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 2011 (W), Day 1: Team USA froze the hosts
TRIESTE, Italy (September 11) - With the pool-side parade of the 16 teams, the 9th edition of FINA’s World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships was launched in the city of Trieste, Italy. After the warm words from the host nations‘ representatives Prof. Franco del Campo (Director of the Municipality of Trieste), Sergio Rinaldi (FIN, Italian Swimming Federation) and Enrico Samer (Chairman of the Organising Committee), FINA Bureau Member Dimitris Diathesopoulos welcomed the participants on behalf of FINA and of FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.
“Italy has a very rich history in water polo, just a few weeks ago they became World Champions in Shanghai among the men,” Mr. Diathesopoulos said. “So it is a big honour for us, the water polo family, that Italy once again offers its hospitality for such a great event. During this week we will see the future of women’s worldwide water polo as we have teams from sixteen countries from five continents”. He added: “Italy has great organising experience, Trieste has excellent facilities and all these assure the success of this World Championships”. Mr. Diathesopoulos thanked to the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN), the Municipality and the City of Trieste, the members of the Organising Committee and the volunteers the great efforts they already put into hosting this event and wished good luck for the teams and the officials.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 9: Serbia defeats Spain to capture FINA Men's Junior Water Polo
VOLOS, Greece (September 4) - Serbia defeated Spain to claim the 16th FINA World Junior Men's Water Polo Championships powered by three goals from Nikola DEDOVIC and Aleska SAPONDIC. Srdan YUKSANOVIC scored with just seconds left in the game to claim Serbia's first title in the nine day tournament held in Volos, Greece. In 2009 Serbia defeated Montenegro 7-6 to capture the bronze medal. The nation of Serbia Montenegro claimed two consecutive championships in 2003 and 2005.
Serbian goalkeeper Dimitride RISTICEVIC, voted the most valuable goalie of the tournament said: "We were beaten by Spain in the preliminary rounds and we were better prepared to face them today. This victory today is special for my team and I think we are the best team in this tournament." The Spanish team was awarded silver medals.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 8: Serbia beats Greece in overtime, will play Spain for Championship
VOLOS, Greece (September 3) - Serbia will meet Spain on Sunday evening in the championship game following their narrow defeat of Greece in an overtime period of the semi finals. Spain would knock off Australia, their margin also just one goal, advancing their team into the final match.
Serbia defeated hometown favorite Greece in a tight match watched by nearly 2000 fans who were heartbroken to see several last second assaults deflected by Serb goalkeeper Dimitride RISTICEVIC. Team captain Angelos VLACHOPOULOS landed the first Greek goal followed 90 seconds later by a second goal from Kyriakos PONTIKEAS. RISTICEVIC deflected a Greek missile that seemed certain to tie the game in the final second of the first half.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 7: Greece, Spain, Serbia and Australia vying for chance to play for the gold medal
VOLOS, Greece (September 2) - More than 1500 fans of Greek water polo overwhelmed the spectator seating areas to watch their champions in action against the team from Hungary. Kostantinos GENIDOUNIAS would drill the first goal for Greece to the roaring approval of the crowd. Less than a minute later Hungary's Daniel ANGYAL would retaliate to even the score. GENIDOUNIAS would find the inside of the net three times in the first quarter giving his team a 7-3 lead at the end of the first period. GENIDOUNIAS would score again in the third quarter for four goals in the game. Marios KAPOTIS and team captain Angelos VLLACHOPOULOS would also net four goals in the evening's game for the Greek team. The score at the half would favor Greece, 11 to 5. The home team would tally 14 goals with eight for Hungary. The winners will advance to play Serbia in the marquee event on Saturday evening. Hungary will meet Croatia tomorrow to settle places 5 through 8.
Spain defeated Montenegro by a margin of four goals, the score: 9-5 advancing the team into the final bracket of four teams challenging for the championship. Victor CABANAS PEGADO collected three goals in the evening's match for his Spanish team. Spain led 4-2 at the end of the half and 7-3 at the conclusion of the third quarter. Spain will meet Australia in the semi final round for places 1 through 4.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 6: Hungary, Australia, Serbia and Montenegro looking strong
VOLOS, Greece (September 1) - Hungary defeated Brazil in a game that was closer than expected and will meet hometown favorite Greece in the quarter final round tomorrow. Brazil's Bernardo GOMES netted five goals in the game and his team will meet the USA in their next pairing. Australia won a narrow victory over the USA, a 5-4 result in their favor will match them up with Italy in the quarter finals.
Serbia was impressive scoring eight goals as they dismantled the challenge from France which could manage only three for the game. Dujan MANDIC would land the ball into the net four times for Serbia giving his team the right to play Croatia in the next round. France will meet Iran tomorrow. Montenegro scored 16 goals powered by three from Gavril SUBOTIC in their rout of Kuwait. Montenegro will play Spain in the quarters. Kuwait will meet Mexico next.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 5: Greece, Italy, Croatia and Spain top teams earn spots in semi finals
VOLOS, Greece (August 31) - In the fifth day of the preliminary rounds the teams from Greece, Italy and Spain were confirmed as the top teams from Groups A, B and D. Croatia completed a sweep of their rivals in Group C yesterday; all four teams will advance to semi final, each earning a day off and a bye from the qualification round which begins on 1 September.
The Greek team defeated Puerto Rico by a score of 16 to 4 in a match that began during a thunderstorm. Despite the inclement weather, fans of the home team were not deterred in their support for the Greek juniors. The televised game confirmed Greece as the top team in Group A. Australia, the second place team in the group was idle today and will meet the team from the USA. The winner of tomorrow's game will advance to the semi finals.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 4: Unbeaten Croatia advances to semi finals
VOLOS, Greece (August 30) - Croatia continues their winning ways defeating Uzbekistan today by a huge margin, confirming they are the Group C champions by virtue of their four consecutive victories in the first round. Croatia is the only team to have achieved four victories over the first three days of competition. Croatia will be idle tomorrow and will earn an automatic spot in the semi final round which begins on 2 September. A win by Montenegro over Brazil tomorrow will confirm their position as second place in the Group C standings.
Greece dominated their contest with France before a standing room only spectator capacity this evening. The Greeks will play Puerto Rico tomorrow night and a win will put them in a tie with Australia for the top of the Group A bracket. Australia and Greece tied, 6-6, when they played head to head, so the decision of which team to advance to the semi final round will be made on the basis of goal differential against each of their opponents. But a victory over Puerto Rico is a prerequisite. Australia is idle tomorrow and does not control their own fate.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 3: Croatia makes good start with three consecutive wins
VOLOS, Greece (August 29) - Croatia leads the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships as the only team to earn three consecutive victories. Croatia will face Uzbekistan tomorrow and will likely emerge at the top of Group C standings. Montenegro, which Croatia defeated today will face Brazil in an important contest for the second position in Group C.
Hungary and Italy are tied with 4 points each in Group B competition, but a winner of their head to head match will be known tomorrow evening when these two European rivals face off in the first game of the evening session.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 2: Australia, Iran, Serbia and Croatia lead their groups after two days of play
VOLOS, Greece (August 28) - Australia and Iran are at the top of the Group A and Group B standings respectively, each team having posted a victory in today's competition and each team having tied their first game yesterday. France sits comfortably in second position in Group A standings having soundly defeated Puerto Rico by a wide margin in their first game today. Canada is in third position in Group A due to their victory over Puerto Rico yesterday but they lost by a 11 goal margin to Australia today. Hungary rests confidently in second place with 2 points in the Group B standings having played and won their only game, a 26-0 beating of Kuwait on the first day of competition. Italy, also with 2 points in Group B completion defeated Kazakhstan by a 20-2 margin in their only game, and will challenge for the leadership of the bracket.
Tomorrow's big games will be a match up between Australia and France in Group A play and a Hungary versus Iran match up that will surely churn the waters at the outdoor pool.
WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 1: world's best junior teams gather in sunny Volos (GRE)
VOLOS, Greece (August 27) - The modern city of Volos, Greece has a rich local history and mythological tradition. Volos may be best known for Jason and the Argonauts, as well as the legendary Centaurs who lived on Mt. Pelion. At the foot of this equally historic and famous mountain is the swimming pool that will be at the center stage for 20 nations competing in the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships.
"The two swimming pools of the city, the indoor swimming pool 'Vasilis Polymeros' of New Ionia and the open air swimming pool 'Iason Zirganos' of Volos, are host to the best young athletes of water polo" said Panos Tr. Skotiniotis the Mayor of Volos. "These young men will offer a spectacular show to the sportsmanship spectators from Volos and from the whole region of Thessaly. It’s indisputable, that both of the sports centers will be full of spectators on the occasion of the distinction of the Greek national team."
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