FINA Water Polo World League
Since 2002, the world’s best water polo national teams meet in an annual season format and compete against one another in the sport’s first international league.
In 2007, FINA launched a new formula with a more standard format comprising only preliminaries and the Super Final for both the men’s and women’s tournament. In the preliminaries, the competition is organised as a tournament system, two for Asia and Oceania, one for Africa, and a series of “home and away” games for Europe. A Super Final with eight qualifying teams concludes the competition, comprising one team from the Americas, two from the Asia and Oceania tournament, one from Africa and four from the European tournament.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia and USA will play decisive match for gold
CHINA, Changshu (June 2) - The United States moved a step closer of winning their seventh World League title after edging Greece 7-6 in the semi finals of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final, organised in Changshu (CHN). The North Americans will play against Australia in the decisive match of the Super Final. The Aussies trailed China for most of the other semi final game but rallied to beat the hosts 8-7. Super Final rookie Germany made history by entering the 5th-6th play-off, after they claimed victory from a thrilling penalty shootout 15-13 over Canada.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia, China, Greece and USA advance to semi finals
CHINA, Changshu (June 1) - Greece stunned Russia in a tight 11-9 victory and makes its way to the semi finals of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final. Australia, USA and host China all won their match in convincing fashion against Germany (18-0), Italy (14-2) and Canada (13-7), respectively, to reach the semi finals stage as well.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia beats Russia after shootouts, Greece defeats home squad
CHINA, Changshu (May 31) - The race for the podium escalated in the last game of Day 3 of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final with the Australian team delivering an intense battle to beat the Russians after an amazing penalty shootout for a close 9-7 victory. Defending champions USA easily crushed Germany 17-3, Canada defeated Italy 9-4 and Greece stunned host China 12-9.
The last day of preliminaries see USA and China climbing on top of Group A while Australia and Russia finish 1-2 of Group B. The four advance to the quarter finals as strong favourites.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia, Russia and USA remain unchallenged
CHINA, Changshu (May 30) - Australia, Russia and the United States continued their dominance with two victories each after day 2 of the 2012 FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final in Changshu (CHN) while the home squad registered a clean win (15-4) over Germany. China and Greece continue to look strong, each winning one game. Canada, Germany and Italy are still in the race despite their two losses.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia, Greece, Russia and USA make good start in game opener
CHINA, Changshu (May 29) - The ninth edition of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final successfully kicked off in Changshu (CHN) where eight world-class women's water polo teams will fight for the podium during an exciting six days. In the preliminary games of Group A and B, defending champion USA eclipsed host China 10-6, world champion Greece comfortably edged Germany 16-11, world number 3 Russia had a solid win over Italy 16-3 and 2011 World League bronze-medallist Australia crushed Canada 20-4.
WPWL 2012 (Men): World Champions Italy hold off Brits
The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo Team showed their fighting spirit in a battling defeat at home to World Champions Italy in the FINA World League Preliminary match.
Britain’s Craig Figes, Joe O’Regan, Rob Parker, Will Middleton and Ciaran James were on target in front of their home crowd in Manchester in their debut in the competition but succumbed to the World Champions in a final score of 14-6 (5-1, 4-1, 2-3, 3-1).
WPWL 2012 (Men): Spain defeats Greece at home in first World League round
In the first games of Europe's preliminary round, Spain defeated Greece (Group C) 8-7 on November 15, 2011. It was an intense match both in and outside the pool for the Spain-Greece showdown. The Spaniards were lagging behind for most of the game and it was not until the fourth period that they were able to neutralise the advantage the Hellenic squad had enjoyed so far. In a last grasp of effort, Spaniard Albert Espanol scored a goal at 1.47 before the end of the game for a total three goals in the last period.
After the game, Spain's coach Rafa Aguilar praised the attitude of his players during the game and said the key of success was the team's capacity to endure pain: “Lagging behind for most of the game has taught us to suffer", he said.
Super Final 2011 (Men): Serbia wins its 6th title, silver and bronze for Italy and Croatia respectively
FLORENCE, Italy (June 26) - With one minute missing to the end of the game China missed a great opportunity to tie with the ball dancing on the line before Canada’s goalkeeper finally grabbed it safely.
The Canadian narrowly won a tight match (10-9) strenuously fought by both teams on a basis of equal strength and to resolve.
For China the rendezvous with victory was once more procrastined, perhaps to the World Championships, next month in Shanghai, where they will play at home. Progressive score: 2-3, 4-5, 7-9, 9-10.
Super Final 2011 (Men): Serbia and Italy go for gold, USA and Croatia for bronze
FLORENCE, Italy (June 25) - An ordinary game that could not add any lustre to none of the teams ended with a clear cut win for Australia, which on the last day will play for the fifth place.
The Chinese’s performance appeared under tone, compared with those delivered in the previous days and the Aussies had no difficulty in taking control of the game and securing an easy victory.
Progressive score: 4-0, 7-3, 10-4, 14-4. Australia’s captain Sam Mc Gregor top scored the game with four goals.
Super Final 2011 (Men): USA, Serbia, Croatia and Italy advance to semi-finals
FLORENCE, Italy (June 24) - The solid Australian side gave the Italians a rough ride. The score at half time was 4-2 for the home team. A few minutes inside the 3rd period the Italians managed two spectacular goals, from Giorgetti and Luongo, answered by one from Miller. Before going into the last period the score was 6-3 for Italy.
Australia’s captain Sam Mc Gregor reduced the gap with a great goal from the distance, a blaze (6-4). Presciutti (I) on a counter attack and Younger (A) traded goals. Soon after Miller’s second goal from sealed the final score on 7-6, with the Aussies just one goal under. Split scores: 1-0, 4-2, 6-3, 7-6.
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