Fakel Gazproma club wins 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament

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Vladimir Samsonov, captain of Fakel Gazproma club

The Fakel Gazproma club from Orenburg won the 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament.

Orenburg hosted the sports competition between December 14 and December 15. Europe was represented by three best clubs of the continent: Fakel Gazproma (Orenburg, Russia), UMMC (Yekaterinburg, Russia) and Borussia Dusseldorf (Germany). The Samsung Life Insurance club from Korea were the delegates from Asia.

According to players ranking, the sportsmen were divided into two semi-final pairs. In the first game UMMC took over Borussia Dusseldorf with the score 3:1, and in the second game Fakel Gazproma won over Samsung adversaries – 3:0.

According to players ranking, the sportsmen were divided into two semi-final pairs. In the first game UMMC took over Borussia Dusseldorf with the score 3:1, and in the second game Fakel Gazproma won over Samsung adversaries – 3:0.

Vladimir Samsonov, captain of Fakel Gazproma club during game at 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament
Vladimir Samsonov, captain of Fakel Gazproma club during game at 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament

Vladimir Samsonov, captain of Fakel Gazproma club

Fakel Gazproma faced the UMMC club in the final. The sportsmen competed against each other for the fourth time in 2012 (before the 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament the teams met during Russia’s Championship, Russia’s Cup and European Champions League).

Vladimir Samsonov and Dmitry Ovcharov, both sportsmen from Fakel Gazproma, subsequently outran the Chinese legends from UMMC Tan Rui Wu and Hou Yingchao – the final score of each match was 3:0. Alexey Smirnov brought the third winning point to the Orenburg team by taking over Grigory Vlasov from Yekaterinburg.

Fakel Gazproma took all trophies in the European and Russian table tennis tournaments in 2012. The club won the title of Russia’s Championship for five times; Russia’s Cup – for three times and celebrated the victory in the European Champions League, therefore becoming the record-breaker in the history of the Soviet and Russian table tennis and the owner of the most prestigious award of the Old World. The prize taken in the 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament is the fourth trophy added to the “medal bank” of the outgoing year.

Fakel Gazproma club from Orenburg won 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament
Fakel Gazproma club from Orenburg won 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament

Young supporters of Fakel Gazproma club

“We’ve witnessed top-class table tennis. I’m not surprised that Fakel Gazproma was on top in the final. Gazprom helps tremendously in promoting our sport activity in the Orenburg Region,” underlined Stefano Bosi, President of the European Table Tennis Union.

Fakel Gazproma club from Orenburg won 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament
Fakel Gazproma club from Orenburg won 2012 Gazprom European Super Cup tournament

Winners holding Super Cup

“I am very satisfied with the game of our tennis players. The victory looked easy, but only at the first glance. Just a few mistakes in the crucial minutes of the match could become a turning point of the whole game,” said Sergey Ivanov, President of Fakel Gazproma and Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg.

Background

Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, mainly focused on production, treatment and transmission of hydrocarbon feedstock.

The Fakel Gazproma table tennis club was established on October 20, 2001. Fakel Gazproma became the Russia’s Champion for five times and won the Russia’s Cup for three times. In 2010 the club took the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Cup – for the first time in the history of national table tennis; in 2011 was in the final of the European Champions League and in May 2012 walked away with the European Champions League Cup (table tennis).

The club brings together the following players: Dmitry Ovcharov (7th place in the rating of the International Table Tennis Federation) from German table tennis team, Vladimir Samsonov (World No.11 in table tennis) from Belarusian table tennis team, Merited Master of Sports and Alexey Smirnov from Russian table tennis team, International Master of Sports.

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