Croatia men's national water polo team

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Croatia
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Nickname(s) Barakude (The Barracudas)
Association Croatian Water Polo Federation
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Ivica Tucak
Asst coach Mile Smodlaka
Ivan Asić
Captain Sandro Sukno
FINA code CRO
Olympic Games
Appearances 6 (first in 1996)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2012)
World Championships
Appearances 9 (first in 1994)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2007)
World League
Appearances 10 (first in 2002)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2012)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (first in 1993)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2010)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances 6 (first in 1993)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2009)
Croatia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Melbourne
Silver medal – second place 2015 Kazan
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Rome
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Shanghai
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Barcelona
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
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
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.

Results[edit]

Prior to 1992 Croatia men's national water polo team competed as a part of Yugoslavia men's national water polo team.

Croatia men's national water polo team has been placed 4th at international competitions on 12 occasions, the most being achieved at European Championships, but none at the Olympics. Despite this fact, the team has also managed to win 26 medals at international competitions shown in the tables below.

Summer Olympics[edit]

World Championships[edit]

European Championships[edit]

World League[edit]

Year Round Position
Greece 2002 Preliminary Round 7th
United States 2003 Did not compete
United States 2004
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 Group Round 4th
Greece 2006 Did not qualify for the Super Final
Germany 2007
Italy 2008
Montenegro 2009 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Serbia 2010 Semifinal 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Italy 2011 Semifinal 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Kazakhstan 2012 Final 1st, gold medalist(s)
Russia 2013 Did not qualify for the Super Final
United Arab Emirates 2014 Did not qualify for the Super Final
Italy 2015 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Total Qualified for the Super Final: 7/14

World Cup[edit]

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 Semifinal 4th 5 2 0 3
Italy 2009 Semifinal 4th 5 3 0 2
Turkey 2013 Final 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 4 0 0
Spain 2017 TBD
Total Participated: 6/6 14 9 0 5

Non-senior competitions[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Croatian roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] view · talk

Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2016 club
1 Pavić, JosipJosip Pavić (c) GK 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 15 January 1982 Greece Olympiacos
2 Burić, DamirDamir Burić CB 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 2 December 1980 Croatia Primorje Rijeka
3 Petković, AntonioAntonio Petković D 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 11 January 1986 Italy Sport Management
4 Lončar, LukaLuka Lončar CF 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 26 June 1987 Croatia HAVK Mladost
5 Joković, MaroMaro Joković D 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 1 October 1987 Croatia Jug Dubrovnik
6 Bukić, LukaLuka Bukić D 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 30 April 1994 Croatia HAVK Mladost
7 García, XavierXavier García CF 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 5 January 1984 Croatia Primorje Rijeka
8 Bušlje, AndroAndro Bušlje CB 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 4 January 1986 Italy Posillipo
9 Sukno, SandroSandro Sukno CF 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 30 June 1990 Italy Pro Recco
10 Krapić, IvanIvan Krapić CF 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 14 February 1989 Croatia Primorje Rijeka
11 Šetka, AnđeloAnđelo Šetka D 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 14 September 1985 Croatia Primorje Rijeka
12 Macan, MarkoMarko Macan CB 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 26 April 1993 Croatia Jug Dubrovnik
13 Bijač, MarkoMarko Bijač GK 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 12 January 1991 Croatia Jug Dubrovnik

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 26 June 2017


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 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
Australia Australia 15 13 0 2 2 2 0 0 6 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 6 5 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
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 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 9 8 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 3 3 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 1 1 0 0
Germany Germany 21 15 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 8 0 1 8 4 2 2 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 1 1 0 0
Greece Greece 33 21 4 8 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 14 9 0 5 9 6 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hungary Hungary 33 7 2 24 2 1 0 1 6 2 1 3 3 0 0 3 10 3 0 7 12 1 1 10 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 40 21 2 17 6 5 0 1 4 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 14 8 0 6 10 5 1 4 3 1 0 2 1 1 0 0
Japan Japan 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 6 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 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
Malta Malta 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
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 1 1 0 0
Montenegro Montenegro 22 13 0 9 4 3 0 1 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 9 3 0 6 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Netherlands Netherlands 12 12 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 4 4 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 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 16 13 0 3 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 1 4 2 0 2 3 3 0 0
Russia Russia 32 20 1 11 1 1 0 0 6 3 0 3 2 1 0 1 16 11 0 5 6 4 1 1 1 0 0 1
Serbia Serbia* 35 9 3 23 5 2 1 2 5 1 1 3 6 2 0 4 9 2 0 7 8 2 1 5 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 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 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0
South Africa South Africa 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain Spain 32 14 2 16 5 1 0 4 2 0 0 2 5 0 1 4 9 5 0 4 7 5 1 1 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Turkey Turkey 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 1 1 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 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
United States United States 29 19 0 10 7 3 0 4 6 5 0 1 5 3 0 2 11 8 0 3 0 0 0 0
Total (36) 408 262 16 130

Biggest Wins[edit]

double digit goal difference

Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship 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. Russia (13-3) 2007
  • +21 vs. Iran (23-2) 2010
  • +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 (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. Netherlands (17-7) 2017
  • +10 vs. Turkey (13-3) 2015
  • +24 vs. Austria (26-2) 1995
  • +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
  • +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 Loses[edit]

Olympic Games World Championship World Cup World League European Championship 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

Sources[edit]

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. ^ "Izbornik objavio konačan popis igrača za Rio" [The final list of men's water polo team for Rio published] (in Croatian). Croatian Water Polo Federation. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  3. ^ http://hrsport.net/vijesti/496096/vodeni-sportovi-reprezentacija/stigla-potvrda-iz-moo-a-javier-garcia-s-hrvatskom-na-olimpijskim-igrama-u-riju/

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.

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