Orenburg 6th time TTCLM top seedPhoto: ZHURAVLEV
The 2014/15 finalists, Fakel Gazproma and Borussia Dussldorf are approaching to the draw for the 2015/16 season as two top seeds
The reigning TTCLM champion Fakel Gazproma Orenburg will be again the top seed in the draw which will be held on May 13th in Bratislava, during the 58th European Youth Championships. Again top 16 European clubs will compete.
Since Russian club entered the most prestigious club`s competition, in 2010/11 it have always been no. 1 on the seeding list, followed all this time by Borussia Dusseldorf. These two clubs met in the latest final, as Russians won their third TTCLM title, despite they lost 3:1 first away leg.
It looks almost impossible in the world of professional sport, but Orenburg all its TTCLM years plays in the same-line up, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV, Vladimir SAMSONOV, Alexey SMIRNOV and they continue together. Borussia can count on all their staff from previous season: Timo BOLL, Panagiotis GIONIS, Patrick FRANZISKA and Sharat Kamal ACHANTA.
The 2013/14 champion Pontoise is the 3th seed (GAO Ning continues), the 2011/12 finalist UMMC is no. 4 (Jun MIZUTANI stays as team`s no. 1), the 2012/13 finalist Chartres is no. 5, while no. 6 occupies newcomer from Poland, KST Energa Manekin Torun who hired long time player of Niederosterreich CHEN Weixing who won TTCLM in 2008 playing forthis Austrian club. The crucial KTS Energa`s player should be the strong Chinese ZHANG Chao, the world champion in mixed doubles in 2011, with ZHEN Cao.
One more TTCLM champions are on the seeding list: the 2008 winner Wienviertel Niederosterreich (no. 7).
It will be the very first time that TTCLM in the moment of the drawing has five top 10 players on the ITTF World ranking list: Jun MIZUTANI (no. 5, UMMC), Dimitrij OVTCHAROV (no. 6, Orenburg), Timo BOLL (no. 7, Borussia), Vladimir SAMSONOV (Orenburg) and Marcos FREITAS (no. 10, Pontoise).
The seeding list is:
1 Fakel Gazproma Orenburg (Russia) 75017
2 Borussia Dusseldorf (Germany) 7438
3 AS Pontoise Cergy (France) 7425
4 UMMC (Russia) 7228
5 Chartres ASTT (France) 7158
6 KST Energa Manekin Torun (Poland) 7012
7 Wienviertel Niederosterreich (Austria) 6840
8 1.FC Saarbrucken TT (Germany) 6762
9 GV Hennebont TT (France) 6465
10 SV Werder Bremen (Germany) 6450
11 K.S. Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk Mazowiecki (Poland) 6422
12 SPG Walter Wels (Austria) 6417
13 ASTS Olimpia Unia Grudziadz (Poland) 6342
14 Eslovs AL Bordtennis (Sweden) 6335
15 Angers (France) 6305
16 STEN Marketing HB Ostrov Havlickuv Brod (Czech Republic) 6065