Magic Moments for German Legend as Special Guests Honour Achievements
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Jörg Rosskopf fighting for the cause at the Evergrande Real Estate World Championships in 2008
Photo By: Dr Stephan Roscher
The European Men’s Singles champion in 1992, the Men’s World Cup winner in 1998 and bronze medalist in the Men’s Singles event at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996; Jörg Rosskopf was honoured at a special party, held in his name, by his German League Club TG Hanau on the evening of Friday 9th April 2010.
Now 40 years old, with Steffen Fetzner, the World Men’s Doubles champion in 1989 and Olympic Games silver medalist, Jörg Rosskopf’s international successes date back to 1984 when with Steffen Fetzner the pair finished in runners up spot at the European Youth Championships beaten by a Yugoslav partnership of Ilija Lupulesku and Zoran Primorac.
Generation Four illustrious names in that final, a fact which underlines the achievements of Jörg Rosskopf; add the likes of Jean-Michel Saive, Jan-Ove Waldner, Jörgen Persson and Peter Karlsson and you realize that Jörg Rosskopf was a member of a vintage European generation of male players.
It was the generation that arrested the balance of power in men’s table tennis from China to Europe.
Still Needed Furthermore, it would seem that his skills as a player are still needed! In his last home match he was his club’s only winner!
He beat Sweden’s Robert Svensson in a three-one defeat against Fulda; the defeat means his club in trouble. They face relegation and on Sunday 11th April they will very much need the veteran to be in form.
Rosskopf travels to Saarbrücken for his very last match in the German League; defeat and next year it’s the Second Division for TG Hanau.
Coaching Role An outstanding career is now at an end but of course “Rossi” will not be lost to table tennis.
He succeeds Richard Prause as the German Men’s National Coach, Prause moving to work at the Werner Schlager Academy in Vienna.
Respect The knowledge Jörg Rosskopf has amassed over the years will prove invaluable in his coaching role and one other fact was most evident at the party, he has gained immense respect.
Steffen Fetzner and Zlatko Cordas, the latter for many years the German Men’s Team National coach now both based in Qatar, made special journeys to be present at the party as did Timo Boll, Jörg Rosskopf’s successor as Germany’s top player.
Special “I’m very moved”, said Jörg Roßkopf. “This is a very special moment for me.”
It was a well deserved special moment, he has given the world many such moments; a true table tennis superstar and a sportsman in the best sense of the word.
A man of the highest integrity and good manners; thanks for the memories.
Always the same, Jorg Rosskopf after beating Robert Svennson in his last home match in the German League.