One of the most successful and decorated players in the history of Europe will lead the Euro/USA Team vs Asia on November 19-21st.
The Legend begins...
Manila, Philippines- The Iceman cometh again, this time with backup. Two times world champion Mika "Iceman" Immonen of Finland is the first player named on Team West and has also been chosen as the Captain. Immonen will lead his squad of Europeans and Americans against Asia's champions on November 19th at Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel in the inaugural Kings Cup! Immonen will also do battle with his counterpart Efren "Bata" Reyes who will Captain Team Asia in what surely will become the most epic rivalry in cue sports.
The timing couldn't be better for Immonen or Team West. Mika has initiated a hot streak upon his recent wins in the past 2 weeks at the Black Sea Cup and the Dynamite Open, both taking place in Romania.
"I'm deeply honored to be on the team. Until recently I haven't been as visible as I would like to be on the pool wins radar, but I feel as ready as ever!" said the Finnish national hero. When asked about the level of challenge Asia would bring in team competition Mika replied, " Oh yeah, its going be tougher than playing any USA team we ever faced. The talent is not as deep anymore in the USA, I think that's obvious from the last decade of Mosconi Cups. So its going to be tougher. This will be the most concentrated talent of players ever assembled. It's going to be exciting and nerve racking. Amazing pool for sure."
"Mika Immonen is the most experienced pool player on the team. It's not just about all the wins he has had, which are countless, but all the losses,too. He's gone through some of the toughest losses in the sport. But has always come back stronger than ever. That's why he is on the team, and that's why we feel he will be a great leader", said Charlie Williams, Dragon Promotions Executive Producer of the Kings Cup.
Williams adds, "Believe it or not, he turned down the position of captain at first and I needed to sway him!"