History of Champions Cup
last update: 10.11.2016
Why is the Champions Cup a Berlin based event?
The Champions Cup is the successor of the former tournament called Master Cup. The Master Cup was founded by the German UWR-club Duisburg.
In the beginning of the Master Cup, the host of the tournament was the winner of the last year.
But there was a Problem. A winner is not a good host at the same time.
In 1997 Duisburg did win the Master cup, but they did not have the infrastructure for hosting the Master Cup in 1998.
So, Duisburg asked Berlin to host the Master Cup in 1998. At this time Berlin was quite good in hosting tournaments. They had a lot of experience by organising the legendary "Berliner Bär" for many years. It was a great international tournament too.
From 1998 to 2001 Berlin did host the Master Cup first time and the CMAS had a lot of influences to take over the Master Cup as an CMAS-tournament.
In 2002 and 2003 the CMAS acquired the rights to dictate the hosting place of the Champions Cup and the Champions Cup was hosted 2002 and 2003 in Copenhagen.
In 2004 the CMAS asked the Berliner Unterwasserrugby-Club to host the Champions Cup in Berlin again.
The BUR agreed with the following conditions:
- Champions Cup will take place every year in Berlin
- Organisation and decisions involved in Champions Cup are made by Berliner Unterwasserrugby
- CMAS is only an advisor
- Berliner Unterwasserrugby owns all rights of the Champions Cup
In 2004 the Berliner Unterwasserrugby founded the Champions Cup of for female teams
Since then, the Champions Cup became the most popular tournament in the world of underwater rugby by the work of BUR and Winfried Zühlke who was one of the first to livestream whole UWR events live over the internet.