European Club Cup of Champions

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The European Club Cup of Champions, often known as the European Cup or ECCC, was a table tennis competition for European club teams. It was organized by the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) annually for men's and women's teams. It was first held in session 1960/61 for the men's competition, and the women's competition three years later. However, the competition was replaced by the present European Champions League for the men's and women's competition in session 2001/02 and 2005/06 respectively.

Format[edit]

The competition was contested by the current national champion team of ETTU member associations of each season. In the 1960/61 season, the first competition for men was held and three years later there was also the women's competition. Since 1994/95, the "best of three" format was replaced, rather the new format that if a team won both the home and away match then it won the game. If each team won for a match, then a decision game would be played.[1]

In the session 1998/99, a new competition of different format, named "European Champions League", was held for the men's competition. The success of the Champions League called for the discontinuation of the Men's European Cup in 2001/02, after three years' co-existence, and ultimately replaced the women's competition as well in session 2005/06.

Results[edit]

In the early years, the competitions were mostly dominated by the Eastern European teams, in the men's competition until the late 1970s, and in the ladies - especially by the Hungarian club Statisztika Budapest - by the end of the 1980s. This led to the promotion of table tennis in the Eastern Europe, where players had the best training facilities and good coaches available. Later on, Western European teams won more frequently, especially the German teams. This shift is owing to the growing professionalization in the sports and the sponsorship obtained in those countries, thus attracting some top foreign players playing for the Western European clubs.

List of Winners of the Men's Competition[edit]

    • 1961 - Romania CSM Cluj
    • 1962 - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia GSTK Zagreb
    • 1963 - Hungary Vasetupitö Törekves
    • 1964 - Romania CSM Cluj
    • 1965 - Romania CSM Cluj
    • 1966 - Romania CSM Cluj
    • 1967 - Romania CSM Cluj
    • 1968 - Czechoslovakia Slavia Prague
    • 1969 - Czechoslovakia Slavia Prague
    • 1970 - Hungary Spartacus Budapest
    • 1971 - Hungary Spartacus Budapest
    • 1972 - England Ormesby TTC
    • 1973 - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia GSTK Zagreb
    • 1974 - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia GSTK Zagreb
    • 1975 - Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague
    • 1976 - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia GSTK Zagreb
    • 1977 - Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague
    • 1978 - Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague
    • 1979 - Hungary Spartacus Budapest
    • 1980 - Hungary Spartacus Budapest
    • 1981 - Hungary Spartacus Budapest
    • 1982 - Germany Heinzelmann Reutlingen
    • 1983 - Germany Heinzelmann Reutlingen
    • 1984 - Germany Simex Jülich
    • 1985 - Poland AZS Gdansk
    • 1986 - Germany ATSV Saarbrücken
    • 1987 - Germany Zugbrücke Grenzau
    • 1988 - Germany Zugbrücke Grenzau
    • 1989 - Germany Borussia Düsseldorf
    • 1990 - France UTT Levallois
    • 1991 - Germany Borussia Düsseldorf
    • 1992 - Germany Borussia Düsseldorf
    • 1993 - Germany Borussia Düsseldorf
    • 1994 - Belgium Sporting Villette Charleroi
    • 1995 - France UTT Levallois
    • 1996 - Belgium Sporting Villette Charleroi
    • 1997 - Germany Borussia Düsseldorf
    • 1998 - Germany Borussia Düsseldorf
    • 1999 - Austria TTV Hornstein
    • 2000 - Germany Zugbrücke Grenzau
    • 2001 - Croatia Večernji Zagreb

List of Winners of the Women's Competition[edit]

    • 1964 - Romania Vointa Arad
    • 1965 - Romania Vointa Arad
    • 1966 - Germany DTC Kaiserberg
    • 1967 - Romania Progresul Bucharest
    • 1968 - Germany BSG Aussenhandel
    • 1969 - Germany BSG Aussenhandel
    • 1970 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1971 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1972 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1973 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1974 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1975 - Czechoslovakia Sparte Prague
    • 1976 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1977 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1978 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1979 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1980 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1981 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1982 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1983 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1984 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1985 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1986 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1987 - Netherlands Avanti Hazersvoude
    • 1988 - Czechoslovakia Spartak Vlasim
    • 1989 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1990 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1991 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1992 - Germany SPVG Steinhagen
    • 1993 - Germany SPVG Steinhagen
    • 1994 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1995 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1996 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 1997 - Germany FC Langweid
    • 1998 - Germany Team Galaxis Lübeck
    • 1999 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 2000 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 2001 - Hungary Statisztika Budapest
    • 2002 - Netherlands Henk ten Hoor DTK
    • 2003 - Germany FSV Kropach
    • 2004 - Germany Müllermilch Langweid
    • 2005 - Germany Müllermilch Langweid

References[edit]

  1. ^ (German) Magazine "Deutscher Tischtennis Sport", 1998/9 S.22