The beach soccer team returned to training this Tuesday with two clear goals: the 2023 Copa América and qualifying for the World Cup.
Coach Hernán Magrini summoned a list of eighteen players for their first practice in January, where they continue with the preparation work for the Cup, which in turn is a qualifier for the World Cup in Dubai, which will also take place this year.
"The players train from Tuesday to Friday and, with some players still on break at their clubs, the names on the list will change week by week," the Argentine Football Association warned from the press.
The footballers mentioned for this week are: Lautaro Benaducci (Acassuso), Aucán Sierra (Ferro Carril Oeste), Emanuel De Sosa (Acassuso), Ulises Pereira (Huracán), Lucas Medero (Acassuso), Luciano Giorgi (Ituzaingó), Luciano Sirico ( Acassuso), Nahuel Gigena (Ituzaingó), Lucas Becares (Argentino from Rosario), Juan Pablo Rolón (Ituzaingó), Nahuel Cipolletta (Argentino from Rosario), Emiliano Holmedilla (Racing), Fermín Clivio (Argentino from Rosario), Axel Rutterschmidt (Racing ), Nicanor Maciel (Argentine from Rosario), Santiago Barrios (Tigre), Lucas Ponzetti (Argentine from Rosario), Manuel Fernández (Ferro Carril Oeste).
In official competitions, the National Team played the Copa América in Asunción in May of last year, obtaining sixth place, and then, in October, it participated for the first time in the South American Games organized by Odesur, where it managed to enter the podium with the medal silver.
This year's Copa América will be played in Chile, from May 7 to 14.
"The specific qualifiers for the definition of the Conmebol representatives in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will no longer be carried out and the results of the Conmebol Copa América Playa will be used to define the qualifiers for the World Cups", They reported on the official Conmebol website.
For its part, the World Cup, which will be played between November and December of this year, will return to the United Arab Emirates, since the FIFA Council appointed Dubai as the organizer of the tournament at the end of last year.
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was played there in 2009, so now, 14 years later, the event will return to the Arab world for its 12th edition.
"In the last edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, in 2021, the tournament was followed by 63 million viewers from all over the planet and the average audience for each match was more than 2.2 million. These figures represented an increase enormous compared to the previous World Cup, that of 2019, so we are confident that in 2023 the interest and passion for beach soccer will increase again," said the director of the FIFA Tournament Branch, Jaime Yarza.
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is a tournament that promises countless goals: in 2021 an average of 9.4 goals were recorded per game, the highest percentage of any FIFA competition in history.