Men’s final: the precedents
Serbia and Spain have basically no precedents in finals of major international water polo competitions. In fact, there is only one match somewhat similar to this one, which was the final of the European Championships of 1991 in Athens, when Spain faced Yugoslavia, the nation which was made up of several countries including Serbia until its disintegration in 1992.
Yugoslavia defeated the Iberian nation in what is Spain’s biggest accomplishment at the European Championships up to date, as they have only managed to collect that silver medal along with three other bronze ones. On the other hand, Serbia, as an independent nation, has claimed the continental title in 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2016. At the Picornell Pool they will be seeking to win their fourth European Championships in a row.
In the most recent editions of the European Championships both nations clashed on a couple of occasions: in 2012 and in 2014 when they met in the group stage, both times the victory was for the Serbian side as they won 7-5 in Eindhoven and 8-6 in Budapest.
Adding on, last year at the World Championships in Budapest, Serbia defeated Spain 11-5 in the second matchday of the group stage. They also met at the Olympic Games in Rio back in 2016 as Serbia knocked out Spain in the quarter finals with a score of 10-7.
Throughout the course of the 2018 seasons both teams haven’t coincided in any match.