The 2014 Hockey World Cup was held at Kyocera Stadium, Netherlands. This was the third instance of Netherlands playing host to the tournament after the 1973 and 1998 editions respectively. Driving the home advantage, Netherlands went into the final but lost to Australia 6-1.
About the World Cup
The 13th edition saw 12 teams participate. They were divided into two groups; Pool A and B respectively. While arch-rivals Australia and England finished on top from Pool A, Netherlands and Argentina ended Pool B at tops spots.
In Pool A, Australia remained unbeaten and England acquired three wins whereas had one draw and defeat each. The other teams -- India, Spain, Malaysia, Belgium -- were shown the door and faced off in the 5th-12th spot finishes.
Netherlands topped Pool B with 4 wins and 1 draw. Argentina, on the other hand, had 4 victories and 1 loss in the group stages. The four sides eliminated were: Germany, New Zealand, South Korea and South Africa.
Fifth and twelveth spot finishes
South Africa defeated Malaysia, 6-2, to attain the 11th spot. In the nineth and tenth spot, India trounced South Korea 3-0. India's Akashdeep and Rupinder Pal Singh scored goals and laid the foundation. Spain and New Zealand played out a tie, 1-1, but the latter prevailed ahead in the penalties to finish 7th. In the fifth and sixth position tussle, Belgium defeated Germany 4-2.
Talking about the semifinals, Australia thrashed Argentina 5-1. In the other clash, Netherlands won a hard-fought encounter versus England to enter the summit clash. After defeat, Argentina met England for a third-spot finish. They attained their first-ever World Cup medal with a 2-0 win.
Australia and Netherlands were expected to light up the atmosphere in the final. While Australia stormed into the final being unbeaten, Netherlands came into their own after few competitive encounters (a draw versus New Zealand and a close tie versus South Kroea 2-1). However, the final was a one-sided affair wherein Australia emerged on top courtesy a 6-1 scoreline. Kieran Govers, Glenn Turner, Jamie Dwyer and few others scored goals to take Australia to another World Cup victory.
Ahead of the upcoming 14th edition of Hockey World Cup, at Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar, all eyes will be on defending champions, Australia. They will face competition from Belgium, Netherlands, Argentina and India (on home advantage).
2018 Hockey World Cup commences from November 28 and will fold by December 16 at Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium.
New Delhi became the city to host the Hockey World Cup as India got a second chance to host the marquee tournament. Twelve teams participated in the tournament with a total of 38 matches being played. All matches were played at the Dhyan Chand that saw a total of 199 goals being scored. Australia were crowned champions for the second time as they beat Germany 2-1 in the final. Third place was won by Netherlands. Australia’s Luke Doerner and Holland’s Taeke Taekema were the top goal scorer with 8 strikes under their belt. Netherland’s Guus Vogels was named the man of the tournament.
India in the Tournament
After an abysmal 2006 World Cup India were expected to do better as they were playing in familiar conditions. The team did better but not enough to create a buzz in the hockey circles. In 2006 India could not win a single match, in 2010 they managed to win one. The beat part being that India managed to beat their arch rivals Pakistan 4-1, while drawing their match against South Africa. The other matches were a depressing sight as India lost 2-5 to Australia, 2-5 to Spain, 2-3 to Spain,
In the classification match India lost 2-4 to Argentina to finish eighth in the tournament.
Germany played host in the 2006 Hockey World Cup. The number of team was brought down to 12 from 16 in the last edition of the tournament. Germany emulated Netherlands by becoming the second host nation to win the title. Australia had to be satisfied with second place for a second successive time. Spain came in third beating South Korea in the third place play-off. A total of 174 goals were scored with Dutch penalty corner expert Taeke Taekema scoring 11 goals. Australian striker Jamie Dwyer was declared the best player of the tournament.
2006 was another forgettable year for India as the team did not win a single match in the group stage of the tournament. Germany beat India 3-2, England beat India by the same score, India drew 1-1 against South Africa, South Korea ran away 2-1 victory against the men in blue and finally Netherland handed India a 6-1 drubbing in their final group match. India lost their cross over match to Argentina but somehow beat South Africa in the classification round to avoid the wooden spoon.
Malaysia played host for the first time since 1975 that saw the number of participating swell from twelve to sixteen. Germany won their first World Cup after beating Australia 2-1 in the final. While South Korea beat Netherland to finish third. For the first time ever 300 goals were scored in the tournament. Argentina’s Jorge Lombi and Pakistan’s penalty corner expert Sohail Abbas hit the board ten times.
