2002 FINA Men's Water Polo World League

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The 2002 FINA Men's Water Polo World League was the first edition of the annual event, organised by the world's governing body in aquatics, the FINA. After two preliminary rounds the Super Final was held in Patras, Greece from August 1 to August 4, 2002.

Preliminary round[edit]

  • From June 28 to July 28, 2002
     Team qualifies for Super Final
     Team is eliminated from qualification

Group A[edit]

Greece qualified for the Super Final as the host country. Only the top place earned qualification, which was taken by Spain. Three points were awarded for a win, one point for a loss.

Team G W L GF GA Diff Points
1  Spain 12 10 2 134 97 +37 53
2  Italy 12 9 3 127 89 +38 49
3  Greece 12 5 7 97 115 −18 44
4  Brazil 12 0 12 71 128 −57 -7

Group B[edit]

The top two places, won by Hungary and Russia, earned qualification. Three points were awarded for a win, one point for a loss.

Team G W L GF GA Diff Points
1  Hungary 12 11 1 150 94 +56 34
2  Russia 12 7 5 102 103 −1 26
3  United States 12 4 8 109 131 −22 20
4  Croatia 12 2 10 106 139 −33 16

Super Final[edit]

  • From August 1 to August 4

Group stage[edit]

The top two placed teams in the round-robin advanced to the final against each other, while the two bottom placed teams played for the bronze medal. The Russia–Hungary game was declared a 0–5 loss for both teams. Three points were awarded for a win, one point for a loss.

     Team qualifies for final
     Team plays for bronze medal
Rank Team G W L GF GA Diff Points
1  Russia 3 2 1 25 19 +6 7
2  Spain 3 2 1 30 28 +2 7
3  Hungary 3 1 2 25 19 +6 5
4  Greece 3 0 3 14 38 −24 3

Bronze medal match[edit]

  • August 4, 2002
Hungary  13 – 6  Greece

Gold medal match[edit]

  • August 4, 2002
Russia  10 – 8  Spain

Final ranking[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Rank Top scorers Goals
1  Gabriel Hernández Paz (ESP) 34
 Tibor Benedek (HUN)
3  Tamás Molnár (HUN) 33
4  Gergely Kiss (HUN) 32
5  Alexander Yerishev (RUS) 30
6  Tony Azevedo (USA) 29
 Dmitri Stratan (RUS)

Statistics[edit]

  • Total goals: 1027
  • Total matches: 55
  • Goals per match: 18.7
  • Total of scorers: 105

References[edit]