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.
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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Schwabish Gmünd – June 13, 2018 – Footvolley’s blooming squads expected to shine in Germany this weekend for the 5th edition of the Sparkassen Footvolley Cup. Teams were drawn into three groups and six will earn an automatic berth into the Quarter Finals set to take place on Saturday. The additional two spots will be filled by two match-ups involving the 3rd place and best 4th place squads.
German favorites Dennis Weber/Roman Uhr will face the newly inducted European squad Amir Zohar/Ron Ben Ishai (ISR) in one of the highlight first round matches and must also overcome the strong Portuguese squad Juliano Silva/Gustavo Cavaco and Norwegians Kristoffer Arskog/Magnus Humeno to move into the playoff rounds.
Last year’s finalists Antonio Aurino/Jesse Van Oord (NED) come back to prove they are still the team to beat and will face the talented French squad Adrian Locicero/Lucas Cervera, before challenging the beloved German Star Mo Obeid with an interim partner Patrick Siebert. Raimund Wenning/Christopher Schieck (GER) and Simon Saurugger/Jakob Wellenhoff (AUT) complete the group.
The most even group includes upcoming German prodigy Mitch Weber along with his partner Jakob Domke, the highly technical Greeks, Yiannis Tsouris/Harris Papaspyrou, the experienced Swiss Nils Fehr/Michele Potita and the French Manu Pisani/Jean Felix Fideli. Every point will count tremendously as details will define what teams will remain following group stage matches.
The stage is set, and the stars are coming. Who will take one of the most coveted titles of the season?
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.
Bangkok – April 27, 2018 – Following intense playoff rounds, Brazilians meet expectations and lift the trophy at the Thai World Footvolley Championship. David Soares/Marcelo Freitas paved the way to glory with a convincing win against top contenders Thapakon Anson/Pongsak Yamnoi (Thailand) by 18/12 – 18/10.
The Brazilian squad displayed a polished team chemistry throughout the competition and earned the respect from competing teams, primarily for their conduct on and off court. David posed for photos, Marcelo signed autographs and the team managed a training session for emerging Footvolley programs.
“These opportunities allow us to share our love for the game and keeps us motivated to continue performing at our best. Footvolley has grown tremendously over the past few years and we are glad to contribute inspiring new fans and players to follow a similar path.” said Marcelo Freitas
The Thai World Footvolley Championship delivered some remarkable achievements, starting off with the breakthrough performance by Team Malaysia (4th Place), a first time appearance in the Playoffs by Team India and the participation of Indonesia. Each milestone results from the continuous effort to grow the sport in the region, led by the Footvolley Association of Thailand (FVAT).
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.