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2023 Europa Pro Bodybuilding Show Preview


The Europa Pro is one of the largest bodybuilding contests outside of North America, and the 2023 edition of the show takes place in Alicante, Spain, on Sunday, Sept. 17. Ten of the 11 IFBB Pro League divisions are featured in this show, with Men’s Wheelchair being the only one that’s absent. 

More than 170 pros will take the stage with intentions of winning and qualifying for the 2023 Olympia Weekend in Orlando, FL, on Nov. 2-5. If winners are already qualified, then no extra qualification will be awarded. You can see the full rosters for all 10 contests below.


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2023 Europa Pro Bodybuilding Show Rosters

Here’s the rundown of the athletes competing at the 2023 Europa Pro. 

Men’s Open

Khaled Al Kazem (Kuwait)
Ali Jalil Naser Al-Zarqani (Iraq)
Nathan De Asha (United Kingdom)
Giovanni Azpeitia (Mexico)
Simone Bassanelli (Italy)
Andrea Bolzoni (Italy)
Tim Budesheim (Germany)
Robert Burneika (USA)
Volodymyr Byruk (Ukraine)
Maik Ciesla (Germany)
Roman Fritz (Germany)
Regan Grimes (USA)
Dorian Haywood (USA)
Mark Joyce (United Kingdom)
Theo Leguerrier (France)
Pablo Llopis (Spain)
Mikhail Maslov (Russia)
Artem Pakhniuk (Russia)
Dennis Reinhold (Germany)
Tomas Tabaciar (Slovakia)
Antonio Valero Tuinenburg (Spain)
Jan Turek (Czech Republic)
Liang Yan (China)

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Cesar Oyarce Auladell (Chile)
Dobromir Delev (Bulgaria)
Florin Dogaru (Romania)
Mostafa Eskandari (The Netherlands)
Oleh Kryvyi (Ukraine)
Marco Ruz (France)
Vincente Santamaria (Spain)
Almotazbelah Senousei (Libya)
Tomas Tabaciar (Slovakia)
Francisco Barrios Vik (Brazil)
Dean White (United Kingdom)
Asmawi Zolkifli (Malaysia)

Classic Physique

Jabor AlKuwari (Qatar)
Jose Maria Mete Bueriberi (Spain)
Eric Castagnet (France)
Eduardo Ciocchetti (Italy)
Valeri Enchev (Bulgaria)
Pedro Ferreira (Portugal)
Marcos Iglesias Garcia (Spain)
Patrik Herczik (Czech Republic)
Philipp Jendreiek (Germany)
Ali Khan (Afghanistan)
Thomas Kunz (Switzerland)
Miguel Malimo (Mozambique)
Fernando Gornals Margol (Spain)
Luis Garcia Martinez (Spain)
Roberto Martinez (Spain)
Sam Mikaelsson (Spain)
Victor Toledo Pardo (Spain)
German Pastor (Spain)
Zhivko Nikolaev Petkov (Bulgaria)
Ruben Lopez Reyes (Spain)
Esteban Smith (Spain)
Abel Daniel Carreno Sousa (Spain)
Wesley Vissers (The Netherlands)


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Men’s Physique

Aryan Ali (Germany)
Mohammad Ali (Austria)
Adeyemi Awoyemi (United Kingdom)
Ali Bilal (Denmark)
Thomas Igor Williams Boumsong (Spain)
Alessandro Cavagnola (Italy)
Youcef Djoudi (France)
Isaac Francis (United Kingdom)
Febo Gambacorta (Italy)
David Hammond (United Kingdom)
Tunde Hassan (Ireland)
Marcos Iglesias Garcia (Spain)
Ali Jafar (Kuwait)
Ali El Khtabi (France)
Ruben Marques (Portugal)
Jaime Maso (Spain)
Hashem Mohammed (Saudi Arabia)
Happy Edodo Oguieva (Spain)
Toby Owen (United Kingdom)
Isaias Paez Martinez (Mexico)
Sidy Pouye (Spain)
Kenny Privet (Switzerland)
Nikolay Rashkov (Bulgaria)
Giuseppe Riserbato (Italy)
Alessio Sbizzera (Italy)

Women’s Bodybuilding

Chelsea Dion (USA)
Ivana Dvorakova (Czech Republic)
Julia Foery (Switzerland)
Jacqueline Fuchs (Switzerland)
Liz Meza Gomez (Mexico)
Cristina Arellano Goy (USA)
Viktoria Knysh (UAE)
Lisa Kudrey (Canada)
Anastasia Leonova (Russia)
Virginia Sanchez (Spain)


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Women’s Physique

Maria Ethel Heredia Appa (Spain)
Emila Balkova (Bulgaria)
Sarah Bradley (United Kingdom)
Tatiana Bulut (Turkey)
Fay Simone Ellis (England)
Lena Frenkel (Israel)
Karina Goncalves (Spain)
Modesta Halby (Denmark)
Marina Kassinopoullou (Cyprus)
Uta Kohler-Spitzbart (Germany)
Alida Opre (Hungary)
Petra Osterwald (Switzerland)
Anastasia Papoutsaki (Greece)
Laura Pyszora (United Kingdom)
Joanna Romano (Spain)
Mar Ruiz (Spain)
Caroline Alves dos Santos (Brazil)
Alessandra Patricia Da Silva (Italy)
Kerstin Telker (Germany)


Donnice Chow (USA)
Amy Hamilton (Spain)
Minna Pajulahti (Finland)
Michaela Pavleova (Slovakia)
Nikolett Szabo (Hungary)


Mari Carmen Alvarez (Spain)
Arya Bahar (Germany)
Pamela Colombo (Italy)
Carolina Fernandez (Spain)
Rejoice Godwin (Spain)
Lauren Green (United Kingdom)
Nadine Claudia Huber (Germany)
Svitlana Ivanina (Ukraine)
Anna Kohckar (Ukraine)
Gabriela Linhartova (Czech Republic)
Silvia Cuartero Martinez (Spain)
Stella Miliani (United Kingdom)
Olena Mykhailiuk (Ukraine)
Katja Nowak (Germany)
Paula Ranta (Finland)
Susana Serrano (El Salvador)


Solidea Bellia (Italy)
Kristina Brunauer (Austria)
Noemi Cosentino (Italy)
Valerya Fedorenko (Ukraine)
Jessica Feeney (Ireland)
Chantal Hill (Spain)
Vivienne Kahl (Bavaria)
Jessica Kavanagh (Ireland)
Noora Mahonen (Finland)
Ottavia Mazza (Italy)
Samantha Minshull (United Kingdom)
Sarah Neuheisel (Germany)
Renata Nowak (Poland)
Lisa Reith (Germany)
Jule Schwabe (Austria)
Rania Stamatiadou (Greece)
Giuditta Taccani (Italy)
Regina Tan (Singapore)
Patrizia Vaccaro (Italy)
Angela Valenzuela (Spain)
Marisa Woo (USA)


Sandra Colorado Acal (Spain)
Debora Boff (Brazil)
Klaudia Vanessza Csuri (Ukraine)
Paula Dominguez Garcia (Spain)
Celandine Holenweg (Switzerland)
Paula Fernandez Lopez (Spain)
Charline Mas (France)
Anna Mroczkowska (Poland)
Lisa Steele (Italy)
Nerilde Garcia Strey (Brazil)

Men’s Open Athletes to Watch

The most high-profile division on the show is Men’s Open. Here are the athletes to keep an eye on.

Nathan De Asha

Nathan De Asha is coming off his 10th career victory at the 2023 Flex Weekend Pro in Milan, Italy. He’s already qualified for the Mr. Olympia contest, but winning this show would add another title, more prize money, and keep another competitor from qualifying for the big contest in Florida this November.


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Only show winners qualify for the Olympia at this point in the season, and there aren’t many shows left before the cutoff date of Oct. 9. De Asha can give himself a lot of momentum for the Olympia by winning here.

Regan Grimes

Regan Grimes made his 2023 season debut at the Flex Weekend Pro, where he finished one spot behind De Asha as the runner-up. He’s not yet qualified for the Olympia, so he needs to win this contest. Grimes has won shows in both Classic Physique and Men’s Open in the past, but his last victory came back at the 2021 KO Pro

Roman Fritz

Another competitor that Grimes should be concerned with is Roman Fritz, who is also Olympia-qualified thanks to his win at the 2023 Bigman Weekend Pro. This will be his fifth contest of the season, and he hasn’t finished outside of the top five in any of them. Regardless of how he does here, his Olympia spot is safe. Fritz finished one spot behind Grimes in the Flex Weekend Pro show.

Women’s Bodybuilding Athletes to Watch

This is a packed show for all the women’s divisions. These are the names you need to know from Women’s Bodybuilding. 

Chelsea Dion

Chelsea Dion will make her 2023 season debut at this contest. She was last on stage at the 2022 Ms. Olympia, where she placed ninth. The 2021 NPC National championship winner is in her second pro season, and she’s looking to get her second pro win. Her first victory came at the 2022 Tampa Pro.


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Lisa Kudrey

Lisa Kudrey is also trying to qualify for the Ms. Olympia for the second straight season. She was out of the top 15 at the 2022 Olympia, and she has already competed twice this season, finishing fourth in the Vancouver Island Showdown Pro and 10th in the Chicago Pro. With over a month between her Chicago Pro appearance and this show, she could make improvements that help her place higher.

Virginia Sanchez

This is Virginia Sanchez’s first appearance of the 2023 season as well. She has Olympia experience, having placed seventh in 2021. Her last onstage appearance was at the 2022 Rising Phoenix World Championships, where she placed seventh. This will be her ninth season in the IFBB Pro League. 

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