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About one month to go, 14th edition of the Field Hockey World Cup will start from 28 November in the Indian City of Bhubaneswar :432_field_hockey: 

HIstory

FIH (Federation of International Hockey) was founded on 7 January 1924 in Paris by Paul Léautey, who became the first president, in response to field hockey's omission from the program of the 1924 Summer Olympics. First members complete to join the seven founding members were Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Spain and Switzerland.

The Hockey World Cup was first conceived by Pakistan's Air Marshal Nur Khan. He proposed his idea to the FIH through Patrick Rowley, the first editor of World Hockey magazine. Their idea was approved on 26 October 1969, and adopted by the FIH Council at a meeting in Brussels on 12 April 1970.

The first three tournaments were held every two years. The 1978 cup was the only tournament held three years from the previous one. It was halfway between the Summer Olympicshockey competition and has continued that way. In other words, the tournament has been held every four years ever since.

Format

The FIH has set no requirements or limitations on the size of the competition. The 1971 Cup included only ten nations, the smallest World Cup to date. The 1978 Cup featured fourteen nations. The 2002 Cup featured sixteen nations, the largest World Cup to date. The remaining 9 World Cups have featured 12 nations.

This year will also feature 16 teams but unlike 2002 the teams will be split into four groups rather than pools of two with eight each. The first-placed team in each group advances to the quarter-finals, while the second- and third-placed teams in each group go into the crossover matches. From there on a single-elimination tournament will be played.

Results

Pakistan is the most successful team with four titles to their name. Netherlands and Australia both have three titles each followed by Germany with two consecutive wins while India has won the event once.

Draw

India qualified as hosts. England, Belgium, Germany,Netherlands, Spain, France, Ireland qualified from Europe. Malaysia, Pakistan and China the debutante will representing Asia alongside the host. Argentina and Canada, Australia and New Zealand qualified from Americas and Oceania respectively while South Africa is the sole African representative at the event.

Pool A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 23px-Flag_of_Argentina.svg.png Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2 23px-Flag_of_New_Zealand.svg.png New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Crossover
3 23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated

 

Pool B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2 23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Crossover
3 23px-Flag_of_Ireland_hockey_team.svg.png Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 23px-Flag_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_ China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated

 

Pool C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2 23px-Flag_of_India.svg.png India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Crossover
3 23px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 23px-Flag_of_South_Africa.svg.png South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated

 

Pool D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2 23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Crossover
3 23px-Flag_of_Malaysia.svg.png Malaysia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 23px-Flag_of_Pakistan.svg.png Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated

 

Really looking forward to this, Field Hockey is still my favorite sport to play but its only for those who understand it. We are certainly in the group of death, i'm expecting Netherlands or Australia to win it in the end Argentina is also a good shout not to mention i think India will do quite well considering the home support and their current form. 

I'll be posting the details about the previous editions and the sport in general. I hope this thread gets fair attention as i think we have members who are interested in this sport or are from countries where this sport gets some decent coverage. 

 

PS :432_field_hockey: > > > :431_hockey: Those who don't agree please stay away from this thread :ph34r:

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On 27 March 1971, in Brussels, the trophy was formally handed to FIH President Rene Frank by Mr H.E Masood, the Pakistani Ambassador to Belgium. The trophy consists of a silver cup with an intricate floral design, surmounted by a globe of the world in silver and gold, placed on a high blade base inlaid with ivory. At its peak is a model hockey stick and ball.

 

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Barcelona 1971

The first ever hockey World Cup was held in Barcelona, Spain in 1971. A total number of 10 teams qualified for the event and were broken up into two groups. Pakistan, India, West Germany and the Netherlands were the top four sides in the world at the time.

The remaining teams in the tournament were hosts Spain, Argentina, Australia, Japan, France and Kenya.

Group B was topped by Spain and Pakistan and both the teams advanced into the semi-finals.

In the first semi-final Pakistan ousted India 2-1 in a tense and closely contested game. In the second semi-final Spain played safe and defeated a spirited Kenya 1-0 to enter the finals against Pakistan.

