Russian football authorities sign new contract with Beach Soccer coach Likhachyov – sport
MOSCOW, December 14. / TASS /. The Russian Football Union (RFU) has extended his contract with Mikhail Likhachyov, the head coach of the Russian national beach soccer team, the RFU press service said on Tuesday.
Likhachyov’s new contract has been extended until 2023, according to the RFU press service.
Head coach Likhachyov is 43 years old and has been the head of the Russian national beach soccer team since 2010.
The team, led by Likhachyov, won three gold and two bronze medals at the international world championships in addition to winning the European League five times and collected other trophies from international tournaments.
At the 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which was hosted by the Russian capital Moscow from August 19-29, host country Russia won the biennial trophy with the final victory over Japan (5 -2).
On November 6, the Russian team won the final match of the Beach Soccer Continental Cup held in Dubai by beating the Iranian national team 3-2. Boris Nikonorov made a hat-trick for the Russian team, while Mohammad Mokhtari scored twice for Iran at that time.
2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia
The decision to grant the Russian capital the right to host the 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was taken at the FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai, China at the end of October 2019. Two other candidates for the hosting the world beach soccer event in 2021 were FESFUT (the Salvadoran Football Association) and the Chilean Football Association.
The first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was held in 1995, and Russia has never hosted this biennial international event. The Russian national beach soccer team has already won the world championships twice (in 2011 and 2013).