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The LEN Champions League is the top-tier European professional water polo club competition with teams from up to 18 different countries. It is organized by the Ligue Européenne de Natation.

LEN Champions League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018–19 LEN Champions League
SportWater polo
Founded1963; 56 years ago (1963)
PresidentGianni Lonzi
No. of teams24 (preliminary stage)
16 (group stage)
CountryLEN members
Continent Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
Hungary FTC Telekom Budapest
(1st title)
Most titlesItaly Pro Recco
(8 titles)
Level on pyramid1st Tier (Europe)
Official websitelen.eu

The competition started in 1963 as Champions Cup. A change of name and format occurred in 1996, with the competition being renamed Champions League and the final four system being established as the format of choice, for the first time during the 1996–97 LEN Champions League. From 2003 to 2011 the competition was named LEN Euroleague (with the change of name being simply a re-branding) and from 2011 and on LEN Champions League, its current name.

LEN Champions League is the most popular water polo league in the European continent. It has been won by 24 different clubs, 10 of which have won the title more than once. The most successful club in the competition is Pro Recco, with eight titles. The current European champion is FTC Telekom Budapest, who won their first title after defeating Olympiacos in the 2018–19 LEN Champions League Final in Hannover.

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HistoryEdit

Names of the competitionEdit

  • 1963–1996: Champions Cup
  • 1996–2003: Champions League
  • 2003–2011: LEN Euroleague
  • 2011–present: LEN Champions League

Title holdersEdit

FinalsEdit

Year Final Third and fourth place
Champion Score Second place
1963–64
Details
 
Partizan
4–3  
Dynamo Moscow
 
Dynamo Magdeburg
 
ASC Duisburg
1964–65
Details
 
Pro Recco
1–0  
Partizan
 
Dynamo Magdeburg
 
CSKA Moscow
1965–66
Details
 
Partizan
8–7
(5–3 / 3–4)
 
Dynamo Magdeburg
 
Pro Recco
 
CSKA Moscow
1966–67
Details
 
Partizan
10–8
(5–3 / 1–2 / 4–3)
 
Pro Recco
 
Dynamo Magdeburg
 
Dinamo București
1967–68
Details
 
Mladost
8–6
(4–2 / 4–4)
 
Dinamo București
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Pro Recco
1968–69
Details
 
Mladost
11–7
(7–3 / 4–4)
 
Dynamo Moscow
 
Dynamo Magdeburg
 
Partizan
1969–70
Details
 
Mladost
7–6
(5–3 / 2–3)
 
Pro Recco
 
Barcelona
 
OSC
1970–71
Details
 
Partizan
4–4  
Mladost
 
Dynamo Moscow
 
Stockholms
1971–72
Details
 
Mladost
4–2  
Pro Recco
 
Dynamo Moscow
 
De Robben
1972–73
Details
 
OSC
5–4  
Partizan
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Dinamo București
1973–74
Details
 
MGU
4–3  
OSC
 
Partizan
 
Napoli
1974–75
Details
 
Partizan
6–2  
OSC
 
Dinamo București
 
De Robben
1975–76
Details
 
Partizan
6–5  
Vasas
 
Napoli
 
De Robben
1976–77
Details
 
CSKA Moscow
7–5  
Zian
 
Würzburg 05
 
Partizan
1977–78
Details
 
Napoli
5–5  
CSKA Moscow
 
Partizan
 
Würzburg 05
1978–79
Details
 
OSC
5–2  
Montjuïc
 
Würzburg 05
 
Pro Recco
1979–80
Details
 
Vasas
9–7  
Partizan
 
Spandau 04
 
Montjuïc
1980–81
Details
 
Jug
6–4  
Spandau 04
 
Vasas
 
Ethnikos Piraeus
1981–82
Details
 
Barcelona
12–11  
Spandau 04
 
Vasas
 
Alphen
1982–83
Details
 
Spandau 04
17–16
(7–10 / 10–6)
 
