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Croatia men's national water polo team

The Croatia men's national water polo team represents Croatia in international water polo competitions and friendly matches. It is governed by the Croatian Water Polo Federation.

Croatia
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Nickname(s)Barakude (The Barracudas)
AssociationCroatian Water Polo Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachIvica Tucak
Asst coachSandro Sukno
Mile Smodlaka
CaptainAndro Bušlje
FINA codeCRO
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2012)
World Championships
Appearances12 (first in 1994)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2007, 2017)
World League
Appearances9 (first in 2002)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2012)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1995)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (2010)
European Championship
Appearances14 (first in 1993)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2010)
Europa Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances6 (first in 1993)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2013)
Croatia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Team
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Melbourne Team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Budapest Team
Silver medal – second place 2015 Kazan Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Rome Team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Shanghai Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Barcelona Team
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Gwangju Team
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2010 Oradea
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Almaty
World League
Gold medal – first place 2012 Almaty
Silver medal – second place 2009 Podgorica
Silver medal – second place 2015 Bergamo
Silver medal – second place 2019 Belgrade
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Niš
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Florence
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Ruza
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 Zagreb
Silver medal – second place 1999 Florence
Silver medal – second place 2003 Kranj
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Barcelona
Europa Cup
Gold medal – first place 2018 Rijeka
Silver medal – second place 2019 Zagreb
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 2013 Mersin
Silver medal – second place 1993 Languedoc-Roussillon
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Bari

First Croatian national team that won gold medal at Olympic or World Games, World and European Championships.

Contents

HistoryEdit

After the independence of Croatia the national water polo team competed at its first tournament and also its first finals at 1993 Mediterranean Games, followed by the 1993 European Championships where Croatia won 5th place.

Croatia has since became Olympic champion (2012), double World champion (2007, 2017) and European champion (2010). Croatia has also won eight other medals at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships and was fourth on six occasions. The team holds a record streak of winning 6 medals in a row at World Championships and has reached semi-finals in over 60% of appearances at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships altogether since 2017. Since the formation of national team Croatia has qualified for every big tournament. It is the first Croatian national team in any Olympic team sport that has won gold medals at all three big competitions. Croatia has also won World League (2012) and Mediterranean Games (2013). The only competition Croatia has yet to win is World Cup where the national team won silver medal in 2010.

The team has been awarded with Franjo Bučar State Award for Sport in 1996. So far two International Swimming Hall of Fame inductees have been members of Croatia national team – Perica Bukić as a player and Ratko Rudić as a coach.

ResultsEdit

MedalsEdit

Updated after 2019 World Aquatics Championships

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 1 2 0 3
World Championship 2 1 4 7
World Cup 0 1 1 2
World League 1 3 3 7
European Championship 1 2 1 4
Europa Cup 1 1 0 2
Mediterranean Games 1 1 1 3
Total 7 11 10 28

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

Summer OlympicsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

European ChampionshipsEdit

World LeagueEdit

Wins/Defeats after penalty shootout counted as wins/defeats.
* marks instances of not qualifying for the super final due to "host rule".

Year Round Position Pld W D L
  2002 Did not qualify for the Super Final 12 2 0 10
  2003 Did not compete
  2004
  2005 Group Round 4th 14 8 0 6
  2006 * Did not qualify for the Super Final 11 7 0 4
  2007 8 3 0 5
  2008 * 6 3 0 3
  2009 Final   12 9 0 3
  2010 Semi-final   12 8 0 4
  2011 Semi-final   11 10 0 1
  2012 Final   10 10 0 0
  2013 * Did not qualify for the Super Final 6 4 0 2
  2014 4 1 0 3
  2015 Final   14 12 0 2
  2016 Did not qualify for the Super Final 6 4 0 2
  2017 Semi-final   12 10 0 2
  2018 Quarterfinal 5th 10 7 0 3
  2019 Final   6 4 0 2
Total Participated: 16/18
Qualified for the Super Final: 9/16
154 102 0 52

