Madjer Cup : Hello! It is a great pleasure for Madjer Cup organization to have the first Indian Team attending the event. Can you let us know a bit more about Dias United Club?
Dias United : A registered not for profit organization with its headquarters in Mumbai and have various branches in different states of India. It has produced many athletes who participated in International & National competitions also have represented the country. Dias United is very much involved in beach related football activities recently they won a fair play award in the national beach soccer championship which was later approved by BSWW.
They have a designated staff.
# Manager Nikita Sudaram (FIFA sports medicine & sports management certified by Newzealand University)
# Technical Director Mr. Cajetan Dias (Ex-International represented team India as a captain in Rio Olympics movememt 2016 at Brazil.)
# Director of Coach education Mr. Joseph Sidy (Ex-International 13th Asian Games & FIFA aadvance coaching course)
# Coach Mr. Nelson Sebastian (AFC C-License & AIFF Santosh Trophy Assistant Coach)
Madjer Cup :What meaning has the participation in the Madjer Cup to your players?
Dias United : Only team to represent from India means a great thing they are very much excited above all it’s an honour for players to represent in an Official Beach Soccer International Championship as it’s a BSWW a FIFA partnered organization giving recognition. A player quoted “The beginning opportunity is very much essential as we have a lot more to learn especially from Madjer the FIFA Beach Soccer legend” As we will be making history from our country it’s a very proud moment for the entire country.
Madjer Cup :What is the current scenario for Beach Soccer in India?
Dias United : India is a developing nation. There is a lot scope for beach soccer as it’s full of excitement & fun learning game. But we need an opportunity to grow. If given an opportunity together with support of Madjer & BSWW we can develop competition for players, coach & referee. Also have a governing organization in India with minimum 24States on board with the support of BSWW & Madjer.
Madjer Cup : We imagine that to bring a team to Portugal to attend the event involves the support and commitment from various entities. Which partners you would like to highlight, for making this participation a reality?
Dias United : The OPUS Group is the backbone as they are supporting in a financial way where as Spoedia takes care of operation & marketing. We have few other associates like Odicy, F7 Indian Federation will support in taking things to the next level. We are also in talks with Kit Manufacturers to be the Official Kit Sponsor as well.
Madjer Cup : There are any governmental organizations helping you on this project?
Dias United : As India is huge in population known as second most largest in the world. We have made an approach to the State Government of different States in India as there are 29 states and 7 Union Territories. They will reply for the same and we awaiting for their positive reply.
Madjer Cup : What your expectations about the Madjer Cup?
Dias United : We expect tournament broadcast or live stream in terms of corporate support together with print & electronic media so that it helps us to carry forward the work of beach soccer development the year long and prepare every year in a stronger manner. Also we expect technical support so that we can build a sustainable structure for beach soccer in India.
We are very much positive for participating in the Madjer Cup 2020.
Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup 2020 edition, to be held in next June will definitely add one more important brick in the construction of a pathway to young athletes aspiring to be the next Beach Soccer stars.
Madjer Cup started in 2017 with the Vision to provide young athletes and coaches an opportunity to become together and share their passion while competing and testing their abilities with players from all over the world.
This competition soon became a landmarkk in the World´s Beach Soccer Season Calendar, with athletes from all over the world dreaming to touch the golden sands of Figueira da Foz, one of the Beach Soccer Meccas and currently home for the Euro Beach Soccer Super League Final.
Madjer, the Beach Soccer GOAT is more and more committed to pass his passion for the game to the youth, leaving a huge legacy under his name : “I feel enormous pride in being part of the history of a sport that was little recognized at the time and which is now respected! If it depends on me, I will do everything to help in the growth of youth beach soccer.”
Right now teams from Portugal, Spain, El Salvador, India and Italy are confirmed, with many more confirmations expected in the coming weeks.
FBSC : Madjer, in 2020 the 3rd edition of the Madjer Youth Cup takes place. From the first day that this idea was born until today, how do you see the evolution of this competition?
