The 2008 European TT Championships.
St Petersburg, Russia. 4-12 October 2008 ...
The European Table Tennis Championships first took place in 1958 in Hungary.
Initially it was a biennial event, taking place in even numbered years, but now it's held every year during the months of September or October.
2008 sees St Petersburg, Russia host this prestigious event from 4-12 October.
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So what events are included?
The European Championships events are ...
For the team events a division format is used.
16 teams make up the Championships Division whilst 16 teams are in the Challenge Division and the remaining teams make up a Standard Division.
Only teams in the Championships Division can win the title of European Champions.
In the Championships Division, the teams are seeded into four groups. Each team competes against the other three teams in their group and matches are the best of five sets.
The winner and runner-up of each group then advance to the quarter finals whereupon the competition is a straight knock-out, best of five sets.
An Association can only enter one team in each team event and they can enter up to 5 players in a men's team and up to 5 players in a women's team.
Seeding will be on the basis of the final positions in the previous European Championships.
Teams consist of 3 players.
Each match consists of up to 5 singles and shall be played on 1 table.
The order of play will be A v X, B v Y, C v Z, A v Y, B v X, and the match will end when a team has won 3 individual matches, each the best of 5 games.
The 2008 European Table Tennis Championships women's groups for the Championships Division are ...
The last European Table Tennis Championships were held in Belgrade, Serbia in 2007 and the winners of the womens team event were Hungary, whilst Russia were runners-up.
Group A - Hungary, Spain, France, Belarus
Group B - Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia, Bulgaria
Group C - Croatia, Romania, Germany, Serbia
Group D - Italy, Austria, Poland, Belgium
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