World CupEdit

LEN Europa CupEdit

Year Round Position Pld W D L
  2018 Final   8 7 0 1
  2019 Final   7 5 0 2
Total Participated: 2/2
Qualified for the Super Final: 2/2
15 12 0 3

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Year Round Position Pld W D L
  1993 Final  
  1997 Final  
  2001 Preliminary Round 5th
  2005 Semi-final 4th 5 2 0 3
  2009 Semi-final 4th 5 3 0 2
  2013 Final   4 4 0 0
  2018 Did not participate
Total Participated: 6/7 14 9 0 5

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Roster for the 2019 World Championships.[2]

Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1 Marko Bijač GK 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 28)   Pro Recco
2 Marko Macan FP 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 26)   VK Jug
3 Loren Fatović FP (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 22)   VK Jug
4 Luka Lončar FP 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 32)   VK Jug
5 Maro Joković FP 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 31)   VK Jug
6 Hrvoje Benić FP (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 27)   VK Jug
7 Ante Vukičević FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 26)   CN Marseille
8 Andro Bušlje (C) FP 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 33)   Pro Recco
9 Lovre Miloš FP (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 25)   HAVK Mladost
10 Josip Vrlić FP 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 33)   HAVK Mladost
11 Anđelo Šetka FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (1985-09-14) 14 September 1985 (age 33)   VK Jadran
12 Xavier García FP 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) (1984-01-05) 5 January 1984 (age 35)   VK Jug
13 Ivan Marcelić GK 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 25)   HAVK Mladost

Player statisticsEdit

Head coachesEdit

Notable playersEdit

Naturalized playersEdit

Andrey Belofastov (Ukraine), Xavier García (Spain)[3] Faris Okanovic (Sweden)

StatisticsEdit

Record against other teamsEdit

As of 23 July 2019

NO FRIENDLY fixtures.

Key
Positive total balance (more wins)
Neutral total balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative total balance (more losses)

Wins/Defeats after penalty shootout counted as wins/defeats.

National team Total Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship Europa Cup Mediterranean Games Qualifications
Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L
  Australia 19 16 0 3 2 2 0 0 7 6 0 1 2 1 0 1 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Austria 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Belarus 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Brazil 8 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Canada 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
  China 6 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Egypt 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  France 10 9 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Georgia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Germany 25 19 2 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 11 0 1 8 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
  Great Britain 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Greece 36 23 4 9 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 14 9 0 5 10 7 3 0 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Hungary 36 9 2 25 2 1 0 1 8 4 1 3 3 0 0 3 11 3 0 8 12 1 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Iran 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Italy 42 23 2 17 6 5 0 1 5 2 1 2 2 0 0 2 14 8 0 6 11 6 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 1 0 0
  Japan 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Kazakhstan 9 9 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Macedonia 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Malta 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Moldova 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Montenegro 24 15 0 9 4 3 0 1 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 9 3 0 6 5 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Netherlands 14 14 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 5 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Poland 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Puerto Rico 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Romania 17 14 0 3 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 1 4 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0
  Russia 35 23 1 11 1 1 0 0 7 4 0 3 2 1 0 1 18 13 0 5 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
  Serbia * 43 13 4 26 5 2 1 2 6 2 1 3 7 2 1 4 11 2 0 9 9 2 1 6 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
  Slovakia 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Slovenia 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0
  South Africa 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Spain 37 17 2 18 5 1 0 4 3 0 0 3 5 0 1 4 11 6 0 5 7 5 1 1 2 2 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Turkey 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Switzerland 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  Ukraine 4 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  United States 35 24 0 11 7 3 0 4 8 7 0 1 7 5 0 2 13 9 0 4 0 0 0 0
Total (36) 460 304 17 139

