Croatia men's national water polo team

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Croatia
Flag of Croatia.svg
Nickname(s)Barakude (The Barracudas)
AssociationCroatian Water Polo Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachIvica Tucak
Asst coachSandro Sukno
Mile Smodlaka
CaptainAndro Bušlje
FINA codeCRO
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2012)
World Championships
Appearances12 (first in 1994)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2007, 2017)
World League
Appearances9 (first in 2002)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2012)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1995)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (2010)
European Championship
Appearances14 (first in 1993)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2010)
Europa Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances6 (first in 1993)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2013)
Croatia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Team
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Melbourne Team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Budapest Team
Silver medal – second place 2015 Kazan Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Rome Team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Shanghai Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Barcelona Team
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Gwangju Team
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2010 Oradea
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Almaty
World League
Gold medal – first place 2012 Almaty
Silver medal – second place 2009 Podgorica
Silver medal – second place 2015 Bergamo
Silver medal – second place 2019 Belgrade
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Niš
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Florence
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Ruza
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 Zagreb
Silver medal – second place 1999 Florence
Silver medal – second place 2003 Kranj
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Barcelona
Europa Cup
Gold medal – first place 2018 Rijeka
Silver medal – second place 2019 Zagreb
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 2013 Mersin
Silver medal – second place 1993 Languedoc-Roussillon
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Bari

The Croatia men's national water polo team represents Croatia in international water polo competitions and friendly matches. It is governed by the Croatian Water Polo Federation.

First Croatian national team that won gold medal at Olympic or World Games, World and European Championships.

History[edit]

After the independence of Croatia the national water polo team competed at its first tournament and also its first finals at 1993 Mediterranean Games, followed by the 1993 European Championships where Croatia won 5th place.

Croatia has since became Olympic champion (2012), double World champion (2007, 2017) and European champion (2010). Croatia has also won eight other medals at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships and was fourth on six occasions. The team holds a record streak of winning 6 medals in a row at World Championships and has reached semi-finals in over 60% of appearances at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships altogether since 2017. Since the formation of national team Croatia has qualified for every big tournament. It is the first Croatian national team in any Olympic team sport that has won gold medals at all three big competitions. Croatia has also won World League (2012) and Mediterranean Games (2013). The only competition Croatia has yet to win is World Cup where the national team won silver medal in 2010.

The team has been awarded with Franjo Bučar State Award for Sport in 1996. So far two International Swimming Hall of Fame inductees have been members of Croatia national team – Perica Bukić as a player and Ratko Rudić as a coach.

Results[edit]

Medals[edit]

Updated after 2019 World Aquatics Championships

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Olympic Games 1 2 0 3
World Championship 2 1 4 7
World Cup 0 1 1 2
World League 1 3 3 7
European Championship 1 2 1 4
Europa Cup 1 1 0 2
Mediterranean Games 1 1 1 3
Total 7 11 10 28

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

Summer Olympics[edit]

World Championships[edit]

European Championships[edit]

World League[edit]

Wins/Defeats after penalty shootout counted as wins/defeats.
* marks instances of not qualifying for the super final due to "host rule".

Year Round Position Pld W D L
Greece 2002 Did not qualify for the Super Final 12 2 0 10
United States 2003 Did not compete
United States 2004
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 Group Round 4th 14 8 0 6
Greece 2006 * Did not qualify for the Super Final 11 7 0 4
Germany 2007 8 3 0 5
Italy 2008 * 6 3 0 3
Montenegro 2009 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s) 12 9 0 3
Serbia 2010 Semi-final 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 12 8 0 4
Italy 2011 Semi-final 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 11 10 0 1
Kazakhstan 2012 Final 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 10 0 0
Russia 2013 * Did not qualify for the Super Final 6 4 0 2
United Arab Emirates 2014 4 1 0 3
Italy 2015 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s) 14 12 0 2
China 2016 Did not qualify for the Super Final 6 4 0 2
Russia 2017 Semi-final 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 12 10 0 2
Hungary 2018 Quarterfinal 5th 10 7 0 3
Serbia 2019 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 4 0 2
Total Participated: 16/18
Qualified for the Super Final: 9/16
154 102 0 52

World Cup[edit]

