In Italy, table football is really taken as a sport as things are taken seriously. Francesco Mattiangeli has received a trophy from his city of Terni for the image shown abroad. Francesco became world champion in the veterans category. Congratulations to him.
On December 13 and 14, the International Open of Athens was played in the Kavallaris Hotel and the event was organized by the club of Olympia. The team competition was held on saturday with 15 teams coming from 8 different clubs. Surprisingly the team of Olymoia reached the final and they even won the title in the decisive game againsi Pobladores Griegos. Falcons and Roligans reached the semis.
The individual tournament had three categories. In the ladies section (4 players), Eleni Koulosousa beat sister Dionysia in the final. The 52 Open players offered a great show and this time, Spyros Hantzaras (picture) beat Eugene Plytas int he final. Giorgos Koutis and Kostas Seses reached the semis.
The veterans was 14 and Giorgos Papadopoulos beat Chris Aggelinas in the final. Semi-finalists were Giorgos Aggelinas and Panagiotis Haratsis.
(Report with the help of Chris Aggelinas)
Results file: Open – Athènes
The first Open of the season in Japan took place this week-end in Yokohama with an impressive field of 33 entries including some foreigners from Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong and France Cédric garnier (who lives in Japan). Serious things started in the quart-finals when Stéphane Lambert (BEL) beat Antonio Carabillo (HKG). Lambert had no chance in the semi to defeat Cédric Garnier. The Frenchman was on fire and qualified for the final after a 3-0 win. The other semi was a Singapore affair and Rudy Hesty defeated John Ho in a close game (2-1). The final was closer than expected. In the last few seconds of the game, the score was still 1-1 and Rudy Hesty had a bif opportunity but the ball rolled back in the Singaporean’s defense and Garnier scored a beautiful goal to win the title. Cédric Garnier remains unbeaten in Japan.
The FISTF Open of Milano took place on December 6-7 with a very good filed in every category and a lot of top players. The final of the Open section was a dream final between the Portuguese legend Vasco Guimaraes and the world champion Juan Noguera (see picture). Vasco won the game 2-1, adding another trophy in his huge collection. Luca Zambello and Wolfgang Haas were the semi-finalists. In the veterans the world number 1 Gianfranco Calonico beat local player Mario Corradi in the final. Matteo Ciccarelli beat brother Andrea in the U19 final and Nicola Borgo won all his games scoring many goals in the U15 section. Tommasso Lazzari came on top of a group of 7 in the U12 category and Paola Forlani created the surprise in the ladies category when beating Switzerland’s Trisha Baumeler in sudden death.
In the team events, the Austrians of TFC Wiener Neustadt beat the Valletta Lions in the final on goal-difference. Congratulations to all the winner.
The recent Merlion Cup held in SIngapore had the status of FISTF Satellite and attracted players from Singapore but also France, Japan and Hong Kong. There was no surprise int he Open category as France’s Ouabi ROuis, who is now established in Singapore, beat local top player Den Mulia Yusni in the final (1-0). Singapore’s Kok Wee and Bernard Lim lost in the semis. The U19 section had 8 entries competing in a Swiss system. The top 2 players qualified for the final and Muhammad Azhar Yusri won the trophy after beating Muhd Fadhly Fahmi (1-0).
19 players attended the recent Challenger of Larissa (Greece). All players competed in one category with many interesting games between local players and guests from other clubs (SBSC and Blades). Christos Pitsaris won the final on shots against Panagiotis Haratsis. Well done!
The Open of Berlin took place last week-end with 42 polayers from five different countries taking part. The Open section has 41 entries and 8 big groups of 5 or 6 players. After many games, the serious things started in the second round with two defeats for the promising local players as Marcel Kwiatkowski lost to Erich Hinkelmann while Robert Lenz beat Björn Kegenbein. After the quarter-finals, Antonio Mettiveri defeated the top seed of the tournament, Saverio Bari, to qualify for the final. In the last game, the Italian player of SC Charleroi defeated the Austrian top player Wolfgang Leitner (2-1) to win the trophies.
SC Charleroi had a perfect week-end as they also won the team events, defeating TFC Mattersburg in the final.
Antonio Mettivieri – Wolfgang Leitner 2:1 (0:0) Open section
Daniel Scheen – Erich Hinkelmann 2:9 (1:4) Veterans section
Victoria Büsing – Isabelle Daelman 3:0 Ladies section
Alwin Krause – Fabio Bianco 5:6 (3:3) U19 section
Alwin Krause – Noé Scheen 2:1 (1:0) U15 section
And the team event final result is:
TFC Mattersburg SC Charleroi 1:1 (6:8)
Erich Hinkelmann Vito Di Ruggiero 3:2 (0:0)
Robert Lenz Antonio Mettivieri 1:1 (0:0)
Karl-Heinz Haider Jérôme Heyvaert 1:1 (0:0)
Wolfgang Leitner Christophe Dheur 1:4 (0:0)
You can find all results here: http://www.gpberlin.de.vu/
Big thank you to Marcus Tilgner for a great run event and see you next year