Thursday, December 31, 2015

1965: The team of Californa Golden Bears

The 1965 team of University of California “Golden Bears”: First row L-R: Baird (Ass. Coach), Gage, Baker, Lambert, Gove, Ventes, McCreary Second row L-R: Dean (Ass. Coach), Spieker, Clevenger, Cronk, Pierog, Pattison, Szabo, Pete Cutino (Head Coach) Third row L-R:  Evans, Amudsen, Mitchell, Bentley, Thelin, Martin

1957: The Champions of Heliopolis SC, Cairo

The team of Heliopolis Sporting Club, Cairo Champions of Egypt in 1957 composed from: Abdel Rahman  Amin, Ohayyed Soliman, Sameh Fahmy, Adly Yehya Shafik, Asharf Khorshed, Ahmed Refaat, Aly Mansour. This magnificent team was winning the National Championships in Egypt until 1972….During this period the HSC water polo team members represented the majority of the National Water Polo team that took part in Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968 Olympics.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

1955: The winners of Argentina

The National team of Argentina gold winner in Mexico, 1955 Pan American Games composed by: Sandiago Gentile, Rafael Bartolome, Osvaldo Codaro, Oscar J.Marino, Enrique Cevasco, Luis A.Diez, Mario Sebastian, Luis Normandin, Juan J.Cal, Norberto Marino.
Source: Courtesy Rosana Codaro 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

1901: The Champions of Wanganui, New Zealand

The team of Wanganui Amateur Swimming Club, Champion of New Zealand in 1901. Back row: Hayward, Mowtell, Cambell, Whitoombe Middle row: Bailey, Mahoney, Tyler Front row: Buckrell, Landridge

Friday, December 18, 2015

1968: The National team of Italy.

The National team of Italy in 1968, prior to Mexico Olympics. Standing L-R: Majoni (Coach), Pizzo, Merello, Ghibellini, Alberani, De Magistris, E. Barlocco, Lonzi, Antonelli (Official), Cevasco. Kneeling L-R: Lavoratori, Simeoni, ..,Marsili, Guerrini. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

1939: The team of Società Sportiva Lazio

The team of Società Sportiva Lazio, in 1939. Standing L-R: De Giovanni, Caucia, Baldomoro, Penza, Tamagnini, Scatralia, Cosimo. Kneeling L-R: Berti, Persico, Ognio, Candella.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

1936: The team of C.O.S "Nageurs Lillois"

The team of Cercle Ouvriers Sportif (C.O.S) "Les nageurs Lillois" in 1936. From L-R: Aubut, Hermez, Delmar, Delmotte, Van Coweberghe, Delmelerie, Vandenberghe, Hellin.
Source: personal collection

Monday, November 23, 2015

1902: The winners of Knickerbocker A.C

The team of of Knickerbocker Athletic Club, New York winners of the US Championships from 1899 to 1902.
Source: Stampa Sportiva #27, July 1909

1909: The winners of Societa Podistica Lazio

The team of “Societa Podistica Lazio” winner of the 1909 National Water Polo Championship in Italy. The team won at the Acque Albule, Tivoli of Rome against Rari Nantes Roma (4-0) and against “Mariners of the 1st Department of Spezia (4-0). From L-R: Bitelli, Pizzingrili, Kustermann, Schiavi, Torchio, Tofini, Retachi.
Source: Stampa Sportiva #27, July 1909

Friday, November 13, 2015

1979: The team of Libertas Nuoto Pescara

The 1979 team of "Libertas Nuoto Pescara" promoted for the 1st time into the 1st Division of the Italian Championship. Standing L-R: Girolimetti (Team Official), D' Onofrio, Briga, Tornar, D'Altrui (Coach), Gobbi, Carboni (Team Official), Raducci, Lippi, Rapini Rainaldi (Doctor). Kneeling L-R: Mascellanti, Santarelli, Felicetti, Papa, Pietrostefani, Rainaldi, Barbara.
Source: Luciano Bonici Archive

1978: The team of Algida Rari Nantes Florentia

The team of Algida Rari Nantes Florentia, 3rd in the A division 1978 Italian Championship.
Source: personal collection 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

1916: "The boys of Bristow" play Water Polo.

Front cover of the US magazine "Happy Days, Paper for young and old" New York, dated 8 April 1916.

