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New-look US team set for beach soccer comeback
30 October 2012
After a three-year absence from elite beach soccer competition, the American national team returns to the world stage during the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup 2012, which kicks off, at Dubai Festival City today, according to a Press release.
Captain Francis Faberoff credits his team’s recent success, emerging from the shadows of Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador in their continent, to the mixture of youth and experience.
The team experienced a major shake-up since its last fixture; a new interim coach in German Laverde while youngsters Andrew Feld, Eric Mister, Michael Lawler, Oscar Reys and Nixon Rodriguez joined the ranks. All this, coupled with the experience of Farberoff, the dynamic Oscar Gil and prolific Nick Perera, signalled a new era in American beach soccer.
“With this new breed of players, we have new weapons and we become more surprising to our opponents,” the captain said. “We are aware that we may be rather unknown to our contenders, and we will try to benefit from that. What everyone can expect from us is that strong will and competitiveness which has defined us all through these years”.
The revamped US team will be raring to perform. — Supplied photo
They will need all of it, indeed, as their debut in the competition could not get any tougher; the Americans face the defending champions, and world rulers, Russia in the first round of competition. Kick-off at 6pm.
Meanwhile, Brazil is hoping Dubai will be the place where they return to the top of beach soccer.
After dominating the sand for so many years, Brazil faced their toughest defeat in the final of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2011, in Ravenna (Italy), losing their strangle-hold on the competition to Russia. The Verdeamarela had to stomach yet another bitter stroke of bad luck a few months later; Likhachev’s Russian team seizing the cup in the first edition of the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai. A new defeat to Nigeria a month later capped-off a disappointing year for the Tetracampeão.
This new edition of the tournament offers Guga’s side the perfect opportunity to avenge these two huge upsets. The Brazilians appear to have returned to their winning form; they have lost just one match this year, a friendly against Paraguay which was eventually decided in a penalty shootout. Despite this last stumble, the team has performed well and appears ready to return to the top. Brazil’s first test will be against Nigeria tomorrow at 7:15pm.
The Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup 2012 is a free event. It will be held at Dubai Festival City. Kick-off is from Oct.30 to Nov.3. For match schedule details visit www.beachsoccer.com
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