WUFC2008 - 11th World University Futsal Championship
Portugal World Champions!!! Print
Sunday, 31 August 2008 21:28

Portugal have won the 11th World University Futsal Championship, defeating Ukraine 5-1 in the final.  Portugal played a perfect first half of futsal, thanks to Orlando Duarte's tactics to keep out the Ukrainians.

This is Portugal's first victory in the FISU WUC Futsal, and coach Duarte will hope it is an omen for things to come in Brazil. 

Portugal weren't fancied at the quarter final stage or the final, as many believed Brazil and Ukraine to be the strongest teams in Koper.  They overcame two of the superpowers of World Futsal to claim the historic victory.

Portugal also were awarded with the best player and best goalkeeper to claim a hat trick of awards tonight.  Brazil's Keke won the top goalscorer award and Great Britain won the fair play award.

Full match report and photos to follow...

Brazil crash out despite dominating Print
Friday, 29 August 2008 22:10
Brazil had 99% of the posession but they couldn't break through the Portuguese back line to get the all important equaliser and the three-time world champions went crashing out to their Portuguese speaking friends, but bitter rivals Portugal.  Portugal scored the early goal to get in front, which then saw the adoption of a backs to the wall aproach to keep out the samba boys.  Portugal soaked up the pressure for the Brazilians, and played to counter attack, but ended up only being able to clear the ball on most occasions, inviting Brazil to recommence their attack.  Goalkeeper Kleber was instrumental in dictating Brazil's play and it wasn't a lack of chances that kept them out, it was resolute Portuguese defending.  1-0 up with seconds remaining and Brazil were camped in Portugal's territory, looking for the last chance.  It came but a foul by Diogo Santos about 18 metres out left Brazil with 2 seconds remaining and one last shot at goal.  Up stepped Tinho who struck a powerful shot at goal, but it deflected out for a kick in on the left hand side.  Kleber took the kick and Moura turned it into an empty goal!  Brazil had equalised with no time remaining as the buzzer sounded around the hall.  Brazil were jublilant, yet Portugal were protesting and as the referees consulted with the 3rd referee, both teams looking on in suspense... »No goal«, said the Austrian referee.  Portugal celebrated and Brazilian hearts had been broken and tempers flaired as they demanded an explanation.  Was the goal after the buzzer?  No, in fact, Kleber had wrongly taken the kick in, which was in fact Portugal's ball so the goal didn't stand.  After watching amateur video for the replays, it turned out that the correct decision had been made, to the despair of Brazilian players and staff.  Most of the crowd were supporting the Brazilians for their style of play, and many feel they deserved to go through.  But that is what these world championships are about and futsal can be a cruel game, as a few teams have already found out here in Koper.  Portugal will now meet Ukraine for a place in the final.
Serbia top group A Print
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:11

With both teams having qualified, this match was only about deciding who would top the group and who would avoid Slovenia in the quarter final.  Uruguay didn't seem too bother and were more concerned about avoiding picking up suspensions going into the inevitible game versus the hosts.  Within 15 seconds, Serbia rattled the bar after stealing the ball and counter attacking with pace.  It wasn't much longer that Uruguay held out and it was an unfortunate own goal that gave Serbia the lead.  After 10 minutes of the game Uruguay were trailing 4-0, mainly through opportunisitic Serbian efforts.  Serbia tried to test the second choice goalkeeper on occasion and Santiago Perez was unable to keep out some powerful strikes.  Lapse defending and a lack of pressure on the attackers gave Serbia a freedom deep in opposition territory, which allowed them such opportunities to strike at goal.  Uruguay still tried to attack and had some good moves, but nothing that troubled the Serbian defence.  The second half was much more even and Nicolas Pirotto added to his tally in the only real positive for Uruguay.  Serbia will be confident going into the quarter final with a draw that pairs them with either China or Kazakhstan.

KGZ 0-4 UKR Print
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:58
Kyrgyzstan needed a win and for Portugal to lose against Slovakia to stand a chance of going through so the odds were stacked against them as they kicked off against favourites Ukraine.  Ukraine had already qualified as group winners, so may have relaxed a little, and despite a game played in a very calm manner, Ukraine didn’t step down a gear at all.  Kyrgyzstan, already traveling with a light squad, were down to 5 outfield players for this game though they dug in and defended well against Ukraine for large parts of the game.  They also had an attacking threat, but Ukraine, so strong throughout their squad relaxed and picked off Kyrgyzstan with great professionalism.  Their movement and understanding of the game is second to none and with individuals with the ability to play for the A team, Kyrgyzstan really didn’t have a hope.  The final score was 5:0 to Ukraine, who will meet the winner of Israel and Czech Republic in the quarter final.
Brainteaser answers... Print
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:10

1. Boomerand Interviu lost the UEFA Cup final to a last minute goal, but who did they defeat by the same means in the Semi final? El Pozo Murcia

2. Spain conceded a last minute goal to become world champions in 2004, but who did they beat in the final, and what was the score? Italy, 2-1


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