Pankaj Advani backs Germany to lift FIFA World Cup 2014

Last Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 22:45

Bangalore: Cue sport world champion Pankaj Advani on Friday said Germany will lift the 2014 FIFA World Cup if they overcome France in the quarterfinals and Brazil in the semifinals.

"Germany will lift the World Cup, if they get past France in the quarterfinals and Brazil in the semifinals," he told PTI here after he was felicitated for becoming the first player to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker.

"I expect Germany and Netherlands to meet in the finals," Pankaj said.

Pankaj, who created history by becoming the only player to win the shorter and the longer formats world of billiards and snooker, said he wants German striker Miroslav Klose to score record number of goals.

The function was organised by Karnataka State Billiards Association to felicitate Pankaj for winning the IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship in Egypt and Vidya Pillai for winning bronze in the ladies event.

Later speaking to reporters, Pankaj said winning the IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship added one more feather in the host of cups which he had gathered in his cabinet.

"I am extremely happy that I have earned laurels in all format of the game. It shows that it requires patience and adaptability. Whenever there is a shorter format I accept the challenge and for longer format I change my approach accordingly," he said.

Winning the IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship has taken Pankaj to highest tally of world titles by any Indian cueist in the Open Men`s category.

Asked which title he cherished the most, Pankaj said, "IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship is a very special because it had 170 players in it."

"Obviously winning the world title number nine makes me feel I am on cloud nine, and being the highest number of title holder just makes me feel absolutely great," he added.

On his next title event, Pankaj said he is playing world billiards championship in October but has not set eyes on participating in many events before that.

"I will be playing world billiards championship in October but before that there are many events, but I am not really set my sights on that. I just want to enjoy this moment and celebrate with my friends and family," he said.

PTI

First Published: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 22:45

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