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Australia underlines dominance in 2014; Belgium wins maiden title in model in Bhubaneswar

Australian gamers have a good time with the trophy after successful the Hockey World Cup ultimate in The Hague in 2014.
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2014, The Hague (Could 31-June 15)

The Netherlands performed World Cup host for a document third time however weren’t third time fortunate, shedding to defending champion Australia in an embarrassing one-sided 6-1 defeat within the ultimate. It was the largest defeat for the Dutch within the competitors and firmly established Australia as the most effective workforce on the earth and prolonged its place on the high although the Olympic gold continued to elude it.

It additionally confirmed Ric Charlesworth as coach extraordinaire. The workforce’s efficiency — an unimaginable 30 objectives scored conceding solely three — regardless of not having the match’s top-scorer in its ranks proved its collective would possibly.

The Dutch had a harder path to the ultimate, struggling previous a combating England by a lone objective.

India’s struggles continued, successful and drawing a sport every — towards Malaysia and Spain respectively — to complete ninth with a 3-0 win towards South Korea.

High three: Australia, the Netherlands, Argentina; India: Ninth.

2018, Bhubaneswar (Nov. 28-Dec. 16)

Bhubaneswar firmly established itself because the hockey capital as India joined the Netherlands as a three-time host and Belgium introduced its arrival with a bang, successful its maiden title in model, defeating three-time champion the Netherlands on penalties in a crackling ultimate so as to add to its rising stature in world hockey within the match that expanded once more to 16 groups after the 2006 version.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with Belgium players after the World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with Belgium gamers after the World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar.
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That it was ranked third on the earth and managed to succeed in the 2016 Olympics ultimate regardless of its earlier World Cup greatest being fifth 4 years in the past solely added to its fairytale attraction, burnished by the truth that this was Belgium’s first title at any main occasion.

The modified format of the competitors of 4 teams of 4 every noticed India topping its group, bettering Belgium’s objective distinction earlier than faltering towards the Netherlands within the quarterfinals to complete sixth.

High three: Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia; India: Sixth.

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