1979 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup

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The 1979 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup was the first edition of the event, organised by the world's governing body in aquatics, the International Swimming Federation (FINA). The event took place in Rijeka and in the Tašmajdan Swimming Pool in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

Participating teams were the eight best teams from the last World Championships in Berlin, West Germany (1978). The teams played a round robin to decide the first ever winner of what would be a bi-annual event until 1999.

Results Matrix[edit]

 HUN  USA  YUG  URS  FRG  ITA  ROU  BUL

Hungary
4 – 3 7 – 8 4 – 3 4 – 4 5 – 2 5 – 4 8 – 4

United States
3 – 4 4 – 6 6 – 3 4 – 2 9 – 4 8 – 4 6 – 3

Yugoslavia
8 – 7 6 – 4 1 – 5 3 – 4 7 – 6 6 – 4 7 – 2

Soviet Union
4 – 5 3 – 6 5 – 1 9 – 4 6 – 6 3 – 2 5 – 1

West Germany
4 – 4 2 – 4 4 – 3 4 – 9 5 – 4 4 – 4 6 – 3

Italy
2 – 5 4 – 9 6 – 7 6 – 6 4 – 5 8 – 8 10 – 5

Romania
4 – 5 4 – 8 4 – 6 2 – 3 4 – 4 8 – 8 3 – 3

Bulgaria
4 – 8 3 – 6 2 – 7 1 – 5 3 – 6 5 – 10 3 – 3

Final standings[edit]

Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
1.  Hungary 11 7 5 1 1 37 28 +9
2.  United States 10 7 5 0 2 40 26 +14
3.  Yugoslavia 10 7 5 0 2 38 32 +6
4.  Soviet Union 9 7 4 1 2 35 25 +10
5.  West Germany 8 7 3 2 2 29 31 –2
6.  Italy 4 7 1 2 4 40 45 –5
7.  Romania 3 7 0 3 4 30 38 –8
8.  Bulgaria 1 7 0 1 6 21 45 –24

Final ranking[edit]