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Most of the national championships in Europe have been completed in the past few days. Favorites didn’t make mistakes. Pro Recco, Ferencvaros, Jug, Barceloneta… retained titles in their respective national leagues.

ITALY

The Final Six of the 100th Italian Championships has been played in Trieste this weekend.

As expected, Pro Recco and Brescia clashed in today’s final game. Pro Recco demolished Sport Management in the semifinal (11:3), while Brescia defeated Posillipo (9:7).

The final offered a lot of excitements. Recco water polo players led 6:5 at halftime. They added three goals in a span of 2 minutes for a 9:5. Brescia fought hard, but Pro Recco managed to keep the victory – 11:10 for its 14th title in the Serie A (33rd in total).

Final Six (Trieste, May 23 – 26th)

Quarterfinals
Sport Management – Roma Nuoto 14:6 (4:0, 3:1, 4:2, 3:3)
Posillipo – Ortigia 10:7 (2:0, 4:2, 1:1, 3:4)
Bye: Pro Recco and Brescia

Semifinals
Pro Recco – Sport Management 11:3 (4:0, 3:1, 2:2, 2:0)
Brescia – Posillipo 9:7 (2:2, 2:1, 3:2, 2:2)

For bronze
Sport Management – Posillipo 11:9 (5:1, 0:2, 3:2, 3:4)

FINAL
Pro Recco – Brescia 11:10 (4:3, 2:2, 4:2, 1:3)

Ranking
1 Pro Recco
2 Brescia
3 Sport Management
4 Posillipo
5 Ortigia
6 Roma
7 Florentia
8 Iren Quinto
9 Florentia
10 Savona
11 Canottieri Naples
12 Trieste
13 Bogliasco
14 Catania

HUNGARY

Ferencvaros prevailed OSC in the final of the playoffs (best of five) to defend the trophy (3:0).

The most interesting match of the final was the third one, which was decided after penalty shootout (Ferencvaros – OSC 12:9).

Ferencvaros water polo players continued domination. They have taken trophies in all competitions in the past year and a half (Hungarian Championship 2018 and 2019, Hungarian Cup 2018, LEN Euro Cup 2018, LEN Super Cup 2018).

Final (best of five)
Ferencvaros Telekom – OSC Ujbuda 8:6 (1:1, 3:2, 2:2, 2:1)
OSC Ujbuda-Ferencvaros Telekom 10:15 (2:5, 2:3, 3:1, 3:6)
Ferencvaros Telekom-OSC Ujbuda 12:9 (1:2, 3:3, 2:1, 2:2 – penalty shootout 4:1)

For the 3rd place (best of three)
Szolnok Dosza – ZF Eger 10:7 (3:3, 1:1, 2:2, 4:1)
ZF Eger – Szolnok Dosza 7:13 (1:2, 3:3, 1:4, 2:4)

Ranking
1 Ferencvaros
2 OSC
3 Szolnok
4 Eger
5 Miskolc
6 BVSC
7 Honved
8 Debrecen
9 PVSK Pecs
10 Szentes
11 Tatabanya
12 AVUS
13 UVSE
14 Kaposvari
15 Vasas
16 KSI

CROATIA

Mladost, the Regional League winner, entered the playoffs from the “pool position”. But, the players from Zagreb wasted their chances, they were defeated by Jug in the final (0:3). The Dubrovnik-based team clinched its 4th consecutive title in the Croatian Championship (14th in total).

Final (best of five)
HAVK Mladost – Jug CO Dubrovnik 4:10 (1:2, 1:4, 1:1, 1:3)
Jug CO Dubrovnik – HAVK Mladost 10:9 (1:1, 4:4, 3:2, 2:2)
HAVK Mladost – Jug CO Dubrovnik 11:14 (3:4, 4:2, 3:5, 1:3)

For the 3rd place (best of two)
Jadran Split – Mornar 17:9 (5:3, 4:4, 3:1, 5:1)
Mornar – Jadran 9:13 (2:2, 3:3, 2:4, 2:4)

Final ranking
1 Jug
2 Mladost
3 Jadran Split
4 Mornar
5 Solaris
6 POSK
7 Primorje
8 Zadar

SPAIN

Barceloneta clinched its 14th consecutive national title in Spain (19 in total). Barceloneta defeated Barcelona in the final of the playoffs. After a convincing win in the first game, Barceloneta edged out Barcelona in the 2nd match (8:7) and retained the trophy.

