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					LEN Qualification Tournament for European Championships, Dubrovnik – Croatia, 4th – 6th January 2008


                                                                                                by N.O.

         LEN MEN QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT
                                               for
  EUROPEAN WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008




              4th – 6th January 2008, Dubrovnik, Croatia




       INFORMATION BULLETIN

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                                    Croatian Water Polo Federation
                                      Savska 41, Zagreb, Croatia
  tel.: +385 (1) 3012 306; fax: +385 (1) 3012 311; E-mail: vaterpolo@hvs.hr; web: www.hvs.hr 1
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1. ORGANIZER
Croatian Water Polo Federation
Address:              Savska 41
                      10 000 ZAGREB, CROATIA

Contact person:       Ms. Nikolina Otržan, Office Manager
                      Ms. Dragana Kop(i)
Tel:                  +385 01 3012 306, +385 01 3012 309
Fax:                  +385 01 3012 311
E-mail:               vaterpolo@hvs.hr
Web:                  www.hvs.hr


2. PARTICIPATING TEAMS


                                                           CROATIA




                                                        GREAT BRITAIN



                                                        MONTENEGRO



                                                           SLOVENIA



3. LEN DELEGATE & REFEREES
WE HAVEN'T BEEN INFORMED ABOUT REFEREES APPOINTMENTS YET.




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4. OFFICIAL COMPETITION POOL & TRAINING

City Swimming Pool ”Jug”

Vukovarska 21
20 000 Dubrovnik
Croatia


Competition and Training pool:



5. COMPETITION SCHEDULE
                                         4th January 2008
                         18:30              Slovenia - Montenegro
                         20:00               Croatia – Great Britain


                                         5th January 2008
                         18:30            Great Britain - Montenegro
                         20:00                 Croatia – Slovenia


                                         6th January 2008
                         16:30              Slovenia - Great Britain
                         18:00               Montenegro - Croatia


                 These starting times have to be confirmed by the
                TV Host Broadcaster, the Croatian Television (HRT).



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                                          Savska 41, Zagreb, Croatia
      tel.: +385 (1) 3012 306; fax: +385 (1) 3012 311; E-mail: vaterpolo@hvs.hr; web: www.hvs.hr 3
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6. TRAINING SCHEDULE
Training schedule for 3rd January 2008 will be made according to team arrivals.

                                         4th January 2008
                       10:00                Slovenia - Montenegro
                       11:00                 Croatia – Great Britain


                                         5th January 2008
                       10:00              Great Britain - Montenegro
                       11:00                   Croatia – Slovenia


                                         6th January 2008
                       09:00                Slovenia - Great Britain
                       10:00                 Montenegro - Croatia


7. PRESS CONFERENCE
The official opening press conference of the Men Qualification Tournament for European
Championships 2008 will be held on Friday, 4th January 2008 at 12:00 hours at the Town
Hall (Ispred Dvora 1). The transport schedule will be put out at the official hotels as well as at
the Swimming Pool "Jug".

8. TECHNICAL MEETING
The Technical Meeting will be held on Friday, 4th January 2008 at 10:00 hours at the „Jug“
Swimming Pool. The transport schedule will be put out at the official hotels as well as at the
Swimming Pool "Jug".




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                                         Croatian Water Polo Federation
                                           Savska 41, Zagreb, Croatia
       tel.: +385 (1) 3012 306; fax: +385 (1) 3012 311; E-mail: vaterpolo@hvs.hr; web: www.hvs.hr 4
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9. DOPING CONTROL
Doping control will be carried out according to LEN and FINA rules, and test samples will be
analyzed at the IOC/Wada accredited laboratory in Wienna (AUT).


10. OFFICIAL VENUE OF ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

MEN QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008 will be held in the City of
Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the 50x25 m indoor Swimming Pool "Jug", 4th – 6th January 2008.

The airport of arrival and departure is Dubrovnik International Airport.

Distance (km)                        Dubrovnik International Airport
Dubrovnik                                         28 km

All Delegations, LEN Executives and Officials will be met upon their arrival at Dubrovnik
International Airport and they will be taken to their hotels.

All teams participating, as well as the LEN Executives and Officials will be staying at the
"Valamar" Hotels in Babin kuk, Dubrovnik. Transport to and from the matches will be provided.


The official hotel for Media representatives will be the “Ivka” Hotel in Dubrovnik.




