15th FIH Men's Hockey World Cup 2023 Concludes at the Kalinga Stadium
Germany defeated Belgium 5-4 in a penalty shootout to win the 15th FIH Men's Hockey World Cup in 2023 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, India. At the conclusion of regulation time, the scores were tied at 3-3. Germany has now won the Hockey World Cup three times, having previously done so in 2002 and 2006. With this, they tie Australia and the Netherlands. Pakistan has won the trophy four times, making them the most successful team in the competition's history. Germany also created history by coming from behind to win the World Cup. After going from being down 2-0 to leading 3-2 and then winning a shootout, they eventually won the tournament.
Belgium won thanks to Tanguy Cosyns (11') and Florent Van Aubel (10'). But just before the break, Germany scored again thanks to Niklas Wellen (29'). After Nicolas De Kerpel was given a yellow card in the 40th minute, Belgium was reduced to 10 men. Germany took advantage to tie the game at 2-2. Germany took the lead in the 48th minute, but Tom Boon tied the score 59 seconds before the end of the game. Van Aubel kicked off for Belgium and made the conversion on the opening try. Wellen gave Germany the lead. Hannes Muller contributed to Germany's 2-1 victory. After a missed attempt, Belgium tied the score, but Thies Prinz's drag-shot gave the Germans a 3-2 lead. Wellen added Germany's fourth goal, and Prinz scored in sudden death to give the former world champions a 5-4 victory.
For the fourth time following 1982 (Mumbai), 2010 (Delhi), and 2018 (Goa), India hosted the Hockey World Cup (Odisha). It is the most occasions a country has hosted the competition. Fans from all over the world came to Odisha to take in the atmosphere and cheer on their teams over 44 bouts of intense competition. The reception to the tournament as a whole has been phenomenal. The Kalinga Stadium and the brilliant Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, both of which were constructed in less than 15 months, hosted the competition. As the largest seating hockey arena in the world, the venue was just added to the Guinness Book of Records. The tournament helped put the state and the country on the map of the sports world by showcasing the excellent facilities and the rich culture on offer. The tournament has been extremely beneficial for both the sport of hockey and the entire nation. India made history by becoming the first country to host the competition twice.
The Hockey World Cup campaign of Team India came to an end with a 5-2 victory over South Africa (January 28). In the team standings, India and Argentina tied for ninth place. The men's hockey World Cup host nation has never finished this poorly. After India and England drew 0-0, they were forced to play a crossover match against New Zealand, which they ultimately lost in shootouts after blowing a two-goal lead. Their two victories after that, an 8-0 victory over Japan and a 5-2 triumph over South Africa, were only enough to prevent them from suffering their worst-ever World Cup result. After a heroic Olympic campaign, the Men in Blue were hoping to climb into the top three of the FIH Rankings. They failed to succeed, nevertheless, when they hosted the Hockey World Cup.
After a heroic Olympic campaign, the Men in Blue were hoping to climb into the top three of the FIH Rankings. They failed to succeed, nevertheless, when they hosted the Hockey World Cup. Perhaps Hockey India should reevaluate its training programme, focusing less on how much they train and more on how they train. In other words, give players a little more time than they now do to be in their personal space and around their families and loved ones. Does it help them focus better and feel less stressed? With the Asian Games only six months away, this kind of reflection is more important than simply switching personnel.
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