European Championships 2013
Men's Team Event

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The 2013 European Championships were held in Schwechat, Austria from 4-13 October.
Get all the details and results for the Men's Team event here...

 By Martin Hughes
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Logo for European Championships 2013

Austria won the right to host the European Championships in 2013 and it was also the first time that a new format for the team event was used.

But it was in 1958, in Hungary, that the European Championships first took place and you can read all about the history of the championships, and get previous results, here.

Initially the Championships were a biennial event, taking place in even numbered years, but now it's held annually during October.

However, from 2011, the team events are now only being played every two years.

European Championships 2013

For more information about each event, click on these links...

Men's Team   Women's Team
Men's Singles   Women's Singles
Men's Doubles   Women's Doubles


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A new format - the European Qualification League

European Table Tennis Union logo

In 2010 the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) amended the rules for the 2013 (and all future) team events at the European Championships.

These revised rules introduced a new format for the biennial team events so that, in order to compete for the top prizes at the European Team Championships, teams have to qualify via a European league competition.

This new European league competition is played in the 2 years preceding each championships and the results from these league matches are used to allocate teams into the various divisions at the next European Championships - and also to determine the seeding positions.

There is a Men's Team Event and a Women's Team Event, and both are divided into 3 Divisions...

  • Championships Division
  • Challenge Division
  • Standard Division

... and each member Association can only enter a maximum of one team in the Men's and/or one team in the Women's event with up to 5 players in a Men's team and up to 5 players in a Women's team.

But, only teams who qualify for the Championships Division can compete for the overall title of European Champions.

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Men's Qualification League - Championships Division

European Championships 2013

As this was the first occasion that the new Qualification League system was used, the initial Championships Division of the Men's Qualification League was composed of teams who finished in the top 10 places at the 2011 European Championships, together with the teams who finished first and second in the 2011 European Championships Challenge Division.

Two groups of 6 teams

These 12 teams were then drawn into 2 groups of 6 teams (Groups A and B) on the basis of a special seeding list prepared by the Ranking Committee of the ETTU.

So Groups A and B of the initial Championships Division in the Qualification League comprised the following teams:

  • Group A: Germany, Portugal, Sweden, France, Spain, Serbia.
  • Group B: Russia, Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Greece, Hungary.

League matches

In each group the 6 teams all played every other team once, in order to determine a final ranking order for each group.

The final group positions also determined the seeding positions for the competition proper.

Teams who finished in positions 1-5 in their groups qualified for the Championships Division of the competition proper.

The team who finished last in their group were relegated to the Challenge Division of the competition proper and the teams who finished 1 and 2 in the Challenge Division Qualification League were promoted to the Championships Division for the competition proper.

So who qualified?

So after all the league matches were played, Austria, Belarus, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Sweden qualified for the Championships Division of the competition proper and were joined by the Czech Republic and Poland who finished in the top 2 league places in the Challenge Division.

Hungary and Serbia were relegated to the Challenge Division and so will not be eligible to compete for the top prizes at the 2013 European Team Championships.

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Men's Challenge Division and Standard Division

Although only teams in the Championships Division can compete for the top prizes, there were plenty of other Men's teams taking part in the 2013 European Team Championships.

In the Challenge Division the following Men's teams took part...

Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

And in the Standard Division the following Men's teams took part...

Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland.

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Venue and Equipment

The 2013 European Championships was played at the Multiversum-Arena and the Werner Schlager Academy which are under the same roof.

Logo for 2013 European Championships venues

The equipment used was...

  • Tables: Donic (blue)
  • Balls: Nittaku (white)
  • Flooring: Gerflor (red)

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Format and draw for the Men's Championships Division

2013 European Table Tennis Championships logo

The 2013 European Team Championships was played using the progressive knockout system to determine the final position for every team, with the exception of a match for positions 3 and 4.

So, following the conclusion of the qualification league to determine which teams qualified for the Championships Division, the draw was made on 4 September 2013.

The top 2 teams from group A and B started in the quarter finals, whereas all the other teams started in the Preliminary round.

Men's Championships Division Draw

European Championships draw 2013


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Match Procedure

Teams consisted of 3 or 4 players.

Each match consisted of up to 5 singles (each the best of 5 games) and was played on one table.

Before the match starts, the team captains decided by lot the right to choose whether they were team A or team B.

They then nominated their 3 or 4 players to the referee and assigned a letter and number to each player (A1, A2, A3, A4 or B1, B2, B3, B4).

The order of play was...

  1. A1 v B2
  2. A2 v B1
  3. A3 v B3
  4. A1 v B1
  5. A2 v B2

...and the matches end when a team has won 3 individual matches.

However, after the second singles, the fourth ranked player may replace player A1 or A2 (home team) or player B1 or B2 (away team). But this must be announced by the respective team captain to the referee before the start of the third singles.

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Defending champions

The previous European Team Championships were held in 2011 in Poland and the men's team winners were Germany, and the runners-up were Sweden.

