Beach Soccer Latin Cup
Chilean national team wins historic beach soccer title
In the final the Chilean team beat Argentina 6-5, a result that allowed it to win a major championship. In addition, the awards for most valuable player, best new player and best goalkeeper went to Chilean team members.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
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In addition to the historic trophy is the great victory against Brazil, the specialty’s best team in the world.
The Chilean national beach soccer team won a
historic championship at the Beach Soccer Latin Cup, which was held in the city of Goias, Brazil,
after winning its final game against Argentina, a victory that allowed it to be
In addition to the victory against Argentina, to
win the cup Chile needed Brazil to defeat Uruguay. The locals fulfilled their
task and beat Uruguay, meaning that Chile’s
6-5 victory over Argentina was enough to make the beach soccer team the
best of the event.
Under the leadership of its captain Jorge Torres,
the Chilean team did not get desperate at any time, despite the complexity of
the game, during which Argentina was in the lead for the majority of regulation
time. However, a few minutes before the end and after a great comeback, José Ignacio Mena scored the final 6-5 in
favor of Chile.
After the game, Chile’s coach Roberto Álamos highlighted the virtues that allowed
his team to shine on the Brazilian beaches. “The players’ tremendous potential,
in addition to their attitude and tenacity. Now we need to plan what is coming,
because we cannot waste our raw material. If we continue to work with
consistency, then this team can manage even more important achievements,” he
In addition to the historic trophy is the great
victory against Brazil, the specialty’s best team in the world. The beach “Reds” (as the
Chilean national soccer team is popularly known) obtained what no other
American team had managed, defeating the Brazilians, a team that had been
undefeated at home since 2005 and had only suffered three defeats in the last
103 games that it played.
In addition to the title,
the Chilean players are returning home with the championship’s most valuable
player, a distinction awarded to Rodrigo Sanhueza, in addition to
the best player and best new player, awards that went to
the goalkeeper Gonzalo Mall, who made spectacular saves on the warm
The Beach Soccer Latin
Cup has been held 11 times. Brazil was crowned champion on nine occasions,
while Portugal and Chile have won it once each. In addition to the victory in
Brazil, this extends the
country’s list of sporting achievements.
It should be noted
that soccer is the most popular sport in the
country and that Chile has earned international respect
in recent years. Last year the “Reds”
clinched a berth in the South Africa 2010 World Cup after a great
qualifying round in which they finished second.