(Photo by Michael Neumann/Dragon Promotions)
Manila, Philippines- The two western world champions will now add the hottest player in Europe onto their side. World Champion silver medalist and China Open champion Albin Ouschan of Austria will now make it a trio of terrors on Team West as they aim to gun down Asia November 19-21 at Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel in the inaugural Kings Cup.
“I will do my best to integrate very fast onto the team!” said a very enthusiastic Ouschan on his selection to the Euro/USA team of champions. ” I’m honored and very excited to play this event in Manila, one of my favorite cities in the world!”
The timing is great for Team West as Ouschan’s steady rise to the top of Europe has been progressing like clockwork since the 2014 season where he finished silver at the World Championships, barely losing 13-11 in the finals. Albin achieved #1 World Ranking for the first time in his career this year and he just won the last European Pro Tour stop last week.
The young but super solid Ouschan will join legends Darren Appleton and Mika Immonen for Team West. They will compete against Asia’s Efren Reyes, & Francisco Bustamante in what’s sure to go down as one of the greatest rivalries ever.
“Albin is young and hungry. We need someone like that on the team” explained Team West captain Mika Immonen of Finland. He further adds, “Albin will most likely be in the Mosconi Cup versus USA, so this experience playing in the Kings Cup against Team Asia in front of a tough home crowd is going to be rough. So it’s really good preparation for him for anything afterwards.”
The 25 year old Ouschan showed promise early on in his career, following in the footsteps of his very well known world champion sister Jasmin Ouschan. Albin dominated Austria in the juniors with 20 national titles, and was a 5 time European youth champion. He then had a breakout year in 2012 with his first European Pro Tour win. But the last 12 months have been a revelation as he has seemingly leaped into stardom starting off with making it to the finals of the World Championship, winning the extremely tough China Open, achieveing World #1 status, and then recently winning another Eurotour event putting him at #1 in the rankings. Now in the Kings Cup, Albin can solidify that he belongs with the world’s elite on November 19th.
Appleton says, “Albin deserves his place on the team and his confidence and current form will help us a lot against Asia. This will be a great experience for him for the upcoming Mosconi Cup in America. He is going to get his feet wet very early in the Philippines, the toughest place in the world to play pool against a hostile crowd. So Vegas will feel like a cake walk for him after the Kings Cup.”
The format of the Kings Cup will follow in the footsteps of the successful Queens Cup. Teams will play in versatile styles including singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples each of the 3 days of the men’s competition.