Serbia, that country in Southeastern Europe between Macedonia and Hungary that is roughly the size of South Carolina, is absolutely mad about water polo. And with good reason: the men’s national team is Number One in the world – not bad for a country with a population of 7 million. At the 16th FINA World Championships in Russia last summer, Serbia won the gold medal for the fifth time; they beat USA in the quarter finals, Italy in the semis, and Croatia in the finals. They have won World League 9 times since 2005, including in each of the last three years.
This video, named the official fan video by the Serbian Water Polo Association, was produced by Champions of the Heart to encourage the men’s team for the upcoming 2016 European Championships to be held from January 10-23 in Belgrade. Everyone in the video seems to be on the Serbian water polo team: famous basketball players, rowers, musicians, surgeons, kids in an orphanage, actors, paralympians, and even Milorad Cavic, swimming butterfly at Tustin High School. Interspersed between it all are highlights of Serbia beating Croatia in the final at Kazan and Serbia beating Hungary in the final of 2014 European Championships.
It make you want to don a water polo cap and join in the celebration.