European Water Polo Championships

The first European Championships in 1926, and, to avoid being eclipsed by the Summer Olympics at all costs, the second was celebrated in 1927 and the third in 1931. Budapest hosted a very successful edition and was followed by Bologna.

The championships were an overnight success, evolving to the current format, first with the creation of a women’s tournament (Oslo, 1985) and then with the separation of water polo, that didn’t have its own competition until 1997 (swimming and diving shared the same competition).

Nowadays, they take place every second year, over the summer in the middle of the Olympic cycle, or at the beginning of the year if it coincides with the Summer Olympics.

Medals 1st palce 2nd place 3rd place Total medal
Hungary Hungary 15 11 11 37
Serbia Serbia 8 9 5 22
Russia Russia 8 5 6 19
Italy Italy 8 4 8 20
Netherlands Netherlands 6 4 4 14
Germany Germany 2 4 4 10
Spain Spain 1 3 4 8
Croatia Croatia 1 2 1 4
Montenegro Montenegro 1 2 0 3
Greece Greece 0 3 0 3
Sweden Sweden 0 3 0 3
France France 0 1 2 3
Belgium Belgium 0 0 3 3
Austria Austria 0 0 1 1