Thursday, February 26, 2015

1902: The Wigan S.C International Water Polo players.

The International players of Wigan Swimming Club, Greater Manchester, England in 1902: J. Critchley, G.Nevinson (Olympic winner, London 1908), T.Saunders, F.V Swift (National team of England 1901), C.S.Smith (goalie, Olympic Winner, London 1908). 
Courtesy: Family archives of Mrs Sally Kendrick

Saturday, February 21, 2015

1977: The Champions of Isfahan city, Iran

The team of Isfahan city, Champion of Iran in 1977. The team: Fereydoun Jalili, Shariat, Yaghoti, Bahram Tavakoli, Hosein Tavakoli, Khaliliyan, Nazari, Movahedi, Raofazar, Masrori.
Source: courtesy Feredouyn Jalili 

1978: The National team of Iran

The National team of Iran in 1978.The players: Fereydoun Jalili, Mohazeb, Movahedi, Shariat, Reza Jalili (Coach),  Eskandari, Yaraghi, Dariush Fakhr, Khaliliyan, Safavi, Tabrizi, Safari, Homayoon Jalili.
Source: courtesy Feredouyn Jalili

1955: The Champion of Teheran City, Iran

The team of Teheran City Champions of Iran in 1955. The team: Amini, Tavakoli, Peydayesh, Mohammadi, Sabaghiyan, Sarshar, Jafarbay, Abdolrahmanzadeh, Garosi, Noritalebi.
Source: courtesy of Fereydoun Jalili

Friday, February 20, 2015

1956: The team of Ethnicos in Vouliagmeni lake

The team of Ethnicos Piraeus in the lake of Vouliagmeni in 1956. Standing 3rd from left the legendary Andreas Garyfallos, known as the Patriarch of Greek Water Polo.
Source: courtesy of Dimitris Kougevetopoulos 

Monday, February 9, 2015

1985: The Junior Champions of USSR.

The Junior National team of USSR, winner at the 1985 World Junior Championship held in Turkey. Standing L-R: Zhukovsky, Tozhdestvenskei, Apanasenko D, Ogorodnikov, Karabutov, Skuratov, Sofronov (Coach), Yury Zaitsev (Manager), Shvedov. Sitting L-R: Goniev, Prokopenko, Gorshkov, Šajdakov
Source: courtesy of Michail Ivanov

1973: The Juniors of USSR

The National Junior team of USSR in 1973.
Source: courtesy Michail Ivanov

1980: The team of Dynamo Moscow

The team of Dynamo Moscow in 1980 Standing L-R: Grishin, Georgy Mshvenieradze, l. Borodejčuk, Vic Burchuladze, Michail Ivanov, Vlad Sidoreev. Sitting L-R: Sergey Nikiforov, Sergei Ŝipicin, D. Sulakadze, Vl Lachmenev.
Source: courtesy Michail Ivanov

Monday, January 26, 2015

1964, Tokyo: action during the final Hungary – USSR

Action during the final game between Hungary (blue) and USSR (5-2) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Indoor Swimming pool, 1964 Olympic Games.
Source: OLYMPIA 1964, Herbart Meisel and H.J.Winker courtesy of Takis Kalokairinos 

1964, Tokyo: action during Yugoslavia – Netherlands

Action during the game between Yugoslavia and Netherlands (7-2) in Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.
Source: OLYMPIA 1964, Herbart Meisel and H.J.Winker Courtesy of Takis Kalokairinos 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

1964: The Champions of Club Natacion Barcelona

The team of Club Natacion Barcelona coached by Augustin Mestres winner of the Spanish Championshio in 1964. It was the 52nd title in a row.
Source: Lavanguardia, 23 September 1964

Saturday, January 17, 2015

1921: The team of Penarth, Champion of Wales

The team of Penarth, Champions of Wales in 1921. The players: W. Street, A.Hurdidge, T. Parsons, Chris Jones, G. Taylor, S.Kingston, J.Harvey, W. Lintern, R.L Farr.
Source: private collection 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

1905: The winners of Rari Nantes Roma

The team of Rari Nantes Roma winner of the 4th Italian Championship held in 17th September 1905 at the Acque Albule of Rome. The team: 1. Bacilici, 2. L.Sorenti, 3, Petacchi, 4. Altieri, 5. Bruti 6. E. Serventi, 7. Sannibale. Ranking: 1. Rari Nantes Roma, 2. Societa Podistica Lazio, 3. Romani di Nuoto.
Source: La Stampa Sportiva, Torino 1 October 1905

Saturday, January 3, 2015

1924, Paris: The Water Polo team of Ireland.

