Water polo: Even the champions have to lose

Serbia was defeated by Croatia in a true derby (11:12) of the Budapest World Championship SF. The Dolphins made a good opening, but ended up on the losing side. A strange result for the reigning World Champions, that eventually had to happen.

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Serbia’s National Team are known as the All around champions, uniting World, Europe, World League and Olympic gold medals. Undefeated since 2013. Nobody has done it before.  Continue reading Water polo: Even the champions have to lose

Water polo: a well deserved retirement

One of water polo’s most beloved pairings has officially retired from the National Team. Slobodan Nikić and teammate Živko Gocić have played their last match as Dolphins at the Tašmajdan pool in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Nikić (left) and Gocić (right), enjoying their seats. Photo: J.L.

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Vaterpolisti najbolji u 2015.

Olimpijski komitet Srbije, uručio je danas nagrade najzaslužnijim sportistima, tokom dana proslave Komiteta. Godišnje nagrade najboljima, predate su po dvadeset i drugi put. 

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Šampioni u svemu. Foto: Nenad Negovanović.

The Serbian Olympic Committee has named the best athletes of the year. One of the three categories carries the name of the Serbian Water polo National Team for the record eleventh time. 

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SRB – ESP (13:12)

In a tense match of the Water polo World league between the two National teams, Serbia manages to beat Spain with a last minute goal by Strahinja Rašović, to the assist of Andrija Prlainović.

The Serbian Dolphins have won an important match of the Round two on home grounds in Novi Sad, without a few of the standard team members. A mostly young group of players lead by coach Dejan Savić was facing a very strong rival, that was  defeated during the final 45 seconds of the game. An encounter definitely worth watching.

As the competition goes on, team Serbia is continuing well in their defense of the World league crown.

Finally home / Šampioni stigli kući

After a record breaking victory at the Water polo World Championship in Kazan, the Serbian National Team has arrived in Belgrade. The golden Dolphins have been welcomed by a water salute, the biggest honorary gesture in aviation.

FOTO TANJUG / DRAGAN STANKOVIC / All rights reserved.
FOTO TANJUG / DRAGAN STANKOVIC 
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Foto MN PRESS

The players are tired but proud of their accomplishments, and looking forward to the big homecoming later tonight (20h CET, in front of the Belgrade Assembly. They were welcomed to the Nikola Tesla airport by fans and media.


Nakon osvojenog Svetskog šampionata, zlatni Delfini su stigli kući. Pozdravljeni su vodenim lukom, koji predstavlja izuzetnu počast u svetu vazduhoplovstva. Zatim su ih dočekali navijači, novinari, ali i porodice željne svojih najbližih. Igrači su umorni, ali lepo raspoloženi i ponosni na svoja ostvarenja. Raduju se velikom dočeku na starom mestu, ispred Skupštine grada -večeras od 20 sati.

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Svi za jednog / All for one

Družina na sve spremna. Nakon fenomenalne pobede nad Hrvatskom, zlatni reprezentativci Srbije su se okupili da ukratko iskažu svoje utiske o novoj svetskoj tituli.

A short interview after winning the title.  Una pequeña entrevista después de haberse ganado el oro del Mundial.

Record breaking!

Tonight, Serbia is on top of the world. The Water polo National Team has become World Champion for an amazing fifth time, second since the country’s independence.

Two out of the best three players of the Championship are Serbs. Andrija Prlainović, as this year’s MVP, and Branislav Mitrović, as the Championship’s best goalkeeper.

This is Serbia’s third gold in barely a year’s time, uniting the European gold in Budapest, during the summer of 2014, the World League in Bergamo in July, and now, another World Championship title.

Slobodan Nikić, the strong center and standard member of the National Team for over a decade (since 2003) has now become world’s most decorated water polo player. By now, he has won a total of 27 medals, among which we should name: 5 European golds, 3 World golds, an Olympic silver (2004, Athens), and bronze (London, 2012), 9 World league gold medals… And counting.

Serbia’s coach, Dejan Savić, is so far the most capped player of the Serbian National Team, and owner of a world title, as a player, in 2005.

Tonight’s victory over Croatia by 11-4 is also the biggest blowout victory (with the largest point difference), since the competition was established in 1973.

The next big competition for the successful team will be on home ground. The 2016 European Championship will be held in Belgrade, where the Dolphins will attempt to continue their truly impressive series of trophies, before the culmination of the Olympic cycle, in Rio de Janeiro.

