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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND SUBBUTEO – A PARTNERSHIP BENEFITTING TABLE FOOTBALL WORLDWIDE

Subbuteo is back” is the message heard around the world due to the resurgence of the world’s most popular football game.

UEFA are now playing a big part in the game’s popularity through a licensing arrangement with the manufacturers of the game – Eleven Force.  The UEFA Champions League range of products are rolling out around the world.

Table football, commonly known as Subbuteo, is a game that’s been popular with football enthusiasts of all ages for 70 years.  The world body – Fédération Internationale de Sport Football de Table (FISTF) will be staging their 2017 European Champions League on October 28 & 29 in Rochefort, Belgium.

This year, the championships will be known as “EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE of TABLE FOOTBALL” and this is seen as part of a rebuilding of relationships between table football, and the world of football at large.

“We are so excited, and grateful to UEFA and Subbuteo for the support. We are going through a huge regrowth on a global scale, and Subbuteo’s relationship with a major football brand like the UEFA Champions League will assist with the development of the sport around the world” said Alan Collins, President of FISTF from the FISTF World Cup, being staged in Paris this weekend.  “We are also very proud of our new video, created by Subbuteo and UEFA” he added.

José Guerrero of Eleven Force, manufacturers of Subbuteo said, “We are proud to celebrate the 70th birthday of Subbuteo with such a development and we are very proud of our UEFA Champions League range”

Subbuteo Table Football is now being relaunched worldwide, and much of the product is licensed by UEFA through the UEFA Champions League range.  Sales are growing with fresh enquiries from the USA, Australia, Russia, India and China.

As the Subbuteo playing community grows, FISTF looks to establish national federations and clubs in new regions.

Young players are now being introduced to the game by their fathers and grandfathers, and recently the UEFA U22 champions – England, were seen using a Subbuteo set for tactical discussions in their dressing room. (picture attached – courtesy The Sun, UK)

“More and more commercial partnerships are appearing around the game and the sport” said Collins “we couldn’t be happier, as it will eventually see more young players rising into the ranks of our elite international competitions”

New FISTF European Champions League video – https://youtu.be/uSdJVpldrYo

  Mr. José Guerrero
Brand Manager – Subbuteo
Eleven Force
Madrid, Spain
jcguerrero@subbuteo.com
  Mr. Alan Collins
President – FISTF
Manchester, UK
+44 (74) 7038-1318
alancollins.fistf@googlemail.com
  Mr. Chris Tanner
Managing Director – ZSEM
Dubai, UAE
+61 (4) 0700-8489
chris.tanner@zenithsem.com
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Champions League REGGIO EMILIAAAAA

Champions League- ROMA 

One More win for Reggio Emilia Fratelli Bari after a breath-taking finish vs Fiamme Azzure in the final! Reggio winning by just one goal difference vs its long time rivals of Fiamme.
Both teams qualified vs Black and BLue Pisa and TFC Mattersburg in the semis, in very tight games too!

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Report: Australian Open

A gripping final was decided in the most cruel of fashions, when Melbourne TFC’s Peter Thomas missed with his spare-keeper, allowing teammate Carl Young to manoeuvre and score the winner in a 4-3 decision.

Carl had opened the scoring, before Peter equalised, then Carl raced to a 3-1 lead. With the match seemingly lost midway through the second half, Peter staged a remarkable comeback, only to lose after an errant flick in extra time.

A new venue for Melbourne, Zagame’s — a restaurant and function centre — and a first sponsor  for the ATFA in Masita sports wear, were highlights of the weekend with 14 players from five Australian clubs, including the newly created Western Flickers TFC based in the west of Melbourne.

The opening rounds saw few surprises, though Eliot Kennedy (Nthn Falcons) had a tough battle against Giuseppe Tardiotta (Brisbane), leading 2-0 before Giuseppe scored twice in 40 seconds to level it at the break. Eliot steeled himself and won 4-2, while Carl had a real battle to beat Benny Ng (Western Flickers) 2-1, and Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC) survived some early scares to beat Steve Dettre (Nthn Falcons) 1-0.

In the quarterfinals, the standout was the cross-town derby match between Benny of the Flickers and Benji of Melbourne TFC. After extra time and no goals, it went to shots, with Benny claiming a tight 2-1 result.

Many thanks goes to Flickers’ Kevin Grant for transport, to Luke Radziminski, Adrian Connolly and Beth Eveleigh for setting up, and to Chris Simpson of Zagame’s and Masita’s Tim McKenzie and George Campbell for their support.

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AUSTRALIA’S TOP TABLE FOOTBALLERS GATHER IN MELBOURNE FOR THE 2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Australia’s leading table footballers will lock horns this Saturday as the Australian Table Football Association (ATFA) stage their Australian Open for 2016.

Table football is recognised as the most realistic simulation of football, and is a competitive game based on the table top game of Subbuteo.

FIFA has numerous displays of Subbuteo in its museum in Zurich.