The team of Ireland that took part in Paris 1924 Olympic Games: Charles Barrett, James Beckett, James Brady, John Convery, Charles Fagan, Michael O’Connor, Noel Purcell, William Fagan, Norman Judd, John O’Connor.
Source: private collection

Friday, January 2, 2015

1920, Antwerp: Great Britain vs USA 7-2

View of the "Stade Nautique d'Antwerp" during the game of Great Britain Vs. USA (7-2) in Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games. The British team: Charles Sydney Smith, Paul Radmilovic, Charles Bugbee, Noel Purcell, Christopher Jones, William Peacock, William Henry Dean. The US team: Preston Steiger, Sophus Jensen, Michael McDermott, Clement Browne, Herbert Vollmer, Harry Hebner, James Carson, William Vosburgh, George Taylor, Perry McGillivray, Norman Ross, Duke Kahanamoku.

1954, Torino: Action during the final

Action during the final game in Torino 1954 European Championships between Hungary and Yugoslavia.
This is a trading card for the "Blue Band Margarine" album, issued in Holland, entitled 'Sporten en Spelen in Woord en Beeld'.
Source: private collection 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

1932, Los Angeles: The Golden Hungarians.

The team of Hungary gold winner in Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games. The team: Barta István, Bródy György, Halassy Olivér, Homonnai Márton, Ivády Sándor, Keserű Alajos, Keserű Ferenc, Németh János, Sárkány Miklós, Vértesy József

1952: Water Polo technique by Bela Rajki

Water Polo technique by Bela Rajki (HUN), 1952

1956, Melbourbe: The winners of Hungary.

The team of Hungary winner of gold medal in Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. The team coached by Béla Rajki:  Bolvári Antal, Boros Ottó, Gyarmati Dezső, Hevesi István, Jeney László, Kanizsa Tivadar, Kárpáti György, Markovits Kálmán, Mayer Mihály, Szivós István, Zádor Ervin.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

1936, Berlin: Water Polo action in the Olympic Pool

Action during Berlin 1936 Olympic Games in the full house competition pool.
Source: private collection 

1930: The team of Cercle Natation de Spa, Belgium

The team if Cercle Royal de Natation de Spa, Belgium in 1930
Source: private collection

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

1921: Match in the river Seine, Paris

Match in the river Seine organized by the Sporting Club Choisy-Le-Roi, Paris in 1921.
Source: personal collection

1963: Inland NU Pike Water Polo Club, USA.

The Inland Nu Pike Water Polo Club, All American USA Water Polo Champions in 1963. The team: Monte Nitzowski, Bob Horn, Ken Lindgren, Stan Sprague, Ken Smith, Paul Zack, Charles Mackh, Dave Ashleigh, Dave Coon, Bill Russell Chuck Bittick, Stan Cole, Russ Webb, Stan Sprague.
Source: courtesy of Graig Wilson 

1930: Water Polo for Ladies at Stoke Newington

"Water Polo for Ladies (1930)" Filmed at Stoke Newington, London. Mere man's one-time exclusive water sport is now being dived right into by the girls." Source: British Pathe

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

1951, Alexandria: The bronze team of Greece.

The National team of Greece at the 1st Mediterranean Games held in Alexandria, Egypt on 1951. The Greek won bronze medal following Spain (gold) and Egypt (silver)
Source: courtesy Ioannis Kourandis 

1953: The Champions of Ethnicos Piraeus, Greece

The team of Ethnicos Piraeus winner of the 1953 Greek National Championship. Chatzikyriakakis, Lekakis, Kalfamanolis, Takousis, Georgiadis, Garyfallos, Kourandis. Source: courtesy Ioannis Kourandis 

Monday, December 22, 2014

1920: Water Polo in the Berlin Deutsches Stadion

Water Polo game in the Deutsches Stadion in Berlin in 1920. The 100m length pool was adjacent to the Stadium built to host the 1916 Olympics (canceled due to World War I). It was demolished in 1934 and replaced by the 1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium. 
Source: private collection 

1964, Tokyo: The bronze team of USSR.

The team of Soviet Union, bronze winner in Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. Top row L-R: Eduard Egorov, Head coach, Andrei Yulevich Kistyakovsky, Leonid Osipov, Coach Evgeny Semenov, Nikolai Kuznetsov, President of the Water Polo Federation of the USSR Vitali Smirnov, Boris Popov, Vladimir Semenov; Bottom L-R: Boris Grishin, Igor Grabowski, Zenon Bortkiewicz, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Nikolai Kalashnikov, Victor Ageev, P. Ivanov (translator).
In Tokyo the two favorites were Hungary and Yugoslavia who had been first and second respectively in Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956), and in Rome (1960) have been placed 3-4 behind Italy and the Soviet Union. Those same four teams went through the preliminary round in Tokyo by winning their groups. All four of the favorites also advanced through the semi-final groups, with Russia ranked first ahead of Italy in their group. In the other group Hungary and Yugoslavia won one match each, had one win carried over, and when they met, they tied 4-4, with Hungary winning the pool by goal differential. In the final round, Hungary and Yugoslavia would not meet their match score carrying over from the semi-finals. Hungary defeated Italy 3-1, and the Soviet Union 5-2, while Yugoslavia defeated the Soviets 2-0, and Italy 2-1. This gave Hungary the gold medal by goal differential in the final round, with Yugoslavia second and the Soviets winning bronze. These same four teams had finished 1-4 at the last three Olympic Games (1956-64).
Source: Russian Amateur Waterpolo League (

