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Water Polo, Men

Date4 – 11 August 1928
LocationZwemstadion, Amsterdam
Participants112 from 14 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Bergvall system for third-place.

European Aquatics Championships were instituted in 1926, the first ones held in Budapest, Hungary, so it made it a bit easier to know who were the strongest teams in international sport. Hungary won the water polo title at the 1926 meet, followed by Sweden and Germany. Germany and Hungary were in Amsterdam for the 1928 Olympics but for some reason, Sweden did not participate. Germany and Hungary advanced to the final of the single-elimination tournament, with Germany upsetting the Magyars, 5-2 in overtime, for the gold medal, Hungary taking silver. This was the first of 12 consecutive Olympics at which Hungary would earn a water polo medal.

The defending Olympic champions France advanced to the third-place tournament, after losing in the semi-finals to Hungary. France won three matches to take the bronze medal, shutting out Argentina 8-0 in the final match of the consolation event. The details of how the third-place tournament was contested are confusing. It was apparently to be held by the Bergvall System, in which all those losing to the winner and runner-up contested a tournament for 3rd-place. But that system was not followed precisely and even Dutch and French newspapers mention that the organizers did not know how to follow the Bergvall System. Some of the matches played may have been friendlies or exhibitions.

4Great BritainGBR
=5United StatesUSA

Round One

Date4 – 5 August 1928
Match #104 Aug 11:55HungaryHUN14 – 0ArgentinaARG
Match #204 Aug 17:00Great BritainGBR4 – 2CzechoslovakiaTCH
Match #304 Aug 17:45FranceFRA4 – 0SpainESP
Match #405 Aug 15:50NetherlandsNED11 – 1SwitzerlandSUI
Match #505 Aug 16:35BelgiumBEL11 – 1IrelandIRL
Match #605 Aug 17:20MaltaMLT3 – 1LuxembourgLUX


Date6 August 1928
Match #106 Aug 16:00FranceFRA16 – 0MaltaMLT
Match #206 Aug 16:15Great BritainGBR5 – 3NetherlandsNEDAET
Match #306 Aug 17:30HungaryHUN5 – 0United StatesUSA
Match #406 AugGermanyGER5 – 3BelgiumBEL


Date7 August 1928
Match #107 AugGermanyGER8 – 5Great BritainGBR
Match #207 AugHungaryHUN5 – 3FranceFRA

Final Round

Date10 August 1928
FormatMedal round.
Match 1/210 AugGermanyGER5 – 2HungaryHUNAET

Third-Place Tournament

Date8 – 11 August 1928
Match #108 Aug 11:00NetherlandsNED3 – 2BelgiumBEL
Match #208 Aug 11:45United StatesUSA10 – 0MaltaMLT
Match #311 Aug 10:30FranceFRA8 – 1Great BritainGBR
Match #411 AugFranceFRA2 – 1United StatesUSA
Match #511 Aug 17:25FranceFRA8 – 0ArgentinaARG