* includes games against   Serbia and Montenegro / FR Yugoslavia

Biggest WinsEdit

double digit goal difference

Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship Europa Cup Mediterranean Games Qualifications
  • +12 vs. China (16–4) 2008
  • +11 vs. Egypt (12–1) 2004
  • +34 vs. New Zealand (35–1) 1994
  • +19 vs. South Africa (19–0) 2013
  • +17 vs. New Zealand (21–4) 2013
  • +16 vs. New Zealand (19–3) 1998
  • +15 vs. Canada (19–4) 2005
  • +15 vs. Kazakhstan (19–4) 1998
  • +11 vs. Brasil (17–6) 1998
  • +11 vs. Japan (18–7) 2011
  • +10 vs. Canada (13–3) 2003
  • +10 vs. China (15–5) 2009
  • +10 vs. Japan (16–6) 2017
  • +10 vs. Russia (13–3) 2007
  • +23 vs. South Africa (25–2) 2018
  • +21 vs. Iran (23–2) 2010
  • +13 vs. South Africa (16–3) 2018
  • +10 vs. China (14–4) 2010
  • +21 vs. South Africa (22–1) 2010
  • +19 vs. Turkey (20–1) 2013
  • +17 vs. Brasil (20–3) 2012
  • +16 vs. Kazakhstan (20–4) 2019
  • +16 vs. Kazakhstan (19–3) 2017
  • +14 vs. Turkey (17–3) 2013
  • +13 vs. Spain (19–6) 2006
  • +13 vs. Turkey (19–6) 2016
  • +13 vs. Turkey (16–3) 2016
  • +11 vs. Netherlands (18–7) 2017
  • +10 vs. Brasil (17–7) 2005
  • +10 vs. China (15–5) 2011
  • +10 vs. China (14–4) 2015
  • +10 vs. France (16–6) 2017
  • +10 vs. Kazahstan (15–5) 2018
  • +10 vs. Netherlands (17–7) 2017
  • +10 vs. Russia (14–4) 2018
  • +10 vs. Turkey (13–3) 2015
  • +24 vs. Austria (26–2) 1995
  • +21 vs. Turkey (23–2) 2018
  • +20 vs. Malta (22–2) 2016
  • +15 vs. France (20–5) 2016
  • +13 vs. Turkey (16–3) 2010
  • +12 vs. Netherlands (16–4) 2012
  • +11 vs. Slovenia (19–8) 2006
  • +10 vs. Slovakia (15–5) 2008
  • +15 vs. France (20–5) 2018
  • +12 vs. Netherlands (16–4) 2018
  • +11 vs. Malta (16–5) 2018
  • +13 vs. Turkey (17–4) 2013
  • +11 vs. Greece (14–3) 2009
  • +20 vs. Georgia (23–3) 1999
  • +17 vs. Puerto Rico (18–1) 2004
  • +12 vs. Romania (12–0) 2004

Biggest LossesEdit

Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship Europa Cup Mediterranean Games
  • -4 vs. Italy (7–11) 2004
  • -7 vs. Serbia (4–11) 2015
  • -6 vs. Hungary (4–10) 2005
  • -5 vs. Spain (6–11) 1994
  • -6 vs. Serbia (7–13) 2010
  • -5 vs. Hungary (6–11) 1997
  • -5 vs. Russia (5–10) 1997
  • -5 vs. Spain (2–7) 1995
  • -9 vs. Hungary (6–15) 2007
  • -8 vs. Greece (5–13) 2008
  • -7 vs. Brasil (10–17) 2015
  • -7 vs. Serbia (6–13) 2016
  • -6 vs. Hungary (5–11) 1995
  • -5 vs. Hungary (11–16) 2006
  • -9 vs. Italy (5–14) 2005
  • -6 vs. Serbia (8–14) 2009

Non-senior competitionsEdit

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ FINA waterpolo player of the year in 1982., 1984. and 1985. Scored 28 goals in one game which is a world record for waterpolo game (final score: Yugoslavia 62–0 Guatemala). First waterpolo player in history to sign a 6 digit contract.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Qualification for the tournament was determined by placing in the 1992 Olympics tournament. Since the Croatian team couldn't had participated in the 1992 Olympic water polo tournament due to the dissolution of Yugoslavia, it couldn't qualify for the 1993 World Cup.
  2. ^ "2019 World Championships roster" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ http://hrsport.net/vijesti/496096/vodeni-sportovi-reprezentacija/stigla-potvrda-iz-moo-a-javier-garcia-s-hrvatskom-na-olimpijskim-igrama-u-riju/

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