Portugal
Tiago Apolonia
Apolonia managed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics despite having a knee surgery 2 months before. He was part of the team who won the 2014 European Championships in front of their home crowd. Prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho cheered for them personally at the EC final against Germany. Football star and hobby table tennis player Cristiano Ronaldo congratulated the team promptly via Facebook. In 2015, the Portugese team scored the next title, won the first edition of the European Games in Baku. Apolonia started playing table tennis at the age of 5. His philosophy: Do your best every day. Since summer 2016 he is married to German former national team player Zhenqi Barthel-Apolonia.

Facts

World Ranking
17
Age
32
Current Club
1. FC Saarbrücken TT
Size
185 cm
Weight
73 kg
Style of play
right-handed, shakehand, attack

Achievements

Olympic Games
Quarter-finals Team 2012

World Team Cup
3rd place 2015

European Games
Winner Team and Quarter-finals Singles 2015

European Championships
Winner Team 2014
3rd place Doubles 2008

ETTU Cup
Club cup champion 2014 (Saarbrücken)

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