On September 2nd, the World Champion – Black Sox will take on the newly established Team Europe.
This one-time event will be hosted in Havlíčkův Brod, the Czech Republic right after the Intercontinental Cup and right before the Men’s European Super Cup (both taking place in Prague).
Every country, who participated in the 2016 Men’s Europeans had the right to nominate their player for Team Europe. In addition, Spain, and France were offered a spot since their clubs regularly take part in the Men’s European Super Cup.
The nominations have been made and the already announced staff has confirmed the roster:
Kim Hansen (Denmark)
Kyle Linton (Great Britain)
Michael Holobrádek (Czech Republic)
David Mertl (Czech Republic)
Fabio Origlia (Italy)
Václav Svoboda (Czech Republic)
Frederik Terkelsen (Denmark)
Eldrick Dijkhof (Netherlands)
Emeron Lourens (Netherlands)
Bar Shrim (Israel)
Valdemar Terkelsen (Denmark)
Wout Cnops (Belgium)
Hrvoje Jerbic (Croatia)
Patrik Kolkus (Czech Republic)
Daniel Julenon (Denmark)
Ryan Martin (Great Britain)
Felix Schwan (Germany)
Anthony Cros (France)
Tomas Orlando Diaz Barrera (Spain)
Kalle Hjelm (Sweden)
Tomáš Kusý (Czech Republic)
Ben Ten Pas (Netherlands)
Kevin Stockford (Great Britain)
Jesper Panduro (Denmark)
Jaroslav Korčák (Czech Republic)
"I'm overwhelmed that I'm given the chance to play on a team with players that have that much experience and skill in softball. To me, it's a big reward for everything I have invested in the sport that I love over the last years. After participating in international tournaments over the last years and starting in the Extraliga with Painbusters this year, I believe the nomination for team Europe to be a sign that I'm going in the right direction. I'm eager to use this unique chance to face the world's best team and use the experiences for my future way in Softball," says Felix Schwan, representative of Germany.
The youngest player on the team, Michael Holobrádek, the Czech ace pitcher, feels excited, too: "I can't wait, it will be awesome to play against the best team in the world and at the same time being on a team that has never been together yet."
New Zealand's roster will be the same as for the Intercontinental Cup. Check it out here.
Team Europe will face the Black Sox in a special exhibition game that will not be played for the regular number of seven innings. More likely it would be around ten innings, so all the representatives of European countries can take part in this event. More specific rules will be announced later.
Read more about Team Europe here.