Hungary, with six clubs, extends its reign over European clubs’ water polo
Hungary, which has become the mecca of water polo over the past few years because of both the major competitions it has held and the quality of its clubs and national team, leads a new statistic of this sport: the greatest number of clubs participating in the Champions League and Euro League, the two biggest continental clubs’ competitions.
A total of six Hungarian teams will compete in the Champions League (Szolnoki, Eger and OSC Budapest) and Euro League (Ujpest, Dunaujvaros y BVSC Zugol), whose main stage will be drawn tomorrow in Nyon.
Italy and Spain, with five representatives, are second on the list. Greece ultimately has three teams registered, after Glyfada failed to qualify for the main draw of the women’s competition. Germany and the Netherlands have two and Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania and France one. 12 countries for a total of 32 teams. Naturally, the 14 countries that will compete in Barcelona 2018 (eight men’s and six women’s) are among those 12 squads that qualified for the major LEN competitions of the winter season.
As for Spanish teams, Atlètic Barceloneta and Astrapool CN Sabadell will take part in the Champions League, and Sabadell, La Sirena CN Mataró and CN Sant Andreu will compete in the Euro League. The latter qualified for the main draw after delivering an astonishing performance in the qualifying stage (with only one loss) whereas Sabadell and Mataró did not play the first round of the competition, after playing the Final Four last season.
Only two Spanish teams have failed to reach the Champions League main draw: CN Terrassa and Mataró.