Croatia men's national water polo team


Croatia men's national water polo team
Croatia
Flag of Croatia.svg
Nickname(s) Barakude (The Barracudas)
Association Croatian Water Polo Federation
Confederation LEN (Europe)
FINA code CRO
Olympic Games
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result Runners up, 1996
World Championships
Appearances 8 (First in 1994)
Best result Winners, 2007
World League
Appearances 8 (First in 2002)
Best result Runners up, 2009
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1995)
Best result Runners up, 2010
European Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1993)
Best result Winners, 2010
Mediterranean Games
Appearances 5 (First in 1993)
Best result Runners up, 1993, 1997
Medal record

Competitor for  Croatia
Men's Water Polo
Olympic Games
Silver 1996 Atlanta Team Competition
World Championship
Gold 2007 Melbourne Team Competition
Bronze 2009 Rome Team Competition
Bronze 2011 Shanghai Team Competition
European Championship
Silver 1999 Florence Team Competition
Silver 2003 Kranj Team Competition
Gold 2010 Zagreb Team Competition
World Cup
Silver 2010 Oradea Team competition
FINA World League
Silver 2009 Podgorica Team competition
Bronze 2010 Niš Team competition
Bronze 2011 Florence Team competition

The Croatia men's national water polo team has played since Croatia's independence in 1991 and is controlled by the Croatian Water Polo Federation.

Croatia is current European champion from Zagreb 2010 (defeating Italy in final 7-3) and 2011 World championships bronze medalist. In 2007 Croatia was world champion, defeating Hungary in final (9-8 after over time). Croatia also won bronze medal in 2009 World championships and two European silver medals in 1999 and 2003. Croatia has played in four Olympic tournaments and the greatest result is silver in 1996.

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Prior history

Croatia was part of Yugoslavia between 1918 and 1991, so Croatians played for the Yugoslavia national water polo team during this period. During the Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945), the national team was also organized. Its roster included Ivo Štakula.

Managers

  • Duško Antunović (1991-1993)
  • Bruno Silić (1993-1998)
  • Neven Kovačević (1998-2001)
  • Zoran Roje (2001-2005)
  • Ratko Rudić (2005-)

Results

Olympic Games

  • Croatia as a part of Austria-Hungary
  • 1900Didn't participate
  • 1904Didn't participate
  • 1908Didn't participate
  • 1912 – Austria - 4th place, no players from Croatia
  • Croatia as a part of Yugoslavia
  • 1920Didn't participate
  • 1924Didn't participate
  • 1928Didn't participate
  • 1932Didn't participate
  • 1936 – part of Yugoslav team, 1. round (3. in Group 3)
  • 1948 – part of Yugoslav team, 2. round (Group I, 3rd; 1st place in group took later champion Italy and 2nd place took later vicechampion Hungary)
  • 1952 – part of the Yugoslav team Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1956 – part of the Yugoslav team Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1960 – 4th
  • 1964 – part of the Yugoslav team Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1968 – part of the Yugoslav team Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • 1972 – 5th
  • 1976 – 5th
  • 1980 – part of the Yugoslav team Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1984 – part of the Yugoslav team Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • 1988 – part of the Yugoslav team Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Croatia as an independent country
  • 1992Didn't participate
  • 1996Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 2000Seventh place
  • 2004Tenth place
  • 2008Sixth place

World Championship

  • 1973– part of the Yugoslav team Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 1975– part of the Yugoslav team, 13th place
  • 1978– part of the Yugoslav team Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 1982– part of the Yugoslav team, 7th place
  • 1986– part of the Yugoslav team Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • 1991– part of the Yugoslav team Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • 19944th place
  • 19989th place
  • 20018th place
  • 20039th place
  • 20054th place
  • 2007Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • 2009 — Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 2011 — Med 3.png Bronze Medal

European Championship

  • 1993 — Fifth place
  • 1995Fourth place
  • 1997Fourth place
  • 1999Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 2001Fourth place
  • 2003Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 2006Seventh place
  • 2008Fourth place
  • 2010Med 1.png Gold Medal


FINA World League

  • 2002 — 7th place
  • 2003Didn't participate
  • 2004 — Didn't participate
  • 2005 — 4th place
  • 2006 — Semifinal round
  • 2007 — Preliminary round
  • 2008 — Preliminary round
  • 2009 — Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 2010 — Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 2011 — Med 3.png Bronze Medal

FINA Water Polo World Cup

  • 1991 — Didn't participate
  • 1993 — Didn't participate
  • 1995 — 8th place
  • 1997 — 8th place
  • 1999Didn't participate
  • 2002 — 8th place
  • 2006 — 4th place
  • 2010 — 2 Silver Medal

