On May 1, there was a Satellite in Tokyo, Japan. In the end, it was a French affair with Cedric Garnier defeating Ouabi Rouis on shots in the final. Takafumi Kido and Taichi Kato reached the semi-finals while Kosuke Watanabe was the U15 winner.
Last sunday Japan was celebrating another big day of table football. This time action was held in Osaka. Among the 7 competitors, there was a special guest, Andrea Gasparini from the USA. Gasparini, who is a member of the Brazilian club Vasco de Gama, was clearly the best player, defeating Suguru Fujino in the final. Congratulations.
Full results here: Open – Osaka
The Satellite of Yokohama was held on December 30 with 12 players taking part. French player Cédric Garnier was the clear favorite of the day.
Last week-end 27 players met in Yokohama to play the first International Open of the season in Japan. Among the competitors, there were visitors from Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States. In the Open category, Andrea Gasparini had no problem to reach the quarter-finals but he later saw how Asian players are improving as he beat Singapore’s Kok Wee on sudden death before losing to local organizer Kenzo Koi in the semi. In the final, Kenzo Koi couldn’t resist to Singapore’s John Ho who took the title after a close game (1-0). Kazunari Shigenobu (U19) and Karibu Miwa (U15) were the other individual winners.
Full results: Open – Yokohama
The Grand prix of Japan was held on August 22 and 23 in Yokohama with three foreign players representing France, Belgium and Italy. Cédric Garnier, a Frenchman living in Japan, was the best player in the Open category, defeating Italy’s Giulio Astengo in the final. Astengo later won the veterans section against Belgium’s Stéphane Lambert. Other individual winners were Kazunari Shigenobu (U19) and Makoto Miyake (U12). the team of Yokohama won the team event, winning all games in a group of four.
(Pictures via Giulio Astengo – source: Facebook)
Full results: Grand Prix – Yokohama
Last week-end the Open of Kansai attracted 20 players from 6 different japanese clubs but also Rudy Hesty, a special guest from Singapore. Rudy was on fire, winning all games to reach the final but in the end, he couldn’t beat France’s top player Cédric Garnier. The Frenchman won the final 3-0 and won a well-deserved trophy. In the U12 category, Makoto Miyake took the honors as he beat Taichi Kato in the final (1-0).
Results here: Open – Kansai
Last saturday 16 players attended the Satellite organized in Yokohama, japan. This time Cédric Garnier was not the only Frenchman taking part as his younger brother Benjamin was also playing and former FISTF President Laurent Garnier came as a visitor.
Cédric took the honors after beating brother Benjamin in the final. Hideaki Wada and Kenzo Koi were the semi-finalists.
Karibu Miwa was the U12 champion, winning a group of finve players while Kazuki Okano was second.
Ful results: Satellite – Yokohama
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.
Table football is growing in Japan where 30 players attende the FISTF Grand Prix of Yokohama last week. The Open category had a strong field of 24 players including Cédric Garnier (France), Stéphane Lambert (Belgium) and John Ho (Singapore). These three players reached the semi-finals. John Ho had to wait the shots to beat local player Kenzo Koi. Cédric Garnier proved to be the best player by beating John Ho in the final. Other winners were Koji Fukasawa (U19), Yuko Nakahara (ladies), Kosuke Watanabe (U12) while the club of Yokohama OSC won the first team tournament ever held in Japan.
The International Open of Osaka took place on January 20 with a field of 14 players. Besides the 12 Japanese players from the clubs of Yamato, Osaka and Yokohama, there were 2 foreign competitors: Cédric Garnier from France (who lives in Japan) and John Ho from Singapore. The foreign players proved to have more experience and qualified for the final. Cédric Garnier gave no chance to John Ho and won the game 1-0.