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Player & Coach Interview Series: Sergey Markoch!

We have taken the time to sit down with a true waterpolo legend and veteran, Sergey. Check out some of the questions we asked him below:


1. When did you first realize that you could be a career waterpolo player and that you can turn your passion into your day job?


After winning World Youth Championship in 1981 in Como, Italy.


2. Which challenges did you have to overcome to become the player you were & the coach you are?


In the childhood all my life was the training process, 12-13 trainings per week, almost without any rest. This life was totally different than all my contemporaries and it took me a while to adapt to it.


3. What motivates you the most about your profession as a waterpolo player?


Awareness of superiority. The hunger to be the best, the strongest. Unbeaten.


4. What does your daily routine look like?


Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and evening training, family matters. Quite a normal training schedule for any waterpolo player. Lots of rest between trainings, mental and physical.


5. What would be your waterpolo dream team choice back in the day? Waterpolo manager mode!


Goalkeeper- Evgeny Sharonov(USSR)

1/2 Tibor Benedek(HUN)

1/2 Otto Franck(GER)

Defender- Evgeny Grishin(USSR)

4/5 Aleksandr Sapic(SRB)

4/5 Dmitry Apanasenko(USSR)

Center- George Mshveniradze(USSR).


Best players who I had the honor of coaching:


Tomas Molnar(HUN)

Vladimir Vujasinovic(SRB)

Vladimir Gojkovic(MNE)

Aleksandr Ciric(SRB)

Peter Biros(HUN)

Stevie Camilleri(MLT)


6. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received from a coach, and advice you have given?


Advice from the coach: “Show what You can”

Advice as a coach: “You will have everything You deserve”


7. What, in your opinion, is the biggest challenge for waterpolo players today?


The biggest challenge is the lack of spectators on the stands. Waterpolo is a team sport that needs audience, the players need that rush of energy when the crowd cheers!


8. Tell us about your most successful season in waterpolo?


1981 year: Winning the Moldovan team, USSR Spartakiade, Youth World Championship. The teams were amazing, the competition was tough.


9. Which other sports do you like to follow and do you have any other hobbies?


I prefer team game sports: Football, basketball, hockey, volleyball.

As far as hobbies go, I played all game sports until I broke my Achilles’ tendon. Now, it is slow and steady.


10. Your message to Waterpolo Portal readers?


Waterpolo is a road to LIFE.

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