Croatia men's national water polo team

The Croatia men's national water polo team represents Croatia in international water polo competitions and is controlled by the Croatian Water Polo Federation. They have won gold medals in the Olympics, World and European Championships, FINA World League and Mediterranean Games, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world.

Croatia
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FINA codeCRO
Nickname(s)Barakude
(The Barracudas)
AssociationCroatian Water Polo Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachIvica Tucak
Asst coachMile Smodlaka
Sandro Sukno
CaptainAndro Bušlje
Most capsIgor Hinić (417)
Top scorer(s)Miho Bošković (369)
FINA ranking (since 2008)
Current5 (as of 9 August 2021)
Highest1 (2012, 2013)
Lowest6 (2008)
Olympic Games (team statistics)
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2012)
5-time Olympian(s)Igor Hinić (1996–2012)
Most medalsPerica Bukić (3 medals, 2 gold and 1 silver)
Top scorer(s)Sandro Sukno (31 goals, 2012–2016)
Most savesFrano Vićan (123 saves, 2000–2012)
Top sprinter(s)Maro Joković (25 sprints won, 2008–2016)
Flag bearer(s)Perica Bukić (1996)
Dubravko Šimenc (2004)
Josip Pavić (2016)
World Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1994)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2007, 2017)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best result2nd place, silver medalist(s) (2010)
World League
Appearances9 (first in 2002)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2012)
European Championship
Appearances14 (first in 1993)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2010)
Europa Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances6 (first in 1993)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2013)
Media
Websitehvs.hr (in Croatian)

It was the first Croatian national team to win a gold medal at the Olympics or World Games, the World and European Championships.

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 become 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 7 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 2020 FINA Men's Water Polo World League

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

Year[1] Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1992 Couldn't participate in qualification
  1996 Final   8 5 0 3 71 58 +13
  2000 Quarterfinal 7th 8 5 1 2 68 56 +12
  2004 Preliminary Round 10th 6 2 0 4 47 42 +5
  2008 Quarterfinal 6th 7 4 0 3 71 49 +22
  2012 Final   8 8 0 0 73 42 +31
  2016 Final   8 5 0 3 66 62 +4
  2020 Quarterfinal 5th 8 5 0 3 99 82 +17
Total Qualified: 7/7 57 37 1 19 553 419 +124

Record against other teams at the Summer OlympicsEdit

National team Pld W D L PF PA PD
  Australia 2 2 0 1 29 25 +4
  China 1 1 0 0 16 4 +12
  Egypt 1 1 0 0 12 1 +11
  Germany 1 1 0 0 13 5 +8
  Greece 3 3 0 0 25 16 +9
  Hungary 2 1 0 1 16 17 −1
  Italy 5 4 0 1 45 35 +10
  Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 40 15 +25
  Montenegro 3 1 0 1 26 20 +6
  Netherlands 1 1 0 0 11 7 +4
  Romania 1 1 0 0 11 6 +5
  Russia 1 0 0 1 8 9 −1
  Serbia 3 2 0 1 32 31 +1
  Serbia and Montenegro 3 1 1 1 20 21 −1
  Spain 4 1 0 3 30 34 −4
  Ukraine 1 1 0 0 16 8 +8
  United States 6 2 0 4 45 42 +3
Total 17 teams

World ChampionshipsEdit

World CupEdit

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[1] 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

European ChampionshipsEdit

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
  2022
Total Participated: 6/8 14 9 0 5

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Roster for the 2022 World Championships.

Head coach: Ivica Tucak[3]

No. Player Pos. L/R Height Weight Date of birth (age) Apps OG/
Goals
Club Ref
1 Marko Bijač 10GK 2R 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1991-01-12)12 January 1991 (aged 30) 96 1/0   Olympiacos [4]
2 Marko Macan 20CB 2R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 109 kg (240 lb) (1993-04-26)26 April 1993 (aged 28) 109 1/0   Waspo 98 Hannover [5]
3 Loren Fatović 50D 2R 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1996-11-16)16 November 1996 (aged 24) 70 0/0   Jug Dubrovnik [6]
4 Luka Lončar 40CF 2R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 106 kg (234 lb) (1987-06-26)26 June 1987 (aged 34) 182 1/4   Pro Recco [7]
5 Maro Joković 50D 1L 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1987-10-01)1 October 1987 (aged 33) 292 3/27   Brescia [8]
6 Luka Bukić 50D 2R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) (1994-04-30)30 April 1994 (aged 27) 55 1/5   Jadran Split [9]
7 Ante Vukičević 50D 2R 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1993-02-24)24 February 1993 (aged 28) 65 0/0   Marseille [10]
8 Andro Bušlje (C) 20CB 2R 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 115 kg (254 lb) (1986-01-04)4 January 1986 (aged 35) 360 3/14   Olympiacos [11]
9 Lovre Miloš 50D 2R 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1994-04-05)5 April 1994 (aged 27) 41 0/0   HAVK Mladost [12]
10 Josip Vrlić 40CF 2R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 130 kg (287 lb) (1986-04-25)25 April 1986 (aged 35) 44 1/4   HAVK Mladost [13]
11 Paulo Obradović 20CB 2R 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1986-03-09)9 March 1986 (aged 35) 180 1/5   Jug Dubrovnik [14]
12 Xavier García 50D 1L 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1984-01-05)5 January 1984 (aged 37) 385 4/25   Jug Dubrovnik [15]
13 Ivan Marcelić 10GK 2R 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 106 kg (234 lb) (1994-02-18)18 February 1994 (aged 27) 85 0/0   HAVK Mladost [16]
Average 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 31 years, 67 days 151

Note: Age as of 23 July 2021
Source: Croatia Men | Tokyo 2020 Olympics Archived 2021-07-22 at the Wayback Machine

Player statisticsEdit

Head coachesEdit

Notable playersEdit

Naturalized playersEdit

Andrey Belofastov (Ukraine), Xavier García (Spain)[17] Faris Okanovic (Sweden)

StatisticsEdit

Record against other teamsEdit

As of 1 August 2021

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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 4 2 2 0 1 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 26 20 2 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 11 0 1 9 5 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 37 24 4 9 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 14 9 0 5 11 8 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 10 10 0 0 3 3 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 26 17 0 9 5 4 0 1 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 9 3 0 6 6 4 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 * 44 14 4 26 6 3 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 9 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 6 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) 468 311 17 140

* 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 Water Polo Player of the Year in 1982, 1984 and 1985. Scored 28 goals in one game which is a world record for water polo game (final score: Yugoslavia 62–0 Guatemala). First water polo player in history to sign a 6 digit contract.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. pp. 4, 14, 25, 40, 48. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Water Polo - TUCAK Ivica". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 24 August 2021. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  4. ^ "BIJAC Marko". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  5. ^ "MACAN Marko". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  6. ^ "FATOVIC Loren". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  7. ^ "LONCAR Luka". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  8. ^ "JOKOVIC Maro". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  9. ^ "BUKIC Luka". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  10. ^ "VUKICEVIC Ante". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  11. ^ "BUSLJE Andro". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  12. ^ "MILOS Lovre". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  13. ^ "VRLIC Josip". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  14. ^ "OBRADOVIC Paulo". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  15. ^ "GARCIA GADEA Javier". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  16. ^ "MARCELIC Ivan". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Stigla potvrda iz MOO-a: Javier Garcia s Hrvatskom na Olimpijskim igrama u Riju".

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