The Fans of HockeyNewsSchedule of India’s Europe Tour: Last Outing before London Olympics

In the run up to the London Olympics Games 2012, Team India will play a two match Test Series against France and a 3 Nation Invitational Hockey Tournament at Santander, Spain from 28- 30 June 2012 and 14-18 July 2012 respectively, before heading to London for Olympics 2012.

An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitionsIndia will play two test matches against France in Lille on 28 and 30 June 2012. The team will then travel to Spain to take part in a 3 Nation Invitational Hockey Tournament at Santander, Spain from 14-18 July 2012. Before the start of 3 Nation Invitational Hockey Tournament, Team India will also play two test matches each against Spain and South Africa from 5- 11 July 2012 at the same venue (Detailed Schedule given at the end of article).

The 3 Nation Invitational Tournament will feature Great Britain, India and the hosts Spain. These matches are the final preparations for the Team India ahead of the London Olympic Games 2012. The tournament will be played on the blue artificial turf with yellow kookaburra balls.

During the three week tour in France and Spain, Team India will play total of 8 matches before shifting to Olympic Village in London. These matches will help Team India to acclimatize to the European conditions which will be similar to the conditions of London in July and August when they will take part in the London Olympic Games 2012. The schedule of the matches is given below.
Schedule of Test Matches (Spain).

Schedule of Test Matches (Santander, Spain)

Date Local Time (IST) Match
5-Jul-12 1830 (2200) India 3-3 Spain
7-Jul-12 2115 (0045) India 1-2 Spain
8-Jul-12 1930 (2300) India 6-5 South Africa
9-Jul-12 1345 (1715) Spain 5-3 South Africa
11-Jul-12 1345 (1715) India 3-4 South Africa

Schedule for three nations (Great Britain, India and Spain at Santander):

Date Local Time (IST) Match
14-Jul-12 1730 (2100) India 1-3 Great Britain
16-Jul-12 1900 (2230) Great Britain 2-1 Spain
18-Jul-12 1345 (1715) India 1-2 Spain

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