Dynamo Alma-Ata
 
Vasas
 
Pro Recco
1983–84
Details
 
Stefanel Recco
16–15
(8–10 / 8–5)
 
Alphen
 
Jug
 
Spandau 04
1984–85
Details
 
Vasas
21–16
(11–11 / 10–5)
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Spandau 04
 
Partizan
1985–86
Details
 
Spandau 04
14–13
(7–9 / 7–4)
 
BVSC
 
Montjuïc
 
Jug
1986–87
Details
 
Spandau 04
17–13
(10–5 / 7–8)
 
Dynamo Moscow
 
Primorac Kotor
 
Újpest
1987–88
Details
 
Sisley Pescara
21–19
(12–10 / 9–9)
 
Spandau 04
 
Dinamo București
 
Partizan
1988–89
Details
 
Spandau 04
22–21
(11–10 / 11–11)
 
Catalunya
 
Partizan
 
Ferencváros
1989–90
Details
 
Mladost
20–19
(9–10 / 11–9)
 
Spandau 04
 
Vasas
 
CSKA Moscow
1990–91
Details
 
Mladost
21–17
(10–7 / 11–10)
 
Napoli
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Spandau 04
1991–92
Details
 
Jadran Koteks
21–20
(10–12 / 11–8)
 
Savona
 
Polar Bears Ede
 
Spandau 04
1992–93
Details
 
Jadran Koteks
13–12
(7–8 / 6–4)
 
Mladost Auto Hrvatska
 
Olympic Nice
 
Polar Bears Ede
1993–94
Details
 
Újpest
21–17
(10–6 / 11–11)
 
Catalunya
 
De Georgio Trasporti Posillipo
 
Jadran Eurosplit
1994–95
Details
 
Catalunya
15–13
(7–6 / 8–7)
 
Újpest
 
Dukat Mladost
 
Spandau 04
1995–96
Details
 
Dukat Mladost
13–10
(7–4 / 6–6)
 
