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.

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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