Since 1993 the European Beach Volleyball Championships have taken place to determine the champions of Europe. Austria is hosting the EuroBeachVolley for the third time. After Klagenfurt in 2013 and 2015, this year’s showdown of the European beach elite will take place in Vienna.
When thinking back, it is particularly the memories of the gold medal won by the Schwaiger sisters in 2013 that causes the heart of the Austrian beach volleyball fans to beat faster at the very thought of a home European Championship. But, in search for a top Austrian result, there is no need to look back this far: In 2019, Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz were able to top off their career so far with a bronze medal at the European Championships in Moscow. For 2021 the duo is again full of ambition and ready to prove themselves once again with a top result – this time on home soil.
In recent years, especially the dominance of the Norwegian team Mol/Sørum cannot be denied in the men’s competition. With their triumph in Jurmala in 2020 and thus their third European title in a row, the Norwegians joined an elite group of teams: Only the Swiss brothers Paul and Martin Laciga, who won the EuroBeachVolley three times in a row from 1998 to 2000, and the Dutch team Richard Schuil and Reinder Nummerdor, who finished top of the podium from 2008 to 2010, have also accomplished this mission.
In the women’s singles, the Swiss Team of Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Depré was able to claim their first gold medal at the CEV European Championships in Jurmala. Especially in the women’s competition the battle for the podium will be thrilling.
But how will the race for the title at the A1 CEV EuroBeachVolley Vienna presented by Swatch develop in 2021? Will Mol/Sørum be the first team ever in the history of the CEV European Championships to claim the crown four times in a row? Or will the European Championships on home soil and the support of the crowd lead our Austrian teams to a place on the podium? We will find out – from August 11 to 15 in Vienna!
Most successful woman at the EuroBeachVolley:
Most successful man at the EuroBeachVolley:
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