European Champions League Women
The European Champions League Women (ECLW) is the annual table tennis competition for the top European club teams organised by European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) which replaced European Club Cup of Champions (ECCC), the previous prominent club competition, since the 1998/99 season.
Hungarian club Statisztika Budapest still holds remarkable record, by winning the title 25 times, from 1969/70 to 2000/01 season. They were on the top 11 consecutive seasons (1976-86). Romanian Vointa Arad was the winner of the inaugural 1963/64 season.
The competition came into a new era in 2005/06, when the European Champions League Women started.
Just five clubs – Heerlen (Netherlands), Castelgoffredo (Italy), Linz AG Froschberg (Austria), Berlin Eastside (Germany) and Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey) – have clinched the title so far. Berlin is unique triple champion (2011/12, 2013/14, 2015/16).
The event did not take place in 2010/11.
In 2013/14, eight clubs competed for the title, among them two past champions Linz and Berlin Eastside and two former finalists, SVS Ströck and Budaörsi 2i SC. Top seed and newcomer Fenerbahce Sport Club was considered as favorite for the crown, but Berlin took its second ECLW title (3:2 at home, 3:0 away win). The champions coach was Irina PALINA and players SHAN Xiaona, Irene IVANCAN, Georgina POTA and Kristin SILBEREISEN.
In the 2014/15 season again the top eight European clubs competed, as Fenerbahce Istanbul went down in the history as the very first Turkish club with the ECLW crown. Istanbul’s team (WU Yang, JIA Wen, Irene IVANCAN, Elisabeta SAMARA) had a perfect 10-0 score within the season. In the final games they beat twice Linz AG Froschberg.
Twelve participants have competed in the 2015/16 season, as TTC Berlin Eastside reached one more title, beating in the finals KTS SPAR-Zamek Tarnobrzeg. German champion won all its 10 games during the season, becoming the very first club with three ECLW crowns. SHAN Xiaona achieved the best individual score (13-1).