Mediterranean Games

  • as part of Yugoslavia
  • 1951: -
  • 1955: -
  • 1959: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 1.png Champions
  • 1963: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1967: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 1.png Champions
  • 1971: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 1.png Champions
  • 1975: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1979: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 1.png Champions
  • 1983: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 1.png Champions
  • 1987: -
  • 1991: part of the Yugoslav team, Med 2.png Silver Medal

- *as independent Croatia

  • 1993: Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1997: Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 2001: 5th place
  • 2005: 4th place
  • 2009: 4th place

Squads

Croatian players and coaches that played for Croatia or for other countries, that Croatia was part of.

  • as part of Yugoslavia

Until 1941, it was often case that the squad of Croatian waterpolo team Jug (from Dubrovnik), a multiple national champion, represented Yugoslavia.

  • 1926 European Championship: ?
  • 1927 European Championship: ?
  • 1931 European Championship: ?
  • 1934 European Championship: ?
  • 1936 Olympic Games : ?
  • 1938 European Championship: ?
  • 1947 European Championship: ?
  • 1948 Olympic Games
    • Juraj Amšel, Veljko Bakašun, Marko Brainović, Božo Grkinić, Ivo Giovanelli, Zdravko-Ćiro Kovačić, Ivica Kurtini, Željko Radić, Luka Ciganović, Saša Strmac, Ivo Štakula
  • 1950 European Championship: – Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 1952 Olympic GamesMed 2.png Silver Medal
    • Juraj Amšel, Veljko Bakašun, Marko Brainović, Vladimir Ivković, Zdravko Ježić, Zdravko-Ćiro Kovačić, Ivica Kurtini, Lovro Radonić, Ivo Štakula. Coach: Božo Grkinić[1]
  • 1954 European Championship: – Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1956 Olympic GamesMed 2.png Silver Medal
    • Marijan Žužej, Juraj Amšel, Vladimir Ivković, Zdravko Ježić, Hrvoje Kačić, Zdravko-Ćiro Kovačić, Lovro Radonić, Tomislav Franjković, Ivo Cipci, Ivo Štakula. Coach: Božo Grkinić[1]
  • 1958 European Championship: – Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1960 Olympic Games
    • Marijan Žužej, Zdravko Ježić, Hrvoje Kačić, Anton Nardelli, Ivo Cipci, Zlatko Šimenc
  • 1962 European Championship: – Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1964 Olympic GamesMed 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1966 European Championship: – Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 1968 Olympic GamesMed 1.png Gold Medal
    • Ozren Bonačić, Ronald Lopatny, Miroslav Poljak, Karlo Stipanić, Ivo Trumbić, Zdravko Hebel, Zoran Janković
  • 1970 European Championship: – Med 3.png Bronze Medal
    • Karlo Stipanić, Ozren Bonačić, Zoran Janković, Ratko Rudić, Ronald Lopatny, Siniša Belamarić, Duško Antunović, Radovan Miškov, coach: Tripun-Miro Ćirković
  • 1972 Olympic Games
    • Dušan Antunović, Siniša Belamarić, Ozren Bonačić, Ronald Lopatny, Ratko Rudić, Karlo Stipanić, Zoran Janković, coach: Vlaho Orlić, asst. coach: Aleksandar Seifert
  • 1973 World Championship: Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 1974 European Championship: – Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 1975 World Championship: 13th place
  • 1976 Olympic Games
    • Dušan Antunović, Siniša Belamarić, Ozren Bonačić, Zoran Kačić, Boško Lozica, Damir Polić, Ratko Rudić, Đuro Savinović,
  • 1977 European Championship: – Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Luko Vezilić, Ratko Rudić, Slobodan Trifunović, Siniša Belamarić, Boško Lozica, Milivoj Bebić, Mirsad Galijaš, Vranješ, coach: Tripun-Miro Ćirković, asst. coach: Antun-Toni Petrić
  • 1978 World Championship: Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 1980 Olympic GamesMed 2.png Silver Medal
