European Team Championship 2008 – sponsored by CITCO

It has been more than 10 years since Luxembourg competed in The European Squash Team Championships (ETC). This year the Fédération de Squash Luxembourgeoise (FSL) has entered a men’s team for the Championships which is great news for the squash community in and around Luxembourg. The Championships will take place in the Frans Otten Stadium, Amsterdam from April 30th – May 3rd 2008.
This will be the biggest ETC tournament in history, with 27 men’s teams participating. The National teams, both men & women, have had success in recent years in the European Small Nations Squash Tournament. For the past two years both teams have claimed first place in the tournament which includes Malta, Monaco, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Cyprus. Winning both titles in 2006 when the tournament was hosted by Luxembourg was a major breakthrough and also a first as no other country had previousy won both titles at the same tournament. Not content with this success, the men’s team will be looking to raise their standard to the next level and compete with the best teams in Europe.
Not only are the top European teams among the best in the world (with England & France being ranked 1st & 3rd respectively) but many of them include some of the best individual players in the world. This will certainly be a tough task for a Nation as small as Luxembourg but the team is relishing the prospect of playing against such admirable talent.

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European Team Championship 2008 – sponsored by CITCO

The prospects for Luxembourg

Due to not competing for such a long time and having no players competing on the Professional Squash Association Tour (PSA), Luxembourg has not been seeded. The official draw  has placed the team in a pool with (seedings in brackets) Ukraine (20) and Latvia (23) in the first phase of the tournament. The teams in this pool are in the First Division (as opposed to the Premier Division which includes  the highest ranked teams ).
Should we finish 1st, we will be playing off for positions 13 -20 as well as promotion to the Premier Division. This would put Luxembourg in a play-off section with three more knock-out matches to play. Should we finish in 2nd or 3rd place in the pool, we will be playing off for positions 21-28. Ukraine and Latvia represent unknown quantities for the Luxembourg team, and are sure to provide stiff opposition.
Success would then mean matches against the likes of Italy (13), Austria (14), Hungary (15) or Belgium (16) and in all of these countries, squash is well-developed, with a big pool of players to choose from, so an even bigger challenge would be guaranteed.

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European Team Championship 2008

Federation anounces conclusion of a sponsorship deal  with CITCO to send the mens’ team to the European Championships.
 
The Squash Federation is pleased to announce that a mens’ team will be representing Luxembourg at the European Championships in Amsterdam from 30th April to 3rd May. This prestigious Championship (http://etcsquash2008.nl) will see many of the world’s top players in action and the Luxembourg team will be trying to build on the recent successes in the Small Nations’ tournament.
 
The participation of the team has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of CITCO Fund Services, the largest independent administrator of hedge funds and funds of hedge funds in the world with offices worldwide, including Luxembourg.
 
The build-up to the Championships, and the results will be featured on the FSL web-site.

Here are the players nominated for the European Team Championships 2008:

  • AYACHE Stéphane
  • HUTCHINES  Daniel
  • KAISER  Daniel
  • PAULI  Vincent
  • RAVAL  Sanjay
  • SNEYD  Nathan

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