(l.) from Austria improved on a second-place finish from last year when defeated Svein Roger Olsen
(r.), Norway, 2-1, to win the men's title in the 31st European Champions Cup. In the semifinals, Olsen upset top seeded Sami Konsteri
, Finland, 2-0, while Gross made quick work of Swede Mathias Årup
, 2-0. Konsteri and Årup shared the bronze medal. The top 8 countries, Austria, Finland, England, Germany, Belgium, France, Norway and Netherlands qualified for 2009 World Games
in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.