LEN Europa Cup[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L
Croatia 2018 Final 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 7 0 1
Croatia 2019 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 5 0 2
Total Participated: 2/2
Qualified for the Super Final: 2/2
15 12 0 3

Mediterranean Games[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L
France 1993 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Italy 1997 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Tunisia 2001 Preliminary Round 5th
Spain 2005 Semi-final 4th 5 2 0 3
Italy 2009 Semi-final 4th 5 3 0 2
Turkey 2013 Final 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 4 0 0
Spain 2018 Did not participate
Total Participated: 6/7 14 9 0 5

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Roster for the 2019 World Championships.[2]

Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1 Marko Bijač GK 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 28) Italy Pro Recco
2 Marko Macan FP 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 26) Croatia VK Jug
3 Loren Fatović FP (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 22) Croatia VK Jug
4 Luka Lončar FP 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 32) Croatia VK Jug
5 Maro Joković FP 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 31) Croatia VK Jug
6 Hrvoje Benić FP (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 27) Croatia VK Jug
7 Ante Vukičević FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 26) France CN Marseille
8 Andro Bušlje (C) FP 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 33) Italy Pro Recco
9 Lovre Miloš FP (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 25) Croatia HAVK Mladost
10 Josip Vrlić FP 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 33) Croatia HAVK Mladost
11 Anđelo Šetka FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (1985-09-14) 14 September 1985 (age 34) Croatia VK Jadran
12 Xavier García FP 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) (1984-01-05) 5 January 1984 (age 35) Croatia VK Jug
13 Ivan Marcelić GK 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 25) Croatia HAVK Mladost

Player statistics[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Naturalized players[edit]

Andrey Belofastov (Ukraine), Xavier García (Spain)[3] Faris Okanovic (Sweden)

Statistics[edit]

Record against other teams[edit]

As of 23 July 2019

NO FRIENDLY fixtures.

Key
Positive total balance (more wins)
Neutral total balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative total balance (more losses)

Wins/Defeats after penalty shootout counted as wins/defeats.

National team Total Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship Europa Cup Mediterranean Games Qualifications
Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L
Australia Australia 19 16 0 3 2 2 0 0 7 6 0 1 2 1 0 1 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 0
Austria Austria 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belarus Belarus 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Brazil Brazil 8 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Canada Canada 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
China China 6 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Egypt Egypt 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France France 10 9 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Georgia (country) Georgia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Germany Germany 25 19 2 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 11 0 1 8 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
United Kingdom Great Britain 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Greece Greece 36 23 4 9 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 14 9 0 5 10 7 3 0 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hungary Hungary 36 9 2 25 2 1 0 1 8 4 1 3 3 0 0 3 11 3 0 8 12 1 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran Iran 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy Italy 42 23 2 17 6 5 0 1 5 2 1 2 2 0 0 2 14 8 0 6 11 6 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 1 0 0
Japan Japan 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 9 9 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malta Malta 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moldova Moldova 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Montenegro Montenegro 24 15 0 9 4 3 0 1 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 9 3 0 6 5 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Netherlands Netherlands 14 14 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 5 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand New Zealand 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poland Poland 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Romania Romania 17 14 0 3 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 1 4 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0
Russia Russia 35 23 1 11 1 1 0 0 7 4 0 3 2 1 0 1 18 13 0 5 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Serbia Serbia * 43 13 4 26 5 2 1 2 6 2 1 3 7 2 1 4 11 2 0 9 9 2 1 6 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Slovakia Slovakia 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Slovenia Slovenia 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0
South Africa South Africa 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain Spain 37 17 2 18 5 1 0 4 3 0 0 3 5 0 1 4 11 6 0 5 7 5 1 1 2 2 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Turkey Turkey 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Switzerland Switzerland 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Ukraine Ukraine 4 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States United States 35 24 0 11 7 3 0 4 8 7 0 1 7 5 0 2 13 9 0 4 0 0 0 0
Total (36) 460 304 17 139