Saturday, November 29, 2014

1929: The team of Lerici Sport, Italy

The team of Lerici Sport, Italy in 1929. From L-R: Aste, Faridone, Monguidi, Tedeschi, Bibolini, Calloni, Bertella, Spagnol (President).
Source: Courtesy of Alessandro Manfredi

Friday, November 28, 2014

1955: The Champions of Rari Nantes Camogli

The team of Rari Nantes Camogli, Champion of Italy in 1953. The team coached by Cesare Rubini: Cavazzoni, Simeoni, Runbini, Cristiani I, Marciani, Peretti, Pittaluga, Christiani II,  Rapetti.
Source: JANTZEN Camogli 1914-1964

1963: The National teams of Israel and Greece

The National Teams of Israel and Greece at the Zappeion Pool of Athens in 1963. Standing L-R: Gabi Winkler, Itzhak Lerrer,  Dr. Micha Kanitz. Bottow row: Nr. 5  Yechiel (Pista) Mozes. Among the Greek players Yiannis Palios, Takis Kalomoiris, Takis Mathioudakis, Andreas Garyfallos, Manolis Patlakas, Petros Kalfamanolis, Nikos Molohas, Yiannis Thymaras.
Source: courtesy Yechiel (Pista) Mozes and Matan Schwartz

1963: The National team of Israel

The National Team of Israel prior to the friendly game against Greece in Athens in 1963. Standing L-R: Reuven Shefa, Benny Margalit, Yechiel (Pista) Mozes, Willy Rashunitz (Coach), Hagi agam, Yossi Peled, Dr. Micha Kanitz. Seating L-R: Robby Ladner, Miki Margalit, Gabi Winkler, Itzhak Lerrer
Source: courtesy Yechiel (Pista) Mozes and Matan Schwartz

Sunday, November 23, 2014

1993: Full house at “Volksbad Limmer”, Hannover

A record number of 2,600 spectators watched the third and decisive final game of the 1993 German championships when the local heroes of Waspo Hannover-Linden gained a 5-3 victory against SSF Delphin Wuppertal. The match was played at Volksbad Limmer outdoor-pool, Waspo’s club ground since the 1920s. In the semi-finals Waspo had eliminated national series champions Spandau 04 in two games to stop the winning series of the Berlin club after 14 titles in a row since 1979. 1993 champion Waspo Hannover-Linden and the local rivals of Wasserfreunde 98 Hannover, eight-time German champion between 1921 and 1948, merged to the new club Waspo 98 Hannover in 2012.
Source: Wolfgang Philipps, Vergangenheit und Zukunft.100 Jahre Waspo Hannover-Linden, 1913 – 2013

Friday, November 21, 2014

1936, Berlin: The team of Uruguay.

The team of Uruguay that participated at Berlin 1936 Olympics Games: Enrique Pereira, Julio César Costemalle, Maximo García, Francisco Figueroa, Hugo García, Alberto Batignani, José Castro
Source: private collection

Friday, November 7, 2014

1937: The team of "VZG" Gent, Belgium

The team of Verbroedering Door Broederschap" Gent, Belgium renamed as "Vrije Zwemmers Gent" in 1937.

1924: The team of "VDB" Gent, Belgium

The team of “Verbroedering Door Broederschap" Gent, Belgium in 1924.

1906: "In the swimming Tank" Cover of magazin

"In the Swimming Tank" Cover of the Magazine Frank Merriwell's Pupils or The School for Athletic Development.
Source:, Standish, B. L. (1906) Frank Merriwell's Pupils or The School for Athletic Development. New Medal Library no. 611. Street & Smith, New York.

Monday, November 3, 2014

1933: The team of Ethnicos Piraeus, Greece

The team of Ethnicos Piraeus, Greece in 1933.
Source: courtesy of Takis Kalokairinos 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

1956, Melbourne: The bronze team of USSR

The team of USSR, bronze winner at Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games: B. Goikman, M. Ryzhak, I. Chliapine, V. Prokopov, V. Agueev, V. Kourennoi, P. Breus, N. Cvakharia, P. Michvenieradze and B. Uzakov (coach). 
Source: private collection 

1909: The Junior Champions of Sussex

The team of Sussex, winner of the Juniors Championiship in England in 1909.
Source: private collection