The draw for the water polo competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest (16th – 29th July) was held today at the Atrium of the Hotel Sofitel in the Hungarian capital. Sixteen men’s and sixteen women’s teams will play in the Hajós Alfréd Complex on Margaret Island.
Losers of the draw are both teams of Spain. The Spain men’s national team will meet Serbia, which last year became the first team to hold titles in all existing major championships: European Championship, World Championship, World Cup, World League and the Olympic Games.
The female team of Spain will face defending world champions and also Olympic gold winners the USA. Spain has nice memories in Budapest, where they won the gold medal at 2014 European championships.
The male teams of Serbia and Spain will play in tough group B, the third rival is Greece, bronze medalists at the previous World Championships in Kazan. The only outsider in the group is South Africa.
Andrija Prlainovic, a member of the Serbia national team told:
-It’s always good when you have quality rivals in a group. We have a schedule such that we will start with South Africa and after that game, every step will be harder than previous. The draw is always information and very often doesn’t matter if we prepare well
The hosts Hungarians didn’t have much luck. Their rivals will be Italy, bronze medalists at the 2016 Olympics, Australia, and France.
Croatia, silver medalists at the previous World championships in Kazan, and also Olympic silver medal winners, is in group D with USA, Russia and Japan.
Montenegro, the runner-up at the 2016 European championships is the only European team in group A. They will play against Brazil, Canada and Kazakhstan.
In women’s tournament, the home team Hungary will face the Netherlands, the runner-up at the 2015 FINA World championships.
The toughest group is, group D, in which will play Russia (third at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Australia, Greece and Kazakhstan).
Italy, silver medalists in Rio, will play against non-European teams Canada, Brazil and China.
MEN (17th – 29th July)
WOMEN (16th – 28th July)
After the group phase, the teams which finished in the first place go automatically to the quarterfinals.
The squads that finished in the second and the third place, will play crossover matches with each other.
A2 – B3 (1)
A3 – B2 (2)
C2 – D3 (3)
C3 – D2 (4)
A1 – winner of match 3
B1 – winner 4
C1 – winner 1
D1 – winner 2