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Attacker and Defender, Bayern Munich Duo Worthy Opponents for World Champions


Bastian Schweinsteiger may have left to join Manchester United but both Thomas MŁller and Philipp Lahm remain at the powerful German Football Club, Bayern Munich; now for both clubs it is the so called pre-season. It is preparation, waiting for matters to commence in earnest in August.

The United States of America is the destination for Bastian Schweinsteiger; for Thomas MŁller and Philipp Lahm, it is the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

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Nittaku ITTF Monthly Pongcast - June 2015: From Tweed Heads to Kobe


Tweed Heads and Kobe were the destinations in June for the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour, as the Race to Lisbon and an invitation to the prestigious Grand Finals, to be staged in the Portuguese capital city later this year in December, gained in intensity.

Koreaís Jung Youngsik and Japanís Ai Fukuhara emerged as the respective Menís Singles and Womenís Singles winners in Australia; whilst in Japan, the names inscribed on the roll honour were those of Chinaís Xu Xin and Cheng Meng.

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The Goal to Set African Olympic History, First Step Starts in Yaoundť

 07/13/2015       Olympic Games

Present at every Olympic Games since making his debut in Barcelona in 1992, Segun Toriola possesses a record that puts him amongst the pinnacle of sport in Africa; notably when he competed in Beijing in 2008, he became the first Nigerian man to appear at five Olympic Games.

At the time it was a feat matched by two female Nigerian athletes and one a table tennis player; when Bose Kaffo appeared in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, like Segun Toriola, she was appearing for the fifth time.

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Major Names on Duty in Chengdu, Deadline for Journalist Applications Nears

 07/08/2015       ITTF World Tour, China Open (Super)

The Race for Lisbon intensifies; the goal is a place in the prestigious GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, to be staged in the Portuguese capital city from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th December.

First held in the city of Tianjin in 1996 when Kong Longhui and Deng Yaping won the respective Menís Singles and Womenís Singles titles; no doubt players from the Peopleís Republic of China will be present once again and will be attracting the attention of the media.

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Ma Long On The Table in Suzhou, Now Enjoy Ma Long Off The Table


An earlier than anticipated exit in Zagreb in 2007, when beaten by Koreaís Joo Saehyuk in the fourth round of proceedings; then on the next three attempts, semi-final defeats at the hands of his more experienced colleague Wang Hao; on Sunday 3rd May, Chinaís Ma Long dispelled any doubts as to his pedigree in the city of Suzhou.

Earlier disappointments, when arguably he had not done himself justice on the big stage, were laid to rest as he beat Fang Bo, likewise from China, to win the Menís Singles title at the Qoros 2015 World Championships.

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Second Step of Podium in Kobe but Zhu Yuling Achieves New High


Runners up spot at the recently concluded GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Kobe but for Chinaís Zhu Yuling it is new heights; she is listed at no.4 on the Womenís World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday 2nd July.

She climbs two positions and exceeds her previous best of no.5 which she last held earlier this year in May. Equally there is progress for her compatriot, Chen Meng, the player against whom she experienced defeat in the Kobe final.

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Progress Continues, Higher, Higher and Even Higher for Maharu Yoshimura


One year ago when the Menís World Rankings were issued for June 2014, he stood at no.109; when the New Year dawned he had made significant advancement to no.57; now on the listings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday 2nd July 2015, the name of Japanís Maharu Yoshimura appears at no.20.

Previously ten places lower, he now enjoys the highest rating of his career; the elevation being a direct result of his efforts at the recent GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Japan Open, when he finished in runners up spot in the Menís Singles event, eventually losing to Chinaís Xu Xin.

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Spectacular Qoros 2015 World Championships, Relive the Drama of Suzhou

 06/23/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

The dust has settled but the memories of the Qoros 2015 World Championships will live long in the memory as the host nationís Ma Long closed the curtain on proceedings by winning the Menís Singles title to succeed his compatriot Zhang Jike.

A theatrical setting, as the players entered the arena on stepping stones, was created by state of the art lighting to add a sense of drama to the occasion; drama, there was no shortage, the excitement of the occasion is encapsulated in The Spectacular 2015 World Table Tennis Championships.

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Second Title of Year, Maharu Yoshimura Continues to Climb World Rankings


The top step of the medal podium when proceedings concluded at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Zagreb (Croatia) Open; Japanís Maharu Yoshimura is the player to make the most significant progress on the Menís World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Monday 8th June.

Listed at no.43 in April, a career high following his success in Spain, a position he maintained in May; the 21 year old is now at no.30 on a list that sees those who also enjoyed success on the ITTF World Tour in the past month, climb the listings.

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