Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Junior action kicks-off in Kuwait City FINA WORLD MEN'S JUNIOR WP CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019


Twenty national teams representing the five continents are ready to compete in the 2019 edition of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships, to take place in Kuwait City (KUW) from December 12-20. Four groups of five squads each will play the preliminaries of the tournament until December 16, followed by three days of classification games, and then finals on December 20.

The groups are composed as follows:
GROUP A: Serbia, Japan, South Africa, Croatia, China

GROUP B: Russia, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Egypt

GROUP C: Montenegro, Kuwait, United States, Italy, Iran

GROUP D: Brazil, Uzbekistan, Greece, Australia, New Zealand

Italy is the leading team in the history of these Championships, having won five titles and taken home two silver and two bronze medals. Only Hungary has more podium presences - three gold, four silver and six bronze.
In the last edition of the championships, held in 2017 in Belgrade (SRB), the medallists were Greece (gold), Croatia (silver) and Serbia (bronze). 
The first day of competition in Kuwait includes the following matches on December 12: South Africa vs Croatia; Japan vs China; Spain vs Hungary; Canada vs Egypt; Kuwait vs Iran; Greece vs Australia; Uzbekistan vs New Zealand; United States vs Italy
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Eleven-leg circuit for open water stars in 2020 at FINA - CNSG MARATHON SWIM WORLD SERIES


FINA is pleased to announce the calendar for the 2020 edition of the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series, which includes an 11-leg competition, taking place between February and October. With CNSG as Title Sponsor, the circuit gathers the best open water swimmers of the planet in 10km-races around the world.
The Series will kick-off on February 8 in Rosario, Argentina, and will then move on to Doha (QAT) on February 15. After a short break, the participating athletes will then proceed to the beautiful scenario of Victoria, in Seychelles, on May 3.
The competition will then visit Europe, with stops scheduled in Budapest, Hungary, on June 6, and then Setubal, Portugal, on June 13. Lac St-Jean (July 19) and Lac Mégantic (August 8), will host the Canadian legs of the circuit, before returning to the Old Continent on August 30, in Ohrid (MKD).
The last three events will be held in Asia, with Nantou (TPE) welcoming the open water stars on September 19, and Chun’An (CHN) staging the 10th race of the year on October 16. The final leg of the 2020 Series is scheduled in Hong Kong, China (HKG) on October 25.
The 2020 FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series will distribute a total of US$ 680,000 as prize money to the best swimmers in the competition.
In the 2019 edition of the circuit, the winners of the Series were Kristof Rasovszky (HUN) among men, and Rachele Bruni (ITA) in the women’s category.

2020 FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series calendar:

1.     Rosario (ARG) – February 8
2.     Doha (QAT) – February 15
3.     Victoria (SEY) – May 3
4.     Budapest (HUN) – June 6
5.     Setubal (POR) – June 13
6.     Lac St-Jean (CAN) – July 19
7.     Lac Mégantic (CAN) – August 8
8.     Ohrid (MKD) – August 30
9.     Nantou (TPE) – September 19
10.   Chun’An (CHN) – October 16
11.   Hong Kong, China (HKG) – October 25


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Champions League WP Day 7 - Olympiacos edges out Jug, Recco scores 24, Mladost wins crucial game


