The Russia men's national water polo team is the representative for Russia in international men's water polo. The team is a successor of the Soviet water polo team.
|Association||Russian Water Polo Federation|
|Head coach||Sergey Yevstigneyev|
|Asst coach||Marat Zakirov|
|FINA ranking (since 2008)|
|Current||14 (as of 9 August 2021)|
|Olympic Games (team statistics)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1996)|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1994)|
|Best result||(1994, 2001)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1993)|
|Appearances||16 (first in 2002)|
|Appearances||13 (first in 1993)|
In the Russian EmpireEdit
Water polo in Russia dates back to 1910, when the sport was included into the national water sports programme. The Shuvalov school was opened back then, featuring rules that differed from the international rules. In 1913, the first water polo tournament was played between the Shuvalov school and Moscow, with the first winning 3–2. The new sport progressed in Russia, as all swimming organizations included this sport into their programme. P. Erofeev and A. Shemansky further populized water polo by publishing brochures with rules and hints.
In the Soviet UnionEdit
As previously, water polo was predominant in Moscow and Leningrad (formerly known as St. Petersburg). However, this changed when the water polo teams of the Black Sea Fleet, Baltic Fleet and Caspian Flotilla further spread water polo in Russia. In the early history, water polo was popular especially among sailors. The strongest teams were Delfin of Leningrad and the Moscow Life Saving Society and the Yacht-Club. Following the resolution by the organizing bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1925, physical culture has been greatly propagated in Russia, stimulating water polo as well.
The first championship took place in 1925. Apart from the teams of Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev, the tournament featured teams from the Caucasus, Crimea, Ural, as well as the aforementioned fleet teams. Three years later, water polo was included in the All-Union Spartakiade (sports festival). The team of Leningrad dominated in Russian water polo until 1933, as the city had winter water pools and so had more training opportunities. In 1946, the USSR Water Polo Cup was introduced. One year later, the Soviet Union was selected into the FINA. The national water polo then debuted at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Helsinki.
- 2002 – Gold medal
- 2005 – 6th place
- 2006 – 14th place
- 2007 – 13th place
- 2008 – 13th place
- 2009 – 15th place
- 2010 – 13th place
- 2011 – 14th place
- 2012 – Preliminary round
- 2013 – 5th place
- 2014 – Preliminary round
- 2015 – Preliminary round
- 2016 – Preliminary round
- 2017 – 5th place
- 2018 – Preliminary round
- 2019 – Preliminary round
- 2020 – Preliminary round
Roster for the 2020 Men's European Water Polo Championship.
Head coach: Sergey Yevstigneyev
|No||Name||Pos.||L/R||Date of birth||Height||Weight||Caps||Club|
|1||Pyotr Fedotov||GK||R||2 July 1992||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||40||Spartak Volgograd|
|2||Ivan Suchkov||DF||R||15 June 1995||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)||97 kg (214 lb)||56||Dynamo Moscow|
|3||Ivan Vasilev||W||R||25 March 2000||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)||80 kg (180 lb)||23||Baltika Saint-Petersburg|
|4||Nikita Dereviankin||CF||L||21 June 1994||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)||109 kg (240 lb)||60||Sintez Kazan|
|5||Artyom Ashayev||FP||R||5 December 1988||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)||96 kg (212 lb)||45||Spartak Volgograd|
|6||Konstantin Kharkov||W||L||23 February 1997||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||36||HAVK Mladost|
|7||Daniil Merkulov||FP||R||3 March 1997||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)||105 kg (231 lb)||73||VK Jug|
|8||Ivan Nagayev||W||L||30 November 1993||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||74||Waspo Hannover|
|9||Igor Bychkov||CF||R||21 January 1994||2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)||110 kg (240 lb)||45||Dynamo Moscow|
|10||Konstantin Kiselyov||DF||R||16 May 1995||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||104 kg (229 lb)||10||Spartak Volgograd|
|11||Sergey Lisunov (C)||CF||R||12 October 1986||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)||110 kg (240 lb)||253||Dynamo Moscow|
|12||Roman Shepelev||FP||R||3 August 1993||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||86 kg (190 lb)||71||Dynamo Moscow|
|13||Vitaly Statsenko||GK||R||21 July 1997||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||38||TSOP Moscow|
- ^ РАЗВИТИЕ ВОДНОГО ПОЛО В РОССИЙСКОЙ ИМПЕРИИ
- ^ a b РАЗВИТИЕ ВОДНОГО ПОЛО В СССР
- ^ 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.
- ^ "Press release – FINA Bureau meets, makes further decisions on Russian and Belarusian athletes and event hosting". fina.org. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
- ^ "2020 European Championships roster" (PDF). wp2020budapest.microplustiming.com. p. 13. Retrieved 14 January 2020.