Spain are the Subbuteo World Cup champions

Spain are the World Champions of table football after they won the FISTF World Cup this week.

The Spaniards beat Belgium in the team final of the Subbuteo World Cup to take the overall title after a wonderful weekend of table football in Gibraltar.

A professionally-run tournament saw Spain beat England 4-0 in the opening game in group 4 including an impressive 5-1 victory for Antonia Jesus Casin and a 7-2 thrashing by David Gonzalez in their games.

Spain then dispatched neighbours Portugal 3-1 and drew with France 2-2 in the group stages to set up a knockout tie with the USA.

Spain beat the US, who had qualified for the knockout stage for the first time, 4-0. Legendary player Carlos Flores won his tie 6-1 while Jose Gomez Ros won 9-0 in a one-sided affair.

The semi-finals were closer as Spain beat Italy 2-1. Luca Battista and Juan Noguera has played out a 1-1 draw and Matteo Ciccarelli has put Italy ahead before wins for Antonia Jesus Casin and Carlos Flores secured a close victory.

The final was also close, with two draws. However, Carlos Flores edged his tie against Remy Huynh 2-1 and Antonio Jesus Cassin secured a thumping 6-1 victory over Martin Antonie to win the World Cup for Spain.

Spain also won the under 12 tournament, beating Italy in the final.

Italy won the u15s and u19s tournaments, with the unlucky Belgians finishing second in the former and Spain coming second in the u19s category.

The ladies title was won by France, taking their only team honour, while the veterans tournament was won by Italy at the expense of Belgium.

Matteo Ciccarelli of Italy won the Open World Cup for individual players after beating Justin Leroy of Belgium in the final.

Leonardo Giudice of Italy won the u15 tournament after beaing Corentin Bouchez of Belgium, while Audrey Herbaut of France won the Ladies title against Eleonora Buttitta of Italy.

The Veterans champions was Charles Aquilina of Malta, the under 19s champion was Marco De Vito of Italy and the u12s was won by Giorgio Giudice of Italy.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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