In the lowest¬‐scoring game so far in the season, Olympiacos edged out Jug 6-¬5 and kept the first position in Group A. Recco jumped to the top spot in Group B after netting a season-¬high 24 goals against Dinamo – here Mladost almost blew away a five-¬goal lead in the last quarter but cashed all three points at the end against Marseille, a crucial win in the hunt for the F8 berth. Terrassa also sneaked higher in the ranks after another single-¬goal away victory, this time in Hannover. After the five games brought forward because of the commencing U20 World Championships, the last round of this year will conclude on Friday and Saturday.
Group A
Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v Jug Croatia Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) 6-¬5, Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE) v Sintez Kazan 12-¬9, Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) v Szolnoki Dozsa (HUN) Fri 19.00, Jadran Split (CRO) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP) Fri 19.00
Standings: 1. Olympiacos 19, 2. Jug 15, 3. Barceloneta 13 (6), 4. Szolnok 9 (6), 5. Jadran Carine 7, 5. Spandau 5 (6), 7. Jadran Split 4 (6), 8. Sintez 3
Group B
Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) v CN Terrassa (ESP) 8-¬9, HAVK Mladost Zagreb (CRO) v CN Marseille (FRA) 12-¬11, Pro Recco (ITA) v Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) 24-¬9, A Híd-¬OSC Budapest (HUN) v FTC-¬Telekom Budapest (HUN) Sat 19.00 Standings: 1. Recco 17, 2. FTC 16 (6), 3. Mladost 13, 4. OSC 12 (6), 5. Terrassa 9, 6. Marseille 9, 7. Hannover 3, 8. Tbilisi 0
In the highlighted game of the round Olympiacos and Jug produced an absolutely thrilling battle, where the defences worked almost flawlessly – 11 goals in today’s water polo is quite a rarity, especially when both sides have huge offensive potential. Goalkeepers excelled, Emmanouil Zerdevas posted 8 saves (61.5%), Toni Popadic came up with 14 stops for 70% – still, that wasn’t enough to earn a point.
Olympiacos jumped to a 3-¬0 lead with two brilliant goals from centre-¬forward Konstantinos Mourikis but the Croats came back soon though they needed 11:42 minutes to score their first goal. But once they got it, they started rolling and late in the third they managed to equalise for 4-¬4 and after a killed man-¬‐up they had a 6 on 5 to go ahead. They missed the opportunity – and Emmanouil Mylonakis sent the ball home from the ensuing counter for 5-¬4. Seven minutes of hard fight followed and the Greeks could score first in the final period: their Croatian ace Ivan Buljubasic netted an action goal, again after a missed extraman from Jug. Jug struggled in that part of the game, was 1 for 10, and even though Loren Fatovic pulled one back with 2:13 to go for 6-¬5, Zervadas managed to get a hand on Merkulov’s shot 44 seconds from time and the post denied the Croats’ last attempt. The Greeks bagged three points in another tense match – which saw Jug’s coach Vjeko Kobescak ejected – and their third single-¬‐goal win gave them a four-¬point lead so far (Barceloneta can come closer on Friday).
The other game in Group A was just as nerve-¬wrecking despite Jadran Carine seemed to have the edge several times during the match. They produced a strong opening quarter where they took a 3-¬0 lead and were 5-¬1 up deep into the second but Sintez had a better spell to come back to 6-¬5. The Montenegrins responded well, netted three connecting goals and at 9-¬5 all looked bright again. Still, the Russians kept coming back, and in the fourth they scored three straight goals from back-¬to-¬back possessions, two from the distance, what’s more, at 9-¬9 they had a ball to take the lead. A bad pass ruined their attack, and after a calming time-¬out Duro Radovic’s left-¬handed blast put Jadran Carine back on the right track. Sintez missed a crucial man-¬up and Radovic netted his 4th which decided the outcome – a third action goal 67 second later sealed the hosts’ fine win and put them to a promising position for the second half of the prelims.
Recco performed the ‘compulsory dance’ flawlessly against Dinamo, the Italians stormed to an 8-¬0 lead in the first period, turning the game into a gala. They closed the calendar season with a new scoring record of 24 goals – and at least until Saturday they took the first place in Group B.
Mladost bounced back from the devastating defeat in FTC’s home last Wednesday and kicked off their crucial match against Marseille with a splendid 4-¬0 opening period. The French didn’t collapse though, and showed their composure by scoring five goals in the second period while climbing back to 6-¬5. Franko Lazic’s spectacular 8m blast gave a calming two-¬goal lead for Mladost and after 7-¬6 the Croats managed to score a series of truly magnificent goals – two from the centre, in between Konstantin Kharkov’s flip-¬flop was simply brilliant – while Marseille lost ground again and with 6:42 to go the hosts took a decisive 12-¬6 lead. Still, the French didn’t give in, with 1:45 to go they reduced the gap to two, 49 seconds from time had a man-¬up but missed it badly so their last shot, also a splendid one, just beat the buzzer, but the three points remained in Zagreb so Mladost is back to the hunt for the Final Eight.
Terrassa gained another dramatic away win: six days after upsetting Marseille, the Spaniards came from behind to beat Hannover in a nervous match. The Germans rushed to a 3-¬0 lead but it didn’t last long, the Spaniards scored four in a row. Then came the home side’s surge and Hannover went 7-5 up in the third but Terrassa pulled one back before the last break and added three in the fourth. The visitors shut out their rivals for 12:36 minutes while producing a 0-¬4 rush, Hannover’s last goal 15 seconds from time arrived way too late. With this win the Spanish newcomers manoeuvred themselves pretty close to the top ranked sides – when Champions League action resumes in February, the Spanish might cause more surprises.
photo via G.Scala/Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto

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Champions League WP Day 7 - Monday Night fever with Olympiacos and Jug


