Marco Zanetti

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Marco Zanetti
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Zanetti at the 2013 3-cushion World Championship in Antwerp
Medal record
Representing Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Men's Three-cushion billiards
Balkline European Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1983 Balkline 47/2 European Championship Individual
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1984 Balkline 47/1 European Championship Individual
Men's Three-cushion billiards [1] [2]
Biathlon World Championship
(3-Cushion and 5-Pins)
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1988 Individual
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1996 Individual
UMB World Three-cushion Championship
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1997 Grubbenvorst Individual
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2000 Saint-Étienne Individual
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2001 Luxembourg Individual
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2002 Randers Individual
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2003 Valladolid Individual
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Sankt Individual
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2009 Lausanne Individual
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2011 Lima Individual
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2012 Porto Individual
CEB European Three-cushion Championship
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2007 Individual
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2010 Individual
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2012 Individual
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Individual
World Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2009 Kaohsiung Individual
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2013 Cali Individual
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2017 Wrocław Individual
Crystal Kelly Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2010 Individual
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2011 Individual
Lausanne Billiard Masters
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2013 Individual
AGIPI Billiard Masters
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2013 Individual

Marco Zanetti (born 10 April 1962) is an Italian professional three-cushion billiards player and a two-time world champion from Bolzano, Italy.

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Zanetti started playing billiards at 7. He needed a chair to play. His father, Erwin Zanetti, was the president of the Carambole Circle of Bolzano. [3]

He is regarded as a brilliant billiards player, but also a controversial person who does not hold back with criticism of the world or continental federation and organizers. This brought him in the past, often the wrath of the organizers, as well as its behavior in different tournaments. Because of his criticism of the UMB at the World Cup 2009 tournament in Korea Zanetti was occupied by a lifetime 50-point penalty. [4] Two years later, at the end of the three-band World Cup, also in Suwon, South Korea, the UMB took this penalty back and the end of the year he received his 50 points back for the world ranking. [5]

Zanetti lives with his wife Martina and son Samuel (born 2008) in his birth town in South Tyrol. [4] As a south tyrolian he also speaks fluently German. His nickname in the billiards scene is The italian gentleman.

Early years

In his early career he won the balkline European Championship twice, 1983 in 47/2-Balkline and 1984 in 47/1-Balkline. Later he switched to three-cushion where he won the Biathlon (three-cushin and 5-pins) World Championship in 1988 and 1996.

First success in 3-cushion

He reached the finals of the UMB World Three-cushion Championship in 2001, but was bested by Raymond Ceulemans. He made it into the finals again a year later and won the title, defeating Dion Nelin of Denmark. He has been the only Italian to win a world championship in the sport as of 2007. He was ranked 7th in the world as of 2007 by the Confédération Européenne de Billard. [6]

Zanetti also has 25 Italian national titles. He is 7-time winner, from 2004/05 to 2011/12, of the Coupe d’Europe, a tournament series for clubs which is held since the season of 1958/59, it is comparable to the Champions League in Football. He plays for the club of BC AGIPI Courbevoie in France. His teammates in the Season 2011/12 are Frédéric Caudron (Belgium), Jérémy Bury (France) and Jean-Christophe Roux (France). [7]

On 19 October 2008, he again won the world three-cushion championship in the German city of St. Wendel. He defeated Jérémy Bury of France in the semi-finals and then went on to beat Torbjorn Blomdahl of Sweden in the finals, averaging 1.871 in the five-set match. Through this victory he reached his best ranking in his career, so far, with the 5. place. [8]

In 2010 he won the best paid tournament at this time, the Crystal Kelly Cup in Nice, France, again Torbjörn Blomdahl was his losing opponent. One year later he was the runner-up to Filippos Kasidokostas from Greece. [9] [10] The Crystal Kelly Cup was an invitation tournament which has been sponsored by the Dutch software developer Joop van Oosterom. It has been named after his daughter Crystal Kelly.

Season 2012/13

At the 2012 3-cushion World Championship in Porto, Portugal he came, together with Caudron in third place. One week later he placed second at the third 3-cushion World Cup of 2012 in the South Korean town of Suwon.

On 17 March 2013 he won the final of the first Lausanne Billiard Masters in Lausanne, Switzerland against Frédéric Caudron from Belgium. Zanetti was winning on the last ball with a fluke to 40-33. In the semi-final, opponent was Torbjörn Blomdahl, he was playing the highest run of the tournament with 15 balls which gave him an extra bonus of 400 €. Finally he has been paid 6,700 € for his victory. [11] Just one week later he was winning the AGIPI Billiard Masters in Schiltigheim, again Caudron was his opponent. [12] On 14 April he won the CEB European Three-cushion Championship. In the final he beats German ex-1996-World-Champion Christian Rudolph with 40-10. In the semi-final, he won third time in row against Caudron, although the Belgian was equalizing world record in High-Run of 28 points. Zanetti also made the new European record in General-Average of 2,500. [13]

Winner as "Player of the Year 2003".
Left: Nobuaki Kobayashi
Right: Raymond Ceulemans Marco Zanetti-Winner as the player of the Year 2003.jpg
Winner as "Player of the Year 2003".
Left: Nobuaki Kobayashi
Right: Raymond Ceulemans

Personal records

His highest run in a match is 21 and his best game average is 5.555 (50 points in 9 innings). [14]

Honours

In 2003 he won the title as "Player of the Year" in Antwerp.

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