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 have GSTK Vjesnik Zagreb and Fakel Gazproma Orenburg, whilst TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau was champion three times. Russian club Orenburg won their titles in recent seasons (2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17).
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).
Orenburg returned on the top in the 2016/17 edition, beating in the final Borussia Dusseldorf 6:2 in aggregate score (3:0 away, 3:2 home). Russian club showed one of the strongest ever line-ups, with three top class players, Jun MIZUTANI, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV, Vladimir SAMSONOV. Japanese MIZUTANI finished season with a perfect 16-0 individual score.
In the next season, 2017/18 Borussia Dusseldorf got revenge against Russian side, winning both final matches: 3:2 at home, 3:1 away. Timo BOLL had a perfect 4-0 score in the finals, prevailing against Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and Jun MIZUTANI twice. German club has improved its record to 11 crowns.