By 2002 the Indian hockey team was just making up the numbers. India were slated in an easier group along with Cuba, Poland, Japan, England, Malaysia, South Korea and Australia, yet the team managed to stand sixth in the group stage. Only Poland and Cuba had lesser points than India. The team managed to beat Cuba and Poland while their match against Japan ended in a 2-2 draw. India lost the rest of their matches. India managed to beat Spain 3-0 but lost 1-2 in the ninth and tenth place qualification to New Zealand. This ended another poor outing for the team.
The Dutch city of Utrecht was the host to the ninth edition of the hockey World Cup. And just like 1973 in Amstelveen, hosts Netherlands won the champion’s crown. Twelve teams took part in the tournament that saw a whopping 209 goals being scored. Australian attacking mid fielder Jay Stacy was the top scorer with eleven goals under his belt while Germany’s Oliver Domke was declared the best player of the tournament.
India had another poor outing at the World Cup as the side ended up at the bottom of their group. India began their 1998 campaign by losing 1-4 to Germany. Worse was t follow as India were handed a 0-5 thumping by hosts Netherlands. India hat-trick of losses was completed by South Korea as they won 3-2. After three defeats India managed to win their first match by beating New Zealand 1-0. And just to make it a very forgettable outing Canada beat India in the last group match 4-1.
In the crossover match India beat Poland 6-2 and then beat New Zealand 1-0 to finish ninth in the tournament.
The 1994 edition of the World Cup was held in Australia that saw twelve teams vying for top honours. The tournament saw 129 goals scored with Taco van den Honert top scoring with 11 goals. Pakistan great Shabaz Ahmed was named the man of the tournament. He played the key role in helping his side win the tournament by beating Netherlands in the final match. Hosts Australia came third.
India had a great chance of qualifying for the semifinals but a drawn match against South Africa hurt the team’s campaign. India beat South Korea in their first group match, next India lost to Netherlands 2-4, in the third group match India were held to a 2-2 draw and the loss of crucial points here hurt the team. India lost the following match to Germany 1-2, but recovered well to beat Belgium 4-2. India ended the group stage in third place with 5 points, just two less than Germany. In the crossover match India beat Argentina on penalties and then went on to beat England in the fifth and sixth place classification match.
The 1990 edition of the Hockey World Cup was held in Lahore in Pakistan. The tournament once again saw 12 of the top team’s of the world in the competition. A total of 42 matches were played where 147 goals were scored. Floris Jan Bovelander of Holland and Ignacio Escude of Spain were the top goal scorer with 9 strikes into the net against their name. The Netherlands won the title beating hosts Pakistan in the final while Australia took the third spot.
1990 proved to be another forgettable outing for India in the World Cup as the team failed to win a single match in the group stages as the team finished tenth in the tournament. India were placed in group A . India started their campaign with a draw against Soviet Union and the lost four matches on the trot. Argentina beat India 5-3, France then beat India 2-1, Netherlands were next to win against India by a margin of 5-3, and finally Australia beat India 3-2. India managed to win their first match 2-1 when they faced Canada in the crossover stage. But in the last match of the tournament India went down to Argentina 1-0 to end their 1990 World Cup campaign in tenth place.
The 1986 edition of the hockey World Cup was held in London with twelve teams participating in the competition. For the first time no Asian team ended on the podium. Australia won the tournament by beating hosts England while West Germany came third. Australian hockey legend Ric Charlesworth was the highest goal scorer while India’s hockey pride Mohammad Shahid was declared the man of the tournament.
India were placed in Group B along with Australia, West Germany, Poland, Spain and Canada. The team lost all but two of their matches. India lost to Poland 0-1, lost 1-2 to Spain, lost 0-6 to Australia, India managed to beat Canada 2-0 while the team held Germany to a 2-2 draw. This meant that India finished fifth in their group. In the classification match for 11th and 12th place India were beaten 2-3 by Pakistan. With this India ended twelfth and last in the tournament while Pakistan finished eleventh. This signaled the end of Asian dominance in World Cup hockey.
India hosted the fifth edition of the tournament in Mumbai (then Bombay). The 1982 edition of the tournament saw the participation of twelve teams. A total of forty two matches were played that witnessed 216 goals. Kaleemullah Khan was the top scorer in the tournament with 12 hits into the net. Pakistan won the tournament beating West Germany in the final. Australia finished third.
India were confident of a great tournament having won the Olympic gold in 1980. However the team had another poor World Cup. India were placed in Group B along with Australia, Netherlands, Soviet Union, England and Malaysia. The hosts started off their group matches in style beating Malaysia 6-2, but were soon brought down with a thud losing to Netherlands 3-4, India then won their next two matches, first they beat Soviet Union 7-2 and then defeated England 4-2. India needed to beat Australia for any hopes of making the semifinal but lost the crucial encounter 1-2. In the fifth and sixth place qualification match India beat Soviet Union to finish fifth in the tournament.
