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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Groningen – January 7, 2018 – What a start to the season it was! The FlexVirtual International welcomed teams from eleven nations and saw Israelis’ Pascal Schmidt / Maor Haas, pave the way towards their first title in the season.
The 2-day event delivered some exciting matches, including Brazil’s upset against the local squad Bart Zantman / Martjin ten Duis in the opening rounds. The Dutch went undefeated during the group stage, along with Joel Nisslein / Mo Obeid (Germany), Oren Zubeari / Barak Spoj and Jonathan Flash / Ron Ben Ishay (Israel).
The playoff rounds started with the eight teams battling to join the group stage winners in the quarter-finals. The highlight match featured Italian youngsters Federico Iacopucci / Alain Facinni against Pascal Schmidt / Maor Haas (Israel) in a 3-set battle setting the end of the road for the Italians.
The quarter-final stage was highlighted by the presence of four Israeli teams and the rise of the Brazilians when it mattered most. Both nations made their way to the final, and watched Israel’s Oren Zubeari / Barak Spoj defeating Martjin ter Duis / Bart Zantman to secure the third-place spot.
Fans were given the most wanted final match-up, a clash between the favorites, Brazil, and the promising talents from Israel. The encounter revealed Israelis, Pascal Schmidt / Maor Haas as one of the teams to look out for this year. The squad kicks off the season with confidence and seek to continue their winning streak at the World Footvolley Cup in Eilat.