PHOENIX, Arizona, Feb. 4. SERBIA will appear in the FINA Men's Water Polo World League Championships in June. The Serbians easily defeated Germany in Group B competition, 13-4, to ensure their place in the finals.
Montenegro, leader of Group A, also looks to have a place in the finals. With their 6-5 victory over Croatia, the Montenegro team has a perfect 4-0 record (12 points). Croatia is in second with 6 points. Greece comfortably defeated Turkey 15-4 in Istanbul in the other Group A match.
In Group C, the Olympic silver medalist and 2011 World champion Italian squad lost after a penalty shootout, 12-10, to Russia. The teams were tied after regulation, 8-8. Hungary is the leader of Group C with a 4-0 record and 12 points, with their 9-8 triumph over Romania.
Round 5 of the European qualifications will take place March 27. There will be then be a break for the Europeans while Asia/Oceania holds its tournament May 9-14 in Auckland, New Zealand, and the Americas tournament begins May 24 in the United States.
Next up will be a women's European qualifying round Feb. 6.