Spain extends its reigns in European women’s water polo
Spanish women’s water polo is living a new golden age. The latest international championships played this summer (main category, U20 and U18), are an undeniable evidence that Spain has become the top continental team. The Spaniards claimed silver at the World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest in July, gold at the European Junior Championships and took the 4th spot at the Junior World Championship which took place in Volos two weeks ago.
Counting only the performances of European teams and using the conventional format of 10 points for the winner, 9 for the second classified team and so on, Spain has a total of 27 points (10+10+7). The first six groups are the following:
1- Spain 27 points
2- Russia 23 points
3- Hungary 22 points
Greece 22 points
The Netherlands 22 points
6- Italy 17 points
On the other hand, Spanish men’s water polo is not going through its best moment, after some uneven results at the World Aquatics Championship, the Junior World Championship and the Junior European Championship held in Malta. Hungarian water polo dominates the scene, although only four points stand between the first five classified squads. The six best teams are:
1- Hungary 24 points
2- Croatia 23 points
3- Montenegro 22 points
Serbia 22 points
5- Greece 20 points
6- Spain 17 points
Despite poor performances in Budapest (8th European team) and Belgrade (6th), the Spanish men’s national team showed a notable improvement in Malta.
Both Spanish teams will be looking forward to competing at the 33rd LEN European Water Polo Championships Barcelona 2018, which will be held at the Bernat Picornell Pool in less than 10 months.
Miki Oca’s squad appears to be the favorite after its great result in Budapest, where they were only defeated by the United States, while the team led by David Martín will be counting on Martin Famera and Felipe Perrone to be back in the water polo elite.