Ministry of Sport & Tourism
The Brazilian Amputee Soccer Team came back from Russia with the second-place trophy in the World Championships held September 5 - 11 in the city of Sochi, a Russian health-resort at the edge of the Dead Sea.
Brazil Second in 2002 World Championships
The Brazilians had lost in the championship match of what would have been its fourth consecutive World title with a 0 - 0 tie with Russia at the end of regulation play.
Russia scored on a golden goal, ending Brazil's hopes of a fourth World championship.
The team does intend to conquer next year in Uzbekistan, where the next world championships will be held.
Brazil arrived at the championship match unbeaten. The Russians, who had lost the past three world titles to Brazil in the final matches, withheld the Brazilian attack with abusive and violent play.
The Brazilian goleiro Bartolomeu de Araújo had to strengthen himself to contain the Russian counterattacks.
The tournament matches were played in Sochi Municipal Stadium.
Brazil won its first match, on Sept. 5, against Ukraine, 5 - 0.
Goals were made by Ademir, Elizeu and Maldonado in first half, and two goals by Francisco in the second half.
On the following day Brazil tied with Russia 0 - 0.
The following day the team repeated with a 0 - 0 tie against the English.
On September 8, Brazil again tied 1 -1 with Uzbekistan. The Brazilian goal was marked by Mário Melo.
In the last game of phase 1, Brazil was successful against Moldavia, ten to one.
In the semifinal, Brazil came back to face the Uzbekistan's again. This time the game finished tied zero to zero in the prescribed time.
In the extension, Mário Melo scored again for Brazil, qualifying the team for its fourth consecutivtripip to the World Championship finals.
In 2001, Brazil played at home and won the championships 2 - 1 against the Russians. This year the Russians, as owners of the house, intended to change that.
The technician Pablo Eduardo Uchôa recorded the following players in the final match:
Amauri Avelar, Bartolomeu de Araújo, Ademir Cruz, Cláudio Irineu, Jose Elizeu, Fernando Maldonado, Joaquin Beltor, Francisco Nicholas, Mário Melo, Alexander Celestino, Marco Antonio de Pera, Robson Fernando, Cláudio Saints, Pablo Silva and Cristiano de Vale.
The team was sponsored by the Ministry of the Sport and Tourism and Brazilia Paralympicic Committee, with the support of the Brazilian Confederation of Soccer.