M: Firstly, we have been increasing the number of athletes as the diversification of countries in a sustained and thoughtful way!
FBSC : Unfortunately due to your competitive commitments, you did not have the opportunity to be present in the last two editions. Still, seeing from a distance and based on what people told you, what would you highlight at this event?
M: Fair-Play without a doubt and the exchange of experiences between countries!
FBSC : You ended your career at the last World Championship, winning the title of World Champion. Looking back, when you were 17, 18, 19 and started taking your first steps in the sport, what do you feel?
M: I feel enormous pride in being part of the history of a sport that was little recognized at the time and which is now respected! In addition, thank you for supporting beach soccer!
FBSC : Beach Soccer is already a very consolidated sport in terms of elite, but there is still a lack of a model to follow in youth soccer, with well-defined schedules and competitions. Do you believe that this situation will continue for some time, or will we soon be able to witness the affirmation of Youth Beach Football?
M: If it depends on me, I will do everything to help in the growth of youth beach soccer.
FBSC : Finally, what message would you like to send to young athletes who will participate in the Madjer Cup in 2020?
M: May they continue to dream and promote Fair Play which is undoubtedly the hallmark of this competition!
Madjer Cup: Hello Chiky!
It is a pleasure for the organization of the Madjer Cup to have the presence of a player as experienced as you in the event, for more as responsible for a team that will participate in the second edition of the Madjer Cup. What is your opinion on the importance of this event?
Chiky: Personally I think it’s a pioneer tournament in which young players who are starting to take an interest in this magnificent sport can enjoy competing with players from other countries and cultures.
Madjer Cup: What are your expectations for the 2nd edition of the Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup 2019?
Chiky: Enjoy a spectacular experience with children, to develop all the work we do in our Club, in Mazarrón related with beach soccer.
Madjer Cup : What message would you like to send to all those who will join you and your team next June in Figueira?
Chiky: Enjoy a unique experience that for many of you will be the first of many.
FBSC : Hi Luke! You and your team made history last year being one of the 1st teams participating in the Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup. Tell us a bit about that experience.
Luke : 2018 was a life changing experience for our players, traveling to Portugal from England for both our u16 and u18 squads enabled them to embrace the global beach soccer way of life and be introduced to friends from around the world. Both our teams made the semi-finals, with the u16 narrowly losing by one goal and the u18’s losing on penalties for 3rd spot, we were so proud of how our team adapted to the heat and intensity of the games. Our biggest achievement was making new friends from the Americas and Europe, they now have experience the beach soccer community of friendship and sportsmanship that will stay with them like their new friends forever.
FBSC : What your expectations for the 2019 Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup 2nd edition?
Luke : Sadly I wont be traveling to the cup this year due to putting the national game first in England where we have a big task on our hands to grow the game across all levels, I would love to be traveling with both teams but sadly sporting growth over that weekend comes first here in England and I’ll be training the teams up over the next few months as both are side remain in the same age group as 2018 but a year older and wiser, we took away so much last year and in 2019 we will be back bigger, better and ready to compete and embrace new and existing friendships, our coaches and players are ready!
FBSC : Which message would you like to send to all those who will be joining you and your team next June in Figueira?
Luke : Beach Soccer is a sport like no other, beautiful to watch and play and Figueira is a beautiful city with beautiful people and there is no better setting like it to host such an important tournament for the next generation of elite and domestic players, I’m proud to be part of this event and look forward to supporting it for many more years to come, if you’ve not signed up yet what are you waiting for, do it today!
Figueira da Foz stage of the European Beach Soccer League Super Final
The agreement for the final stage of the 2019 and 2020 Euro Beach Soccer League was signed late this morning, April 11, involving the Municipality of Figueira da Foz, Pro BeachSoccer S.L and Cofina SA
The event will always take place in the first week of September, bringing to the city of Figueira da Foz and to its iconic beach, eight national men’s teams of the European division and eight of division B, in a competition of very high competitiveness and professionalism.
