Water polo at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

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Men's water polo
at the XXX Olympiad
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Tournament details
Host country  United Kingdom
Dates 29 July – 12 August
Teams 12 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Croatia (1st title)
Runner-up  Italy
Third place  Serbia
Fourth place  Montenegro
Tournament statistics
Matches 40
Goals scored 763 (19.08 per match)
Top scorer(s) Serbia Andrija Prlainović
(22 goals)
Water polo at the
2012 Summer Olympics

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Tournaments
men  women
Rosters
men  women

The men's tournament of water polo at the 2012 Summer Olympics at London, Great Britain, began on 29 July and lasted until 12 August 2012. All games were held at the Water Polo Arena.

Teams from twelve nations competed in the tournament and were seeded into two groups for the preliminary round. A total of 42 games were played, 30 of them in the preliminary round.

Format[edit]

The format of water polo at the 2012 Summer Olympics:[1]

  • Twelve teams were divided into two preliminary groups,[2] composed of six teams each, and played a single round robin in each group.
  • The top 4 teams from each group played against each other in a cross-group format in the Quarterfinals.
  • Winners from the Quarterfinal progressed to the Semifinals and played against another winner from the Quarterfinal round. Losers went on to play classification games.
  • Winners of the Semifinals contested the gold medal game and the losers the bronze medal game.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 5 5 0 0 50 29 +21 10
 Italy 5 3 1 1 40 36 +4 7
 Spain 5 3 0 2 52 42 +10 6
 Australia 5 2 0 3 40 44 −4 4
 Greece 5 1 1 3 41 43 −2 3
 Kazakhstan 5 0 0 5 24 53 −29 0

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

29 July 2012
10:00
v
Report Greece  6–8  Croatia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), György Juhász (HUN)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 1–2, 2–2, 1–3
Fountoulis, Mourikis 2 Goals three players 2
29 July 2012
11:20
v
Report Kazakhstan  6–14  Spain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marijo Brguljan (MNE), Ulrich Spiegel (GER)
Score by quarters: 2–4, 1–5, 1–3, 2–2
Gubarev, Ushakov 2 Goals Perrone 5
29 July 2012
14:10
v
Report Italy  8–5  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Boris Margeta (SLO), Radoslaw Koryzna (POL)
Score by quarters: 3–0, 2–2, 0–1, 3–2
Felugo, Giorgetti 2 Goals five players 1

31 July 2012
11:20
v
Report Croatia  8–7  Spain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Boris Margeta (SLO), Radoslaw Koryzna (POL)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 3–2, 2–4, 1–0
Sukno, Dobud 2 Goals Español 4
31 July 2012
14:10
v
Report Australia  7–4  Kazakhstan Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Ulrich Spiegel (GER)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 2–0, 2–2, 1–1
Howden 2 Goals four players 1
31 July 2012
15:30
v
Report Greece  7–7  Italy Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marijo Brguljan (MNE), Mihajlo Ćirić (SRB)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 1–2, 2–3, 2–1
Fountoulis, Afroudakis 2 Goals Presciutti 2

2 August 2012
10:00
v
Report Spain  13–9  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Mihajlo Ćirić (SRB), Steven Rotsart (USA)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 3–3, 4–1, 4–4
three players 2 Goals Miller 5
2 August 2012
11:20
v
Report Kazakhstan  4–11  Greece Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Ulrich Spiegel (GER), Brian Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 1–2, 0–4, 1–3, 2–2
Ukumanov 2 Goals Fountoulis 5
2 August 2012
19:40
v
Report Italy  6–11  Croatia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Gyorgy Juhasz (HUN), Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU)
Score by quarters: 3–4, 1–1, 1–3, 1–3
Figlioli, Gallo 2 Goals Bošković, Sukno 3

4 August 2012
11:20
v
Report Croatia  11–6  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Ulrich Spiegel (GER), Gyorgy Juhasz (HUN)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 3–1, 3–2, 3–2
Joković 3 Goals Whalan 3
4 August 2012
14:10
v
Report Greece  9–11  Spain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marijo Brguljan (MNE), Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU)
Score by quarters: 3–4, 2–4, 2–1, 2–2
Delakas 3 Goals three players 3
4 August 2012
15:30
v
Report Italy  9–6  Kazakhstan Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Anton Bervoets (NED), Cory Williams (NZL)
Score by quarters: 4–2, 4–2, 1–1, 0–1
four players 2 Goals Shmider, Zhilyayev 2

