Water polo at the 1980 Summer Olympics

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Outdoor Swimming Pool of the Central Lenin Stadium during the event. RIAN photo
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Water polo at the 1980 Summer Olympics as usual was a part of the swimming sport, other two parts were swimming and diving. They were not three separate sports, because they all were governed by one federation — FINA. Water Polo discipline consisted of one event: men's team. In the preliminary round 12 teams were divided into three groups. Two best teams from each group (shaded ones) advanced to Group A of the final round to determine places 1 through 6. The rest of teams played in Group B of the final round to determine places 7 through 12.

The event was held between July 20 and July 29 in two venues:

118,247 spectators watched 48 matches of water polo event at these venues.

USSR Team, congratulated by their fans after victory in the final. RIAN photo

Medals[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 1 0 0 1
2 Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
3 Hungary 0 0 1 1

Men's team event[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

All matches of the preliminary round were played in the Outdoor Swimming Pool of the Central Lenin Stadium at Luzhniki.

Group A[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Hungary (HUN) 5 3 2 1 0 19 14 +5
2.  Netherlands (NED) 4 3 2 0 1 16 15 +1
3.  Romania (ROU) 3 3 1 1 1 15 15 0
4.  Greece (GRE) 0 3 0 0 3 16 22 –6


  • July 20
    • Hungary 6-6 Romania
    • Greece 7-8 Netherlands
  • July 21
    • Hungary 5-3 Netherlands
    • Greece 4-6 Romania
  • July 22
    • Hungary 8-5 Greece
    • Romania 3-5 Netherlands

Group B[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Soviet Union (URS) 6 3 3 0 0 24 10 +14
2.  Spain (ESP) 4 3 2 0 1 15 11 +4
3.  Italy (ITA) 1 3 0 1 2 14 17 –2
4.  Sweden (SWE) 1 3 0 1 2 8 23 –15


  • July 20
    • Sweden 3-7 Spain
    • USSR 8-6 Italy
  • July 21
    • Sweden 4-4 Italy
    • USSR 4-3 Spain
  • July 22
    • Sweden 1-12 USSR
    • Spain 5-4 Italy

Group C[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Yugoslavia (YUG) 5 3 2 1 0 24 10 +14
2.  Cuba (CUB) 5 3 2 1 0 19 11 +8
3.  Australia (AUS) 2 3 1 0 2 15 20 –5
4.  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 3 0 0 3 8 25 –17


  • July 20
    • Yugoslavia 6-6 Cuba
    • Australia 9-5 Bulgaria
  • July 21
    • Yugoslavia 9-2 Bulgaria
    • Australia 4-6 Cuba
  • July 22
    • Yugoslavia 9-2 Australia
    • Cuba 7-1 Bulgaria

Final round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Soviet Union (URS) 10 5 5 0 0 34 21 +13
2.  Yugoslavia (YUG) 7 5 3 1 1 34 32 +2
3.  Hungary (HUN) 6 5 3 0 2 32 30 +2
4.  Spain (ESP) 4 5 2 0 3 28 31 –3
5.  Cuba (CUB) 2 5 0 2 3 31 38 –7
6.  Netherlands (NED) 1 5 0 1 4 26 33 –7


  • July 24
    • Luzhniki Hungary 4-5 USSR
    • Luzhniki Netherlands 5-6 Spain
    • Luzhniki Yugoslavia 7-7 Cuba
  • July 25
    • Luzhniki Hungary 7-8 Yugoslavia
    • Luzhniki Netherlands 7-7 Cuba
    • Luzhniki USSR 6-2 Spain
  • July 26
    • Luzhniki Hungary 6-5 Spain
    • Luzhniki Netherlands 4-5 Yugoslavia
    • Luzhniki USSR 8-5 Cuba
  • July 28
    • Olympiiski Hungary 7-5 Cuba
    • Olympiiski Netherlands 3-7 USSR
    • Olympiiski Spain 6-7 Yugoslavia
  • July 29
    • Olympiiski Hungary 8-7 Netherlands
    • Olympiiski USSR 8-7 Yugoslavia
    • Olympiiski Spain 9-7 Cuba

Group B[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
7.  Australia (AUS) 9 5 4 1 0 30 19 +11
8.  Italy (ITA) 8 5 4 0 1 26 18 +8
9.  Romania (ROU) 7 5 3 1 1 36 26 +10
10.  Greece (GRE) 4 5 2 0 3 28 28 0
11.  Sweden (SWE) 2 5 1 0 4 23 40 –17
12.  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 5 0 0 5 25 37 –12
  • July 24
    • Luzhniki Romania 3-5 Italy
    • Luzhniki Greece 9-5 Sweden
    • Luzhniki Australia 8-5 Bulgaria
  • July 25
    • Luzhniki Romania 4-4 Australia
    • Luzhniki Greece 6-4 Bulgaria
    • Luzhniki Italy 8-3 Sweden
  • July 26
    • Luzhniki Romania 8-3 Sweden
    • Luzhniki Greece 2-4 Australia
    • Luzhniki Italy 5-4 Bulgaria
  • July 28
    • Olympiiski Romania 10-6 Bulgaria
    • Olympiiski Greece 3-4 Italy
    • Olympiiski Sweden 4-9 Australia
  • July 29
    • Olympiiski Romania 11-8 Greece
    • Olympiiski Italy 4-5 Australia
    • Olympiiski Sweden 8-6 Bulgaria

Final ranking[edit]



Remark: Country names in the medal table are not given in the form they were used in the official documents of the IOC in 1980


Team rosters[edit]

 Australia[edit]

Michael Turner, David Neesham, Robert Bryant, Peter Montgomery, Julian Muspratt, Andrew Kerr, Anthony Falson, Charles Turner, Martin Callaghan, Randall Goff, and Andrew Steward.

 Bulgaria[edit]

Volodia Sirakov, Andrei Andreev, Kiril Kiriakov, Asen Denchev, Vasil Nanov, Anton Partalev, Petar Kostadinov, Nikolai Stamatov, Biser Georgiev, Matei Popov, and Georgi Gospodinov.

 Cuba[edit]

Oscar Periche, Orlando Cowley, Barbaro Díaz, Lazaro Costa, Pedro Rodríguez, Nelson Domínguez, Jorge Rizo, Arturo Ramos, Carlos Benítez, Gerardo Rodríguez, and Oriel Domínguez.

 Greece[edit]

Ioannis Vossos, Thomas Karalogos, Sotirios Stathakis, Spyros Kapralos, Kiriakos Giannopoulos, Aris Kefalogiannis, Ioannis Garifallos, Andreas Gounas, Antonios Aronis, Markellos Sitarenios, and Ioannis Giannouris.

 Hungary[edit]

Endre Molnár, István Szívós, Jr., Attila Sudár, György Gerandás, György Horkai, Gábor Csapó, István Kiss, István Udvardi, László Kuncz, Tamás Faragó, and Károly Hauszler.

 Italy[edit]

Alberto Alberani, Roldano Simeoni, Sante Misaggi, Alfio Marsili, Massimo Fondelli, Gianni de Magistris, Antonello Steardo, Paolo Ragosa, Romeo Collina, Vincenzo d'Angelo, and Umberto Panerai.

 Netherlands[edit]

Stan van Belkum, Wouly de Bie, Ton Buunk, Jan Jaap Korevaar, Nico Landeweerd, Aad van Mil, Ruud Misdorp, Dick Nieuwenhuizen, Eric Noordegraaf, Jan Evert Veer, and Hans van Zeeland.

 Romania[edit]

Doru Spînu, Vasile Ungureanu, Dorin Viorel Costras, Adrian Nastasiu, Dinu Popescu, Claudiu loan Rusu, Ilie Slâvei, Liviu Râducanu, Viorel Rus, Adrian Schervan, and Florin Slâvei.

 Spain[edit]

Manuel Delgado, Gaspar Ventura, Antonio Esteller, Federico Sabria, Manuel Estiarte, Pedro Robert, Jorge Alonso, José Alcazar, Antonio Aquilar, Jorge Carmona, and Salvador Franch.

 Soviet Union[edit]

Sergey Kotenko, Vladimir Akimov, Yevgeny Grishin, Mait Riisman, Aleksandr Kabanov, Aleksei Barkalov, Erkin Shagaev, Georgi Mshvenieradze, Mikhail Ivanov, and Viacheslav Sobchenko.

 Sweden[edit]

Anders Flodqvist, Kenth Karlson, Hans Lundén, Tommy Danielson, Sören Carlsson, Christer Stenberg, Gunnar Johansson, Peter Carlström, Lars Skåål, Per Arne Andersson, and Arne Claesson.

 Yugoslavia[edit]

Luko Vezilić, Zoran Gopčević, Damir Polić, Ratko Rudić, Zoran Mustur, Zoran Roje, Milivoj Bebić, Slobodan Trifunović, Petar Kočić, Predrag Manojlović, and Milorad Krivokapić.

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