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                                           Savska 41, Zagreb, Croatia
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11. ACCOMMODATION – TEAMS AND OFFICIALS
Teams, referees and LEN officials are offered full board accommodation at:




 “VALAMAR” HOTELS
       ***/*


Dubrava, Babin Kuk
Cira Carica 55, Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 52 465 400
Fax: +385 20 435 622

Situated at the tip of the peninsula, directly on the sea, Valamar Hotels are the perfect choice for those
wanting more. Sea view from all rooms, fully air-conditioned and a fantastic panorama lift leading to the
beach are only some of the details offered by the most representative hotel in our complex.
   Since some of the hotels are closed during the winter season, accommodation for
   participating teams will be arranged either in

   - Argosy *** or
   - Tirena *** Hotel.

   Prices:

   Single room – 50 EUR
   Twin room – 35 EUR per person


   Upon the receipt of your accommodation form, we will confirm your reservation and send you the
   Invoice and payment instructions. The payment will be made by bank transfer.

   LEN officials and referees will be accommodated at the Dubrovnik President Hotel****




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                                           Savska 41, Zagreb, Croatia
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ACCOMMODATION – MEDIA




www.hotel-ivka.com

The newly opened hotel IVKA is a modern 3 star hotel situated on the peninsula of Lapad. The
hotel is opened all year long and well connected with good and frequent bus lines to the Old
town. With superb facilities and excellent service this hotel is a perfect choice for anyone. Hotel
is 10 minutes walk from the City Swimming Pool in Gruž.

                                                        Hotel Ivka stands to offer the best of tradition:
                                                        national and international cuisine in two
                                                        restaurants, as well as widely known Croatian
                                                        hospitality. Our staff will offer You all sorts of
                                                        fish and meat specialities, made after the
                                                        traditional recipes of Dalmatian cuisine, as well
                                                        as the vast range of the finest national wine
                                                        brands and hard liquor.


Facilities:
- parking lot (20 parking spaces)
- garage (20 parking spaces)
- Aperitif bar
- a la carte restaurant
- possibility of vegetarian dishes
- currency exchange
- rent a car
- laundry service
- elevator
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12. TRANSPORT
Time schedule will be made according to starting times of training and competition matches.
Basically, the team transport from their hotel will be provided 45 minutes before the beginning of
training and 1hour 45 minutes before matches.

All transport schedules will be put out at the official hotels as well as at the swimming pool.

13. ACCREDITATION
The Official Delegation will receive their accreditations upon the arrival, as well as the LEN
Delegate, Referees and all media approved.

14. PRESS
Deadline for media accreditation requests is 15th December 2007. National Press Officer is Mr.
Ton(i Vlaši) (phone: +385 98 803 040; fax: +385 20 357 052; E-mail: toncivlasic@yahoo.com).

The Official Media Hotel is the "Ivka" Hotel. Media representatives can book rooms in the Hotel
at a rate of 45 EUR per person in single or 30 in double room with breakfast. Reservations
should be made through the Organising Committee as soon as possible, because number of
rooms is limited. The „Ivka“ hotel is aprox. 10 minutes walking distance from the Gruž swimming
pool.

Transport from the Official Media Hotel to the swimming pool will be provided by the LOC an hour
before the first match and back to the Hotel an hour after the end of second match.


15. TELEVISION

             Croatian Television (HRT) will act as Host Broadcaster to the Event.




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  16. TEAMS ALREADY QUALIFIED FOR THE EUROPEAN

      CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008


1. Serbia

2. Hungary

3. Spain

4. Romania

5. Italy

6. Greece

The first two placed teams from each of the Qualification Groups will join the above mentioned
six squads for the European Water Polo Championships 2008.

OTHER GROUPS:



GROUP B                       GROUP C

GERMANY                       RUSSIA

SLOVAKIA                      NETHERLANDS

FRANCE                        BELARUS

UKRAINE                       MACEDONIA




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CROATIA – GENERAL INFOC                                    ROATIA

GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION: Croatia extends from the foothills of the Julian Alps in the north-west and the Pannonian Plain
in the east, over the Dinara mountain range in its central region, to the Adriatic coast in the south.
AREA: 56,542 km2, with an additional 31,067 km2 of territorial waters; pOPULATION: 4.437.460
CAPITAL: Zagreb
The climate at the Adriatic is typically a Mediterranean one, with mild rainy winters, and hot and dry summers. The air
temperature changes depending on the area. Thus, summer temperatures in July will be about 34°C in the northern
part, while in the southern part they will rise even to 38°C.
POPULATION: The majority of the population are Croats. National minorities include Serbs, Moslems, Slovenes, Italians,
Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, and others.
Official language and alphabet: Croatian language and Latin alphabet.
RELIGIONS: The majority of the population are Roman Catholics
CURRENCY: Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10,
20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna banknotes.
Foreign currencies: can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels
and camping grounds. CREDIT CARDS: Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express,
Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, Sport Card International). Cash dispensing.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are in line with the standards of European Union
countries. Foreign currency is freely brought in and taken out of the country (up to a value of 3.000 euros); up to a
value of 15.000 kn for domestic currency. More expensive professional and technical equipment should be registered
at the border. Tax refund for goods purchased in Croatia over 500 kuna in value with a validated "Tax cheque" at
departure from the country. Information: Republic of Croatia Customs Administration (tel 01 6102 333); Web:
www.carina.hr machines are ubiquitous.
ELECTRICITY: Voltage of city power grid – 220V, frequency 50HZ
WATER: Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.
THE TELEPHONE CODE for Croatia is +385.
TIME ZONE: GMT plus one hour (+1) in winter and GMT plus two (+2) in summer.
Ambulance 94
Fire-service 93
Police 92
Assistance on the roads 987; mail: 987@hak.hr
General information 981
Information about local and district telephone numbers 988
Information about International telephone numbers 902
Weather forecast and road conditions 060 520 520
Croatia's auto club (HAK) 01 4640 800; Internet: www.hak.hr; e-mail: info@hak.hr



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DUBROVNIK - NERETVA COUNTY
           The Dubrovnik - Neretva county is rich in carefully cultivated landscape and places with long
           history. Numerous monuments, archives and magnificent treasuries testify to this. It is a region
           of the historic towns of Dubrovnik, Korcula, Ston; the remains of
           ancient Narona and the lost, possibly sunken town of Epidaur; of
importants harbours of Ploce and Metkovic; of communities of great historical
importance - Cavtat, Lopud, Slano, Mali Ston, Orebic; and of a few dozen little
villages blending into the landscape of the coast or a river bank, of a hill or a
field. Also, there are about a hundred renaissance summer houses built by
merchants, nobles and seamen in nice bays, or on the edges of valleys,
surrounded by gardens and parks. On certain sites, these summer houses
were built in spectacular rows, like in Rijeka Dubrovacka, on the island of
Sipan, in Konavle. Many different sovereign and marine powers touched and
clashed in this area throughout its turbulent history: Byzantium, the Saracens, Croatia, Normandy,
Venice, some small kingdoms and principalities, then the Hungro - Croatian state and through it the
                          Roman - German empire, the Ottoman empire, Habsburgs and Napoleons
                          empire. Situated on such a crossroads, a small town like Dubrovnik managed,
                          through the political artfulness of its nobles, to achieve a wide and complete
                          form of self - government. Thus for centuries it acted as a sovereign state, the
                          Republic of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik turned its independence into a cult of
                          freedom, stressed on every possible occasion by its statesmen, envoys and
                          poets. In 1929, Bernard Shaw, the famous Irish writer, wrote: "Those who wish
                          to see heaven on earth should come to Dubrovnik". He was not only praising
                          the glorious history of Dubrovnik, but also the natural features of the whole
                          region, known today as the Dubrovnik - Neretva county. Indeed, if anyone
attempted to fit together natural characteristics in order to achieve a perfect harmony between man and
nature, surely he would leave out some of the diversity that God has granted to this region.

