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$ 540'000 (men) and US$ 465'000 (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 in Shanghai (CHN) for the women's.

Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 3: USA and Japan register tight wins after penalties

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Game #1 Venezuela vs Australia 0-17

Venezuela battled Australia in the first game of the day. Australia was strong offensively and won 17-0. Australia was locked in defensively forcing turnovers and making Venezuela pay for their mistakes. It was a solid performance by Australian player Rowie Webster who totaled four goals for the afternoon. Lillian Hedges and Kelsey Wakefield split time in goal for the Australians. Hedges made 5 saves while Wakefield made 3. In goal for Venezuela was Lorena Godoy and Angela Calvo who also split time in the goal. Godoy made 7 saves for the Venezuelans while Calva made 2.

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Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 2: Team USA defeats Kazakhstan 16-5

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Game #1: Venezuela vs China 6-24

China and Venezuela kicked off day 2 of the FINA Intercontinental Women's Water Polo tournament today. Venezuela came out strong but could not hold off China's aggressive play. China led the first half 12-4 with a dominating offense. China's goalie Lin Peng played the entire game as well as Venezuela's goalie Angela Calvo. China went on to win the game 24-6.

The Chinese offense was led by Dong Lun Song scored 5 goals. Other scorers for China included: Li Shu Jin (2), Sun Yu Jun (3), Chew Hui Li (2), Zhang Cong (1), Zhao Zi Han (4), Tian Jia Ning (1), Wang Xin Yan (1). Venezuela's offense was lead by Yineldy Araujo with 3 goals. Other scorers included: Jeisnaimil Agelvis (2), Dulce Hernandez (1),Sun Ya Ting (5).

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Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 1: Australia upsets defending World League champion China

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Match reports

Game #1 Brazil vs Venezuela 12-2
 
Brazil and Venezuela kicked off the FINA Intercontinental Women's Water Polo tournament today May 20, 2014. Brazil won the game with a final score of 12-2. They led the game the whole time with a dominating offensive and solid play by both goalie's: Tess Oliveria who played 3 quarters and Victoria Chamarro who remained in goal for the rest of the game. Both goalies for Brazil allowed 1 goal each. 

The Brazilian offense was lead by Mirella Coutinlo and Izabella Chiappini who scored 3 goals a piece. Other scorers for Brazil included Mailina Canetti (2), Mailina Zablith (1), Amanda Oliveria (1), Melani Dias (1), and Diana Abla (1).  Venezuela's offense was lead by Ana Balsero who scored both goals for the team. Lorena Godoy was in goal for the whole game for Venezuela.

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Super Final 2013 (Men): Serbia wins again, this time with ease

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SRB team - credit: Anatoly Kolyushchenko/Vyacheslav ShishkozdovCHELYABINSK, Russia (June 16) – Serbia won the World League crown and the $100,000 cheque for the 7th time (twice triumphed as Serbia-Montenegro), and for the 5th time in seven years. The final against Hungary wasn’t as thrilling as used to be, still, the capacity crowd enjoyed it very much. The bronze medal went to Montenegro after they won with penalties against the US – it was Montenegro’s fourth shootout in six games.

Chelyabinsk, together with the Russian Water Polo Federation, was a worthy host of FINA’s premium water polo event which proved that the men’s field has become wider and more balanced than ever.

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Super Final 2013 (Men): Showdown again: Serbia to face Hungary in the final

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CHN vs BRA - credit: Anatoly Kolyushchenko/Vyacheslav ShishkozdovCHELYABINSK, Russia (June 15) – Six years after they clashed in Berlin, Serbia and Hungary will face off again in the final of the FINA World League. Both sides won their respective semi finals 8-6, but in quite different ways. Serbia’s battle with Montenegro was open until the very last minute while Hungary’s strong opening against the US determined the rest of the match.

In the “lower house” China was too strong for Brazil again and Russia overcame Japan thanks to an incredible 6-0 third period.

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Super Final 2013 (Men): Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia and USA in the semis

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USA vs CHN - credit: Anatoly Kolyushchenko/Vyacheslav ShishkozdovCHELYABINSK, Russia (June 14) – The thrilling penalty shootouts have become essential part of this World League Super Final: we’ve already have seen five, the last two now in the quarter finals. Both quarter final games featuring the second and third placed teams ended in a shootout with the United States and Montenegro prevailing. Though it’s worth mentioning that China was never so close to reach the semis and the host team Russia was also five metres from the door of the best four. In the other two games the respective group-winners – Serbia and Hungary – reached the semis easily, so Saturday will see a rematch of the prelims (USA vs. Hungary) and a clash of the former allies (Serbia vs. Montenegro).

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Super Final 2013 (Men): Hungary and Serbia top respective groups

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SRB vs BRA - credit: Anatoly Kolyushchenko/Vyacheslav ShishkozdovCHELYABINSK, Russia (June 13) – Hungary and Serbia earned the respective top spots at the end of the preliminaries. After two days of extreme excitement, Group A ties became rather one-sided battles as both Montenegro and Hungary came up with their best and that was unmatchable for the young U.S. and Japanese teams this time. The game between Montenegro and USA brought an outstanding individual performance, an absolute rarity in today’s elite water polo: Montenegrin Darko Brguljan scored three amazing goals within a span of 80 seconds, at the most crucial stage of the game.

In Group B the other European giant, Serbia enjoyed another easy cruise, this time against Brazil. And finally the day offered at least one thrilling encounter, between Russia and China. And it was not just a thrilling clash but turned into a historical one as China managed to beat the Russians for the first time ever.

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Super Final 2013 (Men): Japan almost caught the US, second shootout loss for Montenegro

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MNE vs HUN - credit: Anatoly Kolyushchenko/Vyacheslav ShishkozdovCHELYABINSK, Russia (June 12) - Group A cannot provide one-sided battles! After Day One’s two great clashes – both ended in shootouts – we have two more thrillers in Chelyabinsk at the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final. The U.S. team scored the winner in the last minute against Japan and later Hungary staged another comeback and beat Montenegro in a penalty shootout.

The matches in Group B offered less excitement as China thrashed Brazil and Serbia upended Russia in a 25-goal encounter and already clinched the first place of the group.

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Super Final 2013 (Men): Japan makes history by upsetting Montenegro

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MNE vs JPN - credit: Anatoly Kolyushchenko/Vyacheslav ShishkozdovCHELYABINSK, Russia (June 11) - What a day to start the World League Super Final in Chelyabinsk! Japan’s win over Montenegro is one of the biggest upsets ever in the history of the FINA World League Super Finals. It was a historic win for Japan – in the shootout –, the first great triumph in a big tournament against a top-ranked European team (Montenegro was 4th in London and came runner-up at the European Championships).

There was another penalty shootout which saw the USA beating Hungary, also a bit surprisingly. Group A had much calmer matches, Serbia easily overcame China while the host Russians made their fans happy by scoring an easy win against Brazil.


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Super Final 2013 (Women): China wins historic first international crown

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BEIJING, China (June 6) - China beat Russia 8-7 for its first international senior women’s crown on the final day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Water Cube in Beijing. China was never headed, but had to fend off a resilient, youthful Russia all the way, en route to its first FINA World League medal and in front of several thousand adoring fans. For Russia it was a second silver to go with gold and bronze from previous editions.

Two Russian coaches steered the teams to the final with former Russian women’s coach Alexander KLEYMENOV at the head of China’s fortunes. New Russian coach Mikhail NAKORYAKOV has tasted gold before, as head coach of the Russian youth team in Siberia in 2009.


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