In the final Pakistan scored early but then strengthened its defense to hold out a 1-0 victory and win the first hockey World Cup. This way Pakistan also retained its number one position in the world hockey rankings, closely followed by India and the Netherlands.

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                                                                      Pakistan scores its solitary (and winning) goal against Spain in the final.

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                                                                                      Pakistan captain receives the World Cup trophy.

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Amstelveen 1973

The second hockey World Cup was held two years later in the Netherlands’ scenic town of Amstelveen. 

Pakistan, India, Netherlands and West Germany were still considered to be the top four sides in the world. 12 teams qualified for the 1973 event. Apart from the top four, also present were Spain, New Zealand, Kenya, Japan, Belgium, England, Argentina and Malaysia. Australia who would begin to rise as a hockey power from the early 1980s onwards failed to qualify.

Pool A was topped by West Germany and India. The 1971 finalists, Spain, were knocked out. Pakistan swept Pool B topping it with the Netherlands and entering the semi-finals.

In the first semi-final the Netherlands and West Germany held on to a 0-0 draw but Germany lost the game on penalty strokes. India downed Pakistan 1-0 in the second semi-final to avenge its defeat at the hands of the Pakistanis in the 1971 semi-finals.

The final between the Netherlands and India swung to and fro like a pendulum and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. However, India lost on penalty strokes and the Netherlands became hockey’s new world champions.

It also rose to number one in world rankings followed by India, Pakistan and West Germany.                                         

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                                                              A Dutch player is carried on the shoulders by the fans after the Netherlands won the final

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Kuala Lumpur 1975

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, was the venue of the third field hockey World Cup. Once again 12 teams qualified for the event with India, Netherlands, Pakistan and West Germany being the top four sides in the world at the time.

Poland and Ghana were the new entrants and they joined the top four along with Spain, Argentina, England, Australia, New Zealand and hosts Malaysia to compete for the prestigious world hockey title.

Pakistan and Malaysia topped Pool A ousting the 1973 champions, Netherlands, who finished fifth in the pool.

Pool B was topped by India and West Germany and both the teams advanced into the semi-finals to play against Netherlands and Pakistan.

In the first semi-final, Pakistan thrashed West Germany 5-1 to enter the final, whereas India inched past Malaysia 3-2 in the second semi-final.

The Pakistan-India final was watched by over 40 thousand hockey fans at the stadium, and the state-owned channels in both the countries beamed the match live (a rarity in those days).

The tense match that was marred by frequent clashes between the two sets of players was tied 1-1 for most of the time but was finally won by India 2-1 giving India its first ever World Cup title to this date.

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                                                                                                             India and Pakistan battle it out in the final.                       

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                                                                              The triumphant Indian team is welcomed by a huge crowd on its return to India.

 

 

 

 

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Buenos Aires 1978 

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The fourth hockey World Cup was held in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, in 1978. In the years leading up to the event Pakistan had managed to become the number one team in hockey world rankings followed by the Netherlands and West Germany. India had fallen by the wayside after their 1975 victory in the final.

The Pakistan team reached Buenos Aires via the United States and was placed in Pool B with Netherlands, Spain, Argentina, Malaysia and new entrants, Ireland and Italy.

Pool A consisted of West Germany, India, Australia, England, Poland, Belgium and first-timers Canada.

Australia topped Pool A followed by West Germany. 1975 World Cup victors, India, were ousted.

Pakistan topped its pool by winning all of its six matches. It entered the semi-finals with the pool’s second-best team, the Netherlands.

In the first semi-final, the Netherlands downed a rapidly improving Australia 3-2. In the second semi-final Pakistan held on to a slim 1-0 lead against West Germany as the Germans lost their third consecutive World Cup semi-finals.

In the tough and tense final between Pakistan and Netherlands, Pakistan managed to score the winning goal in the dying moments of the game to take the game 3-2. In the process Pakistan lifted its second hockey World Cup title.

