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Belarus respectively in front of a watching delegation from the Bahamas. A host of key figures watched on from the VIP section in Jesolo, including Mr Daniel MD Johnson, Bahamas Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, and Mr Anton Sealey, President of the Bahamas Football Association, as the continent´s best teams sought to put on a show. While all four sides were confirmed for the event by Friday evening, the final two days still offered plenty of thrills and spills as Portugal and Italy, the two highest-ranked sides in the semifinals, were both beaten. Instead, Poland and Switzerland were the two to contest the final and - in fitting fashion for an event in which the former provided the biggest shock - the Poles turned in a another disciplined, clinical display to ensure first place. Led by skipper Witold Ziober and inspired by the evergreen Saganowski, Poland capped a supremely impressive campaign by lifting the trophy, with Saganowski named as the tournament’s star performer while team-mate Szymon Gasinski picked up the Best Goalkeeper award. Dejan Stankovic claimed top scorer honours after his 25 goals helped Switzerland progress. All four sides will now begin final preparations for their trip to the Bahamas, with a number of competitive events on the horizon to serve as warm-ups, while elsewhere across the globe, teams from Asia, Africa and the Americas will all look to join the aforementioned nations during their respective qualifiers over the coming months. The road to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup has only just begun…

BAREFOOT: The Beach Soccer Mag  

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