Germany won their 10th Champions Trophy Gold

  • Wesley & Fuchs strike as Germany secure 10th CT Gold medal with 2-0 win over Pakistan
  • Germany co-captain Moritz Fürste named Player of the Tournament
  • World Champions Australia defeat hosts India to take Bronze

The Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 has come to an end in Bhubaneswar, India with London 2012 Olympic Champions Germany taking the title by defeating Pakistan 2-0 in the final. Goals from Christopher Wesley and Florian Fuchs were enough to give Germany a superb 2-0 victory over Pakistan, with a sell-out crowd witnessed the Germans claim their 10th Champions Trophy Gold medal but their first since 2007.

Germany with Champions Trophy after winning Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Germany with Champions Trophy after winning Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

The Bronze medal contest between Australia and India ended in another medal for World Cup winners, who overcame the host nation to take a 2-1 win. The final day began with the playoffs for 7th and 8th place, with England triumphing 3-2 against Belgium before Netherlands sealed 5th place by defeating Argentina 4-1.

Individual Awards at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014:
Hero Best Player of the Tournament: Moritz Fürste, GERMANY
Hero Top scorer of the Tournament: Jeroen Hertzberger, THE NETHERLANDS
Tata Steel Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: PR Sreejesh, INDIA
Cairn India most energetic Player: SV Sunil, INDIA
MCL Best Junior Player of the Tournament: Akashdeep Singh, INDIA
Nalco Fan’s Choice Award: Sardar Singh, INDIA

Final Standings at Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014:
1. Germany; 2. Pakistan; 3. Australia; 4. India; 5. Netherlands; 6. Argentina; 7. England; 8. Belgium Continue reading →

Germany and India Captains are Looking to Start CT2014 on Winning Note

To start-off their campaign on an optimistic note in the 35th Hero Hockey Men’s Champions Trophy 2014, the XVII Asiad Champions India will take on Germany in the last match of Day 1 of the tournament, slated to be played on December 6, 2014 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. Earlier in the day, World Champions Australia will start the proceedings against England in first match followed by Belgium taking on Pakistan in Pool A matches and Netherlands will play Argentina in the first match of Pool B.

India's Danish Mujtaba and Nikkin Thimmaiah in practice session before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

India’s Danish Mujtaba and Nikkin Thimmaiah in practice session before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Led by midfielder Sardar Singh, India have been playing some good hockey in the last few tournaments and got some excellent results, including a glittery gold finish in the 17th Asian Games, a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games and a tournament win over the World Champions- Australia in the recently concluded tour.

With a lone bronze medal finish in the 1982 Champions Trophy, India ended up fourth in the last edition of the tournament played at Melbourne, Australia. On the contrary, FIH rank 3 – Germany Men’s Hockey Team is one of the most successful sides of the world. Winning the Olympics gold four times, they also boast of nine Champions Trophy gold, out of the total tally of 22 medals in the tourney. Germany has to its name two Hockey world Cup gold as well. It is also the second most successful national team in the Hockey Champions Trophy, next only to Australia. Continue reading →

Six Teams after Closed Bid for Hockey India League 2015

New Delhi, 15 November 2014: New Franchise Dabang Mumbai mentored by former Indian Captain Viren Rasquinha bought two most costliest players, Tom Boon and Matthew Swann, of bid for the upcoming Hero Hockey India League 2015 to counter others having the likes Sardar Singh, Jamie Dwyer, Moritz Fürste, etc.

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

All the six franchises which includes defending champions Delhi Waveriders alongwith Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors and new franchise owners Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays, were seen bidding their best numbers to get hold of players for their respective squad and ensuring the right amalgamation for their teams. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos beat Fighting Kalinga Lancers in HIL

The defending champions Ranchi Rhinos registered a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the debutants Kalinga Lancers in a league match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

Ranchi Rhinos' captain Moritz Fürste celebrates his goal with his team during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos’ captain Moritz Fürste celebrates his goal with his team during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Ranchi

Ranchi Rhinos started the match as favourites and took the lead in the sixth minute of the match through Englishman Ashley Jackson’s strike on first penalty corner of Rhinos as he scored his third goal of the tournament.

Kalinga Lancers had a few share of attacks in the first quarter but the moves were not incisive to create any trouble for Ranchi Rhinos defense.

Ranchi Rhinos continued to play the attacking game in the second quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goals. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos beat UP Wizards at Lucknow in HIL

Ranchi Rhinos‘ captain Moritz Fürste lead from front in 2-1 win over UP Wizards at the Hero Hockey India League 2014, which was witnessed by Honorable CM of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav.

Ranchi Rhinos' captain Moritz Fürste in action UP Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Lucknow

Man-of-the-Match and Ranchi Rhinos’ captain Moritz Fürste in action UP Wizards during Hero Hockey India League 2014 at Lucknow

The first match in Lucknow of the Hero Hockey India League 2nd edition also saw King of Bhangra, Daler Mehndi performing on his hit numbers during the opening ceremony.

The Rhinos were by far the better side on display as they dominated the match from the start to finish. The visitors had the better share of ball possession, enjoying 56 per cent of the possession as against Wizards’ 44 percent. Continue reading →

Jaypee Punjab Warriors will look to win against Ranchi Rhinos on home ground

Jalandhar, 15 January 2013: Having suffered the disappointment of being beaten in the opening game of the Hero Hockey India League, Jaypee Punjab Warriors would try to get a better result at home when they take on Ranchi Rhinos in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Jaypee Punjab Warriors will need better co-ordination among star studded forward line including Jamie Dwyer, Shivendra Singh, S V Sunil, etc.

Warriors fought well against Delhi Waveriders on Monday, but their forward-line failed to create enough goal-scoring opportunities, and that is something that the team think tank would have worked on, on Tuesday, their only rest day for the first four days of the tournament. The likes of SV Sunil, Shivendra Singh would have to play a more attacking hockey, if the Warriors want to be a lot more dangerous in the coming games.

Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer admitted after Monday’s game that the team needs to do better. “We didn’t start the game well.  I think, as a team, we still need to combine a bit better. Hopefully, we would start doing that in the next few games,” the Aussie said on Monday night. Continue reading →