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LEN Euro League Women
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018–19 LEN Euro League Women
SportWater polo
Founded1987
PresidentGianni Lonzi
CountryLEN members
Continent Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
Spain Sabadell
(5th title)
Most titlesItaly Orizzonte Catania
(8 titles)
Level on pyramid1st Tier (Europe)
Official websitelen.eu

The LEN Euro League Women, formerly known as LEN European Cup (from 1987 to 1999) and LEN Champions Cup (from 1999 to 2013), is the premier competition for women's water polo clubs of Europe and takes place every year. It is organized by the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) and was created in 1987 as LEN European Cup.

History[edit]

Created in 1987 as the women's water polo clubs continental competition, contested amongst the national champions of the European countries, it has been played under the following names:[1]

  • LEN European Cup (1987–1999)
  • LEN Champions Cup (1999–2013)
  • LEN Euro League Women (since 2013)

Format[edit]

Over the years, different formats have been used in the competition, either Round-robin or Knockout or both combined (round-robin at early stages and knockout at final stages). Since the 2007–08 season, the competition has been played in four stages (qualification round, preliminary round, quarter final round and final four).

Title holders[edit]

Finals[edit]

Year Finalists Semifinalists
Champion Score Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1987–88
Details
Netherlands
Donk Gouda
15–10 France
Dauphins Créteil
Hungary
Szentes
Italy
Volturno
1988–89
Details
Netherlands
Donk Gouda
West Germany
Neukölln
1989–90
Details
Netherlands
Nereus
West Germany
Neukölln
1990–91
Details
Netherlands
Donk Gouda
Germany
Neukölln
1991–92
Details
Netherlands
Brandenburg
12–8 Russia
Uralochka Zlatoust
Hungary
Vasutas
France
Dauphins Créteil
1992–93
Details
Hungary
Szentes
6–5 Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Netherlands
Donk Gouda
Russia
Uralochka Zlatoust
1993–94
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Netherlands
Nereus
Hungary
Vasutas
Greece
Vouliagmeni
1994–95
Details
Netherlands
Nereus
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Hungary
Szentes
France
Nancy
1995–96
Details
Netherlands
Nereus
8–7 Russia
SKIF Moscow
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Greece
Olympiacos
1996–97
Details
Russia
SKIF Moscow
7–6 Netherlands
Nereus
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Spain
Mediterrani
1997–98
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
7–6 Russia
SKIF Moscow
Netherlands
Nereus
Hungary
Szentes
1998–99
Details
Russia
SKIF Moscow
8–6 Netherlands
Donk Gouda
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Hungary
BEAC
1999–00
Details
Greece
Glyfada
7–5 Russia
SKIF Moscow
Hungary
Szentes
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
2000–01
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
12–6 Greece
Glyfada
Russia
Uralochka Zlatoust
Hungary
Szentes
2001–02
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Round-robin Russia
Uralochka Zlatoust
Greece
Glyfada
Hungary
Dunaújváros
2002–03
Details
Greece
Glyfada
6–4 Hungary
Dunaújváros
Russia
Uralochka Zlatoust
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
2003–04
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
6–4 Greece
Glyfada
Hungary
Dunaújváros
Greece
Vouliagmeni
2004–05
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Round-robin Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Hungary
Dunaújváros
Germany
Blau-Weiss Bochum
2005–06
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Round-robin Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Hungary
Dunaújváros
Greece
Vouliagmeni
2006–07
Details
Italy
Fiorentina
Round-robin Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Greece
Glyfada
Russia
Uralochka Zlatoust
2007–08
Details
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
14–13 Greece
Vouliagmeni
Italy
Fiorentina
Netherlands
ZVL
2008–09
Details
Greece
Vouliagmeni
12–9 Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Hungary
Honvéd
2009–10
Details
Greece
Vouliagmeni
10–7 Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Greece
Olympiacos
2010–11
Details
Spain
Sabadell
13–8 Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Greece
Olympiacos
Russia
Kinef Kirishi
2011–12
Details
Italy
Pro Recco
8–7 Greece
Vouliagmeni
Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
2012–13
Details
Spain
Sabadell
13–11 Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Greece
Vouliagmeni
Hungary
Eger
2013–14
Details
Spain
Sabadell
19–10 Greece
Vouliagmeni
Italy
Orizzonte Catania
Italy
Imperia
2014–15
Details
Greece
Olympiacos
10–9 Spain
Sabadell
Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Hungary
UVSE Budapest
2015–16
Details
Spain
Sabadell
11–8 Hungary
UVSE Budapest
Russia
Kinef Kirishi
Greece
Olympiacos
2016–17
Details[2]
Russia
Kinef Kirishi
7–6 Greece
Olympiacos
Spain
Sabadell
Spain
Mataró
2017–18
Details[3]
Russia
Kinef Kirishi
8–8
(5–4 p.s.o.)
Spain
Sabadell
Italy
Ekipe Orizzonte
Hungary
UVSE Budapest
2018–19
Details
Spain
Sabadell
13–11 Greece
Olympiacos
Greece
Vouliagmeni
Italy
Plebiscito Padova

Source: LEN (from 1987 to 2016).[4]

Titles by club[edit]

Rank Club Titles Runner-up Champion Years
1. Italy Orizzonte Catania 8 4 1993–94, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08
2. Spain Sabadell 5 2 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2018–19
3. Netherlands Nereus 3 2 1989–90, 1994–95, 1995–96
4. Netherlands Donk Gouda 3 1 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91
5. Russia Kinef Kirishi 2 5 2016–17, 2017–18
6. Russia SKIF Moscow 2 3 1996–97, 1998–99
Greece Vouliagmeni 2 3 2008–09, 2009–10
8. Greece Glyfada 2 2 1999–00, 2002–03
9. Greece Olympiacos 1 2 2014–15
10. Netherlands Brandenburg 1 1991–92
Hungary Szentes 1 1992–93
Italy Fiorentina 1 2006–07
Italy Pro Recco 1 2011–12
14. Russia Uralochka Zlatoust 2
15. France Dauphins Créteil 1
Hungary Dunaújváros 1
Hungary UVSE Budapest 1

Titles by nation[edit]

Rank Country Titles Runners-up
1.  Italy 10 4
2.  Netherlands 7 3
3.  Greece 5 7
4.  Spain 5 2
5.  Russia 4 10
6.  Hungary 1 2
7.  France 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Euro League Women - Book of Champions 2017" (PDF). LEN. p. 47 (section 3.1 'Competition names'). Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Euro League, Kirishi clinches the trophy on its 11th try". LEN. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Kirishi retains title after shootout". LEN. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Euro League Women - Book of Champions 2017" (PDF). LEN. pp. 3-48 ('Summary of LEN European Cup Results'). Retrieved 5 October 2018.