Norway crowned beach football champs in Pattaya

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The 10th Pattaya Beach Football Cup 2014 was held from December 14-21 at the multi-purpose sports facility on Jomtien beach.  Foreigners, both expats and those on vacation, took part and helped make up the 10 international teams with representative sides coming from Norway, England, France, Ireland, Finland, Holland, Russia, Ivory Coast, Moldova and a V.I.P. Thailand team.

The competition was organized as another way to promote tourism in Pattaya and also to foster good relations between all the nationalities who live in or visit the city.

The champion Norway team.The champion Norway team.

The tournament draw saw the teams divided into two divisions with the top two in each group progressing to the knockout stages.  Norway, a nation you may not automatically associate with beach football, proved on this occasion to be the strongest team and they showed their soccer prowess by prevailing over England in the final, with Ivory Coast taking third spot in the play-off game against Russia.

All three teams received medals and cups from Phaithul Aromshuen, the president of the event.

Runners-up England.Runners-up England.

Ivory Coast finished third overall.Ivory Coast finished third overall.

Large crowds came out to enjoy the action and cheer on their favourite teams.Large crowds came out to enjoy the action and cheer on their favourite teams.