After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, TIBHAR took one of the best talents under contract, the 15-year-old Vladimir Samsonov from Belarus. In his first year under TIBHAR contract he won the Youth European Championships in singles and in doubles. The following decade sacred him as one of the best table tennis players in Europe: twice World Cup winner, vice-world Champion, five times European Champion in all disciplines, four times European Top 12 winner, 24 Pro Tour victories, one victory in Pro Tour finals… an almost endless list of success for Vladi. He occupied the first place of the world ranking in 1997 and 1999. More than 15 years in a row he belonged to the top players in the world. Besides his international successes, he was crowned “Mister ECL” thanks to his 10 titles in the European Champions League (3x with Borussia Duesseldorf, 5x with Villette Royal Charleroi, 2x with Fakel Gazprom Orenburg). This record has not yet been broken and Vladimir Samsonov will surely remain TIBHAR’s flagship forever.

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