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World Cup (snooker)

World Cup
Tournament information
Venue Bangkok Convention Centre
Location Bangkok
Country Thailand
Established 1979
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Non-Ranking event
Total prize fund $700,000
Final Year 2011
Final champion(s)  China
Ding Junhui
Liang Wenbo

The World Cup was an invitational snooker tournament created by Mike Watterson. The annual contests featured team of three players representing their country against other such teams. Steve Davis has won the event more times than any other player, with 4 titles for England.

History

The event began in 1979 as the World Challenge Cup with the sponsorship of State Express. It was held at the Haden Hill Leisure Centre, Birmingham, with six teams participating: England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Canada, Australia and Rest of the World. The teams were broken into two round robin groups and the matches were best of 15 frames. The top teams in the groups met in the final. In 1980 the tournament moved to the New London Theatre and the Northern Ireland team was replaced by an All Ireland team.[1]

The event was renamed to the World Team Classic in 1981 and moved to the Hexagon Theatre in Reading. The matches were reduced to best of seven and the top two teams from the groups advanced to the semi-finals. This time seven teams competed. Team Rest of the World were replaced by Team Scotland and instead of an All Ireland team both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland fielded teams. After the 1983 event State Express ended to sponsor the event and the place of the event was taken by the Grand Prix.[1]

The event was moved to spring for the 1984/1985 season and the event was renamed the World Cup. It was held at the International, Bournemouth. The tournament also became a knock-out contest and featured eight teams. Ireland and Northern Ireland fielded a combined team, known as All Ireland, The Rest of the World team returned and the defending champions, England, had two teams. The event was terminated after the 1990 event.[1]

The event was briefly revived for 1996 and it was held at the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. There were many entries and qualification was held. The 20 qualified team were split into four groups of five and the top two teams of the qroups advanced to the quarter-finals.[1]

On 22 March 2011 it was revealed, that the [3]

Winners

[1]
Year Winners Runners-up Final Score Season
Team Player Team Player
World Challenge Cup
1979  Wales Ray Reardon
Terry Griffiths
Doug Mountjoy
 England Fred Davis
John Spencer
Graham Miles
14–3 1979/80
1980  Wales Ray Reardon
Terry Griffiths
Doug Mountjoy
 Canada Cliff Thorburn
Kirk Stevens
Bill Werbeniuk
8–5 1980/81
World Team Classic
1981[4]  England Steve Davis
John Spencer
David Taylor
 Wales Ray Reardon
Terry Griffiths
Doug Mountjoy
4–3 1981/82
1982[5]  Canada Cliff Thorburn
Kirk Stevens
Bill Werbeniuk
 England Steve Davis
Tony Knowles
Jimmy White
4–2 1982/83
1983[6]  England Steve Davis
Tony Knowles
Tony Meo
 Wales Ray Reardon
Terry Griffiths
Doug Mountjoy
4–2 1983/84
World Cup
1985[7]   All-Ireland Alex Higgins
Dennis Taylor
Eugene Hughes
 England "A" Steve Davis
Tony Knowles
Tony Meo
9–7 1984/85
1986[8]   All Ireland A Alex Higgins
Dennis Taylor
Eugene Hughes
 Canada Cliff Thorburn
Kirk Stevens
Bill Werbeniuk
9–7 1985/86
1987[8]   All Ireland A Alex Higgins
Dennis Taylor
Eugene Hughes
 Canada Cliff Thorburn
Kirk Stevens
Bill Werbeniuk
9–2 1986/87
1988[9]  England Steve Davis
Jimmy White
Neal Foulds
 Australia Eddie Charlton
John Campbell
Warren King
9–7 1987/88
1989[8]  England Steve Davis
Jimmy White
Neal Foulds
  Rest of the World Silvino Francisco
Dene O'Kane
Tony Drago
9–8 1988/89
1990[8]  Canada Cliff Thorburn
Alain Robidoux
Bob Chaperon
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins
Dennis Taylor
Tommy Murphy
9–5 1989/90
1996[10]  Scotland Stephen Hendry
John Higgins
Alan McManus
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Fergal O'Brien
Stephen Murphy
10–7 1996/97
[3]  China Ding Junhui
Liang Wenbo
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen
Gerard Greene
4–2 2011/12

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Turner, Chris. "World Cup, World Team Classic, Nations Cup". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Snooker World Cup Takes Shape". worldsnooker.com.  
  3. ^ a b "PTT-EGAT World Cup (2011)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "England's Classic Triump". The Glasgow Herald. 2 November 1981. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Canada wins snooker classic".  
  6. ^ "Davis leads England to second win". Evening Times. 31 October 1983. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 25 March 1985. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d "On this Week: Irish hat-trick success".  
  9. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: Birth of the Hurricane".  
  10. ^ "Castrol-Honda World Cup 1996". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
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