Player Profile: Ekaterina Atanasova (BUL)


Not only for Bulgaria, she is a representative of table soccer. She is a team member of the best Women Bundesliga Team Bears Berlin and her life is table soccer: It is a part of her life, and “table soccer defines” her. Table soccer is like a meditation for her, since it diminishes her stress level, and playing and improving her play means also benefits for the everyday life. Table soccer is fun with her friends together, and that you can see directly, when you meet Kate: She is a happy person, always smiling and sometimes even laughing during an important game. The combination of this attitude, her burning ambition to win and to play table soccer with all its facets and techniques, definitely makes her one of best Women player at the moment.

See your smile in Hamburg!



5 questions to Ekaterina Atanasova

  • Question 1: What does participating in the next World Cup in Hamburg mean to you?
  • Question 2: How difficult was it to qualify?
  • Question 3: For which disciplines have you qualified? If doubles, with whom are you playing and why (what characterizes your game, why do you like your partner)?
  • Question 4: Which opponents are you especially looking forward to playing against and for whom do you have the greatest respect?
  • Question 5: What is your goal for the World Cup in Hamburg?
I am looking forward meeting my friends, playing foosball and getting ready for the COMPETITION!
I never thought of it 🙂
I will play women singles and doubles – International style as well as Classic and Speedball. Bulgaria will take part in the World Cup with its women National Team and I will take part in it as well. All the doubles I will play with Blagovesta Gerova – a great player and a friend of mine.
All! I am looking forward every game.
Have fun and to make a great competition! 🙂

Player Profile: Amalie Bremer (DEN)


Danish dynamite again! The Denmark ladies were a big player of the women’s competitions in the last year. Especially one player: The 28 year old forward has an impressive list of victories: 14 World Championship Series Gold medals and also 2 World Cup Gold medals, one in Women’s Single and one with the Danish Women’s National Team. It sounds so authentic when one of the best players in the recent years, Amalie Bremer, enthuses about her best game of her outstanding career: “Yes, the deciding double in the final of the Women’s National Teams competition in Nantes in 2014 was a pretty big thing for me, and the team, and I’ll never forget that.” We are looking forward to welcome you in Hamburg and are at one with your words: “The community is the best thing about table soccer. I really love how I have made friends all over the world – just because of table soccer.” Yes, it will be a big come together in Hamburg!



5 questions to Amalie Bremer

  • Question 1: What does participating in the next World Cup in Hamburg mean to you?
  • Question 2: How difficult was it to qualify?
  • Question 3: For which disciplines have you qualified? If doubles, with whom are you playing and why (what characterizes your game, why do you like your partner)?
  • Question 4: Which opponents are you especially looking forward to playing against and for whom do you have the greatest respect?
  • Question 5: What is your goal for the World Cup in Hamburg?
The World Cup is the greatest event in foosball so of course it will always mean a lot to me to participate in that tournament. On top of that, Hamburg is a great city with a lot of great people working to promote table soccer so I can’t wait to see what they have put together this time.
For singles I qualified by winning at the 2015 Leonhart WCS, which was obviously extremely hard. For doubles I qualified via the Danish ranking. The table soccer community in Denmark on the women’s side is pretty small, but also very competitive so we always have to do our best to qualify.
I have qualified in women’s singles, doubles, speedball and classic. In the doubles disciplines I play with my usual Danish partner Amalie Wolff. We haven’t played together for so long, but have developed into quite a strong team with good performances in the open disciplines in Denmark. Amalie Wolff is a very offensive goalie that always contributes with goals and passes. Besides that she is a solid partner with a lot of blocking and a great attitude.
You only play at the World Cup if you’re a seriously talented player so I honestly have massive respect for all the players who managed to qualify for this event. Of course Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and the USA always prove themselves strong on the women’s side, but there are too many great players attending to single some of them out here.
My goal for the World Cup is, as always, to have fun. It all comes down to this one day and everyone can beat anyone if they catch the right wave. I’ll do my best to win the whole thing of course, but if my partner and I do our best and play smart and patiently I will be satisfied either way.

Volunteers ahoy!

Up to 100 motivated volunteers and 30 staff members of the federations will be at the World Cup in order to have an amazing event. Most of the volunteers are coming from Hamburg, but few of them also from other parts of Germany and France and even from USA and India. The team is looking forward to the event and we wish already everybody a save and good trip to Hamburg. See you soon!

Player Profile: Vojtěch Holub (CZE)


If we are talking about the best juniors during the last three years, one player has won a medal at nearly every important tournament: Vojtěch Holub. The 18-years old Czech is playing his last season as a Junior, however, he is already competitive for the Men’s category challenging the big names of the international tour.
Vojtěch loves to meet people around the world, having friends and fun at tournaments, however, he hopes that table soccer becomes more attractive for spectators. His relationship to table soccer sounds probably quite familiar to table soccer players all over the world: “I play this game almost for four years and it takes a big part of my life already. When I started to play foosball, it was great abreaction after my soccer trainings. But step by step I completely fell in love with this sport.”

