Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Yiorgos Karavas wins Peledao tournament

Last week-end the club of OSC Kallithea Flame was organizing a very special tournament with 19 players under the thme of "Peladao 2018". Peladao 2018 is the world's biggest amateur football tournament and it is usually held in Brazil with over 1136 and their beauty queens. The tournament was played with samba music and players chose their special brazilian name teams and painted their own kits. Wild cards for the beauty queens were used. An extra player or an extra goal was awarded if you had a winner beauty queen. Nikos Liakopoulos had this brilliant idea. to see more about Peledao, check the Youtube links at and

As for the tournament, the winner was Yiorgos Karavas after beating Alekos Apatzis (2-1) in the final. Congratulation to the winner Yiorgos, to Alekos for the great final and to all the participants. Special thanks to Nikos for the special live draw, the trophies and the idea to run this special tournament.

(Report with the help of Panos Panagiotides)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Belgium: events in Verviers, Hofstade, Templeuve and Rochefort

There were several WASPA tournaments in January in Belgium. Clubs like Verviers-Herve, Templeuve, SC Flanders and JSC Rochefort have run different tournaments with many different players taking part.
Top 4 in Templeuve: Averlant - Heyvaert - Marain - Lambert
Templeuve United held two events. The first one was a regional tournament played in Swiss system. Geoffrey Marain tied in his game against Vincent Coppenolle but finally own the decisive game in the last session against Jérôme Heyvaert to claim the honors. The final standings were as follows:
1. Geoffrey Marain
2. Jérôme Heyvaert
3. Matthias Averlant
4. Stéphane Lambert
5. Vincent Coppenolle
6. Michaël Dupret
7. Jérôme Cyganek
8. Franck Santer
9. Eric Caillaux
10. Frédéric Cyganek
11. Jordan Bonte

The other Templeuve tournament was a promotional event with 5 players cometing. Matthias Averlant had to struggle to take the honors but finishd on top of the group with 3 wins and a draw. Final table:
1. Matthias Averlant
2. Eric Caillaux
3. Franck Santer
4. Jordan Bonte
5. Héléna Marain

Frank Lannoy, Jos Ceulemans, Johan Lourdon
In the Flanders, six players attended the event held in Hofstade-Zemst. Jos Ceulemans won his four games to win the Swiss ladder while Frank Lannoy was runner-up.
1. Jos Ceulemans
2. Frank Lannoy
3. Johan Lourdon
4. Stéphane Lambert
5. Danny De Greef
6. Filip Van Hulle

SC Verviers-Herve held two regional tournaments this month. The first one had a great field of 12 players with a group stage and a knock-out stage. Christophe Brach managed to win his first WASPA trophy after defeating Tony Braham in the final. Christophe Dheur and Pascal Scheen lost in the semi-finals.
Good turnout of 12 on January 19
The other tournament in verviers had another field of 12 and was played in the same format. Daniel Scheen defeated Pascal Scheen in the final to claim his third WASPA title. Tony Braham and Sébastien Scheen reached the semi-finals.

Finally, JSC Rochefort held a tournament with 6 players on January 26. Valéry Dejardin won all his games to claim the title. Maxime Muraille and Didier Stévenot ended on the podium.

Great turnout of 17 for the Western Flickers

On January 12 the Western Flickers had a great tournament with a fantastic field of 9 Open players and 8 Juniors. benny Ng defeated Simon briffa in the Open final to claim the title. Kevin Grant and Paul Mercer made it o the semi-finals. In the juniors, it was a family affair with Alex Briffa beating Harrison Briffa in the final to lift the trophy. Benjamin Ng and Billy Wright reached the semis. Congratulations to the Western Flickers for another great tournament.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Test matches in the US, Hong Kong and Spain

Several test matches have been organized in January.
Bryan and Andrew
In the United States, there was a test-match in Avondale, PA between Andrew Zunino (Pennsylvania) and Bryan Arnold (Virginia). Andrew won the series (1-0) after winning the first game and sharing points in the other 2 games (3-0, 2-2, 0-0).