The signing of this agreement ensures the long-awaited return of a competition that enshrines the sport, in the form of Beach Soccer, which has been winning consecutively a growing number of athletes and fans.
The name of Hugo Almeida is engraved in some of the most beautiful pages of national and international football, with 9 titles won in 5 Countries at the service of the clubs he represented, he also wore the jersey of the national team for 57 occasions, scoring 19 goals. What many may not know is that Hugo Almeida is passionate about Foot, being one of the people who most contribute to the development of the sport in Portugal.
Figueira Beach Sports City, met Hugo Almeida to learn more about his relationship with Footvoley, retreating to the past to outline the future of this relationship with FootVoley.
This enormous passion, Hugo explains to us, was born as a child along with his childhood friends playing in the sand of his beloved beach of Buarcos in Figueira da Foz. It was at the age of 13 that Hugo remembers to take the first steps in this modality, keeping is still a practicing assiduous. After the sporting seasons of the many clubs that Hugo represented, from Turkey to Germany, through Greece, Italy, Russia and Croatia, the destination was always the FootVoley nets of the Beach of Buarcos.
Asked about the importance or influence of Futevolei practice in his evolution as a soccer player, Hugo says that although there is no direct relationship between the modalities, FuteVolei allowed him mainly to find a way to maintain physical condition during the summer, since it is an extremely physically demanding modality, while allowing training in the ability to jump and put the ball.
Through the many clubs he went through, Hugo always found teammates who with him shared his passion for FootVoley, especially the South Americans, especially the Brazilians, since that was where the sport was born. Despite this, the highlight for the players who have scored the most and influenced him are the living legends of Portuguese FootVoley, Gamboa, Nélson, Salvador and Miguel Pinheiro.
From the passion as a practitioner to the desire to organize events and contribute to the evolution of the modality, was a small step. The Hugo Almeida FootVoley Tournament will meet in its 8th edition in 2019, and this year will mark a new stage for this organization, with 3 tournaments called Hugo Almeida FootVoley Series. Hugo explained that as a result of the evolution in the quality of the doubles present in the last editions of the tournaments, the local community of players , was losing a little space and time of competitive practice, reason why this year will be organized a local tournament, with the best doubles to be selected to the national tournament to be held on 9 and 10 June, bringing together the 16 best national doubles. But the news does not stop here. In 2019 will be held for the first time an international tournament with the presence of the 15 best European teams.
The growth and evolution of the tournaments is something that Hugo is very proud of, since it is all organized based on the great passion that the community of Buarcos has by modality. According to him, there is not much room left to evolve in terms of organization and infrastructure, since the great support of Figueira da Foz’s Town Hall, especially since the beginning of the Figueira Beach Sports City project allows today in Buarcos and Figueira da Foz there is an event at the level of what is best done around the world! So the big bet will be on the dissemination of the event and the destination, in the sense of attracting more and more people, not only for the modality but also for the City!
1. Madjer, after the 1st edition of Madjer Cup what are the expectations for the 2nd edition?
M: Given the tremendous success of the first edition and the feedback from everyone involved, we have set the bar higher and I hope that this second edition will be even bigger, with more teams and more media exposure!
2. In 2018 due to changes in the international competitive calendar, you could not be physically present at the event, even so what idea did you have of the 1st edition of Madjer Cup?
M: I got the idea that, that due the commitment and help of all involved , we achieved not only our main goal, that was mainly to create a competition where there is a global gap training), but also we have been able to stimulate and promote the sport, but above all FairPlay among teams from all over the world!
3. What vision do you have about the development of youth beach soccer worldwide?
M: As I mentioned earlier, there is a very large gap in training, but grateful to be able to help plug that gap!
4. What do you think Madjer Cup’s role in the future of Youth Beach Soccer is?
M: I have no doubt that we will be the tournament of excellence of youth beach soccer and above all we will create bases for the development of athletes and staff.
