FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships
FINA organises a men's and women's World Championships for young water polo players every year. From 2011 on, a new age group competition format has been launched with World Junior Championships for “20 Year & Under” taking place in odd years and World Youth Championships “18 Years & Under” in even years.
In 2012, the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships (18 & U) for both men and women was held in Perth (AUS). Click here to be redirected on the Youth page.
The next editions of the FINA World Men's and Women's Junior Water Polo Championships (20 & U) will be held in 2015 with 16 participating teams for each tournament.
WP Juniors (M), Day 4: Brazil creates surprise, Australia wins a thriller
SZOMBATHELY (Hungary), 15 August – Brazil created a surprise by reaching the quarter finals. Australia also got on board after scoring the decisive goal against Russia in the very last second. Team USA and the host Hungarians enjoyed an easy ride en route to the best eight.
WP Juniors (M), Day 3: Italy, Spain, Serbia and Croatia reach quarter finals
WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 2: Hungary drew with Italy, scoring twice in last 45 seconds
SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (13 August) – Together with the dark clouds and gutsy winds, excitement also arrived to the venue, close to Hungary’s western border. Day 2 offered a series of twists and turns in almost every game. The highlight of the programme came last, Hungary earned a draw against Italy in a real thriller: the hosts came back from two goals down in the last 45 seconds!
WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 1: Wearing the white caps, win guaranteed
SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (August 12) – The opening day didn’t bring too much excitement. Interestingly, all eight matches saw the teams in the white caps winning – in facts these eight sides are the favourites for the top two places in their respective groups at this FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships.
WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 7: Spain on the top of the world
TRIESTE, Italy (September 17) - For the first time Spain won the crown of a major women water polo tournament as their team was triumphed in Trieste at the World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships.
They played with patience and discipline and waited for their moment which came in the fourth quarter in the final when the exhausted Hungarians couldn’t keep up the pace any more. Australia came third beating the other “marathon-team”, Russia, while the home side, Italy clinched the fifth position.
WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 6: Hungary meets Spain in the final
TRIESTE, Italy (September 16) - Another fantastic day in Trieste, at the World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships. The two semifinals brought tremendous excitement and an amazing performance of determination and will from the players of the four teams targeting the gold medal.
Hungary managed to gain a second successive over-time win, this time against the Russians, while the Spanish team came from behind again to beat the Australians.
WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 5: Series of thrillers, three games went to extra-time
TRIESTE, Italy (September 15) - Day five produced the water polo we love: all but two games were decided only in the dying minutes of the fourth quarters and three of the day’s contests went to extra-time (and one was decided in a penalty-shootout).
Hungary, Spain and Russia all came from behind, working hard to overcome two-three-goal deficits to reach the semifinals, while the Australians had an easier ride against the young Greek team.
WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 4: Italy back to life, reaching the quarters
TRIESTE, Italy (September 14) - No upset on Day Four in Trieste, at the World Junior Women’s Championships – all teams holding a stronger chance reached the quarterfinals, including the USA, the Netherlands and Australia.
The day’s only balanced contest saw Italy coming up with a strong performance leaving no chance for the Canadians and deciding the game virtually by half-time.
WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 3: Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain in the quarters
TRIESTE, Italy (September 13) - Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain clinched the top spots of their respective groups and qualified directly to the quarterfinals at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships, taking place in Trieste (ITA) until September 17, 2011.
Australia, the Netherlands and the US had a strong chance to reach the best eight while Italy and Canada face each other in a mouth-watering clash on Wednesday.
WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 2: Ten teams already qualified
TRIESTE, Italy (September 12) - Though ten teams are through after the second round, the great excitements are still ahead even at this stage in Trieste, at the 9th FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships.
None of the group-winners have been determined: in Group A and Group B the goal-differences of the last round games will be interesting as the group-leaders had ties in their games against each other (on the opening day). Group C and D will see a battle for the top spot on Day 3. Still, Australia, Hungary, China, Russia, Netherlands, Uzbekistan, USA, Greece, Spain and Canada booked their places in the knock-out phase.
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