LEN Champions League
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2020–21 LEN Champions League
|No. of teams||24 (preliminary stage)|
16 (group stage)
|Most titles|| Pro Recco|
|Level on pyramid||1st Tier (Europe)|
The competition started in 1963 as European Cup. A change of name and format occurred in 1996, with the competition being renamed Champions League and the final four system being established as the format of choice, for the first time during the 1996–97 LEN Champions League. From 2003 to 2011 the competition was named LEN Euroleague (with the change of name being simply a re-branding) and from 2011 and on LEN Champions League, its current name.
LEN Champions League is the most popular water polo league in the European continent. It has been won by 24 different clubs, 10 of which have won the title more than once. The most successful club in the competition is Pro Recco, with eight titles. The current European champion is FTC Telekom Budapest, who won their first title after defeating Olympiacos in the 2018–19 LEN Champions League Final in Hannover.
Names of the competition
- 1963–1996: European Cup
- 1996–2003: Champions League
- 2003–2011: LEN Euroleague
- 2011–present: LEN Champions League
Titles by club
Titles by nation
|Rank||Country||Titles||Runners-up||CL winning clubs|
|7.||Soviet Union [C]||2||6||2|
*A Results until the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991 and the self-determination of its rump state Serbia and Montenegro in 2006. Clubs from present day Serbia won the title 6 times and were runners-up additional 4 times, clubs from present day Croatia won the title 7 and were runners-up one time, clubs from present day Montenegro were runners-up one time.
*C Results until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Clubs from present day Russia won the title 2 times and were runners-up additional 5 times, clubs from present day Kazakhstan were runners-up once time.
- Pro Recco has been the most successful club, having won the competition a record eight times.
- Mladost is the only club to have won the competition three times in a row (1968, 1969, 1970).
- Partizan is the only club to have won the European Championship twice in a row for two times (1966, 1967 & 1975, 1976).
- Spandau 04 (1986, 1987), Mladost (1990, 1991), Jadran Split (1992, 1993), Posillipo (1997, 1998) and Pro Recco (2007, 2008) are the other five teams to have won the European Championship twice in a row, only for one time.
- Most Titles
|Maurizo Felugo||6||2||Posillipo 2005, Pro Recco 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015|
|Đorđe Perišić||6||1||Partizan 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1976|
|Andrija Prlainović||5||4||Partizan 2011, Pro Recco 2012, 2015, Crvena Zvezda 2013, Szolnok 2017|
|Ozren Bonačić||5||2||Partizan 1964, Mladost 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972|
|Tibor Benedek||5||2||Ujpest 1994, Pro Recco 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012|
|Tamas Kasas||5||2||Posillipo 1998, Pro Recco 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012|
|Stefano Tempesti||5||1||Pro Recco 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015|
|Mirko Sandić||5||1||Partizan 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1975|
Titles with 3 different clubs: Duško Pijetlović
- Most Titles
|Player/Coach||#||as Player||as Coach|
|Guiseppe Porzio||7||2||Posillipo 1997, 1998||5||Posillipo 2005, Pro Recco 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012|
|Ozren Bonačić||6||5||Partizan 1964, Mladost 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972||1||Mladost 1996|
|Igor Milanović||5||3||Mladost 1990, 1991, Catalunya 1995||2||Partizan 2011, Pro Recco 2015|
|Duško Antunović||5||3||Partizan 1971, 1975, 1976||2||Mladost 1990, 1991|
|Ivo Trumbić||4||3||Mladost 1967, 1968, 1969)||1||Pescara 1988|
|Paolo De Crescenzo||3||1||Canottieri Naples 1978||2||Posilllipo 1997, 1998|
|Boris Čukvas *||3||=||Partizan 1964, 1966, 1967||=||=|
* Two players were players and coaches at the same time in the winning teams. Boris Čukvas won three titles in a dual role. He was a player and Partizan’s coach during the seasons in which the Belgrade-based club won its first three titles (1963/64, 1965/66 and 1966/67). Eraldo Pizzo was a player and Pro Recco’s coach in the season 1964/65.
- Most Titles
|Guiseppe Porzio||5||2||Posillipo 2005, Pro Recco 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012|