5. What messages would you like to send to all young people who dream of becoming the next Madjer?
M: Just like I once dreamed of being a soccer player … never give up on your dreams, whatever they may be! And at Madjer Youth Cup we want to give you the opportunity to one day fulfill your dream in beach soccer!
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1. Steve, with 6 months left what are the expectations regarding the number of teams and countries participating in the Madjer Cup 2nd edition?
The first Madjer Cup featured 16 teams from 6 different countries (England, Portugal, Italy, United States, El Salvador, and Spain). All of the countries that were represented in the first edition are committed to returning to Portugal again – some will even bring more teams for this second round (bringing both U16 and U18 teams for example, instead of one or the other), which is a strong indicator that the first event was a success. In addition to this, there are individuals and organizations from many other countries that have indicated their interest in participating including Russia, Poland, India, Senegal, Azerbaijan, The Netherlands, Denmark, Tanzania, Iraq, and several more in Central and South America. I am continuing to search for more teams, since there is still time for them to plan a trip and make it.
2. Being the competition recruiting director, you get to know and talk to many people all over the world committed to the development of youth beach soccer. What´s your feelings regarding the present status of the sport development worldwide?
When one looks at various sports that have been successfully commercialized and have mass appeal there is a common theme; vibrant, growing, and successful youth programs. The organizers of the Madjer Cup believe the future of beach soccer is truly dependent on building strong youth programs and tremendous tournament experiences for younger players. The youth players of today are the professional and national team players of the future. The sport has no long-term, sustainable commercial appeal without effective youth programs throughout the international community to help nurture the popularity of the sport and to provide a developmental growth path for youth players.
From my experience, being in contact with hundreds of people located throughout the world, we have a lot of work ahead of us. It seems like only a handful of countries are truly vested in the sport and the promotion, education, and training of youth players has not been as strong of a priority as it needs to be in order to move this sport to the next level. That is why we are looking for leaders in each country to step up and make things happen. The Madjer Cup is a fantastic event to help push the development of youth beach soccer programs to the next level.
3. Which nations, in your opinion, are taking the lead on youth beach soccer development?
I am not an expert in the analysis of sport development but I can say, through my experience in communicating with so many people, that it appears that Brazil has one of the most advanced approaches.
Although, there are several other countries that have already established, or are in the process of creating a formal, structured system to develop the sport at the youth level. Approaches vary by country, but youth development is typically being accomplished by either a formal federation or through independent clubs, without federation oversight, that are simply focused on beach soccer. England appears to be heading in the right direction with the Isle of Wight’s beach soccer programs, which are managed by Luke Pepe Kerr. His team of coaches have fostered the sport at the youth level and they actually have had players progress through their program and advance to the English National Team, which is the kind of thing we need to do in every country to help take the sport mainstream. Then there is Viareggio Beach Soccer Club in Northern Italy, directed by Stefano Santini, which has a very strong professional men’s program but, unlike other clubs that only focus their energies at the professional level, they are also committed to the long-term vision of developing youth players and advancing them to their professional team.
Contrasting the more structured approaches of several nations, I have been in contact with a lot of beach soccer clubs from many countries that are really just an individual semi-pro or professional adult team with only a single team focus (no interest in leveraging their experience and training techniques to develop younger players). In the USA, we have a lot of youth beach soccer tournaments managed by several independent organizers, but these competitions primarily cater to traditional turf soccer clubs that only participate once or twice a year as more of a social beach picnic event in the off-season rather than a serious sporting competition. SoCal Beach Soccer Club is one of just a few clubs that are actually focused on promoting, developing, and teaching the sport of beach soccer at the youth level and has multiple youth teams within its club membership. Unlike many countries, there is no academy, select clubs, or structured approach that provide a migration path to the US national beach soccer team, so we have a lot of work to do in order to catch up with several other countries that are more advanced in their approach.
