This follows the announcement in early August of 12 Team USA athletes transferring to clubs in Europe.
18 teams entered for this phase, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is only one qualification round.
After 12 years, Croatia will host the European Water Polo Championships again. The LEN Bureau has postponed the Championships from July to September 2022.
The 2017 World Champions from Croatia played a pair of exhibition matches before eventually sending their players into quarantine.
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Nine of the twelve will compete in Greece to play in the Ethniki League while the other three will be headed to Hungary, Croatia and Italy.
Former Soviet water polo player Alexandr Kabanov died at the age of 72. He won 2 Olympic gold medals in 1972 and 1980 and coached the Russian National Team.
Tibor Benedek, 47, and Gyorgy Karpati, 84, both won 3 Olympic gold medals for Hungary, albeit playing in different generations.
Next season the water polo Champions League will feature 12 teams in the main round and a single-round qualification.
LEN, the leading body for aquatic sports in Europe has released the results of a survey conducted on its athletes, revealing many are resuming training.
The tournament to decide the last 3 men’s teams for the Olympic Games will remain in Rotterdam and be held from Febraury 14-21.
According to the director of the Croatian Water Polo Association, the match will bring together a number of the great players of Rudic’s past.
Ratko Rudic is without doubt the greatest water polo coach of his generation, and probably of any generation. He has retired at 71-years old.
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