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.
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.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 2: Russia's miraculous comeback against the World champions
Russia made a minor miracle coming back from 8-2 down against Spain and unlike on the opening day, this time they won the penalty shootout.
Jennifer Pareja scored 7 for Spain, including three from penalties, but missed a crucial one in the shootout. The other games provided less excitement, USA outplayed Canada, Italy woke up in time against Brazil while China had too many misses to keep up with Australia.
Women's Super Final, Day 1: Italy stuns China thanks to impressive Silvia Motta
Italy stunned the Chinese side on the opening day thanks to the outstanding individual effort of Silvia Motta who scored 5 goals, 4 of them within 4:30 minutes in the third period.
The big clash of the day between the USA and Russia ended in a penalty shootout with the US prevailing. Spain managed to pull off a tight win over Canada while Australia was too strong for Brazil.
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 6: Australia, USA, Canada and Brazil qualify for Super Final
Game #1: Kazakhstan vs Venezuela 17-9
Kazakhstan came out and scored the first goal of the match. Venezuela was quick to answer with a goal of their own. Keeping the match close both teams played aggressively the entire first half. Venezuela managed to gain the lead with a score of six to five to end the half. Once the second half resumed Kazakstan had five unanswered goals to take the lead. Kazakhstan won the game with a final score of 17-9.
The Kazakhstan offense was led by Natalya Shepelina with five goals of her own. Other scorers included: Aizhan Akilbayeva(2), Assel Jakayeva (4), Anastassiya Mirshina (1), Oxana Saichuk (1), Anna Turova (1) Natalya Alexandrova (2).
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 5: USA defeats China 14-10
Game #1 Brazil vs Kazakhstan 12-11
Brazil and Kazakhstan started off day 6 of the FINA Intercontinental Women’s Water Polo tournament with a close game. Both teams were tied going into the fourth quarter of play and Brazil ended up victorious with a score of 12-11. Izabella Chiappini played a strong offensive game for Brazil. Chiapinni scored 8 goals for the Brazillian’s who also had goals from Mirella Coutinlo (2), Mailina Canetti (1), and Lunianne Balloncas (1). Tess Oliveira played in goal for the Brazilian’s and made 6 saves.
Kazakhstan’s offense was lead by Oxana Saichuk who scored 4 goals for the team. Goal’s also came from Anna Turova (2), Natalya Shepelina(2), Marina Gritsenk (1), Natalya Alexandrova (1), and Assel Jakayeva (1). Alexandra Zharkova was in the goal for Kazakhstan and made 6 saves.
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