The title of a broken rib: a celebration of Paul and Dusseldorf | free press

Borussia Düsseldorf is the German table tennis champion once again. But seldom has it been as close and painful as this time for Timo Ball and his team.

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Of all the twelve surnames with Borussia Düsseldorf, this is perhaps the most painful for Timo Ball. Because the European champions started with a rib fracture in the 3-2 victory in the German League final against 1. FC Saarbrücken, as confirmed by the Düsseldorf team.

Paul did play in the World Cup semi-finals in Houston in November with an abdominal muscle injury, but he didn’t want to tackle this new handicap and certainly didn’t want to blame him for his defeat to Slovenian Darko Jorgic of Saarbrücken. “We are just enjoying the moment and we are happy with this win after a great season,” the 41-year-old said.

His team Borussia, together with footballers from Bayern Munich and water polo players from Spandau 04, is one of the three most successful sports clubs in Germany. 32 championship titles is a single record in German table tennis, and Paul has participated in twelve of them since 2006. If you add league titles, cup victories, and European Cup titles, Dusseldorf players still don’t know if they won a total of 76 or 75 nickname only.

Finally, the final will be decided in the doubles

Because the irrevocable decision is still pending on whether or not Borussia will be stripped of the 2022 Champions League win. ETTU has disqualified two Russian semi-finalists from Orenburg and Yekaterinburg after Russia’s attack on Ukraine from the competition and declared defending champions Dusseldorf the Champions League winner after winning the semi-final against Saarbrücken. Russian clubs appealed, and the ETTU Court of Appeal agreed with them. But this time the assembly requested a review of the decision. “I am very excited that the ruling will have an impact on the entire world of sport,” Paul said.

As far as the eternal duel with Saarbrücken, his team in Frankfurt am Main were able to avenge the second time they lost the cup final in January (1:3). A year after Dusseldorf’s triple win, the difference in performance between the two permanent opponents is getting smaller and smaller.

On his 30th birthday, German player Patrick Franziska had the chance to master his second Saarbrücken after 2020. But with a 2:1 score for the FCS, he lost in 1:3 sets against Anton Källberg. Then Christian Karlsson and Dang Qiu won the decisive double for Dusseldorf. “The final was a storm of emotions,” said coach Danny Hester. (dpa)

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