Men's World League 2014, Day 5: Serbia aiming for eighth title in final rematch with Hungary
Serbia will be gunning for an incredible eighth crown when it takes on world champion Hungary in Saturday’s final of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
With a gold-medal berth, both teams have already won this week by claiming the two qualification berths for next year’s FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
The two teams clashed in last year’s final in Chelyabinsk, Russia with Serbia winning 12-7. Hungary won the last of its two consecutive World League crowns in 2004 when it beat Serbia & Montenegro in Long Beach, USA.
Serbia charged into the final with an impressive 12-5 score over Australia. The Aussie Sharks were no match for the stronger Serbians, especially Filip Filipovic, who scored four of the first five goals and added a fifth in the final quarter for a tournament-high 14 goals.
Men's World League 2014, Day 4: Montenegro-Hungary and Australia-Serbia semifinals set
Montenegro, Australia, Serbia and Hungary eased into the semifinals on quarterfinal day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Montenegro will face World champion Hungary and Australia will front reigning champion Serbia in Friday’s semifinals.
Montenegro opened the day’s proceedings with a stuttering 10-4 victory over an out-of-sorts United States of America. Mladan Janovic (MNE) provided the spark with four goals as his team only led 4-2 at halftime. Australia, beaten by Canada on day three and with just one victory in Dubai, defeated Brazil 14-7, a team that triumphed over the Aussie Sharks at the Intercontinental Tournament in Shanghai last month. Australia’s victory was constructed on five-goal hauls in the first and third periods.
Men's World League 2014, Day 3: Hungary and Serbia finish rounds undefeated
Hungary and Serbia won their groups on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Hungary started the day’s proceedings with a 16-9 victory over the United States of America to clinch Group B unbeaten while in the second match, reigning champion Serbia — gunning for a record eighth title (including two as Serbia & Montenegro) — defeated Brazil 12-4 after a heavy morning’s training.
Montenegro, stung by a huge loss to Serbia on day two, rebounded with a hard-fought 9-8 score against China in the last round match to secure second spot in Group A. China stood up and could leave the arena with pride.
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.
SWC 2014: Russia's MASTBANK is the new title sponsor
The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was today in Moscow (RUS) to sign an agreement with Russian commercial bank MASTBANK, which becomes the title sponsor of the 2014 edition of the FINA Swimming World Cup.
“We are very happy to establish this partnership, which confirms and consolidates the value of the FINA Swimming World Cup. Besides the World Championships and Olympic Games, this is our main swimming yearly competition, with the participation of great athletes”, considered Dr. Julio C. Maglione.
- Men's World League 2014, Day 1: European powerhouses win and USA turns tables on Canada
- Women's Super Final 2014, Day 6: USA clinches eighth World League crown
- Women's Super Final 2014, Day 5: USA and Italy to clash in the final
- Women's Super Final 2014, Day 4: Host China knocks out the World champions
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