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xavi garcia

We´ve talked with Xavi García from VK Jug CO. Good read to know more about one of the best seasons in the history of croatian team.

What an incredible season of JUG. The League, the Cup and now the Champions League. A triplet within reach of very few in the world

It is something so difficult. It has been the best season in JUG history. To reach something like this in a big club like JUG has to be something difficult.

JUG has invested heavily this season. Did you expect this success at the beginning of the season?

Definitely not. They had two years without winning a title and the goal was to win a title but we could not imagine what was about to happen.

About the Final Six. You were not between the favorites. First Eger, then Recco and finally Olympiakos. Three top level matches, and really physically demanding, in a short period of time. What were the keys to win the title?

We were not favorites at all. Our main goal was to get into the semi-final match. Once we achieved that, our objective was to face Recco as well as we could, we got the match where we wanted and in the penalty shooting we reached the final. Against Olympiakos, it was our third match. We were exhausted. They had played only one match and that was a benefit for the greek team. Our dfense and our goalie was spectacular and they only scored 4 goals. That way is difficult to lose…!!!

“Xavi Garcia, Felipe Perrone and Maro Jokovic are my mind in the water”, said your coach. With no doubt, words that show the good relationship with the coach…

Yes! The truth is that we get on well, not only me but also every player in the team. I think it is the key to achieve all the success.

In a personal ambit, it is your first Champions League. What means to you this achievement? Is it the perfect end to a foreign trip that began years ago?

It is one of the best things for a waterpolo player. Not only because it is the first champions league, but also because it is the best title in Europe. It is not the end of nothing, I hope that I can still be playing waterpolo for more years although there are some people that want to retire me. There are a lot of players that ended their sportive career without winning any Champions League but their career has been great…

The Atlètic Barceloneta yesterday was proclaimed Europe champion for the first time in its history by defeating, for a low (6-7), the Radnicki of Serbia in the Final Six. With the victory, the “sailors” become the third Spanish team to win the Champions League after the CN Barcelona (1982) and the CN Catalunya (1995).

The success of these athletes is another example of high-level water polo that Barcelona offers to all teams and players who choose Barcelona as the place to do their Training Camps. In fact, Barcelona and the surrounding area host the largest number of water polo teams in the Honor Division, both male and female teams .

The Final Six, a competition that will also host Barcelona in 2015, took place in the pools Bernat Picornell. These facilities were opened in 1969 to house the European Swimming Championships in 1970 and has since hosted Olympic Games, World and European Championships.

The high level of these facilities and the players who have won this competition is another example of the prestige of the Spanish water polo, which has established itself over the last 25 years. The successes of the Spanish men’s team since the Olympic Games of Barcelona ’92, and the explosion of women’s water polo with the silver medal at London 2012 and gold in Barcelona 2013, demonstrate the high level of water polo in our country.

We want to congratulate Atlètic Barceloneta for the great competition that have been made, to the Martin brothers, Chus and David for the excellent work they’ve done, the MVP Albert Español and, in particular, Felipe Perrone, our campus ambassador, who did a great championship. Congratulations guys! You are already champions of Europe!