Spain had an undefeated 4-
Italy claimed the second qualifying position with a 3-
Rising to the top of the competition, Spain and Italy prevailed as the two European countries to qualify for the XII FIP World Polo Championship, which will be held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida, USA,
from October 26 to November 6. (The Ladies FIP Polo Worldchampionship 2022 was played in Argentina earlier this year.)
Qualified or not, everyone emerged from the playoffs with smiles on their faces and memories to last a lifetime thanks to the efforts of the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly on behalf of the Federation of French Polo.
Impeccable fields, high quality umpiring, genuine sportsmanship and perfect weather all aided in creating an amazing and unforgettable experience for players and spectators alike.
The overall level of play as well as the quality of horses throughout this tournament was impressive. The high level of play did mean that some very worthy teams left disappointed.
The host nation France had a difficult start to the tournament, facing the eventual qualifiers, beginning with a hard-
Switzerland returned to the competition after a 25-
Germany showcased an impressive effort as they followed up their opening victory against Switzerland with one of the best matches of the qualifier, forcing overtime in a 7-
Spanish National POLO Team 2022
(Pelayo Berazadi (5), Nicolas Ruiz Guinazu (4), Luis Domecq (3), Nicolas Alvarez (2) + Luis Benjumea Sports Director RFEP + Benjamin Araya (National Coach))
Emerging as the team to beat, Spain displayed an exceptional defense that limited their opponents to just 2.8 goals per game leading them to an undefeated 4-
Pelayo Berazadi, profesional player and tournament organisator, uses to compete HighGoal tournaments, in Sotogrande with top Player such as Ulloa, Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling, Pieres, Castagnola etc, showed an excepcional performance.
Nicolas Ruiz Guinazu was instrumental in their success early in the tournament, contributing eight goals over the first three games and staving off a tough opening match against France.
Nicolas Alvarez, Gold Cup winner Sotogrande 2021 and one of world s most important Horse Breading families, as well as Luis Domecq, multiple High Goal Bronce, Silver and Gold Cup winner Sotogrande, Spain, fit perfectly in the Spanish National POLO Team,
An impressive result for the team -
Italy National POLO Team
The other team at the top of the standings, Italy capitalized on their chances to fight their way into contention, led by seven penalty goals from Silvestre Fanelli.
After surviving overtime against Germany, Italy faced Spain in their final match of the competition, suffering their only loss 8-
Players were also encouraged to discover the tourist attractions of Chantilly, such as the castle, a horse show at the world-
In short, the eventful week will remain endearingly engraved in the memories of all participants for a long time to come.
XII male FIP WORLD POLO CHAMPIONSHIP 2022, ZONE C ROSTERS AND RESULTS
Sam Sztarkman (2), Robert Strom (5), Clement Delfosse (5), Sebastian Sorbac (2)
Lukas Sdrenka (2), Juan Correa (3), Christopher Kirsh (3), Patrick Maleitzke (5)
Stefano Giansanti (1), Goffredo Cutinelli Rendina (3), Martin Joaquin (5), Silvestre Fanelli (4)
Pelayo Berazadi (5), Nicolas Ruiz Guinazu (4), Luis Domecq (3), Nicolas Alvarez (2)
Felipe Dana (1), Nicolas Rogerson (2), Marcos Goti (5), Tomas Ruiz Guinazu (5)
Italy def. Switzerland 7-
Spain def. France 5-
Italy def. France 6-
Germany def. Switzerland 8-
Italy def. Germany 7-
Spain def. Switzerland 8-
Spain def. Italy 8-
France def. Germany 11-
France def. Switzerland 13-
Spain def. Germany 9.5-
Fotos: All photos courtesy of ©Justine Jacquemot.
Text,Content: USPA + NGpolo team