Competition Format

Men

  • 16 teams.
    • 8 winning teams of the play-off.
    • 8 teams classified 1st to 8th from Belgrade 2016.
  • Group phase: 4 groups with 4 teams each.
    • A draw is held using the following system:
      • 1st batch: The teams ranked 1st to 4th in Belgrade 2016.
      • 2nd batch: The teams ranked 5th to 8th in Belgrade 2016.
      • 3rd batch: 8 winning teams of the play-off.
    • The group stage draw, held on March 7th, resulted as follows:

      • Group A: Germany, Georgia, Italy and Hungary
        Group B: Montenegro, Malta, France and Spain
        Group C: Croatia, Turkey, the Netherlands and Greece
        Group D: Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Romania

      • Each group uses the following schedule:

          KO Phase: qualifying matches for ¼ finals, semifinals and finals.

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    Day 5

     

    Day 6

     

    Day 7

    31

    L25 – L26 (15th-16th)

    39

    L33 – L34 (11th-12th)

    45

    L41 – L42 (7th-8th)

    32

    W25 – W26 (13th-14th)

    40

    W33 – W34 (9th-10th)

    46

    W41 – W42 (5th-6th)

    33

    L27 – L29

    41

    L35 – L37

    47

    L43 – L44 (3rd-2nd)

    34

    L28 – L30

    42

    L36 – L38

    48

    W43 – W44 (1st-2nd)

    35

    1D – W27

    43

    W35 – W37

     

     

    36

    1B – W28

    44

    W36 – W38

     

     

    37

    1C – W29

     

     

     

     

    38

    1A – W30

     

     

     

     

  • The 4th classified teams will play each other for places 13th to 16th in cross group format.

     

    Day 4

    25

    4A – 4C

    26

    4B – 4D

    27

    2A – 3C

    28

    3A – 2C

    29

    2B – 3D

    30

    3B – 2D

  • The 2nd and 3rd teams will play each other to qualify ¼ finals in cross group format.
  • The first team classified from each group will qualify directly for ¼ finals.
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    Day 1

     

    Day 2

     

    Day 3

    1

    A1 – A3

    9

    B4 – B3

    17

    C1 – C4

    2

    A2 – A4

    10

    B1 – B2

    18

    C2 – C3

    3

    B1 – B3

    11

    C4 – C3

    19

    D1 – D4

    4

    B2 – B4

    12

    C1 – C2

    20

    D2 – D3

    5

    C1 – C3

    13

    D4 – D3

    21

    A1 – A4

    6

    C2 – C4

    14

    D1 – D2

    22

    A2 – A3

    7 D1 –D3 15 A4 – A3 23 B1 – B4
    8 D2 – D4 16 A1 – A2 24 B2 – B3

The European Water Polo Championships, the most important event of 2018, are the main continental tournament regarding this sport, Olympic since 1896. Following its traditional format, the 33rd men’s edition will gather the 16 best teams in Europe. 

Hungary, the most powerful team during the first decades of the European Championships, dominates the historical medal table with 12 titles, 6 sub-championships and 6 bronze medals. A total of 24 podiums for one of the greatest national teams of all time. Coincidentally, the first edition of the tournament took place in the Hungarian capital 90 years ago. 

Serbia, that will fight for its 4th consecutive crown (Hungary, with 5, has the longest winning streak, from 1926 to 1938), is the undisputed champion of recent years. It is the first team ever to concurrently hold the European, World and Olympic titles. 

After the breakup of Yugoslavia and the foundation of new countries in the region, only nations created from this former Balkan country have been able to conquer the European Water Polo Championships.