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Russia vs. Japan

Russia vs. Japan

 
As sweltering as the heat of the Pacific sun, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 will see many of the world’s best clubs compete in ferocious fixtures. Two of these blocs, Russia and Japan, shall unravel their best maneuvers in the sand when they meet in the group stage on September 18 at the Tahua To’ata Stadium in Papeete, Tahiti. Onlookers and online betting sites are just around to monitor any spectacles.
 
Russia’s debut participation in the beach soccer World Cup was in 2007, but made their greatest success in the 2011 tournament, where they emerged as overall champions. In addition, the side are a dominant force in many other beach soccer competitions, having won the Euro Beach Soccer Cup in February 2012 and landing in the second spot at the Beach Soccer League 2012. Today, Russia remain empowered with a spirited and high-quality ensemble. Although Mikhail Likhachev’s men had a rough stint when they fought against Poland in the first group phase, they remained aggressive and went on to lord over an equally ferocious Swiss rival in the quarter-finals. The Russians are tremendously good at creating opportunities for scoring, but they need to work hard on their focusing skills as they tend to immediately falter when certain stimuli irk their concentration.
 
When it comes to sand fights, Japan carry a proud emblem. The side have been highly competitive in beach soccer competitions ever since the 1990s. During FIFA’s inaugural season, the Asian players were able to finish in the fourth spot. Since then, they have never been absent in the tournament’s seven-edition history. Combining experience with a strong dedication to the sport, the Japanese players are some of the world’s most resilient fighters. This can be proven with the side’s excellent performances during the qualifying rounds in Doha, with the likes of Thailand, Lebanon, and Australia submitting to their supremacy. Ruy Ramos’ men, however, need to iron out their defense a little bit more. Relying on penalties will deter genuine chances of victory.
 
Prediction: Japan have more experience in the FIFA tournament than Russia but have never won the title in all seven occasions. The former USSR member entered the competition only in 2007 but immediately displayed massive impression just four years after. This match will inevitably result in a very close scoring, but the Russians will probably make the more successful finish.
 
 
Russia | Image source: rian.ru

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