Antoni, Eliot and Nicholas
Hong Kong saw also the come-back of some action under WASPA banner during the visit of Australia's Eliot Kennedy. Antonio Carabillo and Eliot played several games and Antonino ended as winner on goal-difference (3-1, 1-2, 2-2).

David and Pasquale
In Spain, Pasquale Carrassi (Italy) met David McAulay (Scotland) on January 20 and they played 5 games (instead of 3) with a final result of 4-1 for Pasquale.

Kostas Seses wins Greek Live Cup

On January 20, the 1st edition of the "Greek LIVE Subbuteo Cup" took place in the premises of Kallithea, home of the Flaming Flickers. It was organized by "LIVE Subbuteo" with the help of the local club. This tournament was covered with live streaming from the beginning till the end. 32 players from various Greek and international clubs competed in two-leg fixtures. After a live blind draw on the previous day, 16 pairs played each other twice with away goals rule breaking ties. After that stage single elimination was used. The winner was Kostas Sesses of Olympia after penalties in the final against Sotiris Korologos (SC Serenissima Mestre). It was a great event and a great test for more live events to come. Congratulations to the winner Kostas and to all players for the sports spirit and the great games! Special thanks to Yiorgos Karavas for his great idea, the planning of the event and the trophies for the winners. Thanks also to Vasilis Koutsobinas for the internet support, to the Flaming Flickers team for the space and to Vasilis Kadinopoulos for designing  the trophies and the game board.

Jurong Central Subbuteo Club League 2018 (January)

The first league session for JCSC kicked off on 26 January 2018 with seven players. The players were separated into two groups. The results are as follows:

Group A
Anas 1 v 1 Rudy
Rudy 3 v 0 Haikal
Haikal 0 v 3 Anas
*Anas tops the group after sudden death shootout.

Group B
Bolkiah 0 v 3 Nic
Michael 1 v 1 Fauzi
Bolkiah 0 v 3 Michael
Fauzi 1 v 0 Nic
Nic 0 v 1 Michael
Fauzi 3 v 0 Bolkiah
*Fauzi tops the group after sudden death shootout.

Anas 3 v 2 Michael
It was a tight affair between club member Anas and Michael with a 2-2 draw at full time, but it was Anas that managed to score the winning goal in sudden death extra time.

Rudy 1 v 0 Fauzi
Rudy managed to keep the recent Satellite champion, Fauzi at bay with a close 1-0 win.

Anas 3 v 1 Rudy
Rudy managed to score an early goal with his precise flicking. However, Anas raised the pressure against Rudy and managed to score 2 successive goals to take the lead, and the third goal in the dying seconds of the game to conclude the final.

Final Standings
1. Anas
2. Rudy
3. Fauzi
4. Michael
5. Nic
6. Haikal
7. Bolkiah

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Asian Cup of Table Football Consolation Plate WASPA

