The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Serbia win Fina Water Polo World League title

posted on 23/06/2014: 2318 views

Balkan supremacy in water polo continued when Serbia retained the Fina Water Polo World League Men's Super Final crown at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai on Saturday night.

The Dejan Savic coached defending champions will now engrave their name on the trophy for the eighth time after their emphatic 10-6 victory over the 2013 runners-up and two-time winners Hungary in the summit round in front of over 500 supporters, mainly Hungarians.

Montenegro kept up the Balkan region's big reputation of producing endless numbers of world class stars when they finished in bronze position with a 12-9 victory over the Australians, after the tie-break system was pressed into service.

Hungarian coach Tabor Benedek had rated the indomitable Serbs as the side to beat in the world after his side's semis win over Montenegro on Friday night.

"We are here to play against Serbia and Montenegro to prepare for the worlds and the league final again. I rate the Serbs as the single dominant force in world water polo today,” Benedek said.

True to form the Serbians did not disappoint their fans at the complex on Saturday night and the Hungarians literally faced a power shutdown in their ranks when their opponents ran through for a 4-0 second quarter-final thrust following a close 3-2 win in the first session. In defence they (Serbs) were almost impenetrable as their first six centre back Sava Randelovic and goalie Gojko Pijetlovic marshalled the danger zones brilliantly.

Once again in-form Serb driver Filip Filipovic (3) was in his elements as he dodged and weaved around the basically stable Hungarian defence during the first quarter.

Southpaw Filipovic got great support from right handed driver Stefan Mitrovic (3) and the duo left Viktor Nagy in the Hungarian citadel confused so often especially with their u-turn throws and lobs at goal.

The end of the third outing saw the Serbs who refused to slow down the pace, cruising straight and level at 10-3.

By the time the game was almost half old the Serbs had sliced their way through the Hungarian waters for a comfortable five-goal cushion. At half time the champs led 7-2.

Hungary's Denes Andor Varga (4) drove into the Serbian lines to give the final scoreline some amount of respectability.

The battle for bronze turned out to be a fully stretched thriller as the world's third rated side Montenegro edged the fighting Australians 12-9 (8all normal time) after the tie-break of five throws each was applied.

The Aussies missed two of their penalty throws to finish fourth in the week-long tourney.

The regulation time score was 8all after the honours were even in two sessions each for the losing semi-finalists.

The Montenegrins walked off with the second and third quarters with 3-2 advantages while the Down Under men won the first and the third sessions at 2-1 each.

For Montenegro, centre back Antonia Petrovic and driver Drasko Brguljan got three goals each while for Australia, driver Aidan Roach poached into the opponents' cage thrice. – Khaleej Times – Read more:§ion=nationsports


19 August 2015 Emirati surfer taking on world’s best at international competition
27 May 2015 UAE jet-ski rider takes top honours in Round 2
25 April 2015 Ahmed bin Hamdan opens Al Gharbia Watersports Festival
16 April 2015 The 7th Al Gharbia Watersports Festival kicks off on April 23rd
23 March 2015 Spectacular finals serve up master class in diving

Most Read