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Mosconi Cup 2012 - London

Published: 19/11/2012

The Mosconi Cup

The Mosconi cup is now under one month away. This superb event is the pinnacle of the 9 Ball pool calendar.

Team Europe vs. Team USA.

The Mosconi Cup is an annual nine-ball pool tournament contested between teams representing Europe and the USA since 1994. The trophy is named after American player Willie Mosconi, and is modelled on and compared to the Ryder Cup in golf.

As of 2011, USA has won the tournament 11 times against 6 victories for Europe and one tie.

The defending champion team going into 2012 is Team Europe.

This years event will be played on Monday 10th December through to Thursday 13th December. The Venue is the York Hall in London.

The Mosconi cup has previously featured some of the most famous players in the sport of pool and snooker, including Earl Strickland, Johnny Archer, Jimmy White, Alex Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Ralf Souquet, and Steve Davis.

In its earliest days, the Mosconi Cup was created by Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport as an exhibition event to increase public awareness of pool in the UK.

In the first year of competition some of the WPBA's top players played alongside the men in their respective teams. These included Franziska Stark (Germany), Allison Fisher (England), Jeanette Lee (US) and Vivian Villarreal (US).

As time progressed, the event evolved from its exhibition nature into a much more serious and professional tournament, and earning a place in the event has acquired a great deal of prestige. Of the snooker players, only Steve Davis remained into the event's more serious era, bowing out when the event began to clash with snooker's UK Championship (for which he appeared as both a player and a BBC commentator).

After Davis' withdrawal, all players had to earn an invitation through their performances at other events, meaning that no more snooker players appeared until 2007, when Tony Drago earned a place by virtue of his performance on the European Pool Tour, and won the tournament's Most Valuable Player award for his unbeaten run in the singles matches.

Each team is picked through tournament ranking points and wild card selections. The top 2 ranked players will automatically gain entry into the European and American 2012 Mosconi Cup squads. The remaining three players will be selected by Matchroom Sport wildcard picks although the ranking will play a part in this.

Below are the latest ranking points for Team Europe and Team USA.

 

THE 2012 MOSCONI CUP

THE FINAL PLAYER   RANKINGS

TEAM EUROPE

1. (-)Darren   AppletonGBR

79

2. (-)Nick   van den BergNED

71

3. (-)Chris   MellingGBR

62

T4.   (↑3)Albin   OuschanAUT

54

T4. (-)Nikos   EkonomopoulosGRE

54

T4. (-)Oliver   OrtmannGER

54

T7.   (↑1)David   AlcaideESP

51

T7.   (↓1)Dominic   JentschGER

51

T9.   (↑5)Niels   FeijenNED

46

T9. (-)Mark   GrayGBR

46

11.   (↓1)Bruno   MuratoreITA

45

12. (-)Daryl   PeachGBR

42

13.   (↓2)Dimitri   JungoSUI

40

14.   (↓2)Ralf   SouquetGER

38

15.   (↓1)Artem   KoshovyiUKR

36

THE 2012 MOSCONI CUP

THE FINAL PLAYER   RANKINGS

TEAM USA

1. ( -   )Shane   Van BoeningUSA

546.0

2. ( -   )Mike   DechaineUSA

328.0

3. (↑1)Brandon   ShuffUSA

244.0

4. (↓1)Dennis   HatchUSA

230.0

5. (↑2)Oscar   DominguezUSA

214.5

6. (↓1)Stevie   MooreUSA

208.0

7. (↑2)Shawn   PutnamUSA

203.5

8. (↓2)Rodney   MorrisUSA

198.0

9. (↑1)Corey   DeuelUSA

196.0

10.   (↑1)Johnny   ArcherUSA

187.0

11.   (↓3)Mike   DavisUSA

171.0

12.   (↑1)Earl   StricklandUSA

134.0

13.   (↑3)Tom   D'AlfonsoUSA

130.0

14. ( -   )Louis   UlrichUSA

124.0

15.   (↓3)Jeremy   SosseiUSA

92.5

The 2012 Mosconi Cup is sponsored by PartyPoker.com.

Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc,

Tables by Diamond Billiards and the Official Cue and Chalk is Predator.

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