Top 10 Best Male Water Polo Players 2016

Water polo is played in the water as the name suggests with six players plus one goalie. A seven-a-side game played by swimmers in a pool, with a ball like a football that is thrown into the opponents’ net.Men’s water polo was introduced in 1900.Water polo has been compared to ice hockey. Here are the Top 10 Best Male Water Polo Players 2016.

Top 10 Best Male Water Polo Players 2016

10. Ryan Bailey

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Ryan Bailey is an American water polo player and Olympic silver medallist.Bailey has played professionally for a number of European water polo clubs, and played in two European Championships He was a member of the United States men’s national water polo team for the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics.

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9. Dániel Varga

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At number 9 on Top 10 Best Male Water Polo Players 2016, Dániel Rudolf Varga is a Hungarian water polo player, currently playing for Szolnoki Vízilabda SC. He was a member of the gold medal winning Hungary men’s national water polo team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

8. Dénes Varga

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Dénes Andor Varga is a Hungarian water polo player, currently playing for Szolnoki Vízilabda SC. He was a member of the gold medal winning Hungary men’s national water polo team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He is the younger brother of Dániel Varga,with whom they are currently teammates in the Hungarian national team.

7. Dušan Mandić

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Dušan Mandić is a Montenegrin-born Serbian water polo player. He was a part of the Montenegrin junior water polo team before opting to play for Serbia. With Serbian junior national team he won a gold medal at the 2011 Junior Water Polo World Championship. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed for the Serbia men’s national water polo team in the men’s event. He is 200 centimetres (6 ft 7 in) tall.

6. Josip Pavić

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Josip Pavić is a Croatian water polo player who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal in 2012.He was widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the 2012 Olympic tournament.He was named the best world water polo player in 2012, by FINA. He currently plays for LEN Champions League powerhouse Olympiacos in Greece.

5. Gojko Pijetlović

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Gojko Pijetlović  is a Serbian water polo player and a goalkeeper of the Serbia men’s national water polo team and CSM Oradea. He was voted the best goalkeeper of 2014 European Championship.

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4. Brandon Brooks

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At 4th of Top 10 Best Male Water Polo Players 2016, Brandon Brooks who played water polo as a goalie for UCLA and the 2004 and 2008 United States National teams, is now the head coach of the women’s water polo team at UCLA. .He served as its men’s and women’s water polo team assistant coach.He was also named as an assistant coach to the USA water polo women’s senior national team for the 2009 FINA World Championships.The women’s team won the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship,and one of his players, Courtney Mathewson, captured the Peter J. Cutino Award as the player-of-the year in 2008.

3. Vanja Udovičić

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Vanja Udovičić is a retired Serbian water polo player. His most notable achievements on the club level are winning the LEN Euroleague twice with Pro Recco. The first one in 2008 followed by another one in 2010, the final in which he scored 4 goals for his team bringing the title back to Pro Recco with his fellow countryman Filip Filipović contributing 2 goals.With the Serbian national team, his most notable achievements are European gold for juniors in 2000, the gold medals from the World Championship in 2005 and 2009, European gold in 2003, 2006, and 2012, and Olympic silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008 and 2012.

2. Tony Azevedo

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Anthony Lawrence Azevedo is a Brazilian-born American water polo player. Nicknamed “The Savior” at one point, he is considered to be one of the best American water polo players in recent memory. He is the current captain of the US National Men’s Water Polo Team.

1. Filip Filipović

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At  number 1 of Top 10 Best Male Water Polo Players 2016, Filip Filipović is a Serbian water polo player. He was a member of the Serbia men’s national water polo team taking the Bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Gold and Silver medals at the 2009 Rome World Championship and 2011 Shanghai World Championship. He is currently playing for Pro Recco. He was voted best water polo male player for 2009 by European Swimming League. In 2010 he won the LEN Euroleague and the LEN Supercup with Pro Recco. At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, Filipović was named Most Valuable Player. He was also voted by FINA magazine as the male water polo “Athlete of the Year”. In 2012 Filipović won his third European gold medal at the European Championship in Eindhoven.

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Top 10 Best Male Water Polo Players 2016

1. Filip Filipović
2. Tony Azevedo
3. Vanja Udovičić
4. Brandon Brooks
5. Gojko Pijetlović
6. Josip Pavić
7. Dušan Mandić
8. Dénes Varga
9. Dániel Varga
10. Ryan Bailey

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