Sunday, August 26, 2012

1980, Moscow: The Greek Yiannis Vossos in action

The charismatic Greek goalkeeper Yiannis Vossos in the game of Greece vs Netherlands 7-8 at Moscow 1980 Olympics. Yiannis Vossos defended the cage of Greece at the Moscow 1980 and the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
Source: Greek magazin "Thalassia Sport & Piscina", September 1980

1912: The team of Brighton SC advertizing OXO.

The team of Brighton Swimming Club while advertising a nutritional product in 1912. We read at the bottom: "They bathe in the open sea all year round. They specially posed for the above photograph in appreciation of the stimulating and warming power of OXO".

1968, Mexico: Tetunosuke Ishii in action

The goalkeeper of Japan Tetsunosuke Ishii in action in the game of Japan against the Netherlands in Mexico 1968 Olympic Games

1976, Montreal: The Dutch goalie Evert Kroon in action

The goalkeeper of Netherland Evert Kroon in the game of Hungary vs Netherlands 5-3 at Montreal 1976 Olympics. Kroon defended the cage of Netherland in three Olympic Games 1968, 1972 and 1976.  

1968, Mexico: The Cuban goalie Oscar Periche in action

The goalkeeper of Cuba Oscar Periche in the game of Cuba vs Netherlands 5-8 at Mexico 1968 Olympics. Periche defended the cage of Cuba into four Olympic Games 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980.

1937: Bandy Zolyomy with Rari Nantes Napoli

The legendary Bandy Zolyomy (seated with the bathrobe) coach and player of Rari Nantes Napoli in 1937.

1914: Match into a Dutch Canal, World War One

Water Polo match into a Dutch Canal during the 1st World War 1914-1918 (Behind the Western front) . 
(During the war, the Netherlands had remained neutral, something that had been a principle of Dutch foreign politics for some time. The Dutch army was, however, mobilised to defend its own territory. Furthermore, the Netherlands had to deal with the peripheral effects of the war. Large numbers of Belgian refugees had to be taken in, in temporary camps, among other places. Unemployment rose due to the fall in international trade and the sinking (by torpedoes) of many merchant vessels. Food became scarce and rationing was introduced. In 1917 and 1918, despairing housewives plundered food stocks in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

1920: The team of Buchholzer Schwimmverein

The team of Bucholzer Schwimmverein in 1920

1922: Match between Buchholzer SV and Annaberg SV

Match between the teams of Bucholzer SV and Annaberg SV in 1922. Annaberg-Buchholz  is a town in the Free State of Saxony, Germany

1928 : The Champions of H.Z. & P.C. Zian, Den Haag

The Women’s team of H.Z & P.C Zian of Den Haag Champions of Netherlands in 1928.

1966, Utrecht: Soviet Union vs West Germany 4-2.

The teams of West Germany and Soviet Union lining up for presentation before their game in Utrecht 1966 European Championships (23 August 1966). The West German team, ranked 7th at Utrecht, lost the game 4-2 against the Soviet Union winner of the European title. The Soviet players: Vadim Gulyaev, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Boris Grishin, Iosif Zemsov, Vladimir Shmudsky, Vladimir Semenov, Boris Popov, Valeri Pushkarev, Aleksandr Dolgushin, Leonid Osipov, Igor Grabovsky.

1966, Utrecht: The National team of Italy

The Italian team that took part in Utrecht 1966 European Championships ending in the 4th place. From L-R: Alberto Alberani, Alessandro Ghibellini, Mino Marsilli, Enzo Barlocco, Alberto Spinola, Franco Lavoratori, Giancarlo Guerrini, Gianni Lonzi, Mario Cevasco, Eugenio Merello, Eraldo Pizzo.
Source:, (names retrieved with the assistance of Milena Meneghin)

1887: Aquatic Foot-Ball at Brighton West Pier

Poster annoucing an "Aquatic Foot-Ball" match within the Brighton West Pier Festival on September, 14th 1887. 

1881: "Aquatic tea party" at Brighton

Engraving presenting an "Aquatic tea party" at Brighton in 1881....

1956, Melbourne: The National team of Singapore.

The National team of Singapore that took part at Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games: David Lim, Thio Gim Hock, Lionel Chee, Eric Yeo, Gan Eng Teck, Wiebe Wolters, Tan Eng Bock, Skip Wolters, Oh Chwee Hock, Lim Teck Pan

1964: Olympic Flash Card# 39 "WELCOME Tarzan"

Olympic Flash Card# 39  offered by the French "Chewing gum WELCOME Tarzan et Johnny" in view of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.
Source: public domain

Friday, August 24, 2012

1960: The Champions of Fullerton College

The team of Fullerton College, Eastern Conference Champion in 1960. Bottom L-R: Tony Daless, Bob Horvath, Ron Davis, Dave Lewis, Mike Forbes. Middle L-R: Kelly Herold, Bill Heede, Jeff Peck, Stan Sprague (captain), Jim Butch, Frank Harlan. Top L-R: Coach Jimmy Smith, Ron Malandra (Assistant Manager), Doug Schiel, Bob Hovey, Roy McMichael, Russ Jackson, John Ferguson, Dennis Nelson, Dick Katz (Manager). (Missing: Jack Currie, Dick Patterson, Bob Strauch, Jack Stevens).

1955: Rule book printed in Argentina

Cover of a Water Polo rule book printed in Argentina in 1955. 
Source: public domain 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

1960: The Champions of Antofagasta, Chile.

