Luca Brecel

The Belgian Bullet

Two Ranking Titles

World Ranking

15

Money List Earnings

£257,000

One Year List Earnings

£205,500

Belgian
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08/03/1995

Date of Birth

2011

Turned Pro

Right

Hand

147

WST High Break

One Piece

Cue

Season Stats

301

Frames Played

182

Frames Won

119

Frames Lost

60.47%

Frames Won Percentage

7,889

Shots Played

26.21

Shots Per Frame

113

Breaks Over 50

2.66

50 Break Rate

19

Breaks Over 100

15.84

100 Break Rate

Bio

In 2017 Luca Brecel became the first player from mainland Europe to win a full-ranking event by defeating Shaun Murphy 10-5 to win the China Championship in Guangzhou.

Coming a year after he reached his maiden final at the German Masters (l. Gould) and the non-ranking Shoot Out (l. Hull), the China title saw him claim a career-best prize of £150,000 to break into the world’s top 16 for the first time.

Following his breakthrough success, it would be four years until Brecel would return to the winner’s circle at the Scottish Open in Llandudno. Having reached his first triple crown final a week earlier at the UK Championship (l. Zhao), the Belgian would respond in the perfect fashion by defeating John Higgins 9-5 to claim his second ranking title just seven days later.

In 2020 he claimed his second professional title at the Championship League, topping the winners group at the Marshall Arena ahead of Ben Woollaston, Stuart Bingham and Ryan Day. The win was notable for being the first professional competition staged during the COVID-19 pandemic and saw Brecel qualify for that year’s Champion of Champions tournament.

Two years earlier he also enjoyed success in the same competition as he compiled the first maximum break of his career against Higgins.

Early Career

A prodigiously talented junior, during his first professional season the Belgian notably became the youngest-ever player to qualify for the televised stages of the World Championship at just 17, eclipsing the previous record set by Stephen Hendry.

As an amateur, Brecel notably won the EBSA European Under-19s Championship in 2009 aged just 14, before going on to claim the open age title a year later.

Career Honours

WST Ranking Event Titles (2)

  • 2021/22: Scottish Open
  • 2017/18: China Championship

Professional Non-Ranking Event Titles (1)

  • 2019/20: Championship League