Interestingly, the same year’s football World Cup was also held in Argentina (right after the hockey World Cup) and the Netherlands managed to make it to the final there as well but was defeated by hosts Argentina.

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                                                                                         Pakistan captain Islahuddin with the 1978 World Cup trophy.                                                                     

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Bombay 1982

The fifth field hockey World Cup was held four years (instead of two years) later in the sprawling Indian city of Bombay. Though the Astroturf had been introduced in hockey during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, hockey World Cups were still being played on grass.

This meant that the Asian sides such as Pakistan and India still held the advantage because over the years they had mastered the skills required to play well on grass.

12 teams qualified for the event that was watched by large crowds at the stadiums and by millions on TV.

The Soviet Union made its first appearance in a hockey World Cup.

Pakistan, Netherlands, Australia and West Germany were the top four teams in the world at the time.

Pakistan topped Pool A by winning all of its 5 matches. It was followed into the semi-finals by West Germany.

Pool B was topped by Australia followed by the Netherlands. India was ousted despite managing to win 3 of its 5 matches.

In the first semi-final Pakistan downed the Netherlands 4-2 to enter the final and defend the title.

In the second semi-final West Germany finally managed to make it to a hockey World Cup final by defeating Australia on penalty strokes. Both the teams had been locked at 3-3 during normal time.

In the final Pakistan sprinted past West Germany 3-1 to win its third (and second consecutive) hockey World Cup title. It had won the trophy in 1978 by winning all of its matches and here too it managed to win each and every match that it played to win the Cup.

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                                                                                                Pakistan team with the World Cup trophy in Bombay.

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                                                                                           Pakistan captain, AkhtarRasool, shows the trophy to the crowds gathered at Lahore Airport.

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London 1986

The first hockey World Cup to be played on Astroturf was held in London in 1986. 

England, as hosts - and also as Olympic bronze medallists - were viewed as having quite a tough group, containing Olympic champions Pakistan, and a highly fancied Dutch side, with the Soviet Union seen as potential dark-horse outsiders. But in the event Pakistan failed badly, winning only a single group match against minnows New Zealand - blaming their poor play on failure to adjust to the Astroturf surface, used in a major hockey tournament for the first time instead of grass.

The Soviets scored surprise victories over both Pakistan and England, leaving England in danger of going out of their own tournament in the group stages: however they recovered to win their final match, against the Dutch. This left England, the USSR and the Netherlands all level on points with four wins and one loss each. England topped the group on goal difference with the Soviets to follow, the Dutch unfortunate to be in third.

The final was also a rematch of sorts - England having defeated Australia in the Olympic third-place play-off, the Aussies were out for revenge. England started slowly, and Terry Walsh scored an early goal to put Australia into a deserved lead. England soon began to find their feet, with some typically mazy dribbles by Imran Sherwani threatening the Australian lines: but another goal soon followed for the Australians, this time against the run of play, from a penalty corner.

This goal was in fact briefly disputed by England, who claimed that the shot had flown too high, above the back board of the net: but the referee ruled that it had brushed the goalkeeper's glove on the way, so the "too high" was counted as a deflection off an English player rather than a straight hit from the Australian scorer, and England were 2-0 behind at half-time. The second half was a more scrappy affair - England by and large having the greater amount of possession, but unable to create any significant chances against a well-drilled Australian defensive line. Late on in the game, a defensive error finally allowed Jon Potter in to score, but it was too little, too late: Australia hung on for a 2-1 victory.

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                                                                                          Australian captain kisses his team’s first World Cup trophy.

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1 hour ago, Gunnersauraus said:

@Panna King you interested in this? Your country dominates hockey?

They haven't won it since 1998 though. 

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Lahore 1990

Netherlands won the final against the hosts Pakistan silencing a crowd of 70,000. According to than Dutch captain Bovelander he has pictures of the final framed in his office and house from the final.

