World Cup 2012

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The Men's World Cup 2012 took place in Liverpool, England.
But who qualified for this prestigious table tennis event?

 By Martin Hughes
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The World Cup is an invitational event for 19 of the World's top players.

The men and women have separate events, so let's take a look at the 2012 events.

2012 World Cups

Table Tennis World Cup 2012

Liverpool, England - world famous for being the home of The Beatles - hosted the 2012 Liebherr Men's World Cup Table Tennis event at the Liverpool Echo Arena from 28-30 September.

This was the first major table tennis tournament after the 2012 Olympic Games in London and there was some fantastic table tennis on show at the Liverpool Echo Arena competing for a US$ 150,000 prize fund.


The Women's World Cup 2012 was held in Huangshi, China from 21-23 September, but I'll be concentrating on the Men's World Cup here.


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The World Cup

The table tennis World Cup was originally for 16 invited players only, but a new format was introduced in 2009.

The number of players was increased from 16 to for the World Cup 2012, invitations were sent to...

  • the holder of the World Cup
  • the World champion
  • the champion player or the strongest current player from each of the 6 continents
  • 1 Host country player
  • the top 8 players from the World Ranking List and
  • 2 "wild card" selections


The rules state that not more than two players from any Association can participate unless a third is invited as a "wild card" selection.


In 2011, the Men's World Cup was won by China's Zhang Jike.

2011 World Cup winner - Zhang Jike

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Sponsorship Deal

Donic sponsors World Cup 2012

The German manufacturer DONIC was the table sponsor and supplier for the LIEBHERR Men's World Cup 2012, having extended their sponsorship of this prestigious event for a further three years, taking it to 2015.

Adham Sharara, ITTF President said...

"The ITTF is extremely pleased that DONIC took the initiative and requested an extension to the sponsorship as the table supplier for the Men's World Cup. This was received with open arms by the ITTF, as we look for a long term partnership with DONIC and innovative table designs. It goes without saying that DONIC provides "state-of-the-art" tables for this prestigious ITTF World Title event."

Frank Schreiner, President of DONIC said...

"The Men's World Cup is one of the most important and image enhancing tournaments on the world table tennis circuit. We are very pleased that the ITTF has confidence in our brand and has agreed to prolong the agreement as the table supplier for the Men's World Cup.

As table supplier at various European Championships, 2012 in Denmark and 2013 in Austria, it is very important for DONIC, as one of the most renowned brands world-wide, to be also present at ITTF world events.

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Host City

World Cup 2012 at Liverpool Echo Arena

The Echo Arena opened in January 2008 and sits alongside the Grade I listed Albert Dock complex and World Heritage Site on the eastern bank of the river Mersey, in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

It's an 11,000 seat arena and is joined to the BT Convention Centre by a central Galleria, making it unique as the only arena and convention centre under one roof in Europe.

The Echo Arena has hosted a string of international events, including the MTV Europe Music Awards, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Davis Cup tennis, the MOBO Awards and Channel 4's primetime show Famous and fearless, plus concert performances from Elton John, Bob Dylan, Lady GaGa, Oasis and Beyonce.

John Moore, sport and events account manager at Echo Arena, said:

"To host an event of this calibre at Echo Arena is a fantastic coup for the city. There are many sporting contests to look forward to beyond the summer Olympics and outside of London and the Men's World Cup Table Tennis will be a highlight on the calendar."

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Men's World Cup 2012

The following players took part in the Men's World Cup 2012...

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3 XU, Xin (China) Asian representative
7 BOLL Timo (Germany) European representative
91 HENZELL, William (Australia) Oceania representative
127 MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil) Latin American representative
159 SALEH, Ahmed Ali (Egypt) African representative
430 THERIAULT, Pierre-Luc (Canada) North American representative
2 MA, Long (China) World Ranking 1
8 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) World Ranking 2
9 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) World Ranking 3
11 JOO, Se Hyuk (South Korea) World Ranking 4
12 OH, Sang Eun (South Korea) World Ranking 5
15 SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus) World Ranking 6
17 JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China) World Ranking 7
22 CRISAN, Adrian (Romania) World Ranking 8
24 FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)  World Ranking 9
29 MATTENET, Adrien (France) World Ranking 10
83 DRINKHALL, Paul (England) Host Association
21 MAZE, Michael (Denmark) ITTF wild card 1
145 PITCHFORD, Liam (England) ITTF wild card 2


The World Cup holder and reigning World Champion, Zhang Jike, did not take part, so two additional places were awarded to the next two highest ranked players on the World Ranking list.

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The World Cup prize money

The prize money for the men's table tennis World Cup was US$ 150,000

This was divided up as follows:

World Cup
Winner US$ 45,000
Runner-up US$ 25,000
3rd Place US$ 15,000
4th Place US$ 10,000
Places 5-8 US$ 6,000
Places 9-12 US$ 4,000
Places 13-16 US$ 2,000
Intercontinental Cup
IC Cup Winner US$ 2,500
IC Cup 2nd Place US$ 2,000
IC Cup 3rd Place US$ 1,500
IC Cup 4th Place US$ 1,000

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The Intercontinental Cup

The competition started with the "Intercontinental Cup" - a pre-qualification round.

