Serbia, the Netherlands win European Junior Championships

european junior water polo championship
Photo: Kees-Jan van Overbeeke

The men’s water polo team from Serbia and women’s team of host nation the Netherlands have won the 2016 European Junior  Water Polo Championships on Sunday. In Alphen an den Rijn Serbia held off Italy in the gold medal final 9-12, while the Dutch women’s side, cheered on by the home crowd in a packed pool in The Hague topped Spain 9-7 to perfectly complete a strong week at home. For Serbia, it was the 2nd straight U19 European title. The Dutch made history celebrating the gold medal for the first time since 2004 (Bari).

The women’s bronze medal went to Greece who edged Italy 10-9 holding on in the final minute. Ioanna Chydirioti scored the decisive 10-8 goals with 1.39 to play. Italy was fast to respond as Agnese Cocchiere hit with still 1.23 on the clock but that was all for Italy who had to settle for 4th place.

Third place in the men’s tournament went to Spain who, led by Alvaro Granados’ 5 goals, proved too much for Russia: 12-6. Most Valuable Player and Top scorer of the tournament was Krisztian Manhercz, coming off participating in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just ahead of this European Junior Championship tournament. Hungary, however, went on to finish in a disappointing 7th place beating Netherlands 17-5.

2016 European Junior Championships U19
The Netherlands

Women (The Hague)

Day 8 results

Sunday, September 18

Serbia vs. Germany 6-8 (7th/8th place)
Hungary vs. Russia 10-11 (5th/6th place)
Greece vs. Italy 10-9 (3rd/4th place)
Netherlands vs. Spain 9-7 (1st/2nd place)


Men (Alphen aan den Rijn)

Day 8 results

Sunday, September 18

Hungary vs. Netherlands 17-5 (7th/8th place)
Croatia vs. Greece 6-10 (5th/6th place)
Spain vs. Russia 12-6 (3rd/4th place)
Italy vs. Serbia 9-12 (1st/2nd place)


An overview of the recent men’s winners of the European Junior Championships.

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