The fourth hockey World Cup was held in the capital of Argentina Buenos Aires. Fourteen teams took part in this edition with Pakistan winning the tournament for the second time after beating The Netherlands in the final. Australia came third by West Germany 4-3 in the third place play-off match.
For the first time in the history of the World Cup the Indian team was knocked out after the first stage of the tournament. India started off poorly losing the Canada 1-3, but the team came back well beating Australia 2-0, however India took a real pounding in the next match losing 0-7 to West Germany. The next match too proved to be a tough encounter as England held India to a 1-1 draw. India beat Belgium 1-0 in their final group match but this was not enough for the team to enter the semifinal.
India were slotted to play for the classification positions between fifth and eighth. In the first match India beat Argentina 3-2, but then lost to Spain in the fifth and sixth position match. India finished sixth in the tournament.
The third edition of the Hockey World Cup was hosted by Malaysia. The tournament saw a total of twelve teams. A total of forty two matches were played during the tournament with 175 goals being scored. India won their first World Cup title beating arch rivals Pakistan in the final. West Germany were third beating Malaysia 4-0 in the third place play-off. Ties Kruize, Manzoor-ul-Hassan and Stefan Otulakowski were the top scorers with seven goals against their name.
After the disappointment of losing the 1973 final India made a strong statement and won the tournament by beating old rivals Pakistan in the final. India were led by Ajitpal Singh. Team India was placed in Pool B along with West Germany, Australia, England, Argentina and Ghana. India topped their group by winning three matches, drawing one and losing one. India started their campaign against England and won the match 2-1. Their next match against Australia ended in a 1-1 draw. India’s third match was against Ghana and India won this encounter 7-0. However India lost their pool match against Argentina 1-2, but the team struck back in their final group encounter winning 3-1.
India then took on hosts Malaysia in the semifinal. India were under extreme pressure as the partisan crowd egged on their team. At one stage Malaysia were ahead 2-1 with just five minutes remaining. But Aslam Sher Khan saved the day for India by scoring the equalizer and forcing the match into extra time. India got the winning goal through Harcharan who sounded the board in the 79th minute.
India faced arch rivals Pakistan once again in the final. Pakistan took the lead in the 17th minute through Zahid, but India clawed their way back to equal the score 1-1 as Surjit Singh Randhawa scored. The winner was scored by Ashok Kumar in the 51st minute which helped India to win their first ever World Cup.
Netherland hosted the second World Cup that saw the participation of twelve teams. A total of 42 matches were played while 124 goals were scored during the tournament. The hosts won the trophy beating India in the final. West Germany came third after they beat Pakistan 1-0 in the third place play-off. Ties Kruize was the top goal scorer in the tournament with 11 goals against his name.
India were unbeaten in the group stage. India beat Japan 5-0, drew 0-0 against West Germany, beat Kenya 4-0, drew with New Zealand 1-1 and beat Spain 2-0. In the semifinal India beat Pakistan 1-0 to take on hosts Netherland in the final. Centre forward Govinda the lone goal of the match in the 62nd minute give India a place in the final.
The hosts made the first move taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute against India in the final. Holland’s penalty corner expert Ties Kruize was the first to register his name on the scoreboard. India then stage a recovery to first level the score and then take a 2-1 lead in the match through Surjit Singh’s efforts. Ties Kruize scored for Netherlands through another penalty corner to level the scores. India had a golden chance to win the match in the dying minutes but Govinda missed a penalty stroke.
In the tie-breaker Holland’s goalkeeper Sikking emerged as the hero after he stopped Govinda and Harcharan Singh’s penalty stroke. The Netherlands converted their four strokes to win the title.
The first hockey World Cup was played in Barcelona, Spain. Ten teams took part in the first World Cup in which a total of 30 matches were played. A total of 66 goals were scored during the tournament with Pakistan’s Tanvir Dar being the top scorer with 8 goals. The tournament was won by Pakistan who beat Spain in the final. India was placed third in the tournament.
India was place in Pool A along with West Germany, Kenya, France and Argentina. India won all their four group matches and topped their pool with eight points. India beat France 1-0, beat Argentina 1-0, beat Kenya 2-0, and beat West Germany 1-0. India faced Pakistan in the Semifinal but lost the match 1-2. In the third place play-off India beat Kenya 2-1 in extra time. Kulwant Singh and Rajiwinder were the top scorers for India with two goals against their name.
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