Europe Top-16

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Europe Top 16
Formerly Europe Top 12
Sport Table tennis
Founded 1971[1]
Singles entrants 16 men; 16 women
Confederation European Table Tennis Union
Most recent
champion(s)
Men: Germany Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Women: Netherlands Li Jie
Most titles Men:
Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner (7)
Women:
Hungary Beatrix Kisházi (4)
Netherlands Li Jiao (4)
Related
competitions
Asian Cup, World Cup
Official website Europe Top 16

The Europe Top 16, also known as the Europe Top 16 Cup and previously known as the Europe Top 12, is a table tennis tournament organised annually by the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU), featuring the highest-ranked players in Europe.[2]

History[edit]

The first event was held in 1971 in Zadar, Yugoslavia (now part of Croatia) as an experimental classification tournament. Twelve male players and six female players took part, with István Jónyer and Beatrix Kisházi, both from Hungary, winning the inaugural men's and women's competitions respectively. The tournament would go on to be held each year in different venues, and would become known as the Europe Top 12.[3]

From 1971 until 1989, the tournament used a round-robin format; all players played each other once, with the champion being the player who accumulated the most wins. From 1990, there was a change of format; the twelve players were divided into two round-robin groups, with the top two players from each group progressing to semi-finals, followed by a final. At the 2001 tournament the twelve players were divided into four groups for the first time, with the group winners qualifying for the semi-finals, and from 2002 it was decided that the top two players from each group would qualify for quarter-finals, with knockout rounds to decide the winner. From 2015, the number of players qualifying for both the men's and women's events was increased to 16, and the tournament's name was changed to the Europe Top 16.[1][3]

Sweden's Jan-Ove Waldner is the most successful player in the history of the men's event, winning the tournament seven times and finishing runner-up on a further four occasions between 1984 and 1996. Beatrix Kisházi of Hungary and Li Jiao of the Netherlands share the record for most wins in the women's event, with four wins each. Kisházi won the first three editions of the tournament from 1971–73 and regained the title in 1977, while Li's four title wins came between 2007 and 2011.[4][5]

Qualification[edit]

Since 2015, the 16 participants in both the men's and the women's tournaments qualify as follows:[6]

  • The current European Champion.
  • Fourteen additional players based on the European rankings at the time, subject to a maximum of four players from any association.
  • One player from the host nation. If a player from the host nation has already qualified by right, the next eligible player in the rankings will qualify.

Format[edit]

Since 2015, the format of the tournament consists of two stages: four round-robin groups with four players in each group, followed by the top two players from each group contesting progressive knockout rounds to determine the top eight placings. Losers at the quarter-final stage will play off to determine positions 5–8, with semi-final losers playing off for third and fourth place. The top three players in both the men's and the women's tournaments will be guaranteed a place at the Table Tennis World Cup, subject to a maximum of two players from any association.[6]