Friday, November 6, 2015

1934, Magdeburg: The National team of Italy

The Italian National team that took part in Magdeburg 1934 European Championships (12-19 Aug 1934). Standing L-R: Luigi Fabiano (S.S. Mameli), Giordano Goggioli (R.N.Florentia), Enzo Zabberoni (R.N.Florentia), Mario Majoni (R.N.Camogli), Paolo Costoli (R.NFlorentia), Lorenzo Pastore (R.N.Camogli). Kneeling L-R: Luciano Scazzola (R.N.Milano, Giuseppe Valle (R.N.Florentia). Missing from the picture Sirio Banchelli (R.N.Napoli), Giordano Fuga (Ginnastica Triestina).

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

1912: The Drummoyne Water Polo tram

The team of Drummoyne Swimming Club in 1912, Winners of the ‘Club’ Water Polo Competition 1911-1912′. Back row: A. Martin, W. Salton (Honorary Secretary), W. Martin; Center row: B. Erickson, H. Christiansen (Captain), W. Baxter (Vice-Captain), T. Fitzgerald; Sitting (in front): G. Erickson

Saturday, October 24, 2015

1931, Paris: The German National team

The German National team that competed at the European Championships, Tourelles, France, in 1931

1920: The San Francisco Olympic Club

The San Francisco Olympic Club Water Polo team, winner of the American title in 1920, San Francisco, California. Behind L-R: Gardner, Steiger, Resleure, Smith. Front L-R: Goodman, Carson, Schultz. They went to Chicago for the Olympic swimming trials held in the Lincoln Park lagoon to be part of the United States team at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, 1920.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

1987: The Champions of Sisley Pescara

The team of Sisley Pescara winner of European and Italian Championships in 1987. Standing L-R: Bernardi (Physical preparatory), Ballerini, Bertazzoli, Mundula, Salonia, Malara, Rapini, Trumbic (Head Coach). Kneeling L-R: Estiarte, Papa, D’Altrui, Pomilio, Battinelli, Montanaro.
Source: Archive Luciano Bonici 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

1921: The Champions of Brighton Swimming Club

The team of Brighton Swimming Club Champions of Sussex Senior Water Polo Champ in 1921 (The Club won the same competition in 1894-5-6, 1900, 1902-3, 1906, 1911, 1920). Back row L-R: H.J Upton (Bath Superintendent), A.S.T Styer (Club Captain), Ford Ashdown (Hon. Sec. Sussez Local Center). C.Cutress, G.D. Ashby, A.E. Dean, C.J. Vobes (Junior Hon. Secretary). Front L-R: C.F. Clarke, G.Wilton (Vise Captain and Water Polo Hon. Secretary), G.H. Fowler, W.H. Peters, D.Vine (Reserve).

Saturday, October 3, 2015

1930: The Plaistow United Swimming Club team.

The team of Plaistow United Swimming Club at Balaam Street Baths in 1930. (City of Plaistow is situated in East London at the south of West Ham)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

1985: The team of Sysley Pescara

The team of Sisley Pescara winner of the Italian Cup in 1985. Along with the Coach Mino Marsili the players Estiarte, D'Altrui, Misaggi, S. Marsili, Belotti, Di Fulvio, Tornar, Pomilio, Papa, Gobi.
Source: private collection 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

1976, Montreal: The team of Soviet Union

The team of Soviet Union, 8th in Montreal 1976 Olympic Games. The team: Aleksey Barkalov, Aleksandr Dolgushin, Aleksandr Dreval, Aleksandr Kabanov, Aleksandr Zakharov, Anatoly Klebanov, Nikolay Melnikov, Nugzar Mshvenyeradze, Sergey Kotenko, Vitaly Romanchuk, Vladimir Iselidze.
Source: private collection

Sunday, September 20, 2015

1948: The team of Fullerton College, California

The team of Fullerton College all-Southern California team in 1948: From L-R: Bob Brown, Ed Illsey, Bud Householder, Captain Don Bradford, Marvin D. Burns, Hank Imm, and Frank Poucher.

1969: The team of Fullerton College, California

The team of Fullerton College, California State Champion in 1969. In this shot, Coach Ernie Polte poses with his Championship team (L-R from bottom): Trey Reish, Kris Cook, John Poznanter, Fred Belcher, Greg Bunker, Dave Heard, and Terry Klein. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

1925: The Polytechnic Water Polo team.

