European Stars Out in Full Force for London World Cup
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport
May 3, 2017

With the 2017 World Cup of Pool set for June 13-18 at the historic York Hall in East London, Matchroom Sport can announce the 14 European teams who will be participating in this year’s event. Among the teams are five previous World Cup winners as well as 10 players who have previously contested the final and overall the European contingent is stacked with talent.


Austria – Mario He / Albin Ouschan

England – Mark Gray / Darren Appleton

England B – Imran Majid / Daryl Peach

Finland - Mika Immonen / Petri Makkonen

Germany - Ralf Souquet / Thorsten Hohmann

Greece – Nikos Ekonomopoulos / Alex Kazakis

Holland – Niels Feijen / Nick van den Berg

Norway – Matts B Schjetne / Tom Bjerke

Poland – Mateusz Sniegocki / Wojiech Szewczyk

Portugal – Joao Grilo / Rui Edgar Francis

Romania – Robert Braga / TBC

Russia - Ruslan Chinakhov / Konstantin Stepanov

Spain – David Alcaide / Francisco Sanchez Ruiz

Sweden – Marcus Chamat / Daniel Tangudd


Previous champions are Finland (2012) and Germany (2011) who both won their titles in Manila, whilst England A’s Darren Appleton was a winner, alongside Karl Boyes back in 2014.

Commencing on Tuesday June 13 and culminating with the final on the evening of Sunday 18, the event will be played to a single elimination format over six days with two sessions a day. There are 31 matches in total.


Teams will be announced shortly with Mosconi Cup stars from both sides of the Atlantic set to be joined by some of the greatest players from around the world.


Tickets are on sale now at priced at just £10.00 per evening session (Tuesday to Sunday) and £8.00 per weekend afternoon session. Tuesday to Friday afternoons are free. A season ticket covering all sessions is priced at £60.00.


The World Cup of Pool will carry a $250,000 prize fund including $60,000 for the champions. The event will be produced by Matchroom Sport Television and televised live on Sky Sports as well as other stations around the world. It is then syndicated internationally as 31 x 1 hour programmes.


2017 WORLD CUP OF POOL is sponsored by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue and Chalk of the event.