The most interesting news about water polo transfers made during the past few days came from Spain and Hungary.
Felipe Perrone left Jug and returned to Barceloneta. This is his fourth arrival to Barceloneta, where he has spent seven seasons till now (from 2005 to 2007, from 2008 to 2010, and from 2012 to 2015). Perrone won three trophies in the LEN Champions League with three different clubs (Pro Recco 2012, Barceloneta 2014 and Jug 2016).
Perrone will change a national team again. He played for Brazil (where he was born) from 2015 to 2016, but he wants to return to the Spain national water polo team. As he explained, corruption in the Brazilian Federation of aquatic sports destroyed a great job that coaches and players did in the preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics and at the Games.
Along with Perone, Josip Vrlic will move from Jug to Barceloneta.
Milos Cuk moves to Szolnok
European champion Szolnok completed all jobs in this summer’s transfer market. Szolnok coach Sandor Cseh confirmed that the club brought three new players. One of them a Serbian water polo player Milos Cuk, the 2016 Olympic champion, who came from Eger. Cuk is the fourth player from Serbia who will play for Szolnok. He joined Zivko Gocic (he has dual Serbian-Hungarian citizenship), Milan Aleksic and Andrija Prlainovic, the MVP award winner at the Final Six in Budapest. Besides Cuk, Bence Batori and Gergo Zalnaki came to Szolnok (both from OSC). Three players came and three players left the club: Denes Varga, Marton Vamos and French-Montenegrin Ugo Crousillat. Varga and Vamos moved to Ferencvaros, while Crousillat hasn’t found a new club.
Eger management announced that the club created the team for the next season. The latest acquisition is Angelos Vlachopoulos. The Greek, who won the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, played for Posillipo in the 2016/17 season. Before bringing Vlachopoulos, Eger had signed contracts with two Serbian water polo players: Marko Avramovic (Ferencvaros) and Strahinja Rasovic (Barceloneta). As in Szolnok, three players left Eger: Milos Cuk (Szolnok), Balazs Erdely (OSC) and Boris Vapenski (probably Olympiacos).
Water polo transfers in Italy: Niccolo Gitto returns to Recco
What is happening in Italy?
Water polo club Pro Recco renewed the contract with Michael Bodegas. The first Recco’s addition is Niccolo Gitto, who came back from Sport Management. Gitto had played for Recco, from 2010 to 2016.
After Pietro Figlioli and Dusko Pijetlovic, one more player left the famous club from Genova. Pro Recco said “Goodbye” to Andrea Fondelli. It is almost sure that Fondelli will reinforce Sport Management.
Pietro Figlioli and Dusko Pijetlovic are still free agents.
– I received several offers, but I want to consider well everything before signing a new contract – said Pijetlovic, the 2015 best European player of the year by LEN and the best in the world of the same year by Swimming world magazine.
Serbian Gavril Subotic left Posillipo and moved to Dinamo Moskow, where he will join his countryman Nikola Radjen (came from Oradea ten days ago). Subotic (Posillipo’s top scorer in the previous season), was the third player who left club from Naples this summer, after Angelos Vlachopoulos (Eger) and Filip Klikovac, who will probably play in Russia the next season.
One news from Croatia. Cosmin Radu, the captain of Romanian national team, returned to Mladost Zagreb, after three years spent in Primorje Rijeka. He had played for Mladost from 2011 to 2013.
The Croatian and the Regional League champion Jug still hasn’t any reinforcement.