The Polytechnic Water Polo with the Hastings and St Leonards Town Observer Shield. The team won the shield during the period 1924-1927.
Source: private collection 

1920: Water Polo game in Sydney Park

Water Polo match during the Water Rats Gala held in Sydney Park, Australia July 31, 1920.Source:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1948: The National team of Italy

The Italian National Water Polo team in 1948: Pasquale Buonocore, Emilio Bulgarelli, Mario Majoni, Cesare Rubini, Geminio Ognio, Gianfranco Pandolfini, Aldo Ghira, Gildo Arena, Tullo Pandolfini (Luigi Fabiano, Alfredo Toribolo).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

1968: The Champions of Ethnicos Piraeus .

The team of “Ethnicos Piraeus” winner of the 1968 Greek National Championship. Back row L-R:  Yiannis Thymaras, Petros Kalfamanolis, Andreas Garyfallo, Dimitris Kougevetopoulos, Koulis Iosifidis, Sotiris Tzafolias Front L-R: ?,  Dimitris Konstas, ?, Anargyros Kehagias, Nasos Kondos, Thomas Karalogos.
Source: courtesy Dimitris Konstas

Friday, August 14, 2015

1967: Ethnicos winner of the Greek Championship.

The team of “Ethnicos Piraeus” winner of the 1967 Greek National Championship. "Ethnicos Piraeus" is the most winning Water Polo team in the history of Greek Water Polo conquering 30 National Championships and 11 Greek Cups the 50’s-60’s-70’s-80’s. Back row L-R:  Yiannis Thymaras, Tsaggas, Thomas Karalogos, Dimitris Konstas , Koulis Iosifidis, Sotiris Tzafolias. Front row L-R: Dimitris Kougevetopoulos, Petros Chatzikyriakakis, Andreas Garyfallo, Petros Kalfamanolis.
Source: courtesy Dimitris Konstas

Sunday, August 2, 2015

1943: The team of Club Sport Marítimo, Madeira

The team of Club Sport Marítimo, Funchal, Madeira Islands Portugal in 1943.

1924: Match in Madeira Islands, Portugal

Game between the teams of "Club Sport Marítimo Funchal" and Lisbon in the field of Pontinha, in Madeira Islands in 1924.

1922:The team of "Imperio Football Club", Madeira.

The team of "Imperio Football Club" of Funchal, Madeira islands, Portugal in 1922.

1906: French Championship in Vitry sur Seine

Post card with a picture of a Water Polo game for the 1906 French Championship in Vitry sur Seine  between the teams of C.A.P. and Libellule Paris.
Source: private collection 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

1976: The Champions of Rari Nantes Florentia

The team of Rari Nantes Florentia (Algida) winner of the Italian Championship in 1976.  This was the 8th National title, twenty-eight years after the last one in 1948. Standing L-R: Claudio Rossi, Riccardo De Magistris, Luca Pierantini, Furio Ferri, Gianni De Magistris, Gianni Versari. Squatting L-R: Franco Goggioli, Andrea Bruschini, Leonardi Cecchi, Maurizio Sorbetti, Umberto Panerai.
Source: private collection

Monday, July 13, 2015

1932, Los Angeles: The National team of Japan

The National team of Japan, prior to departing for the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games. Seating L-R: Shuji Doi, Yatsuro Sakauye, Akira Fujita, Takashige Matsumoto and Ryuji Takebayashi. Standing L-R: Kiyoshi Murai, Iwao Tokitoh, Seibei Kimura and Toksuke Sawumi.  The Japanese  team was ranked 4th in Los Angeles 1932 Olympics.

Monday, July 6, 2015

1977: Hungary winner in Jonkoping

The team of Hungary winner in Jonkoping, Sweden 1977 European Championships. The team: Gabor Csapo, Tamas Farago, Gyurgy Gernedas, Gyorgy Kenez, Istvan Magas, Endre Molnar, Miklos Somossy, Janos Steunmetz, Attila Sudar, Istvan Szivos, Piter Wolf and Tamas Wiesner. Coach of the team Dezso Gyarmanti assisted by Gyorgy Karpati. Source: personal collection

1955: The team of Dynamo Moscow

The team of Dynamo Moscow in 1955. First row L-R: Vasily Karmanov, Pyotr Mshvenieradze (captain), N. Malin (Head Coach) and Mikhail Ryzhak, Nador Gvakharia; Second row L-R: Yuri Shlyapin Anatoliy Kartashov, Vladimir Arkhipov, Nikolai Malin, L.A. Pushchinskiy (Coach), Georgy Kharebov and Zurab Chachava.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

