Thursday, October 8, 2015

Team USA at the 2015 Subbuteo World Cup

By Peter Alegi

In September 2015, the American Subbuteo Association sent eight players—its largest delegation ever—to the FISTF World Cup in Italy. National champion and team captain Zach Walker (Colorado), Daniel Cranston (Maryland), Paul O’Donovan Rossa (California), and Andrea Gasparini (Massachusetts) competed in the Open category. Varant Kurkeyerian (California), Dario Passadore (Florida), Peter Alegi (Michigan), and Chris Sweetland (ASA President, Illinois) played in the Veteran category.

The team trained in Rome in the days prior to the World Cup. On September 9 and 10, our friends at Black Rose Roma TSC warmly and generously welcomed us to their clubhouse in Fiumicino. We played lots of friendlies and enjoyed two wonderful dinners. On the second night, members of S.S. Lazio TFC also joined us for an exciting evening of flicking.

On Friday morning, we rose early to make the road trip from Rome to San Benedetto del Tronto, a seaside town in the Marche region and the largest commercial fishing port in Italy. The 2.5-hour car ride took us through the Appenine mountains and a 6-mile tunnel under the Gran Sasso. Upon arrival, we took part in two friendly international tournaments at the Porto Grande mall. The first used Old Subbuteo rules and equipment, an interesting experiment! The second tournament featured Wales, Czech Republic, Japan, and eventual winner USA.

The feverish pace continued as we checked into the hotel and then attended the opening ceremony, draw, and dinner. The World Cup opened on Saturday at the Palazzo dello Sport “Bernardo Speca” with the individual competition. Cranston flew the Stars and Stripes high as the only American to qualify for the knockout stage.

The team event took place on Sunday. Team USA made history by winning its first-ever World Cup match against Switzerland in the Open category. Drawn with powerhouses Italy and Portugal, however, the team placed third in the group and was eliminated. The Veterans side came in last in a “group of death” that included eventual World champions Spain, Italy, England, and Germany.

In the end, this World Cup adventure was a memorable experience. We had fun, renewed old friendships and made many new ones, improved our game, and integrated the United States more closely into the global network of subbuteo table soccer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Peter Alegi wins in Michigan

Action in Grand Rapids
The recent finalist of the national veterans championship won the tournament held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on sunday. Five players were taking part and Peter Alegi won his four games. Marcus Fila was runner-up while Nate Pate was third, Mike Ewer 4th and Paul Pate 5th.

Peter Vahle wins in Rohnert Park, CA

The Northern California SC held a tournament this saturday in Rohnert Park, CA. Four players were taking part and everyone had 6 games. In the end of the day, Peter Vahle won the event with 11 points and more goals than Conan Mullen. Michail Keskinidis was third with 6 points and Vincnt Vidal had 4 points.

Alex Batacchi wins international games

Kye, Alex and Terry
Earlier last week Kye and Terry Arnold had the chance to pay a visit to Tampa Bay's local top player Alex Batacchi. Two small tournaments have been played on sunday and monday. Alex Batacchi finished on top of a group of 4 on sunday, winning his six games. Kye was runner-up, Isabel Batacchi was third and Terry was fourth. On monday, only three players were present and everyone played four games; Alex took the hjonors again whil Kye was runner-up again. "It's incredible the bond and friendship that our game can generate", reported Alex. After all, that's how it should always be...

Monday, August 24, 2015

The ASA National 2015 in Chicago

The Chicago United Table Soccer Club, in partnership with the American Subbuteo Association, the Federation International Sports Table Football and the World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association, hosted the 2015 ASA Nationals Tournament on August 8, 2015 and the 2015 FISTF International Open on August 9, 2015.

All matches were held at the headquarters of Chicago United Table Soccer Club located in the facilities of Step Ahead Sports at 401 Remington, Bolingbrook, IL.

The US Open featured the following six groups:

Group A: Zach Walker, Andrew Zunino, Ilias Gikas
Group B: Daniel Cranston, Stuart Russell, Dario Passadore
Group C: Erik Haefke, Roderick Ysaguirre, Chris Sweetland
Group D: Paul O'Donovan Rossa, Max Ambrosio, Paul Pate
Group E: Varant Kurkeyerian, Craig Cousino, Michael Tillman
Group F: Paul Eyes, Tim Tumminaro, Peter Alegi

The top two players from each group moved on to the next round while the third place players moved to the consolation tournament, also known as "Mary Jane tournament".