4. In your efforts recruiting teams did you come across with some interesting people would you like to highlight?
In my recruitment efforts I find a wide range of individuals and organizations that love the sport and want to develop it at the youth level. There are also a lot of inspirational stories, for example, individuals like German Martinez who personally sponsored a team from El Salvador as a means to give the young men there hope, goals and dreams (they won the first Madjer Cup U18 division in a close match against Italy). There are other individuals, groups and organizations doing the same at the local level – using beach soccer, and the Madjer Cup as a means to inspire youth athletes to go for their dreams. There is a lot of passion, but also a lot of fragmented efforts and approaches around the globe that are all contributing to the visibility of the sport in some form or fashion. Making it to the Madjer Cup to compete is now a viable and exciting goal for many coaches and youth players around the world, but our work has only begun.
5. What role do you think is reserved for the Madjer Cup in the World´s Beach Soccer great picture?
I believe that successful youth programs provide the means for niche sports to transform into highly popular “mainstream” sports because it creates the love and passion for the game at a large scale level which, in turn, also provides the fan base following needed to move a sport that today, is reserved only for a select few, to a sport that has mass audience appeal. In that context, every sport, whether it be at the professional or youth level, needs to have an ultimate, premiere tournament or championship venue. I see the Madjer Cup as being the World Cup of youth beach soccer, an event that showcases the absolute best youth players of the sport from around the world, as well as providing a multi-national and cultural experience that helps us all to have a better understanding and appreciation of each other globally. Coming together and sharing a common love for the sport through competition is fun, and it is just an incredible experience that you will never forget.
6. What you would like to say to all the teams looking forward to participate in the 2019 Madjer Cup Edition?
The original teams from the six countries that participated in the first inaugural Madjer Cup may have made history through their commitment and participation, but there is much more history to be made and several championship titles on the line as Madjer Cup 2019 promises to deliver more excitement and fun. As a leader within the global beach soccer community, you will have the opportunity to take part in this multi-cultural experience and your matches will be streamed live over the Internet for the world to see. This is the highest level of competitive youth beach soccer worldwide and will be hosted at an extraordinary location in Figueira da Foz at one of the premiere sports beaches in the world. We welcome you and look forward to your arrival! Your participation will make the Madjer Cup a continued success for years to come.
For those of you who are still thinking about attending, you will not want to miss out on this phenomenal opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others and for the sport of beach soccer. The sooner your team starts planning and organizing for this event the better. For more information, including tournament rules, travel tips and official presentation, please check out the event web site at www.madjercup.com or contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iranian Beach Soccer Team selected Figueira da Foz for their preparation stage for the Intercontinental Cup to be held next November in Dubai.
In all, there are 18 elements, among players (12) and technical team, who found in Figueira da Foz “the ideal conditions” to determine the physical form, strategy and tactics of play and, of course, the team spirit. Until Sunday, the beach of Buarcos Beach is the ‘home’ of the Iranian beach soccer team.
“I already knew the city, from when I worked with the Portuguese National Team,” explains the Brazilian national team coach, Marco Octavio de Cerqueira. “I recently learned that more conditions were being created in Figueira da Foz for beach sports, and that here it was possible to find everything that my players needed, both at the level of friendly teams to practice the sport at their most European school, such as infrastructure, “he adds. «Six years ago Iran was 32nd in the world ranking, and today it is the 3rd, in a ranking in which Portugal is the second», smiles. “Good training conditions, good weather, wonderful food, great welcome … we hope to return many times”, he concludes.
The same positive opinion has the player Peyman Hosseini, the 2017 world´s best goalkeeper and still in the dispute to revalidate the title. “Everything very good, from the quality of the sand to the weather … we feel very happy and fortunate and we hope to leave here well prepared for the challenges that still await us this year,” he said. “The food is also very good and the people very friendly,” he added adding that he praised “the quality of Portuguese beach soccer”, which will be put to the test in three friendly matches to be held in a day and time to announce soon .
After the Portuguese and Polish National Teams, the Iranian National Team training camp, planned and supported by the Municipal Project, Figueira Beach Sports City, consolidates the positioning of Figueira da Foz as a leading destination to host Beach Sports events.
Know more about the conditions that Figueira offers to beach sports teams here