DISCIPLINE MASTERS TRAINING PERIOD MASTERS TRAINING VENUE MASTERS COMPETITION PERIOD & VENUE
WATER POLO 22-23 May 2020 Széchy Tamás swimming pool 24-29 May 2020; Széchy Tamás & Hajós Alfréd swimming pool
DISCIPLINE MASTERS TRAINING PERIOD
WATER POLO 22-23 May 2020
MASTERS TRAINING VENUE MASTERS COMPETITION PERIOD & VENUE
Széchy Tamás swimming pool 24-29 May 2020; Széchy Tamás & Hajós Alfréd swimming pool

THE HISTORY

The history of water polo as a team sport began as a demonstration of strength and swimming skill in late 19th century England and Scotland, where water sports and racing exhibitions were a feature of county fairs and festivals.

One of the earliest recorded viewings of water polo was conducted at the 4th Open Air Fete of the London Swimming Club, held at the Crystal Palace, London on 15 September 1873. Another antecedent of the modern game of Water Polo was a game of water ‘handball’ played at Bournemouth on 13 July 1876. This was a game between 12 members of the Premier Rowing Club, with goals being marked by four flags placed in the water near to the midpoint of Bournemouth Pier. Early play allowed brute strength, wrestling and holding opposing players underwater to recover the ball. Players held underwater for lengthy periods usually surrendered possession. The goalie stood outside the playing area and defended the goal by jumping in on any opponent attempting to score by placing the ball on the deck. Since the sport has become more gentle (so to say…) – and it’s become the first team sport making the Olympic programme in 1900 and of course was a highlighted part of the first European Championships in 1926.

THE HISTORY

The history of water polo as a team sport began as a demonstration of strength and swimming skill in late 19th century England and Scotland, where water sports and racing exhibitions were a feature of county fairs and festivals.

One of the earliest recorded viewings of water polo was conducted at the 4th Open Air Fete of the London Swimming Club, held at the Crystal Palace, London on 15 September 1873. Another antecedent of the modern game of Water Polo was a game of water ‘handball’ played at Bournemouth on 13 July 1876. This was a game between 12 members of the Premier Rowing Club, with goals being marked by four flags placed in the water near to the midpoint of Bournemouth Pier. Early play allowed brute strength, wrestling and holding opposing players underwater to recover the ball. Players held underwater for lengthy periods usually surrendered possession. The goalie stood outside the playing area and defended the goal by jumping in on any opponent attempting to score by placing the ball on the deck. Since the sport has become more gentle (so to say…) – and it’s become the first team sport making the Olympic programme in 1900 and of course was a highlighted part of the first European Championships in 1926.

THE BESTS IN EUROPE

The current landscape shows seven ‘big teams’ – host and record Olympic (9x) and European Championships (12x) winner Hungary is challenged by the former Yugoslav teams, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro and the three Mediterranean powerhouses, Italy, Spain and Greece. These sides are the ones usually play for the spots in the semi-finals in all major competitions in the past decade.

THE DISCIPLINE IN HUNGARY

Water polo and Hungary has an everlasting bond – the Magyars are the only nations which had enormous successes both before and after the second World War. They are 9-time Olympic champions, 3-time World champions and 12-time European Champions – a scoreline no other nations could match.

Hungary won the first five editions of the European Championships, still an unparalleled streak, though Serbia is on course to tie it as their winning counts stand at four back-to-back triumphs at the Europeans. Hungary’s last continental victory came quite a time ago, in 1999 – even though they staged another historical march at the Olympics (won three in a row in 2000, 2004 and 2008) and added two world titles in 2003 and 2013, they are yet to claim the European gold in this new millennium.