DUBROVNIK
                   Dubrovnik was founded in the first half of the 7th century by a group of refugees from
                   Epidaurum (today's Cavtat). They established their settlement at the island and named
                   it Laus. Opposite of that location, at the foot of SrS Mountain, Slavs developed their own
                   settlement under the name of Dubrovnik (named by "Dub" - type of wood). The
                   settlements were separated by a channel which was filled in 12th century, present
                   Placa or Stradun, and since than the two settlements have been united. At that time the
                   city walls started to be built as a protection from different enemies (Arabs, Venetian,
Macedonians, Serbs, etc.), who wanted to conquer Dubrovnik. The Republican Constitution of Dubrovnik
was strictly aristocratic. The population was divided into three classes: nobility, citizens, and artisans or
plebeians. All effective power was concentrated in
the hands of nobility. The citizens were permitted to hold only minor offices, while plebeians had no voice
in government.
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                                 Marriage between members of different classes of the society was
                                 forbidden. The administrative bodies were the Grand Council (supreme
                                 governing body) and the Small Council (executive power) (from 1238.)
                                 and the Senate (from 1253). The head of the state was the Duke, elected
                                 for a term of office for one month. In 1809 Dubrovnik become part of the
                                 Ilyrian Provinces. In 1815, by the resolution of Vienna Congress,
                                 Dubrovnik was annexed to Austria (later Austria-Hungary), and remained
                                 annexed until 1918 when it became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats,
                                 and Slovenes. In 1929 the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
                                 became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and was divided into 8 districts. Until
                                 1939 Dubrovnik was part of Zetska district and then was included in
                                 Banovina of Croatia. Dubrovnik has a number of churches, monasteries
                                 and hotels scattered all over the town. Its coastal belt is adorned with
                                 several marinas, piers and promenades. Because of a magnificent view
                                 on the mediaeval Dubrovnik, a walk along the town ramparts is a must for
                                 each visitor. A great number of Dubrovnik restaurants and taverns offer
delicious specialities of local and international cuisine. Sports and recreational facilities include
playgrounds, courts and requisites for all sports in the sea and on the ground, from tennis and table
tennis to sailing and yachting. There are also several gyms and fitness centres with swimming pools,
saunas, massage, aerobics, solarium, box gyms, etc. Dubrovnik is famous for quality hotels. Most of
them are situated on the Lapad peninsula and in the area of Ploce, southeast of the old town. The hotel
complex Dubrava - Babin Kuk on Lapad has all features of a small town. It has a shopping centre, a
bank, an out-patient department, many restaurants and cafés, and a street called the "New Stradun",
which connects all hotels. Dubrovnik is the city of an outstanding cultural and artistic life. The most
important event in the cultural life of the city is the
Dubrovnik Summer Festival (10th of July - 25th of
August), traditionally held since 1950. It is a theatre
and classical and folk music festival, since 1956
included in the calendar of world festivals and as
such one of the most famous cultural events in the
world. Concerts and other performances take place
on open stages in the town (Gunduliceva Poljana,
Drziceva Poljana, Lovrijenac, Revelin) or in
beautiful interiors of the most famous buildings
(Duke's Palace, cloisters, churches). The
repertoire includes works of Croatian and world
classics, performed by the leading personalities
from Croatia and abroad, including a number of
world-famous actors, directors, conductors, etc. So
far several hundreds of them have performed here.




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                               CROATIAN SPORT
                 Croatian sport enjoys international prestige and respect thanks largely to a
                 series of sporting achievements dating back to earlier years, but also to the
                 smooth blending of Croatia into the World Olympic movement as an
                 independent community. Sportsmen like Dražen Petrovi), the first
                 recognised Croatian basketball player to play in the NBA and to whom a
                 monument was erected in the park of the Olympic museum in Lausanne in
                 recognition of his contribution to the Olympic movement, and other
                 recognised names of Croatian sport remain a constant impetus to sport and
                  the community. With the founding of the Croatian Olympic Committee
                  (COC) in 1991, the highest national sporting body, the conditions were set
                  for the notable progress of the Croatian Olympic movement. The first steps
                  were taken only 22 days after recognition, with an initiative to compete at
                  the winter Olympics in Albertville in 1992. In the analogy of the Olympics it
                  will be remembered that one country received an invitation to compete at
                  the Olympic Games only 20 days after it joined the IOC, and that the COC
                  was accepted into IOC membership 4 months and 7 days after being
                  founded. That same year at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, the Croatian
                  basketball team won the silver medal, after a unique final against the so-
                  called 'Dream team', the professional USA representative side, whilst Goran
                  Ivaniševi), Wimbledon champion in 2001, won 2 bronze medals (in singles
                  and in doubles with Goran Prpi)). In Atlanta in 1996, the Croatian anthem
                  was played for the victory of the men's handball team and Croatia's first
                  gold medal at the Olympic Games. The water-polo team returned from
                  Atlanta with a silver medal. This series of successes for Croatian sportsmen
                  was continued at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 with a gold medal
                  for weight lifter Nikolaj Pešalov and a bronze for the men's rowing eight's.
                  The historical turning point for Croatian alpine skiing was definitely the
                  winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002. Up until then, Croatian
                  representatives had never taken a medal at winter Olympic Games. Four
                  Olympic medals to Janica Kosteli), three gold and one silver, united the
                  world sporting community in recognising the great potential of Croatian
                  sport. In the history of the winter Olympics since 1924, only two skiers have
                  won three gold medals at the one Olympic Games. At the time, she had
                  also had 12 victories in the skiing World Cup. In Athens 2004, Croatian
                  sports prove its quality again with five Olympic medals. Croatian Handball
                  Team took



