- FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
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champion=flagicon|BRA BrazilThe Federation International Football Association (FIFA) Beach Soccer World Cup is a association football (soccer)
competitionin beach football organised by the world football governing body FIFAfor national teams.
The competition was originally organised as the Beach Football World Championship, with the first tournament taking place in
1995in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tournament was deemed a success after being won by the host nation.
The Beach Soccer World Championship were administered by "
Beach Soccer Worldwide", a Spanish based organisation, with FIFA's endorsement [http://www.beachsoccer.it/html/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=454] . Prior to FIFA taking over the tournament in 2005, Brazil won nine out of ten Beach Soccer World Championship, with Portugal winning the other title.
2005FIFA became the world governing body for beach soccer, and took over direct control of the Beach Soccer World Championship [http://www.beachsoccer.it/html/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=454] . "FIFA Beach Soccer S.L.", a FIFA subsidiarybased in Barcelona, Spain, was set up to develop the game as well as administer the Beach Soccer World Cup.
The first Beach Soccer World Cup was organized by
FIFAin 2005, from May 8to May 15in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was won by France, coached by Eric Cantona, who beat Portugal in the final in a penalty shootout.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
* [http://www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup/index.html History at FIFA.com]
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