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FIFA Futsal World Cup BRAZIL 2008

The 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup will be held in Brazil on 30 September to 19 October 2008 in the host cities of Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. There will be 20 teams participating, with the following distribution of teams by confederation: AFC (4), CAF (2), CONCACAF (3), CONMEBOL (3+host), OFC (1) and UEFA (6).

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FIFA Futsal World Cup Chinese Taipei 2004
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Winner: Spain
Runners-Up: Italy
Third: Brazil
Fourth: Argentina
adidas Golden Ball: FALCAO (BRA)
adidas Golden Shoe: FALCAO (BRA)
FIFA Fair play award: Brazil

Three-time world champions Brazil arrived at the FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004 determined to exact revenge for their bitter defeat to Spain in the Guatemala 2000 Final. However, after making serene progress through the group stages, Falcao and company saw their dream of a fourth title shattered in the semi-finals as the Iberians again shaded the decisive showdown.

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FIFA Futsal World Cup
Guatemala 2000

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Winner: Spain 
Runners-Up: Brazil
Third: Portugal
Fourth: Russia
adidas Golden Ball: MANOEL TOBIAS (BRA)
adidas Golden Shoe: MANOEL TOBIAS (BRA)
FIFA Fair play award: Brazil

The 4th FIFA Futsal World Championship marked a turning point in the history of the sport, as the long Brazilian domination, which had lasted eleven years stretching back to the very first FIFA Futsal World Championship in the Netherlands, finally came to an end. Cast in the role of usurpers were Spain, who crossed the Atlantic and successfully ambushed the three-time world champions.


FIFA Futsal World Cup
Spain 1996

Winner:
Brazil
Runners-Up: Spain
Third: Russia
 Fourth: Ukraine
 adidas Golden Ball: MANOEL TOBIAS (BRA)
adidas Golden Shoe: MANOEL TOBIAS (BRA)
FIFA Fair play award: Brazil

The 3rd FIFA Futsal World Championship, organised with great aplomb by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), proved highly popular with the fans (66,900 spectators in total). Sixteen nations travelled to Iberia in search of glory: six from Europe, three from South America, three from Asia, two from CONCACAF, one from Africa and one from Oceania.

FIFA Futsal World Cup
Hong Kong 1992
 
Winner: Brazil
 Runners-Up: USA
Third: Spain
Fourth: Iran
adidas Golden Ball: JORGINHO (BRA)
adidas Golden Shoe: Saeid RAJABI SHIRAZI (IRN)
FIFA Fair play award: USA

The second FIFA Futsal World Championship, held in one of FIFA's smallest member associations, Hong Kong (15-28 November), proved to be an out-and-out success. As in the first tournament, sixteen nations took part: six from Europe, three from South America, three from Asia, two from CONCACAF, one from Africa and one from Oceania.

FIFA Futsal World Cup
Netherlands 1989

Winner: Brazil
 Runners-Up: Netherlands
Third:
USA
Fourth:
Belgium
adidas Golden Ball: Victor HERMANS (NED)
adidas Golden Shoe: Laszlo ZSADANYI (HUN)
FIFA Fair play award: USA

The inaugural FIFA Futsal World Championship was held in the Netherlands - a fitting location given the fledgling sport's great popularity in the low countries. The Dutch Football Federation were also celebrating their centenary in 1989, so the event was held in a doubly festive spirit. Sixteen teams took part, setting a trend that has been followed in all tournaments since: six European sides, three from South America, two from Africa, two Asian sides and two from CONCACAF joined the one representative from Oceania to compete for the world crown.