Squads from Serbia, Croatia & Italy are the first ones getting closer to the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League 2017 title, to be held in Russia from June 20-25, and securing a spot for the Super Final of the competition.
The three teams mentioned above all topped their respective groups in the European preliminaries with 17 points for Serbia, 15 points for Croatia and 12 points for Italy.
Serbia won the World League consecutively since 2013. The Balkan powerhouse also holds the Olympic crown, defeating 7-11 neighbours Croatia in the gold match in Rio, as well as the World title (Kazan 2015).
The final ranking of the European tournament was as follows:
Group A: SRB 17 pts (5W, 1Wp); SVK 8 pts (2W, 2Lp, 2L; ROU 7 pts (2W, 1Lp, 3L); GER 4 pts (2Wp, 4L)
Group B: CRO 15 pts (5W, 1L); GRE 15 pts (5W, 1L); NED 6 pts (2W, 4L); FRA 0 pt (6L)
Group C: ITA 12 pts (4W); RUS 6 pts (2W, 2L); GEO 0 (4L)
The Intercontinental tournament (with Australia, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, USA) will be held in Gold Coast (AUS) from April 25-30, out of which the four best teams will join Serbia, Croatia and Italy. Russia, as the host country, will also be battling it out.
The women play their sixth and final round next week on Tuesday April 18.