The first weekend in May sees Barcelona become the world capital of beach soccer as it hosts the Barcelona Beach Soccer Cup 2015.
Host team FC Barcelona, will be playing against FC Bate Borisov from Belarus; the Brazilian champions CR Flamengo against Valencia CF; Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia, will be playing against the Argentinian team, Boca Juniors; and Sporting Club de Portugal will be taking on the Turkish champions, Galatasaray SK.
These are the best teams in the world in this sport and they will be playing against one another on the sandy shores of the Olympic Port, in a competition system that makes room for no mistakes: a single defeat rules out any possible attempt at the title.
The Barcelona team will be captained by the Galician Ramiro Amarelle and include the current Ballon d’Or holder, the Brazilian Bruno Xavier, the Catalan Llorenç Gómez, the Japanese Ozu, and the Swiss Noel Ott.
Beach soccer concentrates the most spectacular aspects of modern football, but is faster and will a much higher number of goals. It is played in a 28 x 37m pitch, with players abler to shoot from any part of the pitch, achieving a goal every 3 or 4 minutes on average. Each team is made up by five players (four and a goalkeeper) and sees unlimited replacements to keep the pace as fast as possible during the three 12-minute periods that the match lasts for.
Thanks to its dynamism and sand beach setting, a sandy beach, the sport enjoys a unique festive environment. Music, performances and cheerleaders keep up the good spirits.
For all details, including match times, see here