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56 - QUARTERLY REVIEW

EUROPEAN SEASON 2016

OLD CONTINENT

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he European season began in late May on the sunny shores of Catania - the first of two events to be held in the Sicilian resort - as 44 clubs from across the continent battled it out for the Euro Winners Cup. Twelve of those sides took part in the inaugural female competition while the remainder sought to add their name to the list of European club champions in the men’s event. Some of the world’s best players put national allegiances to one side for the week-long event, which saw defending champions BSC Kristall of Russia surrender their title to Italian side Viareggio. The champions ultimately claimed victory on penalties in a dramatic

final against Artur Musi, with stars Ozu and Gori, amongst others, playing a key role in the bianconero success. Grasshopper Club Zurich guaranteed a place in beach soccer history as they defeated BeachKick Ladies Berlin 5-4 to become the first women’s Euro Winners Cup champions. Focus swiftly turned to the international arena in June as the Euro Beach Soccer Cup landed in Belgrade for Serbia’s maiden international appearance. The hosts finished bottom of the pile but showed plenty of signs of promise as the traditionally stronger sides battled it out in the latter stages, Portugal ultimately ending their 10-year wait for a seventh


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