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Foglia tops scorers chart after Araz heroics

Adriano Foglia has finished as top scorer at the UEFA Futsal Cup finals with three goals, including a third-place brace, pipping six other players who struck twice in Baku.

Adriano Foglia was all smiles after ending the tournament on a high
Adriano Foglia was all smiles after ending the tournament on a high ©UEFA.com

Araz Naxçivan's Adriano Foglia has capped an eventful few days by finishing as top scorer at the UEFA Futsal Cup finals in Baku.

The Italian international, who only joined the host club earlier this month from Pescara C/5, struck two equalisers as Araz staged a series of fightbacks that culminated in a 6-4 win over Kairat Almaty in Saturday's third-place play-off.

His overriding influence on Alesio's team earned him a second successive man of the match award too, after his individual accolade following the 4-4 semi-final thriller with FC Barcelona when his last-gasp leveller forced extra time. If that were not enough excitement, the day after Araz's agonising penalties defeat by the eventual champions marked Foglia's 33rd birthday.

Final tournament top scorers
3 Adriano Foglia (Araz Naxçivan)
2 Danilo Baron (Kairat Almaty)
2 Fumasa (Kairat Almaty)
2 Amadeu (Araz Naxçivan)
2 Fabiano (Araz Naxçivan)
2 Aicardo (FC Barcelona)
2 Dyego (FC Barcelona)

Last season's leading marksman Fumasa missed out this time by a single goal, yet he was nonetheless one of six players to register twice at the tournament in Azerbaijan. Apart from Aicardo, who had headed the chart after the semi-finals, the rest found the target in Saturday's matches.

The overall top scorer for the 2013/14 campaign was Betinho of Paris Sporting Club, who shared the honour last term but now took it outright. The 37-year-old managed 11 goals overall, including five in the preliminary round against FK Nautara Kaunas and the same again in a 6-4 main round defeat of Lokomotiv Kharkiv.

Foglia's Araz team-mate Fabiano began the Baku showcase three strikes behind Betinho after his elite round hat-trick at Sporting Clube de Portugal. He moved one closer in both the semi-final against Barcelona and the Kairat game, albeit ultimately in vain.

Season top scorers 
11 Betinho (Paris Sporting Club) 11
10 Fabiano (Araz Naxçivan)
9 Alexandre Teixeira (Paris Sporting Club)
9 Anel Radmilović (KMF Tango Sarajevo)

Previous season top scorers
2012/13: Betinho (Paris Sporting Club), Alen Fetič (FC Litija), Diniz Pinheiro (Paris Sporting Club), Amar Zouggaghi (Futsal Topsport Antwerpen) 10
2011/12: Ion Al-Ioani (Győri ETO FC) 13
2010/11: Chimel Vita Nzaka (Kremlin Bicêtre United) 16
2009/10: Joel Queirós (SL Benfica) 12
2008/09: Samir Makhoukhi (FC Blok Beverwijk) 9
2007/08: Karim Bali (Futsal Topsport Antwerpen) 13
2006/07: Serhiy Sytin (FC Shakhtar Donetsk) 10
2005/06: Predrag Rajić (KMF Marbo Beograd) 12
2004/05: Sergei Ivanov (FC Dynamo) 14
2003/04: André Vanderlei (Action 21 Charleroi) 19
2002/03: André Vanderlei (Action 21 Charleroi) 15
2001/02: Joan (Playas de Castellón FS) 13

All-time top scorers
André Vanderlei (Action 21 Charleroi/Châtelineau Futsal) 54
Lúcio (Action 21 Charleroi/Iberia Star Tbilisi) 48
Schumacher (Interviú Madrid) 41*
Leo (Action 21 Charleroi) 40
Cirilo (FC Dynamo) 39
Marquinho (Interviú Madrid) 39

*Excludes four goals in forfeited game

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