In a special round beginning on Monday and finishing in the weekend, the game of Olympiacos Piraeus and Jug Dubrovnik stands out in Group A, while the all--‐Hungarian clash of OSC and title-¬‐holder Ferencvaros is the featured match in Group B.
Just five days after the previous round, five more games kick off the 7th round of the Champions League. The schedule of the group stage had long been set, the timing of the rounds is tend to respect the general water polo calendar and to avoid clashing with the football Champions League playing days. However, FINA’s decision to move the U20 junior World Championships to December from the original summer dates came much later – since many clubs field young talented players who should join their U20 national teams soon, LEN accepted their request to bring their matches forward to this Monday.
The big match in Group A will be played in Piraeus featuring the leaders of the group Olympiacos and Jug. The two sides also met in the 2016 final where Jug stunned the Greeks – and in the last season too when they had a thrilling 10-¬‐10 draw in Piraeus and Jug won 10-¬‐6 in Dubrovnik. It’s going to be a thrilling clash, Maro Jokovic joined the Greeks from Jug this summer while Paulo Obradovic returned to the Croats from Olympiacos – so there will be some extra flavour to enjoy.
Third ranked Barceloneta’s visit in Split also promises some exciting moments: Jadran managed to beat Jug earlier but recently – weakened by illnesses and injuries – suffered back-¬‐to-¬‐back defeats and it’s yet to be seen if they could recover from the last one at home against Jadran Carine.
In the meantime the Montenegrins, fresh from their 6-¬‐goal triumph in Split, are eager to hunt down Sintez in their home, however, the Russians would also love to bounce back from their home loss to Spandau.
The Germans showed their strength and now faces Szolnok which went down in Dubrovnik and suffered an embarrassingly big defeat in the semis of the Hungarian Cup Saturday (against Ferencvaros). Szolnok now holds the 4th place, just four points ahead of Spandau so this encounter is crucial.
The Hungarian in-¬‐house derby is the highlight in Group B – OSC and Ferencvaros are to play for the Hungarian Cup this Sunday (soon) and a week later will also go for the points in the Champions League. The title-¬‐holder is still undefeated while OSC lost twice at home, a third one would definitely narrow the run for the top spot in the group to a two--‐horse race between FTC and Recco.
The Italians face perhaps their easiest test, a home game against pointless Dinamo Tbilisi – while the Monday matches feature the teams going for the fourth qualifying spot. The battle of Mladost and Marseille will be a crucial one in this regard but after its surprising win in Marseille, Terrassa might also dream of the F8 berth, though playing in Hannover is never an easy task.

Champions League, Day 7
Group A
Monday, 9 December
18.30 Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v Jug Croatia Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO)
19.00 Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE) v Sintez Kazan (RUS)
Friday, 13 December
19.00 Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) v Szolnoki Dozsa (HUN)
19.00 Jadran Split (CRO) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP)
Standings: 1. Olympiacos 16, 2. Jug 15, 3. Barceloneta 13, 4. Szolnok 9, 5.
Spandau 5, 6. Jadran Carine 4, 7. Jadran Split 4, 8. Sintez 3

Group B
Monday, 9 December
17.30 Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) v CN Terrassa (ESP)
19.00 HAVK Mladost Zagreb (CRO) v CN Marseille (FRA)
20.30 Pro Recco (ITA) v Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
Saturday, 14 December
19.00 A Híd-¬‐OSC Budapest (HUN) v FTC-¬‐Telekom Budapest (HUN)
Standings: 1. FTC 16, 2. Recco 14, 3. OSC 12, 4. Mladost 10, 5. Marseille 9, 6.
Terrassa 6, 7. Hannover 3, 8. Tbilisi 0

