Table Tennis Champions League Men
Table Tennis Champions League (TTCLM), organised by the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU), is the most important international club competition in Europe. The Men’s European Champions League took place for first time in 1998/99 season, with the aim to replace European Club Cup of Champions, the previous highest level European club competition held since 1960/61 season. In the second season (1999/2000), the playing system was changed. The maximum number of games was reduced from seven to five, with doubles being cancelled.
Borussia Dusseldorf is the most successful club in the history of Men’s competition, winning the title ten times. They won its very first one in the 1988/89 season, while the latest crown has been taken in 2010/11.
Belgian club La Villette Charleroi still occupies second place with seven titles, although they stepped out from the event after 2010/11 season. This glorious club, led by Jean-Michel SAIVE, won four crowns in a row (2001-04).
Three clubs lifted the trophy five times each – CSM Cluj, Slavia/Sparta Praha and Spartacus Budapest, one less has GSTK Vjesnik Zagreb, while Fakel Gazproma Orenburg and TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau were champions three times. Russian Orenburg won all their titles in last six seasons (2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15).
The 2013/14 champion was AS Pontoise Cergy. The French club was better than Orenburg in the final: 3:1 (10:5) at home, 1:3 (8:11) away. Coach Peter FRANZ and players WANG Jian Jun, Marcos FREITAS, Kristian KARLSSON and Tristan FLORE went down in history bringing the very first Champions League trophy to Pontoise Cergy.
The 2014/15 Champions League crown went to Russia, as Fakel Gazproma defeated Borussia Düsseldorf in the ultimate chapter. The German club won the first home leg 3:1, but the top seed responded by 3:0 playing on its soil. Byelorussian Vladimir SAMSONOV improved his individual record, having 11 TTCLM title.
In 2015, ETTU began a co-operation with a leading sports media and marketing agency, the sportsman media group, which has an extensive expertise in the field of sport and digital media from which various clubs, associations and end customers are already benefiting from. The 2015 was also the year when the name of the Men’s Champions League changed to Table Tennis Champions League (TTCLM).
AS Pontoise Cergy prevailed against Eslovs Al Bordtennis in the 2015/16 TTCLM final. Both teams won their host legs 3:1, but French side had better set ratio (15:14). Pontoise eliminated 10 times TTCLM champion Borussia, as well as reigning one Orenburg, on its way to the final. Eslovs also made a history as unique no. 14 seed in the TTCLM final. Marcos FREITAS, Kristian KARLSSON, Tristan FLORE and WANG Jian Jun, led by coach Christian ADAM, secured second title in Pontoise`s history.