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WFCQ 2016 EUR3 Team Presentations – 29.01.2016

Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Spain and Great Britain compete in the WFCQ EUR 3 in Lochow, Poland.

The two best teams will qualify for the WFC in Latvia. In addition, the two best third placed teams will qualify (taking all EUR qualifications into consideration).

Switzerland is ranked third and thus is the favourite of the group. Germany isn’t far away with their ranking being 7th. Last time when Germany played against Switzerland, the Swiss won the tight game with one goal.
Poland is currently ranked 14th. They had a game against Germany in November, but weren’t able to win. Next up are Spain ranked 22nd and Great Britain with ranked 29th.

IFF event page: www.floorball.org/pages/EN/Mens-WFCQ-2016-EUR3-Poland

Team Presentations

Switzerland has a dynamic team with a lot of energy. They have been building a new look for the national team and are expecting ups and downs. Mostly ups. The Swiss are expecting tough and exciting games and aim to qualify for the WFC in Riga.
Players to watch:
Nico Scalvinoni: Skilled and versatile player who does the unexpected.
Manuel Maurer: Natural goal scorer who is a machine in creating scoring chances.
Florian Kuchen: Tough and energetic defender who is a leader on and off the rink.


 #7 N. Scalvinoni


 #11 M. Maurer

 #6 F. Kuchen

Team Germany is a young and skilled team that has experience from the last Men’s WFC. Their goal is to qualify for the WFC so they can upgrade their latest placement which was 9th.
Players to watch:
Benjamin Borth: Captain of the team who is a leader on and off the rink.
Mike Dietz: Tower in a storm. Indispensable for the young team.
Tino von Pritzbuer: Typical representative of the young German generation: ambitious, skilled and virtuous.


 #9 B. Borth


 #91 M. Dietz


 #32 T. von Pritzbuer

Poland has two clear aims for the WFCQ: to show good matches in front of the local audience and to reach the final round.
Players to watch:
Michal Sienko: Quiet, stylish and fast. Has great game sense.
Wojciech Malajka: One of the youngsters of the team. Tireless, fast and goes straight towards the goal.
Mateusz Antoniak: The top scorer in the Polish league last year. A real sniper, always ready to score.


 #11 M. Sienko


 #10 W. Malajka


 #15 M. Antoniak

Spain has prepared thoroughly for the WFCQ. Though the Spanish team is young, they believe in their strength and will battle hard in order to reach their goal, to advance to Latvia.
Players to watch:
Ivan Martinez Ortega: Experienced goalie. Has been to several WFCQs and EFCs and has even reached the All Stars team.
Sergio Garcés Sanchez: Captain who guides the team. Is the spirit of the team by mixing experience and passion.
Anton Sjolund: Strong in the defense and doesn’t hesitate to go directly to the goal. Was born in Sweden.


#23 I. Martinez Ortega


#19 S. Garces Sanchez


 #16 A. Sjolund

Great Britain
The team is a mix of youth and experience, with a split of players from the British leagues and abroad.  The Great Britain is looking to register their first points in qualification tournaments and maybe catch some teams off guard.
Players to watch:
Kaj Jones: After recovering from his injury, wants to prove his worth to the team and himself now that he is 100%.
Jake Frei: A fast and prolific forward who can provide a regular supply of goals as well as a committed presence in defense.
Andrew Field: GBR´s leading goal scorer at U19 level. He is young, hungry and looking forward to competing for his country at senior level. Expect goals as well as creativity.


 #87 K. Jones


 #61 J. Frei


 #3 A. Field

Qualification system

In 2016, there will be six regional qualification events to determine the participants of the 11th Men´s WFC 2016, and all registered teams, apart from the organiser, must participate in the qualifications. In each qualification group the teams play each other once.

In Europe there are four qualification groups and teams will qualify for the Men´s WFC 2016 according to the following:

i) The two best teams from each qualification group and the two best 3rd placed teams will qualify.

ii) The calculation of the best 3rd teams will follow this order: 1. Average number of points 2. Average goal difference 3. Average scored goals 4. Lottery drawing. *

*Since the number of teams between the qualification groups differ, the group sizes will be equalised by removing the results from the matches against the lowest placed teams in the larger-sized group before comparing the average results.