Final (best of three)
CNA Barceloneta – CN Barcelona 14:5 (2:1, 3:0, 6:2, 3:2)
CN Barcelona – CNA Barceloneta 7:8 (1:2, 2:3, 1:3, 3:0)

Ranking

1 Barceloneta
2 Barcelona
3 Terrassa
4 Mataro
5 Mediterrani
6 Sant Andreu
7 Sabadell
8 Real Canoe
9 Navarra
10 Catalunya
11 Tenerife
12 Concepcion

RUSSIA

Dynamo Moscow won the Russian championship for the third year in a row

Final (best of five)
Dynamo Moscow – Spartak Volgograd 10:7 (1:1, 3:3, 5:1, 1:2)
Dynamo Moscow – Spartak Volgograd 8:10 (1:3, 4:3, 0:1, 3:3)
Spartak Volgograd – Dynamo Moscow 7:10 (1:3, 5:4, 0:1, 1:2)
Spartak Volgograd – Dynamo Moscow 4:13 (1:2, 0:4, 0:3, 3:4)

For the 3rd place (best of five)
Syntez Kazan – Dynamo SSHOR Astrakhan 10:9
Syntez Kazan – Dynamo SSHOR Astrakhan 15:7
Dynamo SSHOR Astrakhan – Syntez Kazan 10:8 (penalty shootout)
Dynamo SSHOR Astrakhan – Syntez Kazan 9:8
Syntez Kazan – Dynamo SSHOR Astrakhan on May 29th

FRANCE

Team Strasbourg defended the trophy in the French Championships, as it was better than LEN Euro Cup winner CN Marseille in the final.

Final (best of three)
CN Marseille – Team Strasbourg 8:9 (4:3, 0:2, 2:3, 2:1)
Team Strasbourg – CN Marseille 8:7 (2:2, 4:1, 2:1, 0:3)

For the 3rd place (best of three)
Montpellier Pays d’Aix Natation 9:10 (2:2, 4:2, 2:2, 1:4)
Pays d’Aix Natation – Montpellier WP 14:11 (5:3, 2:2, 3:4, 4:2)

Ranking
1 Team Strasbourg
2 CN Marseille
3 Pays d’Aix Natation
4 Montpellier WP
5 CN Noisy-le-Sec
6 EN Tourcoing LM

GERMANY

Spandau 04 retook the title, by defeating 2018 champion Hannover in final series (3:0).

Final (best of five)
Waspo 98 Hannover – Spandau 04 9:10 (2:3, 2:4, 2:1, 3:2)
Spandau 04 – Waspo 98 Hannover 18:17 (2:2, 2:3, 3:2, 4:4, penalty shootout 7:6)
Spandau 04 – Waspo 98 Hannover 12:8 (4:0, 3:4, 4:2, 1:2)

For the 3rd place (best of three)
OSC Potsdam – ASC Duisburg 9:3
ASC Duisburg – OSC Potsdam on Juny 1st

GREECE

After three games of the final series between Olympiacos and Vouliagmeni, Olympiacos led 2:1.

Final (best of five)
Olympiacos – Vouliagmeni 10:9 (6:2, 1:1, 0:4, 3:2)
Vouliagmeni – Olympiacos 9:8 (1:2, 1:2, 2:1, 2:1, penalty shootout 3:2)
Olympiacos – Vouliagmeni 11:5 (5:2, 1:0, 3:1, 2:2)
Vouliagmeni – Olympiacos on May 27th.

For the 3rd place(best of three)
Apollon Smirnis – Ethnikos 8:7 (4:2, 0:1, 1:1, 3:3)
Ethnikos – Apollon Smirnis 11:10 (2:2, 3:2, 4:4, 2:2)
Apollon Smirnis – Ethnikos 9:5 (2:0, 1:1, 4:1, 2:3)

Ranking
1 ???
2 ???
3 Apollon
4 Ethnikos
5 PAOK
6 Ydraikos
7 Glyfada
8 Palio Faliro
9 Chania
10 Chios
11 Peristerio
12 OFTH

ROMANIA

Steaua retains the title in Romania. Steaua defeated CSM Oradea in the first two matches, played in Bucharest last week, and they added the third crucial victory in Oradea on Friday.

Final (best of 5)
Steaua Bucharest – CSM Oradea 8:7 (2:1, 2:0, 2:4, 2:2)
Steaua Bucharest – CSM Oradea 6:4 (2:1, 0:0, 3:1, 1:2)
CSM Oradea – Steaua Bucharest 4:7 (2:2, 1:2, 1:2, 0:1)

For the 3rd place (best of 5)
Corona Sportul Studentesc – Dinamo Bucharest 14:10 (5:3, 4:2, 2:3, 3:2)
Corona Sportul Studentesc – Dinamo Bucharest 9:4 (3:2, 1:0, 2:0, 3:2)
Dinamo Bucharest – Corona Sportul Studentesc 8:12 (3:5, 0:1, 1:2, 4:4)

MONTENEGRO

Earlier in May, the Montenegrin championship was finished. Jadran Herceg Novi retained the title

Final (best of five)
Jadran Carine Herceg Novi – Budva 15:12 (1:0, 7:5, 3:4, 4:3)
Budva – Jadran Carine Herceg Novi 4:7 (1:1, 0:1, 1:2, 1:3)
Jadran Carine Herceg Novi – Budva 12:10 (3:4, 3:2, 4:3 i 2:1)

For the 3rd place (best of three)
Primorac – Cattaro 12:4
Cattaro – Primorac 5:12

SERBIA

Sabac, the Serbian Cup winner, and Red Star will meet in the final of the Serbian championships. In the semifinals, Sabac defeated 2018 champion Partizan, while Red Star was better than Radnicki.
The series (best of three) starts on Wednesday.

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