    • Luko Vezilić, Damir Polić, Ratko Rudić, Zoran Roje, Milivoj Bebić, Slobodan Trifunović, Boško Lozica, coach: Tripun-Miro Ćirković
  • 1981 European Championship: ?
  • 1982 World Championship – 7th place
  • 1983 European Championship: ?
  • 1984 Olympic GamesMed 1.png Gold Medal
  • 1985 European Championship: – Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1986 World Championship: Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • 1987 European Championship: – Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1988 Olympic GamesMed 1.png Gold Medal
    • Deni Lušić, Dubravko Šimenc, Perica Bukić, Veselin Đuho, Mislav Bezmalinović, Tomislav Paškvalin, Renco Posinković, coach: Ratko Rudić.
  • 1989 European Championship: – Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 1991 European Championship: – Gold Medal
  • 1991 World ChampionshipGold Medal
    • Mislav Bezmalinović, Perica Bukić, Vitomir Padovan, Renco Posinković, Dubravko Šimenc, Ante Vasović
  • as independent Croatia
  • 1993 European Championship –
  • 2000 Olympic Games – 7th place
    • Siniša Školneković, Elvis Fatović, Višeslav Sarić, Dubravko Šimenc, Ognjen Kržić, Ratko Štritof, Mile Smodlaka, Ivo Ivaniš, Miho Bošković, Samir Barač, Igor Hinić, Frano Vićan, Vjekoslav Kobešćak. Head Coach: Neven Kovačević. (Excellent start went wrong because of flu [4])
  • 2003 World Championship9th place
    • Samir Barać, Damir Burić, Teo Đogaš, Elvis Fatović, Nikola Franković, Igor Hinić, Vjekoslav Kobeščak, Dubravko Šimenc, Ratko Štritof, Mile Smodlaka, Frano Vićan, Goran Volarević, and Tihomil Vranješ. Head Coach: Zoran Roje.
  • 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament1st place
    • Samir Barač, Damir Burić, Elvis Fatović, Nikola Franković, Igor Hinić, Vjekoslav Kobeščak, Ivan Milaković, Dubravko Šimenc, Mile Smodlaka, Ratko Štritof, Frano Vićan, Goran Volarević, and Tihomil Vranješ. Head Coach: Zoran Roje.
  • 2005 World Championship4th place
    • Srdan Antonijević, Miho Bošković, Damir Burić, Andro Bušlje, Teo Đogaš (captain), Nikola Franković, Igor Hinić, Andrija Komadina, Josip Pavić (goal), Boris Pavlović, Tomislav Primorac, Goran Volarević (goal), and Tihomil Vranješ. Head Coach: Ratko Rudić.
  • 2006 European Championship7th place
    • Srđan Antonijević, Miho Bošković, Damir Burić, Andro Bušlje, Teo Đogaš, Maro Joković, Pavo Marković, Petar Muslim, Josip Pavić (goal), Boris Pavlović, Danijel Premuš, Anđelo Šetka, Ratko Štritof, Goran Volarević (goal), and Tihomil Vranješ. Head Coach: Ratko Rudić.
  • 2007 World Championship – Med 1.png Gold Medal
    • Frano Vićan, Damir Burić, Andro Bušlje, Zdeslav Vrdoljak, Aljoša Kunac, Maro Joković, Mile Smodlaka, Teo Đogaš, Pavo Marković, Samir Barač, Igor Hinić, and Miho Bošković. Head Coach: Ratko Rudić.
  • 2008 European ChampionshipFourth place
    • Frano Vićan, Damir Burić, Andro Bušlje, Zdeslav Vrdoljak, Aljoša Kunac, Maro Joković, Mile Smodlaka, Teo Đogaš, Pavo Marković, Samir Barač, Igor Hinić, Miho Bošković, Sandro Sukno. Head Coach: Ratko Rudić
  • 2008 Olympic GamesSixth place
    • Maro Joković, Teo Đogaš, Pavo Marković, Josip Pavić, Mile Smodlaka, Andro Bušlje, Zdeslav Vrdoljak, Samir Barač, Aljoša Kunac, Igor Hinić, Miho Bošković, Damir Burić, Frano Vićan. Head Coach: Ratko Rudić
  • 2009 World Championship — Med 3.png Bronze Medal
    • Josip Pavić, Ivo Brzica, Igor Hinić, Nikša Dobud, Damir Burić, Andro Bušlje, Ivan Buljubašić, Srđan Antonijević, Frano Karač, Samir Barač, Sandro Sukno, Miho Bošković, Paulo Obradović. Coach: Ratko Rudić

References

  1. ^ a b (Croatian) VK Mornar Klupska povijest, accessed September, 14, 2010
  2. ^ Sportske.hr Perica Bukić u Kući slavnih
  3. ^ Hrv. vaterpolski savez Povijest
  4. ^ (Croatian) Slobodna Dalmacija Gripa brine dupine, Sep 28, 2000

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