Those players who were eliminated from the FISTF International Open at the Asian Cup of Table Football 2018 in Melbourne were invited to compete for the Consolation Plate on the afternoon of Saturday 20th January. This was the Northern Phoenix WASPA for January and saw 19 players enter.
Western Flickers’ President Benny Ng was unlucky to have been eliminated from the FISTIF Open in the Group of Death. He went into the WASPA as the favourite in the eyes of many.
The barrage saw Chris Thorn of Perth Subbuteo defeat Enzo Coco of Sydney TFC 1-0; Hideaki Wada (Japan) defeat Fauzi Rahman (Western Flickers) 1-0; and Arjuna Hanafi (Western Flickers) defeat Alan Kimber (Perth Subbuteo) 2-1.
In the round of 16 Benny Ng easily account for Perth’s Chris Thorn 4-1, whilst Adrian Grunbach (Sydney TFC) marked himself as a player to watch in this event with a 4-0 over Hideaki Wada, and Christos Garagounis (Northern Phoenix) had a comfortable 2-0 win over Arjuna Hanafi. The other games in this round were all tightly contested. Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC), Adrian Elmer (Parramatta) and Hugh Best (Perth) all defeated their opponents 1-0, whilst Steve Dettre (North Falcons) also won narrowly, 2-1. The final round of 16 clash saw Tomoyoshi Ikeya (Japan) overcome Anthony Madiona (Western Flickers) on penalties after a goalless draw.
The quarter finals saw the two most impressive winners of the previous round take on each other in a high scoring affair with Benny Ng prevailing 5-3 over Adrian Grunbach. Tony Credentino kept another clean sheet in his 2-0 victory over Christos Garagounis, whilst Adrian Elmer repeated his round of 16 scoreline in defeating Hugh Best 1-0. Steve Dettre was too good for Tomoyoshi Ikeya in the remaining quarter final, winning 5-0.
In the semi finals Adrian Elmer again won 1-0, this time against Steve Dettre, to earn the right to face Benny Ng in the final after Benny accounted for Tony Credentino 2-0.
The final pitted the player with the best attack (Benny Ng with 11 goals) against the player with the best defence (Adrian Elmer was yet to concede). In the end it was the attacking skills of Benny that prevailed as despite Adrian scoring one goal again for the fourth successive match, Benny put three past Adrian’s keeper to take out the game, and the WASPA Plate, 3-1.

Original report:

Friday, 26 January 2018

New year Cup for Mark McCrossan

The Derry City Table Football Club ‘New Year Cup 2018’ took place on Monday. there was a smallish turnout this time of 8 players but there were many good games. Players were divided into two groups before the knock-out stage. Mark McCrossan defeated Martinog Bradley on shots in the final to claim his 4th WASPA title. Lawrence Watson and Brendan Rodgers made it to the semi-finals.

Big success at the Major of Rochefort

The players on Friday
On June 12 to 14, the first edition of the FISTF Major of Rochefort was not only a huge success in the official categories with 180 players and 30 teams taking part. Organizers had also given free time and space for running WASPA events.

Katrin Knezevic won the raffle and received some beers from organizer Titi Giaux
On Friday night, the game were like an ultimate training session for travellers coming from far away and several German players were taking part besides some Belgians. The games were played in a friendly and positive atmosphere and after the four sessions in Swiss system, Martin Antoine from the local club was the obvious winner with 4 wins.

The event was also about making new friends: Philippe Thys and Melanie Kronmüller
On Saturday, despite the man on the computer wanted to play the consolation rounds in direct knock-out, there were enough free tables to play in Swiss system. Dude to the large number of players wanting to enter, it was decided to play two groups. In group 1, everything was decided in the last session. While Antonis Vlachopoulos and John Zammit shared points in their game, Benoit Vanwissen defeated Jos Ceulemans to finish on top with 10 points.

In group 2, everything was also decided in the last session. The game between Stelio Tsangouris and Yves Peremans finished with a draw while Olivier Sagit defeated Michele Cerullo to finish on top with more goals scored than Tsangouris.

Decisive game on Friday between Yve Peremans and Martin Antoine
For the three winners, it was the first time they were grabbing honors in a WASPA event so it was nice to see new players being so happy (and sometimes very surprised) about their wins.

From the WASPA point of view, such events show a fantastic way to collaborate with FISTF and all players taking part were happy to have so many extre games besides the main event.

Presentation of prizes on Saturday - Giaux - Antoine - Vogt - Peremans
Final table of the Friday event:
1. Martin Antoine (BEL/rts)
2. Rainer Vogt (GER/ber)
3ea. Louison Giaux (BEL/rts)
3ea. Yves Peremans (BEL/fla)
5. Gerhard Grünberg (GER/sch)
6ea. Matthias Averlant (BEL/tpv)
6ea. Vincent Coppenolle (BEL/tpv)
8. Vincent Guyaux (BEL/bor)
9. Mathéo Grégoire (BEL/rts)
10. Justin Thiry (BEL/rts)
11. Melanie Kronmuller (GER/hop)
12ea. Daniela Grünberg (GER/sch)
12ea. Panagiotis Krommydas (GER/hop)
14. Milan Knezevic (SER/cst)
15. Katrin Knezevic (GER/hop)
16. Philippe Thys (BEL/wam)