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                                                 gold, our rowing duo - brothers Nikša and
                                                 Skiniša Skelin won a silver medal, the same
                                                 as Duje Draganja, Croatian Swimming
                                                 representative swimming 50 meters free-style.
                                                 Bronze medal took weigh-lifter Nikolay
                                                 Pešalov but also our tennis players Ivan
                                                 Ljubi(i) and Mario An(i) in doubles. Who are,
                                                 by the way, the Davis Cup winners! But that is
                                                 not all. Torino 2006 Olympics turned out to be
another success for Kostelic family. While Janica added 2 more
medals to her Olympic collection - one gold and one silver, her
brother Ivica won his first Olympic medal - silver. Few days ago,
Janica received a prestigious Laureus World Sports Award for
becoming the most successful alpine skier in the history of the
Olympic Games, winning four gold medals! For such a small
country and a very short dependent history, wouldn't you say it's a
lot?

                               But Croatian sport history goes way back. Croatian athletes had
                               much succes long before Croatia became independent, playing
                               under the Yugoslav flag. An important contribution to Croatian
                               sport was made by swimmer WurSica Bjedov, gold and silver
                               Olympian in Mexico in 1968, and boxers Mate Parlov, gold medal
                               in the light heavyweight category in Munich in 1972, Damir Škaro,
                               bronze medallist in Seoul in 1988, and Željko Mavrovi), former
                               European professional heavyweight champion. Then there was the
                               legendary canoeist, Matija Ljubek, an Olympian with 4 medals,
who up until his tragic death gave his expert and organisational knowledge
to Croatian sport by performing the function of Vice-President and
Executive Director of the Croatian Olympic Committee. Following in the
steps of Dragutin Šurbek, the Croatian sportsman with the largest number
of trophies, Croatian table tennis players Zoran Primorac and Tamara
Boroš have continued the tradition of successes at European and
International level. Croatian football achieved it's greatest triumph in 1998
by winning third place at the World Cup in France. The Croatian
representative side, popularly called the «Vatreni» (the fiery ones) was lead
by the top goal scorer of the tournament, Davor Šuker. But we are not that
interested in football here, are we? So, let's talk…


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                                            WATER POLO
in Croatia?
Croatian water polo has a long history. The first match was played in the bay of BaNvice in Split in 1908. The first
international match was played fourteen years later: the Baluni Club defeated the crew of the British battle ship
Brionny by 9:0. It was already then that Croatia played the most important role in the development of water polo in
former Yugoslavia. "Jug" from Dubrovnik won the national title 13 times in a row, from 1925 to 1937 and it was the
most successful club between two world wars.
Croatian water polo players participated the first time at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. From that time onward
until 1988 in Seoul, the last time that they participated at the Olympics under the Yugoslav flag, 37 of them
individually won 21 gold and 30 silver medals.

      Year     Olympic Games              Medal               Croats in the Yugoslav Olympic Team
                                                    Kova:i;, Bakašun, Štakula, Kurtini, Radonji;, Ježi;,
      1952     XV - Helsinki              silver
                                                    Amšel, BrajnoviR
                                                    Kova:i;, Amšel, KaNiR, Žužej, Radonji;, Štakula,
      1956     XVI - Melbourne            silver
                                                    Ježi;, FranjkoviR, Cipci, F. BonaNiR - Head Coach
                                                    Z. Šimenc, Nardeli, Bona:i;, NonkoviR, Trumbi;, RosiR,
      1964     XVIII - Tokio              silver
                                                    Stipani;
      1968     XIX - Mexico City          gold      Stipani;, Trumbi;, Bona:i;, Lopatny, Poljak, Hebel
      1980     XXII - Moscow              silver    VeziliR, PoliR, Rudi;, Roje, Bebi;, Lozica
                                                    Luši;, VuletiR, Cuho, Roje, Bebi;, Buki;, Sukno,
      1984     XXIII - Los Angeles        gold
                                                    Paškvalin, Rudi; - Head Coach
                                                    PosinkoviR, Luši;, Buki;, Paškvalin, D.Šimenc,
      1988     XXIV - Seoul               gold
                                                    BezmalinoviR, Cuho, Rudi; - Head Coach
                                                   • WATER POLO PLAYERS WITH MORE THAN ONE OLYMPIC MEDAL



