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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 coachPero Kuterovac
Mile Smodlaka
CaptainAndro Bušlje
FINA codeCRO
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2012)
World Championships
Appearances11 (first in 1994)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2007, 2017)
World League
Appearances8 (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
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
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
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 semifinals 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

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 Semifinal   12 8 0 4
  2011 Semifinal   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 Semifinal   12 10 0 2
  2018 Quarterfinal 5th 10 7 0 3
Total Participated: 15/17
Qualified for the Super Final: 8/15
148 98 0 50

World CupEdit

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Year Round Position Pld W D L
  1993 Final  
  1997 Final  
  2001 Preliminary Round 5th
  2005 Semifinal 4th 5 2 0 3
  2009 Semifinal 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 2018 Men's European Water Polo Championship.[2]

Head coach: Ivica Tucak

No Name Date of birth Position L/R Height Weight Club
1 Marko Bijač (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 28) Goalkeeper R 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb)   Pro Recco
2 Marko Macan (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 25) Defender R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 112 kg (247 lb)   VK Jug
3 Loren Fatović (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 22) Wing R 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb)   VK Jug
4 Luka Lončar (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 31) Centre back R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 106 kg (234 lb)   VK Jug
5 Maro Joković (1987-01-10) 10 January 1987 (age 32) Wing R 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 97 kg (214 lb)   VK Jug
6 Ivan Buljubašić (1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 32) Defender R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 107 kg (236 lb)   CSA Steaua București
7 Ante Vukičević (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 25) Wing R 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb)   CN Marseille
8 Andro Bušlje (C) (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 33) Defender R 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 115 kg (254 lb)   Olympiacos
9 Lovre Miloš (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 24) Field player R 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb)   HAVK Mladost
10 Josip Vrlić (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 32) Centre forward R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 130 kg (290 lb)   CN Atlètic-Barceloneta
11 Anđelo Šetka (1985-09-14) 14 September 1985 (age 33) Wing R 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 86 kg (190 lb)   VK Jadran Split
12 Xavier García (1984-01-05) 5 January 1984 (age 35) Field player R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 92 kg (203 lb)   VK Jug
13 Ivan Marcelić (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 24) Goalkeeper R 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 106 kg (234 lb)   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 1 January 2019

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 17 14 0 3 2 2 0 0 6 5 0 1 2 1 0 1 7 6 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 24 18 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 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 35 22 4 9 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 14 9 0 5 10 7 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Hungary 35 8 2 25 2 1 0 1 7 3 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 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Kazakhstan 7 7 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 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 16 13 0 3 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 1 4 2 0 2 0 0 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 * 40 12 4 24 5 2 1 2 6 2 1 3 7 2 1 4 9 2 0 7 9 2 1 6 2 2 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 34 15 2 17 5 1 0 4 2 0 0 2 5 0 1 4 10 5 0 5 7 5 1 1 1 1 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 34 23 0 11 7 3 0 4 7 6 0 1 7 5 0 2 13 9 0 4 0 0 0 0
Total (36) 445 292 17 136

* 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 (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