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2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup
Copa do Mundo de Futsal da FIFA
Brasil 2008
2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
Dates30 September – 19 October
Teams20 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (4th title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place Italy
Fourth place Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played56
Goals scored387 (6.91 per match)
Attendance292,161 (5,217 per match)
Top scorer(s)Russia Pula (16 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Falcão
Best goalkeeperBrazil Tiago
Fair play award Spain
2004
2012

The 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup was the sixth edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the quadrennial international futsal championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It was the first tournament to use the term "World Cup". It was held between 30 September and 19 October 2008 in Brazil. It was the only Futsal World Cup to feature 20 teams.

Brazil won the tournament for the fourth time. It was their first title since 1996.

Qualifying criteria

Main article: 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification

Qualified nations

Competition Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host Nation   1  Brazil
2008 AFC Futsal Championship 11–18 May 2008  Thailand 4  Iran
 Thailand
 Japan
 China
2008 African Futsal Championship 21–30 March 2008  Libya 2  Libya
 Egypt
2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship 2–8 June 2008  Guatemala 3  Guatemala
 Cuba
 United States
2008 Copa América de Futsal 23–28 June 2008  Uruguay 3  Uruguay
 Argentina
 Paraguay
2008 Oceanian Futsal Championship 8–14 June 2008  Fiji 1  Solomon Islands
UEFA Preliminary Competition 23 February – 16 April 2008 Groups 6  Spain
 Portugal
 Italy
 Russia
 Ukraine
 Czech Republic
TOTAL 20 Field is Finalized

Venues

Arena Maracanã Arena Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
Picture
Ginásio do Maracanãzinho
Ginásio Nilson Nelson
City Rio de Janeiro Brasília
Capacity 12,105 11,160

Squads

Main article: 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup team squads

Each nation submitted a squad of 14 players, including two goalkeepers.

Officials

First round

Main article: 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup – First Round

Draw

The 20 teams were divided in four groups, each group with five teams. The draw was held on 10 July 2008 in Brasília, Brazil

Tie break rule

In case two or more teams are equal on points, their ranking is determined by the results of matches between the tied teams only. If there is still a tie after this, the ranking is determined by goals difference in all group matches.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Second round

Main article: 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup – Second Round

Group E

Group F

Final round

Main article: 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup – Final Round

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
16 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
 
 Russia2
 
19 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
 Brazil 4
 
 Brazil (pen.) 2 (4)
 
16 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
 Spain 2 (3)
 
 Spain (a.e.t.) 3
 
 
 Italy 2
 
Third place
 
 
18 October 2008 - Rio de Janeiro
 
 
 Russia1
 
 
 Italy 2

Semi-finals

Russia 2 – 4 Brazil
Spain 3 – 2 Italy

Third place match

Russia 1 – 2 Italy

Final

Brazil 2 – 2 (a.e.t.) Spain
Penalties
4 – 3

Champions

 FIFA Futsal World Cup
2008 Winners 

Brazil
Fourth title

Awards

Golden Shoe winner Golden Ball winner Golden Gloves winner
Russia Pula Brazil Falcão Brazil Tiago
Silver Shoe winner Silver Ball winner Goal of the Tournament
Brazil Falcão Brazil Schumacher Guatemala José Rafael Gonzalez
Bronze Shoe winner Bronze Ball winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
Brazil Lenísio Brazil Tiago  Spain

Top goalscorers

Main article: List of 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup goalscorers

The top 10 scorers from the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup are as follows:

Rank Name Country Goals
1 Pula  Russia 16
2 Falcão  Brazil 15
3 Lenísio  Brazil 11
4 Schumacher  Brazil 10
Damir Khamadiev  Russia
6 Vladislav Shayakhmetov  Russia 9
7 Fabio Alcaraz  Paraguay 8
René Villalba  Paraguay
Sirilo  Russia
10 Fernando Grana  Italy 7
Dmitri Prudnikov  Russia
Fernandão  Spain

Final tournament rankings

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1  Brazil 9 8 1 0 64 8 +56 25
2  Spain 9 7 2 0 29 11 +18 23
3  Italy 9 5 1 3 25 18 +7 16
4  Russia 9 4 1 4 62 31 +31 13
5  Iran 7 4 2 1 24 19 +5 14 Eliminated in the second round
6  Argentina 7 3 3 1 19 12 +7 12
7  Paraguay 7 3 1 3 27 17 +10 10
8  Ukraine 7 3 1 3 24 21 +3 10
9  Portugal 4 3 0 1 15 8 +7 9 Eliminated in the first round
10  Guatemala 4 2 0 2 14 9 +5 6
11  Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 11 18 −7 6
12  Japan 4 2 0 2 13 24 −11 6
13  Egypt 4 1 0 3 9 12 −3 3
14  Thailand 4 1 0 3 7 15 −8 3
15  Cuba 4 1 0 3 16 25 −9 3
16  Libya 4 0 1 3 7 14 −7 1
17  Uruguay 4 0 1 3 6 14 −8 1
18  United States 4 0 0 4 5 24 −19 0
19  China 4 0 0 4 5 25 −20 0
20  Solomon Islands 4 0 0 4 6 69 −63 0
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