Water polo: players preparing for the World Championships at men’s World League Super Final
All eight participants of the World League Super Final hosted by Ruza (close to Moscow) kicking off on 20 June will attend the 17th FINA World Championships, as well, therefore they may consider the tournament in Russia as an opportunity to prepare for the World Champs. Serbia may win the tender for the fifth time in a row.
The World League has been organised since 2002 under the auspices of FINA. Serbians are considered specialists since they have won the tournament altogether ten times so far, the second place of the overall ranking is occupied by Hungary.
Now Olympic, world and European champion Serbians are considered favourites of the upcoming tournament, head coach Dejan Savic has announced the roster consisting of the following members: Gojko Pijetlović, Radomir Drašović, Viktor Rašović, Sava Ranđelović, Miloš Ćuk, Duško Pijetlović, Nemanja Ubović, Milan Aleksić, Gavril Subotić, Filip Filipović, Andrija Prlainović, Stefan Mitrović and Branislav Mitrović. What a team!
By the way, Serbians have been training with World League attendant, rejuvenated Australian team lately. In addition to newcomers, the team of Elvis Fatovic features Joseph Kayes and Aaron Younger among others.
World Championships silver medallist Croatian team has been preparing overseas with team US these days, they played 4 matches out of which 3 were won by the Croatian team in spite of Sandro Sukno breaking his finger.
The Croatian roster for the Super League consists of: Marko Bijač, Marko Macan, Antonio Petković, Luka Lončar, Maro Joković, Ivan Buljubašić, Ante Vukičević, Andro Bušlje, Loren Fatović, Ivan Krapić, Anđelo Šetka, Javier Garcia Gadea, Ivan Marcelić. Apparently the team of Ivica Tucak is not saving its power for later, however, the absence of Sukno is a major disadvantage.
Italians are considered favourites, also, at the tournament in Russia Alessandro Campagna puts his trust in the following members: Marco Del Lungo, Zeno Bertoli, Alessandro Nora, Vincenzo Renzuto Iodice, Alessandro Velotto, Goran Volarevic, Pietro Figlioli, Matteo Aicardi, Michael Bodegas, Francesco Di Fulvio, Valentino Gallo, Niccolò Gitto, Cristiano Mirarchi.
It is interesting to note that Croatians, Japanese and Russians will be in the same group of 4 both in Ruza and in Budapest.
Groups at the World League Super Final:
Group A: USA, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Italy
Group B: Australia, Croatia, Japan, Russia
World League Super Final group matches schedule:
Tuesday, 20 June:
Wednesday, 21 June:
Thursday, 22 June:
Friday, 23 June:
Saturday, 24 June: placement matches, semi-finals
Sunday, 25 June: placement matches, bronze match, finals
Groups at the 17th FINA World Championships men’s water polo tournament:
Group A: Brazil, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Canada
Group B: France, Australia, Italy, Hungary
Group C: Spain, Serbia, Greece, South-Africa
Group D: USA, Japan, Croatia, Russia