Our first expert Juror is Ivica Tucak, Croatia’s current decorated national coach. He led his team to this year’s spectacular success at the 2017 World Championships in water polo’s epicenter Budapest.
In 2012 coach Tucak inherited Ratko Rudić as head coach of the Croatian Water Polo Team. The first medal under Tucak’s lead was the gold medal at the 2013 Mediterranean Games.
The World Water Polo Championship in Barcelona 2013 was the first prestigious competition as head of the Croatian national team. They won the bronze with no defeats except the loss against Hungary in the semi-finals. What followed were two silver medals from the World Championships in Kazan 2015 and the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. He cemented his place amongst the best coaches in the history of our sport when he managed to grab the gold in Budapest 2017.
Croatia Team Captain | Club: Pro Recco | Position: Driver
“No words needed, the 2017 world champion team captain and main actor from Budapest 2017.”
Serbian National Player | Club: Szolnoki Vízilabda SC | Position: Driver
“This season’s Champions League winner with Szolnok – he strongly enforces every team he plays on, be it club or national team.”
Croatian National Player | Club: Jug Dubrovnik | Position: Center Forward
“MVP of the last season’s Regionalna Liga and currently the best center forward in the world. Luka plays a unique center game which is difficult to defend as well as a solid defense.
Hungary’s Team Captain | Club: 2016/17 Szolnoki Vízilabda SC, 2017 Ferencvaros | Position: Driver
“Just like Andrija Prlainovic, he played a huge roll in Szolnoks 2017 Champions League title. His unpredictable movement and display of technique and skill make him stand out in every game he plays.”
Greece’s Team Captain | Club: Olympiakos | Position: Driver
“Team captain and driving force behind the Greece national team and his club Olympiakos. His creativity and efficiency create room for his teammates to shine.”