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Location First Second Third
1971 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zadar Hungary István Jónyer Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Antun Stipančić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek
1972 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Antun Stipančić Sweden Stellan Bengtsson Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek
1973 West Germany Böblingen Sweden Stellan Bengtsson Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Antun Stipančić
1974 Sweden Trollhättan Hungary István Jónyer Czechoslovakia Milan Orlowski Sweden Stellan Bengtsson
1975 Austria Vienna Sweden Kjell Johansson Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Antun Stipančić Hungary István Jónyer
1976 West Germany Lübeck Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek Sweden Kjell Johansson Soviet Union Sarkis Sarkhoyan
1977 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo Czechoslovakia Milan Orlowski Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek France Jacques Secrétin
1978 Czechoslovakia Prague Hungary Gábor Gergely Czechoslovakia Milan Orlowski Sweden Stellan Bengtsson
1979 Sweden Kristianstad Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek England Desmond Douglas France Jacques Secrétin
1980 West Germany Munich Sweden Stellan Bengtsson Sweden Ulf Thorsell France Jacques Secrétin
1981 Hungary Miskolc Hungary Tibor Klampár Sweden Stellan Bengtsson Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragutin Šurbek
1982 France Nantes Sweden Mikael Appelgren Czechoslovakia Milan Orlowski England Desmond Douglas
1983 England Cleveland Czechoslovakia Milan Orlowski England Desmond Douglas Sweden Mikael Appelgren
1984 Czechoslovakia Bratislava Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Czechoslovakia Jindřich Panský Sweden Mikael Appelgren
1985 Spain Barcelona Poland Andrzej Grubba Czechoslovakia Jindřich Panský Sweden Mikael Appelgren
1986 Sweden Södertälje Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner England Desmond Douglas Sweden Erik Lindh
1987 Switzerland Basel England Desmond Douglas Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Jörgen Persson
1988 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubljana Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Jörgen Persson Poland Andrzej Grubba
1989 Belgium Charleroi Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Erik Lindh Sweden Jörgen Persson
1990 West Germany Hannover Sweden Mikael Appelgren Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Poland Andrzej Grubba
1991 Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch Sweden Erik Lindh Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Jörgen Persson
1992 Austria Vienna Sweden Jörgen Persson Germany Jörg Roßkopf Croatia Zoran Primorac
1993 Denmark Copenhagen Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Peter Karlsson Germany Jörg Roßkopf
Belgium Jean-Michel Saive
1994 Italy Arezzo Belgium Jean-Michel Saive Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Peter Karlsson
Croatia Zoran Primorac
1995 France Dijon Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Erik Lindh France Jean-Philippe Gatien
Belgium Jean-Michel Saive
1996 Belgium Charleroi Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Belgium Jean-Michel Saive France Jean-Philippe Gatien
Italy Yang Min
1997 Netherlands Eindhoven France Jean-Philippe Gatien Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Croatia Zoran Primorac
Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner
1998 Sweden Halmstad Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Sweden Peter Karlsson Belgium Jean-Michel Saive
Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner
1999 Croatia Split Belarus Vladimir Samsonov France Christophe Legoût France Jean-Philippe Gatien
Greece Kalinikos Kreanga
2000 Italy Alassio Austria Werner Schlager Italy Yang Min France Jean-Philippe Gatien
Germany Jörg Roßkopf
2001 Austria Wels Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Sweden Peter Karlsson Czech Republic Petr Korbel
Belgium Jean-Michel Saive
2002 Netherlands Rotterdam Germany Timo Boll Belarus Vladimir Samsonov France Patrick Chila
France Damien Éloi
2003 Germany Saarbrücken Germany Timo Boll Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Denmark Michael Maze
Austria Werner Schlager
2004 Germany Frankfurt Denmark Michael Maze Austria Werner Schlager Czech Republic Petr Korbel
Russia Alexey Smirnov
2005 France Rennes Russia Alexey Smirnov Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Germany Timo Boll
France Damien Éloi
2006 Denmark Copenhagen Germany Timo Boll Austria Werner Schlager Denmark Michael Maze
Croatia Zoran Primorac
2007 Italy Arezzo Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Greece Kalinikos Kreanga Croatia Zoran Primorac
Russia Alexey Smirnov
2008 Germany Frankfurt Austria Werner Schlager Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Belgium Jean-Michel Saive
Russia Alexey Smirnov
2009 Germany Düsseldorf Germany Timo Boll Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Greece Kalinikos Kreanga
Denmark Michael Maze
2010 Germany Düsseldorf Germany Timo Boll Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Austria Chen Weixing
Greece Kalinikos Kreanga
2011 Belgium Liège Greece Kalinikos Kreanga Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Austria Werner Schlager
Russia Alexey Smirnov
2012 France Lyon Germany Dimitrij Ovtcharov Russia Kirill Skachkov Austria Chen Weixing
Belarus Vladimir Samsonov
2014 Switzerland Lausanne Portugal Marcos Freitas Denmark Michael Maze Germany Dimitrij Ovtcharov
2015 Azerbaijan Baku Germany Dimitrij Ovtcharov Portugal Marcos Freitas Greece Panagiotis Gionis
2016 Portugal Gondomar Germany Dimitrij Ovtcharov Portugal João Monteiro Russia Alexander Shibaev
2017 France Antibes Germany Dimitrij Ovtcharov Russia Alexander Shibaev France Simon Gauzy

