European Nations Announced for World Cup of Pool
13 countries named with two more to qualify
WITH THE PARTYPOKER.NET WORLD CUP OF POOL taking place in Manila, Philippines from Tuesday to Sunday 6th – 11th September, Matchroom Sport can announce the 13 European countries gaining automatic entry into the tournament.
They are; Austria, Croatia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden.
The actual two-player make up of the 13 teams will be decided after the World 9 Ball Championship which concludes on July 2nd. In addition, there will be a qualifying event for two further spots which will be open to as many pairs of players from non-selected countries as wish to compete.
This event takes place on Sunday 6th July in Sankt Johann im Pongau directly after the Austrian Open on the Euro Tour which concludes the previous day.
This will be the sixth running of the World Cup of Pool following on from Newport, Wales (2006), Rotterdam, Holland in ’07 and ’08 and Manila in ’09 and last year.
Last year was the second time that the Chinese pair of Li Hewen and Fu Jianbo hoisted the coveted trophy following their first victory in ‘07. The Filipino pairing of Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante took the inaugural World Cup in 2006 and then again on home soil in ‘09. The sole breach in this Far Eastern axis was completed by the USA who won in 2008.
The entire event will be broadcast by Solar Sports live across the Philippines with the live feed of the tournament available internationally. In addition Matchroom Sport will be producing a 31 x one hour highlights package of the event.