23 Dec 2017

Staged in Luxembourg under the authority of the European Table Tennis Union, the draw for the knock-out phase of the continent’s club competitions was made on Friday 22nd December.

Notably the quarter-final draw for the Men’s Champions’ League provided the intriguing all German contest of Saarbrücken Tischtennis who select from Tiago Apolonia, Patrick Franziska, Bojan Tokic and Patrick Baum versus TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen, for whom the choice rests between Simon Gauzy, Hugo Calderano, João Geraldo and Jakub Dyjas.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The fixtures are scheduled to be played between Sunday 24th and Tuesday 26th January; the return being on Friday 9th February.

Meanwhile Fakel-Gazprom Orenburg meets Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61, Sporting Club de Portugal confronts Stella Sport La Romagne, and TTSC UMMC oppose Borussia Düsseldorf.

Favourites for the title, Fakel-Gazprom will no doubt field the trio of Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Jun Mizutani and Vladimir Samsonov; for Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61, the combination of Zhai Yujia, Michael Maze and Laurens Tromer will most certainly be in action.

Meanwhile for Sporting Club de Portugal, João Monteiro, Quadri Aruna and Diogo Carvalho are very much the front line players; for Stella Sport La Romagne, Wei Shihao, Chen Tianyuan, Adrian Crisan and Brice Ollivier comprise the selection.

Impressive outfits, it is the same with regards TTSC UMMC who have Andrej Gacina, Maharu Yoshimura and Alexander Shibaev as their front line players with Borussia Düsseldorf being led by Timo Boll with Stefan Fegerl, Kristian Karlsson and Anton Källberg in support.

Champions League: Quarter-Finals

Fakel-Gazprom Orenburg (Russia) v Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61 (Denmark)
Sporting Club de Portugal (Portugal) v Stella Sport La Romagne (France)
Saarbrucken Tischtennis (Germany) v TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen (Germany)
TTSC UMMC (Russia) v Borussia Dusseldorf (Germany)

Seamaster Women’s European Champions League: Quarter-Finals

KTS Tarnobrzeg (Poland) v Linz AG Froschberg (Austria)
CP LYSSOS Lille Metropole (France) v Dr. CASL (Croatia)
Bursa Buyuksehir Belediyespor (Turkey) v TT Saint-Quentinois (France)
Szekszard AC (Hungary) v TTC Berlin Eastside (Germany)

ETTU Cup Men: Quarter-Finals

K.S. Dekorglass Dzialdowo (Poland) v TTC Sokah Hoboken (Belgium) or SF SKK El Nino Praha (Czech Republic)
Cajasur Priego TM (Spain) or Vaillante Sprotive Angers TT (France) v TTC Ostrava 2016 (Czech Republic)
Chartres ASTT (France) v SG Stockerau (Austria) or Hontianske Trstany Dudince (Slovakia)
Enjoy & Deploy Taverzo (Nertherlands) or Istres Tennis de Table (France) v AS Pontoise Cergy (France)

ETTU Cup Women: Quarter-Finals

SKST Mart Hodonin-Stavoimpex (Czech Republic) v Matz TT (France) or Arteal Tennis de Mesa (Spain)
SKNT Luch-Vladimir (Russia) or TMK-Tagmet Taganrog (Russia) v TuS Bad Driburg (Germany)
UCAM Cartagena (Spain) v Girbau-VIC TT (Spain) or ACS Dumbravita (Romania)
Budaorsi 2i SC (Hungary) or Etival Clairefomntaine ASRTT (France) v ALCL TT Grand-Quevilly (France)

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