6 August 2012
10:00
v
Report Kazakhstan  4–12  Croatia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
German Moller (ARG), Brian Littlejohn (GBR)
Score by quarters: 0–4, 1–1, 2–4, 1–3
Zhilyayev 2 Goals Dobud 5
6 August 2012
11:20
v
Report Greece  8–13  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Mihajlo Ćirić (SRB), Sergi Sanchez (ESP)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 3–5, 1–3, 2–2
Chatzitheodorou 3 Goals Howden 3
6 August 2012
19:40
v
Report Spain  7–10  Italy Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Dragan Stampalija (CRO)
Score by quarters: 0–2, 3–4, 1–2, 3–2
Español 3 Goals Premuš 3

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team
GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Serbia 5 4 1 0 69 38 +31 9
 Montenegro 5 3 1 1 54 41 +13 7
 Hungary 5 3 0 2 65 52 +13 6
 United States 5 3 0 2 43 44 −1 6
 Romania 5 1 0 4 48 55 −7 2
 Great Britain 5 0 0 5 28 77 −49 0
29 July 2012
15:30
v
Report Hungary  10–14  Serbia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Sergi Sanchez (ESP), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 1–3, 3–5, 4–4
three players 2 Goals Prlainović 5
29 July 2012
18:20
v
Report Romania  13–4  Great Britain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
German Moller (ARG), Anton Bervoets (NED)
Score by quarters: 2–1, 4–0, 3–2, 4–1
Diaconu 4 Goals Parker 2
29 July 2012
19:40
v
Report Montenegro  7–8  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Georgios Stavridis (GRE), Daniel Flahive (AUS)
Score by quarters: 1–1, 1–3, 2–2, 3–2
Ivović 3 Goals Varellas 3

31 July 2012
10:00
v
Report Hungary  10–11  Montenegro Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Sergi Sanchez (ESP), Daniel Flahive (AUS)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 3–4, 3–3, 2–2
Biros 3 Goals Brguljan 3
31 July 2012
18:20
v
Report Serbia  21–7  Great Britain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Gus Pinker (RSA), Kazuhiko Makita (JPN)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 7–2, 6–1, 5–1
Prlainović 5 Goals Figes 3
31 July 2012
19:40
v
Report United States  10–8  Romania Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Dragan Stampalija (CRO), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 3–3, 1–2, 3–0, 3–3
Varellas, Bailey 3 Goals Radu 4

2 August 2012
14:10
v
Report Montenegro  11–11  Serbia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Georgios Stavridis (GRE), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 1–3, 2–1, 5–4, 3–3
Ivović 3 Goals Prlainović 5
2 August 2012
15:30
v
Report Romania  15–17  Hungary Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Massimiliano Balfanbayev (KAZ), Sergi Sanchez (ESP)
Score by quarters: 4–5, 5–4, 2-5, 4-3
Bușilă, Ghiban 3 Goals Madaras 5
2 August 2012
18:20
v
Report Great Britain  7–13  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Cory Williams (NZL), Ni Shiwei (CHN)
Score by quarters: 0–5, 3–3, 3–2, 1–3
Parker 3 Goals Azevedo 4

4 August 2012
10:00
v
Report Montenegro  12–8  Romania Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Daniel Flahive (AUS), Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 2–1, 3–2, 4–4
Ivović 3 Goals Diaconu 3
4 August 2012
18:20
v
Report Hungary  17–6  Great Britain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
German Moller (ARG), Denis Danelon (BRA)
Score by quarters: 6–1, 5–4, 4–0, 2–1
Kásás, Madaras 3 Goals six players 1
4 August 2012
19:40
v
Report Serbia  11–6  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Sergi Sanchez (ESP), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)
Score by quarters: 4–1, 1–2, 3–1, 3–2
Udovičić 3 Goals Bailey 2

6 August 2012
14:10
v
Report Romania  4–12  Serbia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Ulrich Spiegel (GER), Steven Rotsart (USA)
Score by quarters: 0–3, 1–3, 0–4, 3–2
four players 1 Goals Nikić, Mitrović 3
6 August 2012
15:30
v
Report Hungary  11–6  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Daniel Flahive (AUS), Georgios Stavridis (GRE)
Score by quarters: 1–0, 5–2, 4–1, 1–3
Hosnyánszky 3 Goals six players 1
6 August 2012
18:20
v
Report Great Britain  4–13  Montenegro Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Ni Shiwei (CHN), Kazuhiko Makita (JPN)
Score by quarters: 1–4, 2–4, 1–2, 0–3
four players 1 Goals Zloković 3

Medal round[edit]

Bracket
  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Gold medal match
                           
  A1   Croatia 8  
B4   United States 2  
  A1   Croatia 7  
  B2   Montenegro 5  
A3   Spain 9
  B2   Montenegro 11  
    A1   Croatia 8
  A2   Italy 6
  A2   Italy 11  
B3   Hungary 9  
  A2   Italy 9 Bronze medal match
  B1   Serbia 7  
A4   Australia 8 B2   Montenegro 11
  B1   Serbia 11   B1   Serbia 12