                                                                                                FT Pakistan 1-3 Netherlands 

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Sydney 1994

Four years later Pakistan and Netherlands again met in the final this time in Sydney but unlike Lahore the small stadium of 18,000 but packed with spectators watched Pakistan win their 4th World Cup title after they held their nerves in the penalty shootouts after the game ended 1-1 in a nerve wrecking encounter.

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The 1994 World Cup was the last major international title for us since than our hockey has seen steady decline to its present state.

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10 hours ago, Gunnersauraus said:

@Panna King you interested in this? Your country dominates hockey?

Yeah I watch Hockey,  The Women from The Netherlands always dominate but the men are about 3rd to 4th best team in the World.

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9 hours ago, Azeem said:

They haven't won it since 1998 though. 

Yeah the men are not as good as the Dutch ladies in Hockey who always win.

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9 minutes ago, Gunnersauraus said:

I didn't know that. 

From 1920s-1950s

British India and than India were the dominant force in hockey.

1960s

Pakistan emerged as the rival to India's dominance and it was a sew saw in that period with both teams having their period of dominance on the other. 

1970s-1980s

This period was our golden era with no team coming close to us in any aspect. 

1990s

With the introduction of artificial turf than grass and some other rules the sport shifted in favour of European teams and Netherlands truly dominated hockey in that period. 

2000s

Germany took over from the Netherlands the no 1 team in the World but European dominance continued.

2010s till now

Australia are the current best team in the world

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Azeem said:

From 1920s-1950s

British India and than India were the dominant force in hockey.

1960s

Pakistan emerged as the rival to India's dominance and it was a sew saw in that period with both teams having their period of dominance on the other. 

1970s-1980s

This period was our golden era with no team coming close to us in any aspect. 

1990s

With the introduction of artificial turf than grass and some other rules the sport shifted in favour of European teams and Netherlands truly dominated hockey in that period. 

2000s

Germany took over from the Netherlands the no 1 team in the World but European dominance continued.

2010s till now

Australia are the current best team in the world

 

 

 

But this is just the men,     The Women, the Netherlands have been dominate for years and are the current World Cup winners.

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2 minutes ago, Panna King said:

But this is just the men,     The Women, the Netherlands have been dominate for years and are the current World Cup winners.

But this is the Mens World Cup thread not a general hockey thread :ph34r:

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Let us go back to 1978

In 1978, Argentinawas hosting two World Cup Tournaments. Hockey World Cup started at Buenos Aires in March 1978 and Soccer World Cup in June 1978. Pakistan won the hockey World Cup by defeating Holland in the final.

Throughout the hockey world cup, a wonderful Pakistan team managed by Abdul Waheed Khan and capatined by Islahuddindisplayed a breathtaking attacking game. Crowd and connoisseurs got attracted alike.

Argentina’s soccer manager Cesar Luis Menotti became intrigued by Pakistan’s sublime technical skills. Midway through the hockey world cup, on a rest day, Pakistan manager Abdul Waheed Khan was informed that the manager of Argentine soccer team, Menotti, had arrived on his personal plane to see him. The Argentine chain-smoking coach always favored a stylish, attacking game based on skill and technique.

Abdul Waheed Khan had prepared Pakistan’s attacking strategy upon concept of double attack – if a move from right side failed then they made all the possible efforts to immediately initiate a move from left side on the assumption that most of the opponents’ defence had become concentrated on the right side, and vice versa.

Abdul Waheed explained to Menotti his strategy of ‘double attack’, as well as the ‘use of wingers’ whenever it becomes difficult to override the opposition through the middle. He watched a training session of Pakistan team with Waheed.

“I explained to him how it all worked in practice. He noted a few points and then left the ground. The rest is history.”

Argentina went on to win the soccer World Cup for the first time. And Menotti sent Waheed a telegram acknowledging that the Pakistan hockey team’s ploys had come in very handy to him! Thus it can be said that however small or big, Pakistan’s hockey World Cup victory helped in Argentina’s Soccer World Cup victory in 1978.