Another title for the Dolphins
Another title for the Dolphins  (Photo by: Getty Images)

Večeras, po peti put u svojoj istoriji, drugi kao nezavisna država, Srbija je na krovu sveta.

Od trojice najboljih igrača na Svetskom prvenstvu u Kazanju, dvojica su članovi srpske reprezentacije. Andrija Prlainović kao MVP, dok je Branislav Mitrović izabran za najboljeg golmana.

Ovo je treće zlato za Srbiju u godinu dana, nakon osvojenog Evropskog prvenstva u Budimpešti i Svetske lige, spajajući tako evropsku i svetsku titulu.

Slobodan Nikić, izuzetni centar naše reprezentacije i standardni član još od 2003. godine, danas je postao vaterpolista sa najviše odličja, ukupno 27. Od kojih se ističu 5 evropskih zlata i 3 svetska, olimpijsko srebro iz Atine (2004. godine), bronza iz Londona (2012. godine), te 9 Svetskih liga…

Selektor Dejan Savić, za sada je igrač sa najviše nastupa za reprezentaciju. Takođe je vlasnik svetske titule i kao igrač, iz 2005. godine.

Večerašnja pobeda nad Hrvatskom od 11-4, je rezultatski najubedljiviji trijumf, još od 1973. godine, kada je ustanovljeno takmičenje i po prvi put odigrano u Beogradu.

Naredni veliki turnir za Delfine je Evropsko prvenstvo, 2016. godine, koje će se igrati upravo u Beogradu. Izabranici Dejana Savića će na domaćem terenu pokušati da nastave svoj izuzetni pobednički niz, pre same kulminacije olimpijskog ciklusa, narednog leta u Riju.

SERBIA! THE CHAMPIONS! THE WINNERS OF EVERYTHING!

Once again, Serbia is the NEW WATER POLO WORLD CHAMPION! The Blue Dolphins have conquered Croatia in a strong final, where their victory was not in doubt for more than the few initial minutes of the final match. A result of 11-4 that shows off the power of the new World Champion.

An incredible competition for the players of coach Dejan Savić, who have mastered their tactics to perfection. They are also known as the “Spartans”, or the “Soldiers”… For Serbia, they are heroes. True champions that are fighting against bad timing, no finaces and low publicity of the sport. And they always win.

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Naš ponos! Dame i gospodo, Srbija je prvak sveta! Hvala Vam, Delfini!

SRB – ITA (10-6)!

An amazing game performed by the Serbian National team, after a strong victory against Italy, in the semifinals of the Waterpolo World Championship in Kazan.

The Serbian Dolphins have performed almost perfectly against a well known opponent, giving Italy very little room to breathe. Serbia has started strong from the very beginning, and has enforced its own pace to the other side, while scoring a steady amount of goals, from all of the angles imaginable. Even the Italian fouls were not enough to disrupt the game style of the Dolphins. A routine, but powerful finish in the second half was all that it took to make the difference in this semifinal, official.

A kind of dance in the cold pool that from afar looked so routine to the players of coach Dejan Savić, giving the crowd a chance to see truly beautiful moves and scores by Andrija Prlainović, who scored barely 2 minutes in, Živko Gocić, Duško Pijetlović, and many, many more.  It seemed that all of the game aspects have come together tonight in Kazan, allowing the Dolphins to truly show off their magic.

The next opponent is Croatia, after a penalty shoot of 13-10, against a pleasantly surprising Greece. The final will be played on Saturday, at 21:00 CET, in what is undoubtably going to be a spectacle worthy of a World Championship closing game.

A good spar with Croatia

The Serbian Water polo National Team is getting ready for their quarterfinal match, against the United States. The Dolphins have won all of their prior games, and have reached this next phase of the competition as first in their group. The awaited QF match will be played tomorrow, (Tuesday) at 20:30 CET, as the last match of the evening.

One of the biggest favorites for winning this year’s World championship in Kazan has played “a very good preparation match” against Croatia, before the big day.

The team members state that they won’t be falling under pressure after the statements made by the US coach, Dejan Udovičić, as well as the fact that victories aren’t guaranteed.  “We are the favorites, but that means nothing now. There can be no underestimating of the opponent. (…) Nobody will say much to them if they lose against Serbia, while our goal is the medal.”