Mosconi Cup


Mosconi Cup
Logo of the Mosconi Cup

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 modeled on and compared to the Ryder Cup in golf.[1] As of 2010, USA has won the tournament 11 times against 5 victories for Europe and one tie.

The defending champion is Team Europe.

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Player selection

The tournament has featured some of the most famous players in the sport, 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's 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.

Player appearances

The players to have appeared in the Mosconi Cup:[2]

European players

Appearance Name Country
P NP
14 0 Ralf Souquet  Germany
14 0 Mika Immonen  Finland
11 0 Steve Davis  England
8 1 Oliver Ortmann  Germany
6 0 Marcus Chamat  Sweden
6 0 Niels Feijen  the Netherlands
4 0 Steve Knight  England
4 0 Nick van den Berg  the Netherlands
3 0 Thomas Engert  Germany
3 0 Thorsten Hohmann  Germany
2 2 Alex Lely  the Netherlands
2 0 Tony Drago  Malta
2 0 Ronnie O'Sullivan  England
2 0 Daryl Peach  England
2 0 Tom Storm  Sweden
2 0 Jimmy White  England
2 0 Darren Appleton  England
1 0 David Alcaide  Spain
1 0 Tommy Donlon  Ireland
1 0 Vincent Facquet  France
1 0 Allison Fisher  England
1 0 Mark Gray  England
1 0 Alex Higgins  Northern Ireland
1 0 Raj Hundal  England
1 0 Lee Kendall  England
1 0 Imran Majid  England
1 0 Fabio Petroni  Italy
1 0 Andy Richardson  England
1 0 Franziska Stark  Germany
1 0 Konstantin Stepanov  Russia
1 0 Lee Tucker  England
1 0 Karl Boyes  England
0 3 Johan Ruijsink  the Netherlands

American players

Appearance Name Country
P NP
14 0 Johnny Archer  United States
13 0 Earl Strickland  United States
7 0 Jeremy Jones  United States
7 0 Rodney Morris  United States
7 0 Corey Deuel  United States
5 0 Charles Williams  United States
4 0 Shane Van Boening  United States
3 4 Nick Varner  United States
3 1 Kim Davenport  United States
3 0 James Rempe  United States
2 0 Lou Butera  United States
2 0 Michael Coltrain  United States
2 0 Shannon Daulton  United States
2 0 Mike Gulyassy  United States
2 0 Robert Hunter  United States
2 0 Mike Massey  United States
2 0 Reed Pierce  United States
2 0 Tony Robles  United States
2 0 Dallas West  United States
2 0 Mark Wilson  United States
1 0 Mike Davis  United States
1 0 John DiToro  United States
1 0 Paul Gerni  United States
1 0 Roger Griffis  United States
1 0 Danny Harriman  United States
1 0 Allen Hopkins  United States
1 0 Jeanette Lee  United States
1 0 Shawn Putnam  United States
1 0 John Schmidt  United States
1 0 Vivian Villarreal  United States
1 0 C.J. Wiley  United States
1 0 Óscar Domínguez  United States
1 0 Dennis Hatch  United States
1 0 Bobby Hunter  United States
1 0 Gabe Owen  United States
Legend
P Playing team member
NP Non-playing captain

European representation

The total number of nations who have represented Europe is twelve (in order of total representatives, alphabetically in the case of ties):

Number of players by country
14:   England 5:   Germany 4:   Netherlands 2:   Sweden
1:   Finland 1:   France 1:   Italy 1:   Malta
1:   Northern Ireland 1:   Republic of Ireland 1:   Russia 1:   Spain

Tournament modifications

There have been rule changes and format changes throughout the tournament's brief history. These include, but are not limited to: "Non-playing captain" roles were introduced in the 2003 event; however these were removed in the 2004 tournament. In 2004 the doubles matches were re-formatted to be scotch doubles. In 2005, a 30-second shot clock was introduced, and caused controversy due to timing malfunctions. The 2006 tournament started with a team-versus-team match followed by two trebles matches. That year also saw the reintroduction of the non-playing captain role.

The 2009 tournament included several new features:[3]

  • No pairing in the doubles matches could be repeated.
  • The event included four blocks of consecutive matches, organized so that five slots were available for each side, in which every player was required to play exactly once.
  • In two singles matches, each player was selected by the opposing team captain.

Results table

Year Venue Victors Score Losers Ref
1994 Romford, London, England  USA 16 12  Europe [4]
1995 Basildon, Essex, England  Europe 16 15  USA [5]
1996 Dagenham, London, England  USA 15 13  Europe [6]
1997 Bethnal Green, London, England  USA 13 8  Europe [7]
1998 Bethnal Green, London, England  USA 13 9  Europe [8]
1999 Bethnal Green, London, England  USA 12 7  Europe [9]
2000 Bethnal Green, London, England  USA 12 9  Europe [10]
2001 Bethnal Green, London, England  USA 12 1  Europe [11]
2002 Bethnal Green, London, England  Europe 12 9  USA [12]
2003 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  USA 11 9  Europe [13]
2004 Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands  USA 12 9  Europe [14]
2005 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  USA 11 6  Europe [15]
2006 Rotterdam, Netherlands  Tied 12 12  Tied [16]
2007 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  Europe 11 8  USA [17]
2008 St Julians, Malta  Europe 11 5  USA [18]
2009 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  USA 11 7  Europe [19]
2010 Bethnal Green, London, England  Europe 11 8  USA [20]

See also

  • List of sports competitions between teams representing continents

References

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