Everything you need to know about the 2021 Mosconi Cup

The biggest tournament in Pool is back and this year’s edition promises to be the most enthralling yet. Here’s all you need to know about the 2021 Mosconi Cup.

Contested annually since 1994, the Mosconi Cup is a Pool event which sees five of the best European and American players go head-to-head in a team format - similar to golf's Ryder Cup and bowling's Weber Cup.

This year marks the 28th edition of the tournament and with the overall score tied at 13-13, it's all to play for this week in London.

With the latest event just around the corner, here's a look at everything you need to know about the Mosconi Cup.

Who is playing at the Mosconi Cup?

Team Europe is captained this year by Dutchman Alex Lely who last year helped the team to their first title in two years.

His side is made up of world number one Albin Ouschan, promising Albanian youngster Eklent Kaci, former Mosconi Cup MVP Joshua Filler, wildcard pick Jayson Shaw and the 2019 World Pool Masters champion David Alcaide.

Team USA, on the other hand, have had to shuffle their roster due to Earl Strickland's possible Covid-19 infection and as a result, captain Jeremy Jones will step up to the table.

The 50-year-old will be joined by veteran Shane Van Boening, two-time Mosconi Cup MVP Skyler Woodward, two-time winner of the cup Tyler Styer and California's own Chris Reinhold.

TEAM Europe

Alex Lely - Captain

Karl Boyes - Vice

Albin Ouschan

David Alcaide

Jayson Shaw

Joshua Filler

Eklent Kaci

TEAM USA

Jeremy Jones - Captain

Shane Van Boening - Vice

Skyler Woodward

Tyler Styer

Chris Reinhold

What is the Mosconi Cup match schedule?

The Mosconi Cup is a race to 11 meaning as soon as one team has reached 11 victories, the cup is theirs. Here's the schedule ahead of this week's tournament…

Tuesday, December 7 - Four matches including one team event, one singles contest and two doubles games.

Wednesday, December 8 - Three singles matches and two doubles games.

Thursday, December 9 - Three singles matches and three doubles games, including a fans' choice doubles clash.

Friday, December 10 - Six singles matches

Where is the Mosconi Cup being played?

For the first time since 2018, the Mosconi Cup will return to London's Alexandra Palace.

After playing last year's event without supporters at an empty Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the fans will return at half capacity for the 2021 edition of the tournament.

The Alexandra Palace has previously held the competition in 2016 and 2018 - with USA and Europe enjoying one win each.

Who won the Mosconi Cup last year?

Europe ended their two-year losing run after running riot in Coventry and beating the Americans 11-3.

Jayson Shaw was awarded the MVP award as Europe tore their opponents to shreds. In fact, the four-day tournament only lasted three as Alex Lely's side dispatched the USA with time to spare.

Last 10 Mosconi Cup results

2020 - Europe 11-3 USA

2019 - USA 11-8 Europe

2018 - Europe 9-11 USA

2017 - USA 4-11 Europe

2016 - Europe 11-3 USA

2015 - USA 7-11 Europe

2014 - Europe 11-5 USA

2013 - USA 2-11 Europe

2012 - Europe 11-9 USA

2011 - USA 7-11 Europe

Where can you watch the Mosconi Cup?

Fans based in the UK and Ireland can watch the Mosconi Cup live on Sky Sports.

For the United States, it's DAZN who will broadcast the event. The company also has rights in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

Coverage in Australia will be provided by Foxtel while New Zealand will broadcast the event via Sky Network.

Viaplay will have live coverage of the games in Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, Poland and Latvia while Viasat will broadcast the games live in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Who is the favourite to win the Mosconi Cup?

Following the news of Earl Strickland's withdrawal from the tournament, it's Europe who are overwhelming favourites at 1/7.

In order to win back the Mosconi Cup, Team USA will have to overcome odds of 5/1.

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