QUOTES
Group A
Monday, 9 December
18.30 Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v Jug Croatia Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO)
Recent form:
Olympiacos: WWWWD
Jug: WWLWW
Last round:
Olympiacos: 11-¬‐11 v Barceloneta (away)
Jug: 14-¬‐11 v Szolnok (home)
Theodoros Vlachos, head coach, Olympiacos:
“We play against Jug, one of the best clubs in Europe, which more or less have the same achievements in the past years as our team. We want to win this game, we want to play our game in front of our fans, in order to finish with a huge victory our year in the Champions League for 2019.”
Maro Jokovic, player, Olympiacos
“They are probably the best team in Europe at the moment, they’ve had a good season so far and I am sure that they will come here to win. They had great games against Kazan, Spandau and Szolnok. Jug is a very well organised team, tactically prepared and I am sure this will not be an easy game. But since we play at home, we have a small advantage over any team coming here. We already gained important points in Barcelona and Szolnok and if we win against Jug for sure we will make a huge step forward.”
Vjekoslav Kobešscak, head coach, Jug:
“We are playing in hardest pool in the world against a great opponent, leader of our group. Finish in the first place with a positive result, which means o point or three, would be big boost for us psychologically. Anyway, we’re looking forward for the big clash.”
Alex Papanastasiou, player, Jug:
“It’s going to be a very difficult game in a pool where is hard to play. We will try to give our best to finish this year in a positive way.”
Paulo Obradovic, player, Jug:
“We expect a very tough match. Olympiacos plays much better at home and it is difficult to play against them in Papastrateio. They are the favourites in this game but I think we have our chances. Personally, I am very happy to be back in Piraeus again.”
19.00 Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE) v Sintez Kazan (RUS)
Recent form:
Jadran Carine: LLDLW
Sintez: LWLLL
Last round:
Jadran Carine: 12-¬‐6 v Split (away)
Sintez: 11-¬‐12 v Spandau (home)
Petar Radanovic, head coach, Jadran Carine:
“After an excellent game in Split on day 6, a new challenge is waiting us on Monday. The shape of team is improving and this game is a perfect opportunity for taking three more points. It will be not easy, Sintez is a good team, physically very strong. We are ready to give our best.”
Petar Tesanovic, goalkeeper, Jadran:
“In one week playing two games in the Champions League is very difficult. Our advantage is that we play at home. I hope we will be motivated as we were in Split and with a strong defence we will win. The game will be physically very difficult because all Russian teams play strong pressing. Our goal is clear, three more points.”
Aleksandr Eryshov, head coach, Sintez
“Everyone feels fine, everyone knows what is at stake. The recent games have been very difficult for us, and the one ahead of us is another difficult one. Jadran Carine is a strong team and we need to fight in order to win and halt our series of defeats. The whole team must look for the best moments, then we can gain our points. The main thing is to go out with the mood to win, play smartly and show your best game.”
Artem Odintsov, captain, Sintez:
“We feel good. We lost a few matches that we could have won, but sometimes this happens. Now we need to focus on the game with Jadran Carine. This is a great team, they have a lot of good players. We need to focus on our defence and not give them the opportunity to score easy goals. It will be a difficult match, but we are ready for this challenge.”
Friday, 13 December
19.00 Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) v Szolnoki Dozsa (HUN)
Recent form:
Spandau: DLDLW
Szolnok: WLLWL
Last round:
Spandau: 12-¬‐11 v Sintez (away)
Szolnok: 11-¬‐14 v Jug (away)

QUOTES
Day 7
Petar Kovacevic, head coach, Spandau:
“Szolnok is a team with great playing experience and very strong defence. After many good moments this season, my team won its first game in. We want to take the momentum from there with us and give ourselves an early Christmas present on Friday. In order to realise this, we have to give a 100 % performance since are side is still not complete.“
Maurice Juengling, player, Spandau:
“After our first win in the Champions League this season, we would like to add another one at home of course. Szolnok is still one of the big teams in Europe, even though they lost a few players. I think it will be another very exciting game.“
Zivko Gocic, head coach, Szolnok:
“Spandau has a history of being in the elite of water polo for dozens of years. Their game is tough and energetic and they are a challenging team in the pool. They have been playing as a team for years, with well trained German and foreign players on board. Without doubt, this encounter in Berlin is of great importance for us, we are four points ahead of Spandau. If we manage to win this coming Friday and in our home pool in February, we will gain a considerable advance ahead of them. Therefore our aim is to win both matches.”
Kristof Szatmari, player, Szolnok:
“Spandau is a well structured and strong team, especially dangerous in their home pool. They have German national team players and highly qualified foreign players, it’s always hard to play against them. Using a soccer phrase, we are expecting a 6-¬‐point game in Berlin, where we want to gain points to reach our goals.”
19.00 Jadran Split (CRO) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP)
Recent form:
Jadran: DLWLL
Barceloneta: LWWWD
Last round:
Jadran: 6-¬‐12 v Jadran Carine (home)
Barceloneta: 11-¬‐11 v Olympiacos (home)
Jesus Martin, head coach, Barceloneta:
“The next match will be the last one of the first round before the break for the European Championship. It will be very difficult to play against Jadran Split, because playing away is always complicated and we keep in mind that Jadran beat Jug on the second day. On Tuesday we tied with Olympiacos at home so it’s very important for us to add three extra points. We will take a big step IF
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