The Croatian water polo squad has been named for the upcoming qualifying tournament. Croatia will be competing in the 2018 FINA World Championships, which are scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary from July 19-30.
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- 10 February 2021
- in Sport
(Photo courtesy of HVS)
10 February 2021, ZAGREB – Ivica Tucak, Croatia’s water polo coach, selected a 13-man team for the next Olympic qualification competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands, today.
The Olympic Qualification Tournament for Water Polo will take place from February 14 to February 21, 2021, with the top three teams qualifying for the Games.
“Every coach, including myself, has struggled with this choice since all of the players from the original 22 who were invited to the preparations gave their everything. Fourteen of them were invited to Zagreb, but four had to decline. Goalkeeper Marceli, center Dobud, and outside players Beni and uvela are among them. I want to express my gratitude to all four of them for their unwavering commitment, drive, and determination. They improved our preparations by being there at every training session and match, and I appreciate them for that. This is a tough choice for me as a coach, but it was taken based on the present condition of the players. This is not imply that if we qualify, the same 14 players will go to Tokyo. But these 14 are, in my opinion, the finest in Croatian water polo right now,” stated coach Ivica Tucak.
A total of 12 teams from the Netherlands have been split into two groups of six teams and will compete at the pool of the Zwemcentrum Rotterdam complex. Following the group’s league structure, the quarterfinal pairings are formed by the four best teams from each group. At the conclusion of the competition, the top three teams will qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Croatia recently played the United States in Zagreb as part of their pre-season training. (Photo courtesy of HVS)
“Every game is tough, and each one poses a unique challenge. Our performance is what we need to concentrate on. Tucak added, “I believe we have talent and are better than any national team in the group, but we must demonstrate it in the pool as well.”
The Netherlands, France, Russia, Germany, and Romania make up Group B. Georgia, Turkey, Canada, Brazil, Montenegro, and Greece are in Group A.
“Every game is crucial. But, of course, a strong start to the competition is essential. The match’s quarters will be psychologically challenging, followed by the semifinals. We don’t have the authority to make a mistake. We are starting the competition with Romania, and we are familiar with their greatest player, Cosmin Radu, who is a club colleague of mine and Bulja’s. Our ultimate aim is to qualify for the Olympics. I believe we are the greatest squad and that we will win. Of course, it won’t be simple, but we’ve been prepared for it and hope to qualify successfully,” said Croatian Luka Buki.
“Our squad, the environment, and the quality of the players are our biggest assets. When we’re doing well, we believe in one other and encourage each other; when we’re not doing well, we believe in each other and encourage each other. During these preparations, we put in a lot of physical work since we have a very difficult competition ahead of us. We will get more weary as the tournament continues, but I don’t anticipate any issues, and I am certain that we will present ourselves in the best possible light in Rotterdam. We’re doing all we can to obtain that long-awaited visa for Tokyo,” Andro Bulje, the national team captain, said.
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