European ranking tournament (table tennis)
Women's and men's competitions have been held since 1971. The twelve participants (in 1971 there were only six women) were nominated by the national associations according to the European ranking. You play in the "everyone against everyone" mode. Prize money was available, which in 1976 was increased from DM 10,000 to DM 12,000. In 1984 the ETTU General Assembly in Moscow decided to organize this competition for juniors as well. It was first carried out in 1985.
In 1990 the game system was changed. The players now started in two opening groups in the mode “everyone against everyone”. In each case, the first two placed fought for place 1 to 4: In the semi-finals, the first two competed against the second in the other group. The winners of these encounters contested the final, the losers played for 3rd and 4th place.
From 2001 four groups of three were formed. The group winners played in the semi-finals for a place in the final. Since 2002 the participants competed in four groups of three, each against each other. The last of a group was eliminated, the eight remaining continued to play in the knockout system.
The 11 winners in the ETTU ranking were automatically eligible to start. 12th place was assigned to the host nation, provided that no active player from this nation was automatically qualified and provided the player was listed among the 40 best in the ETTU ranking.
DHS Europe Cup
In February 2013 the ETTU decided not to hold the competition any more because - especially because of the high costs - there were no more organizers. In 2013, Top Europe , planned as a more cost-effective follow-up event, was not hosted either. To this end, the follow-up tournament, the DHS Europe Cup, was held in Lausanne in February 2014 .
A modified version of the Europe TOP-12, the Europe TOP-16, has existed since 2015. There are 32 players at the start each, a maximum of four athletes per nation and gender.
Winner of the Europe TOP-12
Winner of the DHS Europe Cup
|2014||Lausanne||Marcos Freitas||Liu Jia|
Previous winners of the Europe TOP-16
Europe TOP-12 for the disabled
In November 1991 a Europe TOP-12 tournament for disabled people was held for the first time. In Delden (Netherlands) there were the following winners:
- Wheelchair users
- Men: Kimmo Jokinen (FIN)
- Women: Bernadette Darvand (FRA)
- Europe Top-12 archive (accessed January 24, 2016)
- Statistics up to 2010 (accessed on September 2, 2010)
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- Europe Top-16: Germany can provide eight players! (accessed on February 9, 2015)
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- DTS magazine , 1993/3 pages 30-33
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- DTS magazine , 1997/2 page 25 + page 27-29
- DTS magazine , 2002/3 page 18 + page 48–51
- DTS magazine , 2003/2 pages 8–13 + page 38
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