Benoit Vanwissen - winner of the first event
Final table of the Saturday event (group 1):
1. Benoit Vanwissen (BEL/ver)
2ea. Antonis Vlachopoulos (GRE/fal)
2ea. John Zammit (MLT/pil)
4. Jean-Michel Cuenca (BEL/ver)
5. Giannis Sioutis (GRE/bor)
6. Kevin Lelubre (BEL/eug)
7. Vincent Coppenolle (BEL/tpv)
8. Spyros Stratoudakis (GRE/flm)
9. Jos Ceulemans (BEL/fla)
10. Sébastien Denne (BEL/eug)
11. Leonidas Koutromanos (GRE/pil)
12. Jean Grosdent (BEL/wam)
13. Damien Urbain (BEL/eug)
14. Jody Henrioul (BEL/eug)
15ea. Frédéric Cyganek (BEL/hen)
15ea. Gerhard Grünberg (GER/sch)

Olivier Sagit from France won the other event on Saturday
Final table of the Saturday event (group 2):
1. Olivier Sagit (FRA/cae)
2. Stelio Tsangouris (BEL/eug)
3. Ahmed Choukri (BEL/cha)
4. Richard Boulanger (BEL/ser)
5. Yves Peremans (BEL/fla)
6. Antonio Timpano (BEL/ser)
7. Frank Lannoy (BEL/tem)
8. Michele Cerullo (GER/ber)
9. Geert Leys (BEL/fla)
10ea. Bodo Reckzeh (GER/ber)
10ea. Milan Knezevic (SER/cst)
12. Rainer Vogt (GER/ber)
13. André Boltz (BEL/hen)
14. Matthias Averlant (BEL/tpv)
15. Corentin Boltz (BEL/hen)
16. Laurent Ausset (FRA/chp)
17. Laurent Calonne (BEL/hen)
18. Eric Lienhardt (FRA/iss)
19. Philippe Thys (BEL/wam)
20. Loris Léonard (BEL/rts)
21. Léa Despretz (BEL/hen)

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Short news from around the world

Here are short reports of several tournament held in the first part of the month.

In Austria, the club of Royal 78 had a Christmas Cup on January 14. There was a very good field of 15 players. "Stefan defeated Alex in the final while Christian and Karl reached the top 4", commented the organizers.

Scotland was back in action on January 14 with five players meeting in Lettham. Players met each other twice and in the end Steve Bennett finished on top of the table with 22 points. Rob Conway was runner-up (19) while David Baxter (9), Andy Beskaby (9) and Dave Minty (0) were also taking part.

Players at the Sydney TFC tournament
Australia had some tournament in the last few weeks. We will soon come back on what happened before and during the Asian Cup but some other results are worth a mention. Sydney TFC had a tournament last week with a good field of 10 players. Robert Green defeated Daniele Lombardi to claim the honors. Tony Credentino and FISTF president Steve Dettre made it to the semi-finals.

A bit earlier, Subbuteo Parramatta also had a tournament with seven players taking part. Hermann Kruse and Paul Magee played the final and there was no winner (0-0) so organizers decided to share honors so that there were two winners. Adrian Elmer and Steve Dettre reached the semis.

The Northern Falcons had a nive evening of play to prepare the Asian Cup. Fabrizio Coco finished on top of a group of 5 while Steve Dettre was runner-up, Tony Credentino took the third place, John Palamara was 4th and Kostas Barbaris was 5th.

In Wales, the first Knighton promotional tournament took place last Sunday. Dan Nicholls finished on top of a groupe of four while Danny Bird was runner-up. Tom Taylor and Kenny Evans were the other players taking part.

