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.
Belgian club La Villette Charleroi was the most successful club in the history of Men’s competition, being the champion from 2001 to 2004 and having won the competition 5 times. This glorioust club, led by Jean-Michel SAIVE, stepped out from the event after 2010/11 season.
Borussia Düsseldorf, led by the six times individual European champion Timo BOLL, took three titles in a row (2009-2011) and three titles went to the Russian club Fakel Gazproma Orenburg (2012, 2013, 2015). Powerful Orenburg’s trio Vladimir SAMSONOV, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and Alexey SMIRNOV are former Borussia’s players.
The 2013/14 champion was AS Pontoise Cergy, France. 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 the history bringing the very first Champions League trophy to Pontoise Cergy. This club became the first champion from its country since the inaugural 1998/1999, when Caen defeated Borussia Düsseldorf.
The latest Champions League crown, 2014/15 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 titles counting Cup of Champions era. His team-mate Dimitrij OVTCHAROV concluded the 2014/15 season with the individual best 14-2 score.
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. 2015 was also the year when the name of the Men’s Champions League changed to Table Tennis Champions League (TTCLM).