The European Table Tennis Union ETTU has published the seeding list for the new season in the Table Tennis Champions League Men (TTCLM). Defending champion Borussia Düsseldorf enter the competition as top seed just ahead of Fakel Gazprom Orenburg. In addition, 1. FC Saarbrücken TT (4th) and German novice Post SV Mühlhausen (10th) recieved a spot among the 16 best teams in Europe as well.
Triple winner Borussia Düsseldorf are the top seed for the 2018/19 season of the Table Tennis Champions League (Men). This results from the seeding list published by the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) on Thursday, after the deadline for applications for the European competitions expired on June 21. Defending champion Düsseldorf around topstar Timo Boll are in the top spot with a total of 37,121 points, followed by finalist Fakel Gazprom Orenburg (36,775 points). In last season's final, Düsseldorf prevailed against the Russian team of Dimitrij Ovtcharov both in the first (3-2) and in the second leg (3-1) and so for the fifth time in the club's history took the European crown.
Behind Orenburg, the TTSC UMMC is the second Russian club to enter the competition (28,001 points). 1. FC Saarbrücken TT, who lost to their Bundesliga competitor TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen in last year's quarter-final, is ranked fourth (24.063 points). Ochsenhausen however – just as announced earlier – refrain from a participation in the Champions League next season. As a reason TTF president Kristijan Pejinovic recently named the changes in personnel and the "immense additional burden" of his players on the international stage.
Mühlhausen make their debut
But still, a third club from the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL) is represented internationally in the upcoming season. For the first time, Post SV Mühlhausen dares the adventure of the Champions League. In their debut season, the Thuringians, who have reinforced with Steffen Mengel, are ranked in tenth place (18.477 points). The last team that made it into the top 16 is the Swedish representative Eslövs AI BTK.
The order of the seeding list is calculated by adding the world ranking points of the three highest ranked players of each team, including only one player from a non-European country. In addition, there is a restriction of a maximum of four teams from one national association among the top 16. For this reason, Chartres ASTT only starts in the ETTU Cup, as they are the lowest ranking French team in the upcoming season. Ultimately, the seeding is important for the draw of the group stage, which takes place in Saarbrücken on 6 July where the four best teams are set in the top position of the groups. The ETTU will broadcast the draw live at 2 pm.
The seeding list at a glance
1. Borussia Düsseldorf (GER) 37.121 points
2. Fakel Gazprom Orenburg (RUS) 36.775
3. TTSC UMMC (RUS) 28.001
4. 1. FC Saarbrücken TT (GER) 24.063
5. KS Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk Mazowiecki (POL) 21.903
6. AS Pontoise Cergy TT (FRA) 21.871
7. GV Hennebont TT (FRA) 20.298
8. K.S. Dekorglass Dzialdowo (POL) 19.760
9. Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) 18.726
10. Post SV Mühlhausen (GER) 18.477
11. VS Angers TT (FRA) 15.850
12. Stella Sport La Romagne (FRA) 12.625
13. TTC Ostrava 2016 (CZE) 11.323
14. Roskilde Bordtennis BTK 61 (DEN) 9.648
15. SPG Walter Wels (AUT) 9.577
16. Eslövs AI BTK (SWE) 8.845
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