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2013 Men's Team Event Results

Championships Division

Preliminary Round

Friday 4 October 2013


Greece 3-1 Czech Republic

Match Details
Greece Czech Republic 1 2 3 4 5 Result
12-10 11-8 11-4 1-0
9-11 11-5 5-11 11-3 5-11 0-1
11-9 11-9 3-11 11-9 1-0
11-9 11-8 6-11 11-7 1-0


Belarus 3-1 Spain

Match Details
Belarus Spain 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Evgueni CHTCHETININE Wen HE ZHI 8-11 11-7 2-11 9-11 0-1
Vladimir SAMSONOV Carlos MACHADO 10-12 12-10 11-6 11-7 1-0
Pavel PLATONOV Jesus CANTERO 6-11 11-8 11-9 11-3 1-0
Vladimir SAMSONOV Marc DURAN 9-11 11-9 11-9 7-11 11-7 1-0


Germany 3-0 Austria

Match Details
Germany Austria 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Patrick BAUM Robert GARDOS 8-11 6-11 11-7 11-8 12-10 1-0
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV Stefan FEGERL 11-9 11-9 11-8 1-0
Patrick FRANZISKA Weixing CHEN 13-11 11-4 12-10 1-0


Sweden 3-2 Poland

Match Details
Sweden Poland 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Jens LUNDQVIST Zeng Yi WANG 11-9 7-11 11-2 9-11 8-11 0-1
Pär GERELL Daniel GORAK 11-5 9-11 11-9 9-11 9-11 0-1
Kristian KARLSSON Robert FLORAS 11-9 8-11 6-11 11-8 11-4 1-0
Jens LUNDQVIST Daniel GORAK 11-13 11-5 11-7 11-7 1-0
Pär GERELL Zeng Yi WANG 14-12 11-7 11-8 1-0

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Quarter Finals

Saturday 5 October 2013


Greece 3-1 Portugal

Match Details
Greece Portugal 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Kalinikos KREANGA Marcos FREITAS 10-12 11-5 6-11 6-11 0-1
Panagiotis GIONIS Joao MONTEIRO 13-11 11-9 11-0 1-0
Konstantinos PAPAGEORGIOU Tiago APOLONIA 11-6 10-12 11-9 7-11 11-9 1-0
Panagiotis GIONIS Marcos FREITAS 8-11 12-10 11-9 11-5 1-0


Belarus 3-1 Croatia

Match Details
Belarus Croatia  1 2 3 4 5 Result
Evgueni CHTCHETININE Ruiwu TAN 8-11 7-11 6-11 0-1
Vladimir SAMSONOV Andrej GACINA 11-9 11-4 15-13 1-0
Pavel PLATONOV Tomislav KOLAREK 11-9 10-12 11-5 11-8 1-0
Vladimir SAMSONOV Ruiwu TAN 11-7 7-11 11-8 15-13 1-0


Germany 3-0 France

Match Details
Germany France 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV Emmanuel LEBESSON 11-5 11-7 11-7 1-0
Patrick BAUM Adrien MATTENET 11-7 12-10 9-11 11-8 1-0
Patrick FRANZISKA Simon GAUZY 11-4 11-4 7-11 4-11 11-6 1-0


Russia 3-0 Sweden

Match Details
Russia Sweden 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Alexander SHIBAEV Pär GERELL 17-15 11-6 6-11 11-4 1-0
Alexey SMIRNOV Jens LUNDQVIST 4-11 12-10 11-5 8-11 11-6 1-0
Kirill SKACHKOV Kristian KARLSSON 11-9 8-11 11-7 3-11 11-9 1-0

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Semi Finals

Sunday 6 October 2013


Greece 3-2 Belarus

Match Details
Greece Belarus 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Panagiotis GIONIS Pavel PLATONOV 9-11 9-11 9-11 0-1
Kalinikos KREANGA Vladimir SAMSONOV 10-12 13-11 11-9 8-11 6-11 0-1
Konstantinos PAPAGEORGIOU Evgueni CHTCHETININE 11-7 12-10 3-11 7-11 11-9 1-0
Panagiotis GIONIS Vladimir SAMSONOV 12-10 9-11 7-11 11-8 11-6 1-0
Kalinikos KREANGA Pavel PLATONOV 11-6 11-5 9-11 11-6 1-0


Germany 3-0 Russia

Match Details
Germany Russia 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV Alexander SHIBAEV 11-1 11-8 9-11 10-12 11-6 1-0
Patrick BAUM Alexey SMIRNOV 12-10 11-9 6-11 5-11 11-8 1-0
Patrick FRANZISKA Kirill SKACHKOV 13-11 7-11 11-8 11-8 1-0

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Monday 7 October 2013


Germany 3-1 Greece

Match Details
Germany Greece 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV Kalinikos KREANGA 11-3 13-11 11-6 1-0
Patrick BAUM Panagiotis GIONIS 11-9 12-10 7-11 3-11 3-11 0-1
Patrick FRANZISKA Konstantinos PAPAGEORGIOU 11-7 8-11 11-7 11-3 1-0
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV Panagiotis GIONIS 8-11 12-10 12-10 11-6 1-0


2013 European Championships

Men's Team Event



(Dimitrij OVTCHAROV, Patrick BAUM, Patrick FRANZISKA)



(Panagiotis GIONIS, Kalinikos KREANGA, Konstantinos PAPAGEORGIOU)


Belarus and Russia


European Championships 2013 Men's Team Event winners


European Championships 2013 Men's Team Event medallists



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