Calendar 2011: Dedicated to Women’s Team

Here we present another wallpaper/poster (you can request a print in comments) calendar for hockey fans, it is dedicated to Indian Women’s Team, which was Bronze Medalist of the first edition of Asian Champions Trophy 2010 at Busan, South Korea. Indian eves won the bronze medal match against China by 2-1.

Calendar 2011 Women

Calendar 2011 Women

Nimbus Sport, Indian Hockey Federation Enters into an Agreement: World Series Hockey

World Series Hockey Logo

World Series Hockey

Nimbus Sport has entered into an agreement with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to conceptualize, stage and market an annual hockey league called “World Series Hockey” (the League), with the first edition scheduled to be launched in late 2011. The 15 year deal between Nimbus Sport and the IHF is expected to transform the way hockey is played and perceived in India. The objective of the League is to reinvigorate hockey in India and to make hockey the ‘sport of choice’ for young Indians. Further it aims at creating a milieu for hockey, which can sustain itself financially and provides financial incentive and security to current and future hockey players. Most importantly, it will showcase Indian hockey to the world. An annual event, the League entails participation of upto 10 teams in its first year, using a city based model. The entire event will take place on ‘home and away’ basis culminating into multi header Playoffs. The first edition of World Series Hockey will take place between November / December 2011 to February 2012, feature upto 100 matches and upto 250 hockey players from India and around the world. Each match of the league will be produced and broadcast LIVE on multiple media platforms including Television. Continue reading →

Calendar 2011

As we promised to have surprise gift for all of our readers, we have prepared a wallpaper/poster (you can request a print in comments) calender of 2011. The first calendar from thefansofhockey.com is dedicated to India’s wall in Hockey Dilip Tirkey who retired from international hockey in May 2010. He is only player apart from Teun de Nooijer (Netherlands) to play more than 400 international matches.

calendar 2011

Calendar 2011

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Brasa or Somebody else?

Indian Hockey team is without coach after the contract of Mr Jose Brasa got over on Nov 30, 2010 and national coach resigned after Asian Games 2010 semi-final loss against Malaysia. Now lots of candidate have pitched in, most of them former Indian players and hockey legends like Dhanraj Pillay, etc. Few of them have coached national team at earlier occasions also, and few run their academy to nurture the raw talent of hockey, but at this moment every hockey fan is thinking about the next coach.

Dhanraj Pillay, showing his skills during inauguration of JFHA

Some are supporting Indian hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay for the post. Dhanraj is still playing for Air India, which is considered to be advantageous. It is argued that he understands the current players better, because he has played with/against most of them in national team/domestic tournaments.

Here are some important point about this discussion by Shashank Gupta. The website stick2hockey.com, which has been very good in analyzing Indian hockey issues, suggests Dhanraj should coach Bombay team first in upcoming hockey nationals to prove his worthiness as a coach. Then who should take up the job for national team? I am favor of retaining Brasa as most of Indian Hockey Fans are. And we fans have the performance of team in Brasa’s tenure to support him. Continue reading →

May get to see India Vs Pakistan in CT 2011 to be hosted in India

While HI and IHF are fighting for power, Indian team is without coach, FIH had already announced a big share of events to be hosted in India in coming 4 years and now, FIH confirms India’s entry in Champions Trophy 2011 as hosts, South Korea and Pakistan are given wild card entries. CT 2011 will be hosted in November or December 2011 in India.

FIH confirms participating teams for 2011 tournaments – FIH Press Release

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) can confirm the line-ups for the men’s and women’s Champions Trophy and Challenge tournaments that will take place at various locations around the world in 2011.

The Men’s FIH Champions Trophy features outright qualifiers Australia, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and host nation India, with two additional teams being invited to take part in the exciting new eight-team event that will take place on dates to be confirmed in November / December 2011. Continue reading →

‘One Thousand Hockey Legs’ is looking for Coaches

Opening for Hockey Coach

OTHL wish to start hockey in 2 schools at Saket in South Delhi and is looking for a coach to train beginners. If not volunteer, you can be paid. Are you interested? For more details please contact K Arumugam (+919811662081)

One Thousand Hockey Legs‘Gain Hockey Knowledge’ gains foothold in Delhi Continue reading →