Újpest
 
Barcelona
 
Record Cucine Posillipo
1996–97
Details
 
Themis Posillipo
10–7  
Mladost Hrvatska Lutrija
 
Barcelona
 
Bečej
1997–98
Details
 
Themis Posillipo
8–6  
Pescara
 
Mladost Hrvatska Lutrija
 
Spartak Volgograd
1998–99
Details
 
Splitska Banka
8–7  
Bečej
 
Dynamo Moscow
 
Themis Posillipo
1999–00
Details
 
Bečej Nis Naftagas
11–8  
Mladost Hrvatska poštanska banka
 
BVSC
 
Splitska Banka
2000–01
Details
 
Jug
8–7  
Olympiacos
 
Posillipo
 
Bečej
2001–02
Details
 
Olympiacos
9–7  
Honvéd
 
Telemarket Posillipo
 
Jug
2002–03
Details
 
Pro Recco
9–4  
Honvéd
 
Mladost
 
Spandau 04
2003–04
Details
 
Honvéd
7–6  
Jadran
 
Primorje Erste Banka Rijeka
 
Shturm Chekhov
2004–05
Details
 
Lottomatica Posillipo
9–8  
Honvéd
 
Pro Recco
 
Jug CO
2005–06
Details
 
Jug CO
9–7  
Pro Recco
 
Posillipo
 
Savona
2006–07
Details
 
Pro Recco
9–8  
Jug CO
 
Partizan
 
Olympiacos
2007–08
Details
 
Pro Recco
13–12  
Jug CO
 
Vasas
 
Mladost
2008–09
Details
 
Primorac Kotor
8–7  
Pro Recco
 
Jug
 
Mladost
2009–10
Details
 
Pro Recco
9–3  
Primorac Kotor
 
Partizan
 
Jug
2010–11
Details
 
Partizan
11–7  
Pro Recco
 
Mladost
 
Budva
2011–12
Details
 
Pro Recco
11–8  
Primorje Erste Banka Rijeka
 
Mladost
 
Vasas
2012–13
Details
 
Crvena zvezda
8–7  
Jug
 
Atlètic-Barceloneta
 
Partizan
2013–14
Details
 
Atlètic-Barceloneta
7–6  
Radnički Kragujevac
 
Primorje Erste Banka Rijeka
 
Partizan
2014–15
Details
 
Pro Recco
8–7  
Primorje Erste Banka Rijeka
 
Atlètic-Barceloneta
 
Jug CO
2015–16
Details
 
Jug CO
6–4  
Olympiacos
 
Szolnok
 
Pro Recco
2016–17
Details
 
Szolnok
10–5  
Jug CO
 
Pro Recco
 
Eger
2017–18
Details
 
Olympiacos
9–7  
Pro Recco
 
Atlètic-Barceloneta
 
Jug CO
2018–19
Details
 
FTC Telekom Budapest
10–10 (PSO: 4–3)  
Olympiacos
 
Pro Recco
 
Atlètic-Barceloneta

Titles by clubEdit

Rank Club Titles Runner-up Champion years
1.   Pro Recco 8 7 1964–65, 1983–84, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2014–15
2.   Mladost 7 4 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1995–96
3.   Partizan 7 3 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 2010–11
4.   Jug 4 4 1980–81, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2015–16
  Spandau 04 4 4 1982–83, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89
6.   Posillipo 3 1996–97, 1997–98, 2004–05
7.   Olympiacos 2 3 2001–02, 2017–18
8.   OSC 2 2 1972–73, 1978–79
9.   Vasas 2 1 1979–80, 1984–85
10.   Jadran Split 2 1991–92, 1992–93
11.   Honvéd 1 3 2003–04
12.   CSKA Moscow 1 2 1976–77
  Újpest 1 2 1993–94
  Catalunya 1 2 1994–95
15.   Canottieri Napoli 1 1 1977–78
  Pescara 1 1 1987–88
  Bečej 1 1 1999–00
  Primorac Kotor 1 1 2008–09
19.   MGU Moscow 1 1973–74
  Barcelona 1 1981–82
  POŠK 1 1998–99
  Crvena zvezda 1 2012–13
  Barceloneta 1 2013–14
  Szolnok 1 2016–17
  Ferencváros 1 2018–19
25.   Dynamo Moscow 3
26.   Primorje 2
27.   Dynamo Magdeburg 1
  Dinamo București 1
  Zian 1
  Montjuïc 1
  Dynamo Alma-Ata 1
  Alphen 1
  BVSC 1
  Savona 1
  Jadran Herceg Novi 1
  Radnički Kragujevac 1

Titles by nationEdit

Rank Country Titles Runners-up CL winning clubs
1.     Yugoslavia [A] 14 6 3
2.   Italy 13 10 4
3.   Hungary 8 9 6
4.   Croatia 7 9 3
5.   Germany [B] 4 4 1
6.   Spain 3 3 3
7.   Soviet Union [C] 2 6 2
8.   Greece 2 3 1
9.   Serbia 2 1 2
10.   Montenegro 1 1 1
11.   Netherlands 2
12.   East Germany 1
13.   Romania 1

*A Results until the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991 and the self-determination of its rump state Serbia and Montenegro in 2006. Clubs from present day Serbia won the title 6 times and were runners-up additional 4 times, clubs from present day Croatia won the title 7 and were runners-up once time, clubs from present day Montenegro were runners-up once time.

*B The results of West Germany counted with those of Germany.

*C Results until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Clubs from present day Russia won the title 2 times and were runners-up additional 5 times, clubs from present day Kazakhstan were runners-up once time.

RecordsEdit

  • Pro Recco has been the most successful club, having won the competition a record eight times.
  • Mladost is the only club to have won the competition three times in a row (1968, 1969, 1970).
  • Partizan is the only club to have won the European Championship twice in a row for two times (1966, 1967 & 1975, 1976).
  • Spandau 04 (1986, 1987), Mladost (1990, 1991), Jadran Split (1992, 1993), Posillipo (1997, 1998) and Pro Recco (2007, 2008) are the other five teams to have won the European Championship twice in a row, only for one time.

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