LEN Champions League History​

Winner
1963-1964
Partizan Belgrade
YUG
1964-1965
Recco
ITA
1965-1966
Partizan Belgrade
YUG
1966-1967
Partizan Belgrade
YUG
1967-1968
Mladost Zagreb
YUG
1968-1969
Mladost Zagreb
YUG
1969-1970
Mladost Zagreb
YUG
1970-1971
Partizan Belgrade
YUG
1971-1972
Mladost Zagreb
YUG
1972-1973
OSC Budapest
HUN
1973-1974
MGU Moscow
URS
1974-1975
Partizan Belgrade
YUG
1975-1976
Partizan Belgrade
YUG
1976-1977
MGU Moscow
URS
1977-1978
Canottieri Naples
ITA
1978-1979
OSC Budapest
HUN
1979-1980
Vasas Budapest
HUN
1980-1981
JUG Dubrovnik
YUG
1981-1982
CN Barcelona
ESP
1982-1983
Spandau 04 Berlin
FRG
1983-1984
Stefanel Recco
ITA
1984-1985
Vasas Budapest
HUN
1985-1986
Spandau 04 Berlin
FRG
1986-1987
Spandau 04 Berlin
FRG
1987-1988
Sisley Pescara
ITA
1988-1989
Spandau 04 Berlin
FRG
1989-1990
Mladost Zagreb
YUG
1990-1991
Mladost Zagreb
YUG
1991-1992
Jadran Koteks Split
CRO
1992-1993
Jadran Koteks Split
CRO
1993-1994
Ujpesti Budapest
HUN
1994-1995
Catalunya Barcelona
ESP
1995-1996
Mladost Zagreb
CRO
1996-1997
Thermis Posillipo Naples
ITA
1997-1998
CN Posillipo Naples
ITA
1998-1999
Splitska Banka Split
CRO
1999-2000
VK Becej Nis Naftagas
YUG
2000-2001
JUG Dubrovnik
CRO
2001-2002
Olympiacos Piraeus
GRE
2002-2003
Pro Recco
ITA
2003-2004
Domino BHSE Budapest
HUN
2004-2005
CN Posillipo Naples
ITA
2005-2006
JUG Dubrovnik
CRO
2006-2007
Pro Recco
ITA
2007-2008
Pro Recco
ITA
2008-2009
VK Primorac Kotor
MNE
2009-2010
Pro Recco
ITA
2010-2011
Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade
SRB
2011-2012
Ferla Pro Recco
ITA
2012-2013
BVK Crvena Zvezda
SRB
2013-2014
CNA Barceloneta
ESP
2014-2015
Pro Recco
ITA
2015-2016
JUG Dubrovnik
CRO
2016-2017
Szolnoki VSK
HUN
2017-2018
Olympiacos Piraeus
GRE
2018-2019
FTC Telekom Budapest
HUN
2019-2020
2020-2021
Pro Recco
ITA
Club Wins
Pro Recco
9
Mladost Zagreb
7
Partizan Belgrade
7
JUG Dubrovnik
4
Spandau Berlin
4
CN Posillipo Naples
3
Olympiacos Piraeus
2
Jadran Split
2
OSC Budapest
2
Vasas Budapest
2
Competition Names
1963-1996
European Water Polo Cup
1996-2003
Champions League
2004-2011
LEN Euro League
2011-Present
LEN Champions League
Past season Statistics
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Some Milestones of the Champions League

  • The Champions League grew out of the original Champions Cup established in 1963
  • It was decided to introduce a new National Champion’s Club Championship at the LEN Bureau Meeting on 7th June 1963. The idea was suggested by Hungary
  • The competition, which was to be called European Champions Cup was for clubs that had won their own national league championship in the preceding season
  • It was decided that the competition would not be held if fewer than 6 teams entered. In the end, 17 teams entered this first ever competition with 13 taking part. This number increased to 15 in 1965
  • The preliminary rounds of the 1963 Championship were organised in 2 groups, in Naples and Magdeburg. The final rounds were organised by th Yugoslavian Federation and staged in Zagreb where Partizan Belgrade was the winner. The Championship in 1965 was won by Pro Recco of Italy with Partizan, runners up, and Dinamo Magdeburg, third
  • On June 7th 1964, it was decided that the LEN Water Polo Committee would be responsible for establishing permanent rules for the European Champions Cup
  • The Yugoslavian sports review ‘Sport’ presented the first cup to be presented to the winners of the competition
  • In 1966, Partizan Belgrade became the first team to win the trophy 3 times
  • By 1968, the championships were being organised in four groups, normally of 4 (or even 5) clubs
  •  In 1974, the number of participating clubs had grown to 19 but only 2 clubs were willing to organise the preliminaty groups and a special meeting was called in September 1973 to determine the other 2 required venues. London, Sofia and Izmir came through as 3 of the 4 cities with the participating clubs meeting 50% of their accommodation costs. Partizan defeated Helsingfors 16-0 in the group stage in Sofia, at that time one of the highest number of goals scored in one match
  • In the early years, the Championship was often difficult to organise. The LEN Bureau recorded at their meeting of March 26th 1976 at the Hotel Danieli Royal Excelsior in Venice that cisas were refused to a Spanish team for a match in Czechoslovakia and that there had been crowd interference at games played in Civitavecchia
  • During the 1980’s the Championship was more commonly known as the European Water Polo Cup for National Champions. Also, in the 1980’s, the preliminary rounfs were held between October and November with the final held at the start of December and the Super Cup Final, Between the national league champions and the winners of the European Cup Winners’ Cup Competition, in mid December
  • In 1982, Alphen defeated Instanbul in Paris 39-2, one of the highest scores recorded. Alphen were later themselveds knocked out in the quarter finals
  • In 1989, Spandau Berlin won the last of its championships. It had won the Cup 4 times in just 6 years
  • In 1990-1991, Mladost Zagreb won the European Cup for the seventh time
  • In 1992, the finals started to be held later in February and by 1993, the tournament entry had grown to 24 teams. By 1006, the ‘Final Four’ semi finals and finals were being played in April
  • In 2010-2011 Partizan Belgrade equalled Mladost Zagreb’s seven cup victories
  • In 2011-2012 the name of the Euro League was changed to European Champions League
  • In the same year, Pro Recco drew level with Mladost Zagreb and Partizan Belgrade with 7 all-time championship wins. Pro Recco is now on 9 wins
  • Six Clubs have won the Cup 3 or more times