The best city in the world to watch live table tennis

Second part of the season is just starting and many exciting tournaments and matches are coming soon. Nowadays, online streaming video is allowing all table tennis fans to watch the most relevant events. However, it is not until you see it live that you realize how impressive our sport is.

Some lucky people have the chance to regularly attend big events depending on where they live. In this article, we will analyze the world scene to find out where the top players are playing this season and where in the globe you should live to enjoy the best team matches.

The Leagues

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Website

http://cttsl.sports.cn

Top teams

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Top players

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Situation

Chinese Super League was played between October and December. Top 4 teams qualified for the Play-offs. Bayi Dashang, lead by Fan Zhendong, won first semifinal against Shanghai Longteng. Bazhou Hairun won the second semifinal against Ma Long’s Shandong Weiqiao.

Finals were played on December 31st. Bayi won 3-1 to seal the title.


ttbl

Website

https://ttbl.de [streaming]

Top teams

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Top players

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Situation

Currently, Borussia Düsseldorf leads the standings with 8 victories, chased by TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen, TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell and FC Saarbrücken TT, all with 7 won matches.

Still 7 dates to finish the regular season. After that, the 4 top teams will qualify for the Play-offs semifinals, which will be played to the best of 3 matches. The final is scheduled for the 10th of June.


 

proa

Website

http://www.fftt.com/pro/ [streaming]

Top teams

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Top players

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Situation

Chartres ASTT is unbeaten after 8 matches, followed by La Romagne SS and Jura Morez TT with 5 victories each. Ten more matches to be played to decide the top positions.


 

rus

Website

http://ttfr.ru/ [streaming]

Top teams

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Top players

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Situation

12 teams are competing to qualify for the Play-offs. Competition is splitted in 6 dates. 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th dates have 2 groups of 6 teams which play against each other. 3rd and 6th dates have all the teams playing against the teams from the other group.

After first three dates finished, standings have TTC Fakel-Gazprom unbeaten with 11 victories. UMMC has 9 victories and 2 lost matches, chased by Hydromet and Sparta K. with 8 victories and 3 lost maches.

The 8 teams in the top positions of the standings after the 6th date will qualify for the Play-offs, which will be played on March-April.


lotto

Website

http://www.superliga.com.pl

Top teams

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Top players

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Situation

First round of the competition has just finished, as each team has played against each other. Stadings are led by 3 teams, each of them with 8 victories: KS Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Unia AZS Gdańsk and KS Dekorglass Działdowo.

Play-offs will be played by the top 4 teams after the regular season is over.


ecl

 

Website

http://ettu.org [streaming]

Top teams

 

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Top players (Quarter-Finals stage)

 

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Situation

Group stage is already finished. Quarter-Finals have the 8 top teams showed above, which will compete in two-legged series.

 

What’s hot

Considering the Chinese Super League is already finished, let’s analyze the rest of the leagues to decide where to focus our news attention for the second half of the season.

Looking at the line-up of each league, it is difficult to say which one has the best players. While German League has most of the best European players, Polish Superleague has emerged as a top league with many Asian players that are performing pretty well. Russian League has fewer top names, condensed in a couple of teams, but Play-offs will offer amazing matches between very experienced players.

European Champions League has the best teams and players from the other leagues, but not so frequent matches, specially now that it is in the Quarter-Finals stage.

All leagues have a Play-off stage except the French League. Moreover, according to the current standings, it could have everything decided some rounds before the end. The rest of the leagues will offer the spectators the chance to watch matches between the best teams and players, usually condensed in a weekend.

The best city

The next interactive map shows all the aforementioned teams with their playing location. Please note that Russian Premier League only includes the locations where the first 3 dates have been played and the European Champions League only includes the Swedish team that is not participating in the rest of the leagues.

Russian Premier League, even having some of the world top players, does not have a proper regular season. Therefore, you must be lucky enough to have one of the 6th rounds they play at your city. Provided Russia’s size, you must be quite lucky.

French standings seem to have a clear leader, which will probably have it easy to achieve the competition title. Meanwhile, Chinese Super League is already over, and considering China’s size too, the chances of travelling to watch away matches are reduced.

Let’s decide then between German and Polish cities. If you want to regularly watch the best possible players, Düsseldorf and Mazowieckie are the most appealing options. Both of them have their league leader team having a tough battle with the chasing opponents.

However, an unmentioned fact should be considered: Borussia Düsseldorf will be playing the Champions League Quarter Finals later this month. This will – hopefully – allow the German supporters to see the best European teams coming to their city for at least one more round. And last but not least, 2017 World Championships will be held in Düsseldorf at the end of May.

Having in mind all the provided reasons, we could conclude that, nowadays, the Best City of the World to watch live table tennis is Düsseldorf.

 

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