Serbia Water Polo

Partizan retains double crown in Serbia

Photo: Water polo club Partizan

Partizan retained the title of the champion of Serbia!

The playoffs wasn’t played in the Serbian championship this season. The championships ends after the 14th round.

Today, in the last round of the league, Partizan water polo players defeated last-placed Zemun with ease (14:4). They kept an advantage ahead of 2nd-placed Crvena zvezda (Red Star), which will play its 14th match tomorrow.

This was the 4th straight national title for Partizan (29th in total). The crucial wins in Partizan’s road toward the trophy were two convincing victories over its arch-rival Red Star (12:7 and 10:7). The young Partizan players, dominated in the national competitions. They lost only one game. Four days ago, Sabac upset Partizan in Belgrade (9:4), but that loss didn’t halt Partizan in their campaigne.

Partizan water polo players retained the “double crown”(they won the national cup in December) in another grueling season. Financial troubles are Partizan’s everyday problems. Besides that, the club and the municipality Vozdovac (a part of Belgrade) are in a dispute because of ownership of the pool Banjica, which has been Partizan’s home for years.

The team of Partizan in the 2017/18 Super League of Serbia: Dimitrije Risticevic, Petar Kasum, Zsoltan Farkas Dori, Nikola Lukic, Djordje Lazic, Petar Tomic, Marko Jankovic, Aleksandar Andrejevic, Marko Manojlovic, Aleksandar Radanovic, Nikola Radonjic, Srdjan Aksentijevic, Milutin Belopavlovic, Djordje Vucinic, Filip Jankovic. Head coach: Stefan Ciric.

Partizan will have a difficult, but not unreazible, task to keep the best players in the club. In this moment it’s almost sure that two center-forwards Lazic and Manojlovic will leave the Serbian champion. They will move to Hungary. Manojlovic will sign a contract with Szentes, Lazic will be a new player of Szolnok.

2017/18 Serbian League

14th round

Zemun – Partizan 4:14
Vojvodina – Nais 9:7
Radnicki – Valjevo on Wednesday
Sabac – Crvena zvezda on Wednesday

Results of the encounters between top 4 clubs

Partizan – Vojvodina 9:9
Crvena zvezda – Partizan 7:12
Vojvodina – Sabac 12:4
Vojvodina – Crvena zvezda 5:16
Sabac – Partizan 1:16
Crvena zvezda – Sabac 15:7

Vojvodina – Partizan 8:12
Partizan – Crvena zvezda 10:7
Sabac – Vojvodina 13:9
Crvena zvezda – Vojvodina 13:6
Partizan – Sabac 4:9
Sabac – Crvena zvezda on Wednesday.

Standings

1. Partizan 14 – 37
2. Crvena zvezda 13 – 33
3. Sabac 13 – 30
4. Vojvodina 14 – 28
5. Nais 14 – 13
6. Radnički 13 – 10
7. Valjevo 13 – 9
8. Zemun 14 – 0

Partizan is directly qualified for the Preliminary Round of the Champions League, as a wild card-holder. Red Star and Sabac secured spots in the CHL Qualifications, while Vojvodina and Nais will play in the Euro Cup.

ALL CHAMPIONS OF SERBIA

2007 Partizan
2008 Partizan
2009 Partizan
2010 Partizan
2011 Partizan
2012 Partizan
2013 Crvena zvezda
2014 Crvena zvezda
2015 Partizan
2016 Partizan
2017 Partizan
2018 Partizan

CHAMPIONS OF YUGOSLAVIA AND SERBIA&MONTENEGRO (in sport’s history, Serbia is the successor of those two countries)

1921 and 1922: SSU Sombor, 1923: Baluni Split, 1924: SSU Sombor , From 1925 to 1937 (13 titles): Jug Dubrovnik , 1938: Viktorija Susak, 1939: Jadran Split, 1940: Jug Dubrovnik
1945: The team of Croatia, 1946: Jadran Split , 1947 and 1948: Hajduk Split, 1949 and 1950: Jug Dubrovnik, 1951: championship was annulled , 1952 and 1953: Mornar Split , 1954: Jadran Split, 1955 and 1956: Mornar Split, 1957: Jadran Split , 1958 and 1959: Jadran Herceg Novi , 1960: Jadran Split, 1961: Mornar Split , 1962: Mladost Zagreb, from 1963 to 1966 (four titles): Partizan Beograd , 1967: Mladost Zagreb, 1968: Partizan Beograd , 1969: Mladost Zagreb, 1970: Partizan Beograd, 1971: Mladost Zagreb, from 1972 to 1979: Partizan Beograd, from 1980 to 1982 (4 titles): Jug Dubrovnik . 1984: Partizan Beograd, 1985: Jug Dubrovnik, 1986: Kotor, 1987 and 1988: Partizan Beograd, 1989 and 1990: Mladost Zagreb , 1991: Jadran Split, 1992 and 1993: Crvena Zvezda, 1994: Budvanska rivijera, 1995: Partizan, from 1996 to 2001 (6 titles): Becej, 2002: Partizan, from 2003 to 2006 (4 titles): Jadran Herceg Novi

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