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Adam Imanpoor and the Foos Fanatics on the Montreal Mirror

28 December 2003
The web edition of the Montreal Mirror has a long article, by Patrick Lejtenyi on how foosball has been played and organized in the Canadian region of Quebec. The life and soul of this widespread network is Adam Imanpoor, a 23-year-old Brossard native and co-founder, co-creator (with his longtime friend Dennis Karastamatis) and president of the Quebec Table Soccer Association (QTSA).Imanpoor only began playing the game five years ago, but he developed rapidly. He conquered the Canadian intercollegiate scene in 1999 and 2000, came second in the province in 2001 and dominated the foosball world that year and the next, and placed seventh in semi-pro doubles. Imanpoor takes his foosball seriously. He has to, because four months ago, running the QTSA became his full-time job - administering the tournament, taking care of rankings, dealing with sponsors and acting as the association's rep to the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF). The last year, he says, has been a whirlwind."Basically," he says, looking over at the game floor with its tables and dozens of players, "this all started with three other guys in a basement. Now, we have over 700 members across the country." The Skratch family, he says, has been extremely receptive to hosting all tournaments. He is very grateful.Imanpoor says the job is "a dream come true. But it's very stressful. I work 10- and 12-hour days. There aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want to accomplish."There is a lot to do. He organizes the tournaments, rankings (amateur, rookie, semi-pro, pro and pro-master) and leagues, and travels. He has been to world championships in London, England, and Salzburg and Vienna in Austria (in July, he'll be going back to Vienna to compete in a tournament with over 100,000 euros in prize money). Canadians, he notes, are highly regarded in the foosball world."What distinguishes Canadians is our ability to do trick shots," he reveals. "We're trick-shot guys. The recognition around the world is incredible. We invented all the aerial shots and quick passing. Anywhere I go in the world, people come up to me and ask about trick shots."To conclude we like to quote the definition of foosball the journalist gives: If pool is a glass of champagne, foosball is a pitcher of beer. It's faster, louder, sweatier, more chaotic and perhaps sillier.  
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