Schwabish Gmund – June 17, 2018 – An overload of talent brought tons of excitement to a historic German town in the suburbs of Stuttgart. Ron Ben Ishai/Amir Zohar (ISR) delivered a solid performance throughout their campaign, starting with a defeat over the locals Dennis Weber/Roman Uhr (GER), before overcoming a young Portuguese squad and the experienced Norwegians.
The confidence boost continued in the playoff stage with a win over Switzerland and a highlight semi-final match against their top contenders Antonio Aurino/Jesse Van Oord (NED), where Ron and Amir came back from a first set loss to guarantee their spot in the championship match. The Final was no surprise to the fans, as the talented French Adrian Locicero/Lucas Cervera were no match and fell in straight sets.
The men were joined by four female squads, led by Brazilian Natalie Martins and Evelyn Dobbinga (NED), who took the gold home, following straight set wins over finalists Thais Castro/Manny Gleize (BRA), third place Isabel Rodrigues/Rita Rodrigues (SWE) and Dana Hillman/Stephanie Mohr (GER). The Women’s Exhibition Tournament added a flare of inspiration to aspiring new girls, who dream to become a part of the Footvolley journey.
The 5th Edition of the Sparkassen Footvolley Cup played host to some of the best international squads and proved once again, Footvolley continues to fascinate new fans worldwide. The stars now move on to their following destination looking to take stamp their name and pride into an ever-growing and thrilling storyline.
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Graz – June 9, 2018 – An impressive campaign led Antoine Ottaviani / Lucien Alessandri (FRA) to the gold. The road to the championship began in the qualifier rounds where the squad defeated opponents like Dennis Webber/Roman Uhr (GER) and Ron Ben Ishai/Amir Zohar (ISR) to earn a spot in the Group Stage. The confidence boost helped the French overcome Spain, Italy and Norway seamlessly to advance straight into the Quarter Final, where they easily defeated Switzerland before pulling two come back wins against the Portuguese, both in the “Semi” and Final match. The Spaniards Juan Lopez/Sergio Antolinos joined the finalists, Miguel Pinheiro/Nelson Correia (POR) to complete the star-studded podium.
Group A: Austria 1, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria 2
Group B: France, Portugal 2, Greece, United Kingdom
Group C: France 2, Spain, Italy, Norway
Group D: Germany, Portugal 1, Croatia, Belgium
Juan Lopez/Sergio Antolinos (SPA) 2 x 0 Jakob Wellenhof/Klemens Wellenhof (AUT)
Miguel Pinheiro/Nelson Pereira (POR) 2 x 0 Agnu Plasenzotti/Dume Sussini (FRA)
Antoine Ottaviani/Lucien Alessandri (FRA) 2 x 0 Benedikt Zwissig/Nils Fehr (SUI)
Filipe Santos/Beto Correia (POR) 2 x 0 Mo Obeid/Joel Nisslein (GER)
Miguel Pinheiro/Nelson Pereira (POR) 2 x 0 Juan Lopez/Sergio Antolinos (SPA)
Antoine Ottaviani/Lucien Alessandri (FRA) 2 x 1 Filipe Santos/Beto Correia (POR)
3rd Place: Juan Lopez/Sergio Antolinos (SPA) 2 x 1 Filipe Santos/Beto Correia (POR)
Final: Antoine Ottaviani/Lucien Alessandri (FRA) 2 x 1 Miguel Pinheiro/Nelson Pereira (POR)
The Women’s Competition was dominated by the Dutch, who took the championship home with Evelyn Dobbinga/Nicoline Birza, joined by Carolin Schultze/Rebecca Gabriel (GER) in second place and fellow country mates Nynke Karrenbeld/Selma Van Berkel with the bronze.
The European Footvolley Championship awarded Austrian fans with a weekend long spectacle. A sold-out arena in Hauptplatz assured the level of entertainment delivered by international Footvolley stars, who now move on to Schwabisch Gmund, Germany for the Sparkassen Footvolley Cup.
Graz – June 8, 2018 – The European Summer kicks off this weekend with Footvolley’s best battling for the title in Austria. A line up of 13 nations led by current champions, Portugal, begin their quest at the busy Hauptplatz Square in the heart of Graz.
The Portuguese squad, Miguel Pinheiro/Nelson Pereira, has come prepared following a second place finish at the Red Sea Footvolley Cup in Eilat and was drawn into Group D to face Germany, Belgium and Croatia. Remaining groups as follows:
Group A: Austria 1, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria 2
Group B: France, Greece, United Kingdom, Portugal 2
Group C: Spain, Italy, Norway, France 2
Local favorites Jakob Wellenhof/Klemens Wellenhof are set to face the strong Dutch squad Martjin Ten Duis/Bart Zantmann, before challenging the well-known local rivals and the Swiss. The French favorites Agnu Plasenzotti/Dume Susini must overcome current Portuguese National Champions Beto Correia/Filipe Santos before facing the Greek and British favorites. The Spanish Juan Lopez/Sergio Antolinos headline a tough Group C including an elite qualifier French squad and the highly skilled Norwegian and Italian pairings.
Only one squad per group is awarded a direct birth into the Quarter Final rounds. The second and third place teams from groups A/B and C/D will face one another in the Round of 16 stage to complete the Playoff line-up.
The Women’s Semi-Finals complete the schedule with match ups between Evelyn Dobbinga/ Nicoline Birza (NED) x Nynke Karrenbeld/Selma Van Berkel (NED) and Mor Shaked/Noy Tzuberry x Rebecca Gabriel/Carolin Schultze (GER)
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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.