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.



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

Water Polo World Cup

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

Water Polo World Cup

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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Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 4: USA, China, Australia and Russia into semifinals

Water Polo World Cup

World champion United States of America will play China while World Cup champion Australia will face off with Russia in the semifinals of the FINA  Women's Water Polo World Cup at Christchurch’s QE II Park Pool tomorrow. The USA beat Hungary 10-5 after a torrid first half in which it led by only 3-2. A power second half showed just how good this team can play. China earned a tilt at international glory and a highest finish when easily surpassing the host nation, New Zealand, 11-3. The Juan Jane-coached team has proved it is capable of making the final with an unbeaten run this week.

Reigning World Cup champion Australia finally got past Greece 11-7 after being pressured for all of the match. Greece played its best game of the week but the Australians, who missed two penalties and hit the wood seven times in the first half, looked the better team on the night. European champion Russia made the second-half running against Canada to win 12-11. Canada shot poorly in the middle part of the game but then Russia also, by coach Alexandr Kabanov’s admission, did not play to its best either.

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Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 3: Australia and China win groups at FINA World Cup

Water Polo World Cup

Australia won Group B with a come-from-behind 10-8 victory over Russia at the women's water polo FINA World Cup at QE II Park Pool here today. The shocking start helped steel the Aussie Stingers as they decreased the deficit to one (5-4) at halftime and then smashed the European champion with a 5-2 third period.

The 9-4 middle segment of the game showed just how good the Aussies are and lived up to the expectations of retaining the crown won in China four years ago. Australia scored three penalty goals and two from four attempts when a player up while defending 11 of Russia's 13 attempts on extra.

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Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 2: Australia two goals better than World champion USA

Water Polo World Cup

This tournament was always going to be about Australia-United States of America. Arguably the two best teams in the world at the moment, clashed on day two in Group B of the 15th FINA World Cup for women’s water polo at Christchurch’s QE II Park pool. As in Sydney last week at the 10th Anniversary Tournament to celebrate a decade of women’s Olympic water polo, Australia finished on top, giving it three successive victories in a week against the World and World League champion.

The first quarter was locked at 1-1 but the Aussie Stingers went 4-1 ahead by halftime, kept a 5-4 advantage at three-quarter time and sealed the match with a penalty goal inside the last two minutes for 7-5 and bragging rights heading towards the quarter-finals. Australia now needs to pass Russia tomorrow to win the group.

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Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 1: Aussie Stingers swamp Kiwis on opening night

Water Polo World Cup

Defending champion Australia won big on the opening day of the 15th FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup at QE II Stadium in Christchurch. The Aussie Stingers defeated a gutsy New Zealand 17-4 in the last game of the night in a game where New Zealand scored first and trailed just 4-3 early in the second quarter. However, Australia swam away with the game and the lead in Group B where the world champion United States of America downed European champion Russia in the opening game.

As the night hotted up and the crowd swelled, China had the better of Greece 11-7 after the European team — third at the FINA World League Super Finals last month — blew a first-quarter dominance. In the other Group A match, Canada produced its best form of the year with a 14-10 margin over Hungary, a late inclusion to the event.

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Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010: World's best women's water polo teams head to Christchurch (NZL)

Water Polo World Cup

New Zealand's women's water polo players take on the planet's heavyweights this week at the 15th FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup at Christchurch's QE II Stadium. Ranked outside the elite group, the Kiwis face the daunting task of mixing it with seven of the leading teams as they battle for world supremacy in the year's major test ahead of next year's FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.

It's the second time Christchurch has hosted the event after the first in 1988. This four-year spectacle, dominated by the Netherlands with eight titles since its inception in 1979, is headed by reigning champion Australia, who last week bested six of the teams at the 10th Anniversary Tournament in Sydney, celebrating a decade since women's water polo's inclusion to Olympic Games.