* includes games against  Serbia and Montenegro / FR Yugoslavia

Biggest Wins[edit]

double digit goal difference

Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship Europa Cup Mediterranean Games Qualifications
  • +12 vs. China (16–4) 2008
  • +11 vs. Egypt (12–1) 2004
  • +34 vs. New Zealand (35–1) 1994
  • +19 vs. South Africa (19–0) 2013
  • +17 vs. New Zealand (21–4) 2013
  • +16 vs. New Zealand (19–3) 1998
  • +15 vs. Canada (19–4) 2005
  • +15 vs. Kazakhstan (19–4) 1998
  • +11 vs. Brasil (17–6) 1998
  • +11 vs. Japan (18–7) 2011
  • +10 vs. Canada (13–3) 2003
  • +10 vs. China (15–5) 2009
  • +10 vs. Japan (16–6) 2017
  • +10 vs. Russia (13–3) 2007
  • +23 vs. South Africa (25–2) 2018
  • +21 vs. Iran (23–2) 2010
  • +13 vs. South Africa (16–3) 2018
  • +10 vs. China (14–4) 2010
  • +21 vs. South Africa (22–1) 2010
  • +19 vs. Turkey (20–1) 2013
  • +17 vs. Brasil (20–3) 2012
  • +16 vs. Kazakhstan (20–4) 2019
  • +16 vs. Kazakhstan (19–3) 2017
  • +14 vs. Turkey (17–3) 2013
  • +13 vs. Spain (19–6) 2006
  • +13 vs. Turkey (19–6) 2016
  • +13 vs. Turkey (16–3) 2016
  • +11 vs. Netherlands (18–7) 2017
  • +10 vs. Brasil (17–7) 2005
  • +10 vs. China (15–5) 2011
  • +10 vs. China (14–4) 2015
  • +10 vs. France (16–6) 2017
  • +10 vs. Kazahstan (15–5) 2018
  • +10 vs. Netherlands (17–7) 2017
  • +10 vs. Russia (14–4) 2018
  • +10 vs. Turkey (13–3) 2015
  • +24 vs. Austria (26–2) 1995
  • +21 vs. Turkey (23–2) 2018
  • +20 vs. Malta (22–2) 2016
  • +15 vs. France (20–5) 2016
  • +13 vs. Turkey (16–3) 2010
  • +12 vs. Netherlands (16–4) 2012
  • +11 vs. Slovenia (19–8) 2006
  • +10 vs. Slovakia (15–5) 2008
  • +15 vs. France (20–5) 2018
  • +12 vs. Netherlands (16–4) 2018
  • +11 vs. Malta (16–5) 2018
  • +13 vs. Turkey (17–4) 2013
  • +11 vs. Greece (14–3) 2009
  • +20 vs. Georgia (23–3) 1999
  • +17 vs. Puerto Rico (18–1) 2004
  • +12 vs. Romania (12–0) 2004

Biggest Losses[edit]

Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship Europa Cup Mediterranean Games
  • -4 vs. Italy (7–11) 2004
  • -7 vs. Serbia (4–11) 2015
  • -6 vs. Hungary (4–10) 2005
  • -5 vs. Spain (6–11) 1994
  • -6 vs. Serbia (7–13) 2010
  • -5 vs. Hungary (6–11) 1997
  • -5 vs. Russia (5–10) 1997
  • -5 vs. Spain (2–7) 1995
  • -9 vs. Hungary (6–15) 2007
  • -8 vs. Greece (5–13) 2008
  • -7 vs. Brasil (10–17) 2015
  • -7 vs. Serbia (6–13) 2016
  • -6 vs. Hungary (5–11) 1995
  • -5 vs. Hungary (11–16) 2006
  • -9 vs. Italy (5–14) 2005
  • -6 vs. Serbia (8–14) 2009

Non-senior competitions[edit]

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FINA waterpolo player of the year in 1982., 1984. and 1985. Scored 28 goals in one game which is a world record for waterpolo game (final score: Yugoslavia 62–0 Guatemala). First waterpolo player in history to sign a 6 digit contract.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Qualification for the tournament was determined by placing in the 1992 Olympics tournament. Since the Croatian team couldn't had participated in the 1992 Olympic water polo tournament due to the dissolution of Yugoslavia, it couldn't qualify for the 1993 World Cup.
  2. ^ "2019 World Championships roster" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ http://hrsport.net/vijesti/496096/vodeni-sportovi-reprezentacija/stigla-potvrda-iz-moo-a-javier-garcia-s-hrvatskom-na-olimpijskim-igrama-u-riju/

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