2009 FINA Men's Water Polo World League

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The 2009 FINA Men's Water Polo World League was the eighth edition of the annual event, organised by the world's governing body in aquatics, the FINA. After a preliminary round organized by continent, the Super Final was held in Podgorica, Montenegro, from 16 June to 21 June 2009.[1]

The field included 19 teams, following the withdrawal of two teams. Two nations, South Africa and Libya, had their World League debut, with Libya competing in its first major international tournament.

Preliminary round[edit]

     Team qualifies for Super Final
     Team eliminated from qualification

Africa[edit]

The African tournament will be held in Casablanca, Morocco, from 22 May to 24 May.[1] One team from the group of four will advance.[2] South Africa and Libya will make their World League debuts.[3]

Team G W OTW OTL L GF GA Diff Pts
 South Africa 6 6 0 0 0 216 17 +199 18
 Algeria 6 4 0 0 2 62 72 −10 12
 Morocco 6 2 0 0 4 68 71 −3 6
 Libya 6 0 0 0 6 4 190 −186 0

22 May

South Africa  23 – 3  Morocco
Algeria  26 – 1  Libya

23 May

Morocco  27 – 1  Libya
Algeria  6 – 25  South Africa
South Africa  42 – 0  Libya
Morocco  6 – 8  Algeria

24 May

South Africa  60 – 0  Libya
Morocco  5 – 6  Algeria
South Africa  34 – 2  Algeria
Morocco  21 – 1  Libya

25 May

South Africa  32 – 6  Morocco
Algeria  14 – 1  Libya

Americas[edit]

 United States qualified without a qualification tournament.[2]

Asia/Oceania[edit]

The Asia and Oceania region will feature a two-legged tournament, in Adelaide, Australia (22–24 May), and Auckland, New Zealand (29–31 May).[1][4] The four teams will play a round robin in each location, with the results from both legs combined.[4] The top two teams from the group of four will advance.[2][4]

Team G W OTW OTL L GF GA Diff Pts
 Australia 6 6 0 0 0 94 27 +67 18
 Japan 6 4 0 0 2 73 58 +15 12
 Iran 6 1 1 0 4 49 86 −37 5
 New Zealand 6 0 0 1 5 45 90 −45 1

22 May

Japan  15 – 7  New Zealand
Australia  13 – 1  Iran

23 May

Australia  12 – 3  New Zealand
Japan  18 – 9  Iran

24 May

Iran  12 – 8  New Zealand
Australia  15 – 8  Japan

29 May

Iran  6 – 14  Japan
New Zealand  5 – 22  Australia

30 May

Australia  20 – 7  Iran
New Zealand  9 – 15  Japan

31 May

New Zealand  13 – 14 (pen.)  Iran
Japan  3 – 12  Australia

Europe[edit]

Europe is divided into three groups, with qualifying spots for the winner of each group as well as Super Final host Montenegro. The initial plan was for each group to have four teams.[2] However, Great Britain and Hungary have dropped out.[5]

Rather than the condensed tournament style competition of the other continents, the European matches will be played in a home-and-away format over five months.[2] The pool-based nature of the qualification process, however, continues to be used.

Europe A[edit]

Reference:[6]

Hungary was to have played in this group.[2]

Team G W OTW OTL L GF GA Diff Pts
 Serbia 4 4 0 0 0 46 23 +23 12
 Greece 4 2 0 0 2 41 37 +4 6
 France 4 0 0 0 4 25 52 −27 0

21 January

Serbia  12 – 6  France

17 February

Greece  16 – 6  France

10 March

Greece  6 – 11  Serbia

29 April

France  4 – 12  Serbia

5 May

France  9 – 12  Greece

12 May

Serbia  11 – 7  Greece

Europe B[edit]

Reference:[7]

Great Britain was to have been the fourth member of this group, but withdrew.[2][5]

Team G W OTW OTL L GF GA Diff Pts
 Montenegro 4 4 0 0 0 41 26 +15 12
 Italy 4 1 0 0 3 30 31 – 1 3
 Romania 4 1 0 0 3 30 44 −14 3

21 January

Italy  10 – 2  Romania

17 February

Montenegro  13 – 7  Romania

3 March

Italy  6 – 8  Montenegro

15 April

Romania  12 – 10  Italy

5 May

Romania  9 – 11  Montenegro

12 May

Montenegro  9 – 4  Italy

Europe C[edit]

Reference:[8]

Team G W OTW OTL L GF GA Diff Pts
 Croatia 6 5 0 0 1 69 48 +21 15
 Spain 6 3 1 0 2 51 49 +2 11
 Germany 6 2 0 0 4 46 57 −11 6
 Russia 6 1 0 1 4 54 66 −12 4

21 January

Croatia  12 – 7  Russia
Spain  8 – 7  Germany

17 February

Croatia  13 – 7  Germany
Spain  14 – 13 (pen.)  Russia

10 March

Croatia  11 – 8  Spain
Russia  7 – 10  Germany

31 March

Germany  6 – 8  Spain

14 April

Russia  12 – 15  Croatia

5 May

Germany  5 – 11  Croatia

8 May

Russia  5 – 4  Spain

12 May

Germany  11 – 10  Russia
Spain  9 – 7  Croatia

Super Final[edit]

The Super Final will be held in Podgorica, Montenegro, from 16 June to 21 June.[1]

Group 1[edit]

Team G W OTW OTL L GF GA Diff Pts
 Serbia 3 3 0 0 0 28 17 +11 9
 United States 3 2 0 0 1 31 19 +12 6
 Italy 3 1 0 0 2 24 22 +2 3
 Japan 3 0 0 0 3 15 40 −25 0

16 June

United States  10 – 6  Italy
Serbia  12 – 6  Japan

17 June

Italy  4 – 6  Serbia
United States  14 – 3  Japan

18 June

Japan  6 – 14  Italy
Serbia  10 – 7  United States

Group 2[edit]

Team G W OTW OTL L GF GA Diff Pts
 Montenegro 3 3 0 0 0 36 16 +20 9
 Croatia 3 2 0 0 1 28 21 +7 6
 Australia 3 1 0 0 2 23 19 +4 3
 South Africa 3 0 0 0 3 12 43 −31 0

16 June

Australia  6 – 9  Croatia
Montenegro  18 – 5  South Africa

17 June

South Africa  4 – 13  Australia
Montenegro  12 – 7  Croatia

18 June

South Africa  3 – 12  Croatia
Montenegro  6 – 4  Australia

Quarterfinals[edit]

19 June

United States  10 – 6  Australia
Italy  6 – 8  Croatia
Serbia  16 – 2  South Africa
Montenegro  18 – 2  Japan

5th-8th places[edit]

Semifinals 5th place match
20 June
  Australia  12  
  Japan  6  
 
21 June
      Australia  10
    Italy  11
7th place match
20 June 21 June
  Italy  14   Japan  11
  South Africa  3     South Africa  9

Medal round[edit]

Semifinals Final
20 June
  United States  6  
  Montenegro  10  
 
21 June
      Montenegro  8
    Croatia  7
Bronze game
20 June 21 June
  Croatia  7   United States  7
  Serbia  5     Serbia  9

Final ranking[edit]

References[edit]