FINA Water Polo World League
Since 2002, the world’s best water polo national teams meet each year and compete against one another in the sport’s first global league.
From 2014 on, the competition formula comprises two preliminary tournaments: one in Europe with a series of “home and away” games and an Intercontinental Tournament with the participation of teams from Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania.
A Super Final for both the men’s and women’s league is organised with the eight qualifying teams of the preliminaries. A total prize money of US$ 345'000 (men) and US$ 202'500 (women) is distributed.
After thrilling Super Finals in Kunshan (CHN) and Dubai (UAE), the 2015 editions will be held in Bergamo (ITA) from June 23-28 for the men's and June 9-14 (place to be confirmed) for the women's.
Men's World League 2014, Day 6: Serbia crushes Hungary for eighth World League crown
Serbia made a eighth trip to the top of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final podium after defeating Hungary for the second straight year and in emphatic fashion. The Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai came alight as no-one left the stands until Serbia was well finished celebrating what was a fantastic championship in a year when the World League precedes the European Championships and the FINA World Cup.
Serbia was the class team and Filip Filipovic was the magic man with 17 incredible goals — goals that came when needed at the sharp end of the tournament. He was awarded the trophy for the most goals while his team-mate Gojko Pijetlovic was named best goalkeeper in a team where everyone contributed.
Dejan Savic was delighted to add to the medal tally, but still found fault with his players. “I think we won because we played very well in defence, but I’m a little disappointed with the final quarter because we lost three goals. I think that my guys thought they had already won. I hope it will be better for us, not like last year where we won the World League and got seventh at the World Championships. We hope to medal at the European Championships.”
Men's World League 2014, Day 5: Serbia aiming for eighth title in final rematch with Hungary
Serbia will be gunning for an incredible eighth crown when it takes on world champion Hungary in Saturday’s final of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
With a gold-medal berth, both teams have already won this week by claiming the two qualification berths for next year’s FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
The two teams clashed in last year’s final in Chelyabinsk, Russia with Serbia winning 12-7. Hungary won the last of its two consecutive World League crowns in 2004 when it beat Serbia & Montenegro in Long Beach, USA.
Serbia charged into the final with an impressive 12-5 score over Australia. The Aussie Sharks were no match for the stronger Serbians, especially Filip Filipovic, who scored four of the first five goals and added a fifth in the final quarter for a tournament-high 14 goals.
Men's World League 2014, Day 4: Montenegro-Hungary and Australia-Serbia semifinals set
Montenegro, Australia, Serbia and Hungary eased into the semifinals on quarterfinal day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Montenegro will face World champion Hungary and Australia will front reigning champion Serbia in Friday’s semifinals.
Montenegro opened the day’s proceedings with a stuttering 10-4 victory over an out-of-sorts United States of America. Mladan Janovic (MNE) provided the spark with four goals as his team only led 4-2 at halftime. Australia, beaten by Canada on day three and with just one victory in Dubai, defeated Brazil 14-7, a team that triumphed over the Aussie Sharks at the Intercontinental Tournament in Shanghai last month. Australia’s victory was constructed on five-goal hauls in the first and third periods.
Men's World League 2014, Day 3: Hungary and Serbia finish rounds undefeated
Hungary and Serbia won their groups on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Hungary started the day’s proceedings with a 16-9 victory over the United States of America to clinch Group B unbeaten while in the second match, reigning champion Serbia — gunning for a record eighth title (including two as Serbia & Montenegro) — defeated Brazil 12-4 after a heavy morning’s training.
Montenegro, stung by a huge loss to Serbia on day two, rebounded with a hard-fought 9-8 score against China in the last round match to secure second spot in Group A. China stood up and could leave the arena with pride.
Men's World League 2014, Day 2: Montenegro scoreless for 21 minutes against rampant Serbia
Serbia produced an inspired and unexpected 14-5 rout of neighbour Montenegro on the second day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. The crowd was stunned as Serbia shut out Montenegro for an amazing 21 minutes and took the foot off the accelerator in the final quarter, which was drawn 4-4.
True, Montenegro is without three superstars, who will be back in time for the European Championships next month, but still had no access to the goal in what was textbook defence by Serbia. It was a highlight match, despite the score. Dusan Mandic, the youngest player at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was on fire with five goals, netting in each of the four quarters.
Men's World League 2014, Day 1: European powerhouses win and USA turns tables on Canada
European superstars Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro won as expected on the opening day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex.
But it was the astounding victory by the United States of America over Canada that had most tongues wagging. Canada was going the way of the previous two matches and the last, but the Maple Leafs did not count on the determination of their southern neighbours. From 7-2 ahead in the third and 8-4 near the final break, Canada looked good. Then USA unleashed a barrage of goals that turned the match in its favour for an incredible 12-8. Canada grabbed one back in the final minute through penalty, but the damage had been done.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 6: USA clinches eighth World League crown
Team USA won their eighth World League title, the fifth in the last six editions. They outpowered Italy in the final: the Setterosa took a 4-1 lead but the Americans scored seven goals in succession and that decided the outcome.
The third place went to Australia, the fifth bronze for them and the eighth World League medal overall. Defending champions China had to settle for the fourth place.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 5: USA and Italy to clash in the final
The Olympic title-holder and the reigning European champions will have a showdown in the final as in the semis Team USA thrashed the Australians in less than 10 minutes while Italy played really smart in the second half and beat China again (after Day 1).
For the lower placements, Spain crushed Russia while Canada defeated Brazil despite hitting the posts almost 20 times.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 4: Host China knocks out the World champions
Apart from the game between the US and Brazil, the other three quarters were all decided by a single goal. Australia won a really tough physical game against Canada, Italy managed to beat the Russians in a tremendous battle while China upended the World title-holder Spanish team, thanks to a magnificent individual effort of Sun Yating, the centre-forward netted three action goals to keep the hosts’ hope for retaining their title alive.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 3: USA and Italy emerged as group-winners
The United States and Italy won the respective groups after offering great performances on the third day. Italy came up with an amazing finish against Australia, a 4-0 rush in the last 2:13 minutes – the winner came at 0:04 – gave them a well-deserved win. In the battle of the champions the Olympic title-holder, Team USA, upended the World champion Spaniards, shutting them out in the second half.
Canada and Russia produced a flood of goals with the North Americans prevailing and China won their first match in Kunshan, much to the joy of the home crowd.
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