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@Berserker You are welcome

@SirBalon This might interest you too

 

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18 minutes ago, Panna King said:

But this is just the men,     The Women, the Netherlands have been dominate for years and are the current World Cup winners.

Hockey seems to be a sport where the women's game is as big if not bigger than the men's game?

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1 minute ago, Gunnersauraus said:

@Azeem you do have to consider that the Olympics is a massive tournament as well in hockey. Is it bigger than the world cup?

Yes its the biggest event in Field Hockey bigger than the World Cup. 

Infact Hockey is one of the biggest events in Olympics as well, one of the top three most spectated olympic event. 

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@Gunnersauraus

One of the reasons why Hockey World Cup can't be as big as the Olympics is because it is held in the same year as the FIFA World Cup. A lot of teams in Hockey like Spain, Germany, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Argentina are the hub of football hence the hype of the FWC overshadows the Hockey World Cup in those countries Australia also falls into this category.

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50 minutes ago, Azeem said:

But this is the Mens World Cup thread not a general hockey thread :ph34r:

Yeah of course but the question at the first was about Hockey in General. 

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@Panna King Holland scores very highly in terms of equality between men and women. Do you think this affects Holland's performance in hockey and sport in general? Interestingly Norway score high and they have done well in women's football.

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1 hour ago, Gunnersauraus said:

@Panna King Holland scores very highly in terms of equality between men and women. Do you think this affects Holland's performance in hockey and sport in general? Interestingly Norway score high and they have done well in women's football.

Holland in general are very competitive in most sports in men but more so in women sports lately.  Hockey though has always been a national sport and they follow the typical Dutch philosophy like in football they want to win playing the best way.

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On 05/11/2018 at 11:01, Azeem said:

menotti.jpg

Let us go back to 1978

In 1978, Argentinawas hosting two World Cup Tournaments. Hockey World Cup started at Buenos Aires in March 1978 and Soccer World Cup in June 1978. Pakistan won the hockey World Cup by defeating Holland in the final.

Throughout the hockey world cup, a wonderful Pakistan team managed by Abdul Waheed Khan and capatined by Islahuddindisplayed a breathtaking attacking game. Crowd and connoisseurs got attracted alike.

Argentina’s soccer manager Cesar Luis Menotti became intrigued by Pakistan’s sublime technical skills. Midway through the hockey world cup, on a rest day, Pakistan manager Abdul Waheed Khan was informed that the manager of Argentine soccer team, Menotti, had arrived on his personal plane to see him. The Argentine chain-smoking coach always favored a stylish, attacking game based on skill and technique.

Abdul Waheed Khan had prepared Pakistan’s attacking strategy upon concept of double attack – if a move from right side failed then they made all the possible efforts to immediately initiate a move from left side on the assumption that most of the opponents’ defence had become concentrated on the right side, and vice versa.

Abdul Waheed explained to Menotti his strategy of ‘double attack’, as well as the ‘use of wingers’ whenever it becomes difficult to override the opposition through the middle. He watched a training session of Pakistan team with Waheed.

“I explained to him how it all worked in practice. He noted a few points and then left the ground. The rest is history.”

Argentina went on to win the soccer World Cup for the first time. And Menotti sent Waheed a telegram acknowledging that the Pakistan hockey team’s ploys had come in very handy to him! Thus it can be said that however small or big, Pakistan’s hockey World Cup victory helped in Argentina’s Soccer World Cup victory in 1978.

waheed_small.jpg

@Berserker You are welcome

@SirBalon This might interest you too

 

Wow, hadn't ever heard about that. Thanks mate. I'll support Pakistan if they play against India now. ^_^ Where did you got that from anyway?

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6 minutes ago, Berserker said:

Wow, hadn't ever heard about that. Thanks mate. I'll support Pakistan if they play against India now. ^_^ Where did you got that from anyway?

Was searching about field hockey football similarities, came up with this along with other things. 

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Starts Today :)

Match Day 1

Belgium vs Canada 

India vs South Africa 
 

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Matches will be shown live on the YouTube Channel of FIH

 

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