Sunday, 10 December 2017

Kai Hagenkötter wins Weihnachtscup tournament

Three months ago the newest Subbuteo club of Germany was created and TV Germania Kaiserau already hosted their first WASPA tournament. On December, 10th twelve players from three different clubs took part of the 1. Weihnachtscup of TV Germania Kaiserau in Kamen at Bürgerhaus Methler with Victoria Büsing as competition manager. Congratulation to Kai Hagenkötter from Dortmund, now playing for the italian club of Catania, for a very well performance with a clean sheet and thanks to all friends from the clubs of Berlin and Schwalbach for their participation and friendship.

Marcel Schulz - Victoria Büsing 3:2
Leif Banscherus - Kai Hagenkötter 0:3

Marcel Schulz - Kai Hagenkötter 0:5

Final standings:
1. Kai Hagenkötter (SC Catania)
2. Marcel Schulz (TVG Kaiserau)
3. Leif Banscherus (TVG Kaiserau)
4. Victoria Büsing (TVG Kaiserau)
5. Thossa Büsing (TVG Kaiserau)
6. Klaus Fritz (Sparta Spreeathen 74/82)
7. Yannik Matusch (TVG Kaiserau)
8. Ralf Popp (TVG Kaiserau)
9. Felix Herrmannsdörfer (TVG Kaiserau)
10. Daniela Grünberg (BSC Schwalbach)
11. Kim Bradke (TVG Kaiserau)
12. Manuel Politz (TVG Kaiserau)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Eastern Bloc Dictator Fulfils His Iron Curtain Dream

Lakeside Cup, the inaugural WASPA tournament at Lakeside Futsal in Albert Park, Melbourne, was hosted by MTFC on the 9th of December 2017. A total of 10 players entered the tournament on neutral territory, for what is seen now as the central hub for Melbourne Subbuteo. For what it went down as a little bit chaotic where players had to mind junior futsal players coming in and out through the futsal courts and couldn’t help themselves have a go at the game on a spare table. Luke couldn’t enjoy his souvlaki peacefully as there would be a handful of curious rogue junior onlookers who were more interested touching the expensive personal gear rather than experimenting with the beginners sets. The tzatziki sauce had eventually run down to the bottom of the souvlaki roll and it just became an awkward soggy mess and the chips had gone cold.

But nonetheless the group stages had finally been completed after the lunch break where both Luke and Paul had claimed all 4 wins and faced Christos and Simon respectively in the semi’s. Those who did not make the top 2 in the group of 5 were placed in the placing finals where they play their opponent who achieved the same position as them in the group stage. Both fixtures between Anthony and Kevin, Arjuna and Juan had ended in 0-0 draws and went to penalties.

Anthony and Arjuna came out victorious finishing on 5th and 7th place.  The two brothers of Alex and Harrison faced each other for 9th place where Harrison came out as the victor with a 3-0 result.

The semi-finals were extremely tight and heated contests. Paul defeated Simon 2-1 while Luke defeated Christos 1-0. Luke had considered himself lucky as he managed to make 4 crucial reflex saves against Christos and cruelly went 1-0 up late on in the second half on the counter while still maintaining his clean sheet since the group stage.

The final was end to end action between Luke and Paul, both missing clear cut chances and having their shots saved after saved. The decider had also ended in a 1-0 margin late in the second half as well, but it took something special to break through Paul’s stubborn defensive line, with a 1-2 touching run down the middle of the defensive wall through the tiniest of gaps and a high risk in a possession turnover. Luke would consider himself lucky as everything seemed coming up Milhouse for him on the day.

The Melbourne Dictator of the East had won the Lakeside Cup without conceding a single goal and will temporarily rule the city with a tiny iron fist until the Asian Cup where he will be inevitably belted and be brought down back to reality.

In the meantime, the search for an un-interrupted souvlaki meal session continues…

The final standings:
1 Luke Radziminski
2 Paul Mercer
3 Christos Garagounis
4 Simon Briffa
5 Anthony Madiona
6 Kevin Grant
7 Arjuna Hanafi
8 Juan Menendes
9 Harrison Briffa
10 Alex Briffa

Thursday, 7 December 2017

WASPA report of November 2017

Dear all, here are the standings of the WASPA circuit. We are glad to say that November was a really fantastic month. We added 34 regional tournaments in the records (the Perth tournament results will be added next month), 3 promotional events, 1 tournament with the old rules, 1 test-match, 3 stages of the NETFA mini-leagues and a special tournament with teams of 2 players in Greece.

Gareth Christie from Scotland visited the Maryland players
The rankings are updated with a total of 1576 players from 48 different nations. The general trend is that we have a bit less different players in the records but we are glad to see many clubs and players are very active with regular presence in events.

Australia had a record number of 10 tournaments this month (!) and we were glad to see the first tournament organized by the clubs of Canberra (Australia) and Hudson (Argentina).

Budapest players had the visit from Pasquale Carrassi and they have great plans for next summer
It was also good to see tournaments in Finland and Hungary for the first time this season as well as two great events in the US and we hope many nations and clubs will be back in the circuit soon.