                                                             They won 15 gold and 14 silver medals at the World
                                                             Championships. Names like TrumbiR, BonaNiR,
                                                             Lopatny, Sukno, Vuho, BebiR, Roje, LušiR, Šimenc and
                                                             BukiR are already water polo legends. Croatia attained
                                                             its independency fifteen years ago and since becoming
                                                             a FINA and LEN member thirteen years ago, the
                                                             greatest success achieved by Croatian national team
                                                             was the silver

                                                             1984 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LOS ANGELES - GOLD
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medal won at the Olympics in Atlanta under the coaching of Bruno SiliR. The silver team: Perica Buki;, Dubravko
Šimenc, Siniša Školnekovi;, Tino Vegar, Zdeslav Vrdoljak, Igor Hini;, Ognjen Krži;, Maro Bali;, Renato
Vrbi:i;, Damir Glavan, Vjekoslav Kobeš;ak, Ratko Štritof and Joško Krekovi;.


                                                                  The strenght of Croatian water polo has been
                                                                  proven many times by the success of Croatian
                                                                  clubs at European Competitions. "Mladost" from
                                                                  Zagreb is the only European club that has won
                                                                  the title of European Champion seven times,
                                                                  "Jug" from Dubrovnik three times, "Jadran" from
                                                                  Split twice and "Splitska banka", also from Split -
                                                                  once.

                                                                        1996 OLYMPIC GAMES ATLANTA - SILVER




Because of very good water polo school and its
popularity in Croatia, younger categories are also very
successful in international competitions. All friends of
Croatian water polo are proud of the gold medal won
by the Junior National Team led by Neven KovaNeviR
at the World Championships in Havana in 1997. The
national team, led also by Neven KovaNeviR, played
the finals at the latest European Water polo
Championships in Florence, loosing to Hungary. Silver
medal at the European Champioships in Kranj in 2003 was followed with bad results at the World Championship in
2003 in Barcelona and the 2004 Olympic in Athens, but the rise was noted with coming the world's most successful
water polo coach, Ratko RudiR. In 2005, Croatia wins the fourth place at the World Championships in Montreal and
several months later the fourth place in the World League. Following year brings nothing significant, but 2007 ...




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                       CROATIAN WATER POLO TEAM 2007




                 FINA World Championships Melbourne, 1st April 2007

         Croatian Water Polo Team became World Champions!

First row (from the left): Mile Smodlaka, Samir Bara), Teo Wogaš, Zoran Ka(i), Jurica Prižmi),
Dinko Pivalica, Damir Luketi), Aleksandar Masnec
Second row (from the left sitting): Josip Pavi), Damir Buri), Andro Bušlje, Perica Buki)
Third row (standing): Igor Hini), Ratko Rudi), Maro Jokovi), Zdeslav Vrdoljak, Aljoša Kunac,
Milorad Damjani), Renato Živkovi)
At the top: Pavo Markovi), Miho Boškovi), Frano Vi)an



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                             Mr. Perica Buki) & Mr. Ratko Rudi),
                  President & Head Coach of Croatian Water Polo Federation



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                    DUBROVNIK - TRUE WATER POLO CITY
       DUBROVNIK WATER POLO BEACH CHAMPIONSHIP or THE WILD LEAGUE

