Japan didn’t advance to the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics, but it proved that it had made significant progress in the past years.
In 2018, the Japanese finished 4th in the World League and 7th at the World Cup. They won 6th place in the World League and 11th at the World Championships in the following year. The Japanese made headaches to the favorites at the Tokyo Olympics. The team guided by head coach Yoji Omoto will have a new chance to prove its quality at the 2022 World Championships.
Yoji Omoto’s Top 5 of 2021
1. Filip Filipovic (SRB)
Serbian National Player/ Clubs: Szolnok, Olympiacos/ Position: Right DriverThe no. 1 lefty in the world. He always scores goals when it is the most important – in crucial moments.
2. Aleksandar Ivovic (MNE)
Montenegrin National Player/ Club: Pro Recco/ Position: Center BackThe no. 1 all-rounder in the world of water polo. He can solve a match by himself.
3. Nikola Jaksic (SRB)
Serbian National Player /Club: FTC, Novi Begorad /Position: Center BackThe no.1 center back. He is stable in defense but also a great shooter.
4. Denes Varga (HUN)
Hungarian National Player /Clubs: FTC /Position: Left DriverA smart player. His moves always excite us.
5. Alvaro Granados (ESP)
Spanish National Player/Club: Barceloneta /Position: Left DriverHe is a speedy player, and his shots are really dangerous. Granados is still young, but he has great potential and will be a top player.
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