FINA Water Polo World Cup


The FINA Water Polo World Cup is a six-day event organised for both men and women every four years since 1979.

Eight teams are selected according to previous World Championships classification (for the first three) and continental championships (for the remaining five, the host country being representative of that continent).

In 2014, the men's World Cup will take place in Almaty (KAZ) from August 19-24 while Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS) will host the women's World Cup from August 12-17.



WP World Cup (M), Day 6: Serbia retains World Cup crown in penalty shootout over Hungary

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HUN vs SRB - credit: Russell McKinnon

Serbia proved its dominance of world water polo in 2014 with a clean sweep of the major events, beating Hungary 11-9 in a penalty shootout on the sixth day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at Almaty’s Central Swimming Pool today. For the third time this year, Serbia beat Hungary in a gold-medal final after the June FINA World League Super Final in Dubai, UAE, and the July European Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The victory was the third time Serbia has reached the top step on the podium after winning as Serbia & Montenegro in Budapest in 2006 and as Serbia in Oradea, Romania in 2010. Much of the success of Serbia was put down to goalkeeper Stefan Zivodinovic, whose vital saves in the dying moments of the final typified his drive, determination and blocking skills.

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WP World Cup (M), Day 5: It’s Serbia versus Hungary again for a gold medal

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MNE vs KAZ - credit: Russell McKinnon

Olympic and world champion Hungary will play FINA World League and European champion Serbia for the 2014 FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty on Sunday. It will be the third successive major tournament this year the pair will face off for gold.

Hungary repulsed the solid challenge of United States of America 7-5 and Serbia withstood Croatia’s attack for a 7-4 victory in today’s medal semifinals.The big news of the day was Hungarian superstar Denes Varga’s suspension for brutality 2:10 from the end of the match with USA. He will miss the gold-medal final on Sunday.

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WP World Cup (M), Day 4: Serbia-Croatia and Hungary-USA semifinal pair-ups

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MNE vs CRO - credit: Russell McKinnonSerbia will clash with Croatia and Hungary will play United States of America in Saturday’s semifinals of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty following Friday’s quarter-final action.

Serbia was dominant but allowed too many goals against it against Kazakhstan in the feature evening match, before winning 16-10. Head Coach Dejan Savic looked unhappy with his team and dressed them down in the warm-down pool immediately after the match.

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WP World Cup (M), Day 3: Serbia and Hungary win groups after late scares

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SRB vs USA - credit: Russell McKinnonSerbia withstood a herculean effort from United States of America to be the only team with three wins after round play on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty today.

Defending its crown, Serbia needed Gavril Subotic to score three goals in the last two minutes to overcome the North Americans and win 11-9. USA took second in the group and Montenegro third after beating South Africa 12-4 in the first match of the day.

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WP World Cup (M), Day 2: USA ready for Serbia to decide group supremacy

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United States of America sparkled on the second day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty today. USA is starting to get a little tradition in beating Montenegro in recent years at the major tournaments and continued that today with a lead-from-the-front 11-7 victory. Ably led by captain John Mann, USA never looked in doubt. Serbia raced through South Africa 17-1 in the other Group A encounter and the big confrontation will take place on Thursday between USA and Serbia for the group supremacy.

In Group B, Croatia shifted up a gear in the second half against Australia to win 6-3. The match was tied at an incredibly low 1-1 by the long break and Croatia needed at 3-1 third period to extract itself from the bite of the Aussie Sharks. In the final match of the day, host nation Kazakhstan took the game to Olympic and world champion Hungary before bowing 15-9. Rustam Ukumanov was the hero for the locals with three matches.

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WP World Cup (M), Day 1: Serbia and Hungary open World Cup in style

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CRO vs HUN - credit: Russell McKinnon

Serbia and Hungary were strong winners on the opening day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty today. Serbia had the better of Montenegro 9-3 while Hungary kept Croatia at bay, winning 9-5 in their respective groups.

United States of America sent off South Africa 19-1 while in the feature match of the early evening following the opening ceremony, Australia beat Kazakhstan 11-8 in an exciting finale to the day.

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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 6: USA retains World Cup crown with repeat win over Australia

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United States of America continued its charmed run through the FINA World Cup with a repeat win over Australia for the week and the last two World Cups. In Christchurch four years ago, USA triumphed over Australia, giving the country a second World Cup to go with the inaugural World Cup in 1979. Now it has three.