                                               It all began long time ago, in the early 1950s.
                                               Water polo was even played between the First and
                                               the Second World Wars. Teams from Porporela,
                                               Buža, and Pile used to gather on Dubrovnik
                                               beaches where they played a game or two, just for
                                               the victories. No written evidence of these games
                                               existed. It was all registered in the heads of the
                                               participants involved in those “wild” water polo
                                               gatherings. Consequently, the Wild League was
                                               founded in 1983. It was a water polo championship
                                               held on Dubrovnik beaches with more than 1100
                                               players in as many as 55 clubs, or beach teams.
Dubrovnik is a city where water polo is a very popular game, making it the highlight of the
summer season. There were over 27,000 spectators watching the 100 games that were played
last summer. In the first years of the League, the trick of the day was to manage to get the
referee thrown into the sea. The “Wild League” is still sometimes “wild”. However, the games are
being played better and better each year, and the competitions are being viewed much more
seriously, perhaps even to seriously. The game schedules are known in advance. The first
game starts around July 20th. A “draft” starts as soon as the referee whistles the end of the great
finals. At that very moment, “mobilization” of players for the following season begins. Trainings
for the Dubrovnik Water Polo Beach Championship are started by some teams as early as April
and May. Some gather at their first game, but they don’t even manage to pass the first round.
These first games are usually quite amusing. There are situations that could probably use
“Baywatch boys and girls”, but the essential
thing is that water polo is played with hands,
legs or the head. The important thing is that the
ball is round and yellow and that your name is
entered into the minute-book as a participant.
Score points, noted in the eternal list, are not to
be neglected. Everyone knows that even if one’s
team does not pass the first rounds, they can
still boast if they succeeded in improving their
position even by one place on the list at all
times. This story will be recounted repeatedly
during the winter



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season in the hope that they recruit a better team for the next season. Some teams that no
longer exist, like Montovjerna, Bellevue 73, Student have become legendary. The teams Dan(e,
Copacabana, KIKS, Penatur, FUN H2O, Porporela nad Gjivovi)i Dolphins are always expected
to be among the best. The situation was about the same last summer. After games held on the
beaches of Bellevue, Copacabana, Dan(e, Porporela, Šuli), Štikovica and Mlini, the great finals
took place in the Old Town's harbour, where water polo club Jug use to host games until 1961
when the pool in Gruž had been built. The Wild League phenomenon goes hand-in-hand with
the phenomenon of building up beaches. If one team fails to apply their beach as the venue for
the upcoming season games, just as it happens with ATP Tours, then the other team is more
than happy and honored to be the host of even just one game. There is at least one water polo
net at each beach. The Finals of this 22 nd season of the Wild League took place in the Old
Town's harbour. This is where the water polo club Jug used to play until 1961, when the new
swimming pool was built in Gruž. There were no more and no less than three thousand people
gathered in and around the Harbour. There would surely be more spectators had there been
more room available. Spectators scattered everywhere: on the city walls, on the stands, on the
surrounding rocks and in little boats. The setting looked like the most beautiful water polo
dream. All games in the main tournament for the 16 best teams are supervised by referees of
the “A” Croatian Water Polo Association. In recent years, the following international referees
have had the honor of being referees: Mr. Željko Klari), Mr. Nenad Periš, Mr. Tiho Lovri) and
Mr. MlaSan Prvan from Split, Mr. Dragan Štampalija from Šibenik, Mr. Luko Vuleti), Mr. Vlaho
Radi(evi) and Mr. Mladen Rak from Dubrovnik, even Mr. Boris Marget from Slovenia…. How
popular has the Wild League become! Many popular personalities from Croatia were present among
the spectators. It’s simple. If you want to be seen, you must come to the Wild League Championship.
It is not important whether the game is interesting or not. The main events revolve around the game.
                                                            For Dubrovnik, it is more important that the
                                                            World Championships. Ex-water polo
                                                            players get another opportunity to be part
                                                            of the event that can happen only in this
                                                            city. The Wild League goes on. Each year
                                                            it is becoming more excellent in quality.
                                                            Besides, is there any other city in the
                                                            world, except for Dubrovnik, where there
                                                            are more than 1100 water polo payers –
                                                            players who are not registered with any
                                                            official club in the Croatian Water Polo
                                                            League – who live just to take part in the
                                                            Dubrovnik       Water      Polo      Beach
                                                            Championships?




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                                     Preliminary Entry Form

  Federation:
Players
                                                                  Date of Birth
 No               First name                Last name                                  Passport #
                                                                /date/month/year/
  1.
  2.
  3.
  4.
  5.
  6.
  7.
  8.
  9.
 10.
 11.
 12.
 13.
 14.
 15.
 16.
 17.
 18.



Officials
No           First name               Last name              Passport #             Function
 1.
 2.
 3.
 4.