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Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 6: Serbia add World Cup title to World League gold

Water Polo World Cup

Inspired by his captain Vanja Udovicic and well shaped by coach Dejan Udovicic, Serbia reaffirmed their status as the current world strongest team by winning the World Cup, just two weeks after conquering the gold medal in the World League. In spite of having lost the first match to Croatia, today Serbia crushed their neighbours and traditional rivals thanks to swift start and four goals in the first period (to none). Croatia won the second period but eventually the goal gap at the end was of six. Spain conquered the bronze medal clearly defeating the United States. In other matches Romania beat Australia and conquered the fifth place and the qualification for the next World Championships; for the 7th place China crushed Iran.

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Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 5: Croatia & Serbia for the gold medal

Water Polo World Cup

On the sixth and last day Croatia and Serbia will play the final for the gold and the silver medal on the last of the 24 matches of the tournament. Both the mighty Balkan teams defeated their opponents - the Unites States and Spain, that will play one another for the bronze medal - by the margin of two goals at the end of two spectacular games.

In the first two games, Australia defeated China by a four-goal difference while Romania buries Iran under another 24 goals (against six). The winners will play for the fifth and sixth place, the losers for the 7th and 8th place.

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Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 4: Serbia, USA, Spain & Croatia win and go through for the podium

Water Polo World Cup

The outcome of today’s four games was easily predictable, except for Romania vs. USA, a match that had lifted many expectations among the local fans and that was broadcast live by the Romanian national television (as all Romania’s games); following their request, today’s game of Romania was started at 5 p.m. instead of 3:30pm (the same time for Romania’s game has been agreed for tomorrow and after tomorrow). The home team managed to bravely stay in the game for three quarters: at the end of the 3rd period the score was on tie, 9-9. The hopes of the Romanians faded away in the last period when the Americans managed to convert into goals some extra-man opportunities. The Australians too fought bravely against the Serbians, and lost narrowly to them, but in this case the outcome of the game was never in doubt. Against Spain, China confirmed their progressive improvements while Iran could only limit the damage against Croatia.


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Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 3: Unbeaten Spain and Croatia top respective group

Water Polo World Cup

The end of today’s last game – the 12th – marked the conclusion of the preliminary round. From the 4th day all games – quarterfinals on Friday, semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday - will end with a winner and a loser. Spain and Croatia topped Group A and B respectively; Romania and Serbia were second; Australia and USA third; Iran and China fourth, with zero points.
Today the first two games ended in an almost identical score: 8-15 China-Serbia, 8-14 Romania-Spain. Croatia’s victory over the United States was clear cut and never in doubt in spite of a narrow final 2-goal gap. Much predictable the outcome of Australia-Iran, which the Aussies won 26-4.

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Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 2: Easy win for Serbia over USA

Water Polo World Cup

Olympic bronze medallists Serbia upset the Olympic silver medallist USA at the end of a match that was supposed to provide more thrills and adrenaline. Instead the Americans could not stage a valid opposition to their mighty counterpart.  
The real highlight of the second day was therefore the match between Australia and Romania. This was a very lively, exciting and balanced game for most of its duration. The home team wanted this victory badly, and they got it. The Australians fought strenuously but could nothing against the Romanians, and fate.
Wins for Croatia over China and Spain over Iran were easily predicted. Both teams conquered their second win in this tournament and lead respectively Group B and A (Spain share the first place with Romania). The Iberians buried the Iranians under a deluge of 26 goals (just one against): by coincidence the score (1-26) was identical to that of Iran-Romania on the first day.

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Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 1: Serbia loses first game against Croatia

Water Polo World Cup

2006 World Cup winner, 2009 World champion and 2010 World League gold medallist, the team of Serbia, lost its first match at the 14th FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup, being held in Oradea (ROU), from July 27 to August 1, 2010. In a Balkan duel, the Serbians lost against eternal rival Croatia by 10-8, in what was the highlight of the first day. The other main interest of the session was the encounter between Australia and Spain (2009 silver medallists at the FINA World Championships), won by the Iberians 9-7.
Otherwise, natural victories from USA against China (10-6) and from Romania against Iran (26-1).

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