1959: The team of Dynamo Moscow

The team of Dynamo Moscow in 1959. From R-L: coach N. Malin, Pyotr Mshvenieradze, Georgy Kharebov, Michael Ryzhak , Boris Grishin, Yuri Shlyapin, Anatoliy Kartashov, Yuri Grigorovskiy, Vladimir Novikov, Vasiliy and Nikolai Maltsev


1955: The legendary Cesare Rubini in action

The technical skills of Cesare Rubini, gold winner with Italy in London 1948 Olympics analysed by the Soviets in 1955.
Source :

1968, Mexico: Ivo Trumbic in action

Ivo Trumbic the legendary player of Yugoslavia, in action, during Mexico 1968 Olympic Games
Source : private collection

1959: The team Moscow, winner of Spartakiade

The team of Moscow winner of the 1959 Sparatakiad, composed by players of Dynamo Moscow, CSK Moscow and Torpedo Moscow. First row L-R: Boris Goikhman Anatoliy Kartashov, Vladimir Novikov Vyacheslav Kurennoj. Second row L-R: Michael Ryzhak Peter Mshvenieradze, Vladimir Semyonov, Boris Grishin, Coach Nikolay Malin, Victor Ageev, Valentin and Yuri Prokopov Grigorovskiy.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

1973: The Champions of Canottieri Napoli

The team of Canottieri Napoli, Champions of Italy in 1973. Standing L-R: Mario Scotti Galletta, Enzo D’Angelo., Paolo De Crescenzo,  Ciociò D’Urso, Renato Notarangelo, Vincenzo Simonetti, Nando Lignano. Seated L-R: Guido Criscuolo, Gualtiero Parisio , Silvano Forte, MassimoDe Crescenzo.
Source: Courtesy Bruno Cufino

1949: The team of Paleo Faliro, Greece

The team of Paleo Faliro (AOPF), Greece during the 1949 National Greek Championship held in the island of Mytilene. From L-R: Lazaridis, Kalliabetsos, Melanofridis, Brousalis, Georgiou, Petropoulow, Sousmazian.
Source: Archives of Paleo Faliro AOPF

1923: The Orange Free State, South Africa

The team of Orange Free State, South Africa in 1923. Standing L-R: A. Mackenzie, C. Shaw, E.G. Cooper, J.D. Robertson and Mr J.B. Ryan. Seated L-R: J. A. Cooke, I. Botha, D. Jessup and W. F. Waldeck
Source: courtesy South African Waterpolo History 

Friday, March 27, 2015

1962: The team of Panathinaicos A.O , Greece

The team of Panathinaicos  Athlitikos Omilos, Greece coached by the Yugoslavian Vigo Cietkovic on 1962.
Source: Athlitiki Echo archives

1968: The Olympic winners meet President Tito

President Tito receives the National team players of Yugoslavia, golden winners in Mexico 1968 Olympic Games
Source: Yugopapir, Photo Arena, May 1968

Thursday, March 26, 2015

1972, Munich: The National team o Yugoslavia

The National team of Yugoslavia that took part in Munich 1972 Olympic Games. Dusan Antunovic, Ozren Bonacic, Uros Marovic, Ronald Lopatny, Mirko Sandic, Zoran Jankovic, Sinisa Belamaric, Karlo Stipanic, Ratko Rudic, Milos Markovic, Ratko Rudic, Djordje Perisic.
Source: Yugopapir, Photo Arena, May 1968 

1968: The National team o Yugoslavia

The National team of Yugoslavia prior to win the gold medal  in Mexico 1968 Olympic Games. Standing L-R: Bonasic, Lopatni, Matovic, Sandic, Trumbic, Perisic. Squatting L-R: Hebel, Miskov, Jankovic, Stipanic, Poljak.
Source: Yugopapir, Photo Arena, May 1968 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1922: The team of Penarth, Wales

The team of Penarth Swimming and Water Polo Club, Cardiff, Wales in 1922.
Source: private collection

1928: The team of Patras Nautical Club

The team of Patras Nautical Club – Greece in 1928
Source: courtesy of Takis Kalokairinos 

1928: The team of Panahaici G.E, Patras

The team of Panachaiki Gymnastiki Enosi, Patras – Greece  in 1928
Source: courtesy of Takis Kalokairinos