US Open Playoffs
Tillman - Sweetland 1-0
Eyes - Ambrosio 5-0
Gikas - Kurkeyerian 3-0
Russell - Alegi 1-0

US Open Quarter-Finals
Walker - Russell 1-0
Tillman - O'Donovan Rossa 3-2
Eyes - Haefke 1-1 (2-1 in OT)
Cranston - Gikas 8-1

US Open Semi-Finals
Walker - Tillman 1-0
Eyes - Cranston 2-1

US Open 3rd place
Tillman - Cranston 3-2
Eyes vs Walker
US Open Final
Walker - Eyes 2-1


The Veterans tournament featured the following 13 players:

Peter Alegi, Max Ambrosio, Craig Cousino, Paul Eyes, Ilias Gikas, Erik Haefke, Varant Kurkeyerian, Paul O'Donovan Rossa, Dario Passadore, Paul Pate, Chris Sweetland, Tim Tumminaro, Andrew Zunino

The Veterans tournament did not include group play but was a knock out format from the start.

Veterans round of 10
Eyes - Ambrosio 3-0
Zunino - Tumminaro 1-0
Passadore - Pate 3-0
Cousino - Sweetland 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Alegi - Gikas 1-0

Veterans Quarter-Finals
Alegi - Haefke 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Kurkeyerian - Passadore 1-0
Eyes - Zunino 3-0
O'Donovan Rossa - Cousino 4-0

Veterans Semi-Finals
Alegi - Kurkeyerian 3-1
Eyes - O'Donovan Rossa 1-1 (2-1 in OT)

Veterans 3rd place
O'Donovan Rossa - Kurkeyerian 1-1 (2-1 in OT)

Alegi vs Eyes
Veterans Final
Eyes - Alegi 1-1 (2-1 in SO)

Mary Jane consolation tournament

Mary Jane Playoffs
Tumminaro - Ysaguirre 3-0
Cousino - Pate 1-1 (1-0 in SO)

Mary Jane Semi-Finals
Zunino - Cousino 1-0
Passadore - Tumminaro 2-1

Mary Jane Final
Passadore - Zunino 3-0

FISTF International Open 

The FISTF IO featured the following six groups:

Group A: Colin Tarry, Varant Kurkeyerian, Chris Sweetland
Group B: Zach Walker, Frank Montabon, Ilias Gikas
Group C: Erik Haefke, Paul Eyes, Tim Tumminaro
Group D: Daniel Cranston, Craig Cousino, Dario Passadore
Group E: Paul O'Donovan Rossa, Stuart Russell, Max Ambrosio
Group F: Peter Alegi, Michael Tillman, Andrew Zunino
The top two players from each group moved on to the next round while the third place players moved to the consolation tournament.

FISTF IO Playoffs
Haefke - O'Donovan Rossa 2-0
Alegi - Passadore 1-1 (2-1 in OT)
Russell - Kurkeyerian 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Tillman - Gikas 2-2 (3-2 in OT)

FISTF IO Quarter-Finals
Tillman - Tarry 1-1 (2-1 in OT)
Cranston - Haefke 4-2
Eyes - Alegi 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Walker - Russell 6-0

FISTF IO Semi-Finals
Cranston - Tillman 2-1
Walker - Eyes 2-1

Cranston - Walker 2-1

The FISTF IO consolation tournament included the players who were eliminated after the FISTF IO group play was completed:
Sweetland, Montabon, Tumminaro, Cousino, Ambrosio, Zunino

FISTF IO Consolation Playoffs

Zunino - Tumminaro 3-3 (3-1 in SO)
Ambrosio - Cousino 2-0

FISTF IO Consolation Semi-Finals
Ambrosio - Sweetland 3-1
Zunino - Montabon 3-0

FISTF IO Consolation Final
Ambrosio - Zunino 2-0

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dario Passadore dominates Belgians in Delray Beach

What a great day of table soccer in Delray Beach, Florida! Five players, including Vincent and Alyssa Guyaux from Belgium, battled for several hours in a group format with two games against each other. After losing the inaugural game 2-1 against Vincent Guyaux, Dario Passadore eventually won the tournament by dominating the second match and beating the Belgium 4-0. Special thanks to all participants for their sportsmanship and for a successful event!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Alex Batacchi wins the Suncoast Open

Alex Batacchi topped the Standings after an incredible hard fought round robin , with Isabel playing very well and Dario emerging as a new star player in Florida, Sasha showed good touch but still too young to maintain focus on the game.
"With the absence of the other two Club players Daniel Louis and James Hulsey the field look smaller, but it was indeed nevertheless a great day of fun a table soccer", reported Alex Batacchi.