Soares Leads Brazil to South American Crown

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Alexandre Soares celebrates the win over Paraguay with the rest of the Brazil Beach Soccer Team

The Miami Soccer 7 Academy wishes to congratulate our Head Coach Alexandre Soares on leading Brazil’s National Beach Soccer Team to the Copa Sudamericana Beach Soccer title in Recife with a 12-2 thumping of Paraguay.

The 12-2 win for Brazil over Paraguay not only made the “Samba Boys” champions but also put them as one of the favourites for the World Cup in Portugal later on this year.

The Brazilians took the early lead, which was not common for them over the course of the week, and then they began to pile on goals, looking like the World Champions that they are. It was the best that the Green and Yellow looked all week and they picked the perfect time, or the worst time if you are a Paraguayan aficionado, to show what they are capable of.

Soares was ecstatic with the win, telling : “It’s a great result for us in the final and it was a fantastic tournament overall for us. Brazil has once again showed its class in Beach Soccer and now we intend to keep on working and we will go after another world title in Portugal later this year.

Soares holds the Winning Cup after the Final

“I would like to thank everyone for their support, the people of Brazil, the fans, the officials, my assistants and of course the players. I also want to thank the Miami Soccer 7 academy and everyone else in Miami who have supported me while I am with the Brazil team,” Soares added.

The Albirroja were the best team in the round robin stage and continued to play tough and with their characteristic humility, but they could not get past the Brazilian power and speed in this match. The win was a bit of revenge for losing to Paraguay in the first stage, leaving them in second place, but when in mattered, they rebounded and finish the tournament in 1st place.

The loss was deflating for Paraguay but they had an excellent tournament and finished with the lone loss, albeit in the final. Both teams are gearing up for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 – CONMEBOL Qualifier and will most likely see each other again very soon.

Much to the delight of the full-capacity crowd, Brazil came out with a furious pace in the first period and scored in the first minute on a great individual effort from Rodrigo. Paraguay had defeated the Brazilians earlier in the week, in arguably the best game of the tournament, an 8-7 overtime cracker, so they had the confidence and know-how to settle down and come from behind against the beach soccer giants. However, the Verde-Amarela made sure they would not make things easy for their opponent and scored almost at will at the end of the period, against the normally stout White and Reds’ defense, ending the frame up 4-0. The Paraguayans looked to change their fortunes and began the middle frame taking more chances and having better looks at goal but the Canarinho class could not be denied and things began to look like the first period, with Brazil netting three back-to-back-to-back goals in the span of 2 minutes to go up 7-0. The Brazilians added to their tally and took the commanding 10-0 leading into the third period.

Paraguay had everything to do to make the match a little closer and they did just that, beginning by scoring on a long distance direct kick that took an amazing bounce to put the score at 10-1 for Brazil. The belief in Paraguay went up a tick after they scored again, in the same minute, to show their heart, getting to within 10-2. The Brazilians suddenly found themselves on their heels, however, their big first periods afforded them the chance to breathe a little easier.

Soares in Recife during the Championship

The Canarinho did not seem happy with giving up the two quick goals and responded with another of their own, the third of the day for Datinha, leaving the score at 11-2. The White and Reds stayed on the attack and looked like the team from earlier in the week, but even that could not stop Brazil from tacking on more goals, and when the final buzzer sounded, the score was 12-2 for Brazil.

The Brazilian National side gave this Copa Sudamericana Beach Soccer Recife 2015 a very special closure, with a truly emotional gesture. The team took his former teammate Wagner, a twice FIFA Beach Soccer World Champion who had a car accident in 2010 and who is now in a wheelchair, and had him receiving the Champions Cup and joining the team’s celebration. Great gestures of a great team…


Overall Results:

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

09:00 – Brazil 7-4 Chile

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

14:15 – Uruguay 5-3 Bolivia

15:30 – Argentina 4-7 Paraguay

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

13:00 – Paraguay 9-6 Uruguay

14:15 – Argentina 2-4 Chile

15:30 – Brazil 11-3 Bolivia

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

13:00 – Paraguay 4-3 (aet) Chile

14:15 – Brazil 5-4 Uruguay

15:30 – Argentina 3-1 Bolivia

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

13:00 – Bolivia 2-6 Chile

14:15 – Paraguay 8-7 (aet) Brazil

15:30 – Uruguay 2-3 Argentina

Friday, February 6th, 2015

13:00 – Paraguay 4-2 Bolivia

14:15 – Uruguay 3-7 Chile

15:30 – Brazil 8-2 Argentina

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

09:00 – Uruguay 10-6 Bolivia

10:15 – Chile 2-8 Argentina

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

09:00 – Paraguay 2-12 Brazil

Final standings:


Runner-up: Paraguay

3rd: Argentina

4th: Chile

5th: Uruguay

6th: Bolivia

Individual awards:

MVP: Datinha (BRA)

Top scorer: Bruno Xavier (BRA)

Best Goalkeeper: Echeverria (CHI)