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Solomon Islands national beach soccer team

 

Solomon Islands national beach soccer team

Solomon Islands
Association Solomon Islands Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Gideon Omokirio
FIFA code SOL

The Solomon Islands national beach soccer team represents Solomon Islands in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by S.I.F.F, the governing body for football in Solomon Islands.

The team are known as the Bilikiki, or Bilikiki Boys, after a sea bird which inspired "a popular children's song". The team have adopted both the bird and the song, and are "known for performing the song and [related] dance when they win their matches".[1][2][3]

They are statistically the best team in Oceania. Ranked fourteenth in the world as of 2010, they have won every regional championship since regional championships began in 2006. Their opening match 7–6 victory over Uruguay (former world finalists) in the 2009 World Cup has been described as "Solomon Islands' biggest achievement so far in a FIFA tournament".[4]

In January 2011, the Bilikiki played a friendly beach soccer match against the Kurukuru, the Solomon Islands national futsal team, which is also one of the most successful teams in Oceania. The Bilikiki won 4–1. Previously, the two teams had met for a friendly futsal match, which the Kurukuru had won 5–3.[5]

Contents

  • Current squad 1
  • Achievements 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Current squad

Correct as of September 2013[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Abraham Bird
2 DF Samson Takayama
3 FW Seni Ngava
4 DF Patrick Marie
5 FW Anthony Talo
6 FW Nicholas Muri
No. Position Player
7 FW Robert Laua
8 DF McPhilip Aisa
9 FW Augustine Anisi
10 FW James Naka
11 FW Joe Luwi
12 GK Fred Hale

Coach: Gideon Omokirio

Achievements

Note: No 2008 championship – Solomon Islands were automatically selected as the best team in the continent for the world cup)

References

  1. ^ "Bilikiki ranked fourteenth in the world", Solomon Star, 29 January 2010
  2. ^ "Bilikiki boys reach Brazil", FIFA, 4 September 2006
  3. ^ "Bilikiki Soccer Boys Crowned Beach Champions AGAIN!", Solomon Times, 8 July 2007
  4. ^ "Bilikiki ranked fourteenth in the world", Solomon Star, 29 January 2010
  5. ^ "Bilikiki beat Kurukuru in friendly", Islands Business, 31 January 2011
  6. ^ Squad

External links

  • World Cup Squad
  • FIFA Profile
  • News related to the Bilikiki, Solomon Times
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