Who is number 1 in water polo?
According to the official data of the world federation of water sports FINA, the Greek National Men’s Polo Team is ranked No. 1 in the world, leaving Montenegro second, followed by Serbia in 3rd spot, Hungary fourth, and Croatia 5th.
Why are Balkan countries good at water polo?
What makes water polo so strong in the Balkans? Success breeds success. Once Yugoslavia started winning titles and medals, people in the region were keen to win more. Being among the best in the world is good for national pride, no matter how globally popular the sport.
They are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool and must tread water the entire time – although players use a movement called the egg-beater which is more efficient than the normal action of treading water. Players can move the ball by throwing it to a teammate or swimming while pushing the ball in front of them.
Are Croatians good at water polo?
They have won gold medals in the Olympics, World and European Championships, FINA World League and Mediterranean Games, making them one of the most successful men’s water polo teams in the world. They are Croatia’s most successful national team, having won more titles than all other Croatian national teams.
Where is water polo most popular in the US?
Water polo is surging in states like Utah, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, and Oregon, where it’s played as a club sport.
Is water polo popular in Croatia?
Water polo is most successful Croatian sport. Only in elite club competition – Champions league (ex Championships cup) Croatian clubs have won 12 gold medals, no other country has accomplished that much in Champions league. Mladost from Zagreb is the most successful European water polo club.