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Ultimately, this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup produced the same outcome as two years ago in Ravenna, with Russia retaining their crown. Tahiti 2013, however, will be remembered for numerous reasons, all of them positive.

It was, first and foremost, a milestone moment for Oceanian football, with the tournament being the inaugural FIFA event conducted in a Pacific Island nation. Tahiti, to its lasting credit, delivered a hugely successful and smoothly run event backed by sell-out crowds on each matchday. Tahiti also set a new high watermark on the pitch, with the Tiki Toa becoming the only current OFC member to reach the semi-finals of a FIFA tournament.

Top-four’s journey
Though the record books will show Russia were again victors, they were pushed all the way throughout the tournament. Twice they had single-goal victories, while they trailed Tahiti with three minutes remaining of a momentous semi-final. Perhaps empowered by their victory two years ago, there was a sense that winning the tournament was always very much in Russia’s grasp. Dmitrii Shishin’s last-gasp goal in the final secured him the adidas Golden Scorer at the expense of Brazil’s Bruno Xavier, and further evidence that the stars were aligned for Russia.

Spain returned to the world stage after a five-year absence in style, perhaps proving Europe’s strength in depth. Though they lost heavily in the final, the Iberians impressed en route, winning all their group matches.

Brazil, representing the spiritual home of beach soccer, will be disappointed with third, having missed the final for the first time since 2005. However the four-time winners can take solace in Bruno Xavier being named the adidas Golden Ball winner.

It was, however, Tahiti that were the darlings of both the local and international audience. Playing with flair and verve, the Tiki Toa would not have been out of place on the winners’ dais. Under renowned Swiss coach Angelo Schirinzi, they stunned South American champions Argentina with a remarkable 6-1 quarter-final scoreline, led Russia until the dying minutes, and took Brazil to penalties.

Global feel, tight margins
Tahiti 2013 proved that beach soccer is a discipline in which the traditional lesser lights can shine. Solomon Islands were in touching distance of making it a unique Oceania double in the knockout stage, while El Salvador - led by the dynamic shooting of adidas Bronze Scorer Agustin Ruiz - were worthy quarter-finalists.

The last eight featured teams from five different confederations. Asian representatives notably impressed with Iran and Japan only narrowly squeezed out of a semi-final berth.

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Q&A

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why wasnt italy in the under 20 fifa soccer tournament? | Yahoo Answers

Italy finished third in UEFA group 6 on goal differential due to a 4-1 loss to Ireland and therefore were eliminated from this tournament
Top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team then went to the UEFA U-19 Championship 2006
The UEFA European U-19 Championship 2006 served as the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007.

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During the FIFA soccer tournament, what is that constant buzzing noise throughout the game???

It's the vuvuzela, a noise-making trumpet of South African fans, it's come to symbolize the sport.

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