Today, former Russian national player and Olympian Sergey Yevstigneyev gives us his Top 5 picks of the season.
He picked up water polo back in 1983 and played a Russian representative from 1992 to 1999. During that period, he managed to win bronze medals at the ’94 World Championships and the ’97 European Championships with Russia.
He took up the position of Russia’s head coach in 2015 and has been leading the team ever since.
Coach Yevstigneyev’s Total 5 of 2017
1st – Sandro Sukno
Croatia Team Captain | Club: Pro Recco | Position: Driver
“He was the driving force of the Croatian team at the World Championships and a true leader during the most decisive moments.”
2nd – Andrija Prlainović
Serbian National Player | Club: Szolnoki Vízilabda SC | Position: Driver
“His amazing performance and the success in the Champions League earned him the MVP title in that competition. He also played an impressive World Championship, especially his semi-final show against Croatia.
3rd – Luka Lončar
Croatian National Player | Club: Jug Dubrovnik | Position: Center Forward
“He plays a unique game on the 2 m mark and creates lots of space for his drivers. Given, that he started out as a center back, he also brings strong defensive capabilities.”
4th – Duško Pijetlović
Serbian National Player | Club: Dynamo Moscow | Position: Center Forward
“A tough center forward, with lots of power and technique – always dangerous between the posts. He creates lots of opportunities for this team members.”
5th – Márton Vámos
Hungarian National Player | Club: 2016/17 Szolnoki Vízilabda SC, 2017 Ferencvaros | Position: Driver
“Currently the heaviest hitter in the competitive pool – he takes every inch of space and catches defenses off guard with his piercing shot.”