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Women[edit]

Year Location First Second Third
1971 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zadar Hungary Beatrix Kisházi Czechoslovakia Ilona Voštová Czechoslovakia Alice Grofová
1972 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb Hungary Beatrix Kisházi Romania Maria Alexandru Soviet Union Zoja Rudnova
1973 West Germany Böblingen Hungary Beatrix Kisházi Hungary Judit Magos Czechoslovakia Ilona Voštová
1974 Sweden Trollhättan Soviet Union Zoja Rudnova Romania Maria Alexandru Hungary Judit Magos
1975 Austria Vienna Sweden Ann-Christin Hellman West Germany Wiebke Hendriksen Hungary Henriette Lotaller
1976 West Germany Lübeck Sweden Ann-Christin Hellman Czechoslovakia Ilona Uhlíková-Voštová Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Eržebet Palatinuš
1977 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo Hungary Beatrix Kisházi England Jill Hammersley Czechoslovakia Ilona Uhlíková-Voštová
1978 Czechoslovakia Prague England Jill Hammersley Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop Soviet Union Valentina Popova
1979 Sweden Kristianstad Hungary Gabriella Szabó Romania Maria Alexandru Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Eržebet Palatinuš
1980 West Germany Munich England Jill Hammersley Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop Hungary Gabriella Szabó
1981 Hungary Miskolc England Jill Hammersley Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop Soviet Union Valentina Popova
1982 France Nantes Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop England Jill Hammersley Czechoslovakia Marie Hrachová
1983 England Cleveland Romania Olga Nemes Soviet Union Fliura Bulatova Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop
1984 Czechoslovakia Bratislava Czechoslovakia Marie Hrachová Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop Soviet Union Valentina Popova
1985 Spain Barcelona Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop Hungary Zsuzsa Oláh Czechoslovakia Marie Hrachová
1986 Sweden Södertälje Soviet Union Fliura Bulatova West Germany Olga Nemes Bulgaria Daniela Guergeltcheva
1987 Switzerland Basel Hungary Csilla Bátorfi Hungary Edit Urban Soviet Union Fliura Bulatova
1988 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubljana Soviet Union Fliura Bulatova Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop West Germany Olga Nemes
1989 Belgium Charleroi West Germany Olga Nemes Hungary Csilla Bátorfi Bulgaria Daniela Guergeltcheva
1990 West Germany Hannover Hungary Gabriella Wirth West Germany Olga Nemes France Wang Xiaoming
1991 Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands Mirjam Hooman Hungary Gabriella Wirth Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop
1992 Austria Vienna Hungary Csilla Bátorfi Sweden Marie Svensson Romania Otilia Bădescu
1993 Denmark Copenhagen Romania Emilia Ciosu Germany Olga Nemes Romania Otilia Bădescu
Sweden Åsa Svensson
1994 Italy Arezzo Germany Jie Schöpp Romania Otilia Bădescu Netherlands Mirjam Hooman
Germany Nicole Struse
1995 France Dijon Romania Otilia Bădescu Romania Emilia Ciosu Germany Jie Schöpp
Germany Nicole Struse
1996 Belgium Charleroi Luxembourg Ni Xialian Hungary Csilla Bátorfi Germany Nicole Struse
Netherlands Bettine Vriesekoop
1997 Netherlands Eindhoven Luxembourg Ni Xialian Germany Jie Schöpp Romania Otilia Bădescu
Germany Olga Nemes
1998 Sweden Halmstad Luxembourg Ni Xialian Germany Nicole Struse Hungary Csilla Bátorfi
Sweden Marie Svensson
1999 Croatia Split Germany Qianhong Gotsch Germany Jing Tian-Zörner Croatia Tamara Boroš
Luxembourg Ni Xialian
2000 Italy Alassio Germany Qianhong Gotsch Romania Mihaela Steff Luxembourg Ni Xialian
Germany Jie Schöpp
2001 Austria Wels Hungary Csilla Bátorfi Luxembourg Ni Xialian Romania Otilia Bădescu
Croatia Tamara Boroš
2002 Netherlands Rotterdam Croatia Tamara Boroš Germany Nicole Struse Luxembourg Ni Xialian
Belarus Viktoria Pavlovich
2003 Germany Saarbrücken Germany Jie Schöpp Croatia Tamara Boroš Russia Galina Melnik
Hungary Krisztina Tóth
2004 Germany Frankfurt Germany Nicole Struse Germany Jie Schöpp Croatia Tamara Boroš
Austria Liu Jia
2005 France Rennes Austria Liu Jia Hungary Krisztina Tóth Netherlands Li Jiao
Romania Mihaela Steff
2006 Denmark Copenhagen Croatia Tamara Boroš Austria Liu Jia Netherlands Li Jiao
Romania Mihaela Steff
2007 Italy Arezzo Netherlands Li Jiao Italy Nikoleta Stefanova Austria Liu Jia
Romania Mihaela Steff
2008 Germany Frankfurt Netherlands Li Jiao Poland Li Qian Belarus Viktoria Pavlovich
Germany Wu Jiaduo
2009 Germany Düsseldorf Poland Li Qian Netherlands Li Jie Austria Liu Jia
Germany Wu Jiaduo
2010 Germany Düsseldorf Netherlands Li Jiao Poland Li Qian Netherlands Li Jie
Hungary Krisztina Tóth
2011 Belgium Liège Netherlands Li Jiao Belarus Viktoria Pavlovich Turkey Melek Hu
Netherlands Li Jie
2012 France Lyon Germany Wu Jiaduo Netherlands Li Jie Luxembourg Ni Xialian
Belarus Viktoria Pavlovich
2014 Switzerland Lausanne Austria Liu Jia Belarus Viktoria Pavlovich Netherlands Li Jiao
2015 Azerbaijan Baku Austria Liu Jia Germany Petrissa Solja Germany Irene Ivancan
2016 Portugal Gondomar Spain Shen Yanfei Turkey Melek Hu Austria Liu Jia
2017 France Antibes Netherlands Li Jie Germany Petrissa Solja Germany Sabine Winter

