Fakel Gazproma — silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis

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The decisive match of the European Champions League in table tennis was held between the Russian Fakel Gazproma club and French Pontoise-Cergy at the Russian Table Tennis Center on May 31.

Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis
Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis

Vladimir Samsonov, captain of Fakel Gazproma club

In the close fight the Orenburg team won with the score of 3 to 1 but the additional criteria of the Russian rivals, who had won the opener of the finals in France with the same score, turned out better. The Pontoise-Cergy team won the European Champions League Cup, Fakel Gazproma – the silver medals.

Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis
Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis

1.5 thousand Russian club fans visit match

As Ronald Kramer, President of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) stressed at the medal ceremony, “the game was stunningly intense and beautiful.”

Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis
Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis

Dmitry Ovcharov, player of Fakel Gazproma club

Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis
Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis

Alexey Smirnov, player of Fakel Gazproma club

“We have a magnificent team consisting of high-class sportsmen, but there is a factor of luck in sport,” pointed out Sergey Ivanov, President of the Fakel Gazproma club, Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg. “We’ll be preparing for the next season to win the Cup for the third time.”

Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis
Fakel Gazproma – silver winner of 2013–2014 European Champions League in table tennis

Go Russia! Go Gazprom!

Background

Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, mainly focused on production, treatment and transmission of hydrocarbon feedstock. The company comprises ten structural units, including Europe’s largest gas processing plant as well as the only helium plant in the Russian Federation.

The company manufactures over 20 types of commercial products, including 100 per cent of Russia’s helium and odorant as well as 80 per cent of ethane.

The ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system is introduced at the company that employs more than 10 thousand people.

The Orenburg Fakel Gazproma club is a two-time winner of the European Champions League, holder of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Cup, five-time Champion of Russia and three-time holder of the Russian Cup. Dmitry Ovcharov, world’s number four, current European Champion and Olympic bronze medalist; Vladimir Samsonov, world’s number eleven, three-time European Champion and Alexey Smirnov, world’s number fifty-one, winner of European Top Twelve play for the Orenburg club.

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