World Cup of Pool 2021

Posted by HLD 05 MAY 2021

The highly anticipated 14th Edition of the World Cup of Pool is nearly upon us for 2021.

Austria will be defending their World Cup of Pool title this year at the Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, May 9-14 live on Sky Sports, courtesy of Matchroom.

Or could Great Britain seize the trophy? With only one previous win in their pocket, the competition will be tough. All-female-duo Kelly Fisher and Allison Fisher team up as Great Britain's 'B' Team, whilst Jayson Shaw & Chris Melling head up the 'A' Team for the hosting country.

The Philippines or China could earn themselves a record-breaking fourth victory if they can fight until the finish and win again at this year's event, previously holding the trophy high three times each.

Home Leisure Direct are the proud suppliers of the Rasson Ox World Cup of Pool championship Tables. 

THE FORMAT

The World Cup of Pool is an annual international single-elimination tournament for doubles teams in a nine-ball pool competition. 32 nations will take part in the straight knock-out format with scotch doubles (each player on the team takes alternate shots, no one takes two shots in a row) and alternating break. First to 7 within the first two rounds, then a race to 9 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, finishing with first to 11 taking the final. 

The participating nations do not have to go through a qualifying tournament in order to join, as they are selected by the organizers. Sixteen teams are seeded (as the top-ranked countries); they will face the unseeded teams (who have won previous events to be invited) at the first round. This means unranked teams have a shot to knock out one of the top-ranked countries if they can bring their top game to the table.

  

THE PLAYERS

Albania

Eklent Kaci & Besar Spahiu

Australia

Justin Sajich & Ivan Li

Austria

Albin Ouschan & Mario He

Belarus

Margarita Fefilova & Yana Halliday

Belgium

Serge Das & Kevin Lannoye

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sanjin Pehlivanovic & Ajdin Piknjac

Canada

Alex Pagulayan & John Morra

Croatia

Philipp Stojanovic & Roberto Bartol

Czech Republic

Roman Hybler & Michal Gavenciak

Denmark

Mickey Krause & Bahram Lotfy

Estonia

Denis Grabe & Mark Magi

Finland

Petri Makkonen & Casper Matikainen

Germany

Joshua Filler & Christoph Reintjes

Great Britain A

Jayson Shaw & Chris Melling

Great Britain B

Kelly Fisher & Allison Fisher

Greece

Nick Malai & Alexander Kazakis

Hungary

Oliver Szolnoki & Vilmos Foldes

Iceland

Zophonias Arnason & Magnus Arnason

Italy

Daniele Corrieri & Fabio Petroni

Japan

Naoyuki Oi & Masato Yoshioka

Kuwait

Omar Al-Shaheen & Bader Abdullah Alawadhi

Lithuania

Pijus Labutis & Kestutis Zadeikis

Netherlands

Niels Feijen & Marc Bijsterbosch

Philippines

Jeff De Luna & Roberto Gomez

Poland

Mieszko Fortunski & Wojciech Szewczyk

Russia

Fedor Gorst & Sergey Lutsker

Serbia

Aleksa Pecelj & Andreja Klasovic

Slovakia

Jabub Koniar & Jaroslav Polách

South Africa

Richard Halliday & Vincent Halliday

Spain

David Alcaide & Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz

Switzerland

Ronald Regli & Dimitri Jungo

USA

Billy Thorpe & Skyler Woodward

 

MATCH SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 9 (12:00-16:00)

R1: Japan vs. Croatia 

R1: Czech Republic vs. Hungary

R1: Austria vs. Slovakia

  

Sunday, May 9 (17:30-21:30)

R1: Russia vs. Switzerland 

R1: Greece vs. Serbia

R1: Canada vs. South Africa

  

  

Monday, May 10 (12:00-16:00)

R1: Netherlands vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina 

R1: Finland vs. Iceland

R1: Albania vs. Denmark

   

Monday, May 10 (17:30-21:30)

R1: Spain vs. Italy 

R1: Germany vs. Lithuania

R1: USA vs. Australia

  

  

Tuesday, May 11 (12:00-16:00)

R1: Philippines vs. Great Britain B

R1: Poland vs. Kuwait

R1: Estonia vs. Belgium

  

Tuesday, May 11 (17:30-21:30)

R2: Austria/Slovakia vs. Czech Republic/Hungary

R2: Canada/South Africa vs. Greece/Serbia 

R1: Great Britain A vs. Belarus

   

   

Wednesday, May 12 (12:00-16:00)

R2: Russia/Switzerland vs. Japan/Croatia

R2: Finland/Iceland vs. Netherlands/B&H

R2: Spain/Italy vs. Albania/Denmark

  

Wednesday, May 12 (17:30-21:30)

R2: Germany/Lithuania vs. Poland/Kuwait

R2: USA/Australia vs. Philippines/Great Britain B

R2: Estonia/Belgium vs. Great Britain A/Belarus

   

   

Thursday, May 13 (12:00-16:00)

Quarter-final 1

Quarter-final 2

  

Thursday, May 13 (17:30-21:30)

Quarter-final 3

Quarter-final 4

   

   

Friday, May 14 (12:00-16:00)

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 2

  

Friday, May 14 (17:30-21:30)

Final

  

Don't miss the action broadcast live on Sky Sports. Sunday 9th May 12:00 PM.Coverage of Day 1 from the World Cup of Pool at Milton Keyes, as 32 nations collide to take home the title. See TV guide for details.

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