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ETTU Cup Men - 2 May 2012

At least 2.000 fans to crowd Angers arena


French Angers, the winners of 2008 edition will host Borussia Düsseldorf in the opening leg of the Men’s ETTU Cup. Last time, Borussia won this trophy year earlier.  Vaillante Angers beat SAG Cestas in both semi final legs to secure final.  “The most impo

French Angers, the winners of 2008 edition will host Borussia Düsseldorf in the opening leg of the Men’s ETTU Cup. Last time, Borussia won this trophy year earlier.  Vaillante Angers beat SAG Cestas in both semi final legs to secure final.  “The most important thing in semi was two points made by Panagiotis GIONIS in Angers and in the rematch,” reflected President of the Vaillante Angers Tennis de Table Gérard SARAZIN.

Now they will meet European Champions League reigning champions from Germany. “For preparation we played at home against La Romagne big derby. At the end it was 3:3. After that players have one day for rest and we will continue with practice as usual.”

President Gérard SARAZIN spoke about the great challenge that lies in front of his club. “Düsseldorf is the best team in Europe since many seasons. They are in ETTU Cup only because their players suffered from injuries during the most part of the season. However, when their players are all right, which is the case now, German team can only be beaten in the final of the World Championships. We are aware that they are big favorites in the final. If everything went accordingly to the plans, now they will be favorites for the European champions League, so we have very slim chances against them. However this is sport and everything is possible.”

French side counts on the help from the spectators. “I expect minimum of 2.000 fans in our hall. It will be great atmosphere and we are looking forward being host to Timo BOLL and his friends in Angers.”

Currently club occupies position no. eight at the standings in French Pro A.  “Our Championships is very strong this year. We are playing good now, but we will finish the League on position seven or eight,” stated President of the Vaillante Angers Gérard SARAZIN.

Men’s ETTU Cup Finals: Angers-Borussia May 5th 17h30 CET (Angers, FRA) Borussia-Angers May 20th 13h00 CET (Dusseldorf, GER)
Women’s ETTU Cup finals: Fenerbahce-Vladivostok May 6th, 12h00 CET (Istanbul, TUR, local time13h00) Vladivostok-Fenerbahce May 19th, 15:00 (Moscow, RUS, local time, 17h00)

(by Milica NIKOLIC, EWC)


Photo: Angers’ Panagiotis GIONIS (Photo Roscher)  

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