We wish you a great time in Hamburg!



5 questions to Vojtěch Holub

  • Question 1: What does participating in the next World Cup in Hamburg mean to you?
  • Question 2: How difficult was it to qualify?
  • Question 3: For which disciplines have you qualified? If doubles, with whom are you playing and why (what characterizes your game, why do you like your partner)?
  • Question 4: Which opponents are you especially looking forward to playing against and for whom do you have the greatest respect?
  • Question 5: What is your goal for the World Cup in Hamburg?
I’m glad, that I can be part of this tournament and represent the Czech Republic. The World Cup is the biggest and most prestigious tournament for me, and I will try to do my best.
It was quite manageable for Juniors’ disciplines. For men’s competitions, I have to spend a lot of time practicing and traveling around the world to many tournaments.
I am qualified for Men Doubles, Junior Singles and Speedball Doubles. My team mate is Radek Drda. He is also one of my best friends, we understand each other at the table. Our advantage is to play at both position. We are sharing our opinions about the game and this brings us forward. I’m also happy that we have nominated our Junior national team together.
I look forward to play against every participant on this tournament, because there are only great players. It will be a fight 🙂
I want to be ready and healthy to show my best play in each competition.

Player profile: Cindy Kubiatowicz (SUI)


Switzerland’s women are a force to reckon with at this year’s World Cup. One of them is t 30-year-old allround-talent Cindy Kubiatowicz. She is an 8-time World Series champion and probably the best woman on Garlando. Although she is living in Zurich, Cindy is not a blank page in the German table soccer scene at all: She is playing for Bears Berlin in the German Women’s Bundesliga. Let’s see wether she can be a feared opponent during this years’ World Cup, too. For example in women’s doubles with highly respected Samantha Di Paolo.
The best thing about table soccer is for her: “I can meet people from all over the world and play with them. And, it is a complex game that brings me on my highest level.”
The ITSF World Cup Team wishes her the best of luck and is looking forward to welcoming her in Hamburg!



5 questions to Cindy Kubiatowicz

  • Question 1: What does participating in the next World Cup in Hamburg mean to you?
  • Question 2: How difficult was it to qualify?
  • Question 3: For which disciplines have you qualified? If doubles, with whom are you playing and why (what characterizes your game, why do you like your partner)?
  • Question 4: Which opponents are you especially looking forward to playing against and for whom do you have the greatest respect?
  • Question 5: What is your goal for the World Cup in Hamburg?
For me is it the most important tournament. It is also a confirmation that I’m a top player.
It was not easy, because every tournament is a challenge and the skill level of women is rising.
I qualified for women singles. Women doubles and Speedball I’m playing with Samantha Di Paolo and we are also nominated for the Switzerland team. She is for me an amazing player and I can learn a lot. Dina Mettler and me are also qualified for classic doubles. She is a good friend and a lovely person.
Every opponents has my respect. I will be ready and have fun to play against people from all over the world.
I would like to show my best performance and of course I want to win.

Player profile: Nathalie Saltz (DEN)

She comes from Denmark, however, since a while she is living in Hamburg and shows her skills there. Table soccer is (a part of) her life and she is loving it: the “mental” aspect, the “closed handed pull-push” shot on the Bonzini and the belief in “foos god” 😉 But, read on yourself about Nathalie Saltz!


Name: Nathalie Saltz
Age: 32 years old
Nation: Danish
Place of residence: Hamburg, Germany.
Club: Kixx in Hamburg.
Position: I play all around but forward in the heart ❤
Home table / favourite table: Bonzini 4ever
Favourite shot: Old school closed handed pull-push and angles.
Achievements: Won gold with the Women’s National team of Denmark at the Multi table World Cup, Won the Bonzini Worlds twice with the Danish National team. A 4th place in Bonzini Worlds in the doubles discipline with the amazing Nele Missotten and last year I won the Women’s Doubles at Leonhart World Series with my close friend and foos god Amalie Bremer.
Qualified via: The Danish rankings
Best game of your career (quite subjectively): A match that can’t go unnoticed was the national team final between Denmark and Germany at Bonzini worlds. I was playing with my partner at the time Amalie Wolff and although it was our home table we were total rookies compared to our awesome opponents Lilly and Vivi. It was our first time in the finale area with cameras and audience, and I remember how my arms felt like two sticks. Our team was sitting behind us praying to the foos gods. I don’t think I scored in the first 20 minutes of the match but when I finally got that first ball in, the energy from the audience’s relieve and my team was incredible. We were such noobs that we were unsure of the format if it was first to 7 or if you had to win by 2 goals, so we celebrated every goal as it was the wining goal. It must have looked quite funny.
Your or your team members/opponents worst quirk/habit at the table: My worst quirk is that I am sometimes superstitious and think if I don’t look or if I hold my breath it won’t be bad, a bad habit is that I am bad at taking time outs.
The best thing about table soccer is: For me the best part is the mental part. You work intensively with yourself throughout a tournament, trying to keep your confidence up and to have a plan for the next match. Also during a game, how you analyze yourself through a match to be one step ahead. It is of course also great to have a hobby where you can travel around the world with your best buddies and make new friends across the table.
The worst thing about table soccer is: The worst thing is also part of the best thing, you invest so much so it can be so devastating not to succeed.
Table soccer means to me: It’s been a part of my life for so long that I can’t imagine my life without it.