On the final day at the Ugra State University Sports Complex, USA won 10-6 and Australia has to be content with its third silver to go with three golds and four bronzes. In fact, Australia has contested the last three World Cup finals with head coach Greg McFadden at the helm, winning his first in 2006 in Tianjin, China.

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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 5: USA to defend World Cup crown against Australia

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Defending champion United States of America and Australia will face off in Sunday’s gold-medal final after both teams had convincing semifinal victories. USA beat off China 11-4 and Australia had the better of world and European champion Spain 8-2 on day five of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

In the semifinal round for place 5-8, Hungary shunted Singapore 42-0 and Russia was kinder to South Africa, winning 22-2.


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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 4: China-USA and Australia-Spain to clash in semifinals

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ESP vs RSA - credit: Russell McKinnon

China, Spain, United States of America and Australia will contest the semifinals at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex on Saturday. In play on Friday, China downed Hungary 8-6, world champion Spain defeated South Africa 12-2, Olympic champion United States of America sent off Singapore 24-2 and Australia held off Russia 10-8.

In the semifinals, China will face USA and Australia will take on Spain to see who contests the gold-medal final on Sunday.


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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 3: USA and Spain win groups ahead of quarter-finals

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HUN vs USA - credit: Russell McKinnon

United States of America and Spain  have won their groups on day three of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex. Group B was settled early when defending champion United States of America delivered a second defeat of the week to Hungary. With three wins, USA won and in the second match, Australia defeated South Africa 20-2 for second spot.

Group A went to Spain even though it lost to Russia 7-6 in the showcase match of the day. In a quality match where all the best players from Spain and Russia stepped up, there could be only one winner and that was the host nation, coming from 6-5 down with 5:28 left on the clock. It forced a three-way tie in the group and after the officials deliberated, Spain still won the group with a +6 goal differential to Russia’s 0. China beat Russia on day one so China was second and Russia third. The match before, China gained second place with a 22-1 victory over Singapore.

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World Cup 2014 (W): Champions take centre stage on Day 2

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USA vs AUS - credit: Russell McKinnon

Defending champion United States of America and world and European champion Spain are unbeaten after day two of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

USA began strongly in the Group B match and maintained a distance against perennial rival Australia before winning 8-6. Spain looked impressive against China in Group A, winning 12-5 after being 7-3 up early in the third quarter. China looked drained after its wonderful upset of Russia the previous night. The lesser lights took stage and South Africa scored three centre-forward goals against Hungary in the 25-3 loss. It was Hungary’s first win in Group B. In the final encounter of the day, Russia beat Singapore 35-2 In a Group A match-up.

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Khanty-Mansiysk, Day 1: Action aplenty on opening day of FINA Women’s World Cup

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HUN vs AUS - credit: Russell McKinnon

Australia, United States of America, Spain and China were winners on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

In Group A, Spain went into counter-attack heaven with a 34-3 victory over World Cup newcomer Singapore with world and European champion Roser Tarrago netting seven goals. Russia lost  the final match in a gripping 14-13 encounter with China to end the day in front of a capacity house — there was a large screen outside the venue. Russian fans were not rejoicing.

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Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 6: USA adds FINA World Cup to World and World League crowns

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The United States of America won an incredible game of women’s water polo to secure the FINA World Cup for the first time since 1979 at the QEII Park complex in Christchurch today. The incredible part is that Group B winner Australia, defending its crown won in Tianjin, China, four years ago, went 6-0 down by halftime, stunning the packed arena.

The USA scored three goals in each of the two quarters and totally stymied Australia’s attack. It was a sublime effort by the team that now adds the World Cup to last year’s World title won in Rome and the World League title retained in La Jolla, California last month.

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Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 5: Australia to defend FINA World Cup crown against world champion USA

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Australia will defend its FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup crown against the United States of America at the QEII Park Pool in Christchurch tomorrow. Australia survived a late onslaught by Russia, twice having three-goal leads trimmed to one, to win 11-10.

In the other semifinal, the World and World League champion USA beat China 10-8 to set up yet another face-off between the two best teams currently on the planet. The USA won the FINA World League Super Finals gold-medal clash in a penalty-shootout win over the Aussie Stingers in July.

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