The World League comes back to Europe today
Almost four months after the World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest, European national teams are back in action in three different cities, Zrenjanin, Zara and Malaga, scenes of the first three matches of the qualifying stage of the World League. Serbia will face Romania in Zrenjanin, Croatia will try to defeat Russia in Zara, and Spain will welcome the Netherlands to Malaga.
Only nine teams have registered for this competition, in part due to the new European competition which has also been scheduled for this season and will tsrat in February, the Europa Cup. The other teams taking part in the world competition, which is played in groups of three, are Germany, Montenegro and Hungary.
The Olympic champions have a relatively easy match ahead against Romania. Even with the notable absences of Mitrovic Mandic and Pljetlovic, the team led by Dejan Savic is the favorite to claim the victory. The match will start at 7pm.
At the same time, in Malaga, Spain, with an almost identical team as in Budapest (with Larumbe and Cabanas but without Fran Fernández), will face the Netherlands, the least demanding rival in the group since Hungary, current world runner-up seems to be at a different level from their rivals.
In Zara, at 6pm, Croatia, world reigning champion, will make their debut against Russia, with five gold world medalists missing. For different reasons, Jokovic, Fatovic, Boslje, Setka and Sukno, will be absent from this match, which will allow Atlètic Barceloneta player Josip Vrilc to be back after his Brazilian experience.