Pro-Player Transfers of 2014

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A list of all professional players choosing for a different club for upcoming season, including news source.
Heard/Read about others? Post them below and I will update the list.


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Adrien Mattenet
(SV Plüderhausen (Germany))-> 1. FC Saarbrücken TT (Germany))(source)

Panagiotis Gionis

(Vaillante Sports Angers (France) -> Borussia Düsseldorf (Germany)) (source)

Kenji Matsudaira
(Unknown Club (Japan) -> Vaillante Angers (France)) (source)

Bastian Steger

(1. FC Saarbrücken TT (Germany) -> SV Werder Bremen (Germany)) (source)

Chuang Chih-Yuan

(SV Werder Bremen (Germany) -> Unknown club (China)) (source)

Patrick Franziska

(TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell (Germany) -> Borussia Düsseldorf (Germany)) (source)

Patrick Baum

(Borussia Düsseldorf (Germany) -> TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell (Germany)) (source)

Chen Weixing
(SVS Niederösstereich (Austria) -> Energia-Manekin Toruń (Poland)) (source)

Christian Süss

(Borussia Düsseldorf (Germany) -> Unknown club (Germany)) (source)

Hugo Calderano
(Unknown club (Brazil) -> TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen (Germany)) (source)

Gustavo Tsuboi
(Unknown club (Brazil)-> TTF Schwalbe Bergneustadt (Germany)) (source)

Chiang Hung-Chieh

(Unknown club (Taipei)-> TTC Hagen (Germany)) (source)

Michel Martinez
(Vaillante Angers (France)-> Unknown club) (source)

Christophe Legout
(Istres (France) -> Vaillante Angers (France)) (source)

Paul Drinkhall
(SV Werder Bremen (Germany) -> Unknown club (Belgium)) (source)

Hunor Szöcs
(TTC Jülich (Germany) -> SV Werder Bremen (Germany)) (source)

Ricardo Walther
(Borussia Düsseldorf (Germany) -> TTC Hagen (Germany)) (source)

Jonathan Groth
(TTC Hagen (Germany) -> TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau (Germany)) (source)

Lubomir Jancarik
(TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau (Germany) -> Unknown club) (source)

Jon Persson
(Suif (Sweden) -> Vaillante Angers (France)) (source)


 
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Interesting moves there. It is a shame Chuang Chih Yuan is leaving the German League! I am looking forward to seeing out Patrick Baum will get on with his transfer to Fulda.
 

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Chuang Chih-Yuan
(SV Werder Bremen (Germany) -> Unknown club (China)) (source)
This is interesting. To my understanding, Chinese Taipei (or as they call themselves - "Republic of China") doesn't recognize People's Republic of China, or vice versa (The Chinese don't recognize Taiwan's independence and claim sovereignty over Taiwanese soil). So how exactly are they going to handle formalities? Is Chuang going to be treated as a foreigner and granted a workers permit, or will they treat him as a national?
 
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This is interesting. To my understanding, Chinese Taipei (or as they call themselves - "Republic of China") doesn't recognize People's Republic of China, or vice versa (The Chinese don't recognize Taiwan's independence and claim sovereignty over Taiwanese soil). So how exactly are they going to handle formalities? Is Chuang going to be treated as a foreigner and granted a workers permit, or will they treat him as a national?


Chuang has played in China before, just like other Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) players, especially the juniors who play in Jia A and Jia B
You would require a special pass (applies for any HK or Taiwan citizen) to enter China.
They are foreigners, just like HK players.

Your "political" understanding "issue" has been resolved many years ago already, and direct flights and travel is very normal today for ordinary people.
So this is really common.
I doubt the table tennis people are even bother about this issue. Chinese Taipei, HK, and other asian countries juniors (korea, Japan, PRK etc) always have tons of juniors playing in the Chinese leagues.
 
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No probs

CCY also trained with many provincial teams since his youth.
He even entered CNT B team as as Chinese provincial team player.
Soon after CCY beat Ma Lin, WLQ on the world tour (pro tour that time), CCY was "banned" from training inside China.
CCY actually did still train in some places using another persons name (still entered China with his own - and he is still alive :) )

Nowadays CTTA is really open.
Egyptian national team took part in Jia A (Organised by Shaanxi province head coach - his student is the current Egyptian head coach) last year.
There is a American team registered in Jia A, with some American Chinese player, TPE and HK players in there.
Russian junior team too

Many European too.
TPE has over 10 players in Chinese leagues.
HK has plenty too
Over 10 Japanese juniors too (while Japan media news covered the pulled out the super league players for political and player safety reasons.... - yeah right)
North Korea and Korea also have plenty
I think overall, I counted close to 100 foreigners in Chinese leagues from Super, Jia A, Jia B, Jia C, Jia D, Yi A mens and womens league.
 
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Adrien Mattenet will move from SV Plüderhausen to 1. FC Saarbrücken TT, replacing Bastian Steger.
More info:
http://www.ttbl.de/news_adrien_mattenet_wechselt_vom_sv_pluederhausen.html
http://tabletennista.com/2014/3/adrien-mattenet-signed-for-saarbrucken/
 
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Very interesting changes indeed! Quite a lot of players change from teams they have played in for years as Steger or Baum...

Good point. I wonder what causes these changes. Who approaches them for the change etc.


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With Baum and Düsseldorf it is a clear thing. His performance was not good and his body language and fighting spirit in the matches was terrible in the important games. So Düsseldorf looks for other good players who can replace him. And of course they are interested in Patrick Franziska (same strategy with e.g. Timo Boll, Christian Süß and Patrick Baum).
 
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New transfers:

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Kenji Matsudaira joins Vaillante Angers as a substitute for Gionis. Similarly Christophe Legout from Istres replaces Michel Martinez.

Hunor Szöcs joins SV Werder Bremen as Paul Drinkhall leaves, he will join a club in the Belgian league.

Ricardo Walther leaves Borussia Düsseldorf.

Jonathan Groth joins Grenzau, replacing Lubomir Jancarik.
 
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New transfers:

KenjiMatsudairaGermanOpen.jpg


Kenji Matsudaira joins Vaillante Angers as a substitute for Gionis. Similarly Christophe Legout from Istres replaces Michel Martinez.

Hunor Szöcs joins SV Werder Bremen as Paul Drinkhall leaves, he will join a club in the Belgian league.

Ricardo Walther leaves Borussia Düsseldorf.

Jonathan Groth joins Grenzau, replacing Lubomir Jancarik.

Drinkhall left Bremen! Wow wasnt expecting that! I wonder if he did that in choice...

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