A first trophy for Yiorgos Karavas

The final

On January 13, 24 players celebrated the first anniversary of the Subbuteo space X77 in Kallithea with a WASPA tournament. This was the 32nd WASPA tournament organized by Flaming Flickers SC. There were many good and close games with the usual fair-play spirit and the winner was Yiorgos Karavas (Blades) after a penalty shoot-out against Alekos Apatzis (Flaming Flickers) in the final. Congratulations to Yiorgos for his first title, to Alekos for the great final and to all the participants for this great party!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Calendar of events in Pretoria

Our friends from South Africa have sent their calendar. interested players can contact Julian van der Merwe at

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Some great events in Wales

There is a lot of action going on in Wales for the moment. After a great tournament in Cardiff, three more events have been held recently.
Trevor Schott won the promotional event
First of all, London Road SC held a promotional event on January 13 with a small field of four players but some great games were played. Trevor Schott from England took the honors, finishing on top of the table while Cayne Matthews was runner-up.

On January 14 it was fantastic to see Knighton TFC holding a great tournament with 23 players and five teams. The team event consisted in a group of 5. Cardiff TFC finished on top while London Road SC was runner-up, Wolverhampton SFC was 3rd, Cardiff B was 4th and Knighton TFC took the 5th place. The individual tournament had a great turnout and Phil Dacey took the honors, defeating Brian Daley in the final. Sensation of the day was caused by Ruby Matthews. The young girl managed to reach the semi-finals after defeating Danny Bird in the quarter-finals. Darren Barnes was the other semi-finalist. To be noted the final matches were filmed by the Welsh TV channel for their Sgorio Mwy programme on S4C.

As for Knighton TFC, from Sunday 21st January Knighton Table Football Club/Trefyclo Clwb Peldroed Bwrdd is moving to the Plough Inn in Market Street/Heol Farchnad. Meetings start at 13.00 and finish at 16.15.

See on the left side the story published in the local paper.

Brian Daley won the LRSC WASPA regional tournament
Finally, on January 21, London Road had another great tournament with 9 players involved. Brian Daley defeated Richard Stock in the final while Yanni Kelly and Trevor Schott made it to the semi-finals. Cayne Matthews won the plate event. A great day was had by all.

Casey van Os for the third time in Hoogezand

Last Saturday the Dutch club of GSV de Hyacinth was holding the 4th edition of the "COBEX Top of Holland Tournament" and for the third year in a row, the winner was Casey van Os.

Casey defeated Henk Landzaat (1-1 and 3-1 on shots) in a very exciting final while Nico Marks defeated Jacob Bijlstra in the game for the third place. It was a nice day of table football with 15 players of different ages between 9 and 69 years old.

For the first time there was a foreign player taking part, Stéphane Lambert from Belgium. It was nice to see old and new faces and hopefully this successful tournament will be positive for the revival of the game in the Netherlands, hopefully with more collaboration between Dutch players and WASPA.

Congratulations to Jacob Bijlstra and GSV de Hyacinth for a perfectly organized tournament.

Monday, 22 January 2018

A new club in Berlin

There are great news in Germany where Subbuteo Club Berlin has just been launched. This is the city's second subbuteo club as the famous Sparta Spreeathen is also active for many years but this new project deserves a lot of support. Alberto Tarantino explains the club will try to get new players in the East side of Berlin and games will be played in Biesdorf. The club's first tournament took place on January 17 with 4 players taking part. Nico Müller was the winner and Alberto Tarantino was runner-up. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the future, the numbers will be growing and the collaboration with your club will be positive!

Dave Brothers wins in Chopwell

A good morning in Chopwell, despite the snow.

First up was Dave 5-0 Stephen
Not a lot to say. Stephen gave it a go and was caught with some soft finishes.

Next Stephen 0-1 Nigel
Nigel just had the better of the game and was able to come up with the only goal . Both players made some good blocks, showed some good touches and both players had shots.

Finally Nigel 0-0Dave
Nigel had by far the better of the game and had several chances, while Dave never had a shot! Some great blocking from Nigel throughout the game and unlucky with some of his shots. If it was a boxing match, Nigel would have won easily on points.

