In less than three weeks, the Liebherr TTBL-Finale 2018 takes place in the Fraport Arena Frankfurt. On 26 May, defending champion Borussia Dusseldorf and challenger TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen fight for the German team championship of the 2017/18 season. We are giving you eight reasons to look forward to this spectacle.
In the semi-finals of the Champions League, Düsseldorf and Ochsenhausen fought a thrilling battle – even twice. While the South Germans won the first leg in front of their home crowd 3-2, the team of Timo Boll prevailed in the second leg match with the same result. Eventually, it was only the better point ratio of the German record champion that decided. Thus, the Liebherr TTBL-Final is the ideal opportunity for Ochsenhausen to take revenge for this narrow defeat.
The stars of the TTBL
The personel of the Liebherr TTBL-Finale has rarely been more top-class: With Timo Boll (3.), Hugo Calderano (11.), Simon Gauzy (12.) and Kristian Karlsson (18.), there will be four players from the top 20 of the ITTF world ranking at the table on May 26. This fact alone promises spectacular table tennis and world-class rallies.
He still is and always will be a phenomenon: Even at the age of 37, Timo Boll is still one of the world's leading players, proving that he can be dangerous even to the Chinese superstars when he in top form last autumn. On a national level, Düsseldorf's number one is the measure of all things anyway and still inspires the masses. Does Germany's Mr. Table Tennis once again make the difference on May 26?
The Fraport Arena
The past five events have shown: The Fraport Arena Frankfurt is the ideal venue for the final of the German Team Championship and will certainly be a lion's den again on 26 May.
In the cup semi-final they failed against Saarbrücken, in the semi-finals of the Champions League they failed against Düsseldorf: In the third attempt, it should finally work out with the title for the young team of TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen. The chances are good, given that Simon Gauzy and Hugo Calderano are among the few non-Asian players that have already beaten Timo Boll several times. A victory against Düsseldorf's leader on 26 May would certainly be half the battle.
The defending champion
Four finals in a row, four titles: In recent years, Düsseldorf dominated the race for the German team championship at will. If Timo Boll and Co. add another title to their collection on May 26, this will be the 30th title in the club's history.
The supporting program
The Liebherr TTBL-Finale also has a lot to offer around the sporting events at the table. For example, the fun park of the official supplier JOOLA invites you to join in as well as the popular LOTTO Hessen goal wall or the photo booth of the Booth Brothers. In the break after the second single, the audience can also expect a vocal highlight.
HD quality, five cameras, slow-motion shots and DTTB sports director Richard Prause as expert commentator: Those who can not make it to the Fraport Arena on May 26 will also be well provided on the screen at home with the live broadcast on TTBL-TV. On top, there will be interviews and reactions to the events at the table. In the evening, the the German Sportschau shows the highlights of the final.