer Arena,[23] with a capacity of approximately 1,500 seats.[24]

Georgia made their EBSL debut during this stage, the 34th different nation to compete in the league.

England claimed the Division B stage crown, meaning they won back-to-back second-tier titles for the first time.

AwardsEdit

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[25]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Spain
(Division A)
 England
(Division B)
Spain Llorenç Gomez 6 goals Spain Antonio Mayor Russia Ivan Ostrovskii

League tablesEdit

At end of regular season[26]

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 (Alghero, 6–9 September)Edit

Spiaggia del Lido di Alghero, the host beach of the 2018 Superfinal and Promotion Final

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

All matches took place at a purpose built stadium on Spiaggia del Lido di San Giovanni,[27] with a capacity of approximately 1,500.[28]

The winners of the Promotion Final earned a place in Division A next season; they also qualified for the 2019 European Games.

^ (Note two teams were ineligible to qualify to the European Games: Germany, as the team that finished 12th in Division A and Kazakhstan, who are not a member of the European Olympic Committees. In the event one of these teams was to win the Promotion Final, the next highest ranked eligible team would qualify in their place.)[29]

Qualified teamsEdit

The teams in bold qualified as Division B regular season group winners; those in italics qualified as the three best group runners-up.

The team in green attempted to retain their position in Division A, having finished bottom of the regular season table.

Notes:
1. First appearance in Promotion Final
2. First appearance as defending Division A team in Promotion Final

Group stageEdit

Key: Advance to –   Final /   3rd place match /   5th place match /   7th place match

Play-off stageEdit

Seventh place play-offEdit

Moldova 4–4 (a.e.t.) Norway
Capsamun 15', 15'
Eremia 18'
Ignat 38' (pen.)
Report(ru) 3' Salveson
15' Sorensen
22' Li
37' Jalland
Penalties
Ignat soccer ball with check mark
Kozhokar soccer ball with red X
1–3 soccer ball with check mark Jalland
soccer ball with check mark Sorensen
soccer ball with check mark Salveson
Referee: Oezcan Sultanolu (Turkey)

Fifth place play-offEdit

Hungary 4–2 England
Besenyei 9'
Szentes-Biro 22'
Rutai 30', 36' (pen.)
Report(ru) 8' (o.g.) Fekete
29' Clarke
Referee: Viktor Listratov (Russia)

Third place play-offEdit

Kazakhstan 4–3 Bulgaria
Chapanov 8'
Demeshko 21'
Muralinov 22'
Perevyortov 24'
Report(ru) 21', 33' Filipov
22' Dimov
Referee: Torsten Günther (Germany)

Promotion play-off finalEdit

Germany 4–4 (a.e.t.) Romania
Biermann 1'
Basiel 9' (pen.)
Metzler 21'
Svenson 28'
Report(ru) 4', 32', 34' Maciuca
30' Andrei Paul
Penalties
Metzler soccer ball with check mark
Biermann soccer ball with red X
Weirauch soccer ball with check mark
Svenson soccer ball with check mark
Basiel soccer ball with check mark
4–3 soccer ball with check mark Maciuca
soccer ball with red X Alin
soccer ball with check mark Boata
soccer ball with check mark Tanase
soccer ball with red X Andrei Paul
Referee: Sergio Gomes Soares (Portugal)

Final standingsEdit

Germany won the event to retain their Division A status for the 2019 EBSL season; this was just the second time in ten attempts since the Promotion Final was introduced that the defending Division A team successfully won it to preserve their top tier membership (the other France in 2011). Consequently, no Division B team earned promotion to the top division and no Division A team was relegated this year.

Romania claimed the single qualification berth to the 2019 European Games available in the Promotion Final as the highest ranked team eligible to qualify in the final standings.

Key:
Green text The defending Division A team
  
Qualified to 2019 European Games
Ineligible to qualify for 2019 European Games[see note]
Pos Team Outcome
1  Germany
Retained spot in 2019 EBSL Division A
2  Romania
  
Remain in Division B
3  Kazakhstan
4  Bulgaria
5  Hungary
6  England
7  Norway
8  Moldova

Superfinal (Alghero, 6–9 September)Edit

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

All matches took place at a purpose built stadium on Spiaggia del Lido di San Giovanni,[27] with a capacity of approximately 1,500.[30]

The winners of the Superfinal were crowned 2018 EBSL champions; the top six (excl. Belarus as they qualified automatically as Games hosts) also earned qualification to the 2019 European Games.

Qualified teamsEdit

The top eight teams from Division A, as per the end of regular season league table, qualified for the Superfinal.

Notes:
1. First appearance in Superfinal

Group stageEdit

Key: Advance to –   Final /   3rd place match /   5th place match /   7th place match / (H) Hosts

Play-off stageEdit

Seventh place play-offEdit

Azerbaijan 1–5 Ukraine
R. Nazarov 14' Report(ru) 6' Voitenko
10', 31' Glutskiy
28' Pashko
36' Khyzhniak
Referee: Raul Martin Gonzalez Frances (Spain)

Fifth place play-offEdit

Switzerland 5–7 Belarus
Ott 2'
Misev 13'
Stankovic 28' (pen.), 33'
Steinemann 36'
Report(ru) 2', 25' (pen.), 26', 34' Bryshtel
23', 27' (pen.) Hapon
34' Savich
Referee: Ingilab Mammadov (Azerbaijan)

