India won Hockey World Cup 40 years ago by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur

On 15th March 1975, exactly 40 years ago, the India’s Men Hockey team had won World Cup by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in the historic Finals of the 1975 Hockey World Cup. It was a moment of pride that day and it is a moment of pride for every Indian today, but India has failed to repeat the same feat again in these 40 years.

Cakes to celebrate 40th year of Hockey World Cup win at a get-together hosted by the captain of 1975 team Ajit Pal Singh

Cakes to celebrate 40th year of Hockey World Cup win at a get-together hosted by the captain of 1975 team Ajit Pal Singh

Watch the full recording of final match of 1975 Hockey World Cup Here.

After 3 medals in first editions, Bronze, Silver and Gold in 1971, 1973 and 1975 respectively, India has failed to make it to top four in next 10 editions till 2014. India will host the 14th edition of prestigious hockey event in 2018, we wish good luck to Indian Hockey team for the event and expect them to better their performance, when hosts best of the best hockey teams at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

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Sachin Tendulkar meets the Indian Hockey Team ahead of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

20th May 2014: A day prior to the departure of the Indian Men Hockey team for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, scheduled in The Hague, Netherlands, from 31st May 2014 till 15th June 2014, Sachin Tendulkar – the little master of the cricket world visited the team in New Delhi today and motivates them for the World Cup. He wished the Indian Men Hockey Team goodluck for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup.

Legend Sachin Tendulkar meets the Indian Men Hockey Team ahead of their departure for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Legend Sachin Tendulkar meets the Indian Men Hockey Team ahead of their departure for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Sachin Tendulkar today met and shared his experiences of his cricketing days with the Indian Men Hockey Team and motivated the team to face the challenges of the upcoming tournament. He said “do not allow pressure to come to you irrespective how strong you feel the team is. Start each match with a positive attitude and do a thorough preparation on each team that you are meeting, understand their weaknesses and strengths and accordingly prepare yourself. You have to keep your mind positive all through as hockey is a fast game hence you have to keep yourself free of pressure. Always remember no team is stronger than you. Visualize this in your mind and you will realise that your body automatically starts responding positively” Continue reading →

Crutchley names England Squad for World Cup

13 May 2014:  Ahead of the 2014 Rabobank World Cup, which runs from 31 May – 15 June, England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named his squad of 18 athletes to travel out to The Hague in the Netherlands.

England & GB Captain Barry Middleton set to become most capped player (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

England & GB Captain Barry Middleton set to become most capped player (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

All of England’s matches will be shown live on Sky; the first game will be against Spain at 16:30 (UK time) on Saturday 31 May.

Returning to the 18 man squad is Wimbledon’s Henry Weir who has recovered from an ankle injury which kept him sidelined for several months; the defender made his return against the Netherlands last week. Reading’s Dan Shingles has also kept his place in the squad following an injury-free period which has seen him make good progress both in training and recent matches to impress Crutchley.

England captain Barry Middleton will make his 200th appearance for England on Thursday when his side faces the Netherlands in Dusseldorf at a Four Nations World Cup warm-up tournament. Following that game Middleton will only need three more caps to become the most capped England & GB men’s international player of all time with 308 appearances – surpassing Russell Garcia, who previously held the record at 307. Assuming he plays in England’s next four matches he will achieve this feat against Australia at Bisham Abbey on 24th May. Continue reading →

Sardar to lead India in 2014 Hockey World Cup, Gurbaj is Back

14 May 2014: Sardar Singh will lead Indian Men Hockey Team for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 to be played in The Hague (The Netherlands) commencing 31st May 2014 till 15th June 2014.

Indian Hockey Team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 with 1975 World Cup Winners

Indian Hockey Team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 with 1975 World Cup Winners

The team was announced at a mega event ogranised at Hotel Holiday Inn in New Delhi. As Gurbaj Singh makes a come back, Jasjit Singh will be making his debut on the international platform. Rupinder Pal Singh will be supporting Sardar Singh as the Vice-Captain.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “I am very happy and content to see a strong squad on whom we can bank upon and expect good results. These men have shown utmost determination and claimed a deserving spot in the World Cup team for themselves. We wish them all the best and hope to see them giving a tough fight to the opponents.” Continue reading →

Living Legends of 1975 World Cup Winning Squad to be Felicitated

7 May 2014: The players who won only World Cup title for India will be felicitated on 14th May 2014, when the Indian team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 is to be announced.

India won its only World Cup title in the year 1975 at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (watch full final match between India and Pakistan here)

Hockey India has invited all 13 Living members of the 1975 World Cup winning team in the capital where they will be presented a token one-time payment of Rs. 1,75,000 each for their contribution towards ensuring that they brought home the pride to every Indian of being the World Champions that year. Continue reading →

Jude Felix to Assist Terry Walsh as coach of Indian Men Hockey Team

26th March 2014: Double Olympian Jude Felix has been appointed as Coach of the Senior Men National Hockey Team of India. He will work under Chief Coach Terry Walsh.

Jude Felix-Coach Indian Men Hockey Team

Jude Felix-Coach Indian Men Hockey Team

Jude will join the training camp of the senior men hockey team on 27 March 2014 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi for preparations of the FIH Men’s World Cup 2014 to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from 31 May – 15 June 2014. He is appointed on a probationary period of three months with the senior men hockey team.

Speaking on the appointment Jude Felix, Coach, Senior Men National Hockey Team said, “I am coming with the vast years of my playing and coaching experience at different levels. I am confident that I will be able to make a contribution to players individually and team as a whole. Working with two great coaches in Roelant Oltmans and Terry Walsh, I am looking forward to learning from them and passing on the knowledge to as many coaches as possible in India”. Continue reading →