Bjorn Haneveer (born 4 September 1976 in Turnhout, Belgium) is a Belgian snooker player and commentator. Haneveer, formerly a professional competitor, now plays at semi-professional level and also commentates on snooker matches for Dutch Eurosport.

Bjorn Haneveer
Born (1976-09-04) 4 September 1976 (age 43)
Turnhout, Belgium
Sport country Belgium
NicknameThe Iceman
Professional1993–1997, 1998–2006, 2009–2011
Highest ranking53 (2004/05)
Career winnings£149,300[1]
Highest break138 (2009 PIOS Event 6, 2010 World Championship qualifying)
Century breaks42[2]
Best ranking finishLast 16 (Regal Scottish 2002, European Open 2003)

CareerEdit

Six times Belgian Snooker Champion, (Last title won in May 2007 vs Patrick Delsemme), he lost in the final of the European Championship in Scotland in June, 2000. He was European Champion at Enschede, Netherlands and at Riga, Latvia in June, 2001. Haneveer won the snooker gold medal at the sixth World Games held in Akita, Japan, in August, 2001. He made a 147 break during the 2003 European Championship at Bad Wildungen in Germany and another during the Belgian Championships, 2007. He won the bronze medal at the seventh World Games held in Germany (21 July 2005).

He was a Main Tour professional for many years, and reached a top ranking of No 53 during the 2004/2005 season. Until the arrival on tour of Luca Brecel, Haneveer was by far the most successful Belgian snooker player of all time.

After falling off the main tour, he regained his place by finishing within the top 8 on the PIOS tour 2008/2009.

Haneveer announced on the 9 November 2011, that he would retire from professional snooker after the PTC 9 tournament, due to excessive expenses.

Career finalsEdit

Pro-am finals: 11 (7 titles, 4 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2001 World Games   Marlon Manalo 4–3
Winner 2. 2003 Swiss Open   Ian McCulloch 5–4
Winner 3. 2004 Dutch Open   Lennon Starkey 6–1
Winner 4. 2005 Dutch Open (2)   Michael Holt 6–1
Winner 5. 2009 Dutch Open (3)   Matthew Couch 6–3
Runner-up 1. 2010 Vienna Snooker Open   Stephen Lee 4–5
Runner-up 2. 2010 Dutch Open   Barry Pinches 3–6
Winner 6. 2011 Dutch Open (4)   Gerrit bij de Leij 7–3
Runner-up 3. 2012 Dutch Open (2)   Luca Brecel 3–5
Runner-up 4. 2017 3 Kings Open   Alexander Ursenbacher 1–5
Winner 7. 2017 Belgium Snooker Open   Ben Mertens 6–5

Amateur finals: 14 (10 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1996 Belgian Amateur Championship   Steve Lemmens 7–6
Winner 2. 1998 Belgian Amateur Championship   Mario Geudens 7–3
Runner-up 1. 1999 Belgian Amateur Championship   Mario Geudens 5–7
Winner 3. 1999 EBSA European Snooker Championship   David Bell 7–0
Runner-up 2. 2000 EBSA European Snooker Championship   Craig Butler 3–7
Winner 4. 2001 EBSA European Snooker Championship   Kurt Maflin 7–6
Winner 5. 2003 Belgian Amateur Championship   Alain De Cock 7–1
Winner 6. 2004 Belgian Amateur Championship   Mario Geudens 7–3
Winner 7. 2005 Belgian Amateur Championship   Nico Devlies 7–4
Winner 8. 2007 Belgian Amateur Championship   Patrick Delsemme 7–6
Winner 9. 2007 PIOS – Event 7   Craig Steadman 6–2
Winner 10. 2008 PIOS – Event 1   Andrew Atkinson 6–2
Runner-up 3. 2010 Belgian Amateur Championship   Luca Brecel 4–7
Runner-up 4. 2011 Belgian Amateur Championship   Peter Bullen 3–7

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