Third place play-offEdit

Portugal 4–4 (a.e.t.) Russia
Belchior 31', 36', 39'
Santos 36'
Report(ru) 9' Nikonorov
18', 38' Zemskov
36' Shishin
Penalties
Madjer soccer ball with check mark
Coimbra soccer ball with check mark
Santos soccer ball with check mark
3–2 soccer ball with check mark Romanov
soccer ball with red X Paporotnyi
soccer ball with check mark Shishin
Referee: Vladimir Tashkov (Bulgaria)

Superfinal matchEdit

Spain 2–2 (a.e.t.) Italy
Llorenç 22', 33' Report(ru) 19' Frainetti
33' (pen.) Palmacci
Penalties
Llorenç soccer ball with check mark
Antonio soccer ball with check mark
Chiky soccer ball with check mark
Cintas soccer ball with check mark
Suarez soccer ball with check mark
Adrian soccer ball with check mark
José Enrique soccer ball with red X
6–7 soccer ball with check mark Chiavaro
soccer ball with check mark Gori
soccer ball with check mark Zurlo
soccer ball with check mark Corosiniti
soccer ball with check mark Frainetti
soccer ball with check mark Palazzolo
soccer ball with check mark Palmacci
Attendance: 1,500[31]
Referee: Antonio Pereira (Portugal)
Post-match reactionsEdit
Italian goalkeeper Simone Del Mestre on his save of Jose Enrique's penalty that won the game:[31]

"I won everything with Sambenedettese [his club team], but nothing compares to this. Before the final penalty, I turned towards the stand and I said ‘I’ve got this’. I can’t remember much after the save, but I just remember running like crazy all across the pitch."

Italian captain, Francesco Corosiniti:[31]

"This group has managed to perform at a high level for a number of years, but to actually win is something entirely different. It was the climax of everything after Simone’s save and I can say without a doubt that we deserved this victory after all of the sacrifices that we made."

Spanish coach, Joaquín González:[32]

"You have to be proud of the work done." "We deserved to win the final against Italy."

AwardsEdit

Winners trophyEdit

 2018 Euro Beach Soccer League
Champions 

Italy
Second title

Individual awardsEdit

Awarded for feats achieved in the Superfinal only[33]

Top scorer
Belarus Ihar Bryshtel
8 goals
Best player
Spain Llorenç Gomez
Best goalkeeper
Italy Simone Del Mestre

Final standingsEdit

Finalists Spain and Italy faced each other for the first time in an EBSL title-decider; both teams were appearing in their second finals (the others 2014 and 2010 respectively) since they each last won their most recent titles (2006 and 2005 respectively). It was also just the second time (the other Spain vs. France, 2003) that neither Russia nor Portugal reached the final.

By winning the Superfinal, Italy ended a 13-year drought (the then current longest wait of any team with a previous title win) to claim their second EBSL crown; both titles were won on penalties. After nine successive wins, including claiming first place in the regular season, this was Spain's first loss of the season; their wait for a sixth title now continues into its 13th year.

Belarus' 5th-place finish was their joint best result (with 2016); the sixth European Games qualifier was therefore decided in the seventh place play-off between Ukraine and Azerbaijan, won by the former.

Key:
  Qualified to 2019 European Games
  Qualified to 2019 European Games automatically as host nation of the Games
Pos Team Result
1  Italy
  
EBSL Champions (2nd title)
2  Spain
  
Runners-up
3  Portugal
  
Third place
4  Russia
  
5  Belarus
  
6  Switzerland
  
7  Ukraine
  
8  Azerbaijan

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

The following tables list the top 12 scorers in each division, including goals scored in both the regular and post season events. Note there is no award presented for these season-encompassing scoring feats, the tables are for statistical purposes only. Scoring awards were bestowed per stage, with the primary award that which was presented in the Superfinal.

Source

Most assistsEdit

The following tables list the top 10 assistants in each division including assists provided in both the regular and post season events.

Source

Note regarding the recording of assists:
The source of these assists stats does not explain what system was used to determine the award of an assist. The total no. of assists recorded is 341 but 714 goals were scored. The discrepancy of the source not recording an assist for every goal scored may be due to a system in use such as FIFAs assists system – (regardless of who made the final pass to the scorer, no assist is awarded when the scorer ultimately lays the goal on for him/herself via a dribble, solo run etc., scores after intercepting an opponent's pass etc.). However, since the system in use is not explained, note that assists may simply of gone undocumented.

DisciplineEdit

The following table lists the players and teams who received the most penalties for disciplinary infringements in each division in both the regular and post season events.

Category Division Player(s) # Team(s) #
Most yellow cards
Yellow card
A Portugal Bruno Torres
Belarus Ivan Kanstantsinau
4  Belarus 20
B Bulgaria Pavel Adamov 3  Bulgaria 9
Second yellow cards
Yellow card Yellow-red card
A Switzerland Phillipp Borer 1  Switzerland 1
B Bulgaria Pavel Adamov
Kazakhstan Dmitriy Perevyortov
Romania Daniel Zaharia
Kazakhstan Abylay Yearly
1  Kazakhstan 2
Straight red cards
Red card
A Portugal Elinton Andrade
Azerbaijan Elchin Gasimov
Portugal Be Martins
Belarus Yury Cherkasau
1  Portugal 2
B Kazakhstan Viktor Chornyy
Hungary László Szacksó
Andorra Marc Ibanez
1  Kazakhstan
 Hungary
 Andorra
1

Source

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