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The first Men’s European Championship was staged in Rome in 1948 with the participation of 6 teams; Czechoslovakia (pictured) claimed gold, while France and Italy finished second and third respectively.

The premiere for the Women’s European Championship followed in 1949 in Prague with a total of 7 teams lining up for the competition that came to a close with the Soviet Union topping the charts ahead of Czechoslovakia and Poland.

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