So, four continental representatives - from Africa, Latin America, North America and Oceania - competed in one group, with the winner of the "Intercontinental Cup" qualifing for the next stage of the event, joining the other 15 players.


Intercontinental Cup
HENZELL, William (Australia) 4-3 THERIAULT, Pierre-Luc (Canada)
MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil) 4-1 SALEH, Ahmed Ali (Egypt)
HENZELL, William (Australia) 4-1 SALEH, Ahmed Ali (Egypt)
MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil) 4-1 THERIAULT, Pierre-Luc (Canada)
MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil) 4-0 HENZELL, William (Australia)
SALEH, Ahmed Ali (Egypt) 4-1 THERIAULT, Pierre-Luc (Canada)


Intercontinental Cup
IC Cup Winner MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil)
IC Cup 2nd Place HENZELL, William (Australia)
IC Cup 3rd Place SALEH, Ahmed Ali (Egypt)
IC Cup 4th Place THERIAULT, Pierre-Luc (Canada)


The remaining 16 players were then seeded into four groups.

Each player competed against the other three players in his group and matches were the best of seven sets.

The winner and runner-up of each group then advanced to the quarter finals whereupon the competition was a straight knock-out, best of seven sets.

So the World Cup groups were...

Group 1

  • MA, Long (China)
  • CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
  • CRISAN, Adrian (Romania)
  • DRINKHALL, Paul (England)

Group 2

  • XU, Xin (China)
  • SAMSONOV Vladimir (Belarus)
  • FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)
  • PITCHFORD, Liam (England)

Group 3

  • BOLL Timo (Germany)
  • OH, Sang Eun (South Korea)
  • JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China)
  • MATTENET, Adrien (France)

Group 4

  • OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
  • JOO, Se Hyuk (South Korea)
  • MAZE, Michael (Denmark)
  • MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil)

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Results for World Cup 2012

28/29 September 2012

Group 1

MA, Long (China) 4-1 CRISAN, Adrian (Romania)
CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 4-1 DRINKHALL, Paul (England)
CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 4-0 MA, Long (China)
CRISAN, Adrian (Romania) 4-1 DRINKHALL, Paul (England)
MA, Long (China) 4-0 DRINKHALL, Paul (England)
CRISAN, Adrian (Romania) 4-3 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
  • Group 1 winner = CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)

  • Group 1 runner-up = MA, Long (China)

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Group 2

XU, Xin (China) 4-0 FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)
SAMSONOV Vladimir (Belarus) 4-0 PITCHFORD, Liam (England)
XU, Xin (China) 4-1 SAMSONOV Vladimir (Belarus)
FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal) 4-1 PITCHFORD, Liam (England)
XU, Xin (China) 4-0 PITCHFORD, Liam (England)
SAMSONOV Vladimir (Belarus) 4-2 FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)

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Group 3

BOLL Timo (Germany) 4-1 JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China)
MATTENET, Adrien (France) 4-2 OH, Sang Eun (South Korea)
BOLL Timo (Germany) w/o OH, Sang Eun (South Korea) Injured
JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China) 4-0 MATTENET, Adrien (France)
BOLL Timo (Germany) 4-3 MATTENET, Adrien (France)
JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China) w/o OH, Sang Eun (South Korea) Injured
  • Group 3 winner = BOLL Timo (Germany)

  • Group 3 runner-up = JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China)

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Group 4

MAZE, Michael (Denmark) 4-2 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
JOO, Se Hyuk (South Korea) 4-2 MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil)
JOO, Se Hyuk (South Korea) 4-0 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
MAZE, Michael (Denmark) 4-1 MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil)
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) 4-1 MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil)
MAZE, Michael (Denmark) 4-3 JOO, Se Hyuk (South Korea)
  • Group 4 winner = MAZE, Michael (Denmark)

  • Group 4 runner-up = JOO, Se Hyuk (South Korea)

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Knock-out stage

Saturday 29 September 2012

Quarter Finals

SAMSONOV Vladimir (Belarus) 4-3 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
BOLL Timo (Germany) 4-0 JOO, Se Hyuk (South Korea)
MA, Long (China) 4-0 MAZE, Michael (Denmark)
XU, Xin (China) 4-0 JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China)

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Sunday 30 September 2012

Semi Finals

BOLL Timo (Germany) 4-2 SAMSONOV Vladimir (Belarus)
MA, Long (China) 4-0 XU, Xin (China)

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Sunday 30 September 2012

Bronze Medal match

SAMSONOV Vladimir (Belarus) 4-2 XU, Xin (China)
11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-1, 6-11,11-6

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Sunday 30 September 2012


MA, Long (China) 4-0 BOLL Timo (Germany)
11-4, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9


Table Tennis World Cup 2012

Timo Boll, Ma Long, Vladimir Samsonov


2012 World Cup winner - Ma Long

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