5 Fragen an Natahlie Saltz

  • Question 1: What does participating in the next World Cup in Hamburg mean to you?
  • Question 2: How difficult was it to qualify?
  • Question 3: For which disciplines have you qualified? If doubles, with whom are you playing and why (what characterizes your game, why do you like your partner)?
  • Question 4: Which opponents are you especially looking forward to playing against and for whom do you have the greatest respect?
  • Question 5: What is your goal for the World Cup in Hamburg?
I am extra excited for the next World Cup, since it is in my new hometown Hamburg. I have a feeling that this World Cup is going to go down in history as one of the greatest ones. The organizers are so invested and passionate about it.
It was more difficult than ever since I don’t live in Denmark anymore and can’t participate in every tournament there, and to qualify in Germany would be even harder since it is not my home table and the scene is so big. Fortunately I still managed to scrape some points together in Denmark to get me a spot.
I am qualified in doubles and am so fortunate to play with former world champ and seasoned player Camilla Lohmann. Camilla didn’t play for a couple of years and it was a long stretched for me to get her to come and be my goalie.. but after a small consideration and some bribes in form of sleeping arrangements she finally agreed. I knew she didn’t put her handles that far away 😉 Camilla and I played a lot together on the National team and we have always had great energy together. We are both analytical players but also have total faith in each other’s gut feeling. Our strength as a team is our experience and our ability to work and fight together. I am also qualified for the National team of Denmark and for Classic and Speedball.
I am looking forward to playing against my fellow Leonhart players since moving to Germany I have gotten quite confident on the table. I have respect for all the players who put time and energy in the game, but at this point I know that even the greatest players are just people who get nervous too and have weaknesses and we can lose to everyone and we can beat everyone.
My goal is to do my best, to have good games and fight with my Doubles partner and to be a great teammate for the National team, and of course to enjoy it as much as possible.

Player profile: Samantha Di Paolo (SUI)


She is definitely one of the most experienced women participating at the 2017 ITSF World Cup – Samantha Di Paolo from Switzerland. The 40-year-old table soccer veteran started playing decades ago when she was a child. Between 1990 and 2005 Di Paolo had been one of the most successful players on tour when she won renowned trophies like two World Championships and World Series Championships on Tecball, Garlando, Bonzini and Roberto Sport. For sure, this flexibility of playing different tables on a high level made and makes her the outstanding player she is.

Although she was playing on a very high level, the pin-shot-shooter stopped participating on the professional tour in 2010. But after more than 5 years of rest from table soccer she is back on track since last year and looking forward to play a successful World Cup. The ITSF World Cup Team wishes her all the best for the competitions and is happy having her in Hamburg this year!



5 questions to Samantha Di Paolo

  • Question 1: What does participating in the next World Cup in Hamburg mean to you?
  • Question 2: How difficult was it to qualify?
  • Question 3: For which disciplines have you qualified? If doubles, with whom are you playing and why (what characterizes your game, why do you like your partner)?
  • Question 4: Which opponents are you especially looking forward to playing against and for whom do you have the greatest respect?
  • Question 5: What is your goal for the World Cup in Hamburg?
This possibility that has been me granted from the Swiss Table Soccer Federation really means to me a lot. First, I have to thank the Swiss Federation for this opportunity! This year, I restarted to play competitions again, one year very significant in many ways. Coming back to play one Worlds Championships Final after 7 years not playing is very emotional, because I never thought to take it up again, and to feel again certain emotions. It is a small rebirth for me.
To be honest it was not very difficult: I just started to play again and the STF invited me to play.
Women’s national team, Women’s singles, Women’s doubles with Cindy Kubiatowicz, Speedball Women’s doubles with Cindy Kubiatowicz and Classic Women’s doubles with Michèle Sutter. I play the double competitions with Cindy because we have a good understanding, we are two fighters until the end and we feel comfortable to play together. The Classic doubles with Michèle will be a new experience for both of us, but we are training together and we feel good when we play together.
I don’t have specific opponents. I think the level has improved over the years and I think every game will be challenging. I have respect for all players. However, there is one special player who sadly has left us some years ago. For me, she remains one of the best and strongest women ever existed and her name is MOYA TIELENS. She was a nice person and also one amazing player. Rest in peace, Moya.
It will surely be exciting, and for sure one of the best editions ever. I expect to have exciting moments and nice matches, to play well and to experience fair play and nice competitions. I’m happy to meet old and new friends from all over the world. I wish all the players good luck.

Logo und sponsoring strategy released!

Since today, we have an official World Cup logo. Thus, the ITSF World Cup 2017 is coming!

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