            Please return this form to the Croatian Water Polo Federation
                           not later than December 1, 2007
                Facsimile: +385 1 3012 311 / E-mail:vaterpolo@hvs.hr
                             with a copy to the LEN office
                Facsimile: +39 06 3036 4038 / E-mail: len@lenoffice.it

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                                          FINAL ENTRY FORM

  Federation:
Players
CAP                                                             Date of Birth
                First name                Last name                                  Passport #
No.                                                           /date/month/year/




Officials
No          First name              Last name              Passport #             Function




            Please return this form to the Croatian Water Polo Federation
                           not later than December 16, 2007
                Facsimile: +385 1 3012 311 / E-mail:vaterpolo@hvs.hr
                             with a copy to the LEN office
                Facsimile: +39 06 3036 4038 / E-mail: len@lenoffice.it


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                        Accommodation Reservation Form


 Federation:



TEAMS




                     VALAMAR HOTELS     - ARGOSY / TIRENA HOTEL ***

                                                   Number of rooms
  Check-in           Check-out                                                           Nights
                                               Single            Twin




        Please return this form to the Croatian Water Polo Federation
                       not later than December 10, 2007
            Facsimile: +385 1 3012 311 / E-mail:vaterpolo@hvs.hr
                         with a copy to the LEN office
            Facsimile: +39 06 3036 4038 / E-mail: len@lenoffice.it

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                                             ROOMING LIST


                      VALAMAR HOTELS     - ARGOSY / TIRENA HOTEL ***

DOUBLE ROOMS
           NAME OF OCCUPANTS                         CHECK-IN                   CHECK-OUT
1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

SINGLE ROOMS
           NAME OF OCCUPANTS                         CHECK-IN                   CHECK-OUT
1.
2.
3.
4.


          Please return this form to the Croatian Water Polo Federation
                         not later than December 16, 2007
              Facsimile: +385 1 3012 311 / E-mail:vaterpolo@hvs.hr

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                                            TRAVEL FORM

 Federation:




                 Arrival                                            Departure
Date:                                              Date:
Time                                               Time
Flight No.                                         Flight No.
                                                   No. of
No. of
Persons                                            Persons




DATE:




Name:
                                                   Signature:
Title:




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                        not later than December 10, 2007
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                     MEDIA ACCREDITATION FORM

                   NAME
            FAMILY NAME
 IDENTIFICATION CARD No
            NATIONALITY
          DATE OF BIRTH                                          SEX                 M        F
             MEDIA NAME
         MEDIA ADDRESS

      MEDIA WEBSITE (URL)
                   E-MAIL
            TELEPHONE No.
        MOBILE PHONE No.
           PRESS CARD No. NATIONAL                                AIPS

ACCREDITATION TYPE                                    PRESS
                                                     PHOTO
                                                 FREELANCE
                                                  INTERNET

TV
RADIO

IN THE PRESS CENTER I WILL USE:
TELEPHONE             FAX                    PRESS PC               PRIVATE LAPTOP


SIGNATURE:                                       DATE:




   PLEASE, RETURN THIS FORM BEFORE DECEMBER 15th, 2007 to vaterpolo@hvs.hr
                           or FAX +385 1 3012 311

All journalists will receive a confirmation letter (by December 21st), necessary to pick up the
accreditation pass.


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                                      „Ivka“ Hotel Dubrovnik
                     MEDIA ACCOMODATION FORM
           Number of hotel rooms are limited, therefore bookings will be done on „first come, first served“ basis

                   NAME
            FAMILY NAME
 IDENTIFICATION CARD No
            NATIONALITY
          DATE OF BIRTH                                                   SEX                    M          F
             MEDIA NAME
         MEDIA ADDRESS

                    E-MAIL
             TELEPHONE No.
          MOBILE PHONE No.
            PRESS CARD No. NATIONAL                                         AIPS

                        DATE OF ARRIVAL:
                     DATE OF DEPARTURE:
                    MEANS OF TRANSPORT:
              No OF FLIGHT, BUS, TRAIN....:
                            ARRIVAL TIME:

I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE RESERVATION IN THE „IVKA“ HOTEL

SINGLE ROOM 45 EUR             YES      NO      No OF ROOMS:

DOUBLE ROOM 30 EUR             YES      NO      No OF ROOMS:


The reservation for the „Ivka“ Hotel can be made only through the Croatian Water Polo Federation. After
we receive your form we will confirm your reservation and send you the Invoice and payment
instructions. The payment will be made by bank transfer.

SIGNATURE:                                             DATE:


   PLEASE, RETURN THIS FORM BEFORE DECEMBER 15th, 2007 to vaterpolo@hvs.hr
                           or FAX +385 1 3012 311


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