1st  Dave
2nd Nigel
3rd  Stephen

(Report by Chris Kaberry)

TFAS League 2018 - Match Day 1

The TFAS League 2018 kicked off on 14 January with six players in the first League session of the year. This session also served as “additional training” for 4 of the players who are heading to Melbourne this weekend for the Asian Cup 2018. All the best to them!

After a full round robin format, it was the former Singapore champion, Den Mulia a.k.a. “Ancient Champion”, back on form undefeated in this league session, bagging in 4 wins and a draw! Anas was close behind by a point, having lost to Den in his one of his matches.

The results are as follows:
Kok Wee 3 v 3 Vikas
Anas 2 v 1 Bernard
Den 2 v 1 Haikal
Den 1 v 0 Anas
Haikal 3 v 3 Vikas
Bernard 4 v 2 Kok Wee
Anas 4 v 1 Haikal
Vikas 0 v 3 Bernard
Den 3 v 3 Kok Wee
Vikas 0 v 2 Den
Haikal 4 v 2 Bernard
Anas 3 v 0 Kok Wee
Den 4 v 2 Bernard
Vikas 0 v 2 Anas
Kok Wee 0 v 0 Haikal

1. Den
2. Anas
3. Bernard
4. Haikal
5. Kok Wee
6. Vikas

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Volos Christmas Cup 2018

The Volos Christmas Cup took place on January 3 and was organized by the Greek club of Argonaftes 2004 TSC based in Volos. it was already the third time the tournament was organized under WASPA banner. Alekos Prigkos defeated Antonis Krysilas (from the Flaming Flickers) in the final (3-0) to win the tile while Pavlos Papadopoulos and Spyros Kourias reached the semis. 8 players were taking part! Congratulations to the winner and organizers!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Giolio Astengo first winner of 2018

Cardiff TFC was holding a New year tournament on January 2 with 9 players taking part. Congratulations to Giulio Astengo who travelled 1100 miles just to say he won the 1st Subbuteo trophy of 2018. There was a closely fought final with Darren Barnes. Semi-finalists were Dave Samuel and Colin Lewis. Special mention to Ronald Scheffer who travelled 800 miles to be part of the show!

Friday, 5 January 2018

WASPA report of December 2017

Dear friends, first of all, happy New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2018! I really hope Subbuteo will remain an important hobby in your life!

You will find enclosed the WASPA standings at the end of December.

Welcome to the German club of Kaiserau
December was a very busy month and it was exciting for everyone to see how many clubs wanted to run Christmas tournaments. In total, we had 33 regional tournaments, 4 promotions events, 2 events with the old rules and 1 with advanced rules. Two "test matches" have also been added in the records.

The clubs of Kaiserau (Germany) and Ebenfurth (Austria) have held their very first WASPA tournaments. Welcome to them!

Terrific turnout of 30 players in Kallithea, Greece
The rankings are growing. 40 players have attended their very first WASPA tournament and we now have 1602 players from 47 nations involved. We have "lost" Afghanistan in the ranking of nations. Their two representatives were living in Austria and had been involved in the Subbuteo circuit thanks to the help of Austrian players and hopefully they will be back in the future.

The ranking of "top clubs" is also very exciting to follow with Jurong Central SC, Flaming Flickers SC, Western Flickers TFC and
London Road Subbuteo Club struggling for the first place. We have a total of 22 "top clubs" in our records and hopefully we can get a few more in 2018.

Christmas time in Rochefort, Belgium
Belgium was the most active nation in December with 8 regional and 3 promotional tournaments and more than 100 individual entries, which means 25% of the total entries in December.

It was nice also to see action in Northern California and Connecticut in the US and amazing turnouts in all tournaments in Greece.

First tournament in Ebenfurth, Austria
Well, you can find the updated records in the attached two files (click links to open):
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

Well, that's all for now. Please remember you only need 3 players to register your tournament. Don't be scared to join. It's free and tournament requests can be sent by e-mail to

Christmas tournament in Singapore
Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at as there are updates almost every day.

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Day of promotion for new players in Vresse, Belgium
Keep in mind WASPA is also looking for partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each other), don't hesitate to contact me at

Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,

Vincent Coppenolle