Quarter-finals[edit]

8 August 2012
14:30
v
Report Spain  9–11  Montenegro Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Ulrich Spiegel (GER)
Score by quarters: 4–4, 1–3, 1–3, 3–1
Vallès, Minguell 2 Goals Zloković 4

8 August 2012
15:50
v
Report Australia  8–11  Serbia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Sergi Sanchez (ESP), Steven Rotsart (USA)
Score by quarters: 3–2, 4–2, 1–2, 0–5
Campbell, Beadsworth 2 Goals Filipović 3

8 August 2012
18:40
v
Report Italy  11–9  Hungary Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Georgios Stavridis (GRE), Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ)
Score by quarters: 2–2, 3–2, 3–1, 3–4
three players 3 Goals Madaras 3

8 August 2012
20:00
v
Report Croatia  8–2  United States Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), György Juhász (HUN)
Score by quarters: 2–0, 3–0, 2–2, 1–0
Bošković, Obradović 2 Goals Bailey, Varellas 1

Semi-finals[edit]

10 August 2012
15:40
v
Report Croatia  7–5  Montenegro Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Daniel Flahive (AUS), Georgios Stavridis (GRE)
Score by quarters: 3–1, 2–0, 2–2, 0–2
Sukno 2 Goals Ivović, Gojković 2

10 August 2012
19:50
v
Report Italy  9–7  Serbia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Sergi Sanchez (ESP), Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU)
Score by quarters: 4–2, 2–2, 2–1, 1–2
Gallo 3 Goals Udovičić 3

Bronze medal match[edit]

12 August 2012
14:30
v
Report Montenegro  11–12  Serbia 3rd Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Georgios Stavridis (GRE)
Score by quarters: 2–3, 3–1, 5–4, 1–4
Ivović 3 Goals Filipović 3

Gold medal match[edit]

12 August 2012
15:50
v
Report 1st Croatia  8–6  Italy 2nd Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Sergi Sancherz (ESP), Gyorgy Juhasz (HUN)
Score by quarters: 1–2, 2–0, 2–1, 3–3
Joković 3 Goals Felugo 3

Classification[edit]

Bracket
Semi-finals 5th–6th place
  United States  7  
  Spain  8  
 
      Spain  8
    Hungary  14
7th–8th place
  Hungary  10   United States  9
  Australia  9     Australia  10

5th–8th place semi-finals[edit]

10 August 2012
14:20
v
Report United States  7–8  Spain Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marijo Brguljan (CRO), Gyorgy Juhasz (HUN)
Score by quarters: 1–3, 1–2, 2–1, 3–2
Powers, Beaubien 2 Goals Perrone 3

10 August 2012
18:30
v
Report Hungary  10–9  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Mihajlo Ćirić (SRB), German Moller (ARG)
Score by quarters: 4–2, 2–4, 1–0, 3–3
Madaras, Biros 3 Goals three players 2

5th–6th place match[edit]

12 August 2012
10:20
v
Report United States  9–10  Australia Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Dragan Stampalija (CRO), Ulrich Spiegel (GER)
Score by quarters: 1–3, 2–2, 1–3, 5–2
four players 2 Goals Miller, Campbell 3

7th–8th place match[edit]

12 August 2012
11:40
v
Report Spain  8–14  Hungary Water Polo Arena, London
Referees:
Marijo Brguljan (MNE), Alan Balfanbayev (KAZ)
Score by quarters: 1–4, 2–3, 1–5, 4–2
Minguell 3 Goals six players 2

Ranking and statistics[edit]

Final rankings[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Croatia
Silver medal icon.svg  Italy
Bronze medal icon.svg  Serbia
4  Montenegro
5  Hungary
6  Spain
7  Australia
8  United States
9  Greece
10  Romania
11  Kazakhstan
12  Great Britain

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals Shots %
1 Andrija Prlainović  Serbia 22 40 55%
2 Aleksandar Ivović  Montenegro 19 43 44%
3 Filip Filipović  Serbia 18 42 43%
Norbert Madaras  Hungary 18 37 49%
5 Péter Biros  Hungary 16 38 42%
Felipe Perrone  Spain 16 33 48%
7 Miho Bošković  Croatia 15 33 45%
Vanja Udovičić  Serbia 15 41 37%
9 Albert Español  Spain 14 30 47%
Norbert Hosnyánszky  Hungary 14 23 61%
Marc Minguell  Spain 14 31 45%
Sandro Sukno  Croatia 14 30 47%
Boris Zloković  Montenegro 14 30 47%

See also[edit]

References[edit]