Octagonal Match 2023, 8 participating teams



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Octagonal Match 2023, 8 participating teams

The fifth edition of the Octagonal Match 2023 begins in Spain in which Italy takes part in a context that includes the selections, made up of six players, of England, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Portugal, France and Spain, which is defending the title .

The tournament takes place from 25 to 28 January on the course of the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club, in Rota near Cadiz, where the blue colors Giovanni Binaghi, Biagio Gagliardi, Michele Ferrero, Luca Memeo, Luca Cavalli and Bruno Frontero will defend.

The team is accompanied by captain Giovanni Bartoli and coaches Alessandro Bandini and Giorgio Grillo.

Octagonal Match 2023, schedule

The eight participating teams, divided by draw into two groups (blue and red) of four, compete in an Italian group in the first three days, i.e.

each one faces the other three. In the fourth, the first two of the groups will compete for the title and the others, descending, for the third, fifth and seventh place. The matches will take place with three doubles in the morning and six singles in the afternoon and each team will be awarded one point for success, half for a draw and zero for a defeat for each of the nine matches.

For the classification, teams will receive two points for a win, one for a draw and none if beaten. These are the matches of the first day: Italy-England; Holland-Portugal; Ireland-Germany: France-Spain. The tournament was born in 2001 as a "Quadrangular", a formula it maintained until 2017, when Italy prevailed for the only time.

Since 2018 there have been eight teams on the field and in the four previous editions Spain has won three titles (2018, 2019, 2022) and one went to England (2020), while in 2021 there was a stoppage due to the pandemic . In the 16 events with four teams Spain climbed to the top step of the podium eight times, followed by England, who inaugurated the roll of honor in 2001, with five laurels, Germany with two and Italy with one.

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