Ten players to watch at the Beach Soccer World Cup

10 players to watch at the Beach Soccer World Cup

Pedro Moran

  • Position: Forward
  • Making his fourth World Cup appearance
  • Won the Italian Scudetto with Sambenedettesse
  • adidas Golden Boot winner at Portugal 2015

Here's what he's capable of

Ozu Moreira

  • Recently scored his 100th goal for Japan
  • Won the adidas Silver Ball at Tahiti 2013
  • Made the Best Five at the Beach Soccer Stars awards four times
  • Expected to make 100th appearance for Japan in Paraguay

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Gabriele Gori

  • Focal point of Italy's attack
  • Opened his own real estate business last year
  • His beach soccer idol is Ramiro Amarelle
  • adidas Golden Scorer at Bahamas 2017 (17 goals)

Watch one of his top goals from 2017

Heimanu Taiarui

  • adidas Golden Ball winner at Portugal 2015
  • Previously made a living as a fisherman
  • Spent time as coach of the Bahamas in 2016
  • Nickname is 'Metal', on account of him being a 'hard man'

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Dimitrii Shishin🇷🇺

  • Two-time World Cup champion (2011, 2013)
  • Russia's top scorer - has over 200 goals
  • Top scorer at Tahiti 2013 (11 goals)
  • Debuted for the national team in 2007

Look back at his best from Tahiti 2013


  • Icon of Beach Soccer, often hailed as the game’s best ever
  • Named after two-time FIFA World Cup Algerian Rabah Madjer
  • Born in Angola, led Portugal to 2015 crown
  • Two-time winner of adidas Golden Ball

Secrets of Madjer: A beach soccer legend


  • Top scorer in South American qualifying
  • Key figure in Brazil’s fifth World Cup win two years ago
  • Scored stunning winner as Brazil eliminated holders Portugal
  • adidas Silver Scorer winner in 2017

Watch his stunning goal from 2017

Noel Ott

  • Central figure for Switzerland
  • Introduced to game by member of Swiss women’s beach national team
  • Scored a hat-trick on his World Cup debut in 2015
  • adidas Bronze Shoe winner in 2015

Watch his hat-trick debut in 2015

Abu Azeez

  • Household name for the Super Sand Eagles
  • First Nigerian to score 100 goals
  • Was 15-years-old at first World Cup in 2009
  • Beach Soccer Worldwide Ambassador

Read about his journey here

Nick Perera

  • Striker is USA's all-time leading scorer in World Cup qualifying
  • Scored five goals at Tahiti 2013, a USA single-tournament record
  • Has also played for USA futsal national team
  • Nominated among the Top 50 beach soccer players in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Beach Soccer Worldwide

Read our feature on USA

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