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Belgians in winning mood in football and billiards

Posted by on July 6, 2018

Belgians in winning mood in football and billiards

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Frédéric Caudron, the world champion and leading Belgian player at Porto World Cup

PORTO - It was a glorious day for Belgium, not just at the WC in Russia (2-1 against Brazil) but also in the Portuguese World Cup. The captain of the billiard team is riding high, there is no doubt. Frédéric Caudron had the best tournament opener of all, beating Dong Koong Kang 40-21 in 11 innings. Eddy Merckx was on song as well, he dispatched one of the world's major talents (Myung Woo Cho) and Eddy Leppens got past Korean Jae Ho Cho in a nail biter: 40-39. Dick Jaspers will not win two World Cups in a row, as he got clobbered by an awesome Tayfun Tasdemir (40-27 in 14). Dani Sánchez had two seasons with success after success but he's in a long drought now. His early exit after a loss to Korean Chi Yeon Cho (40-28 in 26 innings) even threatens his protected position on the world ranking. Haeng Jik Kim is on the way home, as well as Nikos Polychronopoulos and Martin Horn.  Jérémy Bury and Lütfi Cenet were the last ones to finish in the Stadio do Dragao, the Turk was better in the shootout: 2-1.

The two best matches, in terms of average: Caudron, making runs of 10 and 11 at a time when the match was already won, with a few lucky points. And Tasdemir, against Jaspers who was victorious in Blankenberge recently, in a match dominated by the technically immaculate Turk. After the first day, two of the world's top 5 are gone (Jaspers and Kim). Counting Vietnamese Quyet Chien Tran, five from the top 10 have been eliminated.

Dani Sánchez and Nikos Polychronopoulos, both in dire need of ranking points, will not return on Saturday. The Greek fought a hard battle with Semih Sayginer, had a 19-11 and a 30-24 lead, but was passed in the home stretch when Sayginer ran a five and a three. Nikos had the equalizing inning, but missed. Bury also sealed his own fate with an unnecessary mistake against Cenet.

Eddy Leppens was one of the stars of the day with his win over Jae Ho Cho, helped by the day's high run: 15, in the 4th inning. The Belgian almost squandered his 18-3 and 21-8 lead in the last stages of the match. He caught his second wind with a run of five, missed three times on the final point, but still kept the Korean 1 point away from a draw: 40-39 in 23. The third of the Belgian tenors, Eddy Merckx, was much the better player in his confrontation with Myung-Woo Cho, who had only 15 points after 20 innings and was left at 40-23 in 21.

The Turks have four players in the last sixteen (Coklu, Sayginer, Tasdemir and Cenet), like the Koreans (Chi Yeon Cho, Heo, Wan Young Choi and Choi). The Belgians have three (Caudron, Merckx, Leppens). The home team of FC Porto is left with just Blomdahl, because Sánchez and Costa were eliminated. Javier Palazón made four in the equalizer to force Martin Horn into a shootout, and punished the German for a bad break shot: 2-1. David Zapata continued his march to the top when he narrowly beat Sameh Sidhom (40-38 in 20). Murat Tüzül fought bravely against Sung-Won Choi (40-36 in 25). Two wild cards for the upcoming 3CC Masters showed their class: Chi Yeon Cho who beat Dani Sánchez and Wan Young Choi against HaengJik Kim (40-37 in 24).

The matches for Saturday (last 16):

11.00 Portuguese time:


Palazón-Chi Yeon Cho




Wan Young Choi-Zapata

Blomdahl-Sung-Won Choi



The quarters start at 16.00 and 18.00.

Eddy Leppens, the better of Korean Jae Ho Cho on one point

Eddy Merckx outplayed another Korean, Myung-Woo Cho

Tayfun Tasdemir, one of the day's best beating Dick Jaspers by a margin

Javier Palazón defeated Martin Horn in the shootout

Semih Sayginer goes on to the best 16 after a narrow win over Polychronopoulos

Sung-Won Choi, one of four Koreans after victory over Tüzül, one of the best in the pre-rounds

Torbjörn Blomdahl the last FC Porto player in the field of 16 after win against Rui Costa

David Zapata continues his victory serie

Dick Jaspers, after his Blankenberge victory now out in the first round against Tasdemir


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My Comments

Roberto Turlà
Roberto Turlà
Zanetti ?
Marco Zanetti ... played ?

Message 1/4 - Publish at July 7, 2018 7:24 AM

Papakonstantinou ?
Wkat about Zanetti , Papakonstantinou ?

Message 2/4 - Publish at July 7, 2018 10:31 AM

Tour de France
My friends:
Tour de France is starting today. There is a chance that not all the 200 riders will be mentioned in the reports.
We’re not used to write about all 32 players in the main draw. I’m sorry for that.
The best 16 will be in the story, I promise you.
And Marco Zanetti is one of my favourite players, don’t worry.
Vive le World Cup
Vive le Tour

Message 3/4 - Publish at July 7, 2018 10:47 AM

the other ...25 ?
apparently if you mention 175 out of 200 riders, it won't be nice for the other 25 !

Message 4/4 - Publish at July 7, 2018 1:24 PM

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