Brazil sweep individual awards in World Cup.
Monday, 20 October 2008 04:05
The FIFA Futsal World Cup trophy was not the only accolade collected by Brazil, as the classy Selecao also cleaned up in the individual awards. adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Shoe, adidas Golden Shoe: Pula (RUS), adidas Silver Shoe: Falcao (BRA), adidas Bronze Shoe: Lenísio (BRA)
The FIFA Futsal World Cup trophy was not the only accolade collected by Brazil, as the classy Selecao also cleaned up in the individual awards. Three of the stars coached by Paulo de Oliveira were recognised for their outstanding performances at the tournament, as FIFA.com reports.
adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball
adidas Golden Ball: Falcao (BRA)
adidas Silver Ball: Schumacher (BRA)
adidas Bronze Ball: Tiago (BRA)
The Auriverdes supplied the three best players at the FIFA Futsal World Cup. Falcao, named Best Player at the 2004 tournament in Chinese Taipei, retained the accolade after a string of breathtaking displays in front of an adoring home crowd. The player’s undiminished technical ability and haul of 15 goals made him a worthy winner. Fellow world champions Schumacher and goalkeeper Tiago followed in second and third places.
Interviewed by FIFA.com, Brazil captain Vinicius came straight to the point: "I think these awards underline the strength in our team. Falcao was the best player at the tournament, Schumacher the second best, and Tiago the best keeper."
adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Shoe
adidas Golden Shoe: Pula (RUS)
adidas Silver Shoe: Falcao (BRA)
adidas Bronze Shoe: Lenísio (BRA)
Russia goal-getter Pula’s prolific total of 16 goals earned him the award for the best sharp-shooter at the tournament, edging out Brazilian twosome Falcao (15) and Lenísio (11). The Russian number seven’s nine goals against the Solomon Islands also represents a new individual record.
"It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I think I’ll need until tomorrow or maybe even longer. Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I’d score this many goals and end up as the leading scorer at the World Cup," the 27-year-old confessed to FIFA.com.
adidas Golden Gloves
This FIFA Futsal World Cup featured a fine crop of goalkeeping talent, but Brazil star Tiago rose above his rivals with a series of consistently excellent displays, providing his team with a rock-solid rearguard right until the end of the final against Spain. In naming him Best Goalkeeper, the FIFA Technical Study Group singled out Tiago’s reflexes and outstanding vision for special praise.
FIFA Fair Play Award
Spain ultimately fell short of a FIFA Futsal World Cup hat-trick, but the Iberians did not leave Brazil entirely empty-handed. Coach Venancio Lopez’ side accumulated 914 of a maximum possible 1,000 Fair Play points to finish as the fairest team of the tournament.
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