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Reggio Emilia on top of Europe

The Champion’s League played this week-end in Frameries (Belgium) was another great tournament with 32 competitive teams from all over Europe taking part. There was no surprise as italians took the top 3 places. Reggio Emilia defeated Fiamme Azzurre while Pisa won the final for the third place against Charleroi (Belgium).

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Valletta Subbuteo Club won the Europa League

The Maltese team of Valletta SC won the Europa League after a great final against Spain’s Tiburones. More details about this event should be available soon.

Full results: Coupe d’Europe – Frameries

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Winning return for the Glide, Slide, Dip & Chip Club!

In a lower than usual turnout at the first English International Open of the season in Enderby didn’t diminish a great weekend of play as some great individual performances and a triumphant return to action for the GSDC Club provided a hugely entertaining event.

A small field took to the tables in the Open category which saw an excellent 1-0 win for England’s Rudi Peterschinigg against Portugal’s Paolo Gouveia. The Veterans category had some great action resulting in Italy’s Claudio Dogali defeating England’s Dave Pawsey 2-0 in a great final.
In the junior categories, it was all Kent and England players battling for the trophies as Joseph Kinrade won the Under 15’s with a 5-0 win over Finnley Taylor whilst Joshua Foreman won his first Under 12’s title 2-1 with a golden goal winner over Conor Atkin.

The Team event saw a reduced field but still a very competitive tournament was played resulting in the Glide, Slide, Dip & Chip returning to the English game with some silverware. In the 5 team league, GSDC came top with 4 wins from 4 games with London & Essex Utd taking the Runners Up spot. Scotland’s Dundee Utd grabbed third place with Yorkshire Phoenix and Kent Invicta in 4th & 5th respectively.

Full results here: Open – Enderby

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Chris Thomas takes the Melbourne International Open

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On Saturday the 10th of October 2015, the second edition of the Melbourne Open was held after a successful first edition in 2014 which saw Peter Thomas claim the title.

This year the event had been upgraded from the status of a FISTF ‘Satellite’ to an ‘International open’ meaning more ranking points were on offer and that a player with any ranking position was able to compete.

17 Players contested the event with players coming from 5 clubs and 4 nations and a high standard of play was ensured at the Brighton Church of Christ.

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In Group A Chris Thomas put on a master class to defeat Benny Ng (7-1), Luke Radziminski (5-0) and Julian Duszniak (7-0) which meant he progressed in 1st position. Both Luke and Benny had comfortable wins over new player Julian but with Benny scoring an elusive 8th goal in the final minute of his match against Julian, it meant a draw would be enough for Benny in the group’s finale. Sure enough, the match between Luke and Benny finished all square at 1-1 which meant Ng- the Singaporean International progressed in 2nd place.

Group B looked to be the group of death after the Thursday night draw, and even after David Simpson unfortunately had to pull out due to sickness, there were still close matches expected between Peter Thomas (mel), Benji Batten (mel), Daniele Lombardi (par) and Dillon Izon (mel).

In the early matches, Dillon proved again that he can not hold a lead after going down late to Daniele (2-1) and Benji displayed some shooting prowess in a high-scoring loss to the seeded player Peter Thomas (4-7). Benji then proceeded to dismantle Dillon (6-0) with Peter beating Daniele 2-0 in a very tight encounter.

Peter Thomas in Action

Peter Thomas in Action

These results meant the final game between Benji and Daniele would decide 2nd position. Daniele dominated the first half but with some Manuel Neuer-esque goalkeeping, Benji held himself in the game. Five minutes into the second half the young Melburnian took the lead and after a triumphant celebration, attempted to hold on for the remainder of the match. Daniele equalized with 5 minutes from time though unfortunately he couldn’t find a late winner meaning Benji would progress on goal difference.

Rik Bland defeated Giuseppe Tardiota 1-0 in the Brisbane derby in what proved to be the crucial game in Group C where the Brisbane players were joined by Eliot Kennedy, Benjamin Ng and Vincenzo Coco of Italy. Eliot Kennedy rose to the top after notching up 4 wins with 17 goals with Rik following closely on 9 points. All players in this group finished with points after young Benjamin drew 0-0 with Vincenzo in a close match.

The Brisbane Derby in Melbourne!

The Brisbane Derby in Melbourne!

Group D was a battle of the Italian-Australian heavyweights from Subbuteo Parramatta with Raffaele Lombardi and Fabrizio Coco battling for top spot. After their very tense encounter finished 0-0 with neither player wanting to risk conceding a goal, it was left to goal difference to split these players. Both players notched 6-0 wins over Alexandros Stefanos but Fabrizio put two more past Chris Garagounis to finish on top. The closing game between Alexandros and Chris finished 0-0 meaning again all players took points.

Fabrizio and Raffaele's tense group D encounter

Fabrizio and Raffaele’s tense group D encounter

The Quarter-Final stage proved to throw up the most exciting matches. Rik Bland had his run cut to an abrupt halt by Chris Thomas who was finding his stride (9-0) whilst Eliot Kennedy brought his goal tally up to 20 with a 3-0 win over Melbourne’s Benny Ng. Farbizio Coco also booked his ticket to the semi’s with a 2-0 win over Benji Batten in a very close game with 2 late goals proving the difference in a game played in fantastic spirit.

Quarter-Final between Benji Batten (mel) ad Fabrizio Coco (par)

Quarter-Final between Benji Batten (mel) and Fabrizio Coco (par)

 

The last quarter-final deserves a paragraph of its own as it turned into the game of the Tournament. Fresh off his world cup experience, Raffele Lombardi shocked the hall by taking an early lead over Asian Cup champion Peter Thomas. This lead was held until only 1 minute from time as Peter nailed a long shot which produced his loudest goal celebration in Australia yet and sent the game to golden goal. No goals after a very tense extra time in which both players came very close to getting the winner, and so the match would go to a shootout. Peter held his nerve and won the shootout 3-1 with Raffaele no doubt feeling disappointed having come so close. A special mention must be made to the referee of this match- Giuseppe tardiota.

A goal for Peter in the shootout

A goal for Peter in the shootout

The Semi-Finals were both quite one-sided affairs with the severely jet lagged Eliot Kennedy going down 3-0 to Peter Thomas and Fabrizio Coco going down 5-0 to Chris Thomas which meant the sibling showdown in the final would occur.

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Before the final I learned that Peter has only ever beaten Chris once, and unfortunately we were not able to witness another such result on Saturday. Instead, we witnessed a high quality match of Table football, combined with outstanding sportsmanship that saw Chris put 4 without reply past his younger brother to take out the International Open.

Action in the Final

Action in the Final

Congratulations to  Chris and thank you to all players for coming to Melbourne to participate, we hope to see you all again for the event next year.

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(Report from the Subbuteo Australia website)

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Jesper Nielsen wins in California

The FISTF Future of Newbury Park, California took place on October 11, 2015. The players from California had the pleasure to meet friends from Denmark and Jesper Staal Nielsen was the star guest of the tournament. Players were dropped in two groups. Nielsen was the best player and defeated Rob Tucker in the semi (8-0) and Dario Passadore from Florida (6-1) in the final. Paul O’Donovan Rossa was the other semi-finalist and Joao Casaca won the consolation tournament.

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Spain Veteran team continues the winning streak

(Report by Antonio Montaño)

Succesfull organization and participation can be considered the IV International Open of Seville held at the “Centro for Interpretación LosTajillos” of Estepa, the 3rd and 4th of December. Record in the AEFM and more than 80 players around the world, 16 European teams and an environment that has invited to Estepa re-applies to host an event of this level.

In sports, the Spanish players still “on fire” after the World Cup in Italy, winning in several categories: In open category: the two World Champions 2013 and 2014, Spaniards Alberto Mateos and Juan Noguera (currently world No. 1), played the final Mateos won 4-2. Tiburones FM Spanish players won others categories: (under-15 Antonio García), (U-19 David Gonzalez) and veteran category (Antonio M. Montaño).

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The other categories were as follows:
U12: Kristian Silagiev (Moralzarzal of Madrid) bit to Pepe Torres Cabezas (AC Los Remedios).
Female category: Portuguese victory: Villarigues Carolina (Os Belenenses) defeating in the final to Paula Maireles (AC Los Remedios).

Other important event was the Official Match between Spain veteran vs Gibraltar veteran. Victory for the actual World Champions: 3-0:

Vicenç Prats 2-2 John Field
Antonio Montaño 4-3 Jason Cano
Luis D. López 5-0 José Luis Bonavia
Luis F. Méndez 3-0 Manuel Martínez

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A World Premiere à Naples

Besides the main event at the International Open of naples, organizers proudly hosted a tournament for disabled players. This is an important project for the community of table football and Mario Banditelli defeated Maurizio Vezzo (1-0) in the final. Congratulations to the involved players but also to the organizers for making things happen.

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Luca Colangelo on top in Naples

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Luca Colangelo and Filippo Cubeta (source: Facebook)

The recent International Open of Naples took place in the last week-end of September with a good field of players, mainly from the South and the Center of Italy. Luca Colangelo won the Open category. The young italian star defeated Spain’s Juan Noguera in the final. Eugene Plytas and Luca Battista managed to reach the semi-finals of this great tournament. Filippo Cubeta won the U19 category while local talent Andrea Bolognino was the best U15. Raffaele Allocca, also from the Eagles Napoli, was the surprising winner of the veterans section. Sara Guercia (ladies) and Riccardo Natoli (U12) were the other individual winners. In the team event, the club of SC Fiamme Azzurre CM won the final again the Eagles Napoli (2-1) to bring back the trophy in Rome.

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Vassilis Koutsompinas wins in Heraklion

On september 25 and 26 the island of Creta was glad to hos a FISTF Satellite with players from several Greek clubs taking part. The final category had some great games and Vassilis Koutsompinas defeated Chris Aggelinas in the Open final (3-0). The semi-finalists were Thanasis Kaolgiros and Serafim Koulosousas. Chris Aggelinas finished on top of the veterans group of 6 players while James Liolios Jr was the best U15. The teams of Proteas Athens won the team event, finishing on top of a group of four.

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Team event winner: the team of Proteas

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Veterans champion: Chris Aggelinas