More importantly, we have some awesome news as our friends from Hungary have offered to organize the very first "Amateur Subbuteo Table Football World Cup" in Budapest on June 30 and July 1, 2018. The week-end will be a chance for every player taking part to play a lot of games against many opponents from different countries. There will be two individual tournaments (Saturday and Sunday) so that people who are available only for one day can make it. More details will be available soon from the Budapest players. Stay tuned!

Promotion of the game at the German School in Sydney - Australia
Well, you can find the updated records in the attached two files:
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

As for the current situation of FISTF, we are very excited to see elections are being held this week-end in Milano and for the very first time nations are able to make Internet votes. Good luck to the new FISTF Board of Directors.

Northern Phoenix players in Australia
Well, that's all for now. Please remember you only need 3 players to register your tournament. Don't be scared to join. It's free and tournament requests can be sent by e-mail to 

Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at as there are updates almost every day.

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group at
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Keep in mind WASPA is also looking for partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each other), don't hesitate to contact me at

The Flaming Flicker sin greece are one of the most active clubs in the WASPA circuit
We are trying to get 2 sets to send to a school in Senegal in February as students from my area are travelling there to renew a school and offer school furniture. If anyone is able to furnish 2 pitches, four goals and a few balls, that would be awesome (we already have teams ready to be sent).

Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,

Vincent Coppenolle

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Northern California is back on the map

A first tournament after a long time was held in Santa Rosa, Northern California last Sunday. Conan Mullen took the honors and finished on top of the table after winning his three games. Pater Vahle was runner-up. It was nice to see the local groupe getting together after some time. the club recently lost one player who moved back to Greece and is hoping to find some new players. The "Northern California Subbuteo Club" are now hoping to get some more opportunities to play in the near future.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Two nice evenings in Rochefort

The club of JSC Rochefort recently organized 2 WASPA events. On November 24 there was a small turnout of 4 players. Arnaud Robillard took the honors after winning a group robin. Maxime Muraille was runner-up while Olivier Saffer was 3rd and Rémy Honet was 4th. On December 8 there was a nice group of 8 players and among them it was nice to see Lionel Mouton and former FISTF world champion Jessica Hardenne back in action. Nathan Dizier defeated Arnaud Robillard in the final while Didier Stévenot won the game for the third place against Olivier Saffer. Congratulations to JSC Rochefort for being an active club also at local level.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Chris Thomas wins in Cardiff

Cardiff Bluebirds had a great tournament on Saturday with a fantastic field of 10 players. It was great to see some old faces back in action. Tony McCann, Chris Thomas and Nicky Chappell made a long trip to play and Adrian White was back in action after a long break. In the end Chris Thomas defeated Phil Dacey in the final while Dave Lauder and Dave Samuel reached the semis. Gareth Thomas won the plate final against Tony McCann. Thanks to John Lauder for a great tournament and to Wolfs Castle for being a great venue.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Alekos Apatzis wins Argentina 1978

16 players revived the Mundial "Argentina 1978" using lightweight subbuteo equipment and old rules. The exact groups and format of the competition were followed and the players brought back to action the original national subbuteo teams and tango balls. Even the secret message of the black bands on the goalposts was recreated (read the real story here). It was a great tournament and the winner was "Argentina" of Alekos Apatzis who won the final against "Hungary" of Giorgos Pitihoutis after the penalty shootout.

(Report by Panos Panagiotides)

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Two small events in Budapest

Károly Szathmáry, Pasquale Carrassi, András Naszádi, László Csibor, Gábor Baross, Zoltán Baross
Pasquale Carrassi's stay in Budapest gave him the chance to play several times against local players. After the test-match of last week against Gábor Baross, two small tournaments were held during the week. On Tuesday, László Csibor ginished on top of a group of Zóltan Baross was runner-up and Pasquale took the 4th place. The other small event had a field of 4 players. Pasquale Carrassi shared the honors with László Csibor, both players finishing with 7 points and the exact same goal-difference. More importantly it was great to see an italian player making new friends in Hungary.

Friday, 1 December 2017

A first trophy for Steve George

During the recent FISTF Satellite in Harrow (England), the plate event was also a WASPA tournament. 8 English players from different clubs were involved and Steve George defeated Terry Arnold in the final to claim the title. Kevin Cordell and Neil Doherty reached the semi-finals. Congratulations to all and thanks to Rudi Peterschinigg for organizing a great day of Subbuteo table football.

Picture: Rudi congratulates Steve.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Richard Stock does it again

London Road Subbuteo Club held a WASPA regional event called the "Parrot Cup" on 26th November. A good turn out of twelve players entered, two for the first time. Two groups of six played 5 games and the third place played in Plate Final, Trev Schott beating Dave Kelly 4-0. Richard Stock beat Yani Kelly 1-0 and Brian Daley beat Mark Hopwood 6-0 in the semi's to reach the final. A very close game saw Richard beat Brian D 1-0 to win the event. Great day of Subbuteo in North Wales.

(Report by Cayne Matthews)