Nick van den Berg

Nick van den Berg (born 24 May 1980) is a Dutch professional pool player. He was the runner up at the 2005 WPA World Eight-ball Championship, where he lost to Wu Chia-ching 11–5 in the final. He is a multiple time winner of events on the Euro Tour, winning 10 events between 2002 and 2017, putting him fourth on the list of all time winners.

Nick van den Berg
Van den Berg at the European Championship 2008
Van den Berg at the European Championship 2008
Born (1980-05-24) 24 May 1980 (age 39)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sport country Netherlands
NicknameEl Nino[1]
Professional2000
Pool games9-ball
Best finishRunner Up 2005 WPA World Eight-ball Championship
Ranking info

Van den Berg has competed for Europe at the Mosconi Cup on eight occasions, winning the event in 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017, as well as tying the event in 2006.

CareerEdit

Van den Berg's best performance at a world title was in 2005, where he reached the final of the WPA World Eight-ball Championship. He defeated Christian Reimering (10–4),[2] Naif Aljaweni (10–4) and Francisco Bustamante (10–8) on route to a final against Wu Chia-ching.[3] Chia-ching would win the final 11–5 and win both the 9-ball and 8-ball world championships in the same season.[4]

Van den Berg has won the European Pool Championships on 6 occasions winning the Nine-ball event, he won in both 2009 and 2011, Eight-ball in 2014, and straight pool in 2012, 2013 and 2015.[5][6]

Van den Berg lives in the Netherlands, and plays for Club 8, Amsterdam.[7]

Euro TourEdit

Van den Berg has won 10 events on the Euro Tour, with a further 5 silver and 6 bronze medals.[8][9] van den Berg won his first medal at a Euro Tour event in 2000, where he finished runner up to Johnny Archer at the 2000 Italy Open.[10] He would win his first event two years later, winning the 2002 Austrian Open.[11]

In both 2002, and 2006, van den Berg won the Euro Tour seasons, scoring the most ranking points over those two seasons.[12] van den Berg's last win came at the 2017 Portugal Open, having not won an event since 2014, defeated Konrad Juszczyszyn (9–5), Witalij Pazura (9–8),[13] Tomasz Kapłan (9–6) and Mark Gray (9–3) to reach the final.[14] He would take on David Alcaide in the final, and would win 9–5.[14]

Mosconi CupEdit

Van den Berg represented Team Europe at the Mosconi Cup eight times between 2002 and 2017.[15] van den Berg made his debut in the competition in 2002, in what was Europe's first win since 1995.[16] In competing in the 2002 edition, he was the youngest player in the competition at 22, until American's team Skyler Woodward in 2015.[17] He would finish the event, winning 3 games, including a 5–0 win partnering Steve Davis, and losing twice.[18] He would return for the 2003 Mosconi Cup, but would only play in the 2006 edition before rejoining at 2010 Mosconi Cup for three seasons. He would later also play in the 2015 and 2017 events.[19]

In total, van den Berg has played in eight Mosconi Cup events, winning six, and also tying one in 2006.[17][20][19][21]

ChampionshipsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "World 8-Ball Championship Updates". azbilliards.com. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ "World 8-Ball Championship Final Day Updates". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Wu Chia Ching clinches thrilling victory". Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. ^ "European Pool Championships". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 3 January 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
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  7. ^ "Nick van Den Berg – El Nino". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Hall Of Fame Eurotour – Medallists". billiardapps.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Player Profile". billiardapps.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Player Rankings". billiardapps.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Player Profile". billiardapps.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
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  13. ^ "Gray Takes the Cake Four Times Running". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Van den Berg, Ouschan win Portuguese Dynamic Open". azbilliards.com. Archived from the original on 6 September 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Tournament History". Matchroom Pool. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  16. ^ "Steve Davis: Mosconi 2002 Was One Of The Best Moments Of My Career – Matchroom Pool". Matchroom Pool. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Van den Berg and Filler complete automatic picks – Matchroom Pool". Matchroom Pool. Archived from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Europe 12–9 USA". Mosconi Cup. 2 December 2010. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  19. ^ a b "Europe one away from another victory – Matchroom Pool". Matchroom Pool. Archived from the original on 16 August 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Nick van den Berg talks Mosconi Cup". Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  21. ^ "Mosconi Cup XXIV". AzBilliards. Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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