Israelis back on top

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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Rivalries heat up in Germany

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?

France takes European crown

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 Standings:

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

Playoff Results

Quarter Finals:

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)

Semi Finals:

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.

Thai squads fall short to favorites

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 8, 2018 – This March, the City of Eilat (Israel) will play host to the world’s best male and female Footvolley squads at the World Red Sea Footvolley Cup. The second stop of the season will involve 28 male and 14 female squads from 16 nations.

The men’s competition will feature defending champions Esteban/Chorei (Paraguay), joined by one of Brazil’s most entertaining squads Marcelinho/Eduardinho, and European favorites Miguel/Nelson (Portugal). Home grown stars Ron/Oren and Groningen champions Pascal/Maor guarantee it will not be an easy path to glory for the visitors.

The women’s side will witness a new and exciting partnership between Brazilians Josy Souza and Natalia Guitler, joined by the Dutch Nicoline/Evelyn, Nynke/Selma and squads from emerging programs in Germany, Italy, Russia, Norway and the United States.

The event kicks off with the Draw Ceremony next Thursday at 7:00pm (local time) to define groups fixtures and competition schedule. Group stage matches are set to begin on Friday at 9:00am (local time), while playoff rounds begin at 11:00am on Saturday.

In addition to exciting match ups, local fans can expect appearances from Israel’s favorites and avid supporters Oshri Cohen, Ronen Harazi and Shalom Michaelshvili who always bring some extra excitement to the show.

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Indoor competition to reveal some of the teams to look out for this year

January 2, 2018 – The FlexVirtual International Footvolley Tournament launches the season at the Binnenpret Indoor Beach in Groningen, Holland. The Dutch will play host to European rivals Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Austria, Greece and England, in addition to intercontinental visitors Brazil, Israel and Morocco. A total of twenty-eight (28) teams were drawn into four groups as follows:

Group A: Brazil, Holland 1, France, Israel 3, Germany 3, Austria 4, Israel 7

Group B: Germany 1, Holland 2, Belgium, Israel 4, Greece, Austria 3, Austria 6

Group C: Israel 1, Austria 1, Morocco, Israel 2. Italy, Austria 5, Holland 4

Group D: Israel 2, Holland 3, England, Israel 5, Germany 2, Austria 2, Holland 5

Group stage matches are set to begin on Friday at 9:00am (CET)  and will define the teams to advance onto the playoff stages. The first team of each group guarantee a spot in the quarter finals, while the second and third teams will be drawn into Round of 16 matches.

What to watch for:

  • FOOTVOLLEY VETERANS ready to bring an exciting challenge to some of the promising international squads.
  • EFC HOST, Austria, comes in full force proving a progressive growth ahead of Europe’s Most Wanted title.
  • ISRAEL brings seven competitive teams in preparation for the upcoming international event in Eilat.
  • WOMEN’S DRAW to include teams from Holland, Germany, Sweden and Israel.   

 

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