Piana, Corsica – July 26, 2018 – A long tradition of Footvolley has translated into an array of talent out of the picturesque island of Corsica. Europe’s best Antoine Ottaviani / Lucien Alessandri are joined by current champions Agnu Plasenzotti / Dume Susini to lead the local support against usual favorites, Brazilians, represented by Luciano Almeida / Laerte Neto.
The Corsican squads are in the forefront of Groups A and B, which also include European powerhouses Portugal and Spain, represented by Miguel Pinheiro / Nelson Pereira and Pablo Carcelen / Carlos Delgado, respectively. Norwegians, Alex Karlsen / Emil Lindstrom (Group A) and Italians, Simone Sinopia / Aldair Santos (Group B) are looking to make a statement and promise to deliver surprising upsets.
Paraguayans, Velo Melgarejo / Jesus Del Valle, lead a challenging Group D and fans should expect close encounters against the Dutch squad, Jesse Van Oord / Antonio Aurino and Jacob Domke / Roman Uhr (GER). The Brazilians shall bring their A-game against the very technical Israeli squad, Maor Haas / Pascal Schmidt and the Austrian brothers, Klemens Wellenhof / Jakob Wellenhof.
The Qwant Footvolley Cup plays host to 20 squads from 14 nations and encompasses a two-event series in the Island of Corsica starting this weekend at Plage d’Arone in Piana. The following stop takes place in Corsica’s capital, Ajaccio starting August 1st.
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Ajaccio – July 30, 2018 – Despite remarkable performances from local favorites, Brazilians Luciano Almeida / Laerte Neto sealed a perfect weekend with a convincing victory against Velo Melgarejo / Jesus Del Valle (PAR) in the final. The winning squad pushed through close games during group stage, but were no match to Antoine Ottaviani / Lucien Alessandri (FRA) and Maor Haas / Pascal Schmidt (ISR) during playoff rounds.
Group Stage brought little surprise with the favorites finishing up on top to face one another during final rounds. Quarter Finals began with a statement win for Israel over Europe’s elite squad Miguel Pinheiro / Nelson Pereira (POR), followed by a close and highly technical match-up between Pablo Carcelen / Carlos Delgado (ESP) and Jesse Van Oord / Antonio Aurino (NED) where the Spaniards stamped their way onto the semis. Title holders Agnu Plasenzotti / Dume Susini (FRA) saw the end of the road against the slick Paraguayans, while European Champions Ottaviani / Alessandri succumbed before the Brazilians.
Brazilians continued their quest with a dramatic win over a rundown Israeli squad due to a heat related illness that compromised their performance for a highly anticipated match-up. The Spanish carried tons of confidence to face Paraguay, but fell short for what would have been a memorable upset. The gran finale involved well known rivals, Brazil and Paraguay, for a highlight match ending at 2-0 for the “Brasileiros”.
A Kids tournament brought an extra hint of excitement and inspiration for local fans. Piana’s prodigies Eric Pireddu / Paul Benetti impressed the crowd, but were not able to close against the visting squad from Ajaccio. The initiative plays a valuable role into showcasing the sport at all levels and will certainly motivate an increase in youth development programs.
The Qwant Footvolley Cup represents the 13th Annual edition of a highly prestigious international tournament and has become one of the most sought destinations for Footvolley in Europe. The host, Piana Footvolley, gears up for the second stop in Ajaccio this week and expects for an even greater atmosphere.
Who will put the Brazilians to test? We shall find out.
MIAMI – APRIL 18, 2018 – FC Bayern Munich will delight international Football fans this summer along with some of the world’s best squads in the annual International Champions Cup. The team is scheduled to play Manchester City on July 28th at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and in preparation for the anticipated clash, German National icon, Lothar Matthäus, experienced a bit of the Miami lifestyle with a game of Footvolley.
The sport did not intimidate Lothar, who instantly picked up some basic set of skills required in Footvolley. Following a few exercises with the US Footvolley Ambassador, Ivan Guimarães, Lothar joined local coach, Guga Alencar, for a quick game and impressed everyone with his performance. Watch it in our YouTube channel soon!
“Footvolley is an incredible sport! I started following it during the 2014 World Cup, where I was impressed with the amount of people that play it in a really high level. Today was my chance to experience it and I think I passed the test.” said Lothar
The opportunity counted with the support of the NFA (National Footvolley Association), and local Footvolley Stars, Fernando Plentz and Melony Poviones who have long been playing the sport in tournaments across the country. Footvolley continues to attract new participants across the globe and World Footvolley is proud to be a part of another step in the evolution of the sport.