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Becej new European
water polo champion!

Becej, Yugoslavia, May 27th - After beating Mladost Zagreb 11-8 in the final match of the Fina-Four tournament of the Champions` league, Yugoslav Becej, for the first time in their history, became the champion of Europe in water polo.

Yugoslav champion beat the sevenfold European champion for the third time this season, showing that, if they remain in more-less the same squad for the next few years, the title of European champion would not change the owner soon.


Aleksandar Sostar

Becej was superior in all segments of the play, which was confirmed by the fact that players of Mladost managed to score only 2 goals out of 13 extra-man situations! In the team of new European champion, Aleksandar Sapic with 5 goals, Aleksandar Ciric who was good in defense, Veljko Uskokovic, who scored 2 goals in important moments, and of course, experienced goalkeeper, Aleksandar Sostar who defended almost scored shots, were the best.

Mladost threatened Becej for the last time in the middle of the second quarter lessening the advantage to 3-4, and after that there was only one team in the pool. Becej soon led with 8-3, then with 10-4 and 11-6. Until the end of the match, Mladost managed to gain only an honorable defeat.

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Sapic: "We are the best!"


Aleksandar Ciric,
MVP of the Final-Four
tournament

"I knew why I came often to Becej. First-class team, excellent conditions. That was a great challenge for me and therefore it is understandable why I was so happy because everything had ended this way", (Zoltan Kasas, Becej coach).

"We played more relaxed than against Splitska Banka and we showed how much we knew. We played with lots of imagination and showed once again that we were the best. After all, we did not lose a single match this year", (Aleksandar Sapic, Becej player, the best scorer of the Champions` League).

"We knew that we had to give 1000% of our abilities in that game. "Becej" had become a first-class team even earlier, and today they showed they were ready for the title of European champion. Naturally, I am personally very happy, and in my career I accomplished what not many sportsmen in the world can be proud of", (Aleksandar Sostar, Becej goalkeeper and captain).

"I am excited for being part of a generation that gathered 6 years ago in Becej and celebrates today. I thank my team players, I thank everyone who contributed to this accomplishment", (Aleksandar Ciric, MVP of the Final-Four tournament).

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Results, stats...

Becej, Yugoslavia, European Men's Water polo Champions' League, Final-Four tournament, semi-finals, May 26

BVSC Budapest - MLADOST Zagreb 4-6 (0-3, 1-0, 1-2, 2-1)

"Mladost" swimming pool in Becej. Attendance: 3,500.

Goals in man-up: BVSC 1/6, Mladost 4/9.

BVSC: Secsi, Tot, Dabrovski, Petik, Filep, Dala, Ibolja, Madaras 2, Marc, Varjas 1, David, Nemet 1.

MLADOST: Vican, Padovan, D. Kobescak, Herceg 1, Stritof, Glavan, Benic, Bercinic, Bukic 1, Varga 1, Rogin 3, V. Kobescak, Primorac.


Becej, Yugoslavia, European Men's Water polo Champions' League, Final-Four tournament, semi-finals, May 26


Veljko Uskokovic
(Becej)

BECEJ (Yugoslavia) - SPLITSKA BANKA Split 6-4 (1-1, 2-1, 1-1, 2-0)

"Mladost" swimming pool in Becej. Attendance: 3,500.

Goals in man-up: Becej 2/5, Splitska Banka 2/7.

BECEJ: Sostar, Zimonjic 1, Soro, Krstonosic, Vukanic, Pekovic, Ciric 1, Uskokovic 2, Toth, Sapic 1, Vasovic 1, Vincze, Milic.

SPLITSKA BANKA: Skolnekovic, Djogas 1, Trumbic, Burburan, Polacik, Saric 1, Nadj, Vegar, Barac, Kunac, Oreb 2, Vrdoljak.

Finals before the finals! Before the beginning of the last quarter, the result was 4-4, and then Becej, supported by more than 3,000 spectators, won the finals against Mladost Zagreb by goals from Zimonjic and Uskokovic. Aleksandar Sostar proved again to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world even at the end of his sport career by miraculously defending several shots of Splitska Banka players in the last quarter of the match.


Becej, Yugoslavia, European Men's Water polo Champions' League, Final-Four tournament, 3rd place match, May 27

BVSC Budapest - SPLITSKA BANKA Split 13-7 (2-2, 4-4, 2-1, 5-0)

"Mladost" swimming pool in Becej. Attendance: 3,000.

Extra-man situations: BVSC 17, Splitska Banka 6.

Oreb (Splitska Banka) was sent-off with no replacement.

BVSC: Seci, Toth 2, Dabrovski, Petik, Filep, Dala 1, Ibolja 1, Madaras 2, Marc, Varjas 4, David 1, Nemet 1.

SPLITSKA BANKA: Skolnekovic, Djogas, Trumbic, Burburan 3, Polacik, Saric, Nadj, Vegar, Barac 2, Kunac 2, Oreb, Vrdoljak.


Becej, Yugoslavia, European Men's Water polo Champions' League, Final-Four tournament, final match, May 27

BECEJ (Yugoslavia) - MLADOST Zagreb 11-8 (4-2, 2-1, 4-2, 1-3)

"Mladost" swimming pool in Becej. Attendance: 4,500.

Goals in man-up: Becej 8/14, Mladost 2/13.

BECEJ: Sostar, Zimonjic 1, Soro, Krstonosic 1, Vukanic, Pekovic, Ciric 1, Uskokovic 2, Toth, Sapic 5, Vasovic, Vincze, Milic 1.

MLADOST: Vican, Padovan, D. Kobescak, Herceg 2, Komadina 1, Stritof 2, Glavan 1, Benic, Bercinic, Bukic, Varga 2, Rogin, V. Kobescak, Primorac.

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Did you know that...


Aleksandar Sapic,
the best scorer
of the Champions' League

  • Becej reached the title of European champion without defeats. In 11 matches they scored 10 victories and one draw, with Spandau in Germany.

  • Legend of Yugoslav and world water polo, goalkeeper Aleksandar Sostar, won everything he possibly could during his long career - national championships and cups, Cup of Cups` winners, LEN Cup, Champions` league, while also being Olympic and World Cup's winner with Yugoslav national team, European and world championů

  • Aleksandar Sapic was the best scorer of the Champions` league with 39 goals.

  • Becej has so far participated in the final-four tournament of the Champions` league for 3 times. In 1997 in Naples they won the 4th place, last year in the same town they were defeated in the finals by Splitska Banka, and this year the club won the 1st place in a superior way after beating two Croatian teams, Splitska Banka in the semi-finals and Mladost from Zagreb in the finals.



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