The team of Antofagasta Champion of Chile in the 1960's. Back L-R: Alexis Rovira, Tomicic Barrera, Juan Garafulic Alfred, Vicente Paz and...Front L-R: Jaime Shedan,..., ..., .., Hugo Metzdorf (Coach), Jalil Tala, Rodolfo Covarrubias, Miguel Cornejo.
Source: picture by Miguel Cornejo

1940's: The team of Antofagasta of Chile.

The team of Antofagasta, Chile in the 1940's. Standing L-R: Esteban Skornic, Jorge Northland, Milenko Skornic; Squatting L-R: Carlos Ossandon, Raúl Martinez, Orlando Dueñas, Alfonso Martínez.

1965: The US team winner at the Maccabiah Games.

The US team coached by the legendary Uhro "Whitey" Saari winner of the 1965 Maccabiah Games.
Source: public domain

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

1945: The Champions of "Gimnasia y Esgrima"

The team of “Gimnasia y Esgrima”, Buenos Aires Champion of Argentina in 1945. From L-R: L.Diez, E.Fraga, J.Farulla, N.Caputo, L.Szabo, R.Ramicone, R.Leyendo, E.Carmaccio, J.Avalos Noguera, M.Pegasano.
Source: magazine “El Grafico” March 1945

1903: The team of St Helens, Liverpool.

The team of St Helens, Liverpool finalist at the 1903 British National Championship. Back row: Manning, Seath, Smith, Turner, McKay, Lomax. Front row: Lomax, Lawrenson, Sharrocks, Walker, Phythian. 
Source: The Black and White Illustrated Budget.  

1954: The team of Syros Nautical Club

The team of Syros Nautical Club (Cyclades, Greece) in 1954. Among the players appears as a guest star the legendary Greek player of Ethnicos Piraeus and the Greek National team Andreas Garyfallos. Standing L-R: Skevofylakas, Garyfallos, Markouizos Vaggelis, Mendakis, Athymaritis, Hatzikyriakakis. Squatting L-R: Markouizos Nikos, Maraggos.
Source: Archives of Syros Nautical Club; courtesy of Dimitris Gryparis, Rania Kritikou

1948: Match in the port of Syros island, Greece

Water Polo match in the port of Syros island, Cyclades Greece in 1948.
Source: Archives of Syros Nautical Club; courtesy of Dimitris Gryparis, Rania Kritikou 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

1920: The Antwerpsche Zwemclub

The team of Antwerpsche Zwemclub at the venue of swimming and Water Polo at Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games. 

1924: The Champions of Antwerpsche Zwemclub

The team of Antwerpsche Zwemclub Champion of Belgium in 1924: M. Blitz, A. Maas, P. Dewin, J. De Combe, P.Nijs, H. Elzendoorn, P. Vermetten, G. Blitz

1920, Antwerp: The team of Netherlands

The team of Netherlands that took the 5th place at the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games: Karel Struijs, Karel Kratz, Karel Meijer, George Cortlever, Piet Plantinga, Gé Bohlander, Jean van Silfhout, Piet van der Velden, Leen Hoogendijk

1920, Antwerp: The team of Brazil

The team of Brazil that took the 6th place at the Antwerp 1920, Olympic Games: Agostinho Sampaio de Sá, Orlando Amendola, Victorino Fernandes, Abrahão Soliture, João Jório, Angelo Gammaro, Alcides de Barros Paiva, Carlos Lopes, Edgard Ribeiro.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

1977: The Champions of Alphense Zwem Club.

The team of Alphense Zwem Club (AZC) winner of the Dutch Championship in 1977. Standing L-R: George Geurtsen (coach), Frank vd Akker, Cees vd Broek, Ton Buunk, Hans t Hart, Gijze Strooboer. Kneeling L-R: Eric Noordegraaf, Geza Kaltenecker, Ronald Meijer, Wim Keman en Ruud de Hey.
Source: courtesy of Eric Noordegraaf

1970: Medal of Barcelona European Championships

Medal of the 1970 European Championship held in Barcelona, Spain
Source: public domain

1962: Leipzig European Championship, ticket

Ticket of the European Championships held at Leipzig, East Germany in 1962.
Source: public domain

Sunday, August 12, 2012

1896: First Water Polo game in Wien, Austria

The First Water Polo game in Austria at the Dianabad of Wien, in 1896, published in the newspaper “Illustrieerte Wiener Extrablatt" on March 14, 1896. The match was held between Team A and B; Team A: Christenheit, Fabesch, Fajmayer, Heidelberg, Karner, Kraus, Reinfeld. Team B: Anderle, Balzeweit, Oscar Fried, Paul Fried, Kestler, Lewin and Pogatschnik. Source: 125 Jahre Wasserball Österreich by Gerhard Kreil; courtesy of Takis Kalokerinos.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

1984, Los Angeles: The silver team of USA.

The Team of USA that took silver medal at Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games in a picture published in LIFE magazine.Back Row L-R: Jon Svendsen, Peter Campbell, Chris Dorst, Craig Wilson, Andrew McDonald, John Siman, Steve Hammond Middle Row L-R: James Bergeson, Joe Vargas, Jody Campbell, Terry Schroeder. Front Row L-R: Tim Shaw, George Newland, Doug Burke, Kevin Robertson, Gary Figueroa. 
Source: courtesy of Craig Wilson