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Statistics[edit]

Multiple champions[edit]

Listed below are the players who have won the tournament on two or more occasions.[1]

All-time medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Sweden 16 15 14 45
2  Germany (inc. West Germany) 16 12 15 43
3  Hungary 13 7 7 27
4  Netherlands 8 7 9 24
5  Austria 5 3 8 16
6  Belarus 4 10 4 18
7  England 4 5 1 10
8  Soviet Union /  Russia 4 3 12 19
9  Czechoslovakia / Czech Republic 3 7 7 17
10  Romania 3 6 7 16
11  Yugoslavia 3 4 6 13
12  Luxembourg 3 1 4 8
13  Poland 2 2 2 6
14  Croatia 2 1 8 11
15  Portugal 1 2 0 3
16  France 1 1 12 14
17  Belgium 1 1 5 7
18  Greece 1 1 4 6
19  Denmark 1 1 3 5
20  Spain 1 0 0 1
21  Italy 0 2 1 3
22  Turkey 0 1 1 2
23  Bulgaria 0 0 2 2
Total 92 92 132 316

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Europe Top-12/16 archive". ETTU. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Europe Top 16 / General Information". ETTU. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "About ETTU / History". ETTU. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "ETTHoF / Jan-Ove Waldner". European Table Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Li Jiao, One Title Away from Surpassing the Achievements of Beatrix Kishazi". ITTF. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "2017 Prospectus Information" (PDF). ITTF. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 

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