The Federation of International Sports Table Football FISTF was founded in 1992 and is the governing body of sports table football around the world. Among its many functions it provides oversight for international competitions, produces the world rankings, organises the official world cup, and determines the playing rules for the game.

Member nations of FISTF (like ATFA) host high quality international tournaments catering for the best Subbuteo players in the world.

Zagame’s at Caulfield is the venue for the tournament which features Australia’s top-ranked players.

ATFA president Steve Dettre, a table footballer with 40 years’ experience is excited at the growth of the sport both in Australia, and worldwide.  “Kids, adults, families and soccer fans are looking for more social and skilful ways to simulate the game, and are turning away from TV screens and monitors, and joining our ranks” he said.  “Coaches are using Subbuteo sets to discuss tactics with players, and the elite playing ranks are growing as well.  The sport is making a massive comeback in Australia, and around the world” he added.

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Part of that growth has spawned a new club in Melbourne – Western Flickers, who are keen to establish a cross-town rivalry with Australia’s premier club Melbourne TFC.  Benny Ng, a Singaporean international, heads up the Flickers and is excited about the Open being in Melbourne.

“I can’t wait to see the first official games between Flickers’ members and Melbourne members” said Ng.  Benji Batten the Melbourne president is a good mate, and we were all under the one banner at one stage.  We thank him for his service to the sport in Melbourne, but all friendship is put aside once the whistle goes” added Ng.

The Australian Open runs all day Saturday with semis-finals and finals starting at 4:30PM.

Enquiries: Chris Tanner (Zenith Sports and Event Management) – 0407008489

Enquiries: Steve Dettre (Australian Table Football Association) – 0408420234

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FISTF World Cup in Belgium

FULL RESULTS HERE

FISTF ENJOYS A SUCCESSFUL WORLD CUP AS TABLE FOOTBALL CONTINUES ITS REEMERGENCE ON THE WORLD SPORTING STAGE

Austria’s Wolfgang Leitner broke a seven-year Latin domination of the table football world when he won the Open category of the 2016 FISTF World Cup in the Belgian city of Frameries over the weekend.

Almost 500 competitors – men, women, veterans and youth categories — competed to find out who is the best in table football, historically known as “Subbuteo”.

The Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) was founded in 1992 and is the governing body of sports table football. Among its many functions it provides oversight for international competitions, produces the world rankings, organises the official world cup, and determines the playing rules for the game. FISTF President Alan Collins was on hand to present trophies, chair the organisation’s AGM, and liaise with official guests from local government, manufacturers and national table football federations. These included the newly formed Russian federation who were participating in their first World Cup.

“It’s great to have the Russians, Australians, Japanese and Americans here,” said Collins. “The game is going through a global regrowth and it’s great to see more and more countries getting on board.”

Collins also thanked Olivier Pere and the local organising committee. “Putting on events of this size for our sport is a mammoth task. Olivier and his team have done a smashing job.”

In the Open final, Leitner beat Italy’s Luca Colangelo 2-1 in an exciting match, to break the stranglehold of Italy and Spain on the title, who had dominated the category since Dutchman Eric Verhagen’s win in 2008.

Nevertheless, the tournament was a gold mine for Italian table football, with the Azzuri picking up four out of six individual titles, including a clean sweep of the U19, U15 and U12 categories. Italy also won four of the six teams’ events with Belgium picking up the other two.

RESULTS

Men’s Open

Round of 16
Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 2 d. Maikel de Haas (NED) 1
Sebastien Scheen (BEL) 3 d. Alexander Haas (AUT) 2 (sudden death)
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Luca Zambello (ITA) 1
Daniele Bertelli (ITA) 2 d. Remy Huynh (BEL) 1
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 4 d. Axel Donval (FRA) 2
Christophe Dheur (BEL) 3 d. Sami Targui (BEL) 1
Massimo Bolognino (ITA) 2 d. Spyros Hatzaras (GRE) 1
Derek Conti (MLT) 2 d. Wolfgang Haas (AUT) 1

Quarter-finals
Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 4 d. Sebastien Scheen (BEL) 1
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Daniele Bertelli (ITA) 3
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 5 d. Christophe Dheur (BEL) 1
Derek Conti (MLT) 2 d. Massimo Bolognino (ITA) 1

Semi-finals
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 3
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 3 d. Derek Conti (MLT) 2

Final
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 2 d. Luca Colangelo (ITA) 1

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Veterans Final
Gianfranco Calonico (ITA) 6 d. Massimo Cremona (MLT) 2

Ladies Final
Carolina Villarigues (POR) 3 d. Victoria Büsing (GER) 0

U19 Final
Matteo Ciccarelli (ITA) 3 d. Nicola Borgo (ITA) 0

U15 Final
Leonardo Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Claudio La Torre (ITA) 2

U12 Final
Giorgio Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Kristian Silagiev (ESP) 2

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Teams

Men’s Open Teams Final
Italy 4 d. Spain 0

Women’s Teams Final
Belgium 2 d. Italy 2 (goal difference)

Veteran’s Teams Final
Italy 3 d. Belgium 1

U19 Teams Final
Belgium 3 d. Germany 1

U15 Teams Final
Italy 3 d. Austria 1

U12 Teams Final
Italy 2 d. Belgium 0

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Austrian Grand Prix | Wins for Bari & Hinkelmann

One of the oldest events in the world with a club who have show us there sport and passion,the world of table football went to Vienna for a sport show and the Royal78 Flash Grand Prix and we had a very good show with super stadiums and a good collection of world class players and clubs ready to do battle

Saturday saw the Individual events Take Place

Winners In Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday were :

Open:
Winner Saverio Bari
Runner up Björn Kegenbein
Semi Finalists Thomas Karnthaler and Konstantinos Seses

Veteran:
Winner Erich Hinkelmann
Runner up Günther Bamberzky
Semi Finalists Lucio Canicchio and Daniel Scheen

U19:
Winner Adam Kraus
Runner up Jonathan Nichtenberger
Semi Finalists Daniel Vranovitz and Lukas Eppensteiner

U15:
Winner Lukas Eppensteiner
Runner up Marios Strommer
Semi Finalists Daniel Vranovitz and Adam Kraus

U12:
Winner Casper Heinrich

Ladies:
Winner Julia Eglicerio

TFC Mattersburg win team Grand Prix Beating ASD Master Sanremo

Semi Finalists were TFC Wiener Neustadt and TSC Royal 78 Kaisermühlen

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MGP of Athens

The 6th edition of the Hellenic major was played in ilioupoli, the weekend 25-26 of june 2016.
Day 1 we had the individual competitions. 99 players were competed in 5 categories.
Saverio bari beat lazaros papakonstantinou in the open final.
Kostas kaperonis won his 2nd major in one month, beating chris aggelinas in the veterans final.
The brothers stef and Emily despretz won the u19 and women categories.

Sunday 24 teams (14 clubs and 113 players) competed in the team event. Falcons manage to won their 2nd title, beating the Italian fogia in the final.
Some statistics

1. The 13 foreigners –out of 4 nations- is the best record in the 6 Hellene majors. Additionally is the second best record –the best ever is 26 in the 1997 gp- in all Hellene international tournaments since the beginning in 1995 (with the exceptions of wc and ec).
2. The 4 foreign teams equalized the best foreign team record (gp 1997 was the first one)
3. The 24 teams is the biggest ever team tournament that took place in hellene soil –with the exceptions of wc and ec-.
4. The 99 individuals is lower than last season by 3 players-.
5. After the major, we reached the 235 hellene players that are active the season 15-16 (even for one game individual or team event).

PHOTOS AND RESULTS

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OPEN INTERNATIONAL OF LISBON

Last weekend at the royal park hotel in Lisbon the 5TH EDITION OF THE OPEN LISBON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZED BY THE 1th GRD may take with the presence of a few dozen players from Portugal and Spain.

List of winners

Teams: GRD WINNERS
Sub 12: Curro Jiménez (AC Remedies)
Sub 19: Afonso Pereira (grd) take
Female: Carolina Villarigues (CF BEL)
Veterans: Nuno Noronha (Tiburones FM)
Open: António Montaño (Sharks FM)

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Major Of England | Wins for Nastasi & Montaño

The first ever Major of England went very well with over 100 players over the two days. With the event moving to London next year we expect to double that figure!

Firstly a massive thank you to Marcus Tilgner who did so much to make this event a success including designing the competition logo, designing & producing the name plates for the team competition, spending hours before the weekend updating his tournament software and working over 27 hours over the weekend helping to organise. His Berlin clock was very well received and the pre printed team sheets were excellent! 

Thank you also to Terry Arnold who helped organise over the weekend and kept the website & forum up to date.

Thanks to Ben Staples for also helping out especially sorting the gaffer tape to hold the new tressle tables together!

Also a big thank you to all the Kent players who put the vast majority of the equipment away at the end of the tournament. Much appreciated.

Special mentions to Bob Green & Dave Croucher who gave up their time along with Terry on Friday evening to help set up the tournament.

Also a big thank you to Matt Lampitt who took a day off work on the previous Friday to lay the new & improved Extremeworks pitches, which played excellently!

Overall it was a great success with a high quality field present. We are proud to have been the first ever Major to offer plate competitions (7 of them) including 5 WASPA events!

Congrats to all the winners!!

Massimiliano Nastasi – Open
Antonio Montaño – Vets
Nicola Borgo – U19
Jurgen Balzan – U15
Lucas Pere – U12
Margault Delval – Womens
Tiburones – Team
Lucio Cannichio – Trevor Spencer Cup
Mark Farrell – Flymo & Shedbuilder trophy
Brian Daley – Vets 4th place plate
Tony Mccann – Vets 5th place plate
Paul Naszalyi – U19 plate
Louis Singh – U15 plate
Josh Forman – U12 plate
David Busch – Sunday WASPA special
Eric Naszalyi – Sportsman Award