History of European Water Polo Championships

Bonn 1989 and Athens 1991

19th European Championship – Bonn (Germany) 1989 “Golden Goal” in the finalThe so-called “Golden Goal” rule was introduced in water polo after the final of the World Aquatics Championships in Madrid, which was extended eight times. Thus, a rule was developed that, in case of a tie, extra time is played until the first team scores a goal. Therefore, this

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Sofia&Oslo 1985 and Strasbourg 1987

17th European Championship – Sofia (Bulgaria) and Oslo (Norway) 1985 Advance to the EastThe tournament in the Bulgarian capital lasted from 4 to 11 August. Sofia went down in history as the easternmost city ever to host the European Championships. A little later, it will be slightly surpassed by Athens. Before bidding to host this European Championship, Sofia had 7

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Split 1981 and Rome 1983

15th European Championship – Split (Croatia) 1981 Change of rulesThe water polo tournament in Split was the first European Championship to be held according to the new rules. 7-minute quarters were introduced, and it was allowed to have 13 players on the team, not 11 as before. This clearly allowed coaches to make more frequent changes, and the game became

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Vienna 1974 and Jönköping 1977

13th European Championship – Vienna (Austria) 1974 Separate pool for water polo The European Championships took place in the very centre of Vienna, in the Stadionbad. To this day, an extremely popular venue with about 10 pools of different sizes, water slides, and various attractions. Each water sport was allocated its own pool at this European Championship, so for the

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Utrecht 1966 and Barcelona 1970

11th European Championship – Utrecht (Netherlands) 1966 Electronic debutFor the first time, an electronic timing system was used at the European Championships. It was especially important for the swimming disciplines, but it was also useful for water polo. However, just in case, there was still the good old “stopwatch” on the scoreboard because at that time people did not believe

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Budapest 1958 and Leipzig 1962

9th European Championship – Budapest (Hungary) 1958 For the first time on Margaret Island (Margit Sziget)After 32 years, the European Water Polo Championships returned to the country that has been most successful in the sport. After 1926 and the first European Championship held in the swimming pool of Csazsar (now Bela Komjadi), the competition was held for the first time

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Vienna 1950 and Turin 1954

7th European Championship – Vienna (Austria) 1950 Later relocation to AustriaOriginally, the 1950 European Championships was to be held in Budapest, which had already taken over the organization of the competition. However, in 1948, LEN requested permission from Hungary for all athletes, judges, and foreign fans to enter without visas. The Hungarian government was given a deadline of only one

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London 1938 and Monte Carlo 1947

5th European Championship – London (Great Britain) 1938 The last pre-war championship The 1938 European Championships in London took place barely 13 months before the start of the most terrible war conflict in human history, and for the first time in the home country of water polo, Great Britain. The European Championships in London took place from 7 to 13

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Paris 1931 and Magdeburg 1934

3rd European Championships – Paris (France) 1931 Round robinParis, once again an Olympic city, hosted the 3rd European Championships which was held on more days than there were teams. In fact, the matches took place from 23 to 30 August 1931, i.e. for 8 days, and there were 7 national teams. It was played on the principle of a round

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Budapest 1926 and Bologna 1927

1st European Championships – Budapest (Hungary) 1926 The tournament lasted only five daysThe first European Water Polo Championships was held in the capital of Hungary, Budapest. The water polo tournament, which was part of the European Aquatics Championships, lasted only five days, from 18 August to 22 August. Only 4 national teams competedLogically, the tournament was short because only 4

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