Eilat – March 18, 2018 – The World Red Sea Footvolley Cup hosted some of the world’s favorites and gave fans the opportunity to witness exciting match ups from the get go. Group Stage showed the rise of new squads from Greece, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as an increasing level from local athletes, including Groningen Champions, Pascal Schmidt/Maor Haas and fourth place finishers Ron Ben Ishay/ Oren Zuberi.
Top favorites Brazil, Portugal, Paraguay and Israel took first place in their respective groups, guaranteeing their spot in the playoff rounds. The top seeds were joined by France, Italy, Spain and Holland, who did not pose a threat to the “BIG-4”. The first major upset came up in the semifinal stage, where current champions, Paraguay, were ousted by Portugal in a 3-set battle.
A highlight final between Brazilians, Marcelo Schilling/Eduardo Gasparini and European champions Miguel Pinheiro/Nelson Pereira (Portugal) concluded a spectacular weekend in style. The challenging road to the final took a toll on the Portuguese and allowed Brazil to take the trophy home. Paraguayans Victor Martinez/Fernando Lugo completed the podium following a convincing win against local favorites.
After a week in the Red Sea, teams now prepare for the next stop in Bangkok, Thailand in a competition that will certainly continue to spark the interest for Footvolley across southeast Asia.