The XII FIP European Polo Championship came to an end on Sunday at Villa a Sesta Polo Club, as Italy claimed the title once again, thirteen years after winning the Championship in 2005 in Amsterdam.
The Italian team (Gualtiero Giori (c), Nicolás Lopez Fuentes, Tomás and Martín Joaquín) defeated Azerbaijan by 8 goals to 4 to take the title.
Tournament MVP: Martín Joaquín.
Score Italy: 3-0, 4-1, 7-2, 8-4.
Nicolas Lopez Fuentes was the top scorer of the match, scoring six goals. The remaining goals fro Italy were scored by brothers Tomas and Martin Joaquin.
This was Azerbaijan’s European Championship debut, and they fought bravely. The ‘Land of Fire’ boys progressed significantly throughout the tournament, both in terms of skill and team work.
The bronze medal went to Ireland, who beat Germany 5.5 – 5 in the subsidiary final.
FIP LADIES EUROPEAN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP
In the II FIP European Polo Ladies Championships, Germany beat Italy by 9 goals to 4.5.
Ginevra D’Orazio, Ginevra Visconti and sisters Vittoria and Costanza Marchiorello fought hard throughout, and managed to take the Silver medal.
The bronze went to the Netherlands, who beat France 9.5 – 3.
Facts & Numbers
– 350 polo ponies in the Championship.
-10 teams playing in the XII FIP European Polo Championship.
Group A: Azerbaijan, Ireland, The Netherland, France and Slovakia.
Group B: Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
-4 teams in the II FIP Ladies European Polo Championship: France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands.
-30 matches played.
The next FIP European Polo Championship will be hosted by Azerbaijan in 2020.
FIP EUROPEAN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ITALY vs AZERBAIJAN
FIP LADIES EUROPEAN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL GERMANY vs ITALY
FIP EUROPEAN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL SOCIALS
FIP EUROPEAN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDYA MATCHDAY
WATCH THE FIP EUROPEAN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL (POLOLINE TV)
MARTIN JOAQUIN (POLOLINE TV)
NICOLAS LOPEZ FUENTES (POLOLINE TV)
EDU MENENDEZ (POLOLINE TV)