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.
Super Final 2012 (Men): Croatia clinches top spot, Kazakhs lose to Italy in shootout
KAZAKHSTAN, Almaty (June 13) – Kazakhstan came back and forced the game against Italy to a penalty-shootout despite trailing 9-4 early in the third period. The heroic efforts of the hosts were wildly celebrated by the home crowd. This was the real highlight on Day 2 which saw Croatia clinching the top spot after two rounds in Group A and China causing some head-ache for the U.S. team.
Super Final 2012 (Men): China almost upsets World champion Italy
KAZAKHSTAN, Almaty (June 12) - The FINA Water Polo World League Super Final kicked off in the splendid city of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The venue of the summer’s biggest water polo showcase (besides the Olympics, of course) could not be more suitable for the occasion, the 10th anniversary of the first FINA World League Super Final: a fine outdoor pool bathing in sunshine with spectacular views of the magnificent, snow-capped mountains in the background.
The spectacular opening ceremony featured national folk-dancers to the delight of the crowd. On behalf of FINA, Bureau Member and Technical Water Polo Committee Liaison, Dimitris Diathesopoulos addressed those in the stands and at poolside. The event was officially opened by the Mayor of Almaty, Ahmedzan Esimov. The first day of action almost brought the first upset of the tournament as China challenged the Italians for the duration of the game, only to settle a narrow loss to the current World champions.
Super Final 2012 (Women): USA claims seventh World League title
CHINA, Changshu (June 3) - In an exciting final, defending champion United States rallied to beat Australia 6-4 to win their seventh title at the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final here on Sunday while Greece edged host China 8-7 for the bronze medal.
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.
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