On Sunday the XI FIP European Championship starts in Berlin. Germany, Poland, France, Netherlands, Italy, Slovakia, Austria and Ireland – eight nations will fight for this year’s title. POLO+10 presents the participating teams.
Germany

There are only two countries, which participated in all ten previous European Championships: Germany and Spain. The summary of Germany’s successes: Germany achieved one second place and one third place. The South Europeans will not participate in this year’s event, so Germany will be the team with the highest number of attendances after this year’s tournament. For the second time German will be host to the European Championship. In 2008 the Championship was held at Gut Aspern near Hamburg.


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Previous attendances: 10 
Successes: 2nd Place in 1995, 3rd Place in 1999
Success rate*: 20 %


Germany
Team Germany (8)

Casper Crasemann (3)
Caesar Crasemann (2)
Heinrich Dumrath (3)
Niklas Steinle (0)

Poland

Premiere: In 2016, Poland will participate in the FIP European Championship for the very first time. Between the two world wars polo had been played in Poland, but after the Second World War it came to a halt. Only in the early 2000s the polo ball started to roll again in Poland. Today there are six clubs and about 30 active players. The interest in the sport of the kings is huge and the scene is growing continuously.


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Previous attendances: 0 
Successes:
Success rate*:


Poland
Team Poland (8)

Milos Ruszkowski (2)
Maciej Oibrych (2)
Michal Czatoryski (1)
Jack Ukwenya (1)

France

France ranks among the favourites of the XI FIP European Championship 2016. Until now, France has won the Championship two times and gained two third places and thus follows “high flyer” Great Britain as the second most successful national team at the European Championship. The French Polo Club de Chantilly is the only club to have held two European Championships (in 1999 and 2014). The club, which is located in the north of Paris, was founded in 1996 and is the Heart of the sport of polo in France.


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Previous attendances: 9 
Successes: 1st Place in 2010 and in 2002; 3rd Place in 2014 and in 2008
Success rate*: 44,4 %


France
Team France (8)

Julien Reynes (3)
Florent Garaud (3)
Louis Jarring (2)
Tancrède Viguie-Desplaces (0)

Netherlands

The Netherlands participated eight times in the European Championship. This means the Dutchmen are experienced competitors. But they also have experience in hosting a European Championship: In 2005 the tournament was held at Polo Club Vreeland (one of four clubs in the Netherlands). The Dutchmen made use of their home advantage and won the bronze medal. Best placing at a European Championship: 2nd place in Rome in 2002.


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Previous attendances: 8 
Successes: 2nd Place in 2002, 3rd Place in 2005
Success rate*: 25 %


Netherlands

Team Netherlands (7)

Jim Souren (1)
Niels van der Hoeven (2)
Alexander van Andel (2)
Maurice van Druten (2)

Italy

Italy is the third most successful country at a European Championship next to Great Britain and France. The Mediterranean nation registers one victory and two second places. But it is not only the successful participation in the European Championship Italy has in common with the two other countries: All three nations attended nine out of ten European Championships. Italy was host itself two times: In 2002 in Rome and in 1997 in Milan. Following their ungrateful fourth place in 2014 in Chantilly, the Italians hope for a better outcome at this year’s edition.


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Previous attendances: 9
Successes: 1st Place in 2005; 2nd Place in 1997 and in 1993
Success rate*: 33,3 %


Italy
Team Italy (8)
Emanuele Boni (0)
Juan Pepa (3)
Paolo Grillini (2)
Marcelo Caivano (3)

Slovakia

Slovakia only participated once in a European Championship: In 2010 at the Poloclub Schloss Ebreichsdorf in Austria. The tournament was a keen competition as ten teams participated in the Championship – more than ever before. Slovakia made a good debut and was placed eighth. Having two clubs and about 27 active players, the polo community in Slovakia still is rather small, but the sport of polo is up and coming there as well.


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Previous attendances: 1 
Successes: Has not been ranked among the top three yet
Success rate*: 0 %


SlovakiaTeam Slovakia
Ivan Weiss
Felipe Kelly
Martin Magal
Justo Santamarina

Austria

In 2010 Austria was host of the eighth edition of the European Championship. In its own country the Austrian national team was not able to make it to the winner’s podium, but two years later the team from the Alpine country won the silver medal in Sotogrande, Spain. Centre of the sport of polo in Austria is the Poloclub Schloss Ebreichsdorf at the gates of Vienna. The club was founded in 1991 and thus celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.


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Previous attendances: 4 
Successes: 2nd Place in 2012
Success rate*: 25 %


AustriaTeam Austria (8)
Walter Scherb (1)
Diego Braun (4)
Martin Bieler (2)
Robert Kofler (1)

Ireland

The Irishmen have proven in 2014 that they are a team to be reckoned with. In the preliminary rounds the foursome from the Emerald Isle was successful against the Englishmen. In the deciding final match the Irishmen hat to admit defeat by 6-3. A total of five times the reigning vice-European champions have participated in the Championship, three times they were among the best teams – which means they have the second highest success rate.


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Previous attendances: 5 
Successes: 2nd Place 2014 and in 1999; 3rd Place in 2012
Success rate*: 60 %


Ireland
Team Ireland (8)
Creighton Boyd (0)
Stephen Hutchinson (1)
Max Hutchinson (3)
Michael Henderson (4